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Akakichi no Eleven

TV, ep.52 (~25 min.), 1970

 

Information:

Genres: Action, Ganbatte, Sports
Tags: Present, Soccer, Based on a Manga, Soccer, Sports
Release Date: 13.04.1970 ‑ 05.04.1971
Studios: TV Tokyo, DOGA Productions
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
Type: TV (1970)
Episodes: 52, ~25 min.

Alternative names:

赤き血のイレブン
The Dark Red Eleven
Eleven of Red Blood
The Red-Blooded Eleven
The residents build a new school called Shinsei High School. Shingo has lots of charm, and it seems all the girls cannot keep away from him, he sings off key and waters flowers. Matsuki Tenpei the teacher introduced the students to the game of soccer.
At Shinsei high school, soccer is almost a combat sport and new team coach Teppei Matsuki is a fully paid up sadist who will push his team as hard as necessary to win. Headstrong school bad boy Shingo Tamai and his friend Ohira are determined not to be bullied into joining Matsuki's team; instead they set up a squad of their own, and at first play just for fun and struggle to keep up with Matsuki's team.
As their skills progress, they play other teams and get stronger and craftier, until they face the crack Asakase high school squad and its star player Misugi Yan in the schools' final. In a tangle of subplots involving old rivalries and injuries, and a mixed-race player seeking his identity and his lost mother (who turns out to be in jail), Shingo develops his skills as a center forward and looks forward to playing a visiting Brazilian squad. He is seriously injured in a game, but his talent, which even the legendary Brazilian Pele recognizes, is equaled by his determination. With the help of a friend of his old rival Matsuki, he recovers to help the team to victory.
Definitely melodrama rather than a sports series proper, this is the first in the line of Japanese soccer soaps that stretches to Captain Tsubasa and beyond. Based on a manga by Ikki Kajiwara and Kosei Sonoda.
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