Hamanishi FC is your average elementary school soccer team—or is it? While the team's record isn't impressive, it seems to have a bunch of diamonds in the rough. Soushi is super fast, Roku is a great leader, and the newest addition and only girl, Akira, seems to be great at all aspects of the sport. After Akira demonstrates her skills on the field, the team seems to accept her, even the stubborn Soushi. But boys will be boys...
If you have read Sesuji wo Pin, you will like this one.
Story: It has a decent story so far. Nothing special just yet since there are only 10 chapter so far. It's about a secondary/ elementary school soccer club whose members are not really tryharders but just play soccer for fun. That is until a girl named Akira, who is a soccer enthusiast moves in. You can find this description anywhere, but the story itself is not too pumped or exciting or action packed like other sport manga. Instead, it's quite mellow and cute, although there are some hypeeee moments as well. Above
all, I rate it highly because the story allows for a lot of great interactions between characters. There are also some mystery here and there as well, but nothing dramatic or heavy.
Art: Awesome. It has the same author as Sesuji wo Pin, so if you like it, you will like this one's art as well since they are quite similar. It''s well polished and the facial expressions are cute.
Character: Ok, here is the best part of this manga. I have mentioned above that the story is still developing so there are not too much stuff going on. But what got me hooked immediately was the characters. Soushi (the MC), despite his look (spiky hair, tough eyes), is actually pretty smart and thoughtful. He uses brains more often than brawls or skill and isn't particularly OP, but gets some unique potentials as well. Akira Nanase (the other protagonist) and the girl I was talking about earlier is the coolest female lead in a sport manga ever. She does not stand out as the love interest but as a straight up Alpha protagonist (who has talents for soccer as well). Remember the girl in your elementary class who plays with the boys and kicks every single one of their ass? That's Akira! She is a great mix between baddass and cute! Finally, there is Roku - the prodigy. There are not much about him just yet, but most of the questions in the series are from him. He is nice enough now though
Enjoyment: It's been a while since I follow a Jump series and the first time I ever write a review on MAL so I do hope that says something. On a serious note, this manga is not really popular right now, probably because it's not plot-heavy like other big ones on Jump right now. Still, it's a real breath of fresh air for the sport genre.
Overall: The first 3 chapters are on Viz for free and on Reddit so READ IT!