top of page

The Sandbox partners with Captain Tsubasa to bring the popular football manga and anime to the metaverse

Co-produced by Minto, the Captain Tsubasa LAND represents the first Japanese manga property in The Sandbox and the first Captain Tsubasa metaverse appearance

HONG KONG – 21 June 2022 – The Sandbox, a leading decentralized gaming virtual world and a subsidiary of Animoca Brands, announced today that it has partnered with Minto Inc., facilitators of the creator economy for manga and anime brands, and TSUBASA co.,Ltd to bring Captain Tsubasa, the popular football manga that has sold over 80 million copies worldwide, to the new Captain Tsubasa LAND in The Sandbox. The experiences on this LAND, which will be co-produced by Minto, will become the first Japanese manga property to enter The Sandbox and the first appearance ever in the metaverse by Captain Tsubasa.

Captain Tsubasa is a manga featuring the character of Tsubasa Ozora, an 11-year-old boy who loves football and aspires to be the world’s best player. Tsubasa’s motto is “the ball is my friend” because a football once protected him from a bus crash. Driven by a life-long passion, Tsubasa becomes a football star in Japan, Brazil, and Europe. The success of the Captain Tsubasa manga and anime have helped bring football to new fans around the world, and the franchise has influenced numerous international football players. This new partnership aims to promote a variety of Captain Tsubasa collaborations and projects centered on The Sandbox.

The Sandbox x Captain Tsubasa.jpg

Part virtual real estate, part amusement park, The Sandbox fully embraces the idea of the metaverse as a continuous shared digital space where worlds and heroes collide to make magic. Captain Tsubasa joins over 300 existing partnerships including Warner Music Group, Ubisoft, The Rabbids, Gucci Vault, The Walking Dead, Snoop Dogg, Adidas, Deadmau5, Steve Aoki, Richie Hawtin, The Smurfs, Care Bears, Atari, ZEPETO, and CryptoKitties, all following The Sandbox team’s vision of empowering players to create their own experiences using both original and well-known characters and worlds.


“The Captain Tsubasa Japanese comics and animation series helped make Japanese manga culture global in the 80s and directly influenced the youth of millions of fans around the world – including myself as a teenager. Bringing this iconic series into The Sandbox is like a teenager’s dream come true,” said Sebastien Borget, COO and Co-Founder of The Sandbox. “By giving fans full ownership of Captain Tsubasa items, we’re empowering players to create their own user-generated football-themed experiences featuring their childhood favorite players to further extend Tsubasa Ozora’s influence on new generations of football fans.”


Find more information on The Sandbox on our Medium page:

Follow us on Twitter:

Like us on Facebook:

Message us on Telegram:

Join our Discord channel:


About The Sandbox

The Sandbox, a subsidiary of Animoca Brands, is one of the decentralized virtual worlds that has been fueling the recent growth of virtual real estate demand, having partnered with major IPs and brands including Warner Music Group, Ubisoft, The Rabbids, Gucci Vault, The Walking Dead, Snoop Dogg, Adidas, Deadmau5, Steve Aoki, Richie Hawtin, The Smurfs, Care Bears, Atari, ZEPETO, CryptoKitties, and more. Building on existing The Sandbox IP that has more than 40 million global installs on mobile, The Sandbox metaverse offers players and creators a decentralized and intuitive platform to create immersive 3D worlds and game experiences and to safely store, trade, and monetize their creations. For more information, please visit and follow the regular updates on Twitter, Medium, and Discord.

About Animoca Brands

Animoca Brands, a Deloitte Tech Fast winner and ranked in the Financial Times list of High Growth Companies Asia-Pacific 2021, is a leader in digital entertainment, blockchain, and gamification that is working to advance digital property rights and contribute to the establishment of the open metaverse. The company develops and publishes a broad portfolio of products including the REVV token and SAND token; original games including The Sandbox, Crazy Kings, and Crazy Defense Heroes; and products utilizing popular intellectual properties including Disney, WWE, Snoop Dogg, The Walking Dead, Power Rangers, MotoGP™, and Formula E. It has multiple subsidiaries, including The Sandbox, Blowfish Studios, Quidd, GAMEE, nWay, Pixowl, Forj, Lympo, Grease Monkey Games, Eden Games, DarewiseNotre Game, and TinyTap. Animoca Brands has a growing portfolio of more than 340 investments, including Colossal, Axie Infinity, OpenSea, Dapper Labs (NBA Top Shot), Yield Guild Games, Harmony, Alien Worlds, Star Atlas, and others. For more information visit or follow on Twitter or Facebook​.

About Captain Tsubasa

“Captain Tsubasa" (Shueisha) is a football manga featuring Tsubasa Ozora, whose motto is "The ball is your friend.” The manga has contributed greatly not only to the popularity of football in Japan but also to the spread and development of football around the world, and has influenced numerous international football players, making it a global content that continues to be loved around the world. Currently, "Captain Tsubasa Rising Sun" is serialized in "Captain Tsubasa Magazine"; the series reached its 100th volume in June 2017, and the latest anime series began airing in 2018, and is also being broadcast sequentially overseas. For more information about Captain Tsubasa, please visit


About Minto Inc.

Quan Inc., which has the world's No. 1 track record in character chat sticker downloads (5billion)  and IP production in the NFT/metaverse domain, and wwwaap inc., which has the No. 1 track record in SNS marketing utilizing anime and manga in Japan, merged , to form Minto in January 2022.

bottom of page