The series is about two boys named Tsukushi and Jin. Tsukushi is a boy with no special talent or traits while Jin is considered a soccer genius. On one stormy night, Jin meets Tsukushi, and they get dragged into the world of soccer.
I love the sports genre and played soccer for many years, so I started watching this anime as a hopeful viewer. My rating started high and kept declining as the season went on because the show lacked a few essential things:
While the show had a lot of promise, the character development was lacking. Tsukushi emulates the familiar sports trope “not very talented, but dedicated to practice every waking moment.” This was fine for me (but if you dislike that trope, run for the hills). I was interested to see how this show would set Tsukushi apart from other characters within that trope. Not only did the writers fail to distinguish him as a unique character, they failed to write the trope very well at all. Instead of fleshing out a diverse cast, the show kept revealing new backstories for incoming rivalry teams, giving characters one or two base traits to fall back on as the story moved forward. Tsukushi doesn’t really do anything exceptional throughout the season to demonstrate how he gets better at soccer (besides running around the school a bazillion times)—he just kind of does and the viewer has to accept that because every rivalry team reacts to his mediocre performance the same way. Even though this happens in other sports anime, because he wasn’t developed very well as a character, his success falls flat.
As for the gameplay, well, it was a bit hard to tell they were playing soccer at all. The animation in general was sparse when it came to the action of the show, and it was clear that the writers took some liberties to spice up the plot. Not that sports anime has ever stayed realistic to the sport itself—I wasn’t looking for authentic soccer. However, the animation of the gameplay did not make up for the long-winded conversations that occurred on the field (conversations that didn’t really do much to provide insight or emotion to the viewer).
Days is an anime that begins with some hopeful charm and ends with dissatisfaction. read more
This is an anime that takes out every single generic sports anime aspect and jumbles it into one show. I've seen this done before with other genres of anime and it never works. The protagonist absolutely sucks at the game, and his teammates rely on his...cheering? What is this? It's like the protagonist belongs in Cheer Danshi.
Then you have the captain with the Hinata Shoyou like traits (confusing lingo with his teammates) and the character holding the team together because he's the "best."
Seriously, this show is decent at best. I'm watching it out of just being a completionist at this point. 10 episodes in and there's nothing unique or admirable about this show. I'm hoping and hoping every episode that SOMETHING happens, but it's the same format throughout every single episode.
Team starts failing, protag cheers them, they all do their best and have their harem speeches, then someone goofs up and protag goes in the game, goofs up also and everyone gets...motivated.
Overall, I gave this a 3 because honestly, I struggled to enjoy it and it was just the same thing every episode. When the protagonist finally scores a goal, there's about five episodes left. I'm definitely not going to be watching season 2. read more
Days is a unpretentious sports anime who doesn't focus only in the game it self, but on the characters around the series, we are introduce to theirs fears and joy, Days i think is on the best character developed in sports anime then i could ever see. The art of Days is very nice, but is not the point on sports anime then i focus my avaliation, but i feel very pleasant watching the series art. The music is good, is most cliche anime ost on mix the great moments with splendorous song or their sad moments with a song that broke ours hearts. In the and i think Days is a great show and worth to watch if you like sports anime or not.read more
DAYS have their up and downs. The show turns a few stereotypes into likeable characters and focuses on even fewer to keep it simple but honest. Like its art and animation: decent, enough for the job. However, the story takes an interesting start which keeps on going quite pleasantly until the end, even if there are some weaker episodes. It makes up for most of the flaws you may notice and brings something fresh to soccer anime since Ginga e kickoff!! (2012).
But it's not a revelation either: even entertaining, the story still plays with the same old ingredients; the way it's done makes the difference, most of the time at least. The show is pulled by a potentially annoying main character, wearing a bit much of an Ikari Shinji on him at times (I exaggerate a little), but, luckily, his growth looks more promising (I'm serious). Served by a nice score, the shōnen is in the mix with emphasized friendship, a bit of light drama, and the right amount of action. With some good moments in the direction and an interesting rhythm, the little inconveniences you might find will tend to fade away, or at least stay tolerable.
In the end, if you usually like those kind of shows, you could easily enjoy this one, it's well-enough made to keep your interest up for 24 episodes and still want more. If you usually don't, you could still give a look, it might worth a try.read more