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The seven Azuma brothers have all been raised as fighters by their longshoreman father. Sent to a new school when the family moves, Ichiro Azuma becomes a great success in the wrestling club. As his prowess gains greater fame, he is soon known as "Animal 1," as you might expect from someone who's had to fight over the bathroom with six siblings. Based on the true story of Ichiro Azuma, who represented Japan in the 1960 Mexico Olympics, this series about a gold medalist only won silver in the race to become the first sports anime-Star of the Giants beat it onto the screens by just a month. Noboru Kawasaki, who created both stories, would also supply the original manga for Song of the Ladybugs. This tale of true-life wrestling included early directorial credits for two future specialists in giant-robot combat, Gundam's Tomino and Votoms' Takahashi.

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Name Animal 1
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Start Year 1968
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