Eyeshield 21 episodes 24-26 review
Okay, let’s just get this out of the way now: I have no idea what happened in Episode 26. A series of events happened that made no logical sense at all, whether to a football fan or to a novice. The last couple of minutes had a glaring plot hole that wasn’t explained, so I have to either hope for Episode 27 to clear them up, or just sweep the dust under the rug and pretend it never happened.
First, Episode 24 was pretty much the Devil Bats taking a lead in the first half, then Episode 25 was Panther and his entire team begging his coach to play, and the coach having flashbacks to his playing career and giving the reason why he wouldn’t put Panther in. Unfortunately, it wasn’t very entertaining of an episode, nor did it make much sense to me.
But Episode 26 is where the true madness set in. The Devil Bats fall behind thanks to Panther’s great play, then Hiruma heaves a pass that is intercepted by Panther with less than a minute to go. All Panther has to do at this point is take a knee, and the clock runs out and the NASA Aliens win. But Panther for some reason decides he’s going to take the ball all the way back for a meaningless touchdown. Now I see why his coach benched him. This guy is a me-first ball hog.
So then “Eyeshield 21” (Sena) strips Panther of the ball and returns it the other way for a touchdown to cut the lead to 1. Panther is now the new biggest goat in the history of American football, replacing Leon Lett of the Dallas Cowboys. But then a big plot hole happens. Sena just suddenly closes his eyes, then wakes up to find out that his team lost the game. Why did Sena just fade into subconsciousness there? There was no sign that he had a concussion or anything. He just disappeared. It made no sense at all.
What makes even less sense is what goes on after each Devil Bats touchdown. The team doesn’t have a kicker, I get it. So why does the team only occasionally go for two? Are they just missing the two-pointers and we aren’t privy to that information? Is Hiruma kicking extra points and missing every one of them? And after the first game the team lost due to having no kicker, shouldn’t there have been an episode already where Sena goes around begging people to be the new kicker? (Maybe such an episode is still coming.)
The plot holes in this episode were too deep to escape. The other two episodes weren’t very entertaining either. Eyeshield 21 has gone three-and-out and been forced to punt. Can the series score on its next possession?
Episode 24 rating (out of four stars): **1/2
Episode 25 rating (out of four stars): **
Episode 26 rating (out of four stars): **1/2