The Tearful Chiku MatchThe Tearful Chiku Match (1973) Anime Series by Dave Koch
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- Tokyo Movie Shinsha
- Animated Characters: Hiromi Oka, Maki Aikawa, Reika "Madame Butterfly" Ryusaki, Todo, Coach Jin Munakata, Hiromi Oka, Toudou, Kyoko Otowa, Ranko Midorikawa, Ozaki.
- Series Began Airing in 1973.
- Production Number: 03
- Running Time: 25 minutes.
- Ran For: 1 Season.
Alternate Series Title: "エースをねらえ."
Cartoon Production Information:
In 1978, a second series of 25 episodes was released. Osamu Dezaki directed a 1979 theatrical version, which was based on this series with additional animation.
In 1988, another movie, "Aim for the Ace 2," was released. That year, there was also a 12-part video series directed by former designer Akio Sugino. Dezaki directed some episodes, also making some storyboards under the pseudonym Makura Saki. Future "Sailor Moon" actress Konoto Mitsuishi had her first anime role in a bit part as a neighbor in a scene set in New York.
"Gunbuster" offered a science-fiction spoof, subtitled "Aim for the Top." An erotic parody, "Aim for the A," appeared in the "Tales Of..." collection.
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