‘Golden Kids’ soccer anime available worldwide via iTunes store

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

“Golden Kids,” an anime series adapted from “Captain Tsubasa” creator Yoichi Takahashi’s first soccer novel of the same name, is now available for viewing worldwide through the iTunes App Store.

The title is the first Japanese anime series to be made available worldwide via the App Store. Usually, a new anime debuts on television, in cinemas or in home-video formats.

The iTunes project came to fruition because Takahashi’s works are popular around the globe.

The first episode of “Golden Kids” is free. In addition to the original Japanese, it can be viewed in an English-dubbed version and is also available with Portuguese and Spanish subtitles.

Originally, the producers priced the episodes at 350 yen ($4.30) each. But to attract greater audience attention, the 10-minute first episode is available for free.

The 13-minute second and subsequent episodes cost 115 yen to download.

Outside Japan, the price is also right: The second and the subsequent episodes each cost 99 cents in the United States and Canada, $1.19 in Australia, 0.79 euros in Europe and 0.59 pounds in Britain.

“Golden Kids” was first published in 2008 in four volumes and now has a combined total of 200,000 copies in print.

The inspirational story follows the “Golden Kids” football club, whose members are boys living in an apartment complex in the community of Koganedai. They haven’t won a single game since the club was formed.
The captain and goal keeper, Goal Kitagawa, is determined to win one for his teammates before he has to move away next month.

Visit (http://www.goldenkids.jp/en/index.html) and (http://itunes.apple.com), search for the keyword “goldenkids.”

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