The new anime adaptation of Captain Tsubasa, based on the manga of the same name by Yoichi Takahashi, will start on 2 April. A special event to commemorate the premiere took place on the Blue Stage on 24th March at Japan’s biggest anime event, AnimeJapan 2018.
Yuko Sanpei (Tsubasa Ozora), Kenichi Suzumura (Genzou Wakabayashi), Ayaka Fukuhara (Taro Misaki), Katsuyuki Konishi (Roberto Hongo) appeared on stage. Suzumura and Konishi seemed to be especially excited, as they are big fans from the ‘Captain Tsubasa Generation’, meaning they remember the manga running in the 1980s. It was the first New Captain Tsubasa event taking place in front of the audience. They showed off their deep knowledge of the story by making jokes which made the audience laugh all the time.
Suzumura analyzed the characters and concluded, ‘The mature characters tend to say “Nanii” a lot. [lit. ‘What??’]’ He said that his character, Wakabayashi, says it quite a lot. This is the second time for Suzumura to play Wakabayashi, so he said that he studied a lot on how to say the word. He enthusiastically explained that the trick is to pronounce the second ‘i’.
Konishi talked about his time playing soccer as a child. He admired the Captain Tsubasa character Kojiro Hyuga, whose signature style is rolling up the sleeves of his t-shirt. He would copy Kojiro’s straight-line dribble. However, his ball was often taken by opponents because it was predictable. When it happened, he immediately uttered ‘Nanii’ subconsciously. He confessed that he totally got into the character and contracted ‘Hyuga disease’ in those days. His cute confession put big smiles on the audience’s faces.
A trailer and part of the first episode of the new anime series were shown on-screen. Although they were both short videos, the cast members couldn’t stop shouting out commentary and laughing along. Sanpei talked about her character, the eponymous Tsubasa, ‘I thought he was cheerful and a naturally talented soccer player at first, but now I know he actually practices diligently.’ She explained the reason why he doesn’t look unsophisticated despite his hot-blooded positivity is that he is a soccer prodigy.
Many set phrases were heard in the video including ‘Ball wa Tomodachi (the ball is my friend),’ ‘SGGK (Super Great Goal Keeper)’, ‘Spin-off Boku wa Misaki Taro’ (Spin off I’m Taro Misaki) and ‘Drive Shoot.’ Every time the cast members heard one of the phrases, they showed their excitement with laughter. According to the cast members, the male voice actors can’t stop talking about Captain Tsubasa during their recording. This look behind-the-scenes demonstrates their love of the story.
Misaki is voiced by Fukuhara, and this is the first time she has ever played a male character. She said she has tasted the greatness of the anime, and this feeling becomes stronger each time she goes to the recording studio. There was a collective eagerness among the cast members to live up to the expectations of Captain Tsubasa fans as it is a beloved story for many.
The best part of the new anime is that it faithfully follows the original manga as much as possible. Despite the manga being over 30 years old, the anime does not look out of place in 2018. I also love that there are so many fun moments in each episode. The cast members expressed their hope that fans will watch the anime and have fun simultaneously once its broadcast begins. There will be more Captain Tsubasa events to come, so please keep checking our website for further information!
Spring 2018 | Anime Info