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Capeta vol01 Cover.jpg
Cover of Capeta volume 1 as published by Kodansha
Genre Sports
Author Masahito Soda
Publisher Japan Kodansha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly Shōnen Magazine
Original run 2003 – ongoing
Volumes 19
TV anime
Director Shin Misawa
Studio Studio Comet, Delphi Sound (audio)
Network Japan TV Tokyo
Original run October 4, 2005September 26, 2006
Episodes 52
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Capeta (カペタ Kapeta ?) is a Japanese sports manga and anime about kart racing by Masahito Soda. The manga won the Kodansha Manga Award for shōnen in 2005.[1]

The series consists of three separate arcs. The first is of Capeta in his first experiences with kart racing. The next is Capeta a few years later having to deal with mounting monetary issues. The third is Capeta trying to realize his dream of beating his rival and becoming a professional racer. The anime is known for numerous references and homages to Initial D and Best Motoring International references, as well as Formula One. In addition to this, there are many karting and racing references that not only add flesh to the story, but are also factual (such as comments about racing lines, tire usage, slipstreaming and general commentary on the world of four-wheel racing).


Kappeita Taira (平 勝平太 Taira Kappeita ?), otherwise known as "Capeta" (カペタ Kapeta ?), is a nine-year old boy whose single-parent father, Shigei Taira (平 茂雄 Taira Shigei ?), works for a paving company. While completing a paving job at a go-kart track, his father sees a young boy racing at the track and amazed at the speed and seeming thrill of the sport. Realizing that his young son has an interest in racing cars (particularly Formula One), Shigei asks the circuit steward as to whether he is able to take some old worn-down parts out of the circuit's trash pile. Taking these back to his workplace, he manages to construct a rundown yet drivable kart. Sachiko's boss, Mr. Ikari, (initially begrudgingly) supplies a generator engine to power the kart.

Determined, Capeta, in his first time on a race track, manages to not only master the mangled racer, but also overtakes other racers in much faster, better karts. One of the people he catches and attempts to overtake on the inside line is Naomi Minamoto (源 奈臣 Minamoto Naomi ?), a talented young racer who drives for a works karting team, Endless Autohouse Racing. This overtaking maneuver shocks Naomi so much so that he drops the accelerator of his kart, accelerates past Capeta. This infuriates his mother and team manager, Nanako Minamoto (源 奈々子 Minamoto Nanako ?), as he over revved a brand new engine which he was supposed to be merely running in. Capeta's best friends, Nobu and Monami help him in every way they can.

Capeta, unaware of the difference in machinery between his own kart and Naomi's works-grade kart, does not understand why it was impossible for him to catch Naomi. Nonetheless, onlookers are amazed that a child from out of the blue is able to outrace the regular drivers of the track, let alone unnerve the track's local hotshot. Nanako, also amazed, offers to help Capeta's entry into the world of kart racing, secretly as a rival for her son. After what is a difficult conversation for Capeta, the Taira father and son turn down the offer to enroll Capeta in the Endless Autohouse Racing team and run their own single kart team on their own instead.

In the second arc, he is thirteen-fourteen years old, wears a blue racing suit and changes his Kart to Kart # 30. Nobu and Monami have also matured a lot and they find intensive ways of helping him. He goes on to winning races, but develops a fracture in his ribcage. So after he is hospitalized, he is introduced to formula one racing as he was exceptionally talented in Kart racing and had a lot of experience in Karting. So after graduation, his father tells him to make a decision of whether he wanted to be a professional racer or just hang it about. So, making his own decision, he takes the racing option and begins his Actual career. There was just one condition that the F1 company had said that if he crashed, it would be a BIG loss of money and confidence. And due to economic shortcomings, he takes up the idea and promises not to crash. But he crashed, due to the error of another racer, the other guy lost control of his car and spunned about sideways, Capeta was a few metres away from him and he was turning, so he couldn't see anything and when the controlled told him to watch out, he puts on sudden brakes and the cars screeched and crash, but luckily, no one was hurt. But Capeta was devastated. He felt like he'd blown up everybody's hopes. However,his father never gave up. He encourages Capeta to enter a formula-style feeder series. He uses his talents, going on to win his races, defeating his team's talented racers AND making him a series winner even though the last minute, his engine breaks, but still, he wins the race, with Shiba Ryu close by. Nobu admits that he wants to become the best racing-manager. And that he'd always be with Capeta till the very end. The last episode ends with a outlook at the near future: it is narrated that Naomi and Capeta race against one another in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. The last narration was: "Both racers are very talented. Its a fight between two Japanese".


Taira Capeta

At the beginning of the anime, he is 10 years old, then 14, and 16. Taira step into the world of kart racing when his father fixed him a kart. Even before this, Taira had interest in cars. He is very talented showing his adaptibility, balance, and brilliance. There are lot of people who are drawn to Taira's racing. They say that he gives off something to look forward too. Even his rivals are motivated because of Taira. His mother died when he was young so, mostly, he did every housework from when he was a little boy. Taira loves cars and eventually race in a Formula One. Minamoto Naomi is his greatest rival, Taira wants to race him but feels that Morimoto is always one step ahead of him.

Taiga Shigei

Father of Taira Capeta. He works for a paving company and is, mostly, not home. He tries to work overlate to make more money since his family is very poor. In the beginning, he thinks that Taira is a obedient, quiet kid since he gives no trouble but after seeing him in the kart he fixed Shigei realizes that Taira was being reserved. He later supports Taira in his years of kart racing and a racer.


Childhood friend of Taira Capeta. She is very agressive and forceful but kind and caring. Mogami is the biggest supporter of Taira's team. She calls herself Team Capeta's coach. Later, she becomes a singer to bring more happiness other than to Taira and Nobu but still supports them.


At first, he bullied Taira because he thought it was annoying how Taira wasn't serious about anything but becomes friends with him after finally seeing him motivated. Nobu admits that he wants to become the best racing-manager. And that he'd always be with Capeta till the very end.

Naomi Minamoto

Naomi is only one year older than Taira. He is very serious in karts and cars. Naomi never lost in a race and is always hard on himself and to others. He realizes the unfairness in the world better than anyone else. The only thing that interest him is Formula One. After seeing Taira's first race, he began to see him as his rival. Unknown to Taira, Minamoto also wishes to race against him. Though he doesn't say it, he shows great interest in Taira.
  1. ^ Joel Hahn. "Kodansha Manga Awards". Comic Book Awards Almanac. Retrieved 2007-08-21.  

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From Wikispecies


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Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Classis: Arachnida
Ordo: Araneae
Subordo: Opisthothelae
Infraordo: Araneomorphae
Taxon: Neocribellatae
Series: Entelegynae
Sectio: Dionycha
Superfamilia: Salticoidea
Familia: Salticidae
Subfamilia: Sitticinae
Genus: Capeta
Species: C. cachimbo - C. tridens


Capeta Ruiz & Brescovit, 2005

Type species: Capeta tridens Ruiz & Brescovit, 2005


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  • Platnick, N. I. 2009. The World Spider Catalog, version 9.5. American Museum of Natural History. [1]

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