Captain Tsubasa
Captain Tsubasa (2018) logo
TV series
Chief director Toshiyuki Kato (supervision)
Hirofumi Ogura (series director)
Producer(s) Unknown
Scenario Atsuhiro Tomioka
Music Hayato Matsuo
Studio David Production
Network TV Tokyo
Released 2018-04-02 ~ ongoing
Episodes 52
Captain Tsubasa (キャプテン翼) is a 2018 anime series broadcasted by TV Tokyo in Japan on April, and on Cartoon Network on June 2018. The anime is made honoring the 2018 FIFA World Cup which was held in Russia.[1]


Captain Tsubasa is a story of 11-year-old Tsubasa Ozora who dreams to become the world's best football player and win the World Cup[note 1]; his thoughts and dreams revolve almost entirely around the joy of football. In order to pursue his dream, Tsubasa moves with his mother to Nankatsu, where he will need the best of his abilities to stand out. He encounters not only rivals, but also friends such as the gutsy Ishizaki, the cheerleader Sanae Nakazawa, genious keeper Wakabayashi, and Roberto Hongo, a retired Brazilian football player who will help him push towards his dreams.

Tsubasa V sign (2018)

Licensing in other countriesEdit

Viz Media has Licensed the New Captain Tsubasa Anime[2], and Cartoon Network LA is distributing both Spanish and Portuguese (Brazil) dubbed versions. After a 4-episode premiere in movie theaters within Mexico, Chile, and Peru, the series is being dubbed in sets of 4~5 episodes monthly.[3]


Kid's Dream arcEdit

Season 1: The first set of 28 episodes[4] is confirmed to be a retelling of the Kids' Dream arc, combining both original manga and modern-era elements. Most of characters' uniforms, clothes,
Boys fight arc (2018)
and color palettes are more faithful to the manga [5].

Boys' Fight arcEdit

Season 2: TV Tokyo revealed on July 23, 2018 that the anime will enter the story's Middle school (Boys' Fight) arc[6] in October. revealed a visual (seen below) of Tsubasa and Kojiro's middle school appearances in Nankatsu middle school and Toho Academy middle school[6] respectively.


Main Characters Edit

  • Tsubasa Ozora: A natural football prodigy. Tsubasa has always been with a ball ever since he was born, even if others did not understand his passion.
  • Genzo Wakabayashi: A genius, champion goalkeeper from Shutetsu. After accepting Tsubasa’s duel, he becomes his rival and later friend.
  • Ryo Ishizaki: Tsubasa's first friend in Nankatsu. His inherent guts and determination lead him to persevere in his efforts.
  • Taro Misaki: Due to his father’s art painting work, Misaki always move from town to town. Since greatly skilled, he's perfectly in sync with Tsubasa who are both known as the Golden Combi.

Support charactersEdit

Friends, family and coaches

Lead team membersEdit

Nankatsu SC teammates

Main article: Nankatsu SC

This lead team consists of grade school players from Nankatsu city, who were selected for the entrance exams.

Captain Tsubasa 2018

Nankatsu MS teammates

Main article: Nankatsu MS

This is the lead team for the Boys' Fight arc, in the junior high school tournament.

Rivals Edit

Main article: Elementary school teams

Meiwa FC

  • Kojiro Hyuga: Tsubasa's main rival (and later deuteragonist) with a strong and raw playstyle which is the opposite of Tsubasa's style.
  • Ken Wakashimazu: An unmatched goalkeeper who combines karate-style techniques with some acrobatic play and speed.
  • Takeshi Sawada: Hyuga's younger talented football partner, also trained by coach Kira.

Hanawa FC

Musashi FC

  • Jun Misugi: A talented star which superior technique and understanding of football than Tsubasa.[note 3]. Misugi has a heart disease, preventing him from playing a full match without endangering his life. However, he decided to play full time in the semifinals, eager to face Tsubasa.

Furano FC

  • Hikaru Matsuyama: Though he isn't a football genius, he is a persistent and hard-working player, being able to develop many good skills. He also has true understanding of teamwork.

Episode listEdit

# Title Air date
1 Soar Toward the Great Sky! (大空にはばたけ!, Ozora ni Habatake!) April 2, 2018
2 Take Flight! (とんだっ!, Tonda!!) April 9, 2018
3 New Nankatsu Football Club Start (ニュー南葛小サッカー部スタート, New Nankatsu Sho Soccer Bu Start) April 16, 2018
4 Tsubasa and Roberto (翼とロベルト, Tsubasa to Roberuto) April 23, 2018
5 On their way to the Inter-School Tournament (対抗戦へ向けて, Taikousen e Mukete) April 30, 2018
6 Kick Off! Nankatsu vs Shutetsu (キックオフ! 南葛VS修哲, Kickoff! Nankatsu vs Shutetsu) May 7, 2018
7 Fantasista Tsubasa (ファンタジスタ翼, Fantajisuta Tsubasa) May 14, 2018
8 Birth! Nankatsu Golden Combi (誕生! 南葛黄金[ゴールデン]コンビ, Tanjo! Nankatsu Golden Combi) May 21, 2018
9 Invigorating Last Scene (さわやかな幕切れ, Sawayaka na Makugire) May 28, 2018
10 Kojiro's Appearance (小次郎あらわる, Kojiro Arawaru) June 4, 2018
11 A Surprisingly Difficult Match (思わぬ苦戦, Omowanu Kusen) June 11, 2018
12 Crushing Wakabayashi (若林つぶし, Wakabayashi Tsubushi) June 18, 2018
13 And Then, the Nationals! (さァ全国だ!, Sa Zenkoku Da!) June 25, 2018
14 Burn Nankatsu: Defeat Meiwa! (燃えろ南葛 明和を倒せ!, Moero Nankatsu: Meiwa o Taose!) July 2, 2018
15 I Can't Lose Because It's My Dream! (夢だから負けない!, Yume Dakara Makenai!) July 9, 2018
16 This is Acrobatic Football! (これがアクロバットサッカーだ!, Kore ga Acrobat Soccer Da!) July 16, 2018
17 The Remaining 4 Minutes! Decisive Air Battle (のこり4分! 空中決戦, Nokori 4 Pun! Kuchu Kessen) July 23, 2018
18 Let's go! The Decisive Tournament (いくぞ! 決勝トーナメント Ikuzo! Kesshō Tōnamento) July 30, 2018
19 Fierce fight! Meiwa vs Furano (激闘! 明和VSふらの Gekitō! Meiwa VS Furano) August 6, 2018
20 Musashi's Secret Plan (武蔵の秘策, Musashi no Hisaku) August 13, 2018
21 The Ace of Glass (ガラスのエース, Garasu no Ēsu) August 20, 2018

Cast and staff Edit

Japanese staff Edit

  • Director: Toshiyuki Kato
  • Series composition: Atsuhiro Tomioka
  • Music: Hayato Matsuo
  • Sound Director: Yoshikazu Iwanami
  • Character design, chief animation director: Hajime Watanabe
  • Animation Studio: David Production

Japanese cast Edit

Theme songsEdit


Main article: Captain Tsubasa (2018 anime)/Gallery


Captain Tsubasa (2018) Teaser (Japanese / Latin American Dub)

Trivia Edit

  • The Latin American/Brazilian versions ditched the original opening and ending themes (Start Dash! and Moete Hero, respectively), using a new song composed for these versions, but keeping the opening and ending animations. The ending theme is the same as the intro, but only instrumental. This led to some criticism from fans, since the 2002 anime had all his songs intact in japanese.


  1. Representing Japan in the FIFA World Cup is Tsubasa’s ultimate dream, which will take a lot more than talent to reach it.
  2. Anego is a nickname which stands for "Big sis" due to her tomboy personality.
  3. Misugi has a keen perception that enables him to read the opposing team’s formation and tactics even when he is not playing on the field; not to mention his ability on how to control his opponent's movements


  1. "Captain Tsubasa Soccer Manga Gets New TV Anime in April". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  2. "Viz Media Licenses New Captain Tsubasa Anime". Anime News Network. January 10, 2018. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  3. Youtube Channel for Cartoon Network LA.
  4. Number of Season 1 episodes is a total of 28 per DVD set.
  5. "New Captain Tsubasa Anime Reveals Honey's Highlights!". Honey's Anime, retrieved on March 4, 2018.
  6. 6.0 6.1 TV Tokyo's site

External linksEdit