Captain Tsubasa (also known as Kyaputen Tsubasa in Japanese) is an immensely popular sports anime television series which is based on an equally popular manga series. Written and illustrated by Yoichi Takahashi, the manga series began serialization in the Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine in 1981 and ran for seven years, seeing its concluding chapter being published on April 26, 1988. The craze about the manga series did not stop there, and numerous manga sequels followed in the aftermath of the original series, and the entire franchise is said to have sold over 80 million copies worldwide!
Unsurprisingly, it did not take long for anime studios to pick the show up for an anime series and the first anime adaptation was produced by Tsuchida Production in 1983. As with the manga series, numerous other anime adaptations and anime films followed in the aftermath of the original anime adaptation.
The latest anime adaptation of the show is produced by David Production, and Season 1 of this adaptation premiered April 3, 2018. Like its predecessors, this adaptation was a huge success, both among fans of the franchise and new viewers alike. Understandably, since the conclusion of Season 1, fans have been waiting to hear news on a second season of the show. Here’s everything we know about the prospects of Season 2 thus far.
Captain Tsubasa Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
Captain Tsubasa season 1, consisting of 52 episodes, premiered on April 3, 2018, a couple of months prior to the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Being a lengthy season, Season 1 spanned a year, seeing its finale being aired on April 2, 2019. Although little time has passed since then, fans are already clamouring for a second season of the reboot. However, a second season is yet to be announced.
That being said, there’s no reason to worry just yet if you’re looking forward to a second season of the show. Anime shows sometimes take years to renew and hence, there’s plenty of time left for David Production to announce a second season. Further, considering the sheer number of manga series the original Captain Tsubasa series spawned, there’s definitely no dearth of source material for a second season. Given this fact, it would seem that a second season is on the cards.
However, what will actually determine whether David Production makes Season 2 is the extent of Season 1’s commercial success. If Season 1 manages to replicate the success of earlier anime adaptations, Season 2 could be a very likely outcome. However, it will take some time for David Production to gauge the show’s commercial success, so even if the studio decides to make a second season, the renewal announcement is not likely to come anytime soon. We’re keeping our ears open for news on Captain Tsubasa season 2 release date, and we’ll update this section as soon as we hear something reliable.
Captain Tsubasa English Dub:
Although this adaptation of Captain Tsubasa was not accompanied by an English version release, an English dub was licensed soon, which was not surprising considering the popularity the series enjoys all over the world. However, as it stands, the English dub of the show is not available on any legal streaming sites and we might have to wait a while before the show is available for streaming online.
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Captain Tsubasa Plot:
Captain Tsubasa is a sports anime television series which revolves around soccer. It follows 11-year-old Tsubasa Oozora. Having loved soccer from childhood, Tsubasa began playing soccer from a very young age, and as he grew older, his love for the sport developed into something of an obsession.
In a bid to augment his skills and become a better player, Tsubasa thus moves to the city of Nankatsu with his mother owing to Nankatsu’s reputation of having some of the best elementary school soccer teams in Japan. Although Tsubasa was among the best players in his old town, he finds that making it big in the elementary school soccer circuit in Nankatsu is not an easy task. Faced with stiff competition, Tsubasa finds himself pushed to the limit in Nankatsu as he tries to stand out from the rest of the competition.
Meanwhile, Tsubasa’s social life starts flourishing in Nankatsu, and he makes new friends and meets talented players. Surrounded by friends who are passionate about soccer, Tsubasa thus sets his sights on becoming a professional player and representing Japan in the FIFA World Cup. However, he realizes that his dream is not easy to achieve, and will take a lot more than raw talent.
Captain Tsubasa Characters:
Although Captain Tsubasa has dozens of characters, there are only a handful of characters who are absolutely central to the plot of the show. Below, we’ve provided you with brief backgrounds on the most important characters.
[WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD]
Tsubasa Oozora: The titular character and main protagonist of the show, Tsubasa is an 11-year-old soccer player who dreams of representing Japan in the FIFA World Cup someday. Blessed with powerful shots and impeccable technique from a young age, Tsubasa is a force to be reckoned with on the field. However, off the field, he has a cheerful and friendly personality, and has no difficulty in making new friends wherever he goes. Tsubasa’s positive attitude and sporting attitude, coupled with his technical prowess, also sees him earning the admiration of many rivals.
Genzou Wakabayashi: One of Tsubasa’s closest friends, Genzou is a goalkeeper of extraordinary calibre and scoring against him in a match is a near-impossible feat. As far as Genzou’s personality is concerned, he is both a loyal friend and a constructive critic. A charismatic lad, Genzou is socially adept and is extremely loyal to his friends and teammates. However, this does not prevent him from criticizing his own team, and he primarily does so to make them realize that they have to pick their game up to European standards, which is the gold standard of professional soccer in the world.
Kojirou Hyuuga: Another important character in the show, Kojirou is an extremely talented forward who initially starts off as Tsubasa and Genzou’s rival. Infamous for his rough demeanour on the field, Kojirou is a feared opponent. However, as the show progresses, it is revealed that he hails from an underprivileged family and wants to become a professional footballer to support his family members. It’s also revealed that deep down, Kojirou is a caring and nice person, and over the course of the show, he becomes good friends with Tsubasa and Genzou.
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