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Alternative Titles

Japanese: ドカベン


Type: TV
Episodes: 163
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 6, 1976 to Dec 26, 1979
Premiered: Fall 1976
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 19:00 (JST)
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Nippon Animation
Source: Unknown
Genre: SportsSports
Themes: SchoolSchool, Team SportsTeam Sports
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


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Tarou "Dokaben" Yamada, who was a judoist while at junior high, enters Meikun High School and is talked into joining the baseball club. He displays his superb athletic abilities in baseball and becomes well-known as a hard hitter. He and his unique teammates establish Meikun a solid position as No.1 in the High School Baseball Championship games.

(Source: Nippon Animation)

Characters & Voice Actors


Mitsunobu, Hiroyoshi
Episode Director
Okabe, Eiji
Episode Director, Series Composition
Kondou, Eisuke
Storyboard, Character Design, Animation Director
Suginami Jidou Gasshoudan
Theme Song Performance


Opening Theme

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1: "Ganbare Dokaben (がんばれドカベン)" by Koorogi '73 (eps 1-106)
2: "Kyuu Nin no March (九人のマーチ)" by Suginami Jidou Gasshoudan (eps 107-128)
3: "Seishun Fever (Combat March) (青春フィーバー (コンバット・マーチ))" by Columbia All Stars (コロムビア・オールスターズ) (eps 129-163)

Ending Theme

1: "Ah Seishun yo Itsumademo (ああ青春よいつまでも)" by Koorogi '73
2: "Kimi Koso Minna no Idol da! (きみこそみんなのアイドルだ!)" by Koorogi '73, Suginami Jidou Gasshoudan
3: "Taiyou no Ko (太陽の子)" by Columbia All Stars (コロムビア・オールスターズ)


Dec 28, 2023
Dokaben, a great journey. The series is based on one of the longest manga ever that only concluded few years ago, so this anime is only covering the start of the start of the story.

The story follows Tarou Yamada and his team as they fight in the High School baseball championships. There isnt much happening in the story other than the games and the focus is always on the team vs the rivals. That might sound familiar position as its kind of similar that was presented in another series Kyojin no Hoshi, however unlike Kyojin no Hoshi this series is more about the team as ...

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