Barangay 143: New prime-time basketball anime to arrive in PH in 2017

It only makes perfect sense for a basketball anime to make landfall in the Pearl of the Orient. Barangay 143 will be a gritty Manila-based basketball anime to air in the Philippines next year. Who’d have thought? Barangay 143 will be produced by the partnership of Singapore-based media company August Media Holdings, Japanese national broadcaster TV Asahi, and of course the local power of Philippines-based animation and game developer Synergy88. (To those wondering, TV Asahi will be handling character design, Synergy88 will be in charge of the script and production.) Basketball in the Philippines is a huge phenomenon. It is a sport so deeply ingrained in the country’s culture, there almost isn’t any family without a basketball fan. A living room is incomplete without someone wanting to switch the channel whenever Ginebra has a fight.

Or whenever a fellow rival did. And according to Nike World statistics, around 40-million Filipinos (that’s almost a quarter of the 110-million population) play or have played the sport. It may not be a stretch to say almost anyone will remember out of stock knowledge that James Naismith invented the sport (because P.E.). If some Filipinos aren’t actively participating in “ligas” (both official and their own), they play on their own. Some even play videogames or even bet on actual matches. Commercials and energy drinks also have the iconic orange of a basketball, as well. And who can forget that the sport remains one of the pillars of inter-collegiate fame? Barangay 143 appears to have one season (so far, 13×44-minutes, or 26×22 minutes) and will be first voiced by an all-celebrity cast. It will also have a prime-time schedule. According to Animation World Network, August Media Holdings CEO Jyotirmoy Saha said Barangay 143 will be an action-sports drama geared towards young adults and prime-time aficionados. “Given the increasing popularity of animated titles among young adults, we believe time is right for South East Asia to deliver its first anime series of this magnitude for the regional and global markets. TV Asahi with their track record also makes the perfect partners for this,” Saha said.
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