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.
#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)
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
bit of Japanese, for an unknown reason called it "Magnum"), and the Twins' super-joint kick.
It is about a student named Ozora Tsubasa who moves to Nankatsu from his hometown because he wants to play soccer in the famous Shuutetsu team. However, his encounters on the first few days forces him to reconsider, and with the advisement of the famous Brazillian soccer player Roberto Hongo who was asked to train Tsubasa by his father, he ended up joining Nankatsu Public School's soccer team, a rival to Shuutetsu that hasn't won in many years. Mainly it is because of Tsubasa's rival beginning with the famous Shuutetsu goalkeeper Wakabayashi Genzo, and the friends he made that go to Nankatsu PS. As the story develops Taro Misaki moves to Nankatsu a few days after Tsubasa and becomes best friends with him, also joining Nankatsu.
The series follows on the games of Nankatsu and friendships and rivalries of Ozora Tsubasa.
I watched this anime when I was seven and I still I remember how much I hated it. The plot is about this ELEMENTARY school soccer team (OK the second half is about their junior high life but who gives a @$#). Soccer is a good sports but why elementary school kids? If you want to make a sports-genre anime about passion and dreams and all that stuff, elementary kids are not the way to go, trust me. This naturally leads to horrible characters since they are a bunch of brats anyways. The show literally turned the soccer field into a drama stage, where you
constantly see two people arguing about their worldviews and solving each other's life problems during a soccer game. Of course, the worst doesn't come until the last game when the antagonist kicked the soccer ball straight into the protagonist's belly in order to wake him up. He was actually aiming for the goal but then he changed him mind, turned 90 degrees to the right, and then aimed for the progatonist. Awful awful show. Not even funny.
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 (https://www.tofugu.com/japan/soccer-in-japan/)
This show is very good about a boy who will do everything to become a world cup winner and every
rival becomes his friends. They become the Under X Japan Team and then the World Cup.
But I understand this is not an easy series for someone with 20 years nowadays. I bet they would be bored by it. They would be bored of Dragon Ball (the first one) because that's the way of society nowadays...
People under 30 cannot fully appreciate what we over 30 had. We didn't had 100 series to choose from. We had 10. In Portugal (Where I live) we had 2 channels. That was it. Either I saw one or the other. No internet (I am talking from 85/93 or something like that). So we didn't knew nothing. Of course, after watching a gazillion animes, movies and series I understand how people would say yeah tsubasa is weak or dragon ball or MacGyver or A-Team. But to me, even if overall I cannot give in good conscious give every 10 (because they are not 10) I must give 10 because it belongs to me, in my heart througouht my life....
Sorry for the review. It was not only of Captain Tsubasa but... You get it. :)
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
for me, this was one of those 'trend setting' Anime that made football a lot more fun to play; even if it meant grazing my back against the concrete floor after attempting to perform a bicycle kick. Having watched this show several years later, from start to end, I can't help but agree that Tom Robbins has it right when he says "It's never too late to have a happy childhood".
The story behind Captain Tsubasa is a simple one, but one that keeps you thoroughly entertained. The heart of the story revolves around an 11-year-old kid known as Tsubasa Oozora, who simply can’t live without football (sorry folks, but I refuse to refer to this sport as “soccer”). However, unlike kids of his age who perceive the sport as a recreational one, the strong bond between Tsubasa and the football was forged when as a toddler, Tsubasa was hit by a car but was miraculously left unscathed because he was holding his football (which absorbed the shock of the impact). Since then, Tsubasa became “friends” with the football. The series begins with Tsubasa and his mother moving to Nankatsu city, where Tsubasa aspires to become part of the famous Shuutetsu School football team. Known for their outstanding talent and led by their genius goalkeeper, “Wakabayashi”, Shuutetsu is a dream for any kid wanting to become pro one day. Nevertheless, shortly after moving to Nankatsu city, Tsubasa becomes friends with members of a rival football club from Nankatsu Public School (NPS). Unlike Shuutetsu, NPS is a disaster waiting to happen. Lacking a single player with a single shred of talent, NPS has a reputation for losing against Shuutetsu without scoring a single goal against them. Through a series of unexpected turn of events, Tsubasa decides to join Nankatsu to play against Wakabayashi. The chemistry between these two rivals is so intense that it makes you want to continue watching the show. Perhaps what adds to the charm is the fact that Wakabayashi is arrogant while Tsubasa is as humble as they come, yet both display incredible talent at the sport. At the risk of mentioning any spoilers, I will stop with the story and let you enjoy it for yourselves.
Even if you grew up in the 90s, I can’t think of a reason why you will be put-off by the artwork. Granted, the artwork is not impeccable by any means, but it most definitely suits the theme of the Anime well. The characters have been drawn in such a way that each has its own distinct and recognizable characteristics. Furthermore, with respect to the matches, they are not simply a repeat of previous ones. Each match has its own dynamics, turn of events and level of difficulty, which will keep you from getting bored too quickly.
In conclusion, regardless of what generation you are from or where you grew up, I recommend you to give this Anime a chance. If you watch it for the right reasons, I’m sure that it will not disappoint you. I give this Anime a 7 out of 10.
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