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Yōichi Takahashi Draws 'Captain Tsubasa Memories' 1-Shot Spinoff

posted on by Jennifer Sherman & Karen Ressler
Story takes place in Tsubasa's elementary school years

Captain Tsubasa manga creator Yōichi Takahashi published the new spinoff one-shot manga "Captain Tsubasa Memories ~Kore wa Nankatsu Shō vs Shūtetsu Shō Taikōsen Tōjitsu ni Okotta Hanashi~" (This is Nankatsu Elementary vs Shūtetsu Elementary: The Story of the Day the Decisive Battle Happened) in the May issue of Shueisha's Grand Jump Premium magazine last Wednesday.

As the title implies, the one-shot takes place on the morning of the match between Tsubasa's Nankatsu Elementary School and Wakabayashi's Shūtetsu Elementary School. The magazine announced the manga in February with the title "Captain Tsubasa Shōnen-hen" (Captain Tsubasa Boyhood Arc), but did not say at the time if the manga would be a one-shot, full series, or series of one-shots.

The 37-volume Captain Tsubasa soccer 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, the ongoing Captain Tsubasa: Rising Sun, and the new Captain Tsubasa: Kids Dream. In total, the manga series has 100 compiled volumes and 70 million copies in print. The manga has also spawned three novel volumes.

The franchise is inspiring a new television anime that premiered on April 2 on TV Tokyo and other stations. The anime retells the story of Takahashi's original manga from the beginning. 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.

Source: Comic Natalie


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