Wow! You are not gonna believe what I am about to tell you. If you are one of the our visitor from India or the Indian subcontinent itself or an avid lover of sports based anime, then I have a big news to share. An anime based on kabaadi has been greenlit.

According to the official announcement, Hajime Musashino’s sports manga Burning Kabaddi (Shakunetsu Kabaddi) is receiving an anime adaptation. They also revealed a key visual and teaser trailer which you can check out below.

Burning Kabaddi key visual
Burning Kabaddi key visual

The teaser mainly consists of pages from the manga but the animated bit at end looks well composed and impactful.

More details about Burning Kabaddi anime such as release date, studio, staff and cast will be announced on a later date.

The manga’s story centers on first-year high school student Tatsuya Yoigoshi, a former ace soccer player who dislikes sports. He gets invited to join a team for the contact sport kabaddi. He scoffs at the idea at first but becomes interested after watching a kabaddi practice.

As the sport is not much popular in west let me brief you about it. Kabaddi is a Indian-originated contact team sport played between two teams of seven players each.

The objective of the game is for a single player on offense, referred to as a “raider”, to run into the opposing team’s half of a court, tag out as many of their defenders as possible, and return to their own half of the court, all without being tackled by the defenders, and in a single breath. Points are scored tagged by the raider, while the opposing team earns a point for stopping the raider.

Players are taken out of the game if they are tagged or tackled, but are brought back in for each point scored by their team from a tag or tackle.

Written and illustrated by Hajime Musashino, Burning Kabaddi is a Japanese sports manga serialized in Shogakukan’s One app and Ura Sunday website simultaneously since 2015. As of now, 14 compiled volumes have been published in Japan. Also, check out our article on Deca Dence Episode 2.