Ganbare! Kickers

Japanese name: Ganbare! Kickers
Japanese name: がんばれ!キッカーズ
English name: Fight! Kickers
French name: But pour Rudy
German name: Kickers
Italian name: Palla al centro per Rudy
Dates: October 15, 1986-March 25, 1987
September 11, 1989 (France)
September 1988 (Italy)
Broadcast time: Wednesday, 19:30-20:00 (7:30-8:00 pm)
Number of episodes: 23 (26)
Animation Studio: Studio Pierrot
Production Company:
Broadcaster: Nippon Television (NTV)
La 5 (France)
RTL2 (Germany)
Italia 1 (Italy)
Creator(s): Noriaki Nagai (manga)
Series Director: Akira Sugino
Episode Director(s):
Producer(s): Haruhiko Akamine (Nippon Television), Kunitaka Okada (I & S), Takaichi Matsumoto (Studio Pierrot)
Planning: Sukehiro Tomita (series composition)
Writer(s): Sukehiro Tomita, Hiroshi Kaneko, Isao Shizutani
Art Director: Satoshi Miura
Character Designer(s): Takeshi Ozaka
Animator(s): Takeshi Ozaka (director), Hayashi Takafumi (director)
Music: Jun Irie
Voice Actors
(regular characters):

Genre(s): sports (soccer), elementary school
Home Video
Japan: DVD (XT 1877 (set))
Note(s): The Japanese run of the program was apparently incomplete, the European broadcasts had 26 episodes.

To see what other animated programs were out at the same time as Ganbare! Kickers go to the Chronology of Animation.

Note on finding copies of programs:
Unfortunately I lack the time or resources to help people find copies of anime television programs. I have put together a web List of Online Video and Book Stores that will be useful to find copies in the United States, some other countries, and one Japanese store. There are other similar stores on the Internet around the world that might be able to supply the DVDs, LDs, VCDs, or video tapes that are desired. Check my Japanese Animation Information page for links to Internet resources that may have further information. I am not involved in trading materials from my own collection. I am still waiting to see most of the programs in this List of Anime Television Series and would be happy to find sources for many of them.

Because of these circumstances I will not respond to requests for help to find these types of materials.

Last update: January 18, 2009
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