Sena was always a weak child, constantly having to run away from bullies; so much, that he became good at it. Now, as a teenager, Sena’s skill at running has become so impressive that the diabolical mastermind of the school football team notices his talent and recruits him. Yet to keep his privacy intact and his dangerous hobby a secret from his overprotective childhood friend Mamori, Sena is forced to develop a secret identity: the ace running back, Eyeshield 21! But the world is full of talented rivals, and Sena has a long way to go until he can reach the top...
Both Eyeshield 21 and Area no Kishi center on young athletes with a lot of potential... but also a fear to overcome. In Eyeshield 21, Sena is afraid of the obvious: pain. He's dealt with bullies his whole life and has no previous experience in sports. In Area no Kishi, Kakeru has plenty of past experience. However, he's been afraid to use his best leg ever since a certain incident - so he stays on the sidelines. When these two characters overcome their fears and get on the feild, they're both fun to watch.
Area no Kishi has more drama, whereas Eyeshield 21 has a lot more humor, but if you like one, you may like the other.
Despite many prejudices around sports anime, both Eyeshield 21 and Area no Kishi are worth the watch; they're both about personal development as well as sports-wise. It's not only about either soccer or football, they also hold humour and lots of drama which is, in my opinion, essential for a good anime series.
I was never a fan of sports myself, but the way these two animes portray the sports makes you want to watch more. In Area no Kishi's case you can't help but feel sorry for Kakeru because of all the tough times he's going through with his brother, his dreams and his own fears.
Eyeshield 21 is more humourous, but does also stick to a more serious pattern when it really counts. Sena is the heldback, small boy who's been pushed around all his life and finally overcomes all the trials he's been a victim to. The humour in it, is how the Team Captain treats him and how tough he's practicing to become an international player.
Both animes circulate around dreams and overcoming yourself or your fears. Even for a person who's not into the sport-kind of anime, these series will not disappoint, I speak of experience. And with all the problems both main characters face, your dislike for the sport quickly goes away.
When Koh was eleven years old, he lived a quiet and peaceful life, delivering sporting goods for his family's store and batting frequently at the Tsukishima Batting Center. Though Koh had no interest in baseball, he started the play the sport anyways after a series of events, much to the delight of his best friend, the beautiful Wakaba Tsukishima. However, soon life dealt Koh a tragic turn, changing him forever. Now, years later, Koh attends Seishuu Academy and is soon pulled back into the world of baseball. Alongside Wakaba's talented sister, Aoba; old friend and fighter Nakanishi; and plenty of new teammates and companions, Koh will once more pick up the pitcher's mitt and see if he has what it takes to be a champion.
Area no Kishi strongly feels like it was written by Mitsuru Adachi's pen - both stories involve a sports team (baseball for Cross Game, soccer for Area no Kishi) and a tragedy that shapes the main character's life, motivating him to do his very best on the field.
Kyousuke Kano aspires to become a professional soccer player but decides to quit after endless comparisons to his brother, who is a famous midfielder in AC Milan. However, things change when Kyousuke meets a girl who forces him to coach his school's women's soccer team; and soon thereafter, he rediscovers his love for the sport and decides to pick up the cleats once more. With Kyousuke's passion for the game, he aims to lead his team to the national tournament and win the hearts of many.
They were known as the 'Generation of Miracles' – five basketball prodigies who helped lead Teiko Middle School's basketball team to glory, defeating anyone who got in their way. But a mysterious rumor tells of a sixth, a phantom player who the five prodigies respected greatly. That boy is Tetsuya Kuroko, a freshman at Seirin High and the newest member of the basketball club. Alongside strong teammates such as Taiga Kagami, Kuroko will use his unique skills on the court to help the team defeat old rivals and make their way to the championships.
Both are truly gripping series that involve some thrilling sports plays and a good solid story. It honestly keeps me on my toes and waiting for the next episoide the following week. If you have yet to watch it I seriously ask you to reconsider doing so you won't regret it. They both have some incredible sports twists that will have you coming back for more. Although they are two very different games with in the sports world they both have incredible storys that get you feeling for both team and members.
Twins Kazuya and Tatsuya, and their neighbor Minami have played together since they were children and built an unbreakable bond. But with puberty, the twins realized something: Minami is a girl, and three is a crowd. As the trio tries to preserve their relationship, Kazuya's pledge to make Minami's dream come true by taking her to Koshien with his baseball pitching skills makes the slackerish Tatsuya wonder about himself, and his own goals. But Minami has another dream she wants fulfilled, and as the twins continue to push themselves, with Minami in the middle, a life-changing tragedy leads one twin down a path he once never would've considered...
Area no Kishi strongly feels like it was written by Mitsuru Adachi's pen - both stories involve a sports team (baseball for Touch, soccer for Area no Kishi) and a tragedy that shapes the main character's life, motivating him to do his very best on the field.