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Title: The Drive to be the Best
Series: Eyeshield 21 #17
Author: Riichiro Inagaki
Artist: Yusuke Murata
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Format: Paper copy
The Devil Bats get some serious momentum going now that they have a kicker on their side. They begin the comeback and are just overwhelming the Gunmen. Sadly for them, the Gunmen respond in kind and while the outcome is in doubt right up until the final seconds, the Devil Bats lose the game.
THEY LOSE THE GAME.
This was good. This was real good. Seeing the struggle of both teams, as the tide of the game went back and forth was impressive and rather moving actually.
Then when the Bats lose the game on an obscure rule, I wondered HOW the manga-ka was going to keep this going for another 20 volumes. I should have known better. Bloody Wildcard. Basically, the Devilbats get another chance to participate in the Christmas Bowl. The hows and whys and whatnots are irrelevant. And Hiruma, the quarterback, knew about this the whole time but didn't tell his team because he wanted them playing like this was their last chance. What a character!
The ending was pretty good too. Right after the game, they meet another team and the team captain simply stiff arms Kurita [the biggest, toughest guy on the Bat's team] aside like he was nothing. And what's more, he's carrying a jersey with the number 21 on it and his helmet has an eyeshield. Looks like things are gearing up for Sena to step out of the shadow of the Eyeshield 21 moniker and to become his own player. Good stuff!