Star of the Giants

Kyojin no Hoshi

Cover of the 1995 reprint of the first manga volume
Genre Sports
Written by Ikki Kajiwara
Illustrated by Noboru Kawasaki
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Magazine
Original run 19661971
Volumes 19
Anime television series
Directed by Tadao Nagahama (director)
Daikichiro Kusube (animation director)
Studio TMS Entertainment
Network Nippon Television
Original run March 30, 1968 September 18, 1971
Episodes 182
Anime film
Kyojin no Hoshi: Chizome no Kesshousen
Studio TMS Entertainment
Released July 26, 1969
Runtime 90 minutes
Anime film
Kyojin no Hoshi: Ike Ike Hyuuma
Studio TMS Entertainment
Released December 20, 1969
Runtime 70 minutes
Anime film
Kyojin no Hoshi: Dai League Ball
Studio TMS Entertainment
Released March 21, 1970
Runtime 70 minutes
Anime film
Kyojin no Hoshi: Shukumei no Taiketsu
Studio TMS Entertainment
Released August 1, 1970
Runtime 60 minutes
Anime television series
Shin Kyojin no Hoshi
Studio TMS Entertainment
Network Nippon Television
Original run October 1, 1977 September 30, 1978
Episodes 52
Anime television series
Shin Kyojin no Hoshi II
Studio TMS Entertainment
Network Nippon Television
Original run April 14, 1979 September 29, 1979
Episodes 23
Anime film
Studio TMS Entertainment
Released August 21, 1982
Runtime 110 minutes

Kyojin no Hoshi (巨人の星, trans. Star of the Giants) is a Japanese sports manga written by Ikki Kajiwara and illustrated by Noboru Kawasaki. It was adapted as the first sports anime television series broadcast in Japan, in 1968.[1] It later spawned two anime sequels and different anime movies.The anime was ranked #15 on TV Asahi's Top 100 Anime.[2]

The manga appeared in Weekly Shōnen Magazine about the actual baseball team Yomiuri Giants using fictional characters. It was launched by the "Yomiuri Group" which at the time owned not only the actual baseball team, but the TV network Nippon Television, the newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun, as well as Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation.


The story is about Hyuuma Hoshi, a promising young baseball pitcher who dreams of becoming a top star like his father Ittetsu Hoshi in the professional Japanese league. His father was once a 3rd baseman until he was injured in World War II and was forced to retire. The boy would join the ever popular Giants team, and soon he realized the difficulty of managing the high expectations. From the grueling training to battling the rival Mitsuru Hanagata in the Hanshin Tigers, he would have to take out his best pitching magic to step up to the challenge.






Beginning in 2001, the series was re-released on DVD format. On June 2013, a five set Blu-ray release was released.


The first Star of the Giants movie was debuted in 1969 as part of the vacation anime festival on large screen theatres in color. The draw was that most people had black and white TVs at the time. The Star of Giants vs Mighty Atoms TV special reached the U.S and was renamed to Astro Boy vs. the Giants.[1]

Japanese Name English Name Release Date Type Run time
巨人の星 Star of Giants the movie 1969 movie 90 mins
Star of Giants vs the Mighty Atom 1969 TV special 30 mins
巨人の星 行け行け飛雄馬 Star of Giants: Ike Ike Hyuma December 20, 1969 movie 75 mins
巨人の星 大リーグボール Star of Giants: Big League Ball 1970 movie 70 mins
巨人の星 宿命の対決 Star of Giants: Shukumei no Taiketsu 1970 movie 60 mins
新巨人の星 New Star of Giants 1977 series 52 Episodes
新巨人の星 New Star of Giants the movie 1977 movie
新巨人の星II New Star of Giants II 1979 series 23 Episodes
Stars of Giants Special Edition: Fierce Tiger Mitsuru Hanagata 2002 series 13 Episodes

Video games

Kyojin no Hoshi (The Anime Super Remix) was released for the PlayStation 2 by Capcom on June 20, 2002. There were also a number of other games on the same platform.



  1. 1 2 Clements, Jonathan. McCarthy Helen. [2006] (2006). The Anime Encyclopedia: Revised & Expanded Edition. Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge Press. ISBN 978-1-933330-10-5.
  2. "TV Asahi Top 100 Anime Part 2". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2016-11-01.
  3. Correspondent, A (3 December 2012). "Colors to air Japanese 'anime' remake from Dec 23". MxM India. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
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