A few years ago soccer or football wasn’t so popular with the Japanese. But today it has become the 3rd most popular sport in the country. Much is due to the 2002 World Cup, the first held in Asia, based in Japan and Korea Republic. In Japanese, “soccer” is sakkā, a word derived from the English “soccer.
But much of the sport’s popularity is also due to numerous works, both manga and animated, depicting soccer. In a way, this has boosted a sport that until then had been little practiced in the country.
Even if the sport is perhaps portrayed a few times fantastically, it also shows the reality of football. Many of these manga and animes came to Brazil and have been quite successful, from the classic Captain Tsubasa (Super Champions) to the most recent Super Eleven (Inazuma Eleven). See now a list of soccer football animes:
Captain Tsubasa (Super Champions) (1983)
Anime tells the story of Oliver Tsubasa, a soccer fanatic boy. After moving, he finds new friends and a world of competition in the sport.
His main dream is to play for the Japanese national team at the FIFA World Cup. So he trains hard and overcomes many challenges in his journey. He’s always striving to improve his strength and skills.
The series is a bit fanciful with the movements of football. But he also deals with relationships between friends, rivals, training, competitions and the progress of the games.
The main character even comes to play in a Brazilian team. It’s been announced that for 2018 we will have an anime remake.
Giant Killing (2010)
That anime tells the story of Tatsumi Takeshi, a famous former player, who now becomes a football coach. His goal is to take his former team from the bottom of the pit, now as a coach.
The story focuses not only on Tatsumi, but also on the players, fans, board and management of a team. Showing in fact how everything works in a football club.
Inazuma Eleven (Super Eleven) (2008)
In this anime we meet Mamoru Endou (in Brazil Satoru Endou), a young and talented goalkeeper from a school team. Even with so much talent, his school does not have a competitive football team. But everything changes when a new and skilled student moves to Endou’s school.
Then the goalkeeper goes out in search of new players to boost the team. Very fanciful matches, players full of diverse powers and skills, a lot of action, and stadiums that become real combat arenas.
Area in Kishi (2012)
Kakeru Aizawa is the younger brother of the Japan No10. Kakeru is a bit unbelieving about being a player, so much so that he is only an assistant to his brother’s school team. But everything changes when an old childhood friend who played football with them returns.
She doesn’t understand how Kakeru has lost confidence in playing football soccer. A terrible event marks their lives, from which the young Kakeru decided to pursue his dream of participating in a National Championship.
The series shows the development of Tsukushi Tsukamoto, a shy and clumsy teenager and not very skilled at football. But one day, after some events, he proves to be very hard-working and dedicated, despite his lack of skill with the sport.
His friend Jin, considered a genius in football, seeing Tsukushi’s dedication invites him to join the team. Tsukushi, despite being fragile, weak and clumsy, shows a great disposition, which helps the team to work together, even if it seems difficult.
Other football anime
- Whistle! (2002)
- Ginga and Kickoff! (2012)
- Aoki Densetsu Shoot! (1993)
- Hungry Heart: Wild Striker (2002)
- Ganbare, Kickers! (1997)
- Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun (2017)
- Eyeshield 21 (2004)
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