Whistle anime review

Whistle anime review
Kazamatsuri Shou's dream has always been to become a professional soccer player, but he has one problem: he's not very good at the game. He was accepted to the prestigious Musashi no Mori Junior High, known for its top rate soccer team, but he was never able to rise beyond the rank of third stringer. After transferring to Sakura Jousui Junior High, he can finally play soccer. And, with the support of his new friends and teammates, his strong determination, and lots of hard work, his soccer skills are developing rapidly and setting Shou well on his way to achieving his dream.

To start off, this anime isn't as obscure as it may seem. The United States is just about one of probably three or four countries that has never run it on national television. Why? Simply because soccer (regarded as the most popular world sport) isn't popular in our rather secluded nation. The characters have international appeal, and could represent just about any country, and that is remarkable, in my opinion. Tsubasa is known around the world as Oliver (Mexico / South America), Majid (Middle Eastern countries such as Saudi Arabia), and in video games, he even featured the name Andrew in Tecmo World Cup (our version of the Captain Tsubasa video game on the Nintendo Entertainment System).

The animation was good for its time (early 80's) but it pales compared to recent anime. Still, the campy nature and compelling storyline are enough to get you hooked on it even if soccer isn't your cup of tea.

The story is intriguingly addictive, although after awhile, there's only so much zany physics a man can take! The soccer balls take shapes that defy logic and curves and speed that physics don't allow for when kicked with "Spiritual Energy". But the anime will keep you guessing which teams will have the upper hand in each match, and they graciously take the time to develop all the main characters, from the brash and violent, but misunderstood Hyuga Kojiro (Steve / Bassam in other cultures), to the determined but stubborn Wakabayashi Genzo (Benji / Waleed), whose cap always remains put as he tends the Nankatsu goalpost, and the carefree, hidden agenda-type bad-ass Wakashimazu Ken (Richard / Rashad). Heck, they even have the token underdog, the token sidekick, AND the girl with rival suitors!!! So even shoujo fans can stick around for a while and enjoy this title! If you can pick this gem up, it may be well worth your time! Just don't try doing those stunts at home with a soccer ball. ^_^

How I wish some distributor would pick this up and market it. (Anyone will do!)

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