Hungry Heart: Wild Striker

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Japanese: ハングリーハート Wild Striker


Type: TV
Episodes: 52
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 11, 2002 to Sep 10, 2003
Premiered: Fall 2002
Broadcast: Wednesdays at Unknown
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Nippon Animation
Source: Manga
Genres: ComedyComedy, Slice of LifeSlice of Life, SportsSports
Theme: Team SportsTeam Sports
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.541 (scored by 1366313,663 users)
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Ranked: #17342
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #4418
Members: 25,392
Favorites: 241

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As the younger brother of Japanese soccer star Seisuke Kanou, Kyousuke was always expected to grow as a soccer player at the same pace his brother did—an expectation that proved too difficult to meet. Having fallen behind, he now lives in the shadow of his brother's success.

Entering his freshman year at Jouyou Akanegaoka High School, Kyousuke vows never to play soccer again. However, Miki Tsujiwaki, the captain of the girls' soccer team, and Mori Kazuto, the manager of the boys' team, recognize Kyousuke's potential and want to see his return to the game for their own reasons.

With an opportunity to play soccer again, Kyousuke must either remain steadfast in his decision to abandon the sport he once loved, or allow himself to reignite that flame to become the best striker in the world.

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Hungry Heart: Wild Striker was released on DVD by Pony Canyon in Japan from February 19, 2003 to March 17, 2004.

Characters & Voice Actors


Kosao, Shunichi
Saga, Satoshi
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Takahashi, Hideo
Sound Director
Kaburagi, Hiro
Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

Apple Music
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1: "2nd Stage" by Kids Alive (eps 01-42)
2: "Kiseki no Tsubasa" by Natsuki Kato (eps 43-52)

Ending Theme

1: "Mi Title" by Utaibito Hane (eps 1-12)
2: "Tell Tell Bouzu" by KOKIA (eps 13-39)
3: "Watashi no Taiyou" by KOKIA (eps 40-51)
4: "2nd Stage" by Kids Alive (eps 52)


Apr 6, 2016
6.5 Story

Are you a younger brother of someone famous? Are you becoming a shadow of your siblings? Are you tired of being compared and seems to be always the second best? You might have the same scenario with Kyosuke.

An Orange Highschool, orange haired main protagonist and orange uniform, you’ll all get it in Wild Striker. The Hanamichi Sakuragi of Soccer? That would be Kyosuke Kano. This anime series focuses to the main protagonist, Kyosuke Kano, a teenage highschool student who at the beginning of the series, has just transferred into Jyoyo Orange High School. He is the younger brother of Seisuke, a ...
Nov 21, 2015
Story 9

Heart: Wild Striker(HHWS) is a story about main character (MC) who wants to be a Professional football player and be like his brother who is already a Pro. The MC is constantly compared to his successful brother, which causes a lot of friction in MC's life.

The story line is one of the strong points of this anime. The story is inspirational and uplifting. What makes this anime standout from rest of the sports anime is its slice of life approach in telling the story. Also unlike other shounenish sports anime, where story is driven by the MC, this anime provides ample amount ...
Feb 2, 2014
Hungry Heart : Wild Striker is the best sports anime I have seen so far. Maybe the best anime I have seen too.


It's not the typical sports anime, however. It's the first time I have seen the main character's team lose so many times, and lose the last match of the series.

Hungry Heart has a very great cast of characters, including the main team, rivals, and supporting characters. Side stories are developed fine, so is the main character's background. I'm talking about Kyosuke Kanou.

Kanou is a very tempered striker, always in the shadow of his brother, a former player in the european league. The ...

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