Who would’ve thought that the Philippines would release their very own anime?
Barangay 143 is an upcoming 2018 Japanese-Filipino-Singaporean anime television series scheduled to air on GMA Network. It will premiere on October 21, 2018 and worldwide on GMA Pinoy TV. Produced by ASI Animation Studios, the series is a collaboration with Philippine-based Synergy88 and Singapore’s August Media Holdings, with assistance from the Japanese television network TV Asahi.
It features a Filipino ensemble cast, voices including Migo Adecer, Julie Anne San Jose, Ruru Madrid, Kelley Day, John Arcilla, Edu Manzano, and Cherie Gil.
Barangay 143 follows the coming of age story of a young man in search of a father and how he finds an unlikely family in a team of misfits trying to bring glory to their hometown. It’s a story about love and family set against the action-packed world of street basketball, where the stakes are always high and life is the biggest game you can win.
It is primarily targeted towards the youth/young-adult market of the Philippines and is planned to be released in other Southeast Asian countries as well. Aside from Tagalog, Barangay 143 will also have an English-language release.
Prior to the release of the anime, a mobile game entitled, Barangay Basketball was released to iTunes and the Google Play Store. The game revolves around Wax, a son of a former star player, who is eager to prove that he is a player on his own right and undergoes training under the four basketball masters of Barangay 143.
The mobile game serves as a prequel to Barangay 143. The game was also nominated for the People’s Choice Award category of the International Mobile Gaming Awards for Southeast Asia. In October 2016, August Media Holdings announced that a subscription game with a telecommunications company will be launched soon.
Many Netizens were proud of the said show, saying that Filipinos can do it too. But we really cannot avoid some negative comments coming. Here are some of the reactions:
Here is the trailer: