Ryo Ishizaki (石崎 了, Ishizaki Ryo) is a regular character of the Captain Tsubasa manga series, as Tsubasa's first friend in Nankatsu and known for his gutsy, cheerful and straight-forward personality. He has being part of Japan team during the whole series. He usually wears the "14" or "4" jerseys.
Ishizaki is introduced as the captain of the until then very unsuccessful Nankatsu elementary school team. Later on, he is established as the main defense for Nankatsu in elementary, junior and high school and also in the Japan national football team.
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 football 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. His mother owns a hot bath shop.
Despite being such a key for the team, he has also being cause of many comic relief moments of the series, since at first he is not as talented as the lead characters in football, and had to do extra efforts in order to succeed (even more than those of Matsuyama's who is said to have obtained his skills and strategy sense due to pure training). He also has some comic moments with his later-to-be girlfriend Yukari Nishimoto since both have very extrovertive and also explosive personalities.
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 football, 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, but shanked a clearance pass and scored an own goal against Hanawa FC. 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.
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.
In Nankatsu high school, Ishizaki progressed much and became the captain of the football 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.
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 saga 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 saga 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.
To be updated as series progresses.
Techniques and abilities Edit
- Main article: Ryo Ishizaki/Techniques
- His name is Bruce Harper in the Latin American dub and in some European countries.
- He's one of Takahashi's favorite characters since he's "easy to draw" ( likely 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 appearance 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 a bicycle kick. This is the reason that, in his role as a captain, tries to ban Hongo from drinking and carrying whisky into practices.
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