Despite the numerous successfully times companies have translated a manga to an anime, there are those times where it just doesn’t work out. Maybe the budget was spent on something else. Maybe the source material wasn’t enough to make as many episodes as first thought. Or maybe the manga just doesn’t translate that well for some odd reason. Such is the case for today’s subject:
If you haven’t learned by now, I’m a huge sports anime nut. Even more than, though, I’m a football fan. I watched, played it and even coached it once. Football has been a part of my life since as far back as I can remember. So naturally I was drawn to the Eyeshield 21 manga. And, like with Initial D, I eventually began to desire seeing those crazy plays animated on the screen.
Unlike Initial D, however, the experience wasn’t as enjoyable. While the characters and their personalities were present and accounted for, they just seemed….off. Sena was still the overly introverted pushover, but they also turned him into a coward. Hiruma was just as diabolical, but his actions seemed censored. The only one that seemed to survive unscathed was Shin, but that’s because he’s just the typical every man. Despite the changes though I still found them fun to watch. What wasn’t fun to watch was the animation.
Eyeshield 21 suffered from what I dub ” The Dragon Ball Z” syndrome. As in, while the animation looked awesome at times, there were WAY too many episodes you could tell were done by the B team. One episode things looked epic and superb, then BOOM: It looked like cow turds. This really came to bare in some of the actual games. The characters movements looked robotic, stiff and repetitive. I know most companies save the best animation for the big moments, but clearly the studio behind Eyeshield 21 didn’t.
On top of that, there were some many breaks in the action. After almost every play there would be a “Full House” moment where the Devil Bats talked about friendship, teamwork and giving it your all. Again, typical of sports anime but it just seemed overboard in this show. I couldn’t get into the drama of the game cause I got taken out of it every second. It was a mess!
I’m NEETaku and that was Just…My 2 Cents!!!