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Captain Tsubasa isn't the best in regards of Character Development, but some moments are huge tearjerkers.

  • Matsuyama and Yoshiko having to say goodbye to each other as she's leaving to USA. It's empathized in the first anime, which makes the scene longer and more poignant as it shows Matsuyama looking for Yoshiko, struggling to reach for her before he leaves, and rushing behind the taxi taking her to the airport..
  • Misaki giving up on living with his Missing Mom because he doesn't want to lose his dad
    • And then he reconciles with her her new family after his half-sister begs him to visit her
  • Schneider's struggle to deal with his parents's inminent divorce and his tears of joy when Mom and Dad decide to not split up
  • Tsubasa's rejection of Kumi's feelings (in the sweetest, kindest way he can pull) and her choosing her friendship with him and Sanae over her love for him and then running away in tears
  • Santana's tale of Parental Abandonment and Training From Hell that made him an Emotionless Boy. And when he meets his mother, who abandoned him as a newborn... and immediately takes her in, crying Tears of Joy.
  • Hyuga's mother temporarily becoming an Ill Girl as well as Hyuga having a huge Heroic BSOD at both the prospect of losing his mother and the memories of his father's death
  • Matsuyama telling Tsubasa that he'd rather be with his unconscious girlfriend in the hospital rather than playing against the Swedish team and Tsubasa quietly supporting his decision despite how messy it'll be for the team
  • Levin losing the fiancee he loved so much in a car accident , which makes him a very angry and very cold Broken Bird. The team doctor examines his medical results and tells his teammates that he is "someone who has been deeply wounded in his heart" and "has completely lost his feeling of joy"
  • The Wish for Peace in Hiroshima manga special has one when the Greek coach recalls his visit to the Atomic Bombings memorials in the city and also remembers the cruel Greek Civil War of 1946-1949, where his great-grandfather died.
  • Rising Sun has the scene where one of the fans' biggest fears came true: in the Germany vs. Japan game, Misugi tries to block Schneider's Fire Shot with his body... and his heart gives out.. The next chapter resolves this via having him survive and even managing to rejoin the game (though he's told that if he seems to be close to this, he'll be pulled out), but it's still heartbreaking because what actually saved Misugi, aside of him being a Determinator, was how Michael from the Spanish Team (who, by the way, is an orphan whose Parental Substitute is already dead) suffered an Heroic BSOD at the sight and started praying to God out loud and begging him to not take Misugi away...
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