Girls can play sports too!
Known as Attack No. 1
(アタックNo.1, Atakku Nanbā Wan), the first televised female sports anime
. The manga was written by Chikako Urano in 1968, and the anime began in late 1969 and ran through 1971. First mean to capitalize on the success of the 1964 Olympic volleyball team, it ended up bringing more mature fans to the shoujo
genre, compared to Sally the Witch
's success in that time.
Kozue Ayuhara is the heroine, who transfers to Fujimi college and impresses the volleyball coach when she tries out. After making friends and enemies, the story highlights her struggles and triumphs as she matures and tries her hardest to become the best volleyball player in the school, Japan and the world.
Inspired the series Attacker You!
and Attack on Tomorrow
(made several years later by a different animation studio but featuring several of the same staff). Even in 2006, it still ranked #9 out of 100 in the list of celebrities' favorite anime. In 2005 a live-action drama was made based on the series. The original anime also has many fans in Europe, particularly in Germany, where it was shown as Mila Superstar
(with Kozue renamed Mila).
Tropes related to the series:
- Bragging Theme Tune
- Clean Dub Name: In the German dub, main protagonist Kozue Ayuhara was renamed Mila Ayuhara. The reason is obvious, as her original first name sounded very much like "Kotze", which is a vulgar German term for vomit.
- Dolled-Up Installment: In the Italian version, the completely unrelated Attacker You! was turned into a spin off of Attack No. 1 by turning the main character into a cousin of Kozue, who inspires her to take up volleyball.
- Hair Decorations: The easiest way to distinguish which girl is which is by their headbands or bows. Kozue has a big yellow bow, for example.
- Gaming and Sports Anime and Manga
- Gratuitous English: ATTAKU, ATTAKU, NANBA WAN!!
- Ill Girl: Kozue.
- Melodrama: Mostly the live-action.
- Missing Episode: In the English and German dubs, three episodes were not translated, due to "inappropiate content". These however are included as bonus on the German DVD sets.
- New Transfer Student: Kozue
- No Export for You: The series never got released on DVD in the US. Contrast this with Germany, where all the episodes got released (and the first set even replaced after complaints about the video quality).
- Passionate Sports Girl: Kozue is the second Trope Codifier in anime and manga, with only Hiromi from Aim for the Ace! surpassing her.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Midori and Kozue. Midori first is jealous of her, but they soon grow to be extremely close.
- Serious Business: The sport! It's so serious she couldn't leave one game to visit her dying boyfriend in the hospital.
- To Be a Master: As per usual in 70's anime, the No. 1 tracksuit is coveted by all on the team.
- Tournament Arc
- Training from Hell: As was popular in most early sports anime. The opening even shows her getting hit by the ball a few times.
- Victorious Childhood Friend: Midori and Tsutomu