Eyeshield 21 Retrospective Part 1: General Overview

Hello everyone,

As mentioned before, Eyeshield 21 is one of my favorite manga series of all time, and I want to dedicate some of my wasted time to talk about it. Eyeshield 21 is written by Riichiro Inagaki and drawn by Yusuke Murata. Eyeshield ran from 2002 to 2009 on Weekly Shounen Jump.

There are many things I love about this series, the characters, the story and the PASSION. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Eyeshield 21 is about American Football. One thing that makes ES21 talks about a lot and how American Football differentiates itself from other sports is that in Football, you only need one skill. What I mean by that is you need to be good at running, catching, fending off people, or throwing. But you do not need to be able to do all of them. In that aspect, I feel that ES21 shows how this is a true team sports, everyone plays a dedicated key role.

Compared to something like Kuroko no Baske, I have only seen the first 2 season, it seems to be more of an individual sport. Most of the time the focus is on how Taiga, and sometimes Kuroko, or Aomine essentially carries their respective team. In ES21, everyone is essential to the team.

ES21 was what taught me the rules of football. So let me do the same for you, I am no expert so I will probably give you some misinformation. There are 2 main ways to score point, 1) a touchdown being a 6 pointer, and 2) kick being a 3 pointer. After a successful scoring, they offensive team has a chance for bonus point, either a touchdown for 2 points or a kick for 1. And one other really important rule is that the game does NOT end at time over. It ends at the play when the time runs out. This means 6 points can be scored even when there is only 0.01 second left, this can make or break a game.

To give you a basic idea, the main character is Sena Kobayakawa, he is the number 21 Running Back of the Deimon Devil Bats. He gets forced to join the team my its tyrannical captain, and the best character, Hiruma Yoiichi. Sena’s only skill he that he is fast and Eyeshield 21 is about how this coward becomes a legendary Running Back!

Next Part will be about the Deimon Devil Bats!



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