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Hikaru Matsuyama (松山 光, Matsuyama Hikaru) is a major character in Captain Tsubasa. He is a main defender for Japan and wears the number "12" jersey.
He is one of Japan's best players. Though Matsuyama isn't a genius, he is persistent and hard-working. Thanks to his hard work, he has many good skills.
Captain Tsubasa manga
Matsuyama can be considered even a better captain than Tsubasa himself, since despite not being a genius in football, his hardwork, efforts and understanding of teamwork makes him a key player for the Japanese national team. In grade school, like many Japanese school teams, Matsuyama's objective was to defeat Tsubasa and Nankatsu. Since only clashed twice, both Hyuga and Matsuyama have a special respect for each other. Kojiro learnt this after watching Matsuyama's match with Tsubasa where he was truly a sportsman and true leader even in defeat. Conversely, it was Matsuyama's cheering from the audience that made Hyuga to regain his confidence and courage and equalize Nankatsu with his Overhead Tiger.
Netherlands Youth special
Matsuyama goes on to Furano High School together with Kazumasa Oda and manager Yoshiko Fujisawa. In the quarter-finals of his last National High School Tournament, his team lost to Hyuga's Toho Academy. Immediately after the tournament, he is chosen for Japan Youth's J-Village in preparations for the World Youth Tournament.
World Youth tournament
In the World Youth series, Matsuyama was chosen as a regular member. Unlike Hyuga, Misaki, Nitta, Soda, Jito and the Tachibana twins, he wasn't cast aside by Gamo. Being the only one finding the truth about the R.J.7, he even forced Hyuga to leave the team in order to progress. Matsuyama tried his best to tell a depressed Japan Youth not to count on the R.J.7 for the preliminaries.
Gamo considered that Matsuyama was the one who contributed the most to the team, by using his captainship so that the team wouldn't crumble during Gamo's harsh training while Tsubasa and Hyuga weren't here, and acquired their trust as well. He also considered Matsuyama the indispensable captain of the team during the training camp, which is why he revealed the true purpose of the R.J.7 to him. Even Tsubasa thought that Matsuyama should wear the captain mark. Matsuyama was absent for most of the time in the quarter-finals against Stefan Levin's Sweden Youth, since Yoshiko was involved in a traffic accident, and Matsuyama had put his love for Yoshiko above everything else. He came back for extra time however, giving Japan the key to victory.
Road to 2002 arc
In Golden 23, Matsuyama was selected in the Japanese Olympics team as the captain. Coach Kira put a lot of trust in him, Misaki and Misugi, called the "3M" (3 Shooting Stars) of U-22 Japan, allowing them to handle the team's balance. He believed that Matsuyama's leadership would be important during the Asian preliminaries tournament.
Rising Sun arc
To be added as series progresses
Hikaru means "light" (光) or "radiance" (輝) and the dictionary form of the word "Hikari" (光, light). Is a Japanese unisex given name, representing the light within the character (with him, the Furano team is able to "shine" between difficult and powerful opponents. Matsuyama (松山), on the other hand, is a commont Japanese surname. Nonetheless, the yama "山" particle may represent the Highland mountains where Matsuyama comes from (Hokkaido).
In the Jr. World Cup that occured in USA, Matsuyama and Yoshiko were reunited once again. He saw her first on the distance in the crowd in the game against Sylvester Luke from All USA Jr. She cheered him up to the final against All South America Jr.
- Main article: Hikaru Matsuyama/Techniques
- His name is Armand Callahan in the Latin American dub and Phillip Callahan in most European countries. "Armand" comes from his Latin-American voice actor, Armando Coria Jr.
- In real life, Consadole Sapporo has been using Matsuyama as a fictional spokesperson for their homegrown athlete project, appropriately named "Hikaru Matsuyama Project", since 2013.
- Hikaru Matsuyama at Japanese Wikipedia (Japanese)
- Hikaru Matsuyama at Italian Wikipedia (Italian)
- Hikaru Matsuyama at Captain Tsubasa DB (Japanese)
- Hikaru Matsuyama at Shinji's Captain Tsubasa fansite
- Hikaru Matsuyama at Captain Tsubasa: Dream Team database
- Hikaru Matsuyama at MyAnimeList
- Hikaru Matsuyama at AniDB
- Hikaru Matsuyama at Anime Characters Database
- Hikaru Matsuyama at Captain Tsubasa Stats
- Hikaru Matsuyama at Wikidata