Ken Wakashimazu (若島津 健, Wakashimazu Ken) is Japan's best goalkeeper. He is well known for his karate style when playing football.


Prior to the knockout stage of the World Youth, he was always Wakabayashi's main rival for the regular goalkeeper position. He has being Hyuga's best friend and both of them have played football together since childhood.


Kids' Dream arcEdit

After being considered by both Kojiro and Kozo Kira themselves, Wakashimazu became Meiwa FC's keeper; however, a car accident made him unable to play until Meiwa's match against Furano. He used to be a karate pratictioner before becoming a goalkeeper; known for this as the “Karate Keeper”, Ken uses his karate skills and speed to his advantage as a keeper. A cool guy, Ken is faithful to his best friends, Hyuga and Sawada. He is a bit conceited at first, though. Ken is calm and can read one team’s tactics very quickly.

Boys' Fight arcEdit

Wakashimazu Meiwa (2018)
Wakashimazu followed Hyuga to the Toho Academy, becoming a regular the second year. Wakashimazu's father wanted him to focus more on karate and be part of his own dojo, the Wakadoryu Style, as he never managed to win the football national tournament against Nankatsu's two victories in a row. Therefore, Wakashimazu was determined to win the national tournament to keep on playing football; he also became Toho's captain during Hyuga's absence, keeping the team together aided by Sawada, and for the time he was put on the bench. Wakashimazu managed to keep on playing football thanks to a shared victory with Nankatsu (in which he almost managed to catch Tsubasa's Drive Shoot[2]); after the tournament, he was chosen as the regular goal keeper of the All Japan Jr. Youth team. As Wakabayashi joined the team, he trained fiercely, thinking to be in competition with him for the GK position; but, injured against Hamburger SV Jr. Youth, his injury awakened and even worsened during the match against France, thus he wasn't able to play the final match.

Battle of World Youth sagaEdit

1st Asian preliminaries Tournament arc
Winning the tournament three times in a row with Toho Academy high school and his captain Hyuga, after the test matches against Holland Youth, Wakashimazu, like most of the other Japanese, wanted to focus on the Japanese Youth team. However, after a quarrel with coach Mikami about the regular goal keeper position (refusing to yield his position to Wakabayashi simply based on his playing professionally in the Bundesliga), he changed his mind and left the team, joining the J-league, in the Yokohama Flugels team. Progressing individually in the J-league, he still showed worries over Japan Youth, and even wanted to play during a pinch, before seeing Wakabayashi on the field.

2nd Asian preliminaries Tournament arc
Helping Hyuga with his mother's hospital expenses thanks to the money he earned in the J1 League, he was convinced to go back to the team. He also decided to adopt a more aggressive style of playing, to balance Wakabayashi's superior defensive skills (style similar to the one adopted by Mexico's GK Espadas). Having proven himself time and again, he accepted to be Japan's second goalkeeper without problems, acknowledging Wakabayashi's skills.

Golden-23/Rising Sun sagasEdit

In Golden-23, Coach Kira decided to employ Wakashimazu as a forward (and it's also revealed that he had first wished to play in attack, but when Hyuga took over, he went to be a goalkeeper for the sake of the team), and he performed very well. He scored a goal in the friendly match against Nigeria and performed numerous post play.

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Techniques and Abilities Edit

Main article: Ken Wakashimazu/Techniques

Trivia Edit

  • His name is Richard Tex Tex in the Latin American dub and Ed Warner in most European countries. He is named Ra'd (رعد) in the Arabic dub. The Latin-American name is based on puns coming from his and Roberto's Latin-American VA, Ricardo Tejedo.
  • In the 2018 anime, because Hyuga does not like wearing the captain's armband, Wakashimazu wears it for Toho Academy instead of Sawada due to his older age. He also took over the role outright when Hyuga was suspended for the middle school tournament.



  1. Mentioned on Chapter 52: The Entrusted Ball, after using the Wakado Style True Fist Defense against Mexico Youth.
  2. A feat he wasn't able to accomplish at the time, and only later the Italian Gino Hernandez was the first keeper to be able to do this against Tsubasa.

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