Eyeshield 21 anime review

Eyeshield 21 anime review
Kobayakawa Sena is a little guy who always get picked on by the bullies in school. Since elementary school, he always play the role of the 'errand boy' to the extent that he has become swift and fast in his movements. Coincidentally, Hiruma Youichi and Kurita Ryukan are looking for a fast running back for their American Football team (Amefuto) and want to put Sena in the team. To hide their new 'star' player from the eyes of other High Schools, Hiruma encases Sena in a Amefuto helmet with a dark visor and name him Eyeshield #21.

This is a new anime series yet to be licensed, therefore currently not available in English. However, this series has really interested me from the very start. Whether it's because I actually take interest in sport, or whether it really is a good anime, I'll let you decide by the end of this review.

Eyeshield 21 is about a boy called Sena, who's more or less a wimp. He's small, short and has been bullied a lot in his previous years at school. Now, he's going to high school with his childhood friend Mamori, who has looked out for him since kindergarten. The relationship between Sena and Mamori is undefined, and as you'll see for yourself, it's always unclear (adding to your curiosity) as to what their relationship may turn out to be.

Meanwhile, a senior student at the high school called Hiruma is on the lookout for people to join their American Football team. The name brings fear to everyone at school, as
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he is known to be a vicious and violent person, resembling the devil. While being bullied, Sena adapts the ability to sprint quickly and dodge people - Hiruma sees this ability and forces Sena to join the team.

However, Hiruma being the cunning person he is, puts an "eye shield" on Sena so people cannot recognise who he is. This is to distract other teams from attempting to recruit him. Sena becomes the inspiration of the school team, leading to more and more people joining until they actually have a full team (before, they only had two people including Hiruma!)

Their goal is to win the Christmas Bowl competition, the most honoured Japanese school tournament for American Football.

As I've mentioned, the anime is new and this lends itself to brilliant artwork all the way through. Currently (at time of writing) there are almost 50 episodes. While you may be thinking, "How can someone make an anime on sports?” Eyeshield 21 uses great artwork
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angles to create a brilliant atmosphere during the matches, backed up by the music that certainly helps create the perfect mood - whether they’re in trouble or whether they're successful.

The actual sporting scenes in Eyeshield 21 are done unlike no other I have seen. Having seen anime series such as Suzuka (predominantly a romance series, but with some athletics on the side), it seems so easy for the creators to decide to skip scenes and go straight to the result of a sporting fixture. However, each sporting fixture is crucial to the anime, as it helps develop the player’s skills visibly since they are learning about the sport as they play. This helps people who have never even heard of American Football to watch the series, as each episode “unlocks” a new part of the game, explaining the rules within the anime series.

Unlike several other anime series, Eyeshield 21 has a smooth flowing plot. Surprising? Well, after watching the anime, you
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realise that sport is not the only main theme. Friendship and trust are crucial factors (those who have played sports will know that these are crucial to the success of a team). Therefore, Eyeshield 21 does not always show people running on pitches, but rather has a lot going on behind the scenes. This involves full character development – almost every character has been carefully and almost beautifully designed and then developed as the anime unfolds.

Looking past the outer shell of pictures of American Football players, Eyeshield 21 really is a solid anime. Already, it has invoked a massive following within Japan, and is currently spreading. It involves two video games in the making, something not all anime series can be proud of. All of these factors just show how good Eyeshield 21 really is. If you like anime with a blend of comedy, friendship, great artwork, involving plot and character development and of course sport, then look no further.

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