The Kadokawa Anime Channel on the YouTube video website is streaming the first two episodes of Satelight‘s Basquash! robot basketball anime series from May 1 to May 7 to mark Japan’s Golden Week holidays. It also posted the pre-broadcast television special “Legend of Basquash.” (The channel had been streaming a since last month.)
The story takes place on the planet Earthdash, where its inhabitants gaze on its moon and the technologically advanced lunar city of Mooneyes with awe. Dan JD, a boy living in Rollingtown on Earthdash’s surface, gets caught up in Bigfoot Basketball — a fast-paced sport played with giant Bigfoot robots.
Satelight executive director and anime creator Shoji Kawamori (Macross, Escaflowne, Aquarion) and French animation creator Thomas Romain (Oban Star-Racers, Aria the Natural) collaborated on the creation of this unorthodox, joint French/Japanese anime production. It premiered on Japanese television last month.