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As one of the most popular sports manga in history, Captain Tsubasa is one of the staple titles in Japanese pop culture. Written by Yoichi Takahashi and published by Shueisha, the manga is now regarded as a household name, expanding into various media adaptations. It has been adapted into anime several times, in 1983, 1994, 2001, and 2018. Each adaptation brings fresh take on the story. In Indonesia, the manga has been published by Elex Media. In addition, all three previous Captain Tsubasa anime adaptations (1983, 1994, and 2001) were aired in several TV stations, such as TV7 (now TRANS7), RCTI, LATIVI (now TVone), Space Toon, ANTV, and Global TV (now GTV).

And now, soccer fans and anime enthusiasts in Indonesia can again follow the actions of Nankatsu FC on Indonesian television. The registration list at the website of Indonesia’s censorship board LSF reveals that as of December 2018, RCTI has registered 10 episodes of Captain Tsubasa to be reviewed by the board. TV shows that will be aired in Indonesia need to be reviewed and approved by the censorship board beforehand.

Registration for “Captain Tsubasa” at LSF

Further, a Facebook post from Hardi, the voice actor of Kojiro Hyuuga in Global TV’s Captain Tsubasa: Road to 2002 dub, hinted in his Facebook account that he is currently working on dubbing the 2018 version of Captain Tsubasa anime from the studio David Production.

Hardi’s post with the hashtag #tsubasa2018

Aside from Hardi, another confirmed voice actor for this new series is Leni M Tarra, who will continue to voice Tsubasa Oozora. Previously, Leni voiced Tsubasa in Global TV’s Captain Tsubasa: Road to 2002 dub, which aired in 2017. However, unlike Leni, it is unclear whether Hardi will reprise his role as Hyuuga in this adaptation.

Captain Tsubasa follows the journey of Tsubasa Oozora, an elementary school boy gifted with talents in football, towards achieving his dream to be the number one football player in the world. His famous line is “the ball is your friend!” — and it helps him to persevere as he faces countless challenges and rivals.

The Indonesian Anime Times

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