Now this, this was my jam. Way back in the late 90s when Pioneer was getting their original anime line going and coming up with titles after Tenchi Muyo, one of them was the Battle Athletes OVA series that lead into the Battle Athletes Victory TV series that re-imagined the OVA series. And that TV series, if I recall, was one of the first TV series to get DVD release – something we had to fight for back then because distributors were looking for just OVAs and movies to put on the format.
So, it’s very surprising that this property that has largely laid fallow for twenty years is getting a revival. It’s been revealed that Rui Takato’s manga series Pale Blue Dot Battle Athletes Daiundōkai ReSTART! is getting an anime adaptation. The prologue launched on Comic Ruelle & Comic Jardin today and the first two chapters are coming next month as it presents a completely new story for the franchise.
Plot Concept: In the science-fiction sports action story set in the year 5100, elite athletes from around the solar system compete to become Cosmic Beauty, the champion of a huge athletic tournament. The prologue chapter includes images of the new competitors as well as Lahrri Feldnunt, Kris Christopher, and Akari Kanzaki, Cosmic Beauties of 100 years ago.