Golden Kids (lost anime series; 2011)


Golden Kids
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Status Lost

Golden Kids is a 2011 anime series by Shirogumi based on Captain Tsubasa creator Yoichi Takahashi's novel series of the same name. The show revolves around a Japanese high school soccer club that has lost 22 straight games and the struggles its players go through trying to improve. Unusual for its time, the Golden Kids anime was distributed exclusively through an iOS app where users would pay $2.99/350 yen to unlock each episode. Alongside its native Japanese, the series also debuted with English, Portuguese, and Spanish audio tracks.[1] Only 2 episodes were released, possibly as a result of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami halting production on lots of work in Japan at the time. It's presumed that more episodes of the series were in production besides the two released ones.

The app has since been removed from the app store and all official social channels have gone dark. As the series never received a physical home video release, an official Youtube upload of the first episode in English is all that remains.[2] The second episode has been lost in its entirety, as have all non-English versions of the first.

The series was highlighted on the August 16, 2011 episode of NHK World's imaginenation series. Interviews with the production staff were shared [3]It's unknown if clips from the second (or any unreleased later episodes) were used.

Surfaced Content

The series trailer
Episode 1 dubbed in English

References

  1. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-01-21/golden-kids-soccer-anime-launches-as-worldwide-app
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdRR4fn-xWM
  3. http://web.archive.org/web/20141105010249/http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/tv/imagine/archive201108110800.html

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Comments


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Anonymous user #1

8 months ago
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NUUU,NOT ANIME!!! :(
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Reynard

8 months ago
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Why not?
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ClaudeLv250

8 months ago
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Blows my mind that something released less than 10 years ago could be lost, but considering the weird distribution choice, it's not really a surprise. I figured they would have tried another avenue if the iOS app wasn't working.
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Anonymous user #2

5 months ago
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Honestly.. I feel like its good this anime is lost and it shouldn't be found. The creators were absolutely greedy and deserve to have this series lost. Think about it you had to pay 2.50 (or 350 yen) per episode now you may think that's not so bad for two episodes but since there was more episodes that were going to be made lets look at it this way. Most anime run times go from 12-13 episodes to 26 episodes and who knows there could have been more meaning you would have to pay a lot of money to see the whole series! I say this greedy product should stay lost and should be looked at as a lesson to content creators to not be so money hungry with their products.
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Anon

3 months ago
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I do agree that this was a very poor method of anime distribution especially considering how greedy the producers were charging so much per episode. Considering that each episode would only be about 10 minutes long, the series would probably be about 23-26 episodes meaning you would have to pay between around 70 and 80 dollars for the whole series. Assuming there wouldn't be more seasons. This is a really huge shame considering that this looked like a good anime.
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