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Eyeshield 21

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
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.111 (scored by 28847 users)
Ranked: #4192
Popularity: #590
Members: 59,271
Favorites: 1,153
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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)

Related Anime

Adaptation: Eyeshield 21
Side story: Eyeshield 21: Maboroshi no Golden Bowl, Eyeshield 21: Jump Festa 2005 Special

Characters & Voice Actors

Anezaki, Mamori
Anezaki, Mamori
Hirano, Aya
Hirano, Aya
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


Nishita, Masayoshi
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Ooba, Hideaki
Episode Director, Storyboard
Katagai, Shin
Episode Director, Storyboard
Okumura, Yoshiaki
Episode Director

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Aired  Apr 6, 2005 to Mar 19, 2008
Status  Finished Airing
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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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Dec 21, 2008
At first glance, many thought that American football is all about muscle and killing intent. As a child, I watched NFL games and saw players hurt, injured, worst; crushed, suffer fractures and other accidents that led them to disability. As a sportsman(once a varsity basketball player), I hate games runned by power and skill alone.

Enters Eyeshield 21 that features a with unorthodox players such as shorty, porky and a Demon. The plot is very simple, about an errand boy who became a superstar in a game played by monsters and his team, the Devil Bats journey to National Championships, the Christmas Bowl. It highlights the read more
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Feb 23, 2008
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 read more
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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. 
reportRecommended by VK11
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.  
reportRecommended by skooter
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. 
reportRecommended by Leyto
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). 
reportRecommended by Juxian
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. 
reportRecommended by Xinil
Both anime are centered on the same type of main character. They both follow the rise of completely unassuming characters from being cowardly and non athletic, to strong leads. Both are very good at showing the mental trials that one goes through while they develop while keeping it light and humorous. It would be very easy to say that if you liked one of these two, you will definitely like the other. 
reportRecommended by acelenoir

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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