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Alternate Titles

The Badminton Play of Ayano Hanesaki!


Kentaro Tachibana, the coach of the Kitakomachi High School badminton club, is becoming worried because the team has so few members that they can’t even enter competitions. When he spots Ayano Hanesaki eagerly climbing a tree and clocks her excellent motor skills, Tachibana is determined to get her to sign up, only it turns out that Ayano hates badminton…

Anime Adaptation

Hanebad! is adapted from the manga written and illustrated by Kousuke Hamada which has been running in Good! Afternoon since June 2013. The 13-episode TV anime adaption premiered on July 2, 2018 on Tokyo MX. Crunchyroll and Funimation will simulcast it in some territories outside of Japan.

The series’ opening theme is "Futari no Hane” by YURiKA while Yuiko Ohara sings the series ending theme, “High Stepper.”


Ayano Hanesaki (Japanese: Hitomi Owada | English: Amber Lee Connors)

First-year high school student Ayano Hanesaki has been practicing badminton since she was little thanks to her ex-badminton player mother, Uchika Hanesaki. She is a skilled player who prefers to play defensively but can play equally well with either hand. However, owing to her experiences she has come to hate badminton and would rather not play it.

Nagisa Aragaki (Japanese: Miyuri Shimabukuro | English: Dawn M. Bennett)

Nagisa Aragaki is the captain of the Kitakomachi High School badminton team. Her special move is the jumping smash. Her skills are on a national level and she’s had previous experience of competing in the Inter-High Championships. She also competed against Ayano in the national juniors’ competition and has been in a funk ever since, being completely trounced by her.

Riko Izumi (Japanese: Yuuna Mimura | English: Jill Harris)

Riko Izumi is the vice captain of the Kitakomachi High School badminton team. She has a mild complex about her skill level in comparison with Ayano and Nagisa but has intense analytical abilities. As the oldest of five siblings, she often helps out at home looking after the kids and doing the housework while her mother works late.

Erena Fujisawa (Japanese: Konomi Kohara | English: Sarah Wiedenheft)

Erena Fujisawa is Ayaka’s classmate and childhood friend. She is strong-willed and something of a busybody, behaving more like Ayano’s guardian than her friend. She used to play basketball in middle school.

Conny Christensen (Voiced by: Mariya Ise)

Conny Christensen is a professional badminton player from Denmark. Orphaned at a young age, Conny was raised by Ayaka’s mother who also trained her in badminton. Wanting to be closer to her family, Connie has taken advantage of an exchange program and come to Japan to study at Frederica Girls' High to be near Ayano.

Yuika Shiwahime (Voiced by: Ai Kayano)

Captain of the Frederica Girls' High badminton club, Yuika finished in the top eight at last year’s Inter-High Championships. Yuika has a sophisticated beauty, but she also has a hidden dark side.

Kaoruko Serigaya (Voiced by: Asami Shimoda)

Kaoruko Serigaya is a member of the Kounan High School badminton club. With a pair of pink twintails, Kaoruko’s special talent is using all the available data to target her opponent’s weak spot. She suffered her first defeat at Ayano’s hands back in middle school and has been working hard to beat her ever since.

Nozomi Ishizawa (Voiced by: Arisa Sakuraba)

Nozomi Ishizawa is a member of Zushi High’s badminton team. She has an extremely flexible wrist which gives her fantastically good racket control.

Kentaro Tachibana (Japanese: Nobuhiko Okamoto | English: Kyle Igneczi)

Kitakomachi High School badminton coach Kentaro Tachibana used to play himself but had to retire because of a knee injury. His strict training regimen is one reason the club has so few members.

Miyako Taromaru (Japanese: Mikako Komatsu | English: Katelyn Barr)

A badminton novice, Miyako Taromaru is the club’s advisor.

Uchika Hanesaki (Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara)

Ayano’s mother Uchika Hanesaki was the national ladies’ singles champion 10 years running. Other than training Ayano since she was small, Uchika also runs a badminton school and even sometimes goes abroad to coach top professional players.

International Streaming

  • Crunchyroll
  • Funimation

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  • Original Creator: Kousuke Hamada
  • Director: Shinpei Ezaki
  • Series Composition: Taku Kishimoto
  • Character Designer: Satoshi Kimura
  • Chief Animation Director: Satoshi Kimura, Makoto Iino
  • Art Director: Kazuhiro Inoue
  • Color Designer: Kunio Tsujita
  • Director of Photography: Keisuke Nozawa (Graphinica)
  • 3DCG: Felixfilm
  • Sound Director: Kazuhiro Wakabayashi
  • Music: Tatsuya Kato
  • Animation Production: Liden Films
  • Opening Theme: "Futari no Hane” by YURiKA
  • Ending Theme: “High Stepper” by Yuiko Ohara


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