Area no Kishi

The Knight in the Area

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Alternative Titles

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: 7.161 (scored by 3569835,698 users)
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Ranked: #34612
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Popularity: #2501
Members: 76,253
Favorites: 221

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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!

Characters & Voice Actors


Ogura, Hirofumi
Urakami, Yasuyuki
Sound Director
Ookuma, Akira
Sound Director
Matano, Hiromichi
Episode Director


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"Higher Ground (ハイヤーグラウンド)" by S.R.S

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Mar 1, 2015
When I first watched anime based on sport I was consumed by it.
I've start to watch different types of sport anime and get more unique types of feelings after watching it.

This time soccer anime it is my first time encountered it and watch till end. I have zero knowledge about soccer etc. Don't even watch real soccer in TV , but in sport anime I'm looking for special stuff.
Just simply looking at persons who like to train their body and don't give up , make friends and keep fighting for the team , this few things give me shivers on my entire body.

Watching this anime ...
Feb 23, 2017
Mixed Feelings
Disappointing. Area no kishi starts as an interesting new take on high school soccer with formidable expectations. And with 37 episodes to go, you expect them to be quite fulfilled.
Sadly, not.

First things first : the art and animation are a few years back ! Nothing awful, but nothing remarkable anyhow. Even the greatest moments are below 2016-17 standards, especially after seeing the intensity of some pearls like Haikyū vs Shiratorizawa. The overall art feels like the nineties, when sports anime were still cheap and relying only on the contagious rage to win of the main protagonists. You'll even notice a drop in quality after half ...
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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