The upcoming sports anime Burning Kabbadi will make its premiere in April of next year. A new trailer was also released in anticipation of the series debut.
Burning Kabbadi began in 2015 as the breakout work of writer and artist Hajime Musashino. The series follows an unconventional contact sport for a manga series called Kabbadi that’s popular in South Asia, and is the national sport of Bangladesh.
Players take turns “raiding” each side of the field, trying to tag defenders and score points. However defenders can tackle the raider and receive a point instead. You can find a rundown of the rules via RulesOfSport below.
Object of the Game
The overall object of the game is to simply score more points than the opposition team within the allotted time. To do this, each team must attempt to score points by both attacking and defending. When attacking, the offensive team sends across a raider into the opposition’s half who must touch one of more members of the opposition to score a point. When defending, the objective is to capture the raider by wrestling them to the ground or simply by preventing them returning to their own half by the time their breath is up.
Players & Equipment
Kabaddi is played by two teams that both consist of twelve players each. However, only seven players per team are allowed on the field of play at any one time. The Kabaddi playing surface measures 13m x 10m and is separated into two halves by a white line, one team occupying each half. It can be played on a wide range of surfaces from a dedicated clay court to spare ground where a playing surface has been chalked out.
Unlike so many other popular sports and games, Kabaddi is a game that genuinely needs no special equipment, clothing or accessories, ensuring it is a game that is open to everyone.
Scoring in Kabaddi is relatively simple. Teams score one point for each opponent that they put out of the game. Putting an opponent out (and thus scoring a point) is done in different ways. When attacking, this is done by the raider touching opposition members, putting them out. When defending, it is done by preventing the raider returning to their own half.
Bonus points are also available in Kabaddi. The raider can earn an extra point by successfully touching the bonus line in the opposition’s half. Three bonus points are available to a team when all of their opponents are declared out and a point is also available if any part of an opposing team member’s body goes outside of the boundary.
Tatsuya Yoigoshi is a former soccer club ace who due to events has come to dislike sports. However despite his disillusionment, his status as a former ace has him scouted by the local Kabbadi club.
While at first he is reluctant to return to sports and finds the idea of Kabbadi to be too eccentric and almost funny; after watching a practice session he is inspired by the passion of the players and the intense gameplay of the sport.
You can find the new trailer below.
Burning Kabbadi premieres April 2021. An official western release has not yet been announced.