E21 59-60: The Wishbone

Eyeshield 21 episodes 59-60 review

E21 60

I’m dealing with extreme tooth pain so I don’t know what I’m going to be able to watch or record or write this week. It’s the worst tooth pain I’ve ever experienced; it’s likely my wisdom teeth. Fortunately, I watched all of Toonami on Saturday night, so I’m not behind at all on that. And I suffered through two episodes of Eyeshield 21; they were good episodes, but I was in pain.

Give Eyeshield 21 some credit; it teaches the non-football fan a lot of football terms. This week it’s the wishbone offense. Here’s the problem: the wishbone went extinct from the NFL sometime in the 1960s. It’s still used by teams like Navy and Army and Georgia Tech (Ga Tech runs it because their coach is the former Navy coach), as Navy and Army have less scholarships, so they have to simplify their offense. Basically, what I’m trying to tell you is that the wishbone offense used by the Deimon Devil Bats is an old and archaic offense that you will almost never see (unless you watch the Army-Navy game in December).

But I gotta give them credit; they really know what they’re doing when they show this offense. Eyeshield 21 isn’t exactly the best at recreating football, but in this case, it really does resemble the actual offense. For all its weaknesses, Eyeshield 21 is better than any show on Toonami right now (Hunter x Hunter the exception prior to this boring arc).

Episode 59 rating (out of four stars): ***

Episode 60 rating: ***1/2

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