List of Captain Tsubasa
They are classified in two folders: one dedicated to entries related to the franchise in general; the other to character-related entries.
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Captain Tsubasa franchise in general
- Anti-Climax Boss: Netherlands in World Youth because the entire match was skipped for unknown reasons. (Most likely due to Executive Meddling, as Takahashi often had problems with the Shonen Jump editors) It is important to note that the team had most of the build up due to having a manga volume dedicated to their first matches with Japan.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Soccer is big in Latin America and Europe, and this is a show about soccer. Even though the dub changed all the names and the name of the show itself, ask any Latino born in the mid-to-late 80s, or European born in the early-to-mid 80s, and he will tell you that one of his favorite shows was this (Supercampeones in Latin America and Oliver & Benji in Europe). In fact, some soccer players cited this show as their reason why they played the sport in the first place. There are still occasional re-runs of the shows (specially the old series and Road to 2002) in some of these countries.
- In the Arab World, football is also extremely popular and many people would tell you fond memories of watching Captain Majid growing up.
- Interestingly, the Captain Tsubasa category in Fanfiction.Net—created in the late 1990's or early 2000's—was populated only by non-English fanfiction for the longest time; one of the few categories to have the honor.
- Ho Yay: While this series was written WAY before the Bishonen Jump Syndrome kicked in, it still was THE starting point of the biggest pillars from what would become one of the first generations of yaoi doujinshi authors. In fact, Minami Ozaki from Zetsuai 1989 fame began her career as a Hyuuga/Wakashimazu doujinshi author — it's still very noticeable in how Takuto Izumi, one of the Zetsuai male leads, is what Hyuuga would've been if CT was a yaoi series. (And hilariously, both Izumi and Road to 2002!Hyuga were voiced by Takehito Koyasu)
- Narm: Who would ride a horse through the streets of modern Paris to reach a soccer stadium? Why, Monsieur El Si Pierre! This scene courtesy of Road to 2002, and made even more nonsensical when we realize how OOC it is for someone like Pierre according to his manga backstory.
- Due to a limited budget most dubs use the same voice actor for the matches' commentaries. What is amazing about this is that there are times that two matches are happening at the same time and the commentator is the same.
- It's even more hilarious when this crosses into having the same VA fall in several cases of Talking to Himself. The guy over here? Voiced by this guy. The kid over there? Voiced by him too. And the guy next to the dude over there? That's him too.
- Spiritual Licensee: Kunio-kun's Soccer League games.
- Woolseyism (The names in many dubs were replaced with more local names, they stuck, and to this date, Tsubasa Ohzora and Genzou Wakabayashi are officially known in Latin America and Spain as Oliver Atom and Benji Price)
- "Local" might be a bit of a stretch, as "Pryce" is as much of a Spanish surname as "Wakabayashi" is...
- And there are games adapted from this series made by Tecmo where everything was changed.
Captain Tsubasa characters
- Angst? What Angst?: Several characters, among them Tsubasa, Aoi, Ishizaki, and Kumi (who bounces back really fast after having her crush rejected)
- Badass Decay: Wakashimazu/Richard full stop. In his first appearance he stops a Penalty Kick and rivals Wabayashi/Benji. By World Youth he has developed an inferiority complex because they plan to replace him with Wakabayashi.
- Die for Our Ship: Kumi suffers a lot of this from Tsubasa/Sanae fans, for daring to crush on Tsubasa.
- Draco in Leather Pants: While he has a pretty good Freudian Excuse, fangirls forget how much of an abusive Jerk Ass Hyûga was to his rivals at first, as well as how many times his bad temper and arrogance has brought him genuine trouble after his Character Development.
- Ensemble Darkhorse: In some circles, Morisaki's Woobie streak has gained him more than one fangirl. Izawa, Ishizaki and Ishizaki's mother are others examples.
- Hilariousin Hindsight: In The Nineties Takehito Koyasu voiced Takuto Izumi from Zetsuai 1989, an obvious Hyuga Expy. Flashforward more than 10 years... and guess who voices Adult!Hyuuga in Road to 2002?
- Iron Woobie: Misaki, Sanae, Matsuyama, Leo, post-Character Development!Kumi.
- Jerkass Woobie: Hyûga, Santana, Espada and Levin are revealed as shining examples of this. They have extremely good reasons to not be super nice guys, bur that's not an excuse for the way they treat other people.
- At least Hyuga's concern's were rooted in present day fears for his family's livilhood, the others are arguably worse as what made them act liked jerks had no bering in the present day.
- Memetic Badass: In some countries, the man who comments every single match. He has commented in all types of matches from 10 year old Japanese kids to Brazilian teenagers. He sometimes can hear people's whispers and predict a person's actions due to mistakes with the dubbing.
- Moe: Kumi.
- Never Live It Down: Morisaki. We can't blame him for not able to stop Jito & Sano's trick shoots nor Hyuga's overpowered Tiger Shot, but thanks to Tecmo's game adaptions, where he is useless, he's sometime considered a Chew Toy by a fandom.
- The Scrappy: The main character Tsubasa for being a Invincible Hero who always wins and a Flat Character compared to the other characters.
- Ships That Pass in the Night: Though there was a bit of Ship Tease between Yukari and Ishizaki in WYC, it was easy to miss it until he asked her out while laying on the infirmary during the match against Brazil. To be fair, the Last Minute Hook Up scene in itself was really adorable.
- Spaniards Love Mark Lenders: Kojiro Hyuga (Mark Lenders in the European dubs) is by far the most remembered character in Spain. He was so Badass that every Spanish kid at school tried to replicate his Tiger Shot.
- They Just Didn't Care: São Paulo vs Flamengo in the J anime has to be one of the most rushed adaptations ever. Pepe and Santana's only friends are never explored. There are times it looks like Tsubasa and Santana are the only two players and Santana's backstory is quite vague. It's obvious that the studio wanted to use this episode just to focus in Tsubasa in Brazil and move on to Japan. Fortunately, the Road to 2002 anime gave two episodes more to adapt this episode.
- Values Dissonance: Several of Hyuuga's in-story conflicts cross with extremely Japanese views of teamwork and sportsmanship, so it's very easy to misjudge either him or the ones he's clashing with. I.e., when he was "grounded" by Kitazume for having run away from the team to train, this was supposed to be seen as an example of the very Japanese "never put your own interests over the team's, and if you do, you deserve punishment" viewpoint. However, Western viewers sided with Hyuuga instead as they believed that Kitazume was unreasonably severe since Hyuga did everything because he wanted to recover his lost fighting spirit.
- To be honest, that scene happens mainly in the manga. In the animated adaptations, this was toned down or skipped completely.
- Also this maybe stupid of me, but I thought that increasing the abilities of the players also increase the ability of the team. I mean in WYC they call out Hyuuga for STICKING with the team to try and help them, and have to force him to leave to increase his individual abilities. Kinds Of makes the above seem like a broken Aesop.
- This also happens with the Mexican team (and also overlaps with Accidentally Accurate from the mangaka's side, possibly): Espadas and friends' attitude towards Tsubasa and the rest of the Japanese team can be seen as overly racist, if you take into account many Mexican soccer players are infamous for having the same attitude like them.
- Wangst: Short but in one scene Carlos Santana believes the ball is betraying him.
- What Measure Is a Non-Badass?: Sanae's pluckiness and cheerful disposition is often ignored or handwaved by fangirls, who bash her by falsely accusing her of being "weak", "a stalker" and "a bad example for girls" because she's less tomboyish as time passes. Blame the Values Dissonance and how the story itself is more centered on the soccer boys than on the other characters between them, not her!
- The Woobie: Misugi, Aoi, Morisaki, Akai, and Roberto once you learn his Dark and Troubled Past. And specially, Yoshiko Fujisawa.