|Year Released (JP)||
December 20, 2002
|Year Release (NA)||
April 5, 2005
The Boy with The Golden Legs is the first volume of Inagaki Riichiro and Murata Yuusuke's Eyeshield 21 manga series was published on Japan on December 20, 2002 and on the US on April 5, 2005.
- 1st Down: The Boy with the Golden Legs
- 2nd Down: The Five-Second Wall
- 3rd Down: We Need Eleven!
- 4th Down: Kill 'em!!
- 5th Down: Hero in a Pinch
- 6th Down: Grind 'em Into the Field
- 7th Down: Eleven Scarecrows
The underdog-with-exceptional-ability-makes-good plot is typical of boys' manga, but seeing another country's view of a great American competitive sport—in this case, football—provides added entertainment. Since football isn't a popular sport in Japan, Sena Kobayakawa's school's team only has two players: Ryokan Kurita, a large, friendly boy who dreams of someday competing in the Christmas bowl game, and Youichi Hiruma, the quarterback better known for frightening the underclassmen. At 5'1", Sena has always been smaller than his classmates, so he's been used as their gofer and errand boy. As a result, he's developed outstanding running speed. He wants to be team manager, but he winds up competing under the name Eyeshield 21 to keep other teams from knowing his name and stealing him away. The three must recruit enough players to form a team of 11 in order to play their first game.