Captain Tsubasa: Road to 2002

Captain Tsubasa

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Alternative Titles

English: Captain Tsubasa
Synonyms: Captain Tsubasa (2001), Road to World Cup 2002, Road to Dream
Japanese: キャプテン翼 (2001)


Type: TV
Episodes: 52
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 2001 to Oct 6, 2002
Premiered: Fall 2001
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: TV Tokyo
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Madhouse, Group TAC
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, SportsSports, ShounenShounen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.401 (scored by 2765827,658 users)
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Ranked: #19272
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Popularity: #2522
Members: 44,881
Favorites: 229
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Tsubasa Oozora loves everything about soccer: the cheer of the crowd, the speed of the ball, the passion of the players, and the excitement that comes from striving to be the best soccer player he can be. His goal is to aim for the World Cup, and to do that, he’s spent countless hours practicing soccer, ever since the moment he could walk on two legs. Now, as he plays for the Barcelona team in a fierce game, it seems as though his dreams are on the verge of coming true.

Captain Tsubasa: Road to 2002 tells the story of how Tsubasa climbed his way through the ranks, featuring his roots in the town of Nankatsu as well as his epic journey to master the art of soccer.


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Characters & Voice Actors


Sugii, Gisaburou
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Imakake, Isamu
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Fujiyama, Fusanobu
Sound Director
Itagaki, Shin
Episode Director, Storyboard, Animation Director


Opening Theme

#1: "Dragon Screamer" by Da Pump (eps 1-37)
#2: "Our Relation" by Imai Eriko (eps 38-52)

Ending Theme

#1: "Feel So Right" by MAX (eps 1-13)
#2: "Katsu" by London Boots Ichi-go Ni-go (eps 14-26)
#3: "Keep On Going" by Enomoto Atsuko (eps 27-39)
#4: "Break Off!" by DASEIN (eps 40-52)

Oct 25, 2014
iorime (All reviews)
Captain Tsubasa: Road to 2002 tells the story of the fictional Japanese national football/soccer team and how they came to represent Japan in the 2002 World Cup held in Japan and Korea. It combines purely ridiculous (in a good way) football with classic anime action.

The series places a strong emphasis on the progression of a few select characters- from talented middle school students to playing for top European football clubs as adults; Tsubasa Oozora, the title character's journey being most prominent.

That said, there are asides about pretty much every minor character's origins as middle school footballers, or their struggles as they try to make read more
May 15, 2019
Sanae28 (All reviews)
This series was created on the occasion of the soccer world championships that took place in Korea and Gaippone in 2002.

As you will have understood by now, this story inevitably binds and intersects with the real life of Japan, but not only.

In fact this series is full of references to real soccer players and real football teams.

It can be divided into two parts of 26 episodes each:

- 'Elementary arc' + 'middle school arc'( personally I think they cut a little too much of the story) + 'shin captain tsubasa arc' (quite good)
- first part of 'CTWY' (Tsubasa in Brazil) and the first part of 'CTRT2002' read more
Jul 15, 2019
LeonardoRJ12 (All reviews)
Captain Tsubasa road to 2002 shows the history of the Japanese team's formation to show the world the excellence of their football and technique. In the person of Tsubasa, all the art and greatness of football are shown in a unique and fantastic way. It's an exciting sport that makes everyone who wants to play real football well. Captain Tsubasa road to 2002 is in fact the football anime.

Tradução: Captain Tsubasa road to 2002 mostra a história da formação da equipe japonesa para mostrar ao mundo a excelência do seu futebol e técnica. Na pessoa de Tsubasa, toda a arte e a grandeza do futebol read more
Aug 31, 2020
Jay27_ (All reviews)
The ball is my friend!

It's a fact that the original Captain Tsubasa anime has inspired many famous footballers to pursue career in this sport. I had watched this anime long back. It felt like a celebration of Japan having an opportunity to co-host the 2002 Fifa world cup. I must say that the mangaka must be having huge dreams expectations from the Japanese national football team. We see Japan beating many strong teams in this anime. Obviously, these all teams were fictional. I must say the first 10 episodes are really important as it shows the history of this fictional Japanese national team and each read more

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