Manga legend, ‘Captain Tsubasa’ creator graces Anime Expo in Saudi Arabia

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Artist and creator Yoichi Takahashi. (AN photos by Huda Bashatah)
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Artist and creator Yoichi Takahashi. (AN photos by Huda Bashatah)
Updated 16 November 2019

Manga legend, ‘Captain Tsubasa’ creator graces Anime Expo in Saudi Arabia

  • Ending his talk with a bang, Takahashi announced that he was giving five signed illustrations of “Captain Tsubasa” to lucky winners

RIYADH: Artist and creator Yoichi Takahashi walked onto the stage at the Anime Expo to warm cheers on Friday as fans welcomed Thursday’s announcement of the upcoming “Captain Tsubasa” remake.
“Happy to be here with this large crowd. Maybe it’s too short a time, but I hope we’ll all enjoy it together,” he told his Saudi fans.
Takahashi’s football-focused anime “Captain Tsubasa” is held in high regard in the Middle East, especially in Saudi Arabia.
Three quarters of Arabs surveyed in a recent Arab News / YouGov poll said it was their favorite anime.
Anime Expo marks the manga artist’s first visit to Saudi Arabia. “I heard there are many fans here — I’m truly happy to be here,” he said.
Takahashi revealed that he was initially working on a different story while watching the FIFA World Cup, which inspired him to focus instead on “Captain Tsubasa.”
The remake will air on MBC on Dec. 1 under an agreement signed between Takahashi and the General Entertainment Authority.
“In Japan, the remake aired last year. I’m honored to see it will air so soon in Saudi Arabia,” he said.
The message behind “Captain Tsubasa” is about making dreams a reality, he added, “and I hope we all make our dreams come true.”
Next year will mark the 40th anniversary of the anime’s creation, but Takahashi is by no means finished with the franchise. “Tsubasa+,” a smartphone game, will be released in 2020.
“Globally, people will be able to play and enjoy ‘Captain Tsubasa,’ not just watch it,” he said.
Ending his talk with a bang, Takahashi announced that he was giving five signed illustrations of “Captain Tsubasa” to lucky winners.
He played “rock, paper, scissors” with the crowd to pick the winners: Four young men and a woman.


Saudi foreign minister calls for ‘transparent and independent’ Beirut explosion investigation

Updated 09 August 2020

Saudi foreign minister calls for ‘transparent and independent’ Beirut explosion investigation

  • Prince Faisal bin Farhan told an emergency donors conference that Saudi Arabia stands with Lebanon
  • Minister condemns 'destructive hegemony' of Hezbollah, which has history of storing explosive materials among civilians

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia called for a transparent and independent investigation into the Beirut explosion, the Kingdom’s foreign minister said on Sunday.
Prince Faisal bin Farhan told an emergency donors conference that Saudi Arabia stands with Lebanon. He described the explosion that killed more than 150 people as “horrific.”

Prince Faisal said strong state institutions that work for the interests of the Lebanese people are vital to the reform required to guarantee Lebanon's political and economic future.
“The continued destructive hegemony of the terrorist organization Hezbollah worries us all, and we all know this organization’s history of using explosive materials and storing them among civilians in several Arab and European countries and in north and south America.”
“Lebanon is in dire need of comprehensive and urgent political and economic reform to ensure that this terrible disaster will not occur again,” he said.

He added that four planes carrying Saudi aid have arrived in Beirut.
The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has provided 290 tons of medical equipment, food supplies and housing materials.

The conference was hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron.