Tsubasa Oozora

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Tsubasa Oozora
Captain Tsubasa character
First appearance Manga: chapter 1
Anime: episode 1
Voiced by Captain Tsubasa
Akari Hibino
Captain Tsubasa J
Akari Hibino (young)
Nozomu Sasaki (adult)
Shin Captain Tsubasa
Akari Hibino
Captain Tsubasa Road to 2002
Kikuko Inoue (youth)
Tomokazu Seki (adult)
Relatives Koudai Oozora (father) Voiced by: Norio Wakamoto
Natsuko Oozora (mother) Voiced by: Akiko Inose
Daichi Oozora (brother)
Sanae Nakazawa (wife: in manga) Voiced by: Chika Sakamoto (Captain Tsubasa, Shin Captain Tsubasa), Fujiko Takimoto (Captain Tsubasa J), Atsuko Enomoto (Captain Tsubasa: Road to 2002)

Tsubasa Oozora[1] (大空 翼?, Ōzora Tsubasa) is the main character of the manga and anime series Captain Tsubasa, authored by Yoichi Takahashi. The name literally translates to "Extensive Sky Wings". A prodigious football player, Tsubasa dreams of one day winning the FIFA World Cup for Japan. His position is midfielder and sometimes plays as forward, usually wearing jersey #10.


Tsubasa Oozora is known as the Soccer no Moshigo which translates as "heaven-sent child of soccer". At the beginning of the series, Tsubasa, a lonely but not embittered boy obsessed with soccer, is an elementary school student who has just moved to the city of Nankatsu with his mother. As revealed by his mother, Tsubasa was saved by his football in a truck accident when he was barely able to walk, Tsubasa had held the football in front of him which served as a cushion for most of the impact. The force of the bump blew him away, but he was able to right himself over again with the ball. Hence, Tsubasa Oozora's motto of "The ball is my friend". Because his former school did not have a football team, the Oozora family thus decided to move to Nankatsu, in order for Tsubasa to join Shutetsu elementaty school, which was the national soccer champion.

Immediately upon arrival, he sets out to explore the new city, and arrives at the local soccer field where the players of Nankatsu elementary school, led by Ryo Ishizaki, quarrel with those of Shutetsu elementary school over who gets to use the field. Impressed with Shutetsu's genius goalkeeper Genzo Wakabayashi, Tsubasa resolves to challenge him to a duel. This is the beginning of a lifetime friendship and rivalry between the two of them.

The duel is observed by Roberto Hongo, a former member of the Brazil national football team and a friend of Tsubasa's father, who becomes his mentor. Joining Nankatsu school's soccer team, Tsubasa meets Taro Misaki with whom he forms such a perfect combination that the two of them come to be called "The Golden Duo", and chief supporter Sanae Nakazawa who soon develops a crush on him.

Chosen for the city's team in the National championship, Tsubasa and his friends face strong rivals such as Kojiro Hyuga, who will remain one of Tsubasa's strongest rivals in Japan, Ken Wakashimazu, Jun Misugi and Hikaru Matsuyama. Nankatsu triumphs in this championship and the three following in middle school. Tsubasa and many of his friends and rivals are also part of the team that wins the U-16 World Championships for Japan before Tsubasa, following his dream to become a pro in Brazil, leaves Japan, but he keeps coming back for the National team.

He later gives her his ball because Sanae Nakazawa gives him a new shoes and then he moves to Brazil and met his fathers friend Roberto Hongo then moves to Barcelona to join FC Barcelona (FC Catalunya in the anime).


Tsubasa's father, Koudai Oozora, works as a marine captain and is at sea most of the time, so he was brought up by his mother, Natsuko. However, he has a much younger brother, Daichi (who was seemingly born after he left Japan) This also explains his strong attachment to Roberto Hongo, whom he sees as an idol and most likely as a sort-of secondary father figure. He is more likely Roman Catholic, as he got married in a western ceremony and his wife is seen holding a rosary in her hands.

After the WYC, Tsubasa later marries his longtime girlfriend and Nankatsu's team manager, Sanae Nakazawa, who is currently pregnant with their first children, as she is expecting twins.

In the Millennium Dream (a special concerning the Olympic Games which is supposedly something Sanae dreamt), the Oozora-Nakazawa couple have two boys: Hayate and Daibu.


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  1. ^ "Captain Tsubasa: Revenge Match." Animax India. March 15, 2007. Retrieved on July 23, 2009.