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Title: Ready Set Hut
Series: Eyeshield 21 #37
Author: Riichiro Inagaki
Artist: Yusuke Murata
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Sports Manga
Format: Digital Scan
The Power of Team Work. Every single player on Japan’s team begins to really play their strengths as part of a team instead of as the “ace” of the team. And they tie the game at 45-45 and no time left. Instead of going into overtime, the NFL player who called the game decides to call it a draw. Nobody from either team is happy and they all go back on the field to play, unsanctioned, to decide who is the best. We never find out the outcome.
The book and series ends 2 years later, when all those players are now in college. Hiruma, Kurita and Musashi have all gone their separate ways, bent on fighting each other as only best friends can. Sena actually was accepted at the Notre Dame Highschool for his last year and makes his comeback to Japan as the fastest runner out there. Everyone else has gone to their various colleges and become stable members of their colleges’ football teams. And now the focus of everyone is The Rice Bowl.
I am glad that they didn’t show the ending of the game between Japan and America. No matter the outcome, it would have been the wrong way to end the series. We got to see 2 great teams battle it out and the battle was what we were supposed to see.
The final chapter, 2 years later, was just so full! Trying to fit in double digit characters lives was well done but it felt very rushed and I for one would have appreciated just a bit more of their personal lives being shown. However, it was good to see so many characters shown and the people I’ve grown to know over 37volumes moving on to their secondary education.
Thoughts on the Series as a Whole:
This series had NO bad volumes. Some weren’t quite as good as others, but not a single one left a bad impression in my mind. I think the manga-ka did a great job of balancing the individuals, especially Sena as Eyeshield 21 with the group. Football is a team sport and no ONE person is good enough to drag the team to victory. I would have like to see a bit more outside of the football stadium but considering what I got inside it, I’ll be thankful instead of wishing for something else. It was good.
I thought I would be writing a lot more when I decided to do this “series as a whole” thing, but honestly, I don’t have much to say. I’m a casual football fan and this still got me excited and entertained me. I read this series for a whole year from start to finish. I’m not sure what else can be really said.
I think the following picture really encapsulates what I liked about this manga. Its self-determination and can-do attitude.
I am also including ALL the previous volume reviews down below.
- Sena vs Panther (Vol. 36)
- The World is Mine (Vol. 35)
- The Last of the Deimon Devilbats (Vol. 34)
- The Devil’s Mistake (Vol. 33)
- The Christmas Bowl (Vol. 32)
- The Winner Is… (Vol. 31)
- This Is American Football (Vol. 30)
- Second Quarterback (Vol. 29)
- Showdown at Tokyo Dome (Vol. 28)
- Shin vs Sena (Vol. 27)
- Rough N Tumble (Vol. 26)
- The Perfect Player (Vol. 25)
- The Indomitable Fortress (Vol. 24)
- Then Came the Showdown (Vol. 23)
- Time Out 0 (Vol. 22)
- They Were 11 (Vol. 21)
- Devils vs Gods (Vol. 20)
- The Successor (Vol 19)
- Sena Kobayakawa (Vol. 18)
- The Drive to be the Best (Vol. 17)
- Dawn of the Time Out (Vol. 16)
- The Toughest Warriors in Tokyo (Vol. 15)
- Demons vs Gods of the Sea (Vol. 14)
- Who is the Real Eyeshield 21? (Vol. 13)
- Devil Bat Ghost (Vol. 12)
- Open Season (Vol. 11)
- Is There A Loser in the House? (Vol. 10)
- Hell is for Devil Bats (Vol. 9)
- True Warriors Seek Out Strong Foes (Vol. 8)
- Musashi (Vol. 7)
- Devil Bats Take Flight (Vol. 6)
- Powerful (Vol. 5)
- Intimidation (Vol. 4)
- They are called the Devil Bats (Vol. 3)
- The False Hero (Vol. 2)
- The Boy with the Golden Legs (Vol. 1)