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Chan'ad Bahraini

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Go Cabtain Majid!

Saturday, September 18, 2004

I'm sure many of the Arab readers here will have grown up watching the Arabic cartoon "Captain Majid" on TV. It was a great show that I and many others throughout the Arab world would watch religiously. It was basically a cartoon about football in which Captain Majid and his team would play against his arch-enemy Bassam. Captain Majid was the centre of my life for such a long time. I stopped watching it when I "outgrew" it, and I totally forgot about it until recently.

Yesterday I was talking with one of my Italian friends about our favourite cartoons while growing up. She described an Italian cartoon named "Holly e Benji" which was also out football. After a while we realized that we both grew up watching the same show but dubbed in different languages. It's crazy. Coming from different corners of the planet, one would think that our upbringings would have nothing in common. But for both me and my Italian friend "Captain Majid" was a fixture in our childhoods, and we were able to have a discussion about all of the different episodes for several hours afterwards.

A bit of Googling made me aware that in its original Japanese form the show was called Captain Tsubasa, and has been dubbed in to many other languages. You can download some episodes (in Arabic) from here.

Go Cabtain Majid!

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6 Responses to 'Go Cabtain Majid!'


Anonymous Anonymous says:

Amazing cartoon! Last year I actually purchased the entire Captain Majid (or Captain Tsubasa) DVD collection from eBay! It's a total of 9 DVDs, while the audio is only in Japanese, there are English subtitles which can actually be very amusing. What was cool though is that the episodes from the last 4 DVDs were never aired in Bahrain, at least I don't think so! It's of Captain Majid, Bassam, and co all grown up. Captain Majid goes to Brazil then to Spain to play for Barcelona. Bassam goes to play in Italy. Waleed (the goalkeeper) plays in Germany. They all then get together to play in the World Cup and stuff. Thanks for reminding us of a classic!    

Anonymous Anonymous says:

How about Adnan wa Lina? I eventually found that it was called Future Boy Conan and bought the hilariously subtitled Japanese DVD set.

That brought back memories!    

Blogger Dilnareen says:

This is almost unbelievable i was having tthe exact same discussion a few days ago with a friend regarding old cartoons (likle sally and something that translates to the guy with the long shadow) and i joked that yeah why not post it to see how many ppl watched those cartoons.
One thing that always surprised me about that cartoon was that these ppl should have been gymnasts instead of footballers and how it took an entire episode for them to get from one side of the pitch to another    

Blogger Chanad says:
9/19/2004 12:05:00 am

Yeah Dilnareen, it took them ages to get from one side of the pitch to the other... however they would be running so fast that you would be able to see the curve of the horizon (but that doesn't really make sense). And I loved how they kicked the ball so hard that it would take on an elliptical shape.

I think I've cheered harder for Captain Majid's team than I have for any real sports team. Really, it was an amazing cartoon... I might just invest in a DVD set also.    

Blogger Dilnareen says:
9/19/2004 11:56:00 am

hehe iok i wont well on this any loger... yeah but the ball did transformed into a cross between a frisbee and a banana... also notice how big the crowd was.. millions of ppl (or dots) to watch kids play... i mean they were only about 11 when they started
I think they're going to revive it soon.. a while back i saw Hosn, that japanese game show which was cool in its own special way, on tv except it was called takeshi's castle.    

Blogger Shurouq says:
9/20/2004 07:18:00 pm

Ab6al al Mala3eb (7ameedo) was even a better soccer cartoon..
Uh.. the good old days    

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