Riyadh, September 21, 2023 – Manga Productions, a subsidiary of Mohammed bin Salman “Misk” Foundation, has secured the distribution and other rights for the Japanese sports anime series “Captain Tsubasa” in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Manga Productions will manage the distribution, licensing, and promotion of the beloved anime series “Captain Tsubasa” in partnership with Tsubasa Corporation (Tokyo, Katsushika Ward) and Dentsu Inc. The exclusive partnership includes the distribution of both “Captain Tsubasa” Season 01 and “Captain Tsubasa: Junior Youth Arc” Season 02, promising exciting news for fans in the MENA region.
“Captain Tsubasa,” once adapted into Arabic as “Captain Majid” and a fan favorite in Arab countries since the ’80s, is renowned for its thrilling soccer matches and moving stories. The series is set for a triumphant return, sure to stir nostalgia and attract a new generation of viewers.
Published by Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump in 1981, “Captain Tsubasa,” created by Yoichi Takahashi, has sold over 90 million copies worldwide in both print and digital formats since its serialization began. The series follows the protagonist, “Tsubasa Oozora” and a variety of unique players as they engage in intense battles on the field and grow as characters through their rivalries.
Dr. Essam Bukhary, CEO of Manga Productions, expressed his enthusiasm about the partnership, stating, “This iconic anime series has inspired readers and viewers for over 40 years, gaining popularity around the world. Our collaboration is an affirmation of Manga Productions’ commitment to broadening its portfolio and working with leading creative content companies. This partnership is in line with our vision to inspire and nurture the heroes of tomorrow.”
Eng. Abdulaziz Alnaghmoosh, Director of Marketing, Distribution, and Business Development at Manga Productions, detailed the partnership, “At Manga Productions, we recognize the deep love and nostalgia fans have for this iconic series. Our collaboration aims to reignite a passion for soccer in the hearts of both new and old fans. We are thrilled to be a part of this project and to bring this work to the MENA region.”
As part of its ongoing commitment to the spirit of “Captain Tsubasa,” Manga Productions serves as the uniform partner of Nankatsu SFC, a prominent soccer team featured in the series. Manga Productions is dedicated to expressing the spirit of “Captain Tsubasa,” not just on the screen but also on the field.