Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 at 3:35 pm  |  68 responses

Links: I Have A New Favorite TV Show

Buzzer Beat!

by Lang Whitaker

Our friends at Free Darko found this video and twittered it, and it really is just spectacular on many, many, many levels.

I’m going to be singing this in my head all day.

And I will watch every episode of “Buzzer Beat” from now on.

Even if I don’t speak Japanese.


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  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Honestly, if this song and characters were Spanish, couldn’t Pretty Ricky be the title character?

  • AlbertBarr


  • AlbertBarr

    Their Jersey’s are definitely better than the OKC Thunder’s…even if they are pink…

  • Miss Tina

    omg! this is a japanese tv series thats currently airing, it’s pretty popular at the moment. the main actor is one of my favorites :D

    soo random that this clip is on slam hahaha

  • data187

    this is better than some of the nba promos i’ve seen in recent years…lol
    only if the orlando magic can pass as well as this fictitious japanese bball team.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    @AlbertBarr: LOL

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    I wonder if the Japanese Reggie Theus is their coach?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I’m wondering if an NBA squad could implement that flying V-like formation they run from .10 to .12.

  • Dray

    Omg…your basketball itch has gotten so bad, you settled for this??…haha, you need a support group, BA meetings or something hahaha

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    there is a reason they call tv shows, “programming”

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    even if you hate and never watch crap like the hills, etc. someone else will say something about it, and you go into how stupid it is. they programmed you to talk about it in one way or another. im starting to think lang is a cointelpro agent.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    that opening riff REALLY reminds of a song by The Ting Tings…. hmmm

  • http://www.okayplayer.com doyouwantmore

    Japanese Cheerleaders.

  • the big ticket

    whoa those japenese r ballers

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty aka Free Lester Hudson

    Is that Kevin Martin at the 1:34 mark?

  • https://slamonline.com Allenp

    The evil guy with the headband looks familiar.

  • Babygab

    This is pretty disturbing…

  • Ajo

    japanese basketball version of “The Game” lol

  • cp

    ok im asian but this looks really stupid. like a bunch of japanese actors trying to look like they can ball

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    That’s just embarassing man. It’s like watching ‘Above the Rim’ all over again, except its in Japan, with no guns or drugs, or, well yeh.
    Disturbing to say the least.
    Gerard – it does too eh haha. Song is published by ‘Overmillion Records’ if that helps.

  • Remo Williams

    I literally JUST got back from japan a little over 24 hours ago. they had ads/pictures of these dudes EVERYWHERE!! i cant read kanji but figured it was a show… didnt figure it would be THIS awesome.

  • j4zzm4n

    read the manga called slam dunk totally unrelated but yes it is awesomely brilliant.

  • that dude

    “like watching ‘Above the Rim’”????? why? cause it’s about basketball?

  • http://www.redsarmy.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    Was that Mark Wahlberg at :25….?

  • http://ballislife.com Moose

    So that’d be the Japanese basketball version of Friday Night Lights? Looks like it.
    Haha KWAPT, always looking out for our Boston Boys.
    Hursty and Gerard, I agree. Even though I really just can’t stand the Ting Tings at all.

  • Wdavid

    At least they got a show about Basketball.

  • http://www.clutchfans.net nick

    This got me thinking: Where’s Yuta Tabuse these days?

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    I love how the dude is screaming like he’s about to dunk when he pulls up for a J.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    sounds like the theme song to my favorite anime show “samurai champloo.” play wit it.

  • Dionisio

    They have a single black guy in this cast of Japanese actors. How brilliant.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    @that dude – Well it’s not about f*king ping pong is it now?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    ^^^ Ping pong is awesome, and Japanese people don’t play it, fool. This show looks horrible though… to say the least.

  • Krishan

    Ahaha Z beat me to it. Check out that scream at 0.48, that is one hardcore fadeaway J.

  • Randy Brown

    HAHAHA, that save was amazing, total superhero stuff. I also liked launching the running buzzer-beater, despite only being about 25 feet out. Still looks better than Hang Time

  • Godzilla

    just got back from tokyo last week…this show (and “Mr. Brain”) is big in japan.

    Miss Tina: Yamapi is a good actor, have u seen nobuta wo produce?

    still trippin that this got a link here on SLAM!

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Teddy – I could have said golf. Or rugby. Or extreme paintball. Doesn’t matter. How about eating competitions? Oh wait, Kobiyashi quit. They don’t play that either….

  • m

    there’s a lame chinese version complete with screaming and girls as well

    KobeWearsAPurpleThon–mark wahlberg!! seriously!!

  • joe

    LOL @ Z!!!!

  • Tony

    It’s just like one tree hill

  • nicol

    julie connor will them up!

  • nicol

    - will light them up!

  • riggs


  • Fat Lever

    Is that the longest intro for a show ever? It’s no Perfect Strangers intro, but not bad.

  • http://www.hoopsmanifesto.blogspot.com Jeff Fox

    Looks like it could be the greatest show of all-time. The theme song is straight out of South Park.

  • brian

    they should have continoued with the slam dunk anime and the manga

  • iceman_bc

    this is just a summer jp tv series.
    they take the latest sneakers,but their jersey is not so suitable.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    DP likes Champloo? Props. but MINMI show ending and Nujabes beats > this pop princess theme song.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    And Lang’s Braves can stop beating up the Giants now, pushing them out of the wild card.

  • Soundproof

    I’d watch it. Jersey’s are way better the OKC no, doubt!

  • http://www.phildos.de phildo

    We have to get the Olsen-twins into this…

  • j4zzm4n

    i miss slam dunk manga….it obliterates most other shounen jump efforts in terms of characterisation and storyline

  • Sparker

    japanese hoopsters have small balls

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Japanese television is by far the most corny in the world, with Brazilian just edging out American for the runners up position.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    HBO has the best television EVER, so I don’t see why you think American tv is “corny”.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Hey Lang! Taiwan did a similar series a few years back called “MVP Valentine”. Yes, there were horrendously cheesy love story elements in it. But the star of the show played on the Taiwanese national squad, and he can definitely ball. This Buzzer Beat looks strangely good, though.

  • badnewzb8ller

    looks like a remake of master p’s old music vid

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Cheerleader actresses are great.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sesa.opas Sesa

    I remembered reading the manga of buzzer beater. At least y’all know the Slam Dunk’s anime is good

  • Sanger

    Only problem with the slam dunk anime was it took forever to show one important play…..

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    Which episode does the token black guy on the team teach everyone to dunk? And where are the ninjas?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    interesting opening, funny, but entertaining…, i’d say it’s Hang Time meets One Tree Hill.

  • http://thesportsdiaryonline.blogspot.com Roy

    I thought it was the live action of the manga/anime series Buzzer Beater by creator of Slam Dunk manga/anime series, but it’s actually a different show altogether. I dig the shiny basketballs, though. :D

  • dcballa

    at 1:24 they even got the rodman hustle!

  • Matul The Wolf

    @ EBoy: the flying v formation, maybe…but the real question is will the NBA coach be able to get the players to do the Sparta battle cry like that too? because obviously it’s essential for the formation!

  • Daniel

    @Gerard Himself
    The opening riff is straight out of “Take Me Out”…

  • Knock Knock

    That looks like the most retarded show i’ve ever seen.

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