Whistle! features a young boy named Kazamatsuri Shō who transfers to Sakura Josui Junior High in hopes of being able to play on the soccer team as his old school, Musashinomori, held him permanent reserve due to his small stature. Katori Yuuko, his homeroom teacher and the soccer club adviser, mistakenly introduces him as a former regular of Musashinomori, the reigning regional champions. Being only a reserve member, however, he was unable to live up to their misguided expectations and was ridiculed for his supposed deceit. Despite this, Shou attempts to mend his relationships with the soccer team and, through hard work, endeavors to be the player of great skill that he had once been mistaken for despite his height disadvantage.
Whistle! is a Japanese manga by Higuchi Daisuke, which was adapted into a 39-episode television series, broadcast across Japan and Korea by Anime Television Network. The manga was published in Japan in Shueisha's Shōnen Jump. Whistle! was published in English by VIZ Media under the Shōnen Jump label and, at 24 volumes, has been released in its entirety under their label as of January 2010. It was written in homage to the 1998 and 2002 World Cup Finals tournaments which took place in France and Japan/South Korea respectively.
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