Eyeshield 21 vol. 19 by Riichiro Inagaki and Yusuke Murata (a J!-ENT Manga Review)
April 1, 2008 by Dennis Amith
It’s the conclusion of the of the Fall Tournament and the underdogs, the Deimon High School Devil Bats are behind 21-7 in the final two minutes against the Bando Bats. Can they stage a comeback? Find out in another exciting “Eyeshield 21” Vol. 19!
© 2002 by Riichiro Inagaki, Yusuke Murata. All Rights Reserved.
MANGA TITLE: Eyeshield 21 vol. 19
STORY BY: Riichiro Inagaki
ART BY: Yusuke Murata
FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: Shueisha, Inc.
PUBLISHED IN USA BY: VIZ Media, LLC
RATED: T for Older Teen
RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2008
It’s the second half of the game between the Bando Spiders and the Deimon Devil Bats. The winner will walk away with the final seed to the Kanto Tournament – the loser will walk away in shame. Strong winds are playing havoc with the passing games of both teams, forcing them to stick to the ground. But the shifty Hiruma has been intentionally throwing weak passes to make the Spiders defense underestimate him. Just when they least expect it he fires off a missile for a touchdown and puts the Bats back in the game! But it’s not over yet…
One spot is up for grabs in Fall Tournament and it will be the Deimon Devil Bats or the Bando Spiders, who have their own their phenom, Hayato Akaba.
With Bando Spiders up 20-7, will the Deimon Devil Bats find a way to come from behind with only two minutes left on the clock?
Find out in vol. 19 of “Eyeshield 21”!
What is “Eyeshield 21”?
In Japan, American football may not be too popular compared to the international futbol (soccer), but there are a few high schools that have football teams and the NFL does have a game played in Japan, helping to spread the game’s popularity.
But in 2002, writer Riichiro Inagaki and illustrator Yusuke Murata introduced American football to a broader audience through their manga “Eyeshield 21″ which has been featured on the very popular Weekly Shonen Jump, has led to several videogames and also a 145-episode anime series which lasted from 2o05-2008. And now for 35 volumes, “Eyeshield 21” continues to entertain masses through its manga series currently available from Viz Media as part of their Shone Jump Advanced line.
“Eyeshield 21″ revolves around a young teenager named Sena Kobayakawa who has passed his entrance exams at his local high school, Deimon Private Senior High School. The school where his childhood friend Mamori Anezaki attends. Both Sena and Mamori are close because all throughout his life, Sena has been bullied and Mamori has been there to protect him.
Living his life as a gopher for other friends, Sena hasn’t had any true friends until he meets the devil-looking Yoichi Hiruma and the very huge Ryokan Kurita who try to get Sena to join their football team.
Of course, Sena doesn’t know how to play football but being the new kid at school, once again, he gets bullied but this time, the huge Kurita ends up taking care of them. Out for revenge, the bullies start to pick on Sena once again but Sena is sick and tired of getting beaten up and when they go after him, he demonstrates a skill which he has had for a long time, speed. Because Sena has lived his life running away, he is very quick and immediately, Hiruma wants to utilize him on the Deimon High School Devil Bats football team.
Sena just wants to become a team manager but Hiruma wants Sena to be the team’s running back. And because Hiruma wants to make sure that no one can steal him for their high school, he plans on a disguise that no one but he, Sena and Kurita will know and that is putting an eyeshield on a football helmet and giving Sena a #21 jersey and the nickname “Eyeshield 21″.
And considered the underdogs, the team has managed to beat other teams with similar strengths or were not that good, while against other powerful teams, the Deimon Devil Bats were simply overpowered. But the team has made themselves known as unpredictable and now they have placed third in the Tokyo Tournament and now are prepared to move on to the Fall Tournament to their final matchup against the Bando Bats. And whoever wins will make it into the Tokyo Tournament.
But right now, the Bando Bats are having their way with the Deimon Devil Bats with a 21 to 7 lead. With two minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Devil Bats must find a way to stage an improbable comeback, but then again, this team have had several. Can they do it again?
For any longtime reader of “Eyeshield 21”, you can’t help but feel the excitement as the underdogs, Deimon High Devil Bats continue their goal of making it into the Christmas Bowl.
And now, they are one step closer from advancing to the Tokyo Tournament, the problem is that final step is not too easy as they are going up against the Bando Bats who are ahead by 14 pts (21-7). And the offense have not done much to produce any points thanks to Bando’s phenom, Hayato Akaba.
But Sena is determined in giving all he has to the game, but one player may emerge as the hero when he puts all he has to the game. Who will it be?
I have been a big fan of sports-based manga and in Japan a lot of their sports manga and anime are big hits. From the soccer-driven series “Captain Tsubasa”, the basketball series “Slam Dunk”, the baseball series “Touch”, the tennis series “Tennis no Oujisama” (Prince of Tennis) and many of them have this underdog vs. the better team type of mentality.
Yes, there is a banality when it comes to sports manga series but there is often this side of supernatural element that an athlete has. A super kick, a special tennis serving or hitting ability and with “Eyeshield 21″, what makes the series so exciting is that every team has its special individuals with unique talents. But when it comes to the Deimon Devil Bats (the protagonist team), these guys are like a group of misfits put together in hopes to accomplishing their goal of making it to the Christmas Bowl. But they are surely talented. Sena (Eyeshield 21) has this special ability of his running and in this latest volume, he hones that talent and makes himself even better. We also see new characters pop up and joins the team and definitely see how everyone works together, faces adversity together as a team. But for Deimon High School, these bunch of misfits have pride and also have what it takes to surprise everyone they have come up against.
Similar to other sports anime in which there is an underdog getting involved with sports and displays a tremendous skill, “Eyeshield 21″ definitely showcases that into the storyline but with the characters, in this case the team is more like the “Bad News Bears” and with the “The Devil Bats”, the team consists of characters that are just wild and crazy. Actually, all teams have characters that are wild and crazy and I suppose that is what makes “Eyeshield 21″ so interesting and enjoyable.
But volume 19 is definitely an exciting volume and wonderful conclusion to the Fall tournament. We have seen the Deimon High School Devil Bats behind before and have made wonderful comebacks, but can they do it against the Bando Bats?
If you are looking for a sports manga series, “Eyeshield 21″ vol. 19 is definitely a manga worth checking out! Recommended!
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