Area no Kishi

The Knight in the Area

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Japanese: エリアの騎士
English: The Knight in the Area
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Type: TV
Episodes: 37
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 7, 2012 to Sep 29, 2012
Premiered: Winter 2012
Broadcast: Saturdays at 06:00 (JST)
Producers: TV Asahi, Imagine
Licensors: None found, add some
Source: Manga
Genres: ComedyComedy, SportsSports
Themes: SchoolSchool, Team SportsTeam Sports
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.171 (scored by 3503035,030 users)
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Ranked: #33342
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Popularity: #2451
Members: 74,707
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Kakeru and Suguru are brothers who both have a flaming passion for soccer. However, while Suguru becomes a rising star in the Japanese youth soccer system, Kakeru decides to take on a managerial role after struggling on the field. But due to a cruel twist of fate, Kakeru ends up reevaluating the role he has chosen.

In hopes of one day being able to enter the World Cup by becoming a member of the national team, Kakeru trains harder than anyone else. He isn’t alone in this quest for glory, though. Kakeru's childhood friend, Nana, is a soccer prodigy of her own, with the wicked nickname “Little Witch”. She is a top-ranked player and is already playing for Nadeshiko Japan, the Japanese women’s national team. Nana's success gives Kakeru the extra push he needs to reach for his goals.

Soccer and adolescent fervor combine for an epic, emotional ride. Check it out for yourself in Area no Kishi!


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Characters & Voice Actors


Ogura, Hirofumi
Urakami, Yasuyuki
Sound Director
Ookuma, Akira
Sound Director
Takada, Masahiro
Episode Director


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Nov 15, 2014
As a MASSIVE Football/Soccer fan I was thrilled to see that there was a Football/Soccer anime, and to my surprise it was actually very good.
- Decent Story
- It had a good OP
- It had good artwork and animation (My opinion)
- Actually followed football rules
- Most characters were enjoyable
- A good mixture of genres
- Serious when it needed to be and fun when it needed to be
Whether your a football fan - like me - or not, you should* enjoy this anime

Jan 15, 2012
Mixed Feelings
Esta review también está en español.

Football Chronicles, Chapter 2: Area no Kishi
Note: some football animes will be named in this review for the sake of comparison. This is, mostly, to see how the game is faced in each series. Of course, no spoilers.
Also, football as the real, english one (aka soccer), not the american one.

For a loyal follower of the world's most popular sport like me, there's nothing better than the news of a new football anime Area no Kishi/The Knight in the Area is the more recent bet... what can we expect from it? Let's see...

The story of this anime focus in Kakeru Aizawa, ...
Mar 14, 2023
Preliminary (13/37 eps)
Area no Kishi is very similar to Cross Game. Slight spoilers ahead, but these happen in the first few episodes.

Both Cross Game and Area no Kishi feature the death of a loved one that both the male lead and female lead feel devastated by. The repercussions of this person's death reverberate through the series and propel the main characters to pursue their respective sports because the loved one's dream was for them to become the greatest.

However, the two series diverge eventually, and Area no Kishi definitely branches in a better direction. The Knight in the Area is definitely more of a character-centric series rather than ...

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