Kazamatsuri Shou's dream has always been to become a professional soccer player, but he has one problem: he's not very good at the game. He was accepted to the prestigious Musashi no Mori Junior High, known for its top rate soccer team, but he was never able to rise beyond the rank of third stringer. After transferring to Sakura Jousui Junior High, he can finally play soccer. And, with the support of his new friends and teammates, his strong determination, and lots of hard work, his soccer skills are developing rapidly and setting Shou well on his way to achieving his dream.
I'll start off first by throwing this out there, I don't really like soccer all that much. Watching it is pretty damn boring, and playing it isn't much better in my opinion. Now, with that out of the way, let me just say that I really loved this anime. I know, you're like, "But he just said he pretty much hates soccer. Is he weird?" Yes, this anime indeed be about soccer, but it is much more than just that. This anime follows a middle school boy, Shou Kazamatsuri, who enjoys soccer and works extremely hard to get better and rise to the top. We his transition from a 3rd string substitute for one school, to an amazing player for another. I'm now re-watching this series for a second time and still enjoying it, probably even more so than the first time. I think what really makes this anime so inspiring to watch is Shou's character. I believe that he is meant to have a little piece of everyone inside of him, me, you, and anyone who watches this show. I believe that he has aspects and traits that can be found in every single one of us, I think this is partially the reason for me watching this anime and enjoying it so much, it's almost as if sometimes I'm seeing a bit of myself in the anime in front of me. When I watch this, I don't think, oh I'm watching a soccer anime, I think of it as a story of a boy who is striving to obtain his goal, a boy who is willing to work harder to get to the top because he can! This definitely is an anime which is worth watching at least once, even if you're like me who doesn't like soccer, I definitely encourage you to watch this series. The story and the characters are definitely the driving points of the anime and what make it what it is. The art and music definitely are enjoyable too and bring out an even more desire to continue watching as well.read more
I enjoyed this story very much. It was actually a realistic soccer story and it didn't have to deal with any other side stories. it maintained me entertained for the whole anime and the ending was very exciting, and it left you asking for more. I recommend this anime to the true soccer fans, who know the reality of soccer and that know how hard it is and how much you have to work to make it in the sport.
First and foremost, I really have to say that the plot is really interesting, such that it is different from most sports anime I know.
1. The main character Shou may not seem to have the attribute that a striker (forward) ought to have, but yet he does not give up and makes use of whatever he has to put up a play to his advantage.
2. His growth along with the interaction with the other characters were equally as important and good.
However, the thing is that this anime seems to be under budget, I really don't like how the voice casting for Shou is done, and the drawings aren't really good in a way.
The story isn't drawn to a good conclusion, it would be good if there is season 2 to see his growth to see how Shou will aspire to be like his dad and how he uses his instinct for soccer to continue growing further.
After watching hungry heart wild striker it took me a bit of persistence to give Whistle a go but i'm glad i did. Amazing anime! I loved the characters, the music really fitted in nicely, the plot was to a point good but short but overall the anime was excellent! Dissapointed they didn't make another season or carry on the anime as theres more to have seen. It could well have turned out to be an anime such as captain tsubasa in the sense of going on a journey with the tokyo team and there adventures.