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.
  • Adorkable: Tsukushi is a slightly awkward boy who gets nervous easily. Also, believe it or not, Mizuki is this as well.
  • 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.
  • Audience Surrogate: Tsukushi is a beginner at football and thus doesn't know much about it.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The three "arrows" of Seiseki. Kazama (blonde), Mizuki (brunette), and Ooshiba (redhead).
  • Blush Sticker: Tsukushi has a permanent blush on his cheeks, emphasizing his youthful looks. He shares them with his mother.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: Just look at the image above.
  • Chick Magnet: Kazama is said to attract girls easily.
  • 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.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Ooshiba proposes that Seiseki will three-peat the nationals and that he will star in all three. He's a second year.
  • "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: A study session episode reveals that Seiseki consists mostly of these.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Kazama has long, blond hair that gets commented on in-series.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 though.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out: After the first nationals match Ooshiba says that Mizuki used his Sharingan to score most of the goals. Kimishita lampshades the reference.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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