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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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Great series but crappy final arc.
Pretty good sport manga.
It's as good as all other Jump sport manga. Very entertaining, a lot of humor and non-stop game action and I gave it a credit as the first decent American Football manga. But it has a same problem as all other popular sport: the longer it drag, the worse and unrealistic it is. This is my calculation for all sport manga: About 100 chapters: awesome - ~200 chapters: it's fine and a bit unrealistic - ~300 bad and ridiculous. It sometimes is quite racist but I don't mind. Anyway, it's an interesting sport manga even if you know American football or not.
... Last updated on January 26th, 2010, 10:31pm
Great manga. Typical shounen where there is a weak main character that gradually becomes stronger and finds himself. But the plot and storyline of the story is great. I really wish the manga would have continued on, the ending was good, but it wasn't great - but it was still satisfactory, as you feel like it still is completed. I highly suggest this read - probably going down on your top favorite manga. I don't think I've ever read any other American Football manga, so this is probably the first. This is also my favorite sports manga I have ever read so far!
Great manga and full of humor
This was a great manga. It has themes of pride and racism so be prepared. If your a fan of comedies and football you will love this manga. It has a wide variety of characters with thier own personalities you will love and hate. There is alot of overexageration which some might find annnoying but it adds to the humor. A great manga with many twist and it's funny.
My all-time favorite sports manga
This was an amazing read. Even now i still go back just for the nostalgia of it. Just as a warning though, in the beginnning it was partially realistic (with added effects), but after a while it got to be super flashy and colorful. but its not like i started to like it.
There is a huge amount of characters and surprisingly, all of them have their own background and personality even with the people on opposing teams. Although threre is still a few things that i wanted to know about the end it is something every single person in the world who knows about manga should read.
Great, but don't be nitpicky about the small stuff.
Was it realistic? Absolutely not. Its more realistic than PoT but your insane if you thought you would find a realistic sports manga. If you want to read or watch football thats what the NFL is for.
That said, this is one of my all-time favorite mangas. I like underdog stories, and I really hope they do a sequel with Enma University.
But if i had to come up with one thing i hated about the series it would be the way they portray Americans. I don't know what's up with the author but he likes to make Americans cocky and racist as shit. Not saying there arent a few people like that somewhere, but he takes it over the top. They make it seem like Panther only has his skills cause hes black too.
Good but so not PC..
It ws awesome until the last arc. Is it just me or is this the last arc really racist? The stereotypes are crude and really exaggerated. You can't even laugh about it. Personally, the last arc left a really bad impression. My suggestion would be to stop reading before the last arc. The rest is brilliant!
... Last updated on July 16th, 2009, 12:52am
Eyeshield is a childish manga. The characters could only exist in a comic book and it lacks authenticity.
But that's what makes a manga interesting. Even if the character are unrealistic, in their core they are very relatable. To some extent, everyone enjoys seeing the little guy become strong enough to stand up to the big guy, and that's exactly what Eyeshield 21 is.
Sure, the whole "chase your dreams! don't give up" routine has been done before, but with the beautiful artwork and compelling story telling, I assure you, not one part of the series will leave you dissatisfied.
... Last updated on August 22nd, 2012, 5:25am
as the last person said.......good forom strt to middle....then....i just finished it..cuz it wasnt tht bad.........
I dont really hate the aspect ofconstantly more stronger enemies...and the protagonist gaining another Super saiyan level...but seiously.how much can this go on for........
and seriously the background stereotypes.were funny in the beginnig especially when it was about the US...but after tht it all died
Awesome from start to middle, becomes average near the end.
Now, I'm a big American Football fan. I know all the rules, and watch every game that I can. When I first found out that there was a manga about American Football, I was excited yet curious to whether or not the manga would actually do it justice. The answer to that is that it get the rules right most of the time, but whenever they mess up, it's always one of the rules that even a newcomer would pick up if they sat down and watched a game.
Now don't get me wrong, I liked this manga a lot. But there were certain parts of it that would make anyone who knows the rules scratch their head in confusion. Since I don't want to crowd up this comment with the examples and reasons why, I'll put two examples in spoiler tags that I can think of right now that made me confused as to why they didn't know it already.
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1) When Panther put the ball in his hand over the goal line when that huge dust cloud came up, the referee was about to signal a touchdown. But Panther pulled it back saying that Sena got him before he could cross the goal line and it was decided that it wasn't a touchdown. Even though Panther says he didn't cross the goal line, the referee can't take his word for granted because he couldn't see anything due to the dust cloud. The first thing the referee saw after the dust cloud dissipated was Panther having the ball cross the goal line, which should be counted as a touchdown no matter what Panther says.
2) During the Deimon/Bando game, Kotarou lands the kickoff just out of bounds right by Deimon's endzone and they have it to where the place where it landed out of bounds is where Deimon had to start. The ball is actually supposed to be placed at the 40 yard line because in went out of bounds during the kickoff.
Now as you can see, the title pretty much tells you what I thought of this manga. Personally, I think the manga started to go downhill a bit right when the Kanto Tournament arc started.
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During that arc, I noticed two things. One was that the four games Deimon played always took at least 20 or more chapters to finish. Now seeing how there were other matches before and after those four that were shorter, it seems that they were needlessly stretching out those matches (One of the best examples is the Ojo/Deimon match which went on for 29 chapters). The second thing is that even though the games were good enough to make you want to read them again, they were also anticlimactic. When Deimon beat Ojo, I noticed in that game and the Deimon/Shinryūji game that Deimon was trailing at halftime but then came back and won. When I noticed that, it became disappointing because when they trailed in the other two games with Hakushū and Teikoku, I already knew they were going to come back and win. Even with these two reasons, the games were still enjoyable to read, just not as enjoyable as they could have been.
So, when the Kanto arc ended, most of us thought it would be over...
...until the World Youth Cup arc rose its' ugly head. I can't speak for anyone else, but this was one of the worst arcs I've read in ANY manga. It was like more like a bad fanfic or some "What If?" story than actual canon. The stereotypes, the uselessness of every country except America and Japan, the constant hyping up of America being the team no one can beat (Making it more than obvious that Japan was going to give them a tough challenge), and even the end result were all horrible. I agree with most people that say it should have ended with Deimon winning the Christmas Bowl.
In conclusion, this is a manga that's entertaining and funny from beginning to end (The only manga I've read that's funnier is One Piece), but it suffers from the constant misuse of basic American Football rules and poor writing from the Kanto arc onwards.