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Kyoshin Poseidon
Kyoshin Poseidons Logo.jpg
Team information
Members Shun Kakei
Kengo Mizumachi
Osamu Kobanzame
Ohira Hiroshi
Onishi Hiroshi
Captain Osamu Kobanzame
Jersey Color Blue and Gold (Jerseys are blue, on both sides and on the shoulder protectors are gold scales)
Mascot Poseidon, the ancient god of Sea, with Trident an wave in the background
Helmet Logo two golden fins
Team Chant "Poseidon Go Splash Go"
Image gallery

Kyoshin Poseidon (巨深 ポセイドン Kyoshin Poseidon, lit. "Grand Depths Poseidon") is the American football team from Kyoshin High School that the Deimon Devil Bats face in the Autumn Tokyo Tournament. As their team name suggests, the Poseidon's theme is the ocean. Their strategy depends on the great height of their ace players, including, but not limited, to Shun Kakei and Kengo Mizumachi.

Overview

Kyoshin High uniforms, as worn by Shun Kakei and a female student.

The Kyoshin Poseidons were a relatively weak or average team until the appearance of Shun Kakei, whose presence subsequently lead to the joining of Kengo Mizumachi, Hiroshi Onishi and Hiroshi Ohira. With them on the roster, the Kyoshin Poseidons became the tallest American football team in Japan. To back up their height-based play style, all the tall players have great technique, leading to defense-based strategies. Shun Kakei and Kengo Muzimachi are referred to as a "Golden Pair" because of their natural synergy.

The Kyoshin Poseidon jersey consists of: standard football padding with an overshirt, pants, knee high sports socks, and cleats. Their colors are: green highlights with scale designs on the sides (manga) or on the shoulders (anime) and a blue base color, mimicking the colors of aquatic fish.

Shun Kakei in a Kyoshin Poseidons Football Uniform.

Players

Shun Kakei (#41)

The team's fourth-tallest player (202 cm) and de facto captain, Shun is the first character to allude a "real" Eyeshield 21. Shun attended middle school in the United States, where he witnessed the play of this true Eyeshield 21, at the time a running back for Notre Dame University's affiliated middle school. Amazed by the prowess of a Japanese player, Kakei became reinvigorated with American football after having been frustrated by his inferiority to the American players around him. When Kakei's team Arizonia University's affiliated middle school, Phoenix, played against Notre Dame, Kakei and Eyeshield 21 played against each other on a single play. Shun lost, Eyeshield 21 promised to play him again. Shun trained hard after that, becoming Phoenix's ace player, before returning to Japan upon hearing Eyeshield 21 was no longer attending Notre Dame. He also became the ace of the Kyoshin Poseidon fairly quickly as the only powerful player in the club until the arrival of Kengo, and the two Hiroshi's.

Kengo Mizumachi (#71)

Shun Kakei (left) and Kengo Mizumachi in the Poseidon uniform. Note their tremendous height in comparison to the referee.

Mizumachi is the Poseidon's other ace player along with Kakei. He is a lineman who, though not very bulky, is formidable because of his speed and great height, which he uses to his advantage. Mizumachi is considered a natural athletic prodigy, and he was highly sought out by his middle school's athletic clubs, and he chose the swimming club. He joined the American football club because of Kakei's aspiration to win the national championship, which matches his own drive, and he quickly became a talented lineman. Unlike Kakei, Mizumachi is rarely serious, instead being energetic, cheerful, and sometimes rude.

Osamu Kobanzame

Although the captain of the team and a third-year student, Kobanzame is an incredibly meek person with little capacity for leadership. Additionally, he is not very talented, though he trains hard along with the rest of the team and his play as a quarterback is generally mistake-free.

Hiroshi Ohira and Hiroshi Onishi

Ohira and Onishi are a pair of first-year linebackers for the Poseidon and are the two tallest high school American football players in Japan, at 205 and 204 cm respectively. They have shared an intense rivalry since childhood, and each claims to be Kakei's first disciple. They address Kakei as "sensei" despite his being in the same year as them, and their actions are generally foolish. However, despite not being as good as Kakei, they are skilled in the use of the techniques he has taught them, and together all three form the Poseidon's "High Wave" defense strategy.

Strategy

Kyoshin's offensive and defensive strategies largely depend on the strength of their tall freshman players. On offense, Mizumachi serves as a blocker for Kobanzame and the team's less-talented running backs. Additionally, on passing plays Mizumachi buys time for Kobanzame to complete passes. The team's true strength is on defense, where all four of their tall players play. Aside from Mizumachi's ability to break through blockers, the linebackers Kakei, Ohira, and Onishi form a powerful barrier behind the line, termed the High Wave. Using hand techniques, which Kakei has taught to the other linebackers, the team is able to break through lead blockers and Kakei is able to stop most running backs; on the other hand, their great height enables them to stop forward passes. The High Wave can be made stronger if Mizumachi lines up as a fourth linebacker, creating a 3-4 defense formation called Poseidon. Although Mizumachi's absence from the line theoretically makes running through the middle easier for opposing offenses, the four are generally able to stop most running backs with little physical strength from advancing due to their physique.

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