VIZ Media has announced that it has licensed the upcoming new Captain Tsubasa anime. The license includes digital streaming, electronic sell-through (EST), home video, and merchandise rights for North America and Latin America.
The company also announced that it is partnering with Televix Entertainment to showcase the title to Latin American buyers at the National Association of Television Program Executives (NAPTE) Market in Miami from January 16-18, 2018. Televix represents VIZ’s broadcast and digital rights for Latin American territories by licensing properties to broadcasters and distributors.
“We are thrilled to be handling one of the most iconic franchises to come out of Japan,” says Hugo Rose, CEO of Televix Entertainment. “We expect audiences will be eager to enter the world of Tsubasa.”
“Captain Tsubasa adds a new dimension to VIZ Media’s anime catalog, and we know audiences will enjoy it’s mix of character drama and intense on-the-field action,” says Brad Woods, CMO of VIZ Media. “We look forward to working with Televix to develop Captain Tsubasa for Latin American markets, and to scores of new fans and soccer lovers discovering this exciting anime series.”
The new anime recounts the events of the original manga of the same name by Yoichi Takahashi, which ran in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1981 to 1988. The manga triggered a huge soccer boom in Japan and inspired three previous television anime series, four anime films, mobile and console video games, and even a stage play.
The new Captain Tsubasa anime is scheduled to premiere on Japanese television in April 2018.