Level-5 abby has announced that the soccer-themed Inazuma Eleven Ares anime series will air on Disney XD in the United States. The show will run Saturdays at 8:30AM starting April 13, 2019.
Produced by OLM, the same studio behind hits like Pokemon, Beyblade Burst and Level-5’s Yo-Kai Watch, Ares is the third major iteration in the Inazuma Eleven franchise. Based on a series of video games produced by Level-5, the first entry in the series debuted on Japanese television screens in 2008. The show lasted for 127 episodes and inspired its own theatrical film in 2010. A followup spinoff, called Inazuma Eleven Go ran for 142 episodes and two movies between 2011 and 2014. The shows were later dubbed into English and ran on television in Australia, the United Kingdom and South East Asia.
The Lightning Eleven otherwise better known as the Inazuma Eleven, are a group of legendary players seen to be as fast as lighting and as powerful as thunder. The first season follows eleven individuals of a small island soccer club faced with disbandment as they decide to leave their home and chase their dreams. They must come together as a team to overcome the many challenges awaiting them on their journey to become legends.
Ares debuted in Japan on TV Tokyo in April 2018. The show consists of 26 x 22-minute episodes and was replaced in October by the ongoing Inazuma Eleven Orion. Ares received a same day subtitled television run on Sony’s Animax Asia channel. Foreign language dubs have also started to surface, like in France.
While the franchise has seen great success abroad, this is the first major Inazuma Eleven launch in English North America. Back in 2014, Level-5 released a downloadable version of the original 2008 game on Nintendo 3DS in North America. To coincide with this, the company also released the English dub of the original anime series on Hulu and other streaming platforms. It languished in obscurity and the Inazuma Eleven brand had been unheard of in North America since.
Naturally, Level-5 is currently hard at work on producing an Inazuma Eleven Ares video game. It’s currently set for a global release, with Japan receiving it first sometime this year on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and smartphones.
For more information on Inazuma Eleven Ares be sure to check out the official website.