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Eyeshield 21   
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From Viz:
What does a wimpy kid who's been bullied all his life have to depend on but his own two feet? Sena Kobayakawa is about to start his first year in high school and he's vowed not to get picked on anymore. Unfortunately, the sadistic captain of the football team already has his eye on Sena and his lightning-fast speed.


Related Series
Jump Super Stars (Alternate Story)

Associated Names
Eyeshield 21 - ไอ้หนูไต้ฝุ่นมะกันบอล (NED)
Айшилд 21
المقنع ٢١

Groups Scanlating
Franky House

Latest Release(s)
c.215 by whatever over 14 years ago
c.333v3 (end) by Franky House over 14 years ago
c.333 (end) by Binktopia over 14 years ago
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in Country of Origin
37 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 27, Chap 240

User Reviews
Eyeshield 21 by SaneJenn
Eyeshield 21 by buddyboy
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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (1643 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.66 / 10.0

Last Updated
February 7th 2024, 12:45am



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Viz (37 Volumes - Complete; print)

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by seihanda
December 18th, 2020, 1:49pm
Rating: 8.0  / 10.0
The manga that hook me up to the world of american football.
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by Cryvern
July 5th, 2020, 4:51pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
Best sports manga (and one of the best of any manga genre for that matter). Absolutely love the character development, story progression, art improvement (Murata a god). Hiruma best
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Best Sports Manga  
by yukis2cool
July 23rd, 2015, 12:36am
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
I'm sorry Haikyuu!!, Daiya no A, Baby Steps, and Oofuri, but Eyeshield 21 is the perfect mix of training, hard-work, teamwork, character diversity, and intense games in a sports manga for me. (Not to say that those forementioned aren't excellent.)
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by Moonpuzzle
November 23rd, 2013, 1:22pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
I have enjoyed this manga to the fullest (not to mention the occasional doujinshi possible moments that are made). It is both inspiring and educational. Whenever I read it, I have the tendency to find my own football and throw it around...sadly I don't own such a ball and they are really expensive (at least for me at the moment).

I recommend this to anyone interested in sports or need something to get their blood going.
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Very Good  
by tnwls523
August 28th, 2013, 9:12am
Rating: 9.8  / 10.0
Very good sports manga. Solid plotline but above all amazing set of characters. Definitely one of my favorites now. Only thing I'd have liked was for the mangaka to describe Hiruma's background more. Oh and contrary to what everyone else said I actually enjoyed the last arc but the final chapter did feel a little...flat.

... Last updated on August 28th, 2013, 9:14am
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funny, and pretty much what you would expect  
by foobar
April 9th, 2013, 9:44am
Rating: N/A
Funny, and pretty much what you would expect from a long sports manga - good bonhomie, some character development, a lot of set piece jokes, and long fought out battle.

Overall I am happy to have read it, and to find that it has stopped. The last 150 chapters or so were a bit of a drag. bigrazz
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Unforgettably GOOD  
by letterbee96
June 20th, 2012, 9:05am
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
And I meant that! I used to think that Slamdunk was the best sports manga but this, THIS really knocks it down HARD! No, I am not bragging. I am dead serious. This manga is so good, that even you guys who are not American football lovers would enjoy it to the max!! Why is this so? First of all, I would say its because of Hiruma's very existence. He is the EPITOME of humour in this manga and keeps this story going. Other than that, the character developement in this manga is by far the best of the best. You don't just learn to love the characters but you tend to actually grow with them and understand how they feel most probably because the mangaka portrays their personalities so vividly and is reasonably logic to human behavior.

The main character is not the typical weakling-to-strong protagonist. He is actually quite firm at times but usually the 'cool' moment backfires with him denying himself...-,-" But throughout the story you'll see him change his goals and his ways to the point that you just can't wait to see what he's going to do next!

Just so you know, ALL the other characters in this story is just as fun and strong-willed as the main character. Everyone has their traits, their own weakness and their own goals. It is exceptionally fun to see all of them fight each other. The training, battles and obstacles is to me, the most well organized out of ANY other manga. This manga may be fictional but it just feels so damn realistic!

In terms of relationships, the friendship and trust is fulfilling. There are a few hints of romance but it was never finalized so let's just leave it at that! Last but not least, if you read this manga and not laugh, you're either not human or you don't understand English. Enough said.

My rating for this manga will never change even if someday I do find something better because this manga deserves it so much that I wish that the ratings were higher than a 10... I am proud to be one of those who have finished this manga because for those who haven't, you have no idea what you're missing!!

Oh yeah, wanna know how much I liked it? I did not stop reading it for 2-3 days straight. Trust me on this. Read it, laugh, and enjoy the awesomeness.

... Last updated on June 20th, 2012, 9:09am
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Almost perfect.  
by MondSemmel
January 11th, 2012, 12:50pm
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
Much has been said about the greatness of this manga, and I don't disagree. The action is awesome, Hiruma Youichi is a spectacular character, etc. pp.
I'm just sad about the bad aftertaste the last 3 volumes (the "World" arc) left in my mouth. They were just not up to par. Before that arc, the manga should have ended; instead, it ended up with 3 more volumes that featured far too many characters to go as in-depth with each one as it had before. It's much better when a manga has a slow start and then rapidly becomes better...
So, essentially a perfect manga for the first 34 volumes, but so (comparatively!) disappointing in the last 3 volumes that I'm not sure I recommend actually reading them (despite a few good moments).
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Sports manga with a very well-written cast.  
by 1love
June 30th, 2011, 2:44am
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
There is one thing that ES21 does better than all other sports manga I've read: characters.

To date, I have yet to find another sports manga that did character development as well as Eyeshield 21. ES21 took the characters and gave them growth - not through tacking on more ridiculous skill sets, but through actual growth in their personalities. You see Sena growing from that wimpy little guy in the beginning to the little guy who somehow ends up standing against giants without backing down (too much), and the growth happens in a believable manner.

Aside from the awesome main cast, the manga had another thing going for it: it's very well-written. No, I'm not talking about the rules to the game - I have essentially zero knowledge of how american football is played. I'm talking about story and execution - the pacing, the timing, the buildup... it's great. It's very well put together and planned out - plot points get pushed forward and wrapped up at just the right times, which makes it a quite enjoyable read.

I won't say there are no flaws with this though - the last arc, in particular, really just reads like the team got forced to write an extra ending arc to the series and wanted to end it as soon as possible - it was rushed and didn't feel like it was sketched out very well. But nevertheless, that doesn't negate that the main tournament (or plot, if you will) was really good. And to be honest, this particular arc wasn't actually horrible - on any other manga I would've accepted it without thinking about it too much, but it just wasn't to ES21's standards.

ES21 is really a rare breed as far as sports manga goes - it manages to fit good writing, characters, actually funny moments and pretty awesome art into a really ridiculous, done-to-death genre. I very rarely give out such overwhelmingly positive reviews, but this is definitely worthy.

... Last updated on June 30th, 2011, 2:50am
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by lizard_eli951
June 15th, 2011, 2:05pm
Rating: N/A
i love the story. i LOVED hiruma. it was was an awesome manga, but the ending.... it sucked. it was rushed even the whole tournament everything when super fast. i was disappoimted
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