Ranked #406

Eyeshield 21

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Eyeshield21
Japanese: アイシールド21


Type: TV
Episodes: 145
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2005 to Mar 19, 2008
Premiered: Spring 2005
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Unknown
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


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Welcome 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

Hiruma, Yoichi
Hiruma, Yoichi
Tamura, Atsushi
Tamura, Atsushi
Kobayakawa, Sena
Kobayakawa, Sena
Irino, Miyu
Irino, Miyu
Kikuchi, Kokoro
Kikuchi, Kokoro
Kurita, Ryokan
Kurita, Ryokan
Nagano, Kouichi
Nagano, Kouichi
Raimon, Tarou
Raimon, Tarou
Yamaguchi, Kappei
Yamaguchi, Kappei


Miyake, Masanori
Miyake, Masanori
Nishita, Masayoshi
Nishita, Masayoshi
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Okumura, Yoshiaki
Okumura, Yoshiaki
Episode Director
Katagai, Shin
Katagai, Shin
Episode Director, Storyboard

More episodes Episodes(145/145)

# Episode Title Aired
1 The Man with the Lightspeed Legs!
Kousoku no Ashi wo Motsu Otoko (光速の脚をもつ男)
Apr 6, 2005
2 Let's Play Football!
American Football Yarou ze! (アメフトやろうぜ)
Apr 13, 2005
3 Blaze a Path Down the Field!
Field wo Nejifusero (フィールドをねじふせろ)
Apr 20, 2005
4 What I Hold In My Hands!
Sono Te ni Tsukamumono (その手に掴むもの)
Apr 27, 2005
5 Half-Second Bodyguards!
0.5 Byo no Bodyguards (0.5秒のボディーガード)
May 4, 2005

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)

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Sep 4, 2015
**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.

Story- 6/10

This is easily the weakest point of Eyeshield 21. The story isn't anything that will blow your mind, it isn't anything that read more
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Feb 18, 2009
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 read more
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Jun 1, 2007
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 read more
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Mar 17, 2015
The anime is truly fantastic but it has the drawback that I felt made Hajime no Ippo just as frustrating... No matter how strong and powerful the main character gets they still act like a damn coward!!! They could be in a match 60 episodes into the series with TONS of training and TONS of determination and then once the match starts they CRUMBLE like all they have worked hard for is forgotten and they SHRINK in their shells wishing for some shit to happen! It truly hurts these anime in my opinion. Of course the saving grace is the end where they "recall a read more
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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.

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