Everybody has a dream, and for Shou Kazamatsuri, that dream is simple: he wants to be the best soccer player he can possibly be. He's the spirited leader of the Josui Junior High team and everyone looks up to him. In turn, he tries to keep the team together at any cost!
Sports fan? Suspenseful fan? Soccer fan? Well Whistle! this manga has iall 3 :) Whistle! has a total of 24 volumes and each one of them containing something that would make you go onto the next one. Like I mentioned before, Whistle! is about soccer, and it's about a junior high student how sucked horribly at soccer but later climbed to a select team.
The story was exicting and catchy, however this story lacks uniqueness. Most mangas are always about people who aren't skilled in something but starts to suceed in some sort of way. Sometimes, its just too predictable and almost everytime the main character (Sho) always does something amazing and wins the game. I think there were only once or twice that he actually lost a game. It's always the "classical" story sort of thing. However, near the end it was quite suprising at what happened....so that ended quite well.
I loved the graphics in there, and the way the artist drawed really showed what soccer is.
Whistle! is a most read manga for all ages. Even if you find that you don't care for sports, or like Shounen Jump Manga, I honestly recommend that you give this one a try.
I've reread Whistle! so many times now that I've lost track of the exact number. But I thought I would tell you a little bit about why I love this series so much. It's one of the most inspiring manga series I've ever read. And the only one I own most of.
I have a hard time finding any fault in this series. I think the story is amazing. The artwork is fanominal. All the characters tend to grow on you. The enjoyment is intense and exciting. And overall this manga series is bewildering. After each volume... each chapter really... I couldn't wait for more. I still get those same feelings every time I pick up this series.
I think the author did an excellent job on capturing what it means to chase after dreams, the stumbles one may go through to reach those dreams, and the people who may be on the sidelines silently showing their support, through love and care. But most of all, the author, through this series, shows that anything can be achieved through hard work and devotion.
I love the spirit of Whistle! It has such great moods and a different atmosphere from other Shounen Jump Manga, that I've read. Because you get to see through the eyes of a character who really struggles, it feels more believable in a lot of ways.
Sho Kazamatsuri, he doesn't believe that he's very good, and he isn't at first. But he works harder to make up for what he lacks skill-wise and technique-wise. His passion (obsession) makes it hard not to fall in love with him, as the main character. His drive could make it impossible to beat him. But most of all, his personality just draws the best out of those around him, it doesn't matter if they're his teammates or not. Through each volume Sho meets many amazing characters who continually influence him to do the best he can, and to be the best he can be.
I could go through just about all of the characters this same way... telling you just why I love them... but I don't think I'm going to. I'm sure you could just read this series and find out for yourself why I love it so much.
So please just check it out. You might find that you enjoy it just as much as I do.
"If your opponent is a superior player... you need to polish what your best at then use it in the fight." -Ko Kazamatsuri
Thanks for reading. If this Review makes you, in even the smallest way, want to pick up a volume of Whistle! and start reading today... then I'm glad.