The Kickers

24 min | Animation, Comedy, Family, Sport | TV Series (1986– )
  • IMDb Ratings: 7.4/10

Ganbare, Kickers! (がんばれ!キッカーズ Ganbare! Kikkāzu?, roughly translated Fight, Kickers!) is a romantic soccer kid manga drawn by Noriaki Nagai. It was published by Shogakukan in CoroCoro Comic magazine from 1985 to 1989. The series won the 1987 Shogakukan Manga Award for best children's manga.[1] The story is usually classified as Comedy, Drama, Shōnen and Sports. Cover art can be seen here. The manga was turned into an anime series by Studio Pierrot during 1986–1987. It ran 26 episodes and one 40 minute special, but only 21 episodes were aired in Japan. In 1990 the anime arrived to EMEA in its dubbed version and had some success in the Middle East (الهداف Al Haddaf), Iran (فوتبالیست‌ها), South Korea (내일은 축구왕), Italy (Palla al centro per Rudy), Spain (Supergol), France (But Pour Rudy), Poland (Piłkarze) and especially in Germany and Austria (Kickers). In Indonesia, the anime was aired on Bali TV in 2004-2005.