Captain Tsubasa

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Captain Tsubasa
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Cover of Captain Tsubasa Bunkoban edition volume 1 as published by Shueisha
キャプテン翼
(Kyaputen Tsubasa)
Genre Sports (Football)
Manga
Written by Yōichi Takahashi
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump
Original run April 13, 1981May 9, 1988
Volumes 37 (List of volumes)
Manga
Captain Tsubasa: World Youth
Written by Yōichi Takahashi
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump
Original run April 18, 1994September 1, 1997
Volumes 18 (List of volumes)
Manga
Captain Tsubasa: Road to 2002
Written by Yōichi Takahashi
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Weekly Young Jump
Original run 20012004
Volumes 15 (List of volumes)
Manga
Captain Tsubasa: Golden-23
Written by Yōichi Takahashi
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Weekly Young Jump
Original run 2005May 2008
Volumes 12 (List of volumes)
Manga
Captain Tsubasa: Kaigai Gekito Hen
Written by Yōichi Takahashi
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Weekly Young Jump
Original run May 2009February 2012
Volumes 8 (List of volumes)
Manga
Captain Tsubasa: Rising Sun
Written by Yōichi Takahashi
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Grand Jump
Original run December 2013 – present
Volumes 4 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Hiroyoshi Mitsunobu
Produced by Hiromichi Shigegaki
Hyota Ezu
Masao Kodaira
Music by Hiromoto Tobisawa
Studio Tsuchida Pro
Licensed by
Network TV Tokyo
Original run October 10, 1983March 27, 1986
Episodes 128 (List of episodes)
Anime film
Captain Tsubasa: Europe Daikessen
Directed by Hiroyoshi Mitsunobu
Produced by Hiromichi Shigegaki
Written by Yoshiyuki Suga
Music by Hiromoto Tobisawa
Studio Tsuchida Pro
Released July 13, 1985
Runtime 41 minutes
Anime film
Captain Tsubasa: Ayaushi, Zen Nippon Jr.
Directed by Hiroyoshi Mitsunobu
Produced by Hiromichi Shigegaki
Written by Yoshiyuki Suga
Music by Hiromoto Tobisawa
Studio Tsuchida Pro
Released December 21, 1985
Runtime 60 minutes
Anime film
Captain Tsubasa: Asu ni Mukatte Hashire
Directed by Noriyoshi Nakamura
Written by Yoshiyuki Suga
Music by Hiromoto Tobisawa
Studio Tsuchida Pro
Released March 15, 1986
Runtime 35 minutes
Anime film
Captain Tsubasa: Sekai Daikessen!! Jr. World Cup
Directed by Tatsuya Okamoto
Written by Yoshiyuki Suga
Music by Hiromoto Tobisawa
Studio Tsuchida Pro
Released July 12, 1986
Runtime 57 minutes
Original video animation
Shin Captain Tsubasa
Directed by Osamu Sekita
Produced by Kaname Sakamoto
Masaki Sawanobori
Written by Satoshi Namiki
Music by Osamu Totsuka
Studio Studio Comet
Released July, 1989July, 1990
Episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Holland Youth
Directed by Yoriyasu Kogawa
Produced by Kyotaro Kimura
Michihisa Abe
Minoru Ohno
Written by Yoriyasu Kogawa
Music by Takeo Miratsu
Studio J.C.Staff
Yomiko Advertising, Inc.
Released November 6, 1994
Runtime 48 minutes
Anime television series
Captain Tsubasa J
Directed by Hiroshi Fukutomi
Produced by Etsuko Komatsu
Hidetaka Ikuta
Koji Kaneda
Music by Michihiko Ohta
Studio Studio Comet
Network Fuji Television
Original run October 21, 1994December 22, 1995
Episodes 46 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Captain Tsubasa: Road to 2002
Directed by Gisaburō Sugii
Produced by Masao Maruyama
Shinsaku Hatta
Susumu Matsuyama
Written by Kaoru Kurosaki (screenplay)
Music by Akifumi Tada
Yasunori Iwasaki
Studio Group TAC
Madhouse
Licensed by
Network TV Tokyo
Original run October 7, 2001October 6, 2002
Episodes 52 (List of episodes)
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Captain Tsubasa (Japanese: キャプテン翼 Hepburn: Kyaputen Tsubasa?),,[1] is a popular long-running Japanese manga, animation, and video game series, originally created by Yōichi Takahashi in 1981. The series mainly revolves around the sport of Association football focusing on captain Tsubasa Oozora (大空 翼 Ōzora Tsubasa?). The series is characterized by dynamic football moves, often stylish and implausible. The plot focuses on Tsubasa's relationship with his friends, rivalry with his opponents, training, competition, and the action and outcome of each football match.

The Captain Tsubasa manga series was originally serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump comic book magazine between 1981 and 1988, spanning a total of 37-tankōbon volumes. This was followed by numerous sequels. The Captain Tsubasa manga has sold over 70 million copies in Japan making it one of Shonen Jump's most popular series ever. The original Captain Tsubasa comic series was adapted soon into an TV animation series, produced by Tsuchida Production, whose first season premiered in Japan on the TV Tokyo network between October 10, 1983 and March 27, 1986. Numerous movies and television series have followed.

In a poll conducted by TV Asahi in 2005, the Captain Tsubasa anime series ranked 41 in a list of top 100 anime series.

Plot[edit]

Captain Tsubasa[edit]

Tsubasa Ozora is an 11-year-old elementary school student who is deeply in love with football and dreams of one day winning the FIFA World Cup for Japan. He lives together with his mother in Japan, while his father is a seafaring captain who travels around the world.

Tsubasa Ozora is known as the Soccer no Moshigo which translates as "heaven-sent child of football". When he was only barely a year old, he was almost run over by a rushing bus while playing with a football. However, Tsubasa held the ball in front of him which served as a cushion for most of the impact. The force of the bump blew him away, but he was able to right himself with the ball. Hence, Tsubasa Ozora's motto of "The ball is my friend". Ever since he was little, he always went out with a football. His mother concludes that he was indeed born only to play football. At a very young age, Tsubasa Ozora already has amazing speed, stamina, dribbling skills and shotpower, astounding anyone who sees him play.

At the beginning of the story, both of them move to the city of Nankatsu, a town well known for their talented elementary school football teams and where Tsubasa meets Ryo Ishizaki, a football-loving young student who often sneaks out from his mother's public bath houses and chores to play football. He meets Sanae Nakazawa (also known as Anego), his future wife, an enthusiastic girl who also loves football and helps cheer the Nankatsu High team on, and Genzo Wakabayashi, a highly talented young goalkeeper whom he soon challenges to a game in Nankatsu's annual Sports Festival. He also meets Roberto Hongo, one of the best Brazilian footballers, who is a friend of Tsubasa's father, and who arrives in Japan and starts living with Tsubasa and his mother. Roberto becomes a mentor to Tsubasa and helps him to harness his football skills, convincing him to join Nankatsu Elementary and its fledgling high school football team, which Roberto coaches later as he passes his techniques onto Tsubasa.

Tsubasa meets Taro Misaki, who has travelled around Japan due to his father's job and soon joins Nankatsu. The two become the best of friends in the pitch and real life, forming a partnership soon to be renowned as the "Golden Duo" or "dynamic duo" of Nankatsu. Soon Tsubasa and his Nankatsu team start taking on the best of elementary school football, meeting such talented players as Kojiro Hyuga, Ken Wakashimazu, Jun Misugi, Hikaru Matsuyama, and many others. His Nankatsu squad wins numerous youth national championships, and wins the U-17 World Championships for Japan, before leaving the country to play in Brazil...

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

First edition cover in a Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump comic book magazine 1981
  • Captain Tsubasa (1981-1988 in Weekly Shōnen Jump; 37 volumes)
  • Captain Tsubasa Boku wa Misaki Taro (lit. I am Taro Misaki) (one-shot)
  • Captain Tsubasa: Saikyo no teki:Holland Youth (one-shot)
  • Captain Tsubasa: "World Youth" Saga (1994-1997 in Weekly Shōnen Jump; 18 volumes)
  • Captain Tsubasa: Road to 2002 (2001-2004 in Weekly Young Jump; 15 volumes; 144 chapters)
  • Captain Tsubasa Millennium Dream (one-shot)
  • Captain Tsubasa Final Countdown (one-shot)
  • Captain Tsubasa: Road to 2002 - Go for 2006 (5 chapters included in the 15th volume of Captain Tsubasa Road to 2002)
  • Captain Tsubasa FCRB (one-shot)
  • Captain Tsubasa Golden Dream (one-shot)
  • Captain Tsubasa: All Star Game (one-shot; 5 chapters)
  • Captain Tsubasa: Golden-23 (2005-2008 in Weekly Young Jump; 12 volumes)
  • Captain Tsubasa Japan Dream (2006, one-shot)
  • Captain Tsubasa Kaigai Gekito Hen (May 2009 - February 2012 in Weekly Young Jump; 8 volumes)
    • In Calcio (May 2009 - September 2009 in Weekly Young Jump; 2 volumes)
    • En La Liga (February 2010 – February 2012 in Weekly Young Jump; 6 volumes)
  • Captain Tsubasa Live Together (2010, one-shot)
  • Captain Tsubasa: Rising Sun (2014)

Anime[edit]

The original Captain Tsubasa comic series was adapted soon into an TV animation series, produced by Tsuchida Production, whose first season premiered in Japan on the TV Tokyo network between October 10, 1983 and March 27, 1986. This first series tells only the synopsis of the first 25 volumes. Four animated movies followed soon, between 1985 and 1986, continuing the storyline. In 1989 a new animation series, Shin Captain Tsubasa, was produced by Shueisha and CBS Sony Group, Inc. and spanned 13 original video animations (OVAs). Shin Captain Tsubasa tells the comic book's synopsis from volume 25 to volume 36. The animation series was followed soon after into a second sequel, entitled Captain Tsubasa J, produced by Studio Comet, which aired between October 21, 1994 and December 22, 1995 in Japan on the Fuji Television network and spanned 47 episodes, as well an OVA series, Captain Tsubasa: Holland Youth, which was published in 1994. The animated series was continued on further into a third sequel, Captain Tsubasa: Road to Dream, also known as Captain Tsubasa ~ Road to 2002, the latest animated adaptation of the series, animated by Group TAC, which aired in Japan between October 7, 2001 and October 6, 2002, with music published by Avex Mode.

All of the versions of the Captain Tsubasa animated series has been broadcast by the animation satellite television network Animax across its original network in Japan and later across its respective networks worldwide, including East Asia, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and other regions. It has been broadcast across several other regions over the world, including South America, Europe and the Middle East.

Reception and legacy[edit]

In 2001, the Captain Tsubasa anime series was ranked forty-ninth in Animage's "Top 100" anime productions list.[2] The anime adaptation has also been very popular in Japan. In 2005, Japanese television network TV Asahi conducted a "Top 100" online web poll and nationwide survey; Captain Tsubasa placed forty-first in the online pool and thirtieth in the survey.[3][4] In 2006, TV Asahi conducted another online poll for the top one hundred anime, and 'Captain Tsubasa placed sixteenth on the "The Celebrity List".[5]

Captain Tsubasa inspired the prominent footballers such as Hidetoshi Nakata, Fernando Torres, Alexis Sánchez and Andrés Iniesta to play football and choose it as a career[6][7][8][9] as well as Stephen Chow's film Shaolin Soccer and an Adidas running shoes.[10][11] A bronze statue of Tsubasa Oozora will be erected in the neighborhood of the anime's creator in Katsushika, Tokyo in spring 2013.[12] Tsubasa and Misaki appear in the video for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics at the closing ceremony for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Tsubasa and Misaki performed their twin shot in once scene, and Tsubasa appeared on his own later with his signature overhead kick.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Flash Kicker." Animax India. June 30, 2007. Retrieved on July 23, 2009.
  2. ^ "Animage Top-100 Anime Listing". Anime News Network. January 15, 2001. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  3. ^ "TV Asahi Top 100 Anime". Anime News Network. September 23, 2005. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  4. ^ "TV Asahi Top 100 Anime, Part 2". Anime News Network. September 23, 2005. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Japan's Favorite TV Anime". Anime News Network. October 13, 2006. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ Jonathan Northcroft (2006-01-01). "I don't understand why people are football fans. I don't like to watch any kind of sport". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  7. ^ "Leading News Resource of Pakistan". Daily Times. 2002-05-10. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  8. ^ "La Cuarta Cibernetica: El Diario popular". Lacuarta.cl. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  9. ^ "Captain Tsubasa en campaña para los JJ.OO. | Latin America Sony Spin". La.sonyspin.com. Retrieved 2013-08-27. 
  10. ^ "Anime Inspired Shaolin Soccer". Anime News Network. June 17, 2003. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Captain Tsubasa Running Shoes". Anime News Network. January 22, 2005. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Captain Tsubasa Bronze Statue to Be Erected Next Spring". Anime News Network. October 23, 2012. Archived from the original on October 26, 2012. Retrieved October 26, 2012. 

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