Now i know that 10/10 is a really high score, and I’m not very confident that I’d be able to provide a constructive review, but to anyone that’s come across this series, give it a chance. Even if sports isn’t your thing or if soccer just isn’t your sport, still, give it a chance. Because, at least for me, it did not disappoint,
So, starting with the story. It’s simple, there’s a fateful meeting between two people that were, in normal circumstances, unlikely to become friends. Because of Tsukushi’s honest and hard working personality, he kept his promise to a stranger, Kazama, that helped him
from bullies. Through Kazama, he experienced soccer, the joy of running around and playing with everyone. Then coincidentally they end up being classmates at their first year of highschool, at a prestigious school that has a great soccer team, and things take off from there.
Well not quite as easily though. Tsukushi, unlike many other sports protagonists, doesn’t have any special innate ability. I guess, his hard work and dedication to play soccer with his friends can be seen as an ability. But physically he’s weak, unfit and not even fast. Yet through his sheer will to want to RUN, he somehow motivates everyone around him and overcomes everyone telling him to basically quit on the idea of playing soccer. His climb to greatness is in no way easy, it’s very slow and some readers might even find it frustrating. But, that’s where Days does it right. Tsukushi isn’t the only focus, his isn’t the only growth we see. We see him not only influencing those around him but being influenced by the others too.
In Days, we truly see Seiseki’s strength. The ones that play in the matches, their time to shine definitely comes. Another thing about days is that similar to some sports series, we follow a team that’s already strong. We don’t see a roughly assembled team winning through adversary, we see an already established team growing even stronger, and that is just amazing. It’s just unbelievable how awesome it felt to see everyone on the team come together and not only show their existing strength, which was already pretty high, but somehow get even stronger through the matches.
It’s not easy, and they face a lot of mental turmoil along the way. But seeing Seiseki come together as such a strong team, it’s just hard to not fall for their awesomeness. All the characters have their own strengths and are so much fun to watch. The opposing teams are also great, and getting invested in them is easy. Rather it’d be hard not to like them.
The art is great. The matches are generally easy to follow as well. Visually there isn’t any issues.
Overall, i would say this is a really genuine character driven series. When they win it doesn’t feel unbelievable. It was so easy to get very emotionally invested in the series, and there was one particular moment that made me cry like a f*ckn baby. I regret not reading this series earlier, but at the same time I’m glad I remembered about it even after so many years after first watching the anime back when it aired. Hands down, at least to me, one of the best sports series ever.