Taro Misaki redirects here. For his counterpart, see Taro Misaki (Tecmo).
Taro Misaki (岬 太郎, Misaki Taro) is a major character in the Captain Tsubasa series. He even had some borderline protagonist moments, in Boku wa Misaki Taro and the Golden-23 manga. He usually wears the number "11" jersey in Japan.
Physically speaking, Taro is a young man with delicate features. He strongly resembles his estranged mother Yumiko (like his sister, Yoshiko), but with his father Ichiro's color scheme. He is mentioned at times to be very good-looking.
He is one of Japan's pivotal players. Being the son of Ichiro Misaki, a divorced landscape painter, he had to follow his father throughout the country, unable to make friends in the long term. Before going to Nankatsu, he played with Hyuga, Sawada and Wakashimazu at Meiwa FC and with Matsuyama and Oda at Furano FC.
Captain Tsubasa seriesEdit
Kids' Dream arc
Moving to Nankatsu, a city which gives football more importance than ever, Misaki had to register himself in one of Nankatsu's two elementary schools: Nankatsu and Shutetsu. He paid a visit to Nankatsu elementary school, only to be told that everyone, including the principal, went out to watch a football match between the two schools. When he arrived there, he managed to play the extra time game for Nankatsu, replacing Ishizaki, who was injured his left leg from breaking Shuutetsu's birdcage tactic by himself in the match. That day, the Golden combi between Tsubasa Ozora and Taro himself was created. Misaki played as a regular offensive mid fielder at Nankatsu. After Nankatsu SC's victory in the national championship, Misaki had to leave again, and he didn't want his friends to know, afraid that it would be too painful to see everyone before leaving. His friends eventually discovered the truth though, and he received a ball with handwritten messages from everyone on it, as a long shot made by Tsubasa directly to his bus, since he had already left by the time his friend arrived to the bus stop.
A month after the 6th Yomiuri Land National junior tournament, the Misakis travelled to Kyushu. Ichiro Misaki left his son in said city while having a painting exhibition as a result of his journeys throughout Japan. There, Yumiko Yamaoka, Taro's stranged mother, met with Ichiro. Yumiko wanted Taro to live with her. Ichiro agreed because he had to go to France to continue his painting career and did not want to see Misaki leave his friends behind again. However, when Ichiro takes him to the Yamaoka's residence, Misaki said that "I am Taro Misaki, not Taro Yamaoka" (hence the title of the one-shot), and he would to go with his father to France.
Holland Youth Special Edit
During three years in high school -being the runner-ups for three consecutive years-, Misaki and the Nankatsu team couldn't defeat Hyuga and the Toho Academy, and could only win once when Hyuga wasn't playing. Being in a really bad condition in the game against Netherlands Youth, Misaki felt helpless without Tsubasa. However, he completely escaped the slump in the last match.
In World Youth series, Misaki decided not to join any J-league club to focus on the All Japan Youth team instead. But after losing to the R.J.7, he wondered if his choice to focus on the national team was the right one. Then, he became one of the 7 players to be excluded from All Japan Youth. After that, Misaki decided to travel around the world to see the football of as many countries as possible, as he felt that it's the starting point of his football.
Returning after the first round of the Asian preliminaries, he was accepted to be back in the team after winning against the R.J.7. Misaki improved his skills, becoming the only one being able to follow Tsubasa at full throttle in the end of the Asian preliminaries.
At the same time, Taro more or less reconciled with his mother, met his kind stepfather and promised his sister Yoshiko to hang out with her. However, at the end of the pleasant visit, he saved the young girl from being hit by a bus, but in exchange he seriously injured his left leg.
Misaki asked his friend Azumi for a list of doctors who could help him to take part in the World Youth. He started a rehabilitation program with Doctor Shibazaki to be able to play at least 30 minutes in the finals. The doctor was aware that if Misaki played for more than 30 minutes, his football career would be at a great risk, so he told Misaki that he couldn't play in order to save his career.
Misaki ran away from the hospital to join the final match against Brazil. When Doctor Shibazaki discovered that, he sent a letter to coach Gamo, to tell Misaki the truth and remind him not to push himself too hard. Misaki's injury worsened during the match, but being the only one beside Tsubasa to feel the danger Natureza represented, Misaki went back to the field and eventually made the assist that allowed Tsubasa to score the victorious goal, sacrificing his injured leg. After the match he went back to rehabilitation.
Road to 2002 arc Edit
After going through a hard and long rehabilitation for a whole year, Misaki's objective was to join the French league, but he wanted to polish his abilities in the J-League first, by joining Jubilo Iwata. Training among the regulars as soon as he joined, he played his debut match along with Ishizaki and Urabe, against the Urawa Reds, and more precisely Sawada, as well as Hayato Igawa, who has an impressive football career. Misaki helped Jubilo win the match, proving that his play was worthy of the J-League, and most importantly, that his left leg was healed.
In Golden 23, he was selected in the Japanese Olympic team. Although another injury could stop his football career, that didn't prevent Misaki to play at his best. Confused at first when facing Nigeria and J.J. Ochado, who joined PSG instead of him, he quickly got a hold of himself. As Ochado said that Misaki is lacking fighting spirit despite his technical qualities, Misaki changed his play style a bit, allowing him to win the J-League in the process. In the Asian preliminaries, he scored the victorious goal against Australia, the goal that would allow them to go to the Olympics.
Rising Sun arc Edit
Madrid Olympics classification stage
At the Olympics, he scored the winning goal against Olympic Argentina, allowing Japan to qualify for the quarter-finals. Before the beginning of the Final Tournament of the Madrid Olympics, both Tsubasa and Misaki decided to polish their combi play by developing their ultimate technique. They trained in the Riazor Beach in order to fulfill this feat. The only one who knew of this ultimate technique was Ishizaki, who knew how to do a high and strong cross to the keeper's area.
Madrid Olympics final tournament
During the 1st half-time, after Ishizaki surprised everyone with his newly mastered Heel Lift and his Face Trap, eluding Germany's defense, he opted for a long and strong cross, a cross that was aimed for Japan's Golden Combi, where Tsubasa and Misaki who simultaneously rotated their bodies in the air, using their arms to do an Arrow Shot and then doing both a Rolling Overhead and a Diving Volley, thus using the High Speed Tornado Sky Alpha, scoring a goal against Muller.
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Different from the cheerful and easygoing Tsubasa, the more firm and secure Genzo, the aggressive and single-minded Hyuga, or the leader-type Matsuyama, Taro is a shy and gentle young man. His analytical type and observation accuracy, though, can easily equal that of Jun Misugi. This echoes in his playstyle as well, since he is not the aggressive type but prefers to assist and make passes rather than score himself.
His timid personality has its roots most probably because he has being mostly friends with the ball (like Tsubasa) and has traveled with his father all both alone throughout Japan and France. Also, due to the divorce of his parents, he was doubtful to establish long-term brotherhood or friendship bonds with others, and was doubtful to reconcile with his mother at first.
This timid and doubtful traits were noticed from both Coach Gamo and later on from his rival J.J. Ochado. In order to become the main pivot of the team and win without Tsubasa, Taro had to leave the past behind and became the playmaker, and score himself with long shots or with corner shots. With the Boomerang Shot, Hyuga was surprised to see Misaki score with full resolution during the match against Saudi Arabia, and in Golden-23, Misaki also developed the S.S.S, which proved to be key to win against U-22 Nigeria and also to win games in the J1 League with Jubilo Iwata.
- Main article: Taro Misaki/Techniques
- Contrary to most grade school players, Misaki is a student with exceptional grades.
- His name is Tom Misaki in the Latin American dub and Carlos Misaki in the Brazilian dub (Sometimes Taro was called Brikes in the 1983 anime, being confused with Kazuki Sorimachi). His Chinese name is Taylor (泰萊).
- His name is Tom Becker in the Italian and Spanish dub, Ben Becker in the French dub, and Tobi Misaki in the Portuguese dub.
- His Brazilian voice actor is Rodrigo Andreatto, who also voiced other popular anime characters.
- He makes cameo apperances in episode 5 from Rosario + Vampire.
- He's seen wearing glasses in a scene in the manga, which is considered to be a nod to how he is Yoichi Takahashi's favorite character.
- In an extra picture in one of the manga volumes, a calico cat by the name of Misaki Yotaro appears. This was Yoichi Takahashi's cat by the time the chapter was drawn.
- In the 2018 anime, he has a silver smartphone. When he took a picture of Mt. Fuji from his new location, he sent the picture to Furano, his previous school. He also knows basic first-aid because he read about a sports first aid book while traveling with his father. Also, he was able to show he is a two-footed player, being able to shoot left-footed better than Tsubasa.