Manga / DAYS

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From left to right: Kimishita, Kazama, Ooshiba, Tsukushi, Usui, Mizuki, Inohara, and Haibara.

Tsukushi Tsukamoto is a shy first-year high school student who has no particular special talents or traits. On his first day of school he is asked by a classmate, Jin Kazama, to play a football game with him as he's down one person. This gets Tsukushi interested in this sport. Tsukushi is a beginner at football but decides to join his school's team, along with Kazama. Despite his lack of experience he is determined to play the best he can.

DAYS is a manga about a high school football team. An animated adaptation was produced by MAPPA for the Summer 2016 season.

DAYS contains examples of:

  • Adaptation Distillation: The anime cut out many a one-off joke from the manga. Especially Kazama's weird antics had to suffer.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Many many.
    • Tsukushi went from dark brown/black hair and brown eyes in the manga to black hair and blue eyes in the anime.
    • Kazama's eye color changed from blue to brown.
    • Kimishita went from black hair and gray eyes to brown hair and green eyes.
    • Ooshiba changed from bright red hair and brown eyes to auburn hair and blue-greenish eyes (depending on the scene and lighting).
    • Ubukata's hair was grayish in the manga. In the anime it's a shade of pink.
    • Hayase, a brunette in the manga, became a redhead in the anime.
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • Sayuri refers to Tsukushi as "Tsuku-chan".
    • Kazama instantly begins calling Sayuri "Sayurin".
  • All Just a Dream: The second ED turns out to be a dream of Tsukushi's.
  • All There in the Manual: A lot of bonus facts about the characters can be found in their character sheets.
  • Always Someone Better: Seiseki to the underdog teams who go up against them, and Ryouzan to Seiseki.
  • Art Evolution: Just compare the art from the early chapters to the current style. Everyone looks much less baby-faced than they used to, and Yasuda's way of drawing faces and hair has changed visibly.
  • Battle Cry: "Seiseki! Fight!"
  • Beach Episode: The first OVA has Seiseki and later Saku High training at the beach. Seiseki being Seiseki, Hilarity Ensues.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The three "arrows" of Seiseki. Kazama (blonde), Mizuki (brunette), and Ooshiba (redhead).
  • Breather Episode: The summer festival and study chapters between the Saku High match and the training camp, and the victory party after the Touin match and the school festival between the winter tournament prelims and nationals.
  • Brick Joke: In the halftime break of the Saku High match, Tsukushi notices Kazama looking a little gloomy and tries to cheer him up with a silly pose he calls "Wringing a dustcloth!" It works; cue Kazama showing him how to do the pose properly. Fast forward to Kazama getting subbed in close to the end of the Touin match, when Seiseki is troubled and in a tight spot... and the first thing Kazama does is twist Tsukushi in that same pose he did back then to cheer up his team. "Wringing a dustcloth, Tsukushi version!" Again, it works like a charm.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: Just look at the image above.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: All the characters have their own unique designs, facial features and visual quirks. The only characters who can sometimes accidentally look alike are Indou and Haibara in the manga, but that's mostly due to bad perspective or a mild case of art failure since their faces and hairstyles look far from the same.
  • Cliffhanger: One of the most frequent ways to end chapters, episodes, or volumes, especially during matches.
  • Childhood Friends: Sayuri and Tsukushi are childhood friends, though Tsukushi thinks of her more like a Cool Big Sis.
  • Comic Trio: Ooshiba, Mizuki and Kimishita sometimes lapse into this dynamic, with Ooshiba doing something stupid, Mizuki liking the idea and following suit, and Kimishita being left to wonder what he ever did to deserve them both.
  • Conspicuous CG: Often seen in shots of the whole field, with many players moving at once. The way they move is notably different from the way they usually do.
  • Crippling the Competition: Several teams try to use this on Seiseki, Hokutou in particular. It does NOT sit well with Mizuki.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Seen in several matches, but most prominently the training camp match against Seikan. After Seiseki wins, many Seikan players compliment the skills of the Seiseki players they were up against, even if they talked trash about them before.
  • Description Cut:
    • When Indou takes Tsukushi to a futsal match at the mall, the latter's teammates explain to him how scary Indou is... while the very same Indou is seen goofing off with the ball and imitating a seal in the background.
    • "We've got Kazama Jin, bringing speed and skill from the right." Cue a shot of Kazama sleeping.
  • Determinator: Tsukushi doesn't get discouraged by his lack of experience. His mistakes make him practice harder.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The first ending song is sung by the voice actors of Tsukushi, Kazama, Mizuki, Kimishita and Ooshiba.
  • Down to the Last Play:
    • Subverted in the Saku High match. It's set up to look like a last-minute goal from Tsukushi, but he misses and Seiseki loses.
    • Played straight in Seiseki vs. Seikan, which actually does end with a last-minute goal from Tsukushi.
    • Played straight again in the Keiou match, with Kimishita making the last free kick at the last second.
  • Dumb Jock: The first-years (minus Kazama and Tsukushi), Ooshiba, and Mizuki, as revealed during a team study session.
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: Even apart from the visual age-up everyone got thanks to Art Evolution there are some differences in the early character designs, such as Haibara's hair being longer and less wavy, Ooshiba being slimmer and less muscular, and Kimishita always wearing a necklace that later disappears as his delinquent persona morphs into the smart workaholic one he's known for today.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • An early chapter has Usui blushing with second-hand embarrassment at Mizuki and Indou's staring contest.
    • Kimishita refers to Ooshiba as "Shiba" before their fight in the Saku High halftime break. Fixed in the anime.
    • Kimishita is often depicted chewing gum in early chapters. He later drops the habit completely.
  • Easily Distracted Referee: Apparently prominent in early matches, if the refs aren't all just biased. The opposing teams pull a lot of fouls and rough plays on Seiseki that should earn them yellow or red cards and get away with it.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • Tsukushi knocks over his chair when asked to introduce himself to his class and has trouble getting a word out, blushing bright red.
    • Kazama gets one in the manga, where he rescues Tsukushi from bullies by making a Bruce Lee imitation, complimenting him, and giving him girls' panties to blow his nose when he starts crying.
    • Subverted with Mizuki. He's introduced as a quiet, responsible-seeming person and doesn't get his proper Establishing Character Moment until later, when Tsukushi asks him to teach him how to shoot properly and he turns out to be a giant Cloudcuckoolander.
    • Kimishita and Ooshiba are first shown picking a fight during the training camp.
  • First-Name Basis: Kazama starts referring to Tsukushi by his first name after their first football match. Tsukushi still calls him by his surname.
    • Kimishita calls Ooshiba by his first name Kiichi. Considering their relationship this is kinda weird.
  • Good Parents: Heartwarmingly abundant in the series. Tsukushi's mother is a main example, being a very loving and caring mom who's the reason why her son is so kind and caring himself, but the Spin-Off also qualifies Kimishita's father as a good, doting parent.
  • Good Versus Good: Most of the matches are portrayed this way, with the rival teams being portrayed sympathetically and given a valid reason to want to win.
  • Hairstyle Inertia: Characters almost always have the same hairstyle as their current one in flashbacks, even if it's usually a bit shorter in the past. The only exception is Kazama, who had a bob haircut up until middle school.
  • Huddle Power: Nearly every team before a match, especially Seiseki.
  • Huddle Shot: Seiseki gets one before the Inter-High qualifier finals against Saku High, with Mizuki giving a surprisingly rousing speech.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: The team has no qualms about teasing and laughing at Tsukushi or even insulting him, but God help any outsider who tries to do the same thing.
  • Image Song: Tsukushi, Kazama, Mizuki, Kimishita and Ooshiba have one each.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: Some characters' long hair (which never gets tied up during practice or matches) qualifies, given that it's not exactly practical while playing a sport. Kazama and Kimishita are the main examples, but Nitobe, Himura and many others count too.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: There's the Seiseki soccer club, which consists of 57 players alone, coaches, managers, parents, friends, and of course other teams. And the cast just keeps on growing with every match.
  • Lovable Jock: Given the genre, it's natural that the series is full of them.
  • Mukokuseki: Downplayed. While most characters have black or brown hair, there's still examples like Kazama (apparently naturally blond without an explanation) or Ooshiba (apparently a natural redhead).
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Seiseki's three arrows – Kazama (friendly and outgoing), Ooshiba (arrogant and rude), and Mizuki (nice but blunt and hard to figure out), respectively.
  • Off-Model: The anime has its fair share, especially in wide shots. Some characters are also drawn inconsistently (most noticeable with Kimishita's hair, whose length and volume seems to change from scene to scene).
  • Older Than They Look: Tsukushi is a bit young looking and short (156 cm.) for his age. It's especially noticeable when compared to the rest of his team.
    • Played for Laughs with him and Narukami later. They're both almost not allowed into their teams' changing rooms because security mistakes them for kids at first.
  • One-Gender School: Keiou. They're quite jealous of Seiseki for having a beautiful female manager.
  • Opposing Sports Team: Played with. Seiseki is this to many other teams, being a big powerhouse with half a century's tradition and a bunch of very talented and intimidating players. The protagonists themselves are mostly oblivious to that at first though.
  • Parental Abandonment: More frequent than you'd expect. Tsukushi's father died when he was little, Kimishita doesn't have a mother and her fate is never explored (although the character guidebook implies she's still alive), Kazama's mother left him when he was a child, and whether or not he has a father is still a mystery, and then there's Indou and Narukami, who were both orphaned at a young age.
  • Personality Blood Types:
    • Tsukushi is a type A and and fits the stereotypes. He's quiet, loyal, a perfectionist, etc.
    • Kazama is a type B and matches certain traits such as being active and passionate.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Seiseki to a degree, but the biggest example is Keiou.
  • Running Gag:
    • Tsukushi almost scoring a goal and failing at the last moment.
    • Kazama sleeping in the weirdest places, at the weirdest times.
    • Mizuki getting lost.
  • Sequel Hook: There's one at the end of episode 24, teasing Seiseki's game against Touin.
  • Shout-Out: After the first nationals match Ooshiba says that Mizuki used his Sharingan to score most of the goals. Kimishita lampshades the reference.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Several examples throughout the series.
    • Kimishita and Ooshiba appear to be the most prominent one, although they're later revealed to be Vitriolic Best Buds.
    • Kazama and Ubukata start out this way before eventually starting to get along.
    • Mizuki and Indou. Even though Indou tries to bond with Mizuki a lot, the two of them can't stay in one room for long without picking a fight.
    • Himura hates Kazama's guts for no logical reason. How much Kazama reciprocates the hatred is unclear.
  • Spin-Off: The series has one in the shape of DAYS Gaiden, which contains several characters' backstories or side stories from their lives.
  • Spoiler Opening: The second OP goes as far as to spoil Tsukushi scoring a goal against Seikan, among other things.
  • ˇThree Amigos!: Tsukushi, Kazama and Ubukata develop this dynamic over time.
  • Training from Hell: The first-years are put through this, having to run laps after laps and even penalty laps if one of them isn't fast enough. Later on Tsukushi also puts himself through a training from hell, running as much as everyone would have had to run combined.
  • True Companions: Almost all teams are shown having close bonds, both on and off the pitch.
  • Underdogs Never Lose:
    • Played straight in Seiseki vs. Sakuragi. While Seiseki is a powerhouse with a fifty-year tradition, Saku High only rose to fame in the past two years and is still a fairly new team. They defeat Seiseki.
    • Played all over the place in the Seiseki vs. Keiou match. Technically, Keiou are the underdogs – they used to be a school without a soccer club and only formed it a year ago, being mostly a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits. However, in this match, Seiseki is the underdog team, being at a disadvantage because Kazama and Ooshiba are injured and Mizuki can't play after two yellow cards, leaving all three arrows out, and later on Nitobe gets a red card, leaving only ten players on the field. Seiseki wins.
  • Unnecessary Roughness: Hokutou engages in this during their match against Seiseki. They essentially get away with it, presumably because it can be passed off as clumsiness because of the conditions. Their methods cause Mizuki to accrue a second yellow (thus missing the next match) because he had to save Kimishita from getting a deliberate kick in the head but they still lose the match.
  • The Verse: The series takes place in the same universe as Furimukuna Kimi Wa, an earlier series by Yasuda that centered on the first year of Saku High's current third-years, especially Indou and Narukami.
  • Webcomic Time: Especially prominent during matches, which take place over about an hour and a half but are published over the course of several months, or sometimes half a year.
  • White and Grey Morality: The few matches that aren't outright Good Versus Good. Some of the rival teams antagonize Seiseki to rile them up or make harsh remarks about them behind their backs, but even they are still portrayed as mostly good (if sometimes strange) people.
  • Worthy Opponent: A given, considering the genre.
    • Indou and Mizuki view each other this way and look forward to facing off, even if they don't get along well otherwise.
    • Kazama and Himura even outright state that they see each other as the only first-years worth competing with.
    • Seiseki and Seikan as whole teams, at least after Seikan loses to Seiseki.
    • Kimishita starts respecting Keiou after their match and gets angry when their supporters start talking trash about them for losing.
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