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Japanese Documentary Series Covers Relationship Between Athletes and Sports Manga

Athletes and Sports MangaA new season of a series that shows the relationship between athletes and sports manga is underway on Japanese broadcaster NHK.

The series, which is called Bokura wa Manga de Tsuyokunatta (We Became Strong Through Manga) is hosted by figure skater Daisuke Takahashi and narrated by Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Yuri Katsuki, Yuri on Ice) and Ayumu Murase (Shoyo Hinata, Haikyu!!).

The first episode, which aired November 10, focused on athletes who have suffered setbacks and been inspired to continue by manga. One such example was a young soccer player who lost the use of his legs in a traffic accident and was inspired to take up wheelchair basketball by manga Slam Dunk.

Have you ever been inspired by manga—sports or otherwise?

Source: Comic Natalie

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.