New Captain Tsubasa Anime Adds More Cast Members

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The official website for the upcoming new Captain Tsubasa anime announced additional cast members on Monday:

Sayuri Hara as Sanae "Anego" Nakazawa, who falls in love with Tsubasa at first sight, after he transfers into the school and she sees him play soccer

Mutsuki Iwanaka as Mamoru Izawa, one of the "Shutetsu Quartetto" and a player known for his jumping ability

Kōdai Sakai as Teppei Kisugi, one of the "Shutetsu Quartetto" and a player known for his ability to find a way to a goal

Hiroyuki Yoshino as Hajime Taki, one of the "Shutetsu Quartetto" and the "Assist King" known for his agile footwork

Tarō Kiuchi as Shingo Takasugi, one of the "Shutetsu Quartetto" and a giant player known for his power plays

The new anime also has the following cast:

Yuko Sanpei as Tsubasa Ōzora, a soccer prodigy

Kenichi Suzumura as Genzō Wakabayashi, a genius goalkeeper

Ayaka Fukuhara as Tarō Misaki, the "golden partner"

Mutsumi Tamura as Ryō Ishisaki, known for his face block

Takuya Satō as Kojirō Hyūga, a key rival

Katsuyuki Konishi as Roberto Hongō, the legendary No. 10 on Brazil's team

The new anime will premiere in April on TV Tokyo and other stations. Viz Media has licensed the anime. The license includes digital streaming, electronic sell-through (EST), home video, and merchandise rights for North America and Latin America.

Toshiyuki Kato (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable, Full Moon o Sagashite) is directing the anime at the studio David Production. Atsuhiro Tomioka (Inazuma Eleven, Pokémon XY) is in charge of the series scripts, and Hajime Watanabe (Ginga e Kickoff!!, School Rumble) is serving as character designer and chief animation director. Hayato Matsuo (Hellsing Ultimate, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, The World God Only Knows) is composing the music, and Yoshikazu Iwanami is directing the sound.

Johnny's West idol group performs the anime's opening theme song "Start Dash!"

The anime will retell the story of Yōichi Takahashi's 1981-1988 Captain Tsubasa manga from the beginning. The original soccer manga revolves around 11-year old Tsubasa Ōzora, a boy who loves soccer and is recognized by his coach Roberto due to his skill of the sport. Tsubasa goes with his coach to Brazil in order to train for the World Cup.

The 37-volume Captain Tsubasa manga ran in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1981 to 1988, and it inspired three previous television anime series, four anime films, several original video anime projects, and a stage play. The manga is available in about 20 countries — including France, Italy, and Mexico — and an Arabic edition shipped in the Middle East in January.

The manga spawned additional sequels and spinoff series, including Captain Tsubasa: World Youth Tokubetsu-hen Saikyō no Teki! Oranda Youth, Captain Tsubasa: World Youth, Captain Tsubasa: Road to 2002, Captain Tsubasa Golden-23, Captain Tsubasa: Kaigai Gekitō-hen in Calcio, Captain Tsubasa: Kaigai Gekitō-hen En La Liga, and the ongoing Captain Tsubasa: Rising Sun in Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine. In total, the manga series has 100 compiled volumes and 70 million copies in print. A new oneshot for the series was later published in Shonen Jump in 2008. The manga has also spawned three novel volumes.

Sources: Animate Times, Comic Natalie

Update: Teppei's spelling corrected. Thanks, luisedgarf

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