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: 7.551 (scored by 1294012,940 users)
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Ranked: #15592
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #4209
Members: 24,131
Favorites: 236

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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.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


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

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Characters & Voice Actors


Takahashi, Hideo
Sound Director
Kaburagi, Hiro
Episode Director, Storyboard
Shiraishi, Michita
Episode Director
Nigorikawa, Atsushi
Episode Director


Opening Theme

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Amazon Music
Youtube Music
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)

Jan 17, 2008
When I first started watching this anime, I really didn't expect anything special. I was simply looking for a sports anime that I could watch in my free time and also was relatively long (52 episodes) that hopefully enjoyable. Hungry Heart Wild Striker brings nothing new to the table. It's not a revolutionary anime by any means, and its relatively unknown compared to some of the other mainstream sports anime like Prince of Tennis, Eyeshield 21 Major, Shoot!, etc. However, after watching this anime, you cannot help but feel a special bond to it after following the journey and life's ups ...
Sep 18, 2010
Hungry Heart Wild Striker

An old and relatively unknown anime. Does it deserve popularity? Scroll down…


Although there are not a lot of good sports anime out there, Hungry Heart Wild Striker is definitely a great sports anime and is definitely undervalued and underappreciated. Although it does contain some stereotypical shonen elements and characters, the anime is actually much deeper than it appears on the surface. It deals with some real issues that soccer players face such as injuries, uncooperative teammates, going pro and many more. Also, this anime’s story line is really strong and keeps you going through all the episodes. The ...
Jul 19, 2009
Story: This is just a typical story of a guy who gave up soccer cause he was being compared with his brother too much. Soon he starts kicking his own game with his new teammates to play in the same professional team as his brother one day. That's about how it starts out and throughout the plot it expresses it.

Art: The artwork won't be counted as too bad for a pretty old anime in my eyes. It's not like all the new ones with action and very thing in high quality but is VERY worth watching still.

Sound: The sounds are pretty good with their ...

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