Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Manga Review: Eyeshield 21 Vol. 16 by Riichiro Inagaki and Yusuke Murata

Every Tuesday I'll post either an anime or manga review.

I'm a big fan of sports manga and Eyeshield 21 lives up to that exciting genre. Vol. 16 is easily one of my favorite volumes yet simply because of the excellent characterization of Musashi. There's a scene where he's in the hospital with his father, burdened with the duty of taking care of his parent as his friends begin to lose the football game. Despite the slapstick comedy present in the entire series, Eyeshield 21 is a serious sports story wherein the main characters don't always win. Anyway, if you've already been following the series, this volume won't disappoint. Those who haven't tried Eyeshield 21 should give the first volume a shot although because of its sports story nature, one can pick up this volume and understand the current story arc--but not necessarily appreciate it. Vol. 16 is a culmination of various character and story build-ups over the past fifteen volumes and while it's certainly far from the end, it is a vital turning point in the series.

Rating: 3.5/5.