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this is a really,really cool manga. i nvr even liked american football before (since i dont understand how is it played). after reading this, i watched the games like i am a true fan! (really, i mean it)
this manga contains humour, high-level work of art, (and some romance?!?- i dont think so). the way, yuusuke murata shows the feeling of the character is well done! this is my favourite manga right now! (used to be naruto, but considering the manga s quite slow right now... well...)
NOW!!! How on the world did he do that!!???
the begining starts out slow but it gets SO MUCH BETTER!!! i rate it a 8
7/10, its one of my top 10 favorite and there is no doubt it's fun to read and being a diehard football fan, i had to read it. the plot is pretty weak, character development is alright, no penalties are little weird, good players, but too much emphasis on couple of players on a single team like the nagas for example (agon and ikkyu), because game of football can't be won by couple players. i hoped it to be a little more realistic. if you want unrealistic make sure to look at shin, agon, ikkyu, sakuraba, monta, and of course sena.
Last edited by dkhw; 12-01-2006 at 04:15 PM.
Having very in-depth football knowledge (played since I was 6 years old and currently coaching a Pop Warner team for youth), I had to check out the manga that was bringing in new players who otherwise would not have never played football in their whole lives. Boy was I disappointed. Having read plenty of other manga, ES21 doesnít stack up to be that great.
Sports mangas in general require three things to live up the title of a sports manga: balance of humor & drama, realism to the sport in question, and quality character development. Other aspects like plot don't really factor into sports manga because they all the similar plots.
Balance of Humor & Drama : ES21 has a decent balance of middle school slapstick comedy and game pressure drama, it isnít at any means above average but it doesnít hinder the overall flow of the manga. Some parts are overly slow and others short and undeveloped but the story as a whole manages to keep the flow moving along with its use of humor. While I donít find said ďhumorĒ to be funny, I can see how others can find it to be. Ė 5/10 in this category.
Realism of the sport in question : No manga will ever be 100% realistic Ė that would break an unwritten universal rule of manga, but you have to keep it somewhat realistic. I didnít expect much realism considering there is only 2 professional Japanese football players in the NFL and that the kids that came to my Pop Warner team kept talking about some ubermovethatpwnseveryothermoveinexistance that harbored no realism. Ė 4/10 in this category.
Fact : ES21 isnít realistic. It does however portray the game of American football enough to provide a basic understanding for readers. I thought Prince of Tennis was bad but this takes the cake. Do everyone a favor and donít go out to a football game with just the antics from Eyeshield 21 in mind thinking you actually have decent knowledge of the game - because frankly, you donít.
Character Development : The high point of ES21. While the basic premise of the story and the initial characters are not anything special, the character development rivals that of other sports manga greats Slam Dunk and Hajime no Ippo. The excellent character development is the only thing that keeps this manga from being another vain attempt at portraying a sport. - 8.5/10 in this category.
Summary : Those who have read enough of these sports mangas - and who know all their tricks - will likely recognize that Eyeshield 21 is nothing special.
Final Grade : 6/10
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hmmm from all that fact it sounds really cool though some only rated it 6/10
i suppose that not being much of an american football fan, makes me not care much about the "realism" of the manga.
rivals? i would say surpass. i haven't read Hajime no Ippo, but the characters in Slam Dunk felt very flat. i am not bashing Slam Dunk - i thought it was a really good manga - but character-wise, there could've been more depth.
Originally Posted by d.A.
Rivals? Surpasses? It's debatable. However, excellent character development doesn't make up for the shortcomings of the other two aspects.
The secondary characters develop more so far in ES21 than Slam Dunk but Sakuragi developed far more than Sena has so far - and from what I can gather of the future based on the literary vehicles used so far: overall.
Sena was blazingly fast and had godly cutback skills from the beginning, an inborn talent that gives him an innate advantage over everyone else in the beginning as a running back. Sena was a prodigy from the beginning and didn't have to develop as much as a main character could have. Whereas Sakuragi's innate skills did not give him any distinct advantage over everyone else, he had physical advantages but still had to learn to utilize them. Sakuragi has/had more development than Sena. Unless Sena becomes an outspoken aggressive emotional leader for the Deimon Bats, he doesn't have the literary potential to reach the character development that Sakuragi achieved. Better main character development: Slam Dunk easily.
With said secondary characters, they all had some sort of skill that allowed them to succeed early but it isn't plausible for someone to pick up a sport and become the best with just a few practices - as most Eyeshield 21 characters were depicted. Since Slam Dunk doesn't explore much secondary character development, Eyeshield 21 wins by default but it's secondary for a reason. Secondary character development: Eyeshield 21 easily.
Which is more important: secondary characters or the main character?
Slam Dunk would win by a technicality, but since Eyeshield 21 isn't finished - I went out to say "rivals" rather than "slightly below."
I prefer American football and tennis over basketball but my rating was ment to be as objective as possible - as in no fanboy-ism.
Also needless to say, Prince of Tennis would recieve a far lower rating from me from the lack of all three basic aspects of sports manga.
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Well, I think its a great manga for what it is- a shounen sports manga.
There was never any pretense for Eyeshield 21 to be a manga that realistically portrayed the sport of American Football. I mean right off the bat we were introduced to middle school students who could bench press 160kg and others who brought automatic weapons to school and used them against other students. Tell me how this initial impression in any way set a tone of realism for the entire manga.
I suppose it all depends from what point of view you intend to look at it. Of course people with real life experience in football will be critical of the exaggerated moves portrayed and the emphasis on star players instead of the team. However, one just has to consider the genre and it all falls into place.
I reiterate that Eyeshield 21 is a a great shounen sports manga.
It's absolutely awesome because of the characterization within the plot
Part of hobo's top 5 out of over 200 manga series read.
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