Ryuuichi Araki (荒木 竜一 Araki Ryuuichi?) is an old friend of Suguru Aizawa and even played together on the same team as before. He is considered to be a genius at passing and is called the "Magician" for his effective passes. He is now a main force on the Enoshima High Football team.
Even though he is a genius at football, he was not very well known before his selection into the national team. This is partially due to his overweight build as a child. Prior to the start of the series, he and Suguru played on the same team. However, when it is time to move on to high school, a terrible misunderstanding caused a drift between them, which eventually led him to retire from football temporarily.
AppearanceThroughout the story, Araki's weight fluctuates greatly due to his voracious eating habit. At his heaviest, he is almost unrecognizable from his fit self, something that greatly shocked Kakeru initially. Outside of football, Araki usually dons his school uniform along with round glasses. He still keeps his hair middle-parted and tied at the back.
On the football field, he is quick-witted and decisive, traits that make him a formidable player. He deeply loves football and is willing to go to the extreme (e.g. losing weight) to participate in matches. As the number 10 player of the Enoshima Football Team, he carries heavy responsibility and sometimes will blame himself when the team loses.
When he's not playing football, Araki has a more comedic and laid back personality. He is often shown to have an uncontrollable habit of overindulging in junk foods, which result in massive balloning in weight and getting beat up by his fellow teammates. He is also one half of the comedy club along with fellow teammate Hyodou Makoto.
He is often noted to be overly arrogant because he is a known to be a genius player. However because of this trait, he gets easily discouraged and attempts to run away if he encounters difficulty.
Araki is seen to have a very close relationship with his mother. When Kakeru and Nana came over to his house to ask his mom to help him diet, she willingly agreed because it's for her son's future. Later after the AFC cup is over, Araki insisted on buying a hand bag for her instead of taking the bus to the airplane with the rest of the U-16 team, resulting in him getting caught in a terrorist act and missing the plane back.
Araki first met Kakeru during the opening day for the new first years. Although not recognizing Kakeru immediately, Araki quickly realized that Kakeru is Suguru's little brother after hearing his name. After briefly analyzing Kakeru's dribbling, Araki deemed Kakeru to not possess enough skills to survive in High School football. Despite this, Araki was very aware of Kakeru and secretly observed him during FC's practice match at the beach. He took note of Kakeru's major flaw but also his acute sense within the penalty area. Although Araki was reluctant to return to football due to being discouraged by his inability to break the SC's defense, Kakeru manages to open his eyes by suggesting a phantom pass route done by two people that would pierce a hole in their opponent's iron wall of defense.
Araki and Hyoudou are close friends and partners in both football and comedy. On the field, they are both attacking midfielders. Outside of matches, they are known as the comedy duo "Yellow Card".
Attacking Midfielder (Below Top)
Araki is known for his direct play, his assists and his incredible dribbling.