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Eyeshield 21

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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
Premiered: Spring 2005
Broadcast: Unknown
Studios: Gallop
Source: Manga
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.031 (scored by 54,980 users)
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Ranked: #5262
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Popularity: #879
Members: 123,010
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Sena is like any other shy kid starting high school; he's just trying to survive. Constantly bullied, he's accustomed to running away.

Surviving high school is about to become a lot more difficult after Hiruma, captain of the school's American football team, witnesses Sena's incredible agility and speed during an escape from some bullies. Hiruma schemes to make Sena the running back of his school team, The Devil Bats, hoping that it will turn around the squad's fortunes from being the laughingstock of Japan's high school leagues, to title contender.

To protect his precious star player from rivaling recruiters, he enlists Sena as "team secretary," giving him a visored helmet and the nickname "Eyeshield 21" to hide his identity.

The Devilbats will look to make their way to the Christmas Bowl, an annual tournament attended by the best football teams in Japan, with "Eyeshield 21" leading the way. Will they be able to win the Christmas Bowl? Will Sena be able to transform from a timid, undersized freshman to an all-star player? Put on your pads and helmet to find out!


Eyeshield 21 was original scheduled to stream in North America on Toonami Jetstream and NFL Rush in collaboration with the National Football League, but the plan fell through and the anime made its debut only on Toonami Jetstream, which later dropped the series. It would then become available in its entirety on Crunchryroll. Sentai Filmworks later licensed and released the first 52 episodes on DVD from 2010 to 2011.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Miyake, Masanori
Nishita, Masayoshi
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Okumura, Yoshiaki
Episode Director
Ooba, Hideaki
Episode Director, Storyboard

Edit Opening Theme

#1: "Breakthrough" by Coming Century (eps 1-35)
#2: "Innocence" by 20th Century (ep 36- 64)
#3: "Dang Dang" by ZZ (eps 65-103)
#4: "BLAZE LINE" by BACK-ON (ep 104-126)
#5: "Hanno no Runningback" by SHORT LEG SUMMER (eps 127-145)

Edit 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)

More reviewsReviews

Feb 18, 2009
Poparteeb (All reviews)
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
Sep 4, 2015
Pneumonic (All reviews)
**This review is spoiler free**

At first glance, there are a lot of reasons why one might not want to watch this show. It's about American Football (narrowing down its audience that might even know what is going on down to just the United States). As stated, Eyeshield 21 is a sports anime, another thing many potential viewers might not like. Lastly, it's shonen, meaning everyone and their brother has probably heard of it before. So why should you watch it? I'll tell you.

Story- 6/10

This is easily the weakest point of Eyeshield 21. The story isn't anything that will blow your mind, it isn't anything that read more
Dec 21, 2008
graysky14 (All reviews)
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
Jan 2, 2009
ladyxzeus (All reviews)
Eyeshield 21 is an essay in 145 episodes about... American Football! A game that I don't know, like or understand, portrayed in anime! A game that we always believed that was only played in America... In anime! Conclusion: Must Watch.

The story is as simple as "sports anime": a team and its players, represented by the Speed-Light Running Back Kobayakawa Sena as main character, must overcome stronger teams and players by evoluting physically and spiritually in way to get to the ultimate victory (participating in the Christmas Bowl). However, this team is not like your average! They are below the average! In the end, this is read more


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