Original Anime Cel from Captain Tsubasa featuring Tsubasa Oozor, Hajime Taki and
Original anime celluloid from Captain Tsubasa featuring Tsubasa Oozor, Hajime Taki and Hanji Urabe.
Captain Tsubasa (Japanese: キャプテン翼Hepburn: Kyaputen Tsubasa), is a popular long-running Japanese manga series, originally created by Yōichi Takahashi in 1981. The series mainly revolves around the sport of association football focusing on Tsubasa Oozora. The series is characterized by dynamic and exciting football moves, often stylish and implausible. The plot focuses on Tsubasa's relationship with his friends, rivalry with his opponents, training, competition and the action and outcome of each football match. Across the multiple Captain Tsubasa mangas, the plot shows Tsubasa's and his friends' growth as they face new rivals. Takahashi decided to create Captain Tsubasa inspired by 1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina.
Captain Tsubasa became into one of the most memorable manga and anime worldwide, most notably in Japan due to how it popularized the association football. Multiple real life players have been inspired to become professionals after seeing the series. In a poll conducted by TV Asahi in 2005, the Captain Tsubasa anime series ranked 41 in a list of top 100 anime series.