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Everybody has a dream, and for Shou Kazamatsuri, that dream is simple: he wants to be the best soccer player he can possibly be. He's the spirited leader of the Josui Junior High team and everyone looks up to him. In turn, he tries to keep the team together at any cost!
ホイッスル! 哨聲響起 Đường Dẫn Đến Khung Thành - bộ IV Cơn Lốc Sân Cỏ
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the complete manga
After completing the manga I have to say, I found the ending satisfying but not great. I started with the anime and continued to the manga and honestly I think the anime left me happier in the end than the manga did. The manga is good, Sho shows you what hard work and will power can accomplish going from an ordinary rock to a diamond. My only warning is don't expect a future ending that you would think would happen. The manga pretty much ends in the same way as the anime meaning not showing the progress everyone was hoping for just yet.
The problem with this manga is that
Everyone looks the same. I've seriously been reading 200 chapters about these guys now, and I still don't know who most of the members of Tokyo Select are. I can kind of tell Shou apart... sometimes... but if Tsubasa is in a smily mood, it gets pretty tough.
The other thing I don't entirely care for is that Shou almost always wins... and it's usually in a similar manner, because of willpower, or something, or something. Or it's a tie. Any team he's in very rarely outright loses.
That said, though, it's a good read. Catchy, absorbing, uplifting in the way that sports manga usually is. I can't say that it's in the ranks of stuff like Eyeshield 21, though.
A good soccer manga to read.
It's not as dramatic as Prince of Tennis with crazy moves. I tried Captain Tsubasa and it was too dramatic for me. For this series, the aritist does it in balance. It have its quiet moments, to let the loud actions to stand out.
You'll noticed that throughout the series, the theme of hardworking is stressed everywhere. Despite the prodigy is short and not that good in soccer in the beginning, Shou still didn't give up and continued to work hard to make up his weakness.
Character developments is good. It ranges from the main character to the side characters and it somewhat connects to each other, especially with some character's past who are connect to the prodigy's past.
My only complaint was the ending, It was unexpected, but at the same time, when I read the author's notes, I understood why the author did that and it was to help with Shou's growth. I wish there were more short scenes following after the ending. You have to read the omake comic strips. They made me laugh, even though some were just a pfft laugh or laughing my head off.
... Last updated on May 15th, 2011, 11:19pm
is possibly my favourite manga series now. i absolutely love it. whenever i get a job, i am going to buy all 24 volumes and try to share sho's greatness with everyone! i am sooo glad my school library bought this series. it's very inspiring too. i actually felt like i was in the game, and almost decided to try joining a soccer club myself. .. too bad i'm lazy and no good. but, because of this series! i will definitely watch soccer games more often on tv! hopefully i can even go to the world cup in the future! =)
It's amazing! Generally i don't like sport manga, especially soccer, but this one is really worth a trial. It's the first manga without romance that i love so much!
Why do we like it?
When I try to think about what's so great about this series, nothing particularly jumps out at me as special. The art is good but not exceptional, and the characters are endearing but both them and the storyline structure share too many similarities with other well known manga. Yet despite that, I love this manga because it succeeds where so many others fail. It has that rare quality that only amazing authors can give to a story and it's readers; the burning desire to come back for more and more and more. You know that it's a superb manga when, even though it has hundreds of chapters, you can't put it down ... and you go to bed at night unable to sleep, thinking all you want is to know what happens next in the series. Whistle! is excellent manga that everyone can enjoy, and will keep you coming back for more.
Entertaining with a but...
Well, i like this series, its funny, its got likable characters and the art is also not too shabby. As for the but, the author is kinda hard to judge if he's got good knowledge of soccer or if hes a complete newbie. What bothers me the most is the complete ignorace of fouling rules. The players kick eachother, fullfill martial arts like kicks, tear eachothers jerseys, run into goalkeepers like stampedes and play extemely dangerously overall. This kind of behavior would send most of em off the field but in this case it doesnt seem to bother anyone. Infact ive counted 3 fouls in 21 volumes, thats ridiculous considering how dangerous they play. This might be a detail in a manga but fouls are a important in almost any sport discipline, and thats why it kills the mood and the credibility of a sports series if those rules are missing. So coulde've been a 9 instead its just a 7 for me
This manga is awesome. I just happen to pick it up by chance... and ended up reading 17 volumes in 2 days. If it weren't for school, I would be at Vol20 by now. It's just that good. Especially the later volumes. I'm excited to read more. The translation is excellent, very funny and witty.
... Last updated on April 20th, 2009, 8:11pm
Translated up to 173 so far, and is an amazing manga. Literally, amazing. However, personally, I didn't enjoy it as much as I could have, simply because I like it when there's at least a hint of romance somewhere.
I guess I'm very ignorant when I think of describing this manga as a... "sausage-fest" sometimes. :< Just too many guys with no girlfriends. I mean friendship is great, but...shouldn't they be at that age when they want to...erm...be around females? Guess not.
Final thing I'd like to point out - timducan1's comment made my day. With hardwork you can't better player indeed.
Very like it
This is my only favorite football manga. I don't like Captain Tsubasa, it doesn't make me feel happy like this one. Hard work can let you be a better player, but who has that strong energy like Shou? [practice at school, in the select team, even at night] And in this manga, I find wonderful friendship [between Shou and Mizuno; Tsubasa and Shou; Takki and Shou;...]