One-Punch Man‘s artist is celebrating the anniversary of his work Eyeshield 21 in style.
Before working on One-Punch Man, Yusuke Murata worked on many series. One is Eyeshield 21, which he illustrated in July 2002 with Riichiro Inagaki writing. To mark the monumental 21st anniversary, Murata announced a new animated work called BRAINxBRAVE. Like his other animated work Zaiyuki, the video does not contain any sound or voices, but sports bright colors and smooth flow as Eyeshield 21‘s Sena Kobayakawa expertly weaves around his opponents with incredible speed and agility. Murata has yet to reveal a release date for the one-shot as of this article’s publication.
About Eyeshield 21
Published in Weekly Shōnen Jump from July 2002 to June 2009, Eyeshield 21 has helped propel American football into popularity in Japan. Eyeshield 21 follows a weak boy high schooler named Sena Kobayakawa, whose high speed and agility attract the attention of the team captain Yoichi Hiruma. Officially, Yoichi recruits Sena onto the team as the team secretary. Still, unofficially, Sena has become the team’s running back and must hide his identity as “Eyeshield 21,” bearing the number 21 on his jersey and an eyeshield to conceal his face. The manga has sold over 20 million volumes in Japan and garnered positive reception for the artwork and characters with critics praising Murata’s ability to tell a story through art and imaginative features.
An anime adaptation of the manga released in April 2005, under Gallop studio’s production. Masayoshi Nishida directed the first 103 episodes, with Shin Katagai taking over the remaining ones. Kō Otani composed the music. The anime ran until 2008, concluding with 145 episodes. Miyu Irino voices Sena and Atsushi Tamura voices the demonic-looking Yoichi. Before the anime, two OVAs, developed by Production I.G, were released in 2003 and 2004.
The Eyeshield 21 and One-Punch Man artist does not seem to stop working. Despite putting One-Punch Man on hold on account of his declining health condition, Murata’s projects never seem to end. Aside from Zaiyuki and his new work BRAINxBrave, Murata recently went on an hour-long manga-drawing livestream after a three-year absence, delighting fans with his return.
Eyeshield 21 is available on Viz Media. The 2005 anime is available to stream on Crunchyroll.