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Shirahama "weak legs" Kenichi is a typical high school student with typical problems: he's frequently bullied and tends to run away in the face of his enemies. Things change when Kenichi meets Furinji Miu, whose grandfather runs a dojo; and not knowing what he's getting himself into, he signs up to become a disciple. As Kenichi's life-threatening training continues and he becomes more and more powerful, he inadvertently becomes the target of the deadly gang called Ragnarok. With mental and physical challenges ahead, can Kenichi survive his encounters with Ragnarok, or will the masters of his dojo get to him first?
These are both great anime with a protagonist who begins the series as a complete wimp, but through various means (football in Eyeshield and martial arts in HSD), he finds a way to improve himself. I also see a strong resemblance in the behavior of some of the characters in each anime. If you liked one I strongly suggest that you give the other a try.
In both series of History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi and Eyeshield we have the protagonistwho both share common identies, both have same recations to some situations and are kind, good hearted and WEAK.
Over the course of the both series at the hands of both what appears to be shady and dark character(s) (Hiruma in Eyeshield and Master(s) in Kenichi) experience hardships from training. But both endure their training and find their strengths.The animation is good, with background adapations to explain the characters and statements. Both are of different genre (sports and martial arts), both have character develpment and see the growth of both.
Kenichi and Eyeshield are both excelent anime about overcoming weakness and believing in yourself. You'll laugh your butt off and cheer for the hereos, knowing all the while that "losers" can be winners!
In both Kenichi and Eyeshield 21 it start off with one guy thats a wimp and wants learn/change there self and they both have a demon looking guy in it. and both of the main characters get stronger and better with time I also saw a strong resemblance in the behavior of some of the characters in each anime
Mikoto Shinozaki is a normal high student with unfortunate normal problems: he's terrible at sports, has no special talents and is bullied by everyone at his school. That is, until one day Yuki, his beautiful, long-time crush, asks the boy if he'll join her brother's cycling team. Desperate to gain her affection, Mikoto tries his best to learn how to ride a bike to not look foolish in the process, soon discovering that he actually enjoys the sport! Now, Mikoto will try his hardest to become the best cyclist in the world, encountering hardships, trials and successes along the way.
Most sports anime have a bit of comedy mixed in as well. However, with Eyeshield & Over-Drive the comedy comes up a lot more often. They are definitely a combination of sports and comedy anime, not just sports anime. Eyeshield is about American football & Over-Drive is about bicycle racing (bicycles as in the Tour de France, not motorcycles). Both have serious stories about a talentless guy who no one takes seriously, and who, by accident, discovers sports he enjoys. They also have excellent slap-stick humor that pops up constantly, are great to watch, and are well worth your time and attention.
1. Both are sports related
2. Both are about perseverance
3. The styling is similar
Both main characters are basically wimps. They've literally been bullied their whole lives, and they have very little friends. Almost by accident they are forcefully pulled into sports in which soon after they show a talent for. Finding something to finally work hard for and put all their dreams, hopes, and wishes in, these two find themselves in a world and full of feelings they never knew before. They finally found something they truly love and can go through pain, sorrow, and hard work for. It's fun to see how hard these guys work and it makes you want to work hard too. So watch them and enjoy two boys living the man's dream!
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.
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.
Both Wild Striker and Eyeshield are about intense sports, and give you a great feeling when their characters perform their best moves and techniques. Wild Striker is one of the best soccer anime and Eyeshield 21 is one of the best football anime.
If you love to see a lead character mature and develop through a sport in which he is talented or in which he is becoming really talented in a small amount of time, this isyour anime. Follow the journey of the lead character to see his beautiful end result.
Dimwitted Azuma Kazuma is a young man with a dream -- to create a bread worthy of the name "Japan", made by the Japanese people, for the Japanese people! With hefty bread-making skills, hands that have an uncanny warmth to help dough ferment, and will power like no other, Kazuma must put his delicious creations to the test as he struggles to become employed at the prestigious Pantasia bakery, for fame and glory! Yeast, beware... Kazuma is in the kitchen!
Both of these anime fall clearly into the trope territory of "what do you mean, it's not awesome?" As lighthearted variants on the shounen cliche, 'Yakitate' mocks wholeheartedly with its epic tale of young bakers seeking to refine their breadmaking skills, but 'Eyeshield' somehow manages to lampoon itself as well as dragging you along for the ride. If you're not screaming the team's name by the end, you're not doing it right. For hilarious and epic shounen adventure, you can't do better than these two.
Although two anime that you might not expect to have anything in common - one's about baking, the other about American football... I would still recommend you watch them both, because they both have talented protagonists who never give up and keep doing the impossible. And the humour in both is just hilarious (though not identical in type).
However, if you're looking for humour, I only recommend Yakitate Japan if you have seen quite a few different anime already and have a sense of Japanese culture. A lot of the humour is a language joke... and while adequately translated the joke is explained... it's not as funny as when it tickles your funny bone because YOU understand it.