Kick-Off 2002 (partially found Korean-Japanese sports anime series; 2002)
Kick-Off 2002 (キックオフ2002) is a 2002 soccer anime produced by DreamKidNet and KBS Media and was broadcasted in both South Korea and Japan by KBS Media and NHK Broadcasting Company respectively. It only aired once from February 18th, 2002, up until September 2nd, 2002, on the Japanese channel NHK KBS-2, with a total of 26 episodes. The series was mainly produced and aired for the 2002 FIFA Joint-World Cup which both Japan and South Korea hosted and took part in.
This anime has a different name in South Korea, being called Grounds of Friendship or Friendship Ground (우정의 그라운드) and was broadcast on KBS 2-TV and also only aired once from February 21st, 2002 until August 15th, 2002.
A short synopsis, provided by AllCinema, goes as follows:
"A sports animation co-produced by South Korea and mainly aired in the year of the Japan-Korea Joint World Cup. Through the encounter and interaction between Kenichi, a Japan boy who loves soccer, and striker Kang, who is expected to be the next Korean national team, the film vividly depicts the youth of young people. Kenichi is a young boy who works as a game maker for the Italian youth team, but despite his genius sense, he lacks the energy to win. On the other hand, Kang has a high level of ability and fighting spirit, but he is also able to adapt to his surroundings..."
Out of all 26 episodes, only the first episode entitled "Meeting in a Foreign Country" is available to watch online which was uploaded by YouTuber plaisir on June 1st, 2020. The same user had uploaded the second episode of the series entitled "Through Pass of Friendship" but had since been privated. The only source of them having uploaded the second episode was in a website called TuberTown on which the site archives Japanese videos on their site.
Aside from the episodes that plaisir had posted, no further episodes can be found or watched online. The opening and ending, however, are available to be watched on YouTube.
The episodes list are taken from the Japanese broadcast of Kick-Off 2002 that aired on NHK KBS-2, and not the Korean broadcast that aired on KBS 2-TV.
|#||Episode Title||Air Date||Status|
|1||Meeting In A Foreign Country||February 18, 2002||Found|
|2||Through Path Of Friendship||February 25, 2002||Lost|
|3||Breaking Into Victory||March 4, 2002||Lost|
|4||The Sweet Trap Of Surrogacy||March 11, 2002||Lost|
|5||Their Trials||March 18, 2002||Lost|
|6||A New Bond||March 25, 2002||Lost|
|7||Lost In The Command Tower||April 1, 2002||Lost|
|8||Turning Point!||April 8, 2002||Lost|
|9||Another Condition||April 15, 2002||Lost|
|10||Last March Part 1||April 22, 2002||Lost|
|11||Last March Part 2||May 6, 2002||Lost|
|12||Each Way||May 20, 2002||Lost|
|13||Cold Welcome||May 27, 2002||Lost|
|14||Goals That Call For A Friendship||June 3, 2002||Lost|
|15||Choosing To Be A Pro||June 10, 2002||Lost|
|16||Thick Walls||June 17, 2002||Lost|
|17||Hurt Pride||June 24, 2002||Lost|
|18||Position Of Humiliation||July 1, 2002||Lost|
|19||Words Of Interest||July 8, 2002||Lost|
|20||Bright Signs||July 15, 2002||Lost|
|21||Leap!||July 22, 2002||Lost|
|22||Tiger Fang Is Born!||July 29, 2002||Lost|
|23||Glorious Light And Shadow||August 5, 2002||Lost|
|24||Reunion||August 12, 2002||Lost|
|25||Battle Of The Spirit!||August 26, 2002||Lost|
|26||To The Stage Of Dreams...||September 2, 2002||Lost|
- AniSearch screenshots of Kick-Off 2002.
- Anison data for Kick-Off 2002.
- An archived NHK Schedule from April 1st, 2005 that shows the synopsis about the 7th Episode of Kick-Off 2002 entitled "Lost In The Command Tower."
- AniDB entry for Kick-Off 2002. Retrieved 14 Oct '22
- ANN article mentioning DreamKidNet and KBS. Retrieved 14 Oct '22
- Weblio, Japanese Wiki article for Kick-Off 2002. Retrieved 14 Oct '22
- Korean blog article about the production and review about Grounds of Friendship, the Korean airing of Kick-Off 2002. Retrieved 14 Oct '22
- Korean Wiki about Grounds of Friendship. Retrieved 14 Oct '22
- AllCinema's synopsis of Kick-Off 2002. Retrieved 14 Oct '22
- TuberTown archived videos of Plaisir, specifically Episode 2. Retrieved 14 Oct '22