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Area no Kishi  
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Aizawa Kakeru is an energetic and dedicated eighth grader who serves as the manager for his school’s football team. Though he was well known for being a talented player the previous year, an accident during one of his games caused Kakeru to vow never to play competitively again. Still passionate about the sport, Kakeru dreams of one day becoming a professional football trainer so that he can work alongside his older brother Suguru, the ace of the school team who has represented Japan in international competition.


Related Series
Area no Kishi FC (Prequel)

Associated Names
The Knight in the Area

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Akashi Scans
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Latest Release(s)
c.Side Story 13 by Manga Box (460d ago)
v.17 c.138 by S2scans (468d ago)
c.Side Story 12 by Manga Box (460d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
47 Volumes (Ongoing)

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Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 18, Chap 149

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User Rating
Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (388 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.99 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 13th 2015, 9:32pm PST



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Weekly Pos #771 increased(+227)
Monthly Pos #1398 increased(+59)
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6 Month Pos #1808 decreased(-49)

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From promising to boring : fad   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by fontain
January 2nd, 2014, 3:26am
It's pretty average. After 100+ chapters what do we have so far? Phi trick, twisted doc, subtext love triangle(that we know will go nowhere), idiot teammate (still not funny), and the typical boring need-to-grow-some-balls MC. You know the cast should be changed, swap the useless male lead with
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the deceased brother (overshadowed by dead character... pathetic)
or better the cute manager. The story would be more interesting, because so far, your MC is so amazed by what's surrounding him, that he should keep his role of cheering character all the way. Tournament, rivalry ...? Sir, not with that kind of fighting spirit. Every sidekick is more likeable than MC. The only way for him to succced or achieve his dreams is by luck or accident ...oh wait. The only moment, you feel anything when reading this manga, is in the first chapters drama. Excitation over sport, competition, rage to win? No here, no way ever. Or perhaps in 2000+ chapters. We will be bored to death until then. I give it 6 because of cute manager. The dissapointement after the promising early chapters explains my harsh words. It could have been better, but just a fad for me. A simple error in the cast, kills it all. Think about it : subtext love triangle between true hero brother, cute manager and twisted doctor, that'd be something, don't deny it.

... Last updated on January 2nd, 2014, 4:00am
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so far so good   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by kri91
November 27th, 2013, 12:05pm
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why did suguru have to die! It Started off with a heavy feeling... :(
n compared to adachi's manga's where characters are killed off for similar purposes, this one was more touching n it left u with feelings towards suguru...In the brief time Suguru wuz shown in d manga, I adored him!

I like it!! m at ch.122 n d only thing that bugs me, is the obsession with the "heart n its memory"
I would prefer if its kakeru's own talent n not some sci-fi stuff...
also, I'd like to c some growth in their playing abilities

... Last updated on December 1st, 2013, 3:55am
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Nice opening and then ... ehh .. good but not great   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by sakirol
July 28th, 2013, 9:08pm
- more realistic than other sports manga
- female lead plays competitively and isn't an annoying sideshow. She's freaking awesome.
- awesome (or morally conflicting) backstory

- The characters feel really flat to me, even after 100 chapters. I don't really get emotional in the "we need to win this!!!!" moments like I typically do in sports manga. Sadly, character hardships and development are what keep me into sports manga, so this was a big minus for me.

... Last updated on July 28th, 2013, 9:09pm
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Still reading but a bit dissapointing   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Hector234
July 7th, 2013, 6:38pm
I started reading this manga because it lloked interesting, but:
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I agree with previous comments that it's irritating that someone imposes this huge burdens and dreams on somebody else "for the sake of the one who died", I mean, who are they to decide upon this.
But mangawise I think the author lacks the ability to set the atmosphere for dramatic scenes and they just get over the dead of the brother so easily.... I just don't buy and overall is toooo predictable.

I'll keep on reading for now, but if it dissapoints me once more I'm afraid I'll have to drop it...
But don't trust me, read for yourself... HAHAHAHA
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Surprisingly GOOD!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Bleach-No1-Manga
February 21st, 2013, 8:13am
I am surprised by how much i was taken in by this manga

supporting characters as well as both the lead characters are awesome

give it a read people
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Good manga but infuriating   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by averyk
November 27th, 2012, 3:43pm
This manga I fine really captivating to read but pisses me off at the same time. I like how they portray Kakeru who is talented but overshadowed by his brother and other events that take place before the start of the manga. Though I think that he should get that councilor fired for her actions.
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Don't understand the popularity !   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by nesfe
October 10th, 2012, 7:49pm
This review comes right after i finished reading the 3rd volume of this manga. My irritation level grew with every page, until I can no longer take it and I had to vent smile

First, the classic I quit sports that can be found in every manga. Only in here I find it more annoying and childish. Let me just say that there are dozens of professional players that rely on their dominate leg only (for shooting), and are doing just fine the English/ Italian/Spanish Leagues.
Then we have the 'incident' that makes our MC grow some balls, which i will put in spoiler tags, though it is in the beginning chapters so not really a spoiler.

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How can you tell someone who just lost his brother, that he needs to carry his brother's dreams because he got his heart ? I mean really, how f**king selfish is that. Imagine if MC didn't want to become a pro football player (though he did). That would be like forcing him to walk a path in life by saying "you got your brothers heart so you have to what he wanted in life, good luck tehe' . F**k that ! He should just probably slap her and say I am going to become a professional player because That's what I want. The manga tries to make it look like it's something awesome but it's really not.

Oh, I'm not done. The hospital counselor basically manipulates him into playing football again 0_o .
And finally the heart itself. The author tries to explain how some heart transplants change the receiving person and whatnot. The problem with this is that it makes our MC pathetic.
How you say ? like this.
Oh MC couldn't shoot with his left leg, Now he can. It's thanks to his brother's heart.
Oh MC is using his brother's moves to pass players. It's thanks to his brother's heart
you get the drift
and you don't reach this conclusion yourself, Nooo, the author shows us an image of his brother behind his back every time he does something similar to him.

With that out of the way, I say : it's not a bad sports manga, I just couldn't handle it.
I'm just writing this review here to present a different front from all the positive reviews in here that led me to reading this manga.

... Last updated on October 10th, 2012, 7:49pm
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First thoughts   
Rating: N/A
by fudg
September 24th, 2011, 8:25pm
The first thought that went through my head when I was the first 2-3 pages of ch.1 was: "wow, that is such a typical design for the main character and support character"
The main character design being the main character ofc and the support character design his brother
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What more can u ask for?   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by iguy bin
January 29th, 2011, 12:40pm
This manga is awsome. It make u want to read more and more. Not many manga able to to make me cry but this is just one of them. Story line is understandable even there still many secret still unreveal. Hope it last a long time! bigrazz
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pretty good   
Rating: N/A
by ricecake24
October 20th, 2009, 10:40am
entertaining football manga -- i'm quite a football maniac so i was curious about it. the plot is cliched with the characters having god like skills that i find doubtful, but i can't help but continue reading it. the mangaka has a skill in moving the plot along though and keeping the reader sucked into the story and the characters. you really root for them smile i'm enjoying it so far.
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