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Pride
Weekly Manga Goraku 2011-03-04
Cover of the magazine where the first chapter was printed
Author Yoichi Takahashi
Publisher Nihon Bungeisha
Original run 2011-02 ~ 2011-12, 2013-04 ~ 2013-11
Magazine Weekly Manga Goraku
Demographic Seinen
Volumes 4

Pride or Hokori (誇り-プライド-, alternatively PRIDE instead of the katakana or simply PRIDE altogether) is a seinen drama manga series written and illustrated by Yoichi Takahashi in which the sport of football is featured. Of all comic series of Takahashi, Pride is thematically the most mature and complex, with a deeper narrative than previous works.

The comic series was first irregularly serialized from issue #2252 to #2293 of the magazine Weekly Manga Goraku, a publication focused on a mature public that is affectionately called a middle-aged Jump, published by Nihon Bungeisha in the period of February to December 2011. After almost a year and a half on hiatus, the series returned from issues #2362 to #2389 of the same magazine in the period of April to November 2013.

With a total of 33 chapters (including the 7-page long prologue), the series was compiled in four tankobon volumes and is also available in ebook format in several popular digital services such as iBooks and Amazon Kindle among many others. These volumes are also currently being published in Italy by the Italian publisher Goen.

The stories focus on the struggles of footballers who were former stars in the J. League Division 1 (J1) and now play in the J. League Division 2 (J2) in new harsher conditions, keeping their pride to keep on playing football despite setbacks in their lives. All clubs and footballers mentioned in the story are fictional, but are based on real life counterparts.

Besides taking place in the J2 instead of the J1, Pride gained extra-notoriety in the Japanese football community for a full homage chapter dedicated to Japanese footballer Naoki Matsuda, who perished on 4 August 2011. It is also infamous among Japanese otaku for being the first series of Takahashi, known for romantic comedies and light romance dramas, that deals with a netorare scene in an important point of the plot of the fourth story arc.

SummaryEdit

The plot is divided in four arcs:

  • Pride 1: "The defender of the number 9" (番号9のディフェンダー) - Yoshida is a former talented Olympic representative who played as a forward (FW). After being injured for two years, he is discharged from his club Albino Niigata (アルビーノ新潟) of the J1 and is transferred to the Hakodate Troopers (函館トゥルーパーズ), where he is unable to score so he will now have to play as a defender (DF).
  • Pride 2: "Shinichiro Kamitsuka's melancholy" (神塚伸一郎の憂鬱前半戦) - The manager of the Hakodate Troopers is the protagonist of this arc.
  • Pride 3: "Pride does not stop" (やめない誇り) - Naoki Matsuba appears in the stadium to retire from the team after 16 years. Arc of a single chapter dedicated to the memory of Naoki Matsuda. Several characters who are pastiches of real life players appear in this chapter.
  • Pride 4: "From then a couple: Same thoughts, different places" (あれから二人 -同じ想い 違う場所-) - The longest arc which is covered in the last three compiled volumes. The story narrates the daily life of Kono, a famous forward of the J1, who gets gravely injured and tries to return to the playing field with a team of the J2. This arc is subdivided in:
    • Prologue (プロローグ)
    • Part 1: Hiro & Saori (ヒロとサオリ)
    • Part 2: Hiro, Midori & Nobu (ヒロとミドリとノブ)
    • Part 3: Hiro & Kaori (ヒロとカオリ)

Main charactersEdit

  • Masato Yoshida.
    Masato Yoshida (吉田真人, yoshida masato) - Protagonist of the first arc. An excellent striker before an injury forced him to change teams and become a DF after being unable to score.
  • Keigo Iwazami.
    Keigo Iwazami (岩住圭吾, iwazami keigo) - Co-protagonist of the first arc. A former Japan national team member who is playing his last season and shows Yoshida the ropes as a DF.
  • Shinichiro Kamitsuka.
    Shinichiro Kamitsuka (神塚伸一郎, kamitsuka shinichirou) - Manager of the Hakodate Troopers and protagonist of the second arc. Based on Takashi Sekizuka, manager of the Japan U-23 football team at the time of the serialization.
  • Naoki Matsuba.
    Naoki Matsuba (松葉直樹, matsuba naoki) - Character based on Naoki Matsuda. 33 years old, he plays for the Yokohama Marines (横浜マリンズ) and is even called Mr. Yokohama Marines. Arc 3 is about him retiring from the team to go to the Japan Football League (JFL) to play for the Matsumoto Miyabi (松本雅) in his final professional years. The real Naoki Matsuda played with Yokohama Marinos in the J1 and, for a few months before dying, with the Matsumoto Yamaga in the JFL, a league which is below the J2.
  • Hiroaki Kono.
    Hiroaki Kono (河野弘明, kouno hiroaki) aka Hiro (ヒロ) - Protagonist of the fourth story arc. Nicknamed "Mr. Hat-trick", during a match he gets injured so severely that his J1 club, the Urawa Red Dragons (浦和レッドドラゴンス), considering also his age, decides not to renovate his contract. While thinking about retirement, the team Oita Phoenix (大分フェニックス, ouita phoenix) of the J2 offers him a spot at a lower salary, but with full medical care to recover from his injury.
  • Midori.
    Midori (みどり, ミドリ) - Kono's girlfriend. The prototypical heroine of Takahashi's works.
  • Kaori Suda.
    Kaori Suda (須田かおり, suda kaori aka Kaori, カオリ) - Kono's attending physician.
  • Saori Suda.
    Saori Suda (須田さおり, suda saori aka Saori, サオリ) - Kaori's deceased younger sister. Due to her poor health, she was hospitalized on and off and had to move to Oita to be treated for most of her short life. She knew Kono and one of her few pleasures was taking photographies of him. She died at 14 years old.
  • Nobu.
    Nobu (ノブ) - Kono's team mate from the Urawa Red Dragons. A womaniser.

DevelopmentEdit

In an interview, Takahashi mentioned that he chose pride as the topic of the series because in Japanese football many players, such as Kazuyoshi Miura, keep on playing even after their peak has passed, with the only motivation being their pride which doesn't get extinguished. He also commented that he decided to change the protagonist of the story between arcs inspired by baseball manga Yakyukyo no Uta of Shinji Mizushima which was a favourite of Takahashi as a child.[1]

Chapters and serializationEdit

# Chapter title Magazine & issue Cover Cover date On sale Compiled in volume
Pride 1: "The defender of the number 9"
1 Prologue (プロローグ) Weekly Manga Goraku #2252 Weekly Manga Goraku 2011-03-04 #2011-03-04 2011-02-18 1
2 Comeback (再起) Weekly Manga Goraku #2262 Weekly Manga Goraku 2011-05-13·20 #2011-05-13/20 2011-04-28 1
3 Covert (コンバート) Weekly Manga Goraku #2263 Weekly Manga Goraku 2011-05-27 #2011-05-27 2011-05-13 1
4 Stop absolutely (絶対止める) Weekly Manga Goraku #2264 Weekly Manga Goraku 2011-06-03 #2011-06-03 2011-05-20 1
5 DF debut (DFデビュー) Weekly Manga Goraku #2265 Weekly Manga Goraku 2011-06-10 #2011-06-10 2011-05-27 1
6 Football is a feeling (サッカーは気持ち) Weekly Manga Goraku #2266 Weekly Manga Goraku 2011-06-17 #2011-06-17 2011-06-03 1
Pride 2: "Shinichiro Kamitsuka's melancholy"
7 First half of the game (前半戦) Weekly Manga Goraku #2286 Weekly Manga Goraku 2011-11-04 #2011-11-04 2011-10-21 1
8 Second half of the game (後半戦) Weekly Manga Goraku #2287 Weekly Manga Goraku 2011-11-11 #2011-11-11 2011-10-28 1
Pride 3: "Pride does not stop"
9 Pride does not stop (やめない誇り(プライド)) Weekly Manga Goraku #2293 Weekly Manga Goraku 2011-12-23 #2011-12-23 2011-12-09 1
Pride 4: "From then a couple: Same thoughts, different places"
Prologue
10 Restart (リスタート) Weekly Manga Goraku #2362 Weekly Manga Goraku 2013-05-10·17 #2013-05-10/17 2013-04-26 2
11 The attending physician (担当医) Weekly Manga Goraku #2363 Weekly Manga Goraku 2013-05-24 #2013-05-24 2013-05-10 2
Part 1: Hiro & Saori
12 First love (初恋) Weekly Manga Goraku #2364 Weekly Manga Goraku 2013-05-31 #2013-05-31 2013-05-17 2
13 Separation (1) (別れ(1)) Weekly Manga Goraku #2365 Weekly Manga Goraku 2013-06-07 #2013-06-07 2013-05-24 2
14 Separation (2) (別れ(2)) Weekly Manga Goraku #2366 Weekly Manga Goraku 2013-06-14 #2013-06-14 2013-05-31 2
Part 2: Hiro, Midori & Nobu
15 Encouragement (Do your best Hiro)(声援 (がんばってヒロ)) Weekly Manga Goraku #2370 Weekly Manga Goraku 2013-07-12 #2013-07-12 2013-06-28 2
16 End of the first love (初恋の決着) Weekly Manga Goraku #2371 Weekly Manga Goraku 2013-07-19 #2013-07-19 2013-07-05 2
17 Voice from Heaven (天国からの声) Weekly Manga Goraku #2372 Weekly Manga Goraku 2013-07-26 #2013-07-26 2013-07-12 2
18 Disappointment (失意) Weekly Manga Goraku #2373 Weekly Manga Goraku 2013-08-02 #2013-08-02 2013-07-19 3
19 Marriage (結婚) Weekly Manga Goraku #2374 Weekly Manga Goraku 2013-08-09 #2013-08-09 2013-07-26 3
Part 3: Hiro & Kaori
20 Work (仕事) Weekly Manga Goraku #2376 Weekly Manga Goraku 2013-08-23 #2013-08-23 2013-08-09 3
21 Happiness (幸せ) Weekly Manga Goraku #2377 Weekly Manga Goraku 2013-08-30 #2013-08-30 2013-08-16 3
22 Path exchange (パス交換) Weekly Manga Goraku #2378 Weekly Manga Goraku 2013-09-06 #2013-09-06 2013-08-23 3
23 Return (復帰) Weekly Manga Goraku #2379 Weekly Manga Goraku 2013-09-13 #2013-09-13 2013-08-30 3
24 A bouquet and Hiro's goal (花束とヒロゴール) Weekly Manga Goraku #2380 Weekly Manga Goraku 2013-09-20 #2013-09-20 2013-09-06 3
25 Friend (友) Weekly Manga Goraku #2381 Weekly Manga Goraku 2013-09-27 #2013-09-27 2013-09-13 3
26 The play-off semifinal (プレーオフ準決勝) Weekly Manga Goraku #2382 Weekly Manga Goraku 2013-10-04 #2013-10-04 2013-09-20 4
27 Risa & Noboriyama (理沙と登山) Weekly Manga Goraku #2383 Weekly Manga Goraku 2013-10-11 #2013-10-11 2013-09-27 4
28 A night of a mountain hut (山小屋の一夜) Weekly Manga Goraku #2384 Weekly Manga Goraku 2013-10-18 #2013-10-18 2013-10-04 4
29 The play-off final (プレーオフ決勝) Weekly Manga Goraku #2385 Weekly Manga Goraku 2013-10-25 #2013-10-25 2013-10-11 4
30 Fierce fight (激闘) Weekly Manga Goraku #2386 Weekly Manga Goraku 2013-11-01 #2013-11-01 2013-10-18 4
31 The way to J1 (J1への道) Weekly Manga Goraku #2387 Weekly Manga Goraku 2013-11-08 #2013-11-08 2013-10-25 4
32 Time up (タイムアップ) Weekly Manga Goraku #2388 Weekly Manga Goraku 2013-11-15 #2013-11-15 2013-11-01 4
33 End (終幕) Weekly Manga Goraku #2389 Weekly Manga Goraku 2013-11-22 #2013-11-22 2013-11-08 4

GalleryEdit

Japanese editionEdit

Italian editionEdit

OthersEdit

PreviewsEdit


VideosEdit

To promote the comic, YouTube channel Mangapolo produced a few videos of an interview between Yoichi Takahashi and retired Japanese footballer Masashi Nakayama, who from 2010 to 2012 played with football club Consadole Sapporo when it was in J2 and helped it ascend to J1, similar to the frame of the story of Pride.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "「漫画家としての誇りは●●」『キャプ翼』高橋陽一が新作発売記念サイン会を開催" ["Pride as a cartoonist..." Captain Tsubasa's Yoichi Takahashi holds a commemorative autograph session for a new work release.] (in Japanese). Daily Cyzo. cyzo. 2012-01-16. Retrieved 2014-11-17.

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