It’s Manga Monday. A weekly post highlighting a different series. I’ll mostly do posts on completed or ongoing series that are regularly updated. While I do not condone scanlations, please support the creator and licensing companies by purchasing the work where available.
This week’s manga is – Eyeshield 21
Kobayakawa Sena is a freshman in highschool. Despite his previous decisions to change his life, he finds himself in the exactly same place he was in during elementary school and junior high: a push over and an errand boy. However, this changes when Hiruma, the most feared person in his school and president of the American Football Club, notices Sena and forces him to join the Football Team. Now Sena will become Eyeshield 21, a mysterious running back with lighting fast speed.
To commemorate that ludicrous display last night with the Ravens winning the Super Bowl, here is a manga about Football. To be honest, I lightly got into Eyeshield 21 several years back, but soon dropped the series due to other priorities. That doesn’t change the fact that I think it to be one of the best sports manga out there. It is always nice to see a series where the pansy, always bullied main character becomes the one people look up to in the end. While I am not a very physical sport oriented person, I’ve always been fond of Speed being one of the better traits when it comes to such things. As Sena’s best attribute, aside from his kindess, his Speed is what leads this manga to span over 300 chapters and a 145-episode anime series.
Eyeshield 21’s manga is licensed in North America through Viz Media. The anime is licensed by Sentai Filmworks.