>>136400241 >Soul Eater's just-fuck-already bullshit Don't remind me. It's admirable to not want to pull your series down with shipping shit, but don't have two attractive teenagers living together and putting a lot of effort into compatibility and not have them fool around.
I can't decide whether or not this is one of my favorite sports series. On one hand, the art is gorgeous and it's mostly really well written. On the other hand, I hated that bullshit with Eyeshield 21 being some super special title instead of something Hiruma made up, and the All Star arc had no reason to exist.
Also the All-Star tournament was just a waste of time and the manga should just have ended with the Christmas Bowl. It was pretty much the Agon and Gaoh show also starring the Japan All-Stars. They should have just made it just the match between Japan and America and forget about all the tournament.
>>136404521 It was probably meant to end at the Christmas bowl. The ratings probably just went so sigh during that arc, the editors thought they could ride on it and keep the series going for some more.
>>136404444 >Can't write for shit >more time to focus on being one of the best manga artists in Japan I can't imagine he'd have to look too hard for a writer, but he's been at it long enough I think he could write a half decent series if he wanted to.
>>136404521 >the All-Star tournament was just a waste of time If you go back you can almost see them realize the same thing about the time the tournament actually starts. It says a lot when you gloss over games the team is actually in.
>>136404444 >>136404413 There's something else I'm curious about because I remember reading an article at one point that indicated that Inagaki didn't just write but also did the rough layout/storyboarding. I was never able to find confirmation on that anywhere else but it does have me wondering because Eyeshield's layouts do seem a lot more dynamic than Murata's subsequent work.
>>136405298 Easily one of the most versatile artists of his age.
>>136405710 I think she was created because the Mamori route had closed itself off. The America arc was where they really started putting the little Hiruma/Mamori scenes in and she came in right alongside it.
>>136405823 There might be something to that. I remember reading that Inagaki worked with Murata because he wasn't confident with his own art, but I also remember reading an interview with Len Wein where he talked about how artists felt really free with his scripts because he wrote stuff as an artist, that might have been it too.
>>136406625 >I love it because it has probably one of the best rivals in the series. You mean Shin? The page in the last White Knights where Sena jumps over him was the climax of the series for me. Nothing that came afterwards was as exciting.
>>136407088 He had already fallen into the shonen protagonist trap of always being one step behind whoever they were up against, but that certainly was terrible. What was worse was the idea that Eyeshield 21 was some title passed down to the best runner who happened to wear the number 21 and use an eyeshield.
>>136407034 >>136403641 I always figured Hiruma told Sena it was made up because if he knew it was real, it would get in his head more thinking he was pretending to be someone else. But yea it was stupid, but not enough to keep this from being my favorite Sports Shonen.
>>136410481 Everyone of the rival team were great. I liked how there were almost no bad guys, just other teams. The only real "evil" team were the Shinryiuuji Naga (only because of Agon being a massive prick), the Hakushuu Dinosaurs (who pretty much crippled their opponents) and the American team.
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