E21 99: Meal ticket

Eyeshield 21 episode 99 review

E21 99

This episode was pure tomfoolery. Whether it was filler, filler, right and no one’s going to save us from the waste of time, we at least know that Eyeshield 21 is funny even when the show has lost its mind. This was a whole episode about teams of three battling to win a ticket for a bunch of food. Bizarre antics follow for 30 minutes, and eventually you end up with “Team Boring” winning the ticket.

That was my favorite part of the episode, when “Team Boring” won after all the desperation from the other five teams. “Team Boring” consisted of the guy who always sits on the bench, Konosuba, and the boring guy. I forget two of their names, obviously. In any case, it was a funny episode, if irrelevant to the plot.

Episode rating (out of four stars): **1/2

E21 98: Eh-heh-heh!

Eyeshield 21 episode 98 review

E21 98

I don’t know how to properly write the laugh that Taki always does over everything, but he does that laugh a lot in this episode as he is put in at quarterback. There are supposedly only ten people on the team, but I can only see six or seven of them. These mysterious players who never appear on screen, who are they?

Anyway, the team figures things out after a rough start against the Chameleons, and they win 12-7. Somehow the team can score at will once they’ve gotten their act together, but they can never convert the two-point conversion. In any case, it looks like next week we’re getting a break from the increasingly dull “Death Game.”

Episode rating (out of four stars): **

E21 97: Line of scrimmage

Eyeshield 21 episode 97 review

E21 97

If you follow the podcast, then you’d know that I am cutting back on my Eyeshield 21 watching to just one episode a week. This week’s episode was pretty good; it started, as all episodes should, with Hiruma appearing on the TV out of nowhere, firing guns and telling his team that they have to win five scrimmages in a row or else they’re out. Nothing says good coaching like threatening your team over practice. We’re talking about practice. Not a game, not a game, not a game. Practice.

They go to their first scrimmage against the Deer, and Kurita has an old rival who he needs to defeat. It’s pretty obvious what happens from there; Kurita struggles at first, then overcomes his struggle and beats him, and then they have a nice, happy send-off. Nothing surprising, of course; it’s a 24-0 win for the Devil Bats, who have won now one of their five scrimmages.

Not a bad episode, but not a very good one either.

Episode rating (out of four stars): **1/2

E21 95-96: One first down

Eyeshield 21 episodes 95-96 review

E21 95

So Sena is hurt, and that means the rest of the team must carry on without him. They give up 21 points in the blink of an eye, but then they gather themselves together and start playing well. So well that they get… one… first… down.

Seriously, we’re made to believe that the team is working great together and figuring things out, and all they got was the one first down. To put this in perspective, this is like a marathon runner falling down, losing a ton of time, then getting up, and taking one step forward. Getting a first down in football is easy. It would have been one thing if they scored a touchdown, but come on.

Then Sena wakes up (how in the world do you play on when a teammate is knocked unconscious for an hour?), and he leads his team to victory. In other words, the team was hopeless without him. In fact, the team is so reliant on him, you might as well call them the 2017 Green Bay Packers. Just as that team couldn’t win without Aaron Rodgers, so this team can’t win without Sena.

Oh, and the next episode was a clip show. I know, my favorite.

Episode 95 rating (out of four stars): **1/2

Episode 96 rating: *1/2