Apr 6, 2005 to Mar 19, 2008
23 min. per ep.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisWelcome To the Gridiron of the Damned! Huge hulking bodies throw themselves at each other, while a tiny lithe body runs between them for the goal! No, it’s not a game of football, it’s Sena Kobayakawa trying to evade the monstrous Ha-Ha brothers down the halls of Deimon High School! But wait! Sena’s incredible skills at not getting caught have been spotted by the devilish (possibly actually demonic) captain of the school’s embryonic American style football team, and when Sena asks to be the teams manager, he gets thrust onto the field as a running back instead! But there are two BIG catches: first, to keep the identity of their new "star" player an absolute secret, Yoichi makes Sena wear an opaque visor on his helmet and gives him the alias of "Eyeshield 21." And the second catch? Well, in order to hit his fastest "speed of light" running mode, Sena usually has to be absolutely terrified. Not that THAT will be a problem with the monstrous players that he’ll soon find himself running from! The insanity hits the streets when the feet meet the cleats in EYESHIELD 21!
(Source: Sentai Filmworks)
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Characters & Voice Actors
Opening Theme#01: "Breakthrough" by Coming Century (eps 1-35)
#02: "Innocence" by 20th Century (ep 36- 64)
#03: "Dang Dang" by ZZ (eps 65-103)
#04: "BLAZE LINE" by BACK-ON (ep 104-126)
#05: "Hanno no Runningback" by SHORT LEG SUMMER (eps 127-145)
Ending Theme#1: "Be Free" by Rikken'z (eps 1-13)
#2: "Blaze Away" by TRAX (eps 14-35)
#3: "Goal" by Arashiro Beni (eps 36-64)
#4: "Run to Win" by Mamori (Aya Hirano), Sena (Miyu Irino), Kurita (Koichi Nagano), Rimon (Kappei Yamaguchi) (eps 65 - 100)
#5: "A day dreaming..." by BACK-ON (eps 101-116)
#6: "Flower" by BACK-ON (eps 117-126)
#7: "Song of Power" by SHORT LEG SUMMER (eps 127-144)
#8: "Dang Dang" by ZZ (ep 145)
How long is it? 145 episodes. What’s it about? American Football. All of it? Yes. (And if you liked this series but found it either too long, or a bit childish, definitely check out Cross Game, a highly underrated sports series that is on a whole different maturity and story level.)
Eyeshield 21 is definite shonen sports anime. Heck, its even sponsored by the Japanese NFL and received backing in the United States as a football series on a sports channel. And now,…don’t get turned off. Because if you do, you’re missing out on one of the most entertaining series people disregard just because of its non-traditional anime content.
Please, please, don’t dump this series just because its football. I cannot but regret that I did put off watching this and suffered my way through crap series like Blade of the Immortal. My 2 cents on why you should watch (if you don’t want to slog your way through the rest of this):
• Typical plot (yet this works perfectly fine for this series), interspersed with drama, comedy, and laugh your head off antics of its marvelous characters.
• Marvelous characters (I said it but I will say it again), You will love the characters of Eyeshield, because even Sena isn’t as annoying as it seems. And…Hiruma will send you to hell if you don’t watch this.
Now that you’re here:
Characters: To put it simply, there is nothing bland about Eyeshield’s cast. From Sena’s traditional shonen perserverance, to Hiruma’s demonic avarice (and he will become your favorite as well), Eyeshield 21 does a masterful job of designing to characters to both appeal to viewers and to transition their interactions with each other smoothly. The rivalry between Sena and Shin is also nonclichedly carried out, and all the supporting characters get their own backstory as well. To tell the truth, I don’t even think that the supporting characters were even ‘technically 2nd tier’. You cannot but feel for the other characters such as the quarterback of the Zokugaku Chameleons whose delinquent team cannot hold themselves together. And so yes, the characters of Eyeshield are not just comedic, but serious, dramatic, and all the time flawed in some way or another. There’s not fun in watching perfect characters now is there?
Plot: Well, its straightforward enough: team has a dream, team wants to go to Christmas Bowl, team must defeat rival teams, team must work together, team must train, then team must win. But this is all you need to watch Eyeshield. It’s 145 episodes does more than enough to advance the adrenaline pumping scenes of the matches. Between moments of drama and football action is raucous comedy which borderlines on the absurd (cough Hiruma gun toting blackmailer), yet makes it more funny all the same. Now come to think of it, you don’t watch a sports series too much for the plot as more for the character development and anime action.
Sound and Graphics: Nothing too shabby here. The BGMs were great, the Ops and EDs were equally great. Eyeshield does a decent job of fitting its sound to its action scenes. The animation is more than adequate for the heart pumping football action scenes. Of course its NOT realistic. Who would want to watch realistic football for 145 episodes? Nah, this is where you see special moves like those in DBZ like Sena’s Devil Bat Ghost, Kid’s Rapid Fire Throw. (No fantastical equipment, mind but enough specialty to make you want to continue watching.) That said, animation is definitely decent for this series.
Entertainment/Replay Value : This is something I wouldn’t mind watching more than once. The one bone I have to pick with the series is its sometimes slightly traditional fillers, which it has to have in its 145 episodes. But even with that, Eyeshield 21 is hilarious, action packed, and a touchdown for us viewers.
Poptart’s Rating: 8/10 read more
Eyeshield 21 - Japan's take on American Football. It's actually quite interesting.
Ok, so for a review on this anime. As far as sports-driven themed anime series, Eyeshield 21 does not disappoint its audience. In a nutshell, Eyeshield 21 is the story of Kobayakawa Sena and his rise from a scared little kid to a full-fledged ace running back that looks down linebackers and defensemen 20x (no joke) his size.
The story is pretty simple. Our protagonist team (Deimon) wants to make it to the championship game (in Japan known as the Christmas Bowl) and needs to make it this season because all of the seniors will be retiring the season after. The anime does a good job on giving a lot of background information on each of the characters as well as the characters on the other teams Deimon faces. And the good part is that they don't give it away all at once, but in bits and pieces which wets your appetite a little more each time, in a good way.
Character development is key in this series, because essentially, that is what you are witnessing as you watch this anime. The rise of Deimon, from a really bad team to one of the elite among Japan. And with that rise to the elite, comes the development of each character - Sena, Monta, the "Ha-ha" brothers, and yes, even Hiruma. It's really fascinating to watch all of these characters develop their skills and "special abilities" so to speak.
And where would the fun go if we couldn't see these skills animated in their full glory. Eyeshield 21 manages to do that quite well. Sena's super speed is portrayed well (although it's kind of weird at times to see him run for what seems like 30 yards, but ends up with 4 or 5).
There are enough twists and plot surprises in this anime as far as sports anime goes (I know, I'm keeping up with the manga) to leave you interested and wondering exactly how will Deimon get to the Christmas Bowl and how will they win....and *if* they win.
The music could be better, but there are a few insert songs that are amazing (i.e. Be Survivor by ZZ) and a few other pieces of music in there. read more
**This review is spoiler free**
At first glance, there are a lot of reasons why one might not want to watch this show. It's about American Football (narrowing down its audience that might even know what is going on down to just the United States). As stated, Eyeshield 21 is a sports anime, another thing many potential viewers might not like. Lastly, it's shonen, meaning everyone and their brother has probably heard of it before. So why should you watch it? I'll tell you.
This is easily the weakest point of Eyeshield 21. The story isn't anything that will blow your mind, it isn't anything that will capture you and it's constant struggle. It's just about going to the Christmas Bowl (basically a football championship game). That's all you are going to get. Some characters that like football wanting to play a game on the highest stage of their highschool careers. As I stated, this is the weakest point of Eyeshield, but it still fits the show. You wouldn't expect a Neon Genesis "my mind is blown!!!" moment, and you wouldn't expect a Death Note "Wow!" either.
I found myself rather impressed with the art of Eyeshield. It isn't necessarily that every character is incredibly detailed, but the details that were added are very impressive to just sit and look at. For instance, Hiruma (my personal favorite character of the show, but we will go over that later) is always described as a manipulative, devil like character. The author could have just stopped there, but instead of being lazy, do you know what they did? They made the football team called the, "Deimon Devil Bats" for one. But also, they made him LOOK like a devil. He has pointy ears, a huge devilish grin, incredibly spiky hair and the like. That being said, the art styles for all the characters fit them very well (Hiruma is just the most obvious where it fits). After noticing how Hiruma looked, I found myself analyzing other characters to see if I could find any particular art style that fit there character. The conclusion was, every character has some little thing that fits them, and it is done very well!
Another weaker point of Eyeshield is the sound. It isn't bad by any means, but just be ready to hear the same things a lot. Some examples would be when Sena runs, sometimes you will hear a weird buzzing sound, like he is some sort of rocket at take off. Some of these sounds are great, like before a game when Hiruma yells his special battle chant. On the other hand, other noises you will get tired of VERY quickly. Monta, a star receiver on the Devil Bats, has a catch phrase where he yells "MAX!!!". This gets annoying quickly, because he uses it for almost every conceivable situation. Also, being that you should watch this subbed, whenever he yells said catchphrase, it is usually something like this:
Intended: Catch Max!
Final Product: CATCHEEDUH MAXXXOOOOOH!
I understand that this is a different language, but I do thing a better catch phrase could have been made, to at least be less annoying. Those are my only gripes with the sound, as the voice acting is rather good. All the voices perfectly fit the character they are trying to portray.
The strongest point of Eyeshield 21, the characters. Every character has something to like, something to hate, or something that will at least make you FEEL for that character. Whether it is a positive or negative feeling, it is much better to feel negative towards a character than to simply not care. You will most likely find one character that you can relate to in every situation. Also, before we go into this any more, Hiruma will end up being your favorite character. You will see why as the show progresses, but just know and be prepared. Anyway, every character has some sort of different trait that makes them different from any other character. Sena, for instance, has the Shonen persistence that every main character seems to have. That always present drive to get better, get stronger, get faster, what ever the situation. Kurita has more compassion than his weight in Valentine's Day chocolates. Mamori has the motherly caring and protective instincts (especially towards Sena). That is why every character in Eyeshield is so great. Every character, from the main character Sena to a supporting character like Taki, has something there. There are no wasted characters. While some shows like Bleach have a large cast but don't do anything with half of them, Eyeshield uses it's large cast perfectly. Just when you think they have forgotten about Taki, he catches a pass for a 13 yard gain. Just when you think the Devil Bats will never throw a pass in this game, they throw a touchdown. Nothing is left wasted, and anyone can put themselves in any other characters shoes.
This show is very enjoyable over all. You will find yourself with boring parts though. Sometimes there is a 3 episode wait between games, and sometimes there is a 20 episode wait. The show is paced very well, but it does have the Shonen filler sometimes. There are also a lot of episodes where something is wrong with one character or group of characters, and the entire episode is spent trying to fix whatever happened.
Overall there are no gaping flaws that make this show unwatchable. This is one of the only Shonen I'd recommend to anyone, just because there is something for everyone, whether you like football or not. I hope you decide to try this show out, and to hopefully finish it one day, because it really is worth your time.
Thank you for reading my thoughts, and hopefully you found this review helpful. read more
Eyeshield 21 is indeed an outstanding anime. From the very beginning and maybe up to the very end of the anime, it will still be very outstanding.
I might make a review about the characters of Eyeshield 21. From my own observation, each of the characters found in there have their own distinctive and outstanding personalities. I will also say my deepest thanks to Riichiro Inagaki and Yusuke Murata for creating the characters of Eyeshield 21.
Here are some of the behaviors of the characters in Eyeshield 21 (I only mentioned 10 characters):
1. Youichi Hiruma - In his appearance alone, you can really tell that he is a vampire/demon perhaps! Yet, all Eyeshield viewers definitely like this character (even me). Hiruma carries a lot of guns. I love his Devil's Handbook! He even was the one who created the team's chant: "YA-HA!"
2. Nurse Oka - In the later episodes of the show, you can see a very scary nurse! This nurse is indeed ugly! Yet, she hates being called by that word. This nurse does not even rely to medical technologies to cure people but uses witchcraft and black magic. (When she talks, a scary background music covers).
3. Sasuke Kanagushi - The team captain of Dokubari Scorpions. This guy can really predict your team's strategy. Although he has this kind of skill, I find it useless because Hiruma is more powerful than him. Later he became Hiruma's slave.
4. Rui Habashira - The team captain of Zokugaku. He has a very weird long tongue.
5. Ha-Ha Brothers - One of the linemen of Deimon, they like to say "Huh". Preferably getting stronger and louder.
6. Monta - The word MAX! is definitely from the vocabulary of Monta. He uses that everyday. Catch MAX, Effort MAX, and etc.
7. Kurita - The fattest in Deimon, he looks really like a chestnut. But who cares, Kurita is a little cute. He likes to say Funnuraba to exert more strength when he pushes an enemy lineman or player.
8. Tetsuma - Character from Seibu. When he is being commanded to do something, he'll definitely do it without stopping. He is good at routes.
9. Agon Kongo - Character from Shinryuuji. He envisions himself that he is a football genius (actually for me, he is not). He treats everyone other than himself as worthless trash.
10. Leonard Apollo - He is the coach of the Nasa Aliens. He alone is a racist! He doesn't want Panther-kun to play.
For more of Eyeshield 21's whackiest and funniest characters, I advise that you watch the show from Episode 1 up to the very last. read more
Both main characters have look very similar and have very similar personalities in addition both anime shows are very hilarious while having their serious moments. The supporting casts for both shows also contribute similarly to their respective anime.
1. The names Tsuna and Sena
2. They both have brown and spiky hair
3. Both characters start out wimpy and with no friends, then they make friends and eventually become stronger in order to protect their friends beliefs and dreams.
Despite differing by the main genre which lead both stories i feel to say that Katekyo Hitman Reborn and Eyeshield21 do share similar traits:
- we first see the main male character (Tsuna from KHR and Sena from E21) as weak, coward and easily afraid by stuff - but later, with time, he learns to be strong and to not run away in order to protect his friends and dreams.
- then, the amazing characters around the protagonist are very well developed in personality & design in both series
I'm surely aware of the fact that who might like sports anime may not like super power genre anime or viceversa, but somehow they show certain epic characters and rythm that makes me tell you that i strong recommend both series :3
The Story and the plot is very diffrent .. BUT !
Belive me when you watch them both youll get the same unique feeling
i recommend you , watch them both ! , the main character has the same
personality though !
Same because the main character was a wimp and became a kick ass fighter xD
Eyeshield is an sports anime?? WTH Shoryuuken. Both of these anime the main character is weak, failure and become stronger, Tsuna with a pill, Sena by himself. They also both have stellar character depth and devolpment.
To be honest, when I first saw Sena, I immediately thought of Tsuna in Reborn. Both are extremely cowardly, get strong when protecting their friends, and even look alike. Both of em have spikey hair too. :) anyways both show a strong mentality toward achieving certain goals together with friends and family. Only difference is one's American Football and the other's a Mafia.
After watching the first couple episodes of Eyeshield 21, I started thinking. Sena reminds me of Tsuna a LOT. They both look very similar, their names even sound similar, they are/were both always picked on, they both are very timid, they're not particularly good at anything, they are both very blessed with skills but don't realize it, they both improve as the story moves along, and they are both considered "aces", the best among their friends as they fight their way to the top so they can fulfill their dreams.
The stories are also started in very similar ways. Sena and Tsuna are both timid losers who get picked on all the time, until they are taken out of that dark hole by people who are seemingly violent. Gradually, they meet friends along their journey and they all grow and fight together. They face tough opponents, but they always believe in each other and everything turns out ok.
The main ideas of both stories are completely different, one being about the mafia and the other about football, but they both have the same hidden, or completely obvious, meanings in them. Both the stories surround friends that have fun, fight, and win and lose together.
Alright... enough of the serious... these anime are both freaking AMAZING and you have to watch them!!!
If u liked KHR u will love Eyeshiel 21.Both main characters are simmilar Tsuna(KHR) and Sena from Eyeshield 21. They start as weakling and a no good at all charackters. They both are getting dragged into a world where there are good at.
If you like wimpy boys turning into super and overly awesome people. Then you'll probably like both. However eyeshield 21 is sports oriented while KHR is action.
Both the main characters have similar personalities and they kind of look the same.Both anime are hilarious.
Both are Similar because of how both Main Characters are innocent and gets sucked in to a new world (not literally)
Hitman Reborn is about the Mafia and Eyeshield 21 is about football
Both of the main characters are forced into it
In the end they like it
-Both protagonists are similar, appearance-wise.
-Both protagonists are often bullied, picked on in the start of the series.
-Both protagonists gets involved into a situation that they didn't actually wanted to be part of.
-Both protagonists gets a lot of friends (and foes, but turns into comrades) throughout the story.
Both series heavily focuses on friendship and a lot of drama. However, it does have comedy and marvelous characters that you can get easily attached to.
Both Ippo and Sena are thrown into a world which they have no knowledge about, yet both seem to find their place and their talents which help them rise to the top. Also, they both have a group of friends to support them.
The biggest similarity both shows have is both main characters seem like ordinary people, with the potential to become extraordinary, and are thrown into an extraordinary situation in which their natural talents seem to develop at a fast pace.
Both protagonists start out unaware of the sport, but through hard work and determination become good at it.
Both about sports. Main character goes through necessary personality changes to further their goals, in said sports. More Humor, than Hajime no Ippo.
More deformations than Ippo but another great sports anime with addictive plot and great characters. Not quite at the level of Ippo (my favourite anime) but very enjoyable.
Both have wimp-like main characters at the beginning. But they get stronger and stronger. You can LMAO while watching*most of the time*.
Eyeshield 21 and Hajime no Ippo both have protagonists that go from being a wimpy zero to a sports hero, not via some dues ex machina, but hard work and guts. They are also surrounded by a lively cast (albeit the cast in Eyeshield is slightly better). There are hints of romance but no resolution offered in both. The antagonists in both series are fleshed out nicely as well. You also spend a lot of time learning about the actual respective sports themselves. Neither use the bishie style of drawing so it's a refreshing change (no matter how much I love bishies). The soundtracks for both series are catchy and uplifting. I rock out to both of them when I need some inspiration.
The story are similar, both of the main characters are weak at the beginning. They both enter a world of sport they know nothing, and thus time show great talent for it.
They also have a goal, for Sena is to defeat Shin, and for Ippo to defeat Miyata. Nevertheless if you enjoy one you'll definitely enjoy the other.
Both anime have a weak guy at the begining ippo was builled the same way as eyesheild 21 (cant remember the guys name) they were both always getting food and stuff for the bullies the main diffrence in them is that ippo got his strength from working with his mom and eyesheld 21 got his speed and agility from running arrends for the bullies.
Very similar main character - wimpy, simple-minded, hard working, honest boys who have a huge talent for their respective sports. Both follow the journey of two high school boys who pursue a sport they grow to love. The rival relationships (Shin/Sena and Miyata/Ippo) are also extremely similar. It makes me think that ES21 was inspired by HnI.
They both feature a wimpy MC at first. However, once you continue watching, the MC develops into a complete BADASS in the sport he is in. Even though the sports differ, the characters are amazing in both anime. The soundtracks in both anime are catchy AF and magnificent at the same time. Both drawings and animation start weak, but develop into Marvelous animations. (In Hajime no Ippo the animation becomes flawless in S2 and S3) Finally, both anime are amazing to watch and kill time.
These two anime are almost identical, there are only a few things that these anime have different but not much. If you liked one you should like the other.
This show reminded me of Eyeshield from the start, and even from episode two with the model guy in both animes. Kuroko has less of the wimpy aspect though. Pretty crazy. Hopefully Kuroko will go big.
Both sports, evil and innocent characters loved watching both of the series
Both published from weekly shonen jump, and get animated by Production IG, also have sport theme even though Eyeshield21 is american football and kuroko no basket is basketball of course,the tension and comedy on par level
The two involve sports, eyeshield 21 american football while kuroko no bascket bascketball, and the two of them include a main character who normally would suck at sports but they have this inner talent that goes evolving through the anime. If you liked one you would definitely like the other.
Very shounen type of show. The progress of the team from being average to becoming the best! Serious and funny with lovable characters.
Eyeshield 21 was my first anime to ever watch and finish, so all sports anime I have been comparing it to Eyeshield.
What do you get when you mix a bunch of oddballs, superhuman abilities, and sports? Your typical shounen/sports series that's what! So how do these two differ from that? Well, not that much really but that's probably why they are so similar. While the sports themselves are different the way the team and the individual players play follow similar styles. "If they score then we'll just score 10x more!" are their team mottoes as they both play as offensive, high scoring teams. The protagonists Kuroko/Sena are pretty much the same character as their weak appearance and unique ability make them both the underdog and star player.This leads to games that are interesting as well as exciting due to it becoming a David vs Goliath scenario.
Enjoy watching people play sports and have them use "powers" to help them win their matches? Eyeshield 21 and Prince of Tennis each contain their share of "strive to become the best player". They're also not very realistic, in that many characters achieve extremely difficult/amazing skills. Whether you like or don't like either sport, you'll still enjoy the "become the best" parts in both.
Pretty much both anime revolve around the rise of a young superstar and their path to their respective sports' ultimate championship game.
Both are very long sport anime about school teams participating in competitions that get increasingly more difficult. Lots of interesting characters, very exciting plot, some humour.
They are both intersting, fun to watch, and have awesome characters. They are both sport anime, and trust me even if u dont like sports at all and u r looking for something good to watch I definitely recommend them both to you. Not to mention they both make names to thier moves [well atleast most of the time].
Both are sports animes. While the main focus of Prince of Tennis is tennis (duh), Eyeshield 21 focuses on American Football. The main characters are also completely opposite of one another. However, after finishing Prince of Tennis, I craved more sports anime which led me to Eyeshield 21. I highly recommend both animes if you haven't seen them yet!
Both have unrealistic moves and powers to help them with winning, and they are both long running.
Both are sport anime, extremely exciting. One of the main characters in Eyeshield 21 is kinda similar to the main character of One Ones by looks (and a bit by character).
thoses two are about sport,
and one unknown [really great] person enter in the team.[Tokuchi Toua for One outs and Kobayakawa Sena for Eyeshield]
But One outs is pretty most mature than Eyeshield !
What to say? they both are quite "unusual" series and somewhat similar to eachother:
- both are sports genres
- both have the main character (Hiruma for e21 and Tokuchi for One Outs) that look a lot alike and are very smart. They are the big minds behind every victory and every very well planned strategy. At some point of the story they both are compared (if not hinted to be one) to the Devil.
- both can be very addicting
If you liked one of them, you might probably end up liking the another as well, as they both worth the try!
Adult version of Hiruma Youchi plays baseball instead of american football. One Outs' protagonist Toua resembles Hiruma very much: a physically average player wins because he outwits his opponents. Eyeshield 21 is more humorous and there is more main characters, but if you enjoy tactic and mind games, I recommend these both.
They both are sports and action anime. They both have "poker face" characters that make the anime more interesting and in the games, there are mental tricks to fool the opponent.
Both are about a weak main character that has a special ability or a passion for a certain sport and his evolution.
The only difference is the character and attitude of the main female roles and the sport in which they are involved in. The main characters are very similar and have hidden talent as well as a weak exterior.
Both are about a scrawny little kid who spent most as his life following the biding of bullies as a gopher, until one they he was introduced to a sport that he came to love and practiced that sport until he made his way to the top.
Both anime are about sport but more importantly they are about this one clumsy kid who is, as it turns out to be, a genius.
First of all they are both about sport and a weak protagonist without many friends. Just as he starts to do a club activity he finds out about his ability..or rather, others find out about his skills.
Secondly, both animes are also about aiming to win a tournament as a team.
Anyway both Animes are worth watching!
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