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Buzzer Beater

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

Buzzer Beater is an anime series based on a manga series by Takehiko Inoue.

Hideyoshi Tanaka is a 14-year-old orphaned and boisterous street kid, and he hustled adult basketball players with his skills. Hideyoshi is selected to play on the Earth All-Star team due to his superhuman speed; he plays as the point guard for the team. Hideoyoshi wears jersey number one. Cha-che is the shooting guard for the team, and she is the daughter of the Earth All-Star team's creator. She wears jersey number two.

DT is another point guard on the Earth All-Star team, and he has speed and mind numbing play. He has a friendly rivalry with Hideyoshi. DT is also somewhat of a ladies' man, and he wears jersey number nine. Ivan is a power forward of the Earth All-Star team. He's a 15-year-old who looks like a full-grown man, and he wears jersey number 55.

Maru is another shooting guard for the Earth All-Star team. He's a father who loves his children, and he is also an able shooter. He wears jersey number seven. Mo plays center, and he's a former sumo wrestler. He wears jersey number 35. Rose is a point guard who prefers to wear purple, and his jersey is number eight. Lazuli is the small forward, and is a tall player who turns out to be a woman. Lazuli's jersey is number 21. Han is a point guard and small forward, and is tall for a point guard. In the anime, he wears jersey number five.

When it comes to the execution of this series, it feels like it's trying too hard to be "edgy" and "cool." There are some shots where computer animation is used, but it does nothing to enhance the look of the series. For example, there are some shots of a bouncing basketball where the ball is done as computer animation. The ball stands out way too much from everything else around it.

When it comes to the actual content of the series, I didn't see a lot that would necessarily be inappropriate for younger viewers. Personally, I would recommend Buzzer Beater to anime viewers who are 14 or 15 years of age and older.


Title
Episodes
Release Year(s)
Director
Studio
N.A. Licensor
Buzzer Beater132005Shigeyuki MiyaTMS EntertainmentN/A
Buzzer Beater132007Shigeyuki MiyaTMS EntertainmentN/A
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Content copyright © 2014 by Lesley Aeschliman. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Lesley Aeschliman. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Brenda Chen for details.

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