Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2005 to Mar 19, 2008
23 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 8.121 (scored by 26038 users)
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comedy football shounen sports
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)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Eyeshield 21
Side story: Eyeshield 21: Maboroshi no Golden Bowl, Eyeshield 21: Jump Festa 2005 Special
Characters & Voice Actors
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
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.
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)more
#7: "Song of Power" by SHORT LEG SUMMER (eps 127-144)
#8: "Dang Dang" by ZZ (ep 145)
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