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Wimpy Sena Kobayakawa has been running away from bullies all his life. But when the football gear comes on, things change--Sena's speed and uncanny ability to elude big bullies just might give him what it takes to become a great high school football hero! Enjoy all the bone-crushing action and slapstick comedy that this heartwarming coming-of-age story has to offer.
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this is hurting my stomach
hahahahaha, this is one of the few manga that makes me laugh so hard. Funny story, great plot, hilarious character,etc, etc. And the weird part is.... I never liked any sports manga before.
Keep up the good work YA-HA......
A pretty good sport manga
at first, I didn't wanna give a chance for this manga.. cus I never like American Football and I thought this manga is gonna be all about tackling people, people got injured with broken bones, rinse and repeat..
boy was I wrong.. it had much more depth in it.. the mysterious Hiruma, weird jokes, cool storyline, and much more.. it's not really the best sport manga, but it is one of the best.. and even if you dunno a thing about american football, there are some guides available throughout the series, so you can still pretty much follow what's going on..
Great Sports Manga
About these supposed "magical moves". They're not magical at all, the mangaka exaggerated the art in the movements to create more appeal and give readers who aren't familiar with the sport a clear glimpse of some moves difficulty, because quite frankly in real life it would appear much easier. Basically... Devil Bat Dive = A dive Devil Backfire = A overhead catch Devil Shotgun = A arm block I won't go and explain the rest just because some of you are too dumb to realize the artist was dictating the difficulty of these moves through his art. I see nothing magical here. Not to mention this is a manga, like most forms of media things are exaggerated.
Anyway, the manga is great, even if you're not a fan of the sport(s) its easy to get into. The mangaka did a pretty good job considering American Football is only really common in America.
*Sidenote: Prince of Tennis started off with really fantasy moves very early, as with E21 which is pretty far along now as yet to create a single one. Everything introduced is something normal prettied-up. I don't doubt they'll introduce another special move, but I doubt it'll be anything out outrageous like a super 900 twirl devil catch (or PoTs boom-a-rang snake). Prince of Tennis wasn't bad though it had a fantasy element to it, if you want real tennis... watch real tennis...
... Last updated on July 9th, 2007, 10:29am
yup i really enjoy this manga, even tho i was skeptical at first looking at this since i dont actually watch football on tv (i lose interest in it fast). so i as like hmmm... should i read it? so i was like ok i might as well, read it and i was like whoa! i really liked it, its weird with all of the moves tho i mean the mangaka wrote like 1 chapter worth about 1 second in the game, or it think it was .1 or .01 second, i dont remember but yah, i still liked it though
only good for the first 80 chapters or so
it gets repetitive and the jokes get stupid after awhile, so I dropped the series. Also, after going to countless football games, I prefer using the correct football terminology. The mangaka or the translator should have done a bit more research on American football.
... Last updated on March 28th, 2009, 9:30pm
If there's one reason you should read this manga, it's because of Hiruma. He's one of the most evil, hilarious characters I've ever come across and the stuff he comes up with is sheer genius. The rest of the manga is also really entertaining but I what Hiruma does for E21 is like what Takamura does for HnI
This is awesome
You have to read it
one of the best sports manga
comedy , fun , exciting , loveable characters , a hero which progresses greatly throughout the manga , a must read
close but no cigar
I usually hate sports mangas (or any other manga that tries to take some normal activity and make it "entertaining"; cooking and medical mangas come to mind). The ones that are somewhat true to the sport often find themselves without anything interesting to keep readers hooked. And then there's the ones that like to dress up the mundane as intense and dramatic, and contort every minor detail of the sport into some ridiculous magical ability or technique (e.g. PoT).
So when ES21 started, I had mixed feelings. It started out all right - a bit of slapstick comedy kept things light and made the silly aspects just that, and not to be taken seriously. The actual football details were a bit off sometimes (sometimes due to the scanslation), but the fact that it didn't take itself so seriously made things easier to swallow. As time went on, however, things began to take a turn for the worse. With each new challenge came a new gimmick, and it wasn't long before all reasonable gimmicks were exhausted. Magical moves began to appear, and eventually, much like Yakitate, the line between funny and stupid was nothing more than a smudge in the rear view mirror. No, it's not as bad as PoT yet, but at this rate, it's only a matter of time.