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Anime / Ginga e Kickoff!!

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Shou Oota loves soccer. Unfortunately, his team has broken apart after the core players - the notorious Triplet Demons - had a falling out with their coach and the upcoming middle-school entrance exams had the rest of the team leaving. Resolved to rebuild his team from the ground up, he starts the search for new members. He might not be very good at playing, he may be alone, but he has two weapons in his arsenal: he never takes "no" for an answer and he never gives up.

Things start looking up when he befriends Erika, an Osakan girl looking for a team, and he keeps meeting interesting people in the park like Misaki, a renowned professional soccer player, and a local drunkard who knows more about the game than is readily apparent...

Ginga e Kickoff!! ("Kickoff of the Century!!") started broadcasting as part of the spring 2012 season, and it has been slated at least for 39 episodes.

Tropes appearing in Ginga e Kickoff!!

  • Astronomic Zoom: Seen in the OP and scattered across the series. "Ginga" means "galaxy", after all.
  • Because Destiny Says So: Misaki gives a silly speech when refusing Oota and Erika's request for coaching about how the god of soccer made them meet per chance and eventually he'll give them the coach they request. And then coincidences start piling on.
  • Big Sister Mentor: Misaki quickly realizes that Oota and Erika have great potential, and mentors them as much as she is allowed to.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Aoto Gonzalez Takuma is half-Spanish. Erika quickly notices his blue eyes.
  • Cranial Eruption: Oota gets a couple of big head lumps after the little accident with the manager in the first episode.
  • Credits Running Sequence: Running colored silhouettes of the team against a soccer-themed photo background.
  • Cross-Popping Veins: Oota shows veins when he gets really frustrated at being out-played by a dog.
  • Dare to Be Badass: Misaki encourages Erika to keep playing with boys.
  • Determinator:
    • Oota will shrug off everything thrown at him in his quest to play soccer with his dream team.
    • Reika keeps on fighting to play soccer, and the whole team seems to acknowledge it.
  • Hyper-Awareness:
    • Oota has an uncanny abiliy to keep track of details that comes very handy in game.
    • Eventually, Ouzou acquires this skill too, and could even see what Oota is seeing.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender!: Masaru Hanashima got a Career-Ending Injury and had to retire just as his team hit it big. He went on to coach kids.
  • The Idiot from Osaka: Erika is from Osaka, and she talks in thick Osaka-ben dialect. She's loud and engages in manzai routines once in a while, often playing tsukkomi to Oota's candid bokke suggestions.
  • Imagine Spot: The OP has Oota imagining his future team playing in Barcelona's Camp Nou. It actually happens in the last few episodes.
  • In-Series Nickname
    • Erika, the "Speed Star"
    • Kageura, the "Emperor of Amarillo"
    • The Furuyas, the "Triplet Demons"
    • Masaru, the "Lightning Light"
  • I Shall Taunt You: The Furuyas taunt Masaru in order to get him to play the mini-game.
  • Jerk Jock: The Furuya triplets are incredibly arrogant and selfish.
  • Keet: Oota just can't stay put, he's always positive and has only one volume set, "loud".
  • The Load: Reika joins the team without any previous training and terribly out of shape. But she's the eleventh player they need. She eventually gets better.
  • Ma'am Shock: Masaru doesn't like being called "Oji-san". He's not that old!
  • Magnetic Hero: Oota's enthusiasm and team spirit are contagious.
  • Metaphorically True: When recruiting Erika Oota glosses over the fact that the team at the moment has exactly one member. And he was a bench warmer.
  • My Eyes Are Up Here: Subverted Trope; Oota was actually looking at the team name in Erika's shirt.
  • My Greatest Failure: Masaru retired from coaching because he blames himself for pushing too hard his old team and getting a member seriously injured in the process. He nearly left The predators because of Kota's injury.
  • Serious Business: Kota isn't amused when Reika gives "dieting" as one of her reasons for playing soccer.
    Kota: Diet!? Are you making fun of soccer!?
  • Shrinking Violet:
    • Reika is shy and soft-spoken. She later opens up.
    • Oota used to be timid when he was younger. He grew out of it.
  • Spiky Hair:
    • Oota's hairstyle is naturally spikey.
    • Kota has spiky hair.
    • Kota's brothers style their hair spiky whenever they decide to do the Twin Switch (triplet switch, actually) and confuse their opponents.
  • Split-Screen Reaction: Oota, Erika and the triplets get one when Masaru does one of his formidable shots in episode five.
  • Spoiler Opening:
    • You can see that Reika is going to lose a lot of weight and she along with Tagi and Aoto be part of the team. The first time you see her in the anime is after she lost the weight.
    • They later face Camp Nou in a minigame.
  • The Strategist:
    • Oota's strength as a player is his ability to read the game.
    • Ryuuji often fills up the role of the coach.
  • Taking the Bullet: Oota gets the retaliation shot for Erika when confronting the Triplet Demons for the first time.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Erika's practical hairstyle. Ponyhair is quite appropriate for a soccer girl.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Reika learns to play pretty fast. Her physical fitness is another matter. She gets considerably better when she loses the weight
    • Oota and Ouzou are tougher after playing Blind Soccer.
  • Trade Your Passion for Glory: Mine, an old team mate of Masaru, has become a successful bureaucrat obsessed with PR over the actual game.
  • Twin Switch: Make that Triplet Switch for extra confusion. Being nearly identical besides their personal hairstyle, the other two can just pull their hair back or matted it down, to confuse opponents.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Befitting their arrogance, the Furuya Triplets have obvious slanted-upwards eyes.
  • Wingding Eyes: Erika gets spiralling eyes after Oota's most silly actions and Oota oftens gets starry-eyed.
  • Years Too Early: After Oota gets intensive training in heading, he suggests to repeat their contest. Erika answers with this.
  • You Didn't Ask: Oota asks Erika why she didn't tell him she was transferring to his school.
  • You Go, Girl!: Erika dislikes being treated as "just a girl", while at the same time she vaguely realizes that her days playing at the same physical level of guys are numbered. But she'll keep playing with guys for as long as she can!
  • Younger Than He Looks: Kageura, one of Amarillo's players, could easily pass for a college student; he's twelve years old.