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From Viz: 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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king of crap
people talk about the series being unrealistic, of course it is, but most of the things are just some moves that are made out to be unrealistic.
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First of all, the "devilbat ghost", which is just a cool name for a cross step, and artimidorus commented on turning back time, which is basicly just a step back, which american footballplayers might do in an actual game. So why is it so unrealistic? Also the fact that panther can run faster than sena or the other players, and surpass their limits, is also possible, because black people do have more elastic muscle, and their bone structure is different. And the comment about the beard is of course stupid, there are lots of people with beards at the age of 17. However I do agree with the strength of gaou and the american dude, that is really unrealistic, but it doesn't make the entire series bad. Also the fact that a dude can jump 7 meters without a sweat is a bit unrealistic. BTW What force field are you talking about? there are no force fields, they are just the radius that the catcher can catch the ball.
Now why i like the series, the first 60 chapters were a ten, but after that I think the comedy has slowed down a bit, and it has become more of a sports manga, also hiruma isn't as fun anymore, although he is a great character, I also like musashi and tetsuma joe. Well, anyways the art is decent as well, good characters, decent comedy nice story,
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although I have to admit that the world cup gives of a wibe of just making the story continue. For example all the games have just been told in 1 chapter, except for the game against america,
it feels like he just wanted to make it continue, so I'll have to maybe lower my rating later on, but we'll see
... Last updated on May 9th, 2009, 3:22am
Should have ended
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While I liked this series up to the Christmas Bowl, it should have ended after that.. it is now dragging, and repeating the exact same thing as the early parts of the series, but with new people. Running at the speed of light, slowing down time with the runs, bypassing all "human limitations" that are only limitations until you meet a young black man who shrugs at the limits. ~_~
And, I don't mind unrealistic manga until it reaches PoT, Captain Tsubassa levels, which this one has. Strong enough to tear a car in half, and he is only 17, and then he gets beat down by another 17 year old guy with a beard, women on each arm, drinking expensive alchohol, and who wasn't even trying? It is insane, and the series should have ended on a higher note after the Christmas Bowl, and just shown a "Where are they now" chapter to finish it. If the NFL could have even the weakest member of this High School Football team, that guy would lead whatever team he was on into nothing but an undefeatable eternal championship team. I quite expect the next Arc to be "High School Football Players.. In Space!" Will Sena run so fast that he turns time backwards, only to be beaten by Panther running backwards while sleeping? Will the two big guys use their pinky fingers, and destroy the invading Armada from the "Amerikan" universe, who is coming to spit on the Japaneese universe? Just wait and see, because we already have people who fly, create force fields... and.. dear Lord! We are reading Air Gear on a Football field!!!
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To amishmies - now who is the stupid one? No 17 year old has a beard like that guy, and you would be ignorant to believe otherwise. http://www.onemanga.com/Eyeshield_21/315/18-19/ - You SERIOUSLY have EVER seen a 17 year old looking like that? Give me a break. I am not going to go back and find where they use the force fields, or they fly or anything to defend the obvious truth for you, dude. I pointed out him, not the other dozens with beards and stuff, which you seemed to blantantly ignore. I will say though, the "radius he can catch a ball" being in a 50x50 sqft. area around him, and nothing can pass or go near... that qualifies as a "force field" - ie: An inpenetrable bubble surrounding something.
Updated for amishmies - Put in spoiler, because (I assume a mod) put my entire comment in one. ah well. So my update is the second block.
... Last updated on July 7th, 2009, 5:19am
lol, this is a manga man, you just don't give it a low rating because it's unrealistic. Actually, if you want to see a real unrealistic sports manga, go read PoT. Anyway just the existance of a character like Hiruma in the manga makes my rating instant 10. it's my favourite sports manga after Slam Dunk. I highly recommend both.
come on... people
i don't understand the point people try to make about this manga being unrealistic... If this manga is realistic about high/middle school football level.. then this going to be so freaking super boring... end of story..
Edit: it getting a bit unrealistic.. even for a manga.. but the story is still awesome..
... Last updated on March 29th, 2009, 1:15am
Well, it's been said by previous comments once again. As they say, it's a very good manga and while unrealistic for an actual football game, especially on a middle/high school level, it's VERY funny and only kinda serious. Maybe for younger audiences but still something I would suggest to everybody. Again VERY funny. I personally don't like sports mangas too much but this one is pretty good.
architta's review actually cracked me up. If hes looking for realism in comic/manga especially in that of shounen genre, id have to say hes just plain stupid or had been tackled way too many times to think coherently. I also play football, and love watching the NFL and yes the manga is far fetched but that does not hinder me from enjoying eyeshield.
You Must Read This
Eyeshield 21 is one of those mangas that you shouldn't miss reading. The characters are lovable especially Hiruma (lolx) and if your into something with action and humour then this is the manga your looking for. It's really good.
... Last updated on September 20th, 2008, 2:10am
Don't pass it up.
Eyeshield 21 is one of the best shonen manga running. It's funny in a fresh way. I love when serious moments are downplayed with completely offbeat comedic timing. And you gotta love Hiruma, the team quarterback. He first comes off as violent, blackmailing, gun-happy and, well, just batshit insane. And while some things never change, you soon perceive other surprising aspects to his character: he's brilliant, dedicated, a great strategist and an amazing leader.
Looking for romance in ES21? What you will find is a fascinating relationship between Hiruma and Mamori (team manager): threats with brooms and guns, a secret hand language, support with a side of teasing, and mutual understanding. It's fun and crazy and unexpectedly sweet. Also, Sena (running back) and Suzuna (head cheerleader) have a great friendship with hints of something more.
There's something to love about every team member of the DevilBats, as well as the members of other teams. Note, there is no "bad" or "villainous" character in ES21. Rather, you'll find (mostly) multifaceted rivals who you don't want to see lose either. Speaking of losing, someone below me mentioned how he/she thought it was boring how the DevilBats win every game. If I'm not mistaken, they lost a couple and tied once...Each match is really unique (play-wise) and I always anticipate Hiruma's secret moves and the growth of individual DevilBat players.
Other things you'll love about this manga: beautifully detailed art, the themes of teams (complete with cosplaying cheerleaders), football made simple though not unrealistic, Hiruma's crazy stunts (for example: confiscating everyone's passports and practically kidnapping the team) and blackmails, hilarious omakes/"investigations," gambling in Las Vegas, underage drinking (lol!) and much more.
... Last updated on September 28th, 2008, 2:55am
Good and adictive
My first sports manga, a friend recommended it to me and now im hooked. There's just something about this series that makes you want more the more you read.
... Last updated on August 14th, 2008, 2:55am
Eyeshield 21 is easily the best sports manga out there, without a doubt. First off, the characters. All of the characters in this series are so cleverly done! Even the opponents have depth, and you don't want to see them lose, either! Eyeshield is loaded with action, drama, suspense and hilarious comedy. You'll be hooked. Even if you hate football, don't let that stop you. I hated it too, before reading Eyeshield, but I love it, now!
Overall, a great story, fantastic characters, and a perfect blend of action and comedy makes Eyeshield 21 one of the best manga out there.