Captain Tsubasa

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Flash Kicker
Japanese: キャプテン翼


Type: TV
Episodes: 128
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 13, 1983 to Mar 27, 1986
Premiered: Fall 1983
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: TV Tokyo, Studio Jack, CBS
Licensors: None found, add some
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, ShounenShounen, SportsSports
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 7.301 (scored by 4063640,636 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #23592
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1918
Members: 69,815
Favorites: 414
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Captain Tsubasa is the passionate story of an elementary school student whose thoughts and dreams revolve almost entirely around the love of soccer. 11-year-old Tsubasa Oozora started playing soccer at a very young age, and while it was mostly just a recreational sport for his friends, for him, it developed into something of an obsession.

In order to pursue his dream to the best of his elementary school abilities, Tsubasa moves with his mother to Nankatsu city, which is well-known for its excellent elementary school soccer teams. But although he was easily the best in his old town, Nankatsu has a lot more competition, and he will need all of his skill and talent in order to stand out from this new crowd.

He encounters not only rivals, but also new friends like the pretty girl Sanae Nakazawa and the talented goalkeeper, Genzo Wakabayashi, who shares the same passion as Tsubasa, and will prove to be a treasured friend in helping him push towards his dreams. Representing Japan in the FIFA World Cup is Tsubasa’s ultimate dream, but it will take a lot more than talent to reach it.


Captain Tsubasa has inspired real footballers such as Hidetoshi Nakata, Fernando Torres and Lionel Messi in their own football dreams. A bronze statue of Tsubasa Oozora was erected in Katsushika, Tokyo in 2013, which is the neighbourhood where the original manga creator lived.

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Characters & Voice Actors



Opening Theme

#1: "Moete Hero (燃えてヒーロー)" by Hiroyuki Okita (eps 1-87)
#2: "Moete Hero (燃えてヒーロー)" by Takayuki Takemoto (eps 88-128)

Ending Theme

#1: "Fuyu no Lion (冬のライオン; Lion of Winter)" by Hiroyuki Okita (eps 1-49)
#2: "Tsubasa yo Hashire! (翼よ走れ!)" by Captain Tsubasa Ouendan (eps 50-110)
#3: "Asu ni Mukatte Shoot (明日に向かってシュート)" by Youko Ogai (eps 111-128)

Oct 27, 2007
Xalengurth (All reviews)
I watched this anime when I was in elementary school, and including me all my friends were really into it. This got us all into soccer too lol, I would imagine myself being Tsubasa, or Misaki and try harder at soccer.

I recently watched the first three episodes but couldn't find anymore with english subs, or dubs. If anyone knows anyplace I can find them in please let me know.

But as to the anime it is very enjoyable, it combines both reality and super powers such as Tsubasa's super kick (which, while playing the Japanese only Atari game with my friends and not knowing a read more
Aug 5, 2016
Paulo_Goncalves (All reviews)
I know that 8+8+8+8+10=Overall 10. But that's how I feel.
This is not the best drawn anime. It's not the best character driven or have the best plot or even sound. But this anime has something that most animes nowadays will never had. This anime made people around the world enjoy football (soccer to you americans).

Fernando Torres; Iniesta and plenty other european players were fan of it. Some even say they went to play because of it. I am not even talking about Japanese players (

This show is very good about a boy who will do everything to become a world cup winner and every read more
Oct 30, 2016
VoDKa (All reviews)
Whether "Captain Tsubasa" will appeal to you largely depends on the generation you grew up in. For those of you who grew up in the early 90s, it is conceivable that Japanese Anime (JA) such as "Dragon Ball Z" were instrumental in 'setting the bar' for how an Anime should be like. However, if you grew up in Europe during the 80s, it is hard to imagine that Captain Tsubasa wasn't within your weekly radar of TV shows. After all, how could a JA series about football not appeal to kids who probably spent their summer break doing the same (i.e. playing football)? At least read more
Dec 29, 2018
Sanae28 (All reviews)
I like 'CT' for many reasons.

It's the first anime I watched in my life and thanks to it I discovered anime

Tsubasa ia great friend of the ball and thanks to it he is always a better football player. Tsubasa always kicks the ball.

The teamwork is really important in this anime and Tsubasa can't never win without his teammates. Thanks to Tsubasa also the others teammates are better.

It's an optimistic story based on frienship and love for football

Personally I like its graphic style and I think it's really good for children.

Maybe 'CT' could seem 'imperfect' but has that 'something more' that many anime actually don't have read more

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