Barangay 143: What to expect from a Filipino basketball anime

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 21) — Filipinos love basketball. Filipinos are talented animators.

Bring these passions together, then add the support of Japanese Network TV Asahi and Singaporean studio August Media Holdings and you have the first Filipino basketball anime.

Barangay 143, animated by Quezon City-based ASI Studios, is an anime about a Korean basketball player who came to the Philippines in search of his father. He ends up in Tondo, Manila, where he finds an unusual family in a group of basketball-loving misfits.

"It's a story of human drama. It's the coming of age of a young basketball hopeful but it takes you through the trials and tribulations of everything that's very, very Filipino," Jyotirmoy Saha of August Media said during an interview on CNN Philippines New Day.

The character designs were made with the help of TV Asahi, while most of the script, the storyline and the voice acting were done in the Philippines.

The protagonist, Bren T. Park, will be voiced by actor Migo Adecer. Veteran actors John Arcilla and Edu Manzano will voice Coach B and the head of the Philippine basketball league respectively. Other actors lending their voices to the show are Cherie Gil, Paolo Contis, Ruru Madrid and Julie Anne San Jose.

Music will also play a key role in the series.

“There’s a lot of influence from hip-hop culture. We’ll feature a lot of original hip-hop music from Filipino stars here,” Saha said, adding that basketball and hip-hop tend to have a common theme of rising in spite of disparity.

The first season of Barangay 143 is set to air this October on GMA 7, and will have 26 episodes. 

Barangay 143 also has a mobile game which is free for download on  Android and iPhone.