Yuzo Morisaki (森崎 有三) is a keeper from Japan, and the third keeper for Japan.
Description[edit | edit source]
He first appeared in the Captain Tsubasa arc. He is usually the substitute of both Wakabayashi and Wakashimazu. For Japan, he wears the jersey #21.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Captain Tsubasa story[edit | edit source]
Kids' Dream arc
Morizaki was already the replacement keeper for Wakabayashi in Shutetsu and was selected as second keeper for Nankatsu selection team and, when first introduced, he didn't stand out very much, being only suitable to be a keeper after a hard and quick training with Tsubasa, since Genzo was already injured to play in the 6th National elementary school tournament. However, with Wakabayashi injured since his match against Matsukawa elementary school and during the Shizuoka prefecture preliminaries, Morisaki had to play in his place. His performance was already very patchy against Shimada when he didn't command the defensive line, and caught in no-man's land due to poor positioning. After he felt Hyuga's fearsome bullet shoot in his face, he became afraid of shots, to the point of being unable of stopping even easy balls, but then, again Tsubasa help him to regain his confidence by teaching him the motto of "ball is my friend" and even did a defensive Ganmen block in order to prove it. After that, he performed more consistently until his replacement by Wakabayashi in the finals.
Boys' Fight arc
In middle school, since Wakabayashi left for Germany, Morisaki became the regular keeper of Nankatsu. He was among the best players of the middle school tournament and even made it in the All Japan Jr. Youth team, but with both Wakashimazu and Wakabayashi in the roster, he only played a few in two early matches of the tournament.
Battle of World Youth arc[edit | edit source]
In this arc, Morisaki actually wanted to study, but postponed it for a year in order to participate in the U-20 World Youth championship, as part of the selected players for the training camp by Minato Gamo.
Because of Wakashimazu's departure and Wakabayashi's injuries, Morisaki had to play as a regular keeper for the 1st round of the Asian preliminaries. In the match against Thailand, he took four goals, yet, while admitting that he wasn't as good as Wakabayashi or Wakashimazu, he still held on, making a crucial save against a potential 5th goal while hitting the goal post; he afterwards stated that for a goalkeeper the goal posts are friends as well. His determination was praised by the newly returned Wakabayashi, who himself declared him to be Japan's Super Ganbari Goal Keeper (SGGK).
Road to 2002 / Golden-23 arc[edit | edit source]
In Golden-23, Morisaki was selected in the Japanese Olympic team as third keeper, over players such as Nakanishi and Yamada, showcasing his growth as a keeper (since both were arguably better than him when first introduced). Since Wakabayashi's face smashed into the goal post, causing injury to his eyes, and Wakashimazu was registered as a forward, Morisaki replaced them as the regular goalkeeper during the 3rd round of the Olympic Asian preliminaries, proving to be a reliable keeper by not taking any goals against Vietnam and especially the veteran Saudi Arabian team (which fielded players with good scoring ability such as Owairan and Vulcan), and by giving a spirited performance in the final match against Australia.
Rising Sun arc[edit | edit source]
After a hard and bloody confrontation between Schneider and Wakabayashi, where the latter had to be taken out for immediate attention to the hospital, Japan was indeed on a hurry since Wakashimazu was already on the bench. Then, Morisaki, the only substitute keeper left, made his entrance in a hurry to replace Wakabayashi. Despite Japan's efforts to repel and counter all Germany's attacks and being beaten on the midfield by Kaltz, Schneider did a Jumping Fire Volley with the assist of a ball drop by Margus and made a goal only 3 minutes after the entry of Morisaki, equalizing with Japan.
In the extra time, Morisaki continue to be the keeper. He has proven to have some good skills and reflexes —while he has also been given a less burden with Japan's continuous scoring to Germany—, but he was not match for Schneider's Compact Fire plus Kaltz assistance. Then, he got injured after a Reactive Fast Kick Quick Fire from Schneider, so the match is now 6-5, with one goal difference in favor of Japan.
To be added as series progresses
Techniques[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Yuzo Morisaki/Techniques
Gallery[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Yuzo Morisaki/Gallery
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Although Morisaki made his first appearance in chapter 3, his name wasn't introduced until chapter 12. Before chapter 12, he was only known as Shutetsu's substitute goalkeeper.
- His name is Al Jones/Crocket in the Latin American dub and Alan (Allan) Crocker in some European translations.
- Ganbari in Japanese means 'hard-working', a contrast to Genzo, who is considered a born genius.