障害者スポーツ普及啓発映像「Be The HERO」 / Cheers to all para-athletes from Tokyo




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Published on Mar 17, 2016

Be The HEROプロジェクトは、障害者スポーツ(パラスポーツ)を支える一人ひとりがヒーローになる、なれる社会を目指してスタートしました。

In a powerful effort to bring more awareness to para-sports (sports for disabled), Tokyo has released a video titled "Be The HERO"; an action-packed sequence of athletes at the peak of performance, all with some kind of disability. Internationally famous Japanese manga artists took part in creating images that feature a variety of athletics including football 5-a-side(blind football), wheelchair tennis, goalball and wheelchair rugby.
We message that all people -not only the athletes, but all the supporters- can be the heroes in our movie.

“Let’s become a Tokyo-born hero.”
In order to popularize the para-sports (sports for disabled) and convey their splendor, the city of Tokyo recorded a video called “Be The Hero” for both disabled and non-disabled people.
Our aim is to build a society where all the people who love sports could enjoy them, regardless whether they’re disabled or not. We’ve also included the message “not only the athletes, but all the supporters are heroes” in our movie, “Be The Hero”.
Just like we once...
Were fraught with great emotions while watching athletes…
Started competition after reading a manga comic…
Or cheered ourselves up before a crucial match by listening to some music…
We’d like to create TOKYO born heroes!
5 Japanese manga artists, a musician and a voice actor answered to this call, and sportsmen and women practicing either wheelchair tennis, blind football, athletics, goal ball or wheelchair rugby agreed to participate.

■About the participating manga artists.
Globally famous and popular Japanese artists took part. Their works cover various sporting disciplines.

・Naoki Urasawa (representative works: YAWARA!) Wheelchair tennis × Player Shingo Kunieda
・Yōichi Takahashi (representative works: Captain Tsubasa) Blind football × Japanese national team
・Eisaku Kubonouchi (representative works: Tsurumoku Dokushin Ryō) Athletics × Player Saki Takakuwa
・Hiro Mashima (representative works: FAIRY TAIL) Goalball × Japan national players, other
・Tetsuya Chiba (representative works: Tomorrow’s Joe) Wheelchair rugby × 2015’s Japan national players

■About the music.
The music is produced by KenKen, member of the band “RIZE、LIFE IS GROOVE”. He is active as the one of the rare “Bass Hero” in Japan thanks to his charisma and outstanding bass skills. After he joined RIZE in 2006, he formed the super funk band “LIFE IS GROOVE” along with Monsieur Kamayatsu and Ryunosuke Yamagishi.

■About the vocals.
The commentary is done by Akira Kamiya, Actor and Voice Actor. He performed the voices of several globally popular anime characters such as Kenshiro (Fist of the North Star), Ryo Saeba (City Hunter). He’s a legendary voice actor in Japan!

Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Bureau of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Preparation
Sports Promotion Division

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