And so, we begin to approach the end of our epic journey. The winner of the next match -Deimon or Hakkeshuu- will be the team to proceed to the ultimate goal for every football team in the entire country- the Christmas Bowl!
What do you suppse will happen after the Christmas Bowl?
The entire manga so far has been building up to nothing but this. Everything has been for the purpose of reaching the Christmas Bowl, so what's left to do afterwards? As I see it there are 2 options:
1) The series ends. Quite plausible, and possibly even a good idea since the story could start to get a bit old if they decide to carry on for a whole new year (which would make the series roughly double the length it is already).
2) The series DOESN'T end and goes on into an 'Eyeshield 21: Year 2'-type story. Also quite possible, as shounen manga often gets drawn out and prolonged for as long as it remains profitable. If this happens, there are 2 further possibilities for story:
A - Hiruma blackmails the Deimon principal into changing the rules about seniors competing in sports clubs in their third year and the gang come back for a new year. Rather unoriginal, even if it you wouldn't put it past him.
B - Hiruma, Kurita, Musashi, Yukimitsu and Ishimaru go into retirement (staying on only in an advisory/training capacity) and Deimon have to recruit a whole new lot of replacements to keep their strength up. This is a much better idea, giving room for a whole new cast of interesting players, maturing characters like Sena and Monta into second years, and allowing Deimon to go through the whole 'building up our strength' thing again in a new fashion. Sena and Monta could get their own disciples, they'd need to find a new center to replace the massive bulk of Kurita and Monta could even find a girlfriend of his own (since Sena and Suzuna would obviously be a couple by then)!
I can't say what will happen yet, but I'm open to pretty much anything as long as it stays good.