Eyeshield 21

Eyeshield 21 is a franchise comprised of 1 movie, 1 anime series, 1 manga series
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An over-the-top football comedy.

The Story

Eyeshield 21 focuses on Sena Kobayakawa, a young boy starting high school with no friends and no real talent of any kind. One day when being tormented by bullies he escapes them, only to be seen by Yoichi Hiruma, the devilish team captain of the Deimon Devil Bats. He notices Sena's speed and recognizes that Sena would make a fantastic Running Back on their team, so he recruits him without giving him much say in the matter. From here Sena starts winning games for the Devil Bats and he takes them from the joke of the league to the hottest team on the scene and everyone suddenly wants to join. Sena begins to make friends for the first time in his life through this team as he and his teammates fight to reach Japan's championship, the Christmas Bowl. 

The Style

Eyeshield 21 is different from many other sports manga, it has aspects to it that are closer to regular Shonen series such as Naruto or One Piece rather than to other sports series. This is accomplished through its large cast of characters with a wide variety of abilities and specialties, and by the fact that Sena is different from most sports series heroes. He isn't a tough guy or someone who knows all about the sport, instead he is an underdog, a weakling seeking to become strong, much like any other Shonen hero. This leads to many battles against legendary strong teams and training arcs, both more often found in series with super powered heroes than typical human characters.
Another aspect of this series that sets it aside from other Sports series is the art style. Most Sports series try to stick pretty close to reality but with the occasional exaggeration for emphasis. However in Eyeshield they go beyond exaggerations. While all of the character's abilities are within the realm of reality, they animate it with images that make it appear as if they have incredible powers. For example when Sena uses his speed to dodge a tackler a cloud of smoke flies around him and bats fly around him as if he just turned into some supernatural being. Or the team "The Poseidons" is known for being super tall, so when they reach out to tackle someone a tidal wave appears and their arms look like anchors flying out to wrap around them. With each team having their own theme to them it creates a wide variety of visual themes.
General Information Edit
Name: Eyeshield 21
Name: アイシールド21
Romaji: Aishīrudo Nijūichi
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