VIZ Media Europe Announces a 100% Football Year With Victory Kickoff!!

VIZ Media Europe announces a 100% football year with VICTORY KICKOFF!!!

Paris, January 29th, 2014: Victory Kickoff!! a TV series developed by TYO Animations, broadcast by NHK in Japan, and distributed by VIZ Media Europe, will be launched everywhere in Europe, The Middle East and Africa from Spring 2014. A chance for every young fan of football to wait until the 2014 World Cup!

In France: on Disney XD since February 2013
In Belgium: on RTBF/OUFtivi in Spring 2014
In Portugal: on SIC K in Spring 2014
In Turkey: on Minika GO in Spring 2014
In Middle East & North Africa: on MBC3 in Spring 2014
In Italy: on RAI in Summer 2014
Coming soon in several other EMEA countries.

“Victory Kickoff!” is a 39-­episode program for children aged 7 and upwards, broadcast by NHK in Japan and produced by NAS, Nihon Ad Systems. Adapted from the “Galaxy World Cup” novel by Hiroto Kawabata and published in Japan by Shueisha, “Victory Kickoff!” tells the story of young Sho Ota who dreams of becoming a football champion.

“Victory Kickoff!“ is a 100% football series! Kids can easily find themselves in the role of the young heroes; their training, their lives and all their games are very realistic!

With a mix of both girls and boys, the team of “Victory Kickoff!” will have to overcome many challenges if they want to be able to participate in the World Cup! Training and friendship are key to this TV series that will certainly encourage a new generation of potential football champions!

Sho, a young 12-­‐year-­‐old boy, dreams of becoming a football world champion. Far from being the best player on the field, he is certain to succeed with a good coach and team. Thanks to his passion and his great determination, Sho manages to convince a former football star to become his coach. Together, they recruit players from across the region in order to create a team and make it to the World Cup!

Technical Informations:
39 episodes–25 minutes per episode -- Animation Studio: TYO Animations,
Produced by NHK, NHK Enterprise, Nihon Ad Systems
Original title: «Galaxy Kickoff!!»
Adapted from the novel « Galaxy World Cup » published by Shueisha
Director: Konosuke Uda
Character design: Hajime Watanabe
Audience: boys and girls aged 7 and upwards, families

Original Works©2006,2012Hiroto Kawabata/Shueisha
Animation series and products derived thereof ©2012 NHK, NEP, NAS All Rights Reserved

About Viz Media Europe
Headquartered in Paris, France, VIZ Media Europe (VME) specializes in managing the development, marketing and distribution throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa of Japanese animated entertainment and graphic novels (manga). Owned by three of Japan's largest creators, publishers and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-­‐Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VME handles the comprehensive distribution, licensing and promotion of some of the most popular Japanese manga and animation properties for consumers of all ages. VME administers an integrated product line including graphic novels, consumer products, DVD and music. Current VME animated properties include: BLUE EXORCIST, BLEACH, BLUE DRAGON, DEATH NOTE, HAMTARO, JEWELPET, KILARI, MAGI, MIRMO, TENKAI KNIGHTS, VICTORY KICKOFF!!
Contact VIZ Media Europe at 45 Rue de Tocqueville Paris, France. Website:

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