Must be Japanese!

In a first of its kind, Colors channel will go on air with an Indo-Japanese anime. Kodansha Inc. and TMS Entertainment are all set to screen Suraj: The Rising Star, a cricket remake of the Japanese baseball anime hit Kyojin no Hoshi (Star of the Giants). The show will go on air from December 23, every Sunday at 10 am and this collaborative effort marks the 60th anniversary of bilateral ties between India and Japan. This legendary masterpiece from Japan portrays the life of a 16-year-old boy, Suraj, who sets out on a journey to be trained as a young cricketer. The show follows the hardships and challenges he faces towards attaining this goal.

Adapted for the Indian audience, Suraj – The Rising Star craftily integrates Indian culture and Japanese animation, highlighting common themes such as the importance of family ties, friends and a never-say-die attitude. "India and Japan have shared a remarkable relations for the past 60 years. Suraj, our endeavour back home, pays due respect to this long-standing bond between two culturally and technologically rich nations," says Yoshio Irie, VP and board member, Kodansha Inc. Raj Nayak, CEO, Colors, adds, "Suraj marks a step towards strengthening the Indo - Japan cultural relations. The series will present viewers an inspiring story of a young boy who dares to chase his cricketing dream."

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