Sinag Animation set to release Sepak Takraw Anime
Local animation studio Sinag Animation gave Pinoy anime fans something to wait for in the form of the new anime series Sepak Takraw which is locally produced and hopefully get distributed abroad as well.
I love Sepak Takraw (the game) but it doesn’t love me. The simplest explanation of what the sport is is fusing “sipa” with volleyball. The training for this was intense. Go and check out some YouTube videos to see what I mean.
Meanwhile, Sinag Animation has another explanation of what Sepak Takraw is.
Sepak Takraw or kick volleyball is a sport native to Southeast Asia, resembling volleyball, except that it uses a rattan ball and only allows players to use their feet and head to touch the ball. A cross between football and volleyball, it is a popular sport in Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Laos, Philippines and Indonesia.
Sepak takraw was almost definitely based on the Chinese game of cuju (a name which also means “kick ball”).
The sport would have been brought in through early trade and had already become popular in Malaysia and Thailand by the early 1400s. Back then it was called takraw in Thai or sepak raga (literally “kick rattan ball”, because the ball is made of rattan) in Malay and played mainly by men and boys standing in a circle, kicking the ball back and forth between them.
Watch the trailer for Sepak below:
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