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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)
Area no Kishi Gaiden (Side Story)

Associated Names
The Knight in the Area

Groups Scanlating
Akashi Scans
Eien Scans
Endless Abyss

Latest Release(s)
v.20 c.162 by Matanuki Scans 3 months ago
v.20 c.161 by Matanuki Scans 4 months ago
v.20 c.160 by Matanuki Scans 5 months ago
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Status in Country of Origin
57 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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 (401 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.99 / 10.0
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Last Updated
May 4th 2017, 9:09am PST



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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #575 increased(+108)
Monthly Pos #1087 increased(+328)
3 Month Pos #1823 increased(+69)
6 Month Pos #1683 decreased(-18)
Year Pos #1918 decreased(-297)

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On 2108 reading lists
On 586 wish lists
On 54 completed lists
On 106 unfinished lists
On 288 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Area no Kishi Ends in 5 Chapters about 1 year ago
Area no Kishi Anime to End Next Week over 5 years ago
Area no Kishi Gets Anime over 6 years ago
Chapter 8 -spoilers- over 9 years ago

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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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Soccer isnt my sport but...   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by bludvein
August 30th, 2009, 8:27am
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The summary is misleading. I thought it was some kind of romantic comedy with soccer as a background plot. So i didnt read it earlier. I finally broke down and read it after it was recommended to me. Without spoiling too much this is an enamoring manga that follows Kakeru's attempt to get to the international stage in honor of his brother Suguru who dies in a tragic accident.

I dont know that much about soccer, but this is surely one manga ill be following.

... Last updated on August 30th, 2009, 8:28am
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Surprisingly Entertaining   
Rating: 6.7 / 10.0
by Crenshinibon
June 26th, 2009, 1:38am
Most who know me will recognize quite well that I'm not, shall we say, enamored of the typical shounen fanfare, be it sports, harem, action, or otherwise. However, Area no Kishi is quite good, despite containing many of these traditional elements, so this is just another example of the incorrectness of absolutes.

What makes this manga succeed isn't its exceedingly normal cast, unremarkably average art, or even the character development, which is slightly above average, but the way the story is told. The author may not have a flare for realism, but he certainly has a strong grasp of what it means to lay plans for a story that is quite detailed in its scope. I get the impression that the storyline is actually designed significantly in advance while still leaving the author some wriggle room, which is always a good thing.

This is one I'll keep my eye on, although there's no telling if I'll lose interest in the later volumes.
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Really, really good   
Rating: N/A
by BLame8008
March 25th, 2009, 12:49pm
If you're looking for a shounen sports manga, look no further. This is one you have to read.

Like the similar "underdog" plot in sports manga, you have Kakeru who's not that amazing at soccer. But similarly it's pleasant reading about his accomplishments in those areas.

The supporting characters are also really well thought out and likable. Like someone said before, the main girl character (there's always that one...) is actually really cool. She's not annoying in the least, and can kick butt in soccer too. Really a win-win situation if you ask me.

Oh and one of my all time favorite characters of all is Suguru, Kakeru's older brother. The relationship between the two of them is perhaps one of the darkest things in this series. And one of my favorite things to read about.

I won't say anymore, for risk of spoiling anything.

Just read it! ^^
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A very interesting one   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Merlerna
January 5th, 2009, 11:48am
It draws you in and you can't help but read until you finish all the chapters. I find this manga refreshing and very mature. The characters all stand out in their own way. The main character Kakeru doesn't impress you at first but rather he makes you want to find out more about him and see how he'll improve his skills & way of thinking. Plus, the female character Nana isn't annoying, bratty, whiny, or bitchy at all. She's honest, caring, smart, very talented in soccer, and truly want to see Kakeru to succeed.
I diffinetly will keep my eye out on this one.

... Last updated on January 5th, 2009, 11:54am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by MyOnlyStar
November 1st, 2008, 5:55pm
This manga is strangely touching and deeply likable due to the excellent presentation of the story and it's characters. Kakuzu makes the manga difficult to put down to his likable personality and my own curiosity about how he will deal and interact with various situations and characters.
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Not just another soccer manga.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by hlbrg
August 27th, 2008, 7:52am
In the beginning it was an average sports manga with good art and ok story line. But as character developes the manga just sucks you in. It became the manga i look forward to most every week. Even though the characters are exaggerated and becomes "godly", i don't think it affects the story line much.
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Didnt see that coming   
Rating: N/A
by znaas
August 27th, 2008, 4:06am
Chapters 6 and 7 were ones I didnt see coming at all. Honestly didnt like the direction though it does add alot to the story. Makes it kind of dark though and takes away an element of the story I really liked and replaces with another one Im not to sure about.
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Arsenico
August 14th, 2008, 12:52pm
This manga is good! Yes as always there are things a bit exagerated, but the art is quite good and even the plot unitll now isin't bad... (even if i already knew what was to happen none)
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