Eyeshield 21 32
November 26, 2015
Riichiro Inagaki / Yusuke Murata – Viz – 2010 – 36 volumes
For some reason, I was pining hard for Prince of Tennis. I only have the first five volumes, and a ton of other manga to read. I made a deal with myself that I could buy Prince of Tennis if I finished one of my other pending sports manga (Slam Dunk and Eyeshield 21). I broke that deal immediately, but I’ll probably finish Eyeshield 21 anyway, because I loved this series.
I stopped reading just before the final game, the much-talked-about Christmas Bowl, where they are playing the (explained at exhaustive length) unbeatable Teikoku Alexanders. There’s some man-to-man training with the best opponents they faced previously, which was a little fun. Additionally, there’s some drama with Monta about having to face the son of his greatest hero. Said son is a huge jerk, so I was glad to see Monta get over this quickly.
I haven’t read this series in about six years, but sports manga are never hard to jump back into, and Eyeshield 21 has some truly funny and memorable characters. I can only remember 2 characters from Slam Dunk, and maybe 3 from Cross Game. I was surprised how many of the opponents I remembered, too. Not all of them, but some.
There was the briefest hint of some of the Deimon trickery that makes this series the best, but we haven’t really gotten into that yet. Hiruma’s strategies and role in the game are absolutely the reason to read this title, and much more interesting than the “who is the real Eyeshield 21?!” fight.
Five volumes left. Unless we get to the Deimon trickery soon, the man-to-man fights with Sena and Monta are going to get tiresome quickly. I hope at least one is resolved next time.