Ranked #1731
Area no Kishi

Area no Kishi

Alternative Titles

English: The Knight in the Area
Japanese: エリアの騎士


Type: TV
Episodes: 37
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 7, 2012 to Sep 29, 2012
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.431 (scored by 14078 users)
Ranked: #17312
Popularity: #1249
Members: 29,837
Favorites: 116
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The Knight in the Area tells the stories of middle and high school students as they grow up through their soccer clubs, compete in national tournaments, and strive for world titles. Main character Kakeru, his respected elder brother Suguru, and childhood friend Nana Mishima, along with all the teammates, rivals from other schools, and world class soccer players around him radiate their own brilliant light as they face adolescence with all their strength. The story also incorporates the strong bond between Kakeru and Suguru, the love of their family, the friendship of their teammates and rivals, and fleeting first loves... all coming together to ignite passion in the hearts of all viewers.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Aizawa, Kakeru
Aizawa, Kakeru
Sanpei, Yuuko
Sanpei, Yuuko
Mishima, Nana
Mishima, Nana
Itou, Shizuka
Itou, Shizuka
Aizawa, Suguru
Aizawa, Suguru
Fukuyama, Jun
Fukuyama, Jun
Kumai, Motoko
Kumai, Motoko
Araki, Ryuuichi
Araki, Ryuuichi
Ishida, Akira
Ishida, Akira


Ogura, Hirofumi
Ogura, Hirofumi
Ookuma, Akira
Ookuma, Akira
Sound Director
Kibayashi, Shin
Kibayashi, Shin
Original Creator
Inai, Keiji
Inai, Keiji

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Opening Theme

"Higher Ground (ハイヤーグラウンド)" by S.R.S

Ending Theme

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Jan 15, 2012 11:47 AM
Esta review también está en español.

Football Chronicles, Chapter 2: Area no Kishi
Note: some football animes will be named in this review for the sake of comparison. This is, mostly, to see how the game is faced in each series. Of course, no spoilers.
Also, football as the real, english one (aka soccer), not the american one.

For a loyal follower of the world's most popular sport like me, there's nothing better than the news of a new football anime Area no Kishi/The Knight in the Area is the more recent bet... what can we expect from it? Let's see...

The story of this anime focus in Kakeru Aizawa, read more
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Jan 6, 2012 7:31 PM
Among the new animes this season, Area No Kishi ranked top in my 'must watch list' simply because i love soccer. I was hoping for a soccer anime with no superpower involved and upon hearing about Area No Kishi, i was excited. After watching the first episode, i am not disappointed with it but i am expecting more.

For the story i am giving it a 8 because of both the potential development of the protagonist, Kakeru, as a player as well as his development in terms of romantic relationship with Seven. First episode was quite promising for me, and i certainly am looking forward to read more
I found this review Helpful
Nov 16, 2013 11:07 AM
Area no Kishi, The Knight in the Area.

Note: Football will be referred to as "soccer" for familiarity's sake.


Story (7)

The story starts off with two brothers, one slightly older and significantly better at soccer. At first, it seemed like the story would revolve on the younger brother trying to catch up with his older brother. In a way, that was the case-- but I can't go in-depth without spoiling the anime. However, this anime involved a sports anime cliche.. losing the "main" tournament and winning (not necessarily in this case) the next. I would also like to note that this anime had a lot read more
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Nov 15, 2014 4:21 PM
As a MASSIVE Football/Soccer fan I was thrilled to see that there was a Football/Soccer anime, and to my surprise it was actually very good.
- Decent Story
- It had a good OP
- It had good artwork and animation (My opinion)
- Actually followed football rules
- Most characters were enjoyable
- A good mixture of genres
- Serious when it needed to be and fun when it needed to be
Whether your a football fan - like me - or not, you should* enjoy this anime

*You will most probably enjoy it
I found this review Helpful


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