ANIMAX, a Japanese satellite channel specializing in anime, will be hosting a marathon screening of Bomber Bikers of Shoonan (known as Shōnan Bakusōzoku in Japan), a 12 episode OAV series from 1986 – 1999 that focuses on the exploits of an unusual gang of teenage bikers who may not be as violent or rebellious as they initially appear.
The “Shōnan Bakusōzoku Until Morning One Fell-Swoop Broadcast” marathon is (ironically) broken into two parts. The first part will run on ANIMAX from 11:30 PM – 6:00 AM on January 21, 2017, while the second part will run on ANIMAX during the same time frame on January 28, 2017. The marathon will be hosted by musician Udo Suzuki, actor Hiroshi Shinagawa, and poet Shigeru Izumiya, all of whom are big fans of the series.
Bomber Bikers of Shoonan is directed by Nobutaka Nishizawa and features animation by Toei Animation. The story follows Eguchi Yoosuke, a young man who is both the leader of his school’s rowdy biker gang and also the president of the school handicrafts club. Together, Eguchi and his misfit friends engage in comedic misadventures.
The 1st OAV of the Shōnan Bakusōzoku series was released on VHS by AnimEigo. While relatively obscure in the United States, the series proved quite popular in Japan, inspiring a live-action film adaptation in 1987, pachinko and pachislot machines in 2006 and 2007, and a social game for mobile phones in 2011.
Source: Anime! Anime!
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