Eyeshield 21

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Eyeshield 21 is a sports anime about American Football. The story focuses on a wimpy high school kid named Sena, he has been running errands for bullies all his life and because of this he has unknowingly gained incredible speed. As a freshman in Daimon high he joins the high school football team as a manager after being asked by Kurita a big guy with a lot of heart. A run in with the bullies forced Sena to use his speed to run away. The captain of the football team Hiruma sees this and recruits him as the teams running back under the alias of eyeshield 21 to prevent other teams from scouting him. And so the three man squad start their journey towards the Christmas bowl. The main story of eyeshield 21 is nothing special but the cast of characters make this anime one worth watching. You’ve got the devil himself for a quarterback, the kind hearted fat guy who has nothing but pure power , the catching magic who looks like a monkey for a wide receiver, the guy who looks twice his age for a kicker. Whats not to like about this. Heck, even the supporting characters are memorable as ever. Even if you’re not a sports fan you should give this anime a try.

 

Genre: Shonen, Drama, Comedy, Sports, Coming of age

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Main Characters

 

imagesSena Kobayakawa – Is the protagonist of Eyeshield 21. During his childhood he was small and timid so he was bullied and needed to be protected by Mamori Anezaki. Riku Kaitani, Sena’s childhood friend teaches him how to run in order to defend himself but instead Sena uses this to become a gopher running errands for bullies. In his first day at Deimon high he is chased by the school bullies known as the Ha-ha brothers. Hiruma the captain of the football team sees this and forced Sena to join the team as the runningback under the alias Eyeshield 21.

0Yoichi Hiruma – The devil himself as quarterback and captain of the Deimon devil bats. Hiruma founded the devil bats together with Kurita and Musashi. After completing high school he intended to join the Shinryuji Nagas but Kurita failed the entrance exam and they enter Deimon instead. Although shortly after Musashi leaves the club and no one shares the same interest in football. He starts to blackmail other people and forcing them to join the club. Hiruma is greatly feared by students and school admin alike. Hiruma is also a genius tactician and plays mind games with other people. Carries firearms to intimidate others. Known for his catch phrase “Ya-ha”.

imagesRyokan Kurita – Is the largest and strongest player in the Deimon Devil Bats. Kurita is a kindhearted who tries to not hurt people. When playing Kurita shouts his warcry “Funnuraba”to exert extra effort. Kurita meets Hiruma and Musashi before entering high school, and with them founded the Mao Devil Bats, promising that one day they will compete in the Christmas bowl. Before completing highschool, Kurita wanted to join the Shinryuji Nagas but Agon kongo, a prodigy takes his slot and since he failed the entrance exam he joins Deimon instead.

images11Taro Raimon(Monta) – Taro Raimon is the wide receiver of the Deimon Devil Bats. He is known as Monta a nickname given to him by Hiruma, from the name Joe Montana. Possess great catching skill but lacks talent in other areas like throwing the reason he got sacked from the baseball team. Monta resembles a monkey and is the subject to many gags and jokes in the series. He likes to eat bananas and pose after a successful reception of the ball. “Catchaaa Maaxx!!!!”.

Others

images12Anezaki Mamori – A childhood friend of Sena that has been protecting him from bullies since primary school. She is very protective of Sena. She is oblivious to the fact that Sena is Eyeshield 21 and thinks that Sena is just the football clubs manager. She joins the football club as another manager to protect Sena from Hiruma. She eventually becomes an excellent manager who knows the rules, analyzes the enemies strategies and make strategies for her team. She also keeps the club room very clean. Mamori begins to appreciate Hiruma later on.

imagesThe Ha-ha brothers(Kuroki Koji, Jumongi Kazuki, Togano Shozo) – The three bullies who chase Sena in his first day in Deimon. They  join the team as linemen after Hiruma blackmails them, despite being forced to join they start to like football specially when they learned that Eyeshield 21 is actually Sena. They resolved that if Sena can change then they can too. They start out as complete noobs  but quickly become very capable linemen due to the fact that they are always brawling in the streets.

imagesManabu Yukimitsu – A second year student who has been forced by his mother to dedicate his whole life to studies. He questions his way of life and looks back and he sees that he has not a one happy memory. He decides to join the football team after seeing Eyeshield play. He admires Eyeshields bravery the most. Yukimitsu enters the try outs but despite him failing Hiruma still accepts him as an act of kindness and seeing how hard he worked. He isn’t able to play until later though.

imagesDaikichi Komusubi – Is one of the linemen of the Daimon Devil Bats. He is highly impressed of Kurita’s strength and decides to become his apprentice. He was able to join after passing the tryout along the Ha-ha brothers and Yukimitsu. He doesn’t talk much and speaks only through strange grunts and one word sentences.

imagesSuzuna Taki – A blue haired girl who always wears rollerblades. Working as a reporter hired to discover Eyeshields true identity. She becomes the teams cheerleader and develops a relationship with Sena later on.

imagesNatsuhiko Taki – A high school student who has a dream of becoming an NFL player. He is foolishly overconfident and has the odd habit of flinging his shirt open and spinning around like a ballerina. Is usually called an idiot by other people including her Sister Suzuna. He encounters Sena  during a tryout in the United States but after failing to qualify Sena asks him to join the Deimon Devil bats. He possesses great flexibility and good all around skills which made him ideal for the “tight end” position.

imagesDoburoku Sakaki – Is the coach of the Deimon Devil Bats and a former player himself. He trains Hiruma, Musashi and Kurita before they join the highschool. However after some unpayable debts because of his gambling habits he flees Japan for the United States. He returns to Japan after Hiruma pays all his debts.He and Ojo’s trainer and coach, Gunpei Shoji, were teammates at Sengoku University’s American football team, and were known as “The Twin Japanese Blades”.

imagesGen “Musashi” Takekura – Alias the 60 yard magnum, often mistaken as a much older person. One of the three founding members of the Devil Bats along with Hiruma and Kurita. He first met Kurita on a job from his father to fix a hole in the American base where Hiruma sneaks in to. After listening to Kurita’s pleas he still fixes the hole but then kicks another one. He later found out that they go to the same middle school and then forms the Mao Devil Bats. He leaves the team on his freshman year because his father became ill and he had to take over with the family business. He was forced to drop out of school. Although he really wanted to keep playing he rejoins the Deimon Devil Bats much later after.

imagesTetsuo Ishimaru – Is the Devil Bats 2nd runningback.  Recruited from the track team by Sena after helping him deliver newspapers. Ishimaru is considered an extremely normal person and therefore no one feels his presence in the field. Nevertheless Ishimaru’s obscurity works to his advantage when playing since no one notices when he is handed the ball.