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Captain Tsubasa – Anime Review

(Last Updated On: October 11, 2020)

Hey, guys welcome back to Recently I finished an old classic anime on football named Captain Tsubasa. So in this, I will be reviewing the series for you. If you should watch it or not. Let begin !!

Captain Tsubasa - Anime Review
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About Captain Tsubasa

Captain Tsubasa is a Japanese manga series, originally created by Yōichi Takahashi in 1981. The series primarily revolves around the sport of association football and focuses on Tsubasa Oozora. The series is characterized by dynamic and exciting soccer moves, often graceful and implausible. The plot focuses on Tsubasa’s relationship with his friends, the rivalry with his opponents, training, competition, and the action and result of each soccer game. Through the multiple mangas of Captain Tsubasa, the plot shows the growth of Tsubasa and his friends as they face new rivals. Takahashi decided to create Captain Tsubasa inspired by the 1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina.

The Captain Tsubasa manga series was originally published in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump comic magazine between 1981 and 1988, covering a total of 37 tankōbon volumes. This was followed by numerous sequels. Captain Tsubasa and its sequels have sold more than 80 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling manga series. The original Captain Tsubasa manga series was adapted into an animated television series, produced by Tsuchida Production, the first season of which premiered in Japan on TV Tokyo between October 1983 and March 1986. Numerous have subsequently appeared. movies and television series, with the last one aired between April 2018 and April 2019.

Captain Tsubasa became one of the most memorable manga and anime in the world, especially in Japan due to how he popularized association football. Several real-life gamers have been inspired to turn pro after watching the series. In a survey conducted by TV Asahi in 2005, the Captain Tsubasa anime series was ranked 41st on a list of the 100 best anime series.

Plot Of Captain Tsubasa

Tsubasa Oozora is an 11-year-old elementary school student who is deeply in love with soccer 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 sea captain who travels around the world. Tsubasa is known as Soccer no Moshigo, which translates to “son of soccer sent to heaven”. When he was barely a year old, he was almost hit by a running bus while playing with a ball. However, Tsubasa held the ball in front of him, which served as a cushion for most of the impact. The force of the blow left him speechless, but he was able to straighten up with the ball. Hence Tsubasa’s motto of “The ball is my friend.” Since I was little I always went out with a ball. His mother concludes that, in fact, he was born to play solely soccer. At a very young age, Tsubasa already had amazing speed, stamina, dribbling ability, and shooting power – he astonished anyone who saw him play.

At the beginning of the story, Tsubasa and his mother move to Nankatsu City, a fictional city in Shizuoka prefecture known for its talented elementary school soccer teams and where Tsubasa meets Ryo Ishizaki, a young student lover of the football that often runs away. get out of your mother’s public baths and play soccer. Meet Sanae Nakazawa (aka Anego), an enthusiastic girl who also loves soccer and helps cheer on the Nankatsu high school team, and Genzo Wakabayashi, a talented young goalkeeper who is soon challenged to a game in the Nankatsu annual sports festival. He also meets Roberto Hongo, one of the best Brazilian soccer players in the world who is a friend of Tsubasa’s father and who begins to live with Tsubasa and his mother to coach Tsubasa. Roberto becomes Tsubasa’s mentor and helps him harness his soccer skills, convincing him to join Nankatsu Elementary School and their fledgling elementary school soccer team, which Roberto then trains while passing his techniques to Tsubasa.

Tsubasa meets Taro Misaki, who has traveled through Japan due to his father’s work and soon joins Nankatsu. The two become best friends on the field and in real life, forming a partnership that will soon be recognized as the “Golden Duo” or the “dynamic duo” of Nankatsu. Soon Tsubasa and his Nankatsu team begin taking on the best of elementary school soccer, meeting such talented players as Kojiro Hyuga, Ken Wakashimazu, Jun Misugi, Hikaru Matsuyama, and many others. Tsubasa’s Nankatsu team wins numerous youth national championships and wins the U-17 World Championship for Japan, before leaving the country to play in Brazil.

Overwhelming Aspects Of Captain Tsubasa

Captain Tsubasa is a great football anime series. It motivates along with the story and keeps you at your edge. Great determination and attitude define the main aspects of the story. The animations are vivid and quite interesting. Relations are shown as the most important part of life. Our friends are important for our growth. Tsubasa helps his friends a lot and never skips his training. He wants to win the world cup and to fulfill his dream he works restlessly. Anime in itself absorbs its viewers so much that they feel it as a like live moment and they will definitely feel motivated and fired up to perform any task at hand.

Underwhelming Aspects Of Captain Tsubasa

The major factor that dulls Captain Tsubasa is its storyline. It’s quite repetitive and kind of boring in between. Endless matches and social service seems to never end. It is a 90 series, which means animation is not that fancy as compared to anime coming these days. You can feel going off trails while watching this, but when this happens watch any other for a while and then you will be good to go again.


No matter what, it is a great football Anime series that heightens viewers’ sportsmanship spirit. Story motivates and relates to our daily life. One feels connected with the story.

Captain Tsubasas all episodes are available on YouTube Captain Tsubasa’ or you can watch it on Netflix with good VPN.


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No matter what, it is a great football Anime series that heightens viewers' sportsmanship spirit. Story motivates and relates to our daily life. One feels connected with the story.

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