name = Whistle!
caption = Whistle!
ja_name = ホイッスル!
ja_name_trans = Hoissuru!
Sports, Drama, Slice of Life, ShonenInfobox animanga/Manga
publisher = flagicon|Japan
publisher_en = flagicon|Canada flagicon|United States
publisher_other = flagicon|Hong Kong
Culture Comicsflagicon|Indonesia Elex Media
Weekly Shōnen Jump
first = July 1998
last = March 2003
volumes = 24Infobox animanga/Anime
network = flagicon|Japan flagicon|South Korea Animax
licensor = flagicon|France Déclic Images
first = May 5, 2002
last = February 3, 2003
episodes = 39
episode_list = List of Whistle! episodes
nihongo|"Whistle!"|ホイッスル!|Hoissuru! is a
Japanese mangaby Daisuke Higuchi, which was adapted into a 39-episode animetelevision series, broadcast exclusively by the anime television network, Animax across Japanand South Koreaann anime|id=858. Retrieved on June 11, 2008.] .
The football (soccer) associated manga was published in
Japanin Shueisha's " Weekly Shōnen Jump". "Whistle!" is published in English by VIZ Mediaunder the Shōnen Jump label. The manga was written in homage to the 1998 [ [http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/WEBSITE/WWW/WEBPAGES/showbook.php?id=142150068X Whistle! Volume 8, The Book Depository.] Retrieved on June 11, 2008.] and 2002 [ [http://anime.mikomi.org/series/1180.html Whistle.] Retrieved on June 11, 2008.] World Cup Finalstournaments which took place in Franceand Japan/South Korea respectively.
"Whistle!" is about a boy named Shō Kazamatsuri. He transfers from Musashinomori School to Sakura Josui
Junior High Schoolfor better hopes to make the soccer team, since he never got a game at his old school due to his small stature. Yūko Katori, his teacher, introduces him as a former star of the famed Musashinomori team, causing his classmates to be wrongly ecstatic. Right after that, one of the players, Tatsuya Mizuno, reveals that he was never a regular. In other words, since he never got the chance to play, Shō is a poor player. Shō struggles to improve his skill so he can make the team at his new school and to ignore the drastic disadvantage he has due to his height.
Due to the success of Whistle! in Japan and its rising popularity among soccer fans in North America,
Daisuke Higuchitook the helm of producing a 39-episode series [ [http://www.mmv.co.jp/special/whistle/arasuji/index.html Whistle! official episode guide, episodes 1-10.] Retrieved on June 11, 2008. ja icon] [ [http://www.mmv.co.jp/special/whistle/arasuji/backlist_2.html Whistle! official episode guide, episodes 11-20.] Retrieved on June 11, 2008. ja icon] [ [http://www.mmv.co.jp/special/whistle/arasuji/backlist_3.html Whistle! official episode guide, episodes 21-30.] Retrieved on June 11, 2008. ja icon] [ [http://www.mmv.co.jp/special/whistle/arasuji/backlist_4.html Whistle! official episode guide, episodes 31-39.] Retrieved on June 11, 2008. ja icon] based on the manga. The anime television network, Animax, has broadcast the series exclusively in Japanand South Korea.
;Opening themeann anime|id=858. Retrieved on June 11, 2008.] :"DOUBLE WIND" by
;Ending themeann anime|id=858. Retrieved on June 11, 2008.] :"Sweet Days" by Minako Komukai
In Japan, all 24 manga volumes were published. In North America, 20 manga volumes have been published as of September 2008 with the remaining volumes being published every 4 months.
Games include: Game Boy Advance and Playstation versions.
Differences between the anime and manga
The following scenes are edited (or cut) from the anime/manga
* Vol.1 - The scene involving Shō as a child and his parents does not appear in the manga
* When Shō first comes to Josui, in the anime, it was Yuki Kojima rather than Tatsuya Mizuno who first saw him playing at the soccer field. This happened to introduce Yuki instead of her being the one beating the guys at soccer as the "mysterious great soccer player".
* The scene involving Shiina, Rokusuke, Kurokawa, Gosuke and Shō playing Duct Tape tag does not appear in the anime.
* During the riverbed scene, where Honma spots Shō -- In the anime, only Honma has a one on one game with Shō, but in the manga, Honma requests the help of another kid to play with them to further Shō's skills.
* In the manga, Shige's first appearance is when he intrudes on the guy's locker room after Shō's game with Honma.
* For the position of Forward; in the manga -- Shige challenges Shō to a one on one duel; in the anime -- Santa tags along to try and obtain this position as well.
* Vol.4 - Yuki Kojima appears to Josui as the supposed guy that beat the kids in soccer, and she is also the one that attacked the group of kids that were going to ruin soccer balls in the soccer club room. This does not happen in the anime.
* Vol.8 - When Tatsuya visits Shige's house; in the manga, there is some extra scenes where Shō contemplates why he did what he did, and that past memories haunt him, which is when his brother comes to comfort him. In the anime, it cuts straight to the conversation with Tatsuya, Shige, and Shige's sensei.
* In the anime, it is said that the reason Tatsuya's father wants Tatsuya to join his soccer team is because he was in danger of losing his job. After hearing this, Tatsuya feels guilty. In the manga, this does not happen, and Tatsuya feels guilty after hearing that his father has a stomach ulcer condition.
* Also in the manga, Shō goes to Tatsuya's father's house and sees him suffering from his ulcer. Not knowing what to do, Shō contacts Katsuro Shibusawa for help. This makes Akira Mikami, who was with Katsuro at the time, feel guilty, since he felt it was his notion to create tension between Tatsuya and his father that led to it.
* Volume 16 - Shō encounters a professional soccer player, Masashiro Suō, who asks Shō to play a
futsalgame with him, which they play against many other high school kids. Masashiro Suō does not appear in the anime.
* In the manga, Shō encounters Maekawa, a star soccer player, twice; once in the training camp cafeteria, and again during soccer practice, where Maekawa teaches Shō a new trick he can use in future games. In the anime, the scene immediately switches back to Shō and Tatsuya arriving back at Josui.
* Vol.17 - Kentaro's past and his dream to be a goalkeeper is only revealed in the manga and is not mentioned in the anime. Also when Shō visits Oya-san at the Oden stand - in the anime, Shō only comes to visit to give Oya-san a sweater for a gift. However, in the manga, half of the Josui members (including Yuki, her brother; Akito, Shigeki Satō and Shō's step brother; Kō and their coach) show up in one final reunion before Shō and Tatsuya head off to
Seoul, Korea for the big match against the Seoul Select team. Though the manga goes past the Seoul match up, the anime ends right when the match ends.
* In the manga, the Josui team found out that Yuki Kojima was good at soccer when she challenged Masato to a soccer match. In the anime, the team already knows how good she is, and the match with Masato happens later. Also in the manga, the match between Yuki and Masato happens in Volume 4 prior to Yuki deciding to create a girl's team in a later volume. In the anime, she decides to create a girl's team in Episode 11, and the match happens in Episode 12.
* Vol.19 - During the Korean Senbatsu game; In the anime, Shigeki Sato flies to Korea to join in Sho's game and the game ends with Tokyo beating Korea. In the manga, however, this does not happen.The game ends up in a tie, and Shigeki Sato doesn't join the team. Instead, Shigeki visits his mother and tells her that he'll be playing soccer during the Tokyo Toresen tournament. Shigeki also changes his last name to Fujimara during this time, and he also meets Naoki Inoue of Hiba Junior High. The reason why Shigeki wanted to play in the Toreson, was to get a chance to challenge his former teammates; Sho and Mizuno. While the anime ends with the Tokyo-Korean Senbatsu match, the manga goes on for much longer, and ends shortly after the Tokyo Toresen Tournament.
* In the anime, Tokyo Select went to see Tenjo leave for Germany. In the manga, it was Shō, a few players from his school soccer team and his school coach who came.
*According to Daisuke Higuichi's notes seen in the end of various "Whistle!" manga volumes, some of the characters were inspired or modeled from real-life people with the following [Question Corner, Part 2, Volume 9.] .
# Masato Takai -
Jackie Chanand Bruce Lee
# Oyaasan -
Tommy Lee Jones
# Katsuro Shibusawa -
*"Whistle!" was originally supposed to be a professional soccer [Concepts Notes in Whistle!, Volume 9.] or a high school manga/anime [Concept Notes in Whistle!, Volume 8.] before Daisuke Higuichi decided to use a Junior High School soccer theme.
The Whistle! series has received good reception. A review posted by Read About Comics stated that the Whistle! manga had good drawings that showed the characters move around with the soccer ball during matches [ [http://www.readaboutcomics.com/2004/11/10/whistle-vol-1/ Whistle! Vol. 1.] Retrieved on June 11, 2008.] . The series was said to be very interesting that those who don't have soccer background will enjoy reading the manga, as well as with the realistic illustration used [http://precur.blogspot.com/2005/01/from-manga-stack-whistle.html From the manga stack: WHISTLE!.] Retrieved on June 11, 2008.] .
Activeanime had remarked that the art is clear since all the "line and detail has obvious care and attention given to it, resulting in well-managed visuals for a well-flowing read." [ [http://www.activeanime.com/html/content/view/3115/57/ Whistle!, Volume 19.] Retrieved on June 11, 2008.] , while praising Sho's character development as the readers "see him strive against so much to obtain what he worked for is uplifting." [ [http://www.activeanime.com/html/content/view/211/57/ Whistle!, Volume 15.] Retrieved on June 11, 2008.] Anime on DVD's review on Whistle's Volume 1 noted that although it does not look good for characters to run away from their problems, Sho's inner determination to play soccer is the main highlight of the series [ [http://www.animeondvd.com/reviews2/manga/manga.php?manga_view=542 Anime on DVD, Whistle! Volume 1.] Retrieved on June 11, 2008.] .
* [http://www.shonenjump.com/mangatitles/wst/manga_wst.php Shonen Jump's Whistle! Site]
* [http://www.mmv.co.jp/whistle/ Marvelous Entertainment's Official Whistle! site] (Japanese)
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