Ryo Ishizaki

Japanese name 石崎 了
Nickname(s) Funky Gutsman
Monkey Boy
Nationality Japanese
Birthday April 1
Relationships Ms. Ishizaki (mother)
Yukari Nishimoto (girlfriend)
Position(s) Defender
Forward (KD)
First appearance
Captain Tsubasa (1981) manga chapter 1 "Soar toward the great sky!"
Level Team Number
National Olympic Japan; U-22 4
U20; U16 Japan Youth; Jr. 4/14
Club Jubilo Iwata 36
Senior high Nankatsu HS 14
Junior high Nankatsu MS 14
U13 U-13 Japan 14
Juveniles Nankatsu ES; NSC 11/14

Ryo Ishizaki (just known as Ishizaki) is Tsubasa's first friend upon arriving in the city of Nankatsu, Shizuoka. He is introduced as the captain of the until then very unsuccessful Nankatsu elementary soccer team. He will be a main defense for Nankatsu and the Japan national team.

Personality Edit

Ishizaki is one of the moral pillars of the team (either Nankatsu schools or for the Japanese National Team); he's an in-universe comic relief; and he (much like Misaki, Genzo, Hyuga) can lift up Tsubasa when the latter is down. He isn't as good at soccer as the other players, and can even makes mistakes, but he's eagerly making up for it with his guts (as his nickname clearly states) and fighting spirit.

Story Edit

Kids' Dream arc Edit

Captain of the "worst team club" in the city of Nankatsu, Ishizaki was eagerly trying to keep their training field from falling in the hands of Shutetsu institute, the best team of the city and rival to Nankatsu. After a failed attempt, he finally found a way through Tsubasa's confrontation against Wakabayashi. Although he is not very good at soccer, he's spirited and eager to improve. Thanks to his fighting spirit and willpower, he managed to make it to the Nankatsu city selection team, and although he was only a substitute at first, he replaced the injured starting member Nishio. As Wakabayashi stated it himself, Ishizaki still made mistakes, but would always make up for them.

Boys' Fight arc Edit

Ishizaki followed Tsubasa, the Shutetsu Trio and Takasugi in Nankatsu middle school, and became a regular the 2nd year, like most of the others. He really likes to pick on Sanae and Tsubasa's hidden feelings towards each other. He grew a kind of rivalry with Urabe, because of his attitude and defection to Nankatsu in favor of Otomo. Actively helping throughout the tournament, he managed to block Hyuga's Tiger Shot with the help of Takasugi and even assisted Tsubasa in two goals against Toho Academy by doing an overhead pass for a 3:3 score and later a centering pass for aiding Tsubasa to score with a Miracle Drive Shoot. He was always sympathetic towards Tsubasa in order to making him stay on the field even despite the coach and the doctor's refusal to it due to Nankatsu's captain heavy injuries.

Much to Ishizaki's surprise, he was among the best members of the tournament, even his guts and efforts were greatly considered by Coach Mikami.

J Boys' Challenge arc Edit

For the All Japan Jr. training camp, Ishizaki earned his place in the All Japan Jr. team. He even gain a regular position, and had some votes in the choice for the captain.

Very faithful to Tsubasa, and as some members - such as Hyuga and Matsuyama were refusing to let Tsubasa play, he begged everyone to let him in. Although Ishizaki isn't perfect against the stronger opponents of the International Jr. Youth tournament, he still performed some decisive defenses.

Battle of World Youth arc Edit

Holland Youth Special

In Nankatsu high school, Ishizaki progressed much and became the captain of the soccer team. As for the National Middle School Tournament, Ishizaki is considered now Nankatsu's last fortress, making great efforts during those three years in High School and progressed very much, being able to stop Hyuga with his sliding tackle.

Asian Preliminaries

Chosen as the regular left sideback of All Japan Youth, he wasn't confident in keeping his position when the Real Japan 7 appeared. After enduring Gamo's hellish training, his fighting spirit was awakened by Tsubasa, who came back to help against China Taipei Youth and Thailand Youth.

World Youth in Japan

In the World Youth's final match, Ishizaki lost his consciousness by stopping a Skywing Pass from Santana, willingly suffering an injury to his face. After that, he confessed his feelings to Yukari and started a romantic relationship with her. He also said that he was not worried about Japan's fate, since he believed that Tsubasa would bring them victory.

Road to 2002 arc Edit

In this arc, Ishizaki managed to join Jubilo Iwata with Urabe both as defenders. Later on, together with Misaki defeated Urawa Red Diamonds where Takeshi and Toshiya Okano were playing as their opponents.

Rising Sun arc Edit

Ishizaki's overlaps are even more decisive, his individual technique improved to the point he can dodge and outsmart opponents, he helped in scoring important goals, even an assist is credited to him. He will also be part of the golden combi's new technique (as stated between a private conversation between him, Tsubasa and Misaki). He seems extremely important right now without even using his Ganmen Block.

Special techniques Edit

Ishizaki can perform some clean defenses for his team and do several overlaps and passes even as being a defense player, he's mostly known for blocking balls, even powerful ones, both with his body, most notably with his face and his Ganmen Block[1] tecnique, a feat for which he was recognized in most arcs during the series. His weaknesses is low shooting or doing most acrobatics but in terms of defense he can be very reasonable. On offense he initially relies on well-timed crosses from Tsubasa to perform diving headers.

  • Dribble
  • Ganmen Block
    • Scramble Ganmen Block (With Jito)
  • Ganmen Header
  • Ganmen Pass
  • Ishizaki - Overhead
    Overhead Pass: In the match against Toho Academy, Ishizaki manage to do an overhead pass after the ball was blocked by Hyuga who got the upperhand and then pass it back to Tsubasa who scored with a Drive Shoot against Wakashimazu.
  • Sliding Tackle

Games exclusive Edit

Gallery Edit

Trivia Edit

  • His name is Bruce Harper in the Latin American dub and in some European countries.
  • He's one of Takahashi's favorite character since he's "easy to draw" (most probably due to his haircut).
  • Former AC Milan and Italian national team player Gennaro Gattuso stated he was an Ishizaki's fan in his childhood.
  • He made cameo appearences in Rosario + Vampire (Episode 5).
  • He had a distinct dislike to Roberto Hongo as he was a drunkard, despite the fact that Hongo is still functioning really well, when he deliberately hit the cross bar before scoring with an bicycle kick. This is the reason that, in his role as a captain, tries to ban Hongo from drinking and carrying whisky into practices.

Notes Edit

  1. Which stands for "Face block".
  2. A shoot also known as "Banana Shoot" in some translations.