Eyeshield 21: The Boy with the Golden Legs Vol. 1 by Riichiro Inagaki

Some of you may have noticed that most the manga that has been reviewed here is fantasy or sci-fi based.  Well, the reason for that is that most of the manga published is fantasy or sci-fi.  But to change things up today, we have a rare manga genre that I just couldn't ignore any longer.....SPORTS MANGA!

Yep, you read that correctly.  Eyeshield 21 is about sports.  Normally, this would send me running in the other direction, but this one is good.  Good like I-finished-volume-1-in-one-sitting-and why-didn't-I-checkout-volume-2-because-I-want-it-right-now! kinda good.  I have to thank the teens who recommended it to me, because I plan on continuing to read this series.

So down to the basics, Eyeshield 21 is about a boy named Sena who is just starting high school.  He's been used as a gopher his entire life, and he's determined not to let that happen in high school.  Unfortunately, on the first day the captain of the football team, Hiruma, who is also the scariest kid in school, picks on him.  To make a long story short, it turns out that Sena can run extremely fast since he's been running as a gopher since kindergarten.  When the football team captain realizes this, he forces Sena to play as the team secret weapon, Eyeshield 21.

Not hooked yet?  Well, the great thing about this manga is how funny it is.  It has the same level of absurdity you find in Naruto.  Himura is often drawn with sharp demon teeth, and he is constantly playing pranks on other kids.  You, and the other characters, never know what Himura is going to do next.  He was my favorite character hands down.  No matter what Sena tries to do, he always lands up in trouble, and none of his plans quite work like he hoped.  He's pretty timid too, so seeing him play football is hilarious.  Seriously, he's thrown into his first game before anyone bothers to tell him the rules.  Also, you don't need to know anything about football to enjoy the manga.  The rules are explained, but not in a highly technical way that would make them boring.  If you do know about football, congrats, you'll be able to read those parts quickly without being frustrated by having to review the basics.

If there are any other sports manga you want to see reviewed here, leave the title in the comments.

Lauren C.