Well, here we are. We all knew this day would come, and it did. With this chapter, seven years of awesomeness and what will probably stay one of the best mangas ever has ended. And it ended in a simple, great way, totally fitting the spirit of the manga so far.
I'm not exaggerating when I say this manga changed my life, since I learned Japanese with it, for it, i joined MH's staff because of it, and these three years and 120 ES21 translations I've made there will stay forever in my memories, in my heart. That's why, more than anything, I want to thank Inagaki-sensei and Murata-sensei for all those good times. I'd like also to thank some people from MH...
So my thanks to abcdefghijkL0L, Acalia, Alexandrius, alexlw92, Altrian, Aly, andy3004, Anon_Spore, baboysai, bax, cHaotix8, cor, Crayola, Dark-Kaomi, Daryl, ddadain, DeepEyes, Dofla, DoublexEdge, Dragonzair, Drakno, Egaki 21, faizuddin, Fenrir, fluke32, hatsuharupeace, heavens_dragon, Heiji-sama, Hermie, Ichimaru Gin n Tonic, igotthegoods, Imperium, JC123, jenn9376, KaNx, kaylee, Khaludh, Kheops, kiniro, kirimi, koenosaki, kokotas, kunno, Kuuki, kylara, LadyHatake, Legacy, Luckas, manu, Meromorphe, Mirror, Mr. Prince, Musashi Gen, Nekoi Echizen, neozero, njt, Obxist, One Eyed Sharingan, PaperYomiko, Predator, Romio_Kasuga, Rsatori, RyuSensei, s4d, Sai_the_Shaman, sakura_hime04, sao, sephysarkon, sergi89, Sherlock Holmes, Slashout, Snaker, Sorata, takadama, Tanequil, TechnoMagus, Thallc, TranquilMelancholy, ttxdragon, VASSiLi, Velvet_Rain_Dropz, Vicissitude, WinterLion, xi0, yoniekai, zky2007 and all the others I forget, who have been part to some extent of this big adventure.
The three persons I want to thank the most, though, are The_Worm, who gave me the opportunity to become ES21's translator in the first place, Gold Knight, who offered to me the wonderful job of MH moderator of the ES21 section, and OS.Hoshi, who with her energy and limitless enthusiasm is pretty much the best fan ES21 ever had.
And of course, I'd like to thank you, anonymous readers, because I wouldn't be here if not for you. Even if all you left of your passage is a small increase of the number of views in these threads, that still mattered. Thank you for sticking to this wonderful manga until the end \o/
Well then, it's the last time I'm saying it for ES21, but... Enjoy~Eyeshield 21 chapter 333
Top left : Two years later, and...!? Climax and color pages!!
Yellow text (top right pic) : Celebration – Chuubou joins the Deimon Devilbats!!
Blue note : We played overtime in the World Cup without permission!! The result...?
Yellow note : Hiruma, Kurita, Musashi, Yukimitsu-senpai - Tearful retirement ceremony
Cake : Thank you for everything
White box : Sena is Deimon's new captain!
Pinkish box : Aiming for a second Christmas Bowl! Summer training camp!
Bottom : The tracks they ran on...!!
Page 02-03 (spread)
Right : With your golden legs, run to the future!!
Touch Down : Ready Set Hut
Bottom left : Each one his goal! Each one his path! The stage is an infinite field, the future!! Climax and color pages!!
Book : Deimon Devilbats
Narration : Two years later...
Middle : Narita Airport
Sena : Hiiiiii, I'm late!!
Sign : Year 20XX – Students accepted in Enma University
Front sign : Enma University – Results of the entrance tests for regular students
(Translation note : Enma is the name of the ruler of the underworld in Buddhist mythology)
Monta : Hey...
Monta : Kh... He's fast as usual!
Sign : Enma University – Results of the entrance tests for regular students
Suzuna : Yaaa! Over here!
Suzuna : Everyone got accepted in Enma University!!
Suzuna : Well, actually they didn't have enough students
Suzuna : So it seems that all the students passed.
Monta : Is it Deimon!?
Monta : Ooooooh, what did I study desperately MAX for, then...
Monta : Hm??
Suzuna : It feels like someone suspicious
Suzuna : is looking at us from back there...
Kurima : Found a successful candidate...
Someone : there's some weird guy over there!!
Unsui : Is this really a good way? (small text : Of inviting new club members.)
Kurita : I-I-I learned it from Hiruma!
Kurita : When we were at Deimon...
Kurita : You passed, congranuraba!!
Suzuna : Gyaaaa!!
Monta : But... Awesome, Kurita-senpai!
Monta : In this year spent in the College league
Monta : he got even more muscles MAX...!
Kurita : Err... What was it after that...
Kurita : Ah, right!
Kurita : Feel free to use this phone to call your parents and tell them of your success!
Unsui : Hm?
Riku : So this is your plan to get the phone number
Riku : and invite the person to the American football club, huh?
Riku : Your trick is three years old, you know.
Riku : All the university students have their own cellphones now,
Riku : Kurita-san.
Unsui : Kaitani...
Kurita : Riku-kun!!
Kurita : Uwaaaa, Monta-kun and Suzuna-chan too!
Kurita : You came to our university!!
Unsui : Awesome... With both of you in our team,
Unsui : Winning against Saikyoudai isn't a dream anymore!
Suzuna : But right now, those two will die before even joining.
(Translation note : the name of this one is a pun, Saikyou meaning the strongest, Kyoudai being Kyoto University)
Monta : And Sena!
Monta : He's joining Enma too!!
Monta : he promised to come and see the results together with us, but...
Kurita : Eeeh, Sena-kun too!?
Kurita : Wait, he's back from America??
Suzuna : He said he would be late because
Suzuna : he forgot something important in the plane.
Suzuna : Typical Sena, I guess.
Kurita : … But
Kurita : Even though Hiruma was the one who started the whole thing,
Hiruma : he's the strongest runner from Notre Dame,
Hiruma : Eyeshield 21!!
Kurita : To think
Kurita : Sena-kun was actually invited to play American football for Notre Dame...
Kurita : It was only for the last half of his third high school year, but...
Kurita : When I heard Clifford-kun sent a mail to invite him
Kurita : I was really surprised...
Sena : Sena himself was the most scared, though...
Suzuna : With his own strength
Suzuna : he turned the lie into a reality...
Suzuna : Sena...
Monta : yeah! That's why we can't lose either!
Riku : now that we joined Enma
Riku : I'm looking forward to our first match.
Suzuna : Yaa! I'll come cheering!
Suzuna : When is your first match?
Kurita : Right now.
Monta : Whaaaaat!!?
Board : Koigahama University – Enma University
Mizumachi : nhaa! They just kissed!
Mizumachi : those guys are all lovey-dovey!
Koutarou : What's with you guys, you're not ready yet?
Koutarou : It ain't smart!
Monta : Oooh, Mizumachi, you're here too!!
Mizumachi : Because I heard that you could join without even studying.
Suzuna : Such an impure reason...
Unsui : But wait, Koutarou, was that you!?
Unsui : Who planned a match without permission...
Unsui : Our senpais didn't hear a thing about it, you know?
Someone : ... Someone hacked our homepage
Someone : and added a match in the schedule.
Someone : And the only smart one of us, Unsui, wasn't contacted at all.
Someone : it was way too well planned.
Kurita : Planning another team's match
Kurita : without permission, just for scouting them...
Monta : Such an absurd thing...
Monta : There's only one person in the world who could do that...!!
Hiruma : YA
Hiruma : HA!!
Hiruma : Kekeke, open a path!
Hiruma : It's the custom made tower car by Takekura Engineering, designed for scouting!
Mamori : Wait!
Mamori : Drive carefully!
Mamori : Don't forget about me up there, jeez!
Banba : Did the club have the money to pay for that?
Ikkyuu : I think he said he blackmailed the principal...
Juumonji : I guess he's already controlling Saikyoudai from the shadows...
Guy : Woooh, Hiruma, Ikkyuu...
Guy : Saikyoudai came to watch.
Guy : The rumored number one team of the College league...
Guy : Agon, Akaba, Yamato, Taka!
Guy : Awesome, just the freshmen and sophomores of Saikyoudai
Guy : look already like a College all-star...!!
Mizumachi : And, on the other side,
Mizumachi : Oujou University also appears!?
Unsui : Why did you start a live broadcast...
Mizumachi : Also Takami and Yukimitsu from the Shuuei medical college!
Mizumachi : And Habashira Rui, who improved all of a sudden when he joined Zokuto University!
Mizumachi : And then the worst team of the semi-pro!? From the X-league
Mizumachi : The Takekura Construction Babels!!
Someone : Musashi, Kid, and Gaou!?
Someone : These guys are strong too!!
Hiruma : Kekeke, from now on
Hiruma : The three of us will go in different teams.
Musashi : … yeah.
Musashi : Hiruma, Kurita and me.
Musashi : Our second act will be as opponents
Musashi : just like the Three Kingdoms
Kurita : We really all wanted to join the same team
Kurita : But this time, Musashi
Kurita : had to continue his father's work.
Kurita : And going to join the same university as Hiruma? While leaving Musashi on the side??
Kurita : Impossible.
Kurita : It was better to go our separate ways.
Hiruma : I'll kill you if you lose against the guys from the semi-pro league, fucking old man.
Hiruma : No matter what,
Hiruma : you have to make it to the Rice Bowl...!!
Kurita : The Rice Bowl
Kurita : is the champion of the College league against the champion of the semi-pro league!
Kurita : It's a battle with the place of real number one of Japan at stake.
Kurita : Even more important than the Christmas Bowl!
Kurita : It's the hardest and biggest event in American football...!!
Kurita : Definitely to the Rice Bowl!!
Monta : Yeaaaaah!!
Riku : Let's go at full power from the beginning.
Riku : We can't show a pitiful match with Saikyoudai watching.
Unsui : … Riku.
Unsui : Why didn't you join Saikyoudai?
Unsui : With your grades, it would have been easy for you.
Riku : you know
Riku : Sena told me...
Sena : I've been thinking, but... After I'll graduate
Sena : it seems like I'll be going against Hiruma-san.
Sena : I'd like to win against Hiruma-san someday...
Sena : I've just noticed what a scary thing I'm saying, but...
Riku : I guess he's just like you
Riku : who joined a different team in order to
Riku : defeat Kongou Agon, not as his brother,
Riku : but as a real American football player.
Riku : Unsui-san.
Riku : I decided when I heard that!
Riku : I just can't fight against the ambition
Riku : of defeating the strongest...!!
Girl : Karin... Why did we suddenly come to watch an American football match?
Girl : What does it have to do with you becoming a mangaka??
Karin : The editor person...
Saitou : We'll make use of your experience!
Karin : You'll draw a manga about American football
Karin : with “Eyeshield 21”-kun as the main character, he said...
(Trivia note : That's Saitou, the first editor of Eyeshield 21, and main character of Murata's short manga Hetappi Manga Kenkyuujo R)
Karin : … just now
Karin : Could it have been...
Someone : Sena!
Sena : I'm back...!!
Guy : It's Sena!
Guy : It's... Kobayakawa Sena!!
Monta : Woooooh!
Mizumachi : What the hell, you're late!!
Sena : No well, I forgot my bag with something important inside
Sena : So I had to get it back no matter what.
Sena : The eyeshield
Sena : I was always using
Sena : during my three years at Deimon...
Suzuna : …
Suzuna : Sena... It seems
Suzuna : you have more the face
Suzuna : of an adult now...
Hiruma : Kekeke!
Hiruma : is it alright if you don't run to protect Sena from bullies?
Hiruma : “Mamori-nee-chan”.
Mamori : Of course!
Mamori : He's the opponent now.
Mamori : We have to win
Mamori : even against Sena...!
Hiruma : … And he's not a half-baked opponent.
Hiruma : I'll come at him with all my trick plays
Hiruma : and crush him...!!
Guy : Sena VS Hiruma!
Guy : Damn, this looks fun...!!
Sena : hiiii, i'm playing already!?
Sena : But I've just run with all my power...
Sena : It seems my life is only about running now...
Sena : I'll definitely catch up with you
Sena : Panther-kun.
Sena : One day, I'll definitely
Sena : fight in the world of pros, just like you are.
Sena : For that sake
Sena : I'll conquer the Rice Bowl!
Sena : And become the true number one of Japan...!!
Guy : Lucky! It's just a substitute.
Guy : Watch how cool I am when I take him down, Emi-chan <3
Hatsujou : Wait!
Hatsujou : This guy is...
Agon : kukuku, none of you trashes
Agon : is able to touch that speed.
Hiruma : Kekeke, the name of this guy...
Shin : The title of the best runner of this era....
Devilbat : bye bye!
Devilbat : YA-HA!!
Someone : Eyeshield
Someone : 21!!!
Page 22-23 (spread)
Left : there is no end to the field of dreams!!
Left : thanks to all of you who kept reading, cheering for us for these seven years! Please look forward to the next works of Inagaki and Murata-sensei!! volume 36 will be released in August, and volume 37, the last one, in October!!!Xophien's afterwords :
I managed to hold back the tears so far, but I can't say it'll last for long so let's keep it short. It's been great being part of this adventure. And as the last page says, there is no end to our dreams, so let's meet again, fucking readers! \o/