Football anime : Captain Tsubasa and Hungry Heart
Every football aficionado might have watched Captain Tsubasa at some point of his life. Extravagant kicks that shatter the very foundation of gravitational laws coupled with a high dose of passion for the game makes this one of the best football anime ever made. The story deals with Tsubasa Ozora‘s journey to stardom and the various challenges he faces on the way to the top. The minus point being the tardy story-line. At times a single game of football gets dragged through 10 episodes. This show will definitely teach you something called “patience”. Later Captain Tsubasa was rechristened as “Flash Kicker”. The video quality of the anime was improved and also the gravity defying stunts were reduced. New characters were introduced and the story line was kept to a neat 52 episodes. This is a clip from that epic finale between Germany and Japan. I still prefer the older one with all those gravity defying shots.
A cocktail involving several ingredients like football, humor, love and drama was named Hungry Heart a.k.a Wild Striker. If Tsubasa was all about a boy’s journey to success then this can perfectly be described as a “true underdog story”. The anime even used the names of popular football clubs like A.C Milan and AFC Ajax in its story line and this probably was the reason it gained popularity among the masses. The story revolves around the life of Kano Kyosuke a talented footballer who never seems to get out of his brother’s shadow of fame. He is often compared to his brother who plies his trade for A.C Milan. These comparisons leave him frustrated and slowly the passion for the game starts draining away. Eventually he rekindles his lost passion for football after meeting Miki, Sakai and Rodrigo who share the same amount of passion for the game as Kyosuke once did. The bright orange head will definitely catch your attention as Kyosuke did this to create his own identity and stop people from comparing him with his brother. Eventually he manages to join AFC Ajax and stand on his own two legs. The story-line gets a bit digressive at times but the show is definitely worth a watch!