Eyeshield 21 is 21 years old, and illustrator Yuusuke Murata has a present for all fans to celebrate.
- Celebrating the 21st anniversary of Eyesheild 21, Yuusuke Murata released a new anime short and announced his future works.
- The short, directed by Murata, features an intense run by Sena and cameos from other Eyeshield 21 characters.
- Murata’s new project, BRAIN x BRAVE, a one-shot manga, will release on Shonen Jump+, alongside his other ongoing projects. Exciting for fans!
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2023 is the 21st anniversary of the American football manga Eyesheild 21, and the illustrator Yuusuke Murata is doing a few things to celebrate. A few months ago, he announced that he would be making a new anime short animated by Village Studio. Now, that short has finally been released, along with an exciting announcement about Murata’s future works.
The original Eyeshield 21 manga ran from 2002 to 2009, totaling 37 volumes in all. It also had an anime adaptation of the same name which aired from 2005 to 2008, totaling 145 episodes in all. The story follows an introverted boy named Sena Kobayakawa who joins the American football team as their secretary, and ends up as their running back. The name of the series is a reference to the eye shield Sena wears to conceal his identity, and the number 21 is from his jersey.
Murata posted the newly released video on his Twitter account on August 16th, making it available for anyone to watch freely. The video is only 43 seconds long, but it is directed by Murata himself. A soundless version of the clip had been originally posted back on June 5th, teasing the upcoming release of this final version. The story of the clip was written by Riichirou Inagaki, the writer for Eyeshield 21.
The clip follows Sena through an intense run down the football field, and has a few cameo appearances by other characters from the Eyeshield 21 story as well. There is no spoken dialogue in the short as only Inagaki and Murata worked on it, but there is written dialogue in Japanese. Hopefully there will be an official English transcript in the future, but as the clip is action-based, it is worth watching even if you cannot read Japanese. The best part about it is seeing an updated, fresh animation style for the Eyeshield 21 characters!
The video also served as a big announcement for Yuusuke Murata’s new project, which will be a one-shot manga by him. The upcoming manga is called BRAIN x BRAVE, and is set to release on Shonen Jump+. No other details have been released yet, but for fans of Murata’s work – not just Eyeshield 21, but also One Punch Man – this is an exciting announcement! Murata is also currently working on the anime Zaiyuki, and has stated he is creating his own original animation project as well, so he is certainly a busy man these days.