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Title: Devil Bat Ghosts
Series: Eyeshield 21 #12
Author: Riichiro Inagaki
Artist: Yusuke Murata
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Format: Digital Scan
The Devil Bats finish their game against the Amino Cyborgs. With Sena back in the game, the whole team is re-energized and they crush the Cyborgs.
The Tournament is going well and various teams are competing for the Glory of the Christmas Bowl. We see several games and the outcomes go from the silly to the serious. They were all a bit short, just enough to showcase some of the players for future games.
The Devil Bats play a final game against the Yuhi Guts, a weak team. The Guts have several 3rd year players, so this is their final chance at the Christmas Bowl as well. With pressure from above, most of the regular Guts are benched and top athletes from other sports are brought in. That goes “well” and the Devil Bats just trounce the newbies. In desperation, the coach brings back the regular players, who make a valiant effort to fight back. Unfortunately, one team must lose and the Guts just don’t have enough skill.
With this game the Devil Bats truly realize just how many players’ dreams are on the line and that it is not only their team who is striving.
This showcased so many different games that they tended to blur together or be so short that I couldn’t get a good feel for things. It felt VERY full and not in a good way.
I am certain that future games will span full volumes, if not more but I do hope that there will be storylines outside of the games. These boys need to be more well rounded and while playing football is a great start, I want more than JUST that.