Attack No. 1

TV (104 eps)
1969 - 1971
3.281 out of 5 from 412 votes
Rank #10,972

Moving to a new school is never easy, and it's even worse when you’re the most intelligent girl in school and everyone around you seems incredibly boring; that is Kozue Ayuhara’s attitude after arriving at Fujimi High. The only part of school that she finds interesting is her favorite sport, volleyball; but unfortunately, even the Fujimi volleyball team is in shambles. One day, after insulting the team for always losing, Kozue is challenged to try out and prove just how good she is. Of course, as with everything in her life, Kozue passes with flying colors, and in the process becomes the admired new team captain. Having suddenly found a challenge worthy of her skills, can Kozue overcome the professional and personal obstacles involved with taking a losing team to international glory?

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I remember watching this show somewhere in the 90s (or was it 80s?). At this time I haven't seen many animated shows or movies that weren't meant for little children or families with little children, "Time Masters" by Laloux/Moebius and some of Ralph Bakshi's works being about the only exeptions. The combination of school-life, sports, romance(with a love triangle!!!) and character development got me hooked immediately. And although I thought that the show was somewhat silly at times, I knew that I was onto something copletely new for me (and lookie here, a few years later "NGE" wiped me off my feet...) so I kept on watching and I can't remember ever regretting that. The show was inspired by/took adantage of the hype caused by the olympic-gold-medal-winning japanese female volleyball team (1964). And when it aired in german speaking countries, it even succeeded in producing a small hyype, as volleyball clubs registered an increased interest by girls in their sport (as was reported by local news networks). I gave the show a careful but caring 7.0 (3.5*) overall rating, but I still may reconsider my rating. To be honest, I can't remember the show that well anymore, besides the fact that I indeed had fun watching it and that the german dub was utterly bad. I plan on rewatching it as soon as I can get my hands upon an english dub or sub. And I'd really like to write a more detailed and funded rewiew for this dear old friend of mine. Conclusion: It's a really old show, so be warned if you want to watch it. That being said, it's cretainly a show worth looking into, even aside from strictly academical reasons.  

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