Inazuma Eleven

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Misfit soccer team teaches perseverance, overcoming fears.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate. 

Positive Messages

Misfits find common ground in their love of soccer, and a leader emerges among them to inspire teammates with his positive attitude and passion for the game. Sinister foes have ulterior motives and play dirty for the glory, but Mark and his teammates value fair play. Team dynamics and friendship are common themes. Some stories touch on serious issues such as medical tragedies. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mark is the consummate team leader, always encouraging his peers and inspiring more from them than they think they can give. He wants more than victories; he plays because he loves the game. Axel's uncertain past clouds his vision, but he proves to be a worthy team player. Opposing players can be argumentative, unsportsmanlike, and mean. 

Violence & Scariness

Occasionally brief fights with bullies who kick and punch smaller kids. Some training techniques leave players physically spent.  

Sexy Stuff
Language

"Losers," "shut your face," "wussy," "idiots," "darn it," and "crap."

Consumerism

The show is related to multiple video games of the same name. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Inazuma Eleven is an anime series related to soccer-themed video games of the same name. Some of the sporting matches get heated, both verbally and physically, and you'll hear players say things such as "losers," "idiots," and "wussy" to each other. Occasionally exchanges get violent, with punches thrown and kicks hitting their mark on a victim. There's also a lot of yelling in spurts, particularly as Mark attempts to inspire his players to greatness. On the upside, this underdog story centers on a group of unlikely players who find common ground in their enjoyment of the game as they learn about perseverance and overcoming fears and who are inspired by their earnest, considerate team captain.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byGeorgia P. April 14, 2018

My Favorite Anime

This is my favorite anime of all time. It’s cute, silly, and heartwarming. It has good morals and lessons, but also is fun and entertaining. I haven’t fully wat... Continue reading
Adult Written byDavid A. May 26, 2018

Great Show

Inazuma Eleven is probably the best anime for really young children to watch as their first anime because it doesn't have any graphic content and rarely an... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old November 29, 2015

Pretty good actually.

FIRST REVIEW! It was good, but they say "wuss", "idiot", and they sporadically say "crap".

What's the story?

In INAZUMA ELEVEN, soccer fanatic Mark Evans (voiced by Erik Scott Kimerer) tries every tactic in the book to light a fire under the players in Raimon Jr. High's soccer club, but nothing he does inspires them to put forth any effort. In desperation, he calls upon the spirit of his grandfather, a legendary coach and player, to help him field a decent team. So when one of the country's most dominant teams challenges Raimon to an exhibition game and the school threatens to eliminate the soccer club altogether if it doesn't put forth a good showing, Mark redoubles his efforts to recruit some talent. The results are predictably bad. Still, just when Mark thinks all hope is lost, a mysterious newcomer named Axel Blaze (Bryce Papenbrook) takes the field and inspires a turnaround with his incredible skill. But will Axel's talent and Mark's coaching techniques borrowed from his famous grandfather be enough to keep this team on a winning path?

Is it any good?

The visual similarities between this series and its partner Nintendo DS game series are immediately evident. The show's anime style makes a natural transition to the TV screen, and dialogue does a decent job creating backstories for the main characters. And with soccer action that oscillates between normal speed and slow motion to show off the players' mad skills, young footballers will find plenty to cheer for.

Inazuma Eleven also is a classic underdog story, and with a likable Mark at the helm of the ne'er-do-well team and his grandfather's guiding spirit behind him, you want to wish them well. The contests are marked by some combative talk ("shut your face" and "crap," for instance) and there's some bullying at play, but otherwise this is an inviting tale of team dynamics, friendship, and the joy of realizing potential. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the relationship between what you watch and what you buy. Kids: Did you know about the Inazuma Eleven video game before watching this show? Do characters on TV and in movies turn your head when you see them on products in the store? Is this always a bad thing? 

  • What qualities are important in a strong leader? Which of these do you see in Mark? Can everyone be a leader, or does having too many leaders complicate matters? Do your kids like to be in charge among their peers?

  • Mark is inspired by his grandfather's example to be a great player. Why are role models important? What can they teach us? Do your kids have role models at home? At school? Can someone you've never met be a role model? 

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