HOLLY AND BENJI
Original title: Captain Tsubasa
Characters: Holly (Oliver Hutton), Benji (Benjamin Price), Tom Becker, Mark Landers, Bruce Harper, Julian Ross, Danny Mellow, Alan Crocker, Roberto Sedinho, Maggie Hutton (Holly's mom), Michael Hutton (Holly's dad), Jack Morris, Ted Carter, Philip Callaghan, Johnny Mason, Ed Warner, Theodore Sellers, Jeff Turner, Muppet Coach, Peter Colby, 1st New Team Manager, Jonathan Gunnell, 2nd New Team Manager, Second New Team Manager, Patty Gatsby, Arthur Foster , Ray Thompson, Toho Coach, Match Speaker, Initial Narrator and Doctor Harada
Author: Yoichi Takahashi
Regia: Hiroyoshi Mitsunobu, Isamu Imakake
Year: October 10 1983
Broadcast in Italy: 19 July 1986
Episodes: 128 mm
Duration: 25 minutes
Recommended age: Children from 6 to 12 years old
Born in 1981 for a comic series by the talented Japanese Yoichi Takahashi, soon, after some success with the public, it becomes an animated series. The official name of the series is Captain Tsubasa, but in Italy they have been renamed as Holly and Benji and here, given our passion for football, they have had greater success than Japan and other countries. It is the story of two young boys, aspiring footballers. Holly is a boy who moved with his mother to an important city, at the foot of the great Mount Fujiama, here he attends the schools that train the football champions. He hardly ever sees his father, because he is a naval officer always on his ship, his mother always eagerly awaits him. Benji, on the other hand, was born in this city, and is the son of a rich and powerful family.
Holly is a formidable striker, while Benji is an unbeatable goalkeeper.
The two meet for the first time as opponents, in fact Holly promises his friend Arthur to play alongside him in the Niupi school team to beat goalkeeper Benji's very strong San Francisco. Holly and Benji compete, throwing a small bet. Holly promises to score a goal for Benji after having dribbled the whole team and in fact, to the amazement of the public, succeeds in her feat. Benji and Holly, after a 1 to 1 rematch, decide to merge into a single team: the Newteam, a team that also includes Tom Becker, a very strong midfielder who has already played in many other teams in Japan. Be Holly and Benji they would like to become world youth champions with the Japanese national team. Thanks to Holly's goals and Tom's prowess, Newteam wins its first championship by beating Mappet, the very strong team of champion Mark Lenders, in the final, thus becoming one of the strongest youth teams in Japan. Among the other teams that have been challenged we remember the Flainet, the Otomo of Patrick Everett, the Hot Dog of the acrobatic twins Derrik and in particular the Mambo where the strongest Japanese youth player plays:
julian ross. However, being heart-sick, he can only play a few minutes per game. Unfortunately, the Newteam does not always maintain the same formation, in fact Benji moves to Germany, while the good Tom continues to follow his father on his travels. In the second final that they will always play with Mappet, the match will end in a draw and the two teams will share the trophy.
The best players of the tournament are selected for the youth world championship. The national team consists of: Holly, Benji, Tom, Mark Lenders, Philippe, Ed, Danny, Bruce, the twins Derrick, Yuma and Julian Ross. Holly dreams of playing in Brazil and joining her great friend Roberto Cedinio. Mark Lenders of Mappet, chasing a scholarship, to be able to support his family. Our protagonists are therefore seen in comparison with the strongest teams on the planet: Argentina, France, Italy of goalkeeper Zoffetti, but above all Germany of the "Kaiser" i Schneider, according to the critics the youngest football player strong in the world. Match after match, goal after goal, against all odds, the team of Holly and his companions manages to reach the final and face Germany. Here, after a heated match full of emotions and twists, he manages to beat her, thus winning the under 16 world cup.
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Video of Holly and Benji