The ‘Zutto Oen Project 2011 + 10…’ project was launched to remember the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Furthermore, it aimed at promoting the newly built prefectures through animes, one of them being the sports-themed Bakuten!!.
The project gave us animes focusing on topics that are not very popular. Bakuten!! is one such unique anime as it is based on men’s rhythmic gymnastics.
And there is some excellent news for everyone who couldn’t get enough of the show.
The original anime Bakuten!! (Backflip!!) announced an anime film based on the show and released a PV for it!
The trailer is a heartfelt monologue of the protagonist, Shōtarō Futaba. He says how thankful he is for his team and how much he wants to be at the top with them.
He also mentions that the reason he can fly so high (metaphorically) is because of them. Had it not been for his friends and teammates, Futaba would have never found his true calling.
There are scenes of Futaba’s team, Ao High School, performing some beautiful routines of men’s rhythmic gymnastics. The anime flaunts the beauty of the newly built Iwanuma City of the Miyagi Prefecture.
The show concluded on June 25, 2021, with Ao High School in second place and their rival, Shiro High School, in the first place. That’s because Ao couldn’t give their 100% due to Futaba’s wrist injury.
Speculations are that the film will take place right where the show left off. We might get to see Ao and Shito High Schools competing with each other in a fierce battle.
The sport is mesmerizing and everyone should watch it. The anime seems similar to every other sports anime out there like Haikyuu!! or Free! but there is one aspect that makes it different from the others.
Gymnastics is a woman-dominated field. Bakuten!! shows the male counterpart of the sport while breaking the stereotypes of toxic masculinity. The beauty and grace of the sport are truly captivating.
And all of this comes with top-notch animation and soundtracks. No wonder people go crazy over the show.
If you still haven’t watched it, then what are you waiting for?! It’s just 12 episodes anyway, so go binge away!
Bakuten!! is a rhythmic gymnastics anime telling the story of a high school gymnastic team in Miyagi prefecture.
Directed by Toshimasa Kuroyanagi with ZEXCS studios this anime premiered in April of 2021 by Fuji TV under the notaminA block.
The anime is said to be a joint collaboration between Misaki no Mayoiga and Hula Fulla Dance to promote Miyagi, Iwate, and Fukushima prefectures.
The “Zutto Ōen Project 2011 + 10…” is a memorandum to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami 10 years ago.
Source: Bakuten!! Official Website