- Inazuma Eleven
Inazuma Eleven, an animated football series started off as a sport role playing game in the Nintendo DS. Later, it had its own manga (a style of Japanese comic) in CoroCoro Comics followed by its TV series, launched on October 5th, 2008. Witnessing the rise of professional Japanese Schoolsoccer teams, Raimon Middle School's soccer club, Inazuma Eleven, is struggling with a grievous problem, disbandment.Inazuma Eleven’s first generation goalkeeper’s grandson and the motivated captain of the team, Mamoru Endou has taken the responsibility to improve the team. He and his team go from place-to-place in their recognizable school bus, recruiting new members and refining their individual skills. Each member has their own specific ability whether it is to summon a huge mountain for defense or to shoot the ball with fiery force. This motivated teamneeds all their effort and some luck, to bring themto the top.
Galactik Football, launched in 2006, includes all the elements of the sci-fi world. From incorporating aliens, spaceships, tech-robots to having a name that closely resembles the majestic galaxy, this football series brings something unique to the table. Having had three seasons, the story of this show follows a team situated in the “Zaelion” Galaxy, where they compete in Galactik Football, a sport parallel to normal football but played with seven members on each side. The plot emphasizes the use of an element known as “Flux”, which enhances a player’s speed, strength, stamina or grants them special abilities such as teleportation. Furthermore, an inexperienced team, going by the name “Snow Kids” strives to reach the best as victors of the Galactik Football Cup.
DreamKix is a CGI animation television series produced by “Designstorm Animation Studio” in South Korea. This year-exclusive television show drew huge attention when it came into the limelight of manyfootball lovers. Moreover, Dreamkix was intended to promote the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, from which the whimsical show reached international standards. The characters in the series are shown as farm-yard animals, expressing similar emotions and motives like humans. Their story encompasses the aim to join the greatest sporting event of international football, the “Dream League” where the most powerful teams compete. Roy, a Dachshund and one of the main characters, builds a team that is made up athletically-challenged characters. However, once these teammates come together they overcome their weaknesses, discover their own unique strengths, and become heroes on the football field and winners in the eyes of the public.
- Giant Killing
Giant Killing is a Japanese manga series based on football, adapted into an animation on 24th April, 2010. The story follows a team named “East Tokyo United”, who has been struggling to compete in Japan’s top soccer league for the past few years. With a tragic continuous five game loss, the team morale has hit rock bottom and the most of the fans have lost faith in the team. Moreover, the poor financial choices of selecting players and the innumerable amount of coaches fired has piled up and caused more internal havoc. Finally, the team’s director takes a shot in the dark and hires another coach, the highly dedicated Takeshi Tatsumi. Tatsumi had abandoned East Tokyo United years ago, but now has returned to fix the situation and prestige of the team. While many call him a traitor, Tatsumi now faces huge burdens to motivate the rest of the team.