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Yakyū-kyō no Uta (Japanese: 野球狂の詩, lit. "Poetry of Baseball Enthusiasts") is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Shinji Mizushima. It follows Yūki Mizuhara, a young woman who wants to do veterinary medicine at college but instead she became a baseball player. It was originally serialized in the Kodansha's Japanese manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Magazine between 1972 and 1976, and has been adapted into several spin-off manga, a live-action film, an anime television series, an anime film, and a Japanese television drama. In 1973, it received the 4th Kōdansha Literature Culture Award for children's manga.[1]

Yakyū-kyō no Uta
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Cover of the first volume
野球狂の詩
GenreBaseball
Manga
Written byShinji Mizushima
Published byKodansha
DemographicShōnen
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Magazine
Original run19721976
Live-action film
Directed byAkira Katō
Produced byHiromi Higuchi
Written byMasayasu Ōehara, Rokurō Kumagaya
Music byShin Takada
ReleasedMarch 19, 1977
Runtime93 minutes
Anime
Directed byTameo Kohanawa
Produced byKōichi Motohashi
Music byMichiaki Watanabe
StudioNippon Animation
Released December 23, 1977 March 26, 1979
Anime film
Yakyū-kyō no Uta: Kita no Ōkami, Minami no Tora
Directed byEiji Okabe
Produced byKōichi Motohashi
Music byTaiji Nakamura
StudioNippon Animation
ReleasedSeptember 15, 1979
Runtime90 minutes
Television drama
Produced bySetsurō Wakamatsu
Written byKeiji Okutsu
StudioTelepack
Original networkFuji TV
Original runJanuary 7, 1985
Manga
Yakyū-kyō no Uta Heisei-hen
Written byShinji Mizushima
Published byKodansha
DemographicShōnen
MagazineMister Magazine
Original run19972000
Volumes3
Manga
Shin Yakyū-kyō no Uta
Written byShinji Mizushima
Published byKodansha
DemographicShōnen
MagazineComic Morning
Original run20002005
Volumes11
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MediaEdit

MangaEdit

The Yakyū-kyō no Uta manga series was written and illustrated by Shinji Mizushima, and originally serialized by Kodansha in Weekly Shōnen Magazine from 1972 to 1976.[2] It was published into a single tankōbon volume on October 1, 1972, on June 16, 1974, on January 25, 1976, and on January 21, 1979.[3] Between July 12, 1995 and October 12, 1995, it was published in 13 bunkoban.[4][5] A four-shinsōban version subtitled Best Nine Selection (ベストナイン・セレクション, Besuto Nain Serekushon) was released between November 21, 1997 and June 23, 1998.[6][7]

In 1997, a new series entitled Yakyū-kyō no Uta Heisei-hen (野球狂の詩 平成編) started to be serialized by Kodansha in Mister Magazine.[citation needed] Later, it was collected into 3 tankōbon released between August 7, 1998 and March 9, 2000.[8][9] Shin Yakyū-kyō no Uta (新・野球狂の詩) was serialized from 2000 to 2005 in Comic Morning,[citation needed] and published on 11 tankōbon between January 23, 2001 and October 21, 2005.[10][11]

Four bound volumes were published under Platinum Comics line between June 11, 2003 and July 23, 2003: Iwata Tetsugorō-hen (岩田鉄五郎編), Kokuritsu-dama Ichirō-hen (国立玉一郎編), Hiura Ken-hen (火浦健編), and Yakyū Shokunin-den-hen (野球職人伝編).[12][13][14][15]

A crossover manga between Yakyū-kyō no Uta and Dokaben, another Mizushima manga, was first published in 2005.[2] On February 8, 2006, it was released by Kodansha in a bound volume under the title Yakyū-kyō no Uta Vs. Dokaben (野球狂の詩 VS. ドカベン).[16] Later, on September 30, 2009, a "Superstars Edition" (スーパースターズ編) was published.[17]

In February 10, 2009, a series entitled Shinsō-ban Yakyū-kyō no Uta: Mizuhara Yūki-hen (新装版 野球狂の詩 水原勇気編), that follows the story of Yūki Mizuhara, a real-life female baseball player, started to be published. Spawning three bound volumes, it was last published on April 10, 2009 by Kodansha.[18][19]

Live-action filmEdit

Akira Katō directed a live-action adaptation that was released on March 19, 1977. It starred Midori Kinōuchi, was produced by Hiromi Higuchi, written by Masayasu Ōehara and Rokurō Kumagaya, and its score was composed by Shin Takada.[20]

AnimeEdit

A 25-episode anime television series was created by Nippon Animation, and was broadcast on Fuji Television between December 23, 1977 and March 26, 1979.[21] An anime film titled Yakyū-kyō no Uta: Kita no Ōkami, Minami no Tora (野球狂の詩 北の狼・南の虎) was released in theatres on September 15, 1979.[22] It is an adaptation of chapters 13 and 14: "Kita no Ōkami, Minami no Tora" Part 1 and Part 2.[citation needed]

TV dramaEdit

The series was adapted into a live-action Japanese television drama broadcast on January 7, 1985 on Fuji Television.[23] It starred Yuki Saito as Yūki Mizuhara and Shirō Itō as Tetsugorō Iwata.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 水島新司 (in Japanese). Japan Cartoonists Association. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  2. ^ a b 「ドカベン」連載40周年&水島新司誕生日記念! 水島ワールド今後の展開を予想してみた (in Japanese). Excite. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  3. ^ 創刊時からの作品リスト: 1970年代 (in Japanese). Kodansha. Archived from the original on December 4, 2011. Retrieved August 1, 2014.
  4. ^ 野球狂の詩 (1) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  5. ^ 野球狂の詩 (13) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  6. ^ 「野球狂の詩」ベストナイン・セレクション (1) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  7. ^ 「野球狂の詩」ベストナイン・セレクション (4) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  8. ^ 野球狂の詩 平成編 (1) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  9. ^ 野球狂の詩 平成編 (3) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  10. ^ 新・野球狂の詩 (1) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  11. ^ 新・野球狂の詩 (12) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  12. ^ 野球狂の詩 岩田鉄五郎編 (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  13. ^ 野球狂の詩 国立玉一郎編 (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  14. ^ 野球狂の詩 火浦健編 (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  15. ^ 野球狂の詩 野球職人伝編 (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  16. ^ "野球狂の詩 VS. ドカベン" (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  17. ^ "野球狂の詩 VS. ドカベン スーパースターズ編" (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  18. ^ 新装版 野球狂の詩 水原勇気編 (1) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  19. ^ 新装版 野球狂の詩 水原勇気編 (3) (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  20. ^ 映画 野球狂の詩 北の狼南の虎 (in Japanese). AllCinema Movie & DVD Database. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  21. ^ 作品紹介 > 野球狂の詩 (in Japanese). Nippon Animation. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  22. ^ 映画 アニメ 野球狂の詩 北の狼南の虎 (in Japanese). AllCinema Movie & DVD Database. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  23. ^ "TV 野球狂の詩 北の狼南の虎" (in Japanese). AllCinema Movie & DVD Database. Retrieved September 24, 2013.

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