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Hyuma Hoshi, a promising young baseball pitcher, dreams of becoming a top star like his father Ittetsu Hoshi in the professional Japanese league. His father was once a third baseman until he was injured in World War II and was forced to retire. Hoshi joins the ever popular Giants team, and soon realizes the difficulty of managing high expectations. From the grueling training to battling the rival Mitsuru Hanagata on the Hanshin Tigers team, he would have to take out his best pitching magic to step up to the challenge.
The mother of all baseball mangas, a legendary comic that has been homaged and honored time after time in newer incarnations.
Kyojin no Hoshi is at first glance a baseball manga, but on a deeper level, it's a story about the bonds between a father and son, and a story that now, over 40 years later, can be viewed critically as a portrait of Japanese social views and philosophies during the 60s and post-war period. The dramatic emphasis on the pride of a man, the supporting nature of the female characters, and the die-hard kamikaze nature of the boys striving to achieve their goals all makes for a heartwrenching manga that will never be forgotten.