In an era where the shonen and sci-fi genres dominated the manga world, Attack No.1 managed to stand out, making its creator, Chikako Urano, be known as one of the founders of the shojo mangas. Despite its genre, the audience targeted was the older female fan base.
This classic masterpiece follows Kozue Ayuhara, a girl who transferred to Fujimi College and impressed the school’s volleyball team with her talents, as she aspires to become the best volleyball player in Japan. She makes friends and enemies and finds out that the road to success is paved with drama and difficult trials. I guess you could call it a “hidden map to success”.
This manga was so good, that it deserved an animation, the anime being popular in 1969-1971 and it didn’t stop there! This classic piece of shojo anime had a live action drama based on it, created in 2005. Even though it had a few minor changes to the story, it was well received by the fans and helped maintain the manga’s popularity.
The “hot-blooded short comedy”, as it was called by Weekly Margaret Magazine, will keep Kozue as its main character and will place her in Japan’s women volleyball team. In this remake we will be able to follow Kozue and her team aiming for the Grand Champion’s Cup.
I have a good feeling about this comedy remake and embrace the idea. Still, I am a little disappointed that fans that don’t know Japanese, like me, will most likely have to wait a while more until the series will get translated. But I take comfort in the image of me drinking a cup of hot chocolate, reading the freshly scanlated manga. Isn’t that the dream? I say it is!
So until that magical moment when Kozue will take on the Grand Champion’s Cup, I say to those who haven’t read the manga yet, to give it a try, because, even though the graphics are old, the feeling you will get will be new.