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YMMV: Eyeshield 21
  • Awesome Art: The color spreads are just gorgeous. The whole manga itself can count after its Art Evolution.
  • Crazy Awesome: Hiruma, Hiruma, Hiruma.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Every other thing Hiruma does.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Be Survivor by ZZ. Several of the openings and endings would qualify as well.
  • Ending Fatigue: The World Cup Arc occurs after the team has already won the big game the entire series has been building towards, and is order-of-magnitude shorter and worse-written than what came before. However, the wrap-up, and subsequent Distant Finale at least give everyone their dignity, and serve as an excellent ending to the series.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Rui Habashira of the Zokugaku Chameleons proved surprisingly popular in one of the character polls, where he placed 5th and was the only character not from Deimon or Ojou in the top 10 (well, besides Kakei at the #3 spot). Despite his fairly minor presence in the series, he has a very strong fan following - which is probably why he was revealed to be the mystery player on the World Cup team.
    • To a lesser extent, Juumonji, who has the most characterization out of all the Ha-Ha Brothers.
    • To a much greater extent, you have Gokuu of the Shinryuuji Nagas, a character wedged deep in the background who hardly appears at all but has a surprisingly large fan following.
    • And of course, the most memorable character of the series, Hiruma.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: According to Kid; Never follow your dreams. Ever. When they play Hakushuu, he turns out to be right.
    • Though this is also negated by the sheer amount of other characters who do achieve their dreams, so it could alternatively be interpreted as "Never give up on your dreams, even if you sometimes lose".
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Though they're only hinted in the series proper, Sena/Suzuna and Hiruma/Mamori do have their own followings.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: After the Seibu and Deimon game, where the rivals are awaiting the Kanto tournament for their rematch? Gets a lot less heartwarming when you know that they wont get a rematch, and all the gunmen have in their future is to get crushed by Gaou.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The 60-yards Magnum, said to be impossible to score and that not even in the NFL there were kickers able to score that and that only Musashi was able to? Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater has something to say about that.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Both Sena and Hiruma are paired up with everyone.
  • Love to Hate: Agon. Even those who loathe the character are willing to concede that the series was at its emotional best when he was the main antagonist.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Hiruma. Some people too, like Marco and Dark-Side Takami, but they're nothing compared to Hiruma.
  • Older Than They Think: Surprisingly, this isn't the first manga about football - just the first to be successful. The earliest, 5-Yarder, ran from 1977 to 1979.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Panther being black is treated like it's a freaking superpower. Of course, given the usual Japanese treatment of black people that's a massive improvement.
  • What an Idiot: Typical reactions to Taki doing anything ever. His idiocy rating is "100%" (which is also a sly dig at his catch phrase).
    • Monta and Sena sometimes fall into this, too, when proposing seemingly futile offensive tactics. However, sometimes their plans really work...with some Hiruma tinkering, of course.
  • Wild Mass Guess: Since Eyeshield 21 doesn't have WMG section I will put this here. We all know Monta did chose his jersey number because of Honjo, but Honjo himself did also take this number because of other player, that player being Jerry Rice.
  • The Woobie: Oh, goodness, Kurita.

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