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: Wednesdays at 19:00 (JST)
Studios: Gallop
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, ComedyComedy, SportsSports
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.931 (scored by 7254772,547 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #6542
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Popularity: #1110
Members: 164,225
Favorites: 1,866

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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 Crunchyroll. 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
Matsuoka, Hiroki
Sound Director
Ootani, Hajime
Episode Director


Opening Theme

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

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 (eps 145)

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
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
May 10, 2010
Juusan13 (All reviews)
Well, Eyeshield 21, I have to say, I held off on reading/watching the manga/anime, specially because it's a manga/anime about sports, and that doesn'g sound very exciting. But I decided to give it a try anyway, and find out wha the anime really was, and what it was, is awesome.

Plot: Well, the story follows student Kobayakawa Sena, who just got accepted to Deimon High School, Sena is pretty much a whimpy kid who gets bullied around by others, while running away from some bullies, a Senior Student, Hiruma Youichi, the captain of the Football club notices that Sena is really fast, and wants him to read more
Apr 21, 2021
fishinarocket (All reviews)
The most amazing thing about this show is that it made me care about sports. The hand-egg sport, at that. I actually still don't care much about hand-egg in real life, but I guess the american football knowledge I gained from watching this show are small talk material.

I started watching it when I was in middle school and it definitely shaped a bit of my personality. The series taught me what healthy friendship looks like, why hard work is important, and how satisfying pursuing your passion can be. I looked up to Deimon Devil Bats. A lot of things are exaggerated in the anime, but read more


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