Ballmastrz: 9009 is an American adult animation comedy television series, created by Christy Karacas, that premiered on April 9, 2018 on Adult Swim. The series stars Natasha Lyonne as the voice of Gaz Digzy, an athletic superstar in a dystopian future where humanity is satiated by a violent sport simply called "The Game".
|Created by||Christy Karacas|
|Directed by||Christy Karacas|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||15 minutes|
|Original network||Adult Swim|
|Original release||April 9, 2018– present|
The series follows "Gaz Digzy, a washed-up superstar and notorious party gal who, after a spiral of destructive antics, is demoted to The Leptons, the worst team in The Game. Her only way back to the top is to somehow lead these pathetic misfits and “ultimate losers” to victory."
As the title indicates, Ballmastrz: 9009 takes place in the year 9009 after the "Rad Wars" caused major destruction. A ruler named Crayzar, also known as the Great One, took over and began to lead humanity back into "peaceful" times for thousands of years. To accommodate for humanity's lust for violence and entertainment, Crayzar invented "The Game" a Rollerball-esque game that is meant to replace all previously known sports. The object of the game is that two teams, usually consisting of seven players, must get their team ball, which in the show's universe is also a living being, into the goal on the other side after they have been launched from cannons. The players must also take out the opposing team's members through violent and fatal ways. However, the players are incapable of totally dying as they are healed and even brought back to life by resting in "P-Cubes" while they are coated with living organisms called B.E.H.O.'s (Biologically Engineered Healing Organisms). As the audience chants in the first episode: "Use the ball to kill! Use the ball to score! Thanks to the game, there's no more war!"
The series starts proper with the Leptons, the worst players in the Game who hail from Ulsa Guerin (described as the filthiest meta zone in the consortium), whose ranks consist of Ace Ambling, the optimistic youngster; Duleena Duneeda, a bi-polar girl; Leto Otel, a lethargic downer; Flip Champion, a warrior stump; Bob, a silent alien; Lulu, a feminine monster; and Baby Ball, the team's crass ball member. Ace worships Gaz Digzy of the rival team the Boom Boom Boys. One day Gaz's fame suddenly ceases after a self-destructive rampage through town. With no other choice and little hope of reviving her career, as well as the insistence of Crayzar, Gaz is forced to join the Leptons and teach them to be a better team while also "possibly" redeeming herself as well.
Cast and charactersEdit
- Natasha Lyonne as Gaz Digzy, the former star member and captain of the Boom Boom Boys who, due to sheer boredom, wrecked her career and found herself teamless and suffering from severe muffin-top. She is a foul-mouthed hard drinking has-been whose only hope is to join the Leptons and reclaim her glory. Even though Ace looks up to her, she usually ridicules him though she slowly begins to appreciate his appraisal of her. Despite constantly being drunk, she is shown to be very knowledgeable in playing the Game and does occasionally show some competence in her teamwork skills. By the end of the first season she warms up to the Leptons and decides to stay as their captain.
- Jessica DiCicco as Ace Ambling, a young orphan who is the lead player of the Leptons. He is bright, cheerful and optimistic, but will lose his patience when things don't go as planned. He looks up to Gaz, though seems oblivious to her indifference to him, he eventually realizes her flaws and tries to bring out the best in her. Despite his cheery demeanor, he does feel sad when he feels neglected or looked down upon by the team. Ace is revealed to be descended from the Ballmasters who fought in the Rad Wars and can become one by fusing with Baby Ball and can change forms while doing so.
- DiCicco also plays Duleena "Dee Dee" Duneeda, a bi-polar anime-esque girl of the team. She is usually soft-spoken and cares for her teammates, but will occasionally explode in a violent angry rage when provoked. She is also shown to have a crush on Leto Otel and gets angered when he tries to downplay it.
- Dana Snyder as Baby Ball, the crass and cynical ball member for the Leptons. Much like Gaz, he looks down on his own team and wishes for better players. However, he can access a special ability when paired with Ace, whom he dislikes due to his cheeriness, though he does begins to warm up to him and even calls him his friend. Despite this, Baby Ball is selfish and boastful and will continuously mock his teammates regardless.
- Snyder also voices Stinkfinger, a living severed finger that reeks and is part of the rival team the Murderous Misfits.
- Eric Bauza as Flip Champion, a body stump with a "sensory deprivation" helmet. A true warrior, Flip must rely on his navel to perform certain tasks. Despite claiming to have amazing abilities, which he arguably does, he still seems rather useless, and is usually brushed aside with ease by other players. He was apparently once a great defender of the innocent, but through a series of training regimes he chose to simplify himself and put all his energy in his power Umbilicus, a large umbilical cord that extends from his navel.
- Dave Willis as Leto Otel, a very lethargic and pessimistic member of the Leptons. He lacks the motivation and prowess to actually be effective and does not seem interested to the point that he is not phased about having mortal injuries. He quotes poetry and seems intelligent at times. While Dee Dee openly shows affection for him, Leto tries to downplay it and would rather take it slow. Leto has shown to become sad, or rather sadder than usual, when Dee Dee briefly left.
- Christy Karacas as Crayzar, the ruler of the new world who created the Game to please humanity. He has lived for thousands of years and lacks any sort of genitalia, as he is implied to be some type of artificial lifeform. He has lived through the Rad Wars and gave life to all the game balls, which were originally used as weapons in the Rad Wars. He seemingly admires the Leptons, but after Ace and Baby Ball's fusion, might have ulterior motives.
- Karacas also plays Aboo Buvu, a game ball who reports the news and acts as a moderator for The Game.
- Christopher McCulloch as various characters
The Leptons also include two other characters who do not have voice actors, but are prominent. Lulu, a giant green bestial creature who despite her intimidating appearance is afraid of everything, and Bob, a grey alien who appears to be totally useless and typically gets beaten the worst.
- Norman Reedus as Bacchus LaBrute, the Greaser-like leader of a notorious biker gang called the Middle Fingers who live out in the wastelands.
- Stephanie Sheh as Luna, the leader of the Sailor Moon-esque team the Ashigari Princesses and an old rival of Gaz who wants to steal the secret of the Ballmaster formation.
- Mike O’Gorman as Buddy Marinara, the Leptons two-faced manager who is always looking for a way to exploit his team's newfound fame.
- O'Gorman also plays as a shopkeeper of an Animal Shelter that Ace volunteers at.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|| Viewers|
|1||"A Shooting Star Named Gaz Digzy Falls Fast & Hard!"||Christy Karacas||Christy Karacas||April 9, 2018||0.812|
|In the far future after the Rad Wars, the great one, Crayzar, creates a new sport called "The Game" so that the world can live in peace. A notorious team known as the Leptons are the worst, yet its youngest member, an orphan named Ace, tries to remain optimistic about winning. Meanwhile, Gaz Digzy, a famous member of the Boom Boom Boys, has grown bored of her fame and decides to party hard resulting in her arrest, rehab, getting kicked off the team and earning severe muffin-top. Crayzar has her join the Leptons and promises her to give her team back if she can win one game with them much to her chagrin.|
|2||"With the Burning Spirit of Teamwork in Her Heart!"||Christy Karacas||Adam Modiano||April 9, 2018||0.773|
|Ace is overjoyed at Gaz joining the Leptons as he is a fan of hers, but she berates and looks down on them for their poor skills. Baby Ball, the team's ball member, presents Gaz with the prospect of working together to leave the team. As the Leptons battle the Murderous Misfits, Gaz and Baby Ball intentionally harm their team angering and upsetting Ace who insults Gaz. Angered at being insulted, she in turn tosses Baby Ball so hard that he and Ace fuse and take out the opposing team, but accidentally score in the other goal. Nevertheless, the audience is enthralled by this development and Ace hugs an annoyed Gaz.|
|3||"Very Special Balls!"||Christy Karacas||Scotty Landes, Adam Modiano, Andrew Reuland and Christy Karacas||April 16, 2018||0.702|
|After the successful fusion, dubbed Ballmaster, Buddy Marinara, the Leptons' manager, has Ace and Baby Ball challenge Xythryll, a mutated chinchilla that resides at an abandoned factory. Gaz once again belittles the two for not knowing how to fuse so they decide to go and meet Crayzar. Crayzar reveals that years ago, Ballmasters would battle during the Rad Wars. When the war ended, Crayzar collected the left over balls and gave life to them as game balls believing that the time of the Ballmasters was over. He tells them that Ace and Baby Ball need to synchronize their personalities. They successfully do so, but accidentally release Xythryll angering the audience.|
|4||"To Catch a Princess"||Christy Karacas||Ben Coccio||April 16, 2018||0.638|
|Ace is addicted to playing the video game To Catch a Princess. During a playthrough, he meets Luna who offers to meet with Ace in real life at the Rad Wars Memorial Park. He takes Baby Ball along, as his avatar looks like the two combined, but Luna turns out to be the leader of the rival team the Yashigari Princesses who threaten the two into revealing their secret to becoming Ballmaster. Gaz herself gets addicted to the game and forgets Ace and Baby Ball until Leto informs her. The Leptons arrive and rescue Ace and Baby Ball who fuse and defeat Luna and her team. After celebrating their victory, Ace sadly "releases" Luna from his game.|
|5||"Breathe Deep to Win! Teamwork Cuts Through the Foul Odor of Obsession!"||Christy Karacas||Scotty Landes||April 23, 2018||0.729|
|The Leptons are hit with a stink bomb that ruins their night. Gaz reveals that the bomb came from a fan of hers named Dieter who became so obsessed with her that the Boom Boom Boys tossed him into a power plant turning him into a stink being. After being hit with more stink bombs, Gaz hires Stinkfinger of the Murderous Misfits to help them acclimate to the stench. They eventually face off against the Pups and use their stink immunity to their advantage and take out Dieter who was watching. While the Leptons manage to make a point, the game gets canceled due to too much stinkness. Crayzar watches the outcome with intrigue and the Leptons all give each other a bath.|
|6||"Honor! Money! Swords! Dongs! Ultimate Gaz Boom Boom Rookie Card Battle Begin! Fight!"||Christy Karacas||Ben Coccio||April 23, 2018||0.651|
|On Holo-Card Day, the Leptons get new Holo-Cards including a hungover Gaz. When Ace reveals that he owns a rare Gaz Boom Boom Rookie Card, that notoriously looks like she is about to give a blowjob, Gaz reveals that she bought up all remaining cards and left them with her ex, criminal Jojo Cracko. Due to their worth, Gaz, Ace and Baby Ball all head to his estate and battle the security head, Yukioi, and several robots. Jojo is revealed to live in fear of Gaz, having put a restraining order on her, and gives the Holo-Cards back with Gaz actually complimenting Ace for once. However, Gaz learns on the news that her new card has the same crass mistake as the old one.|
|7||"Leather Passions! 2 Hearts, 2 Wheelz, Infinite Roadz. Ride Now!"||Christy Karacas||Andrew Reuland||April 30, 2018||0.697|
|While traveling through the desert, the Leptons stop to refuel and accidentally disturb a biker gang called the Middle Fingers. The group get into a fight and Dee Dee displays violent behavior that impresses their leader Bacchus LaBrute. When Leto denies that Dee Dee is his girlfriend, she angrily "dumps" him and decides to stay with the Middle Fingers. Leto admits that he feels empty without Dee Dee and the Leptons have him confront Bacchus who challenges Leto to a bike race. Ace and Baby Ball fuse into a motorcycle and Leto races Bacchus and defeats him. When he tries to kill Leto, Dee Dee comes to his aid and rejoins the Leptons with Leto wanting to take things slow.|
|8||"Hunger Cramps on the Playing Field of Friendship"||Christy Karacas||Adam Modiano||April 30, 2018||0.633|
|After losing against the Choo Choo Chums, the Leptons quickly ditch Ace after he suggests volunteering at the animal shelter. Ace sneaks in some B.E.H.O. for the animals, but hides it in his mouth, accidentally eating it. He ends up liking it and gets hooked on binge eating B.E.H.O.'s nonstop especially after Gaz ditches him again. Ace quickly takes his frustrations out on the Choo Choo Chums and the Leptons learn about Ace's addiction. Ace begins transforming into a hideous monster and swallows his team. While inside, Gaz admits to Ace that they are his friends and promises to go to the animal shelter with him. Ace returns to normal and the Leptons, reluctantly, concede.|
|9||"Chaste Wing of the Cold Turkey vs. Flaming Fist of Indulgence!"||Christy Karacas||Andrew Reuland||May 7, 2018||N/A|
|Gaz decides to finally lose her beer belly, so Baby Ball makes a bet with her, if Gaz wins, he sews his mouth shut, but if he wins, Gaz must streak naked. Gaz has Flip train her so that she can reacquire her abs. During her training, Baby Ball gets a sponsorship with Offal Ale to throw off Gaz resulting in her making a side bet, she will go sober until game day and Baby Ball will be her servant for a month. Gaz cheats on her training and studies Flip's scrolls. While this seems to work at first, she loses her abs and decides to save face by streaking naked. The Leptons lose, but Gaz was sober so Baby Ball lost the side bet and ends up being her servant, losing the sponsorship in the process.|
|10||"Strength Through Song; Brotherhood Through Blood; Redemption Through Rage. Sing, Fallen Angel!"||Christy Karacas||Christy Karacas, Adam Modiano and Scotty Landes||May 7, 2018||N/A|
|The Leptons record a rap song for their final game against Gaz's former team, the Boom Boom Boys. Feeling humiliated, Gaz takes their recording and drowns her sorrows at a bar. She runs into her former teammates and leaves in frustration, dropping the recording in the process. When the Boom Boom Boys hear it, they decide to "help" her by playing it for them at their game. Gaz returns to the Leptons with the team preparing for defeat. However, when the Leptons hear their song, they think that Gaz was actually getting help from them and they suddenly gain a boost in confidence that makes them finally win their first game by one point. Crayzar offers Gaz a new team, but she asks for a beer instead.|
On May 7, 2015, it was announced that Adult Swim had given a pilot order to the production, then titled Ballmastrz: 9669, as part of their 2015-16 slate of returning series, pilots and specials. On August 4, 2017, it was announced that Adult Swim had given the production a series order consisting of a first season. The series was created by Christy Karacas and set to be produced by animation company Titmouse, Inc.
Alongside the initial series announcement, it was reported that Natasha Lyonne was cast in the series' lead role of Gaz Digzy. The main cast is also set to be rounded out by Dana Snyder, Dave Willis, Jessica DiCicco, Eric Bauza, Christopher McCulloch, and Karacas. Guests are set to include Norman Reedus, Stephanie Sheh, and Mike O’Gorman.
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