EyeShield 21

Pride of the Useless

Season 1, Ep 18, Aired 8/10/05
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  • Episode Description
  • After another futile practice, the WTF trio decide to finally quit the team. After hearing some of the Taiyou Sphinx players make fun of them, they challenge to a fight. After getting brutally beaten, they come back to the team to try and become linemen good enough to take down the Taiyou players.

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  • Notes (3)

    • The whole rigorous selection progress to see who represents Japan in the game against America was completely fixed. The company behind it all, "Monthly American Football," decided on the Taiyou Sphinx from the start.

    • This episode features the first appearances of three of the Taiyou Sphinx's best players: Banba Mamoru (lineman), Harao Kiminari (quarterback), and Kasamatsu Niinobu (lineman).

    • The Devil Bats renovate their clubhouse.

    Trivia (5)

    • The X Aliens that are supposed to represent America in the Japan-US game are later known as the NASA Aliens.

    • The name of the Taiyou Sphinx's quarterback, Harao, sounds very similar to the Egyptian word for king, "Pharaoh." In fact, if you just remove the first and last letters of "Pharaoh," you get "Harao."

    • Banba holds the high school record for squats.

    • Kuroki scores a 258 in that punching arcade game.

    • American Football Clinic Trivia Q & A of the episode: Q: What does NFL stand for? A: National Football League! This is the top pro league in America. Their power and speed are the best in the world! YA-HA!

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