What You Need to Know:
- VIZ Media have officially announced that they've acquired the forthcoming CAPTAIN TSUBASA series. They've secured the digital streaming, EST, home video and merchandise rights from Shueisha Inc. The series is set to premiere in Japan this April on TV Tokyo.
- In addition, VIZ Media is partnering with Televix Entertainment to present CAPTAIN TSUBASA to Latin American buyers at the upcoming NATPE market (Miami, FL, January 16-18). Televix represents all broadcast and digital licensing rights in Latin American territories, and will be taking meetings at the Fontainebleau Hotel Tresor Tower Suite 1708.
- The new anime recounts the events of the original manga of the same name by Yoichi Takahashi, which ran in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1981 to 1988. The manga triggered a huge soccer boom in Japan and inspired three previous television anime series, four anime films, mobile and console video games, and even a stage play.
Source: Official Press Release
It's so awesome that a franchise as old as Captain Tsubasa is still being celebrated after so many years! That just goes to show you the quality of this anime and the impact it has made.
That and perhaps it's due to soccer being such a globally respected sport, it's hard to ignore. Captain Tsubasa was an inspiration to many of the soccer greats!