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
Genre: SportsSports
Theme: Team SportsTeam Sports
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.921 (scored by 8738087,380 users)
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Ranked: #7162
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Popularity: #1266
Members: 179,831
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Shy, reserved, and small-statured, Deimon High School student Sena Kobayakawa is the perfect target for bullies. However, as a result of running errands throughout his life, Sena has become agile and developed a skill for avoiding crowds of people. After the cunning Youichi Hiruma—captain of the Deimon Devil Bats football team—witnesses Sena's rapid legs in motion, he coerces the timid boy into joining his squad.

As Hiruma wants to conceal Sena's identity from other clubs, Sena is forced to hide under the visored helmet of "Eyeshield 21," a mysterious running back wearing the number 21 jersey. The legendary Eyeshield 21 can supposedly run at the speed of light and has achieved remarkable feats in the United States during his time at the Notre Dame College.

Accustomed to avoiding his problems in the past, Sena's specialty might just help him become the new secret weapon of the Deimon Devil Bats. As he interacts with his teammates, Sena gradually gains more self-confidence and forges valuable bonds along the way.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


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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Nishita, Masayoshi
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Katagai, Shin
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard


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)


Aug 31, 2022
American Football in Japan. Like, really? You never cease to amaze me. Of all the random sports to pick, football isn’t the least popular by any means, but it is surprising that, well, Japanese people play American football. There isn’t even a national Japanese Football League. In fact, I had to actually do a double take when Eyeshield 21 was based on a real competition. People in Japan actually play American football in high school, and the Christmas Bowl is an actual football competition. Regardless, I doubt most people who are not native to or living in the US are familiar with Football, and that ...
Jan 2, 2009
Mixed Feelings
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 ...
Sep 3, 2021
Preliminary (14/145 eps)
I would strongly recommend reading the manga instead of watching the anime. The anime, for some reason, changed a lot of the early stuff, making the bully characters way more over the top and irredeemable, which causes some problems later on. It also goes too hard on making the main character seem like a generic helpless victim early on.

If you do end up enjoying it, the anime doesn't go to the end, so you'd have to switch to the manga at that point anyway. I find the story, characters, and art better in the manga. The series is enjoyable even though I'm not a big ...

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