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Genta Shinoyama is a kindhearted boy and video-game freak who helps drunken Nomoto in the street. Nomoto, a programmer for a major games company, befriends Genta but falls under suspicion when Genta's notes for a computer game are stolen. However, it is not Nomoto but Genta's friend Hideki who is the thief, a fact proven when Hideki sends the stolen idea to a magazine. Genta challenges Hideki to a duel, his chosen weapon-Nomoto's unfinished computer game Bee's Hive. The boys are trapped inside the game and must be guided out by Nomoto, who enlists the help of the famous Master Takahashi.

One of the first in the self-indulgent gaming tie-in subgenre (released the same day as Super Mario Brothers), this anime was made by Hudson Soft, creators of the Star Soldier game, and it features a cameo by their popular designer Takahashi, who also sang the theme songs. It bombed at Japanese theaters, but game-based anime would dominate the 1990s, reaching their apotheosis with Pokémon.

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Name: Running Boy
Release Date: Jan. 1, 1986
Romaji: Running Boy Star Soldier no Himitsu
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Rating: None
Runtime: 49 (mins)
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Aliases Running Boy: Secrets of Star Soldier
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