|First appearance||Captain Tsubasa chapter 10|
Kojiro Hyuga is a major character in the Captain Tsubasa series. He is one of the best players of the Japanese soccer team.
To help his family, Kojiro Hyuga wants to be a professional player, an ace striker. His devotion to football and his persistence to shoot the goal is outstanding. He was both Tsubasa’s and Wakabayashi’s top rival. A great guy, Hyuga is not only strong, he is also tough but at the same time caring. Can be a bit impulsive at times, though. He was once famous because of his roughness and many players were scared of him. But, Hyuga is actually a kind boy who cares about his family and friends.
With the death of his father, Hyuga became eager to help his family raise money, in order for him and his siblings to go to middle and high school. So he temporarily left his team to do some part-time work, but also to prove them that they needed him and that his vision of soccer was the right one. When his team was qualified for the national soccer tournament, he hoped that a school would provide him a soccer scholarship. Facing Tsubasa and Nankatsu SC, Hyuga's team won the game, but he was shocked by his personal losses to Tsubasa. Still, scouts from the Toho Academy approached him and proposed him a soccer scholarship in their school, but only if he won the championship. Therefore, in the final match against Nankatsu, he tried to score outside of the penalty area against Wakabayashi, in order to impress the Toho scouts. He soon realized that it was a mistake, however Nankatsu still managed to draw and win during extra time. After the match, Hyuga felt the joy of playing soccer again.
Toho Academy still decided to take Hyuga. Therefore, Hyuga joined the Toho. However they lost twice in a row to Nankatsu and Tsubasa in middle school. In the 3rd year, after playing against Musashi and Misugi who made his comeback in the finals of the Tokyo prefecture championship, his former coach Kira made him understand that he had became a tiger without fangs. So, Hyuga left Toho to train individually. Becoming a true tiger again, he came back to the team, but because of his selfish behavior, Toho's coach Kitazume didn't allow him to play in the tournament. Frustrated by this decision and because everyone was worrying about him, Hyuga eventually put his pride away, pledging his coach to let him play the final match. After seeing Hyuga's Tiger Shot, coach Kitazume agreed. Tsubasa and Hyuga put up a good fight. The match ended up being a tie, 4-4, and the two team shared the victory.
Hyuga was chosen to be a member of the All Japan Jr. Youth which would participated in the International Jr. Youth Tournament in France. After losing to Hamburg and failing to score against Wakabayashi, Hyuga trained very hard with the black ball he received from coach Kira, in order to create a new shot, stronger than the Tiger Shot. He called it the Neo Tiger Shot and in the match with Italy, he scored against the perfect keeper, Gino Hernandez, with this shot. After winning the tournament, Tsubasa left for Brazil, and Hyuga promised him that he would stand at the top of Japanese soccer.
In the World Youth series, Hyuga was one of the 7 players to be excluded from the Japanese National team after they lost 3 group matches with Real Japan 7 (R.J.7), because Hyuga was lacking post play. Determined to get back into the team, Hyuga went to Okinawa to train his post play, and also to develope a new shot. At first he couldn't find the answer for the new shot, but thanks to Maki Akamine and her winning pitch, the Riser ball, Hyuga was able to complete his new shot, the Raiju Shoot. He also developed a romantic relationship with Maki.
In Road to 2002, Hyuga went to Italy and joined Juventus FC, in the Serie A. At first Hyuga had some problems because after Hyuga's physics test, the result was Hyuga was an unbalanced player because his right muscles is too strong. Hyuga trained really hard with the help of Juventus' physical coach Mazzantini to correct his body balance. After that he was transferred to FC Reggiana, in the Serie C1. He helped Reggiana win the championship and promote to the Serie B.
Special techniques Edit
- Straight Line Dribble: Instead of technique, Hyuga uses power to break through in a straight line.
- Tiger Shot: After his training in Okinawa against the strong waves during a storm, Hyuga created the Tiger Shot, which is shot in a straight line of great power and speed, even able to get through the waves.
- Neo Tiger Shot: Schneider's Fire Shot, Hyuga decided to train with coach Kira's black ball, a ball that is three times heavier than normal. With that, Hyuga managed to produce a shot that is even more powerful than the Tiger Shot.
- Wild Tiger Shot: Since the Raiju Shoot puts a lot of strain to the legs, Hyuga create another shot, by training with much smaller balls and try to focus on the center of the ball, making more power transmitted into it.
- Jumping Tiger Volley
- Wild Jumping Tiger Volley
- Raiju Shoot: Gamo, inspired by Maki's signature pitch, the Riser Ball. By hitting the ground with his leg before shooting and using that reaction to fire his shoot, he made the shoot going near the ground at first and then going up in front of the keeper. The shoot can bring down a big tree, just like it's struck by lightning. It is later revealed that this is the last shoot that Roberto taught Tsubasa before the World Youth, which he named the Sky Wing Shoot.
- Jumping Raiju Shoot
- Korin Raiju Shoot: (with Jito) Hyuga uses Jito's back to jump higher and get the ball in mid-air, then do the Raiju Shoot as soon as he land.
- Senko Raiju Shoot (with Tsubasa and Misaki)
- Eagle Raiju Shoot (with Matsuyama)
- Overhead Kick
- Tiger Overhead
- Tiger Diving Head
- Tiger Pass
- Tiger Tackle
- Toho Golden Combi
Games exclusive Edit
- Lightning Tiger (Captain Tsubasa 3, 4 and 5)
- Dragon Tiger (Captain Tsubasa 4)
- Final Tiger (Captain Tsubasa 5)
- Hyuga is the only rival of Tsubasa who had defeated the latter in a match.
- His name is Steve Hyuga in the Latin American dub.