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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
Ceza-sahasının Şövalyesi
The Knight in the Area
Паладин на поле

Groups Scanlating
Endless Abyss
Maou Scans

Latest Release(s)
v.37 c.312-320 by NOIDproject about 1 month ago
v.36 c.303-311 by NOIDproject 2 months ago
v.35 c.294-302 by NOIDproject 6 months ago
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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 / 10.0 (411 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.88 / 10.0

Last Updated
July 31st 2022, 3:51am



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Dropped at chater 2, a spike haired trash touched the main girl, WTF, what's the fricking point of this BS???  
by Akira Ryuji
September 24th, 2021, 8:19pm
Rating: 1.0  / 10.0
Dropped at chater 2, a spike haired trash touched the main girl at chap 1, and he did again at chap 2, what the actual f*..... What's the fricking point of this BS 😕

... Last updated on September 24th, 2021, 8:24pm
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Update chapter!!!  
by Kathalia127
November 4th, 2016, 6:11am
Rating: N/A
I need more chapter. Im so inlove with area no kishi story. Made me cry especially when kakeru realized about his brother and thier dream together. I cant stop watching the episode and i cant stop reading the manga. and now im still waiting for more episode/chapter.
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not ok  
by Romashk
February 20th, 2016, 2:52pm
Rating: 4.0  / 10.0
I read to about 130 and some. And what it boils down to is a very bland eyeshield31 or prince of tennis. But at least these two made it look entertaining. The author forgot to make the story interesting, and doesn't explore anything except the game, but there's no trivia, no techniques, no embellishment of skills. I assume it was an attempt to make it close to realism, but by not really making any effort in that part, author successfully made a watered down shonen. Anyway, I don't exactly know what the author wanted for this series, but it's boring.
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From promising to boring : fad  
by fontain
January 2nd, 2014, 2:26am
Rating: 6.0  / 10.0
It's pretty average. After 100+ chapters what do we have so far? Phi trick, twisted doc, subtext love triangle(that we know will go nowhere), idiot teammate (still not funny), and the typical boring need-to-grow-some-balls MC. You know the cast should be changed, swap the useless male lead with
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the deceased brother (overshadowed by dead character... pathetic)
or better the cute manager. The story would be more interesting, because so far, your MC is so amazed by what's surrounding him, that he should keep his role of cheering character all the way. Tournament, rivalry ...? Sir, not with that kind of fighting spirit. Every sidekick is more likeable than MC. The only way for him to succced or achieve his dreams is by luck or accident ...oh wait. The only moment, you feel anything when reading this manga, is in the first chapters drama. Excitation over sport, competition, rage to win? No here, no way ever. Or perhaps in 2000+ chapters. We will be bored to death until then. I give it 6 because of cute manager. The dissapointement after the promising early chapters explains my harsh words. It could have been better, but just a fad for me. A simple error in the cast, kills it all. Think about it : subtext love triangle between true hero brother, cute manager and twisted doctor, that'd be something, don't deny it.

... Last updated on January 2nd, 2014, 3:00am
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so far so good  
by kri91
November 27th, 2013, 11:05am
Rating: 8.0  / 10.0
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why did suguru have to die! It Started off with a heavy feeling... :(
n compared to adachi's manga's where characters are killed off for similar purposes, this one was more touching n it left u with feelings towards suguru...In the brief time Suguru wuz shown in d manga, I adored him!

I like it!! m at ch.122 n d only thing that bugs me, is the obsession with the "heart n its memory"
I would prefer if its kakeru's own talent n not some sci-fi stuff...
also, I'd like to c some growth in their playing abilities

... Last updated on December 1st, 2013, 2:55am
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Nice opening and then ... ehh .. good but not great  
by sakirol
July 28th, 2013, 9:08pm
Rating: 7.0  / 10.0
- more realistic than other sports manga
- female lead plays competitively and isn't an annoying sideshow. She's freaking awesome.
- awesome (or morally conflicting) backstory

- The characters feel really flat to me, even after 100 chapters. I don't really get emotional in the "we need to win this!!!!" moments like I typically do in sports manga. Sadly, character hardships and development are what keep me into sports manga, so this was a big minus for me.

... Last updated on July 28th, 2013, 9:09pm
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Still reading but a bit dissapointing  
by Hector234
July 7th, 2013, 6:38pm
Rating: 6.0  / 10.0
I started reading this manga because it lloked interesting, but:
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I agree with previous comments that it's irritating that someone imposes this huge burdens and dreams on somebody else "for the sake of the one who died", I mean, who are they to decide upon this.
But mangawise I think the author lacks the ability to set the atmosphere for dramatic scenes and they just get over the dead of the brother so easily.... I just don't buy and overall is toooo predictable.

I'll keep on reading for now, but if it dissapoints me once more I'm afraid I'll have to drop it...
But don't trust me, read for yourself... HAHAHAHA
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Surprisingly GOOD!  
by Bleach-No1-Manga
February 21st, 2013, 7:13am
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
I am surprised by how much i was taken in by this manga

supporting characters as well as both the lead characters are awesome

give it a read people
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Good manga but infuriating  
by averyk
November 27th, 2012, 2:43pm
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
This manga I fine really captivating to read but pisses me off at the same time. I like how they portray Kakeru who is talented but overshadowed by his brother and other events that take place before the start of the manga. Though I think that he should get that councilor fired for her actions.
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Don't understand the popularity !  
by nesfe
October 10th, 2012, 7:49pm
Rating: 6.5  / 10.0
This review comes right after i finished reading the 3rd volume of this manga. My irritation level grew with every page, until I can no longer take it and I had to vent smile

First, the classic I quit sports that can be found in every manga. Only in here I find it more annoying and childish. Let me just say that there are dozens of professional players that rely on their dominate leg only (for shooting), and are doing just fine the English/ Italian/Spanish Leagues.
Then we have the 'incident' that makes our MC grow some balls, which i will put in spoiler tags, though it is in the beginning chapters so not really a spoiler.

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How can you tell someone who just lost his brother, that he needs to carry his brother's dreams because he got his heart ? I mean really, how f**king selfish is that. Imagine if MC didn't want to become a pro football player (though he did). That would be like forcing him to walk a path in life by saying "you got your brothers heart so you have to what he wanted in life, good luck tehe' . F**k that ! He should just probably slap her and say I am going to become a professional player because That's what I want. The manga tries to make it look like it's something awesome but it's really not.

Oh, I'm not done. The hospital counselor basically manipulates him into playing football again 0_o .
And finally the heart itself. The author tries to explain how some heart transplants change the receiving person and whatnot. The problem with this is that it makes our MC pathetic.
How you say ? like this.
Oh MC couldn't shoot with his left leg, Now he can. It's thanks to his brother's heart.
Oh MC is using his brother's moves to pass players. It's thanks to his brother's heart
you get the drift
and you don't reach this conclusion yourself, Nooo, the author shows us an image of his brother behind his back every time he does something similar to him.

With that out of the way, I say : it's not a bad sports manga, I just couldn't handle it.
I'm just writing this review here to present a different front from all the positive reviews in here that led me to reading this manga.

... Last updated on October 10th, 2012, 7:49pm
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