Inazuma Eleven: Ares (Inazuma Eleven Ares no Tenbin in Japan) is an anime based off the game of the same name. It's a part of the greater Inazuma Eleven series.
The anime is an Alternate Continuity ot the original anime. The alien attack of the second season never occured. Raimon Eleven has disbanded due to the Japanese teams being deemed weak compared to their international competition. The members of Raimon Eleven have sent to different soccer teams across Japan.
The series stars Sonny Wright (Inamori Asuto in Japan) and his small-town football team. Japanese soccer teams require sponsorships to survive, but their island is too rural to get a sponsorship. The team is sent to the mainland to play. Sonny's team replaces the Raimon Eleven as Raimon Junior High's soccer team.
The anime ran from April 2018 to September 2018 in Japan. It is the second of the Inazuma Eleven to receive an English dub. In America, the show began airing in April 2019 as a replacement for Yo-Kai Watch on Disney XD's schedule.
It received a sequel series, Orion no Kokuin (lit. The Seal of Orion), which aired from October 2018 to September 2019, and spanned a total of 49 episodes.
This anime provides examples of:
- Art Evolution: Compared to the original timeline, the characters are drawn with more realistic body proportions, such as longer legs and less oversized feet.
- Artistic Age: Some characters are taller and more older-looking than their parents and some are so short they don't even look like elementary schoolers, but they're all middle schoolers within a few years difference of one another.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Kozoumaru scores the first goal for Inakuni Raimon in the match between them and Seishou Academy, with Fire Tornado. This momentum is short-lived, however, as Seishou mops the floor with Inakuni Raimon for the remainder of the match and concludes with 10-1.
- Disappeared Dad: Sonny receives a letter from his late mother that explains that his father is a professional football player, and she chose to stay behind and live a quiet life because she thought the excitement and scheduling would be too much for her to bare.
- Downer Beginning: The anime begins with not only the local football/soccer team being dismantled, Sonny's mother also died at the same day.
- For Want of a Nail: Ares is set in an Alternate Continuity where the Aliea Academy invasion never occurred.
- Localized Name in a Non-Localized Setting: The English dub uses western names like "Sonny" or "Johnny" yet it's repeatedly mentioned that the characters are Japanese.
- Missing Mom: Sonny's Ill Girl mother dies at the start of the series.
- Trickster Mentor: Mister Yi is a bit of a Cloud Cuckoolander, but knows how to properly train the Raimon High soccer team. Most of his training methods involve outright trolling the players and subjecting them to menial tasks and baffling objectives while rarely ever giving any clear explanation of what it's supposed to accomplish. Each member of the team ends up developing skills that serve them best after they eventually realize what he's trying to teach is.