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Eyeshield 21 (Manga)

Eyeshield 21

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Japanese: アイシールド21


Type: Manga
Volumes: 37
Chapters: 333
Status: Finished
Published: Jul 23, 2002 to Jun 15, 2009
Authors: Inagaki, Riichiro (Story), Murata, Yusuke (Art)
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)


Score: 8.631 (scored by 13785 users)
Ranked: #722
Popularity: #93
Members: 22,731
Favorites: 2,267
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Wimpy Sena Kobayakawa has been running away from bullies all his life. But when the football gear comes on, things change—Sena's speed and uncanny ability to elude big bullies just might give him what it takes to become a great high school football hero! Enjoy all the bone-crushing action and slapstick comedy that this heartwarming coming-of-age story has to offer.

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Adaptation: Eyeshield 21


Anezaki, Mamori
Hiruma, Yoichi
Kobayakawa, Sena
Kurita, Ryokan
Raimon, Tarou
Takekura, Gen

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Jun 12, 2009
Sports manga in general (with a few notable exceptions) branch off into two main groups - the martial group and the teamwork group. The martial sports manga (featuring boxing, judo, etc.) usually sport characters with grit and guts struggling against one another. This type of sports manga also often suffers from overemphasis of the main character and weak side characters who only serve to show how awesome the lead is by comparison. The teamwork sports manga (featuring baseball, basketball, etc.) usually sport a large, well-developed cast. At the very least, the main team of a team sports manga will have read more
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Aug 6, 2013
Eyeshield 21 is a sports manga that focuses on high school students and American football. That fact alone often turns people away usually because they are not interested in sports and understandably assume a manga about sports would be uninteresting. This is far from the truth. Eyeshield 21 has such a wonderful story, good pacing and length, well developed and in depth characters, and fantastic art style that whether or not the viewer likes football is irrelevant. Those who dive into Eyeshield 21 and stick with it will most certainly have a nice payoff and will remember the series for years to come.

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Aug 7, 2010
First time writing a review but since this manga didn't have that many I thought I could try

I think this is quite a realistic manga. Of course it's not that realistic in comedy and with what happens to the characters, but the focus, American football, is realistic. At least I think. It's hid under the veil of shounen, where all attention is given to single persons or groups at a time, where time seems to stop as people discuss about what's happening and sometimes seem to read each others thoughts while doing that. Even with all that the game is not supernatural or anything. But read more
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Oct 1, 2013
One of the best sports manga I've ever read, and will always be.

Eyeshield 21 is like the most awesome thing in this world. Oh my god.

Got absolutely no knowledge nor passion for American Football? Doesn't matter. Football might as well be your favorite sport after finishing this manga.

Story - ES21 tells the story of our protagonist Sena Kobayakawa. He is, like most shounen anime characters, extremely weak, good-for-nothing, and is constantly bullied. The premise is actually very interesting, because Sena developed a skill which matches him being constantly bullied! Yes, the skill lies within his pair of legs.

Sena has always been special since the start, read more
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the main characters start out very similar both very weak willed and give up easy, the story's although very different bring about change to them and along with the help of some brilliant supporting characters they find out they are far stronger then they first thought.
both are sportsmanga, very funny and the characters are just too creepy
Both series are sports series about an extremely talented young student who joins a school sports team and quickly becomes an integral part of its primary lineup. Both series deal with the dichotomy of talent born from hard work versus inborn genius; they also both have the ongoing motivation of senior students having their last chance at a substantial tournament win.
Both series share a unique shounen-ish take on their respective sport.
Both the main characters are originally weak, and were bullied at the start of both of these mangas, but then they found strength in a sport that they each love playing.
Hajime no Ippo being about Boxing, and Eyeshield 21 being about football.
They gradually become better at their respective sports and they each overcome their own fears in order to achieve their goals.
Both about runners who didn't know they had it in them. Though Sena works hard for the sport later into the series and Ookada works hard for Basketball right off the start. Dogashi Kaden's a very exciting quick read. Too bad the series doesn't go further.

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