Ojo White Knights
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Team information
Members Seijuro Shin
Haruto Sakuraba
Ichiro Takami
Makoto Otawara
Daigo Ikari
Captain Makoto Otawara
Manager Koharu Wakana
Coach Gunpei Shoji
Jersey Color White and blue. Jerseys feature a lightning bolt across each shoulder.
Mascot Knight with lance on horse
Helmet Logo Blue shield with a white crucifix.
Team Chant Glory of the Kingdoms
Image gallery

The Ojo White Knights are a High School American Football team based on Oujo Private Senior High School in Tokyo. They are the main rivals of the Deimon Devil Bats throughout the series, and the team's star linebacker Seijuro Shin is Sena's first and most prominent rival. The White Knights are a strong team with a major focus on their stringent defense.


The White Knights are historically known as the best high school team in the greater Tokyo area and one of the best teams in all of Japan. One reason for this strength is the program in place at Ojo - Ojo is an escalator school from Oujo Junior High, so students can gain an additional three years of experience prior to entering high school. In recent years Ojo has been considered the only team in Kanto capable of challenging the Shinryuji Naga due to the strength of the "Golden Generation", a group of players who graduated from Ojo the year before the series takes place. However, Oujo was never actually able to defeat Shinryuji, coming closest in the Golden Generation's final year when Shin Seijuro joined the team, when Agon and Unsui Kongo had to lead the Nagas to a comeback in the final five minutes to win.

When the Golden Generation departs, the White Knights are considered a weaker team, which particularly shows when the team nearly loses to the Seibu Wild Gunmen and is blown out by Shinryuji in the Spring tournament. During the course of the series, the team exceeds these expectations, primarily due to the improvement of Shin and the wide receiver Haruto Sakuraba.

Team Players

Seijuro Shin

The ace linebacker of the Ojo White Knights, Shin is Sena Kobayakawa's main rival throughout the series. When the Devil Bats and White Knights play in the second round of the Spring Tournament, the White Knights begin to dominate the game once Shin enters. However, in one instance, Sena manages to out-run Shin. As a result, Shin vows to play Sena on the field again, as well as to train himself to be able to match Sena's speed. Over time, Shin, already considered possibly the greatest linebacker in the history of football in Japan, improves himself in preparation for facing Sena again. On the other hand, he often acts as a source of motivation for Sena to improve himself, and on a few occasions even offers advice to his rival.

Shin is known for being extremely strong and fast, and almost continuously trains to improve himself in often extreme and ridiculous fashion. He is frequently recognized as one of the best players in Japan, and earns various honors including Defensive Best Eleven Linebacker, Tokyo Tournament MVP and being recruited to Team Japan for the World Youth Cup. His trademark move is the Spear Tackle, a powerful tackle that involves thrusting his entire body into an open-palmed thrust of his arm. Shin continues to improve this technique, eventually combining it with the Speed of Light Pace to create the Trident Spear Tackle. Shin is always calm and serious, and often demonstrates that he has a deep understanding of the game. He is typically the leader of Ojo's defense on the field, and is named the captain of the team at the end of the year.

Haruto Sakuraba

  • (桜庭 春人 Sakuraba Haruto)
  • Seiyū: Mamoru Miyano Voice Actor: Tony Oliver
Sakuraba is a wide receiver for the Oujo White Knights, and also an attractive pop idol. He stands out on the team due to his great height, and also because of his appearances in advertisements under the com
pany Jari Productions. Because of his status as an idol, he has a large number of female fans who believe him to be the ace of the team. However, at the beginning of the series, Sakuraba has only average abilities. Following the Spring Tournament, Sakuraba separates himself from Jari Productions in order to dedicate himself to practicing and improving his athletic abilities. As a result, Sakuraba becomes Ojo's key offensive weapon, and comes to be regarded as one of the four best wide receivers in the entire Kanto region. A major aspect of this success is Sakuraba's cooperation with Takami, who is also very tall. The two are able to utilize their combined height with the Everest Pass, a pass that Takami throws with a high trajectory such that only Sakuraba is capable of reaching it.

While at the beginning of the series Sakuraba is repeatedly overcome by self-doubt and the pressure accompanying the perception that he is the team's ace, he becomes more confident as his skills improve. Otherwise he has a fairly quiet and submissive personality.

Ichiro Takami

  • (高見 伊知郎 Takami Ichirō)
  • Seiyū: Kenji Hamada

Takami is the quarterback of the Oujo White Knights. Takami is ailed by a childhood leg injury suffered in a car accident, which hampers his running ability. In middle school he was told he could not play due to this drawback, and so he decided to attempt to make up for his disadvantage by training harder and practicing his throwing ability. Takami was thus able to become Ojo's starting quarterback when he entered high school. Takami is intelligent, insightful, and sometimes crafty, and he is usually capable of analyzing an opposing team's abilities. However, while his throws are renowned for their accuracy, he is not considered a top-notch quarterback. Takami's only natural ability is his height, which allows him to accurately throw passes at a greater height than any other quarterback. He is only able to do so, however, by throwing to a receiver who is also very tall. He had thus been depending on Sakuraba to improve, as he does prior to the Autumn Tokyo Tournament. Together, Takami and Sakuraba develop the Everest Pass, which becomes Ojo's greatest offensive strategy.

Makoto Otawara

(大田原誠 Ōtawara Makoto)

  • Seiyū: Kenji Nomura Voice Actor: Patrick Seitz
    Makoto otawara

    Makoto Otawara

A large lineman for the White Knights, Otawara is an extremely muscular, brash, and dense senior student and the captain of oujo. He has a number of juvenile habits, such as farting in public, picking his nose, and his pants falling off frequently, all of which are played as running jokes throughout the series. He is repeatedly considered one of the least intelligent characters in the series, matched only by Taki, and is not only confused by somewhat complicated language, but also American football strategy. Despite this, he is very strong and also extremely fast for someone of his size, which makes him a very good defensive player. Otawara can be very insightful on occasion, which genuinely shocks just about everyone, but is in general a cheerfully bumbling person who is at his best when he does not bother to think about a situation. He also takes great pride in the capabilities and achievements of his team, and seems to be a motivational leader for the White Knights, as he is responsible in leading the team's chant at the beginning of each game.

Daigo Ikari

  • (猪狩 大吾 Ikari Daigo)
  • Seiyū: Eiji Takemoto

Ikari Daigo during episode 131

Ikari, nicknamed "Prison Chain Ikari" in middle school, is a former notorious delinquent and lineman for the Ojo White Knights. He is very quick to irritate, and often reacts violently to any comments he perceives as insulting to his teammates or to Ojo High School in general. Because of this, he was frequently suspended from school up until deciding to join the football team after overhearing a remark that the White Knights were weaker without the Golden Generation playing for them and because of Otawara saying how great American football is for people of his type. However, his bouts of violence continue, which causes him to be disqualified from each of Ojo's games before he is able to play; this pattern continues until Ojo's second match with the Deimon Devil Bats. His violent behavior continues when he plays games, as he brutally attacks any opposing ball-carrier without hesitation.

Other Players in Ojo

Various players from the White Knights are additionally named, though their role in the story is extremely limited. Additional players include:

  • Hikaru Itadaki, #16, Tight End
  • Shun Kankazi, #83, Wide Receiver
  • Keisuke Nekoyama, #32, Running Back
  • Shoichi Mayumura, #38, Running Back
  • Reiji Kagamido, #52, Offensive Lineman
  • Atsuo Iwabana, #62, Offensive Lineman
  • Yoshinori Agota, # 78, Offensive line. Agota is named one of the Tokyo Best 11.
  • Eiji Suzuki, #57, Offensive Lineman
  • Kyohei Yakumaru, #35, Linebacker
  • Takaya Gushiken, #51, Linebacker
  • Rintaro Tsuyashima, # 22. Tsuyashima is named one of the Tokyo Best 11.
  • Hiroyuki Iguchi, #25, Cornerback. Iguchi is named one of the Tokyo Best 11. At the beginning of the second game against Deimon, he covers Monta but despite his more superior speed he is caught off guard by his catching prowess and Sakuraba takes over covering him.
  • Tadashi Tsurime, #15, Safety. Tsurime is named one of the Tokyo Best 11.
  • Sota Nakawaki, #33, Safety. Nakawaki is named one of the Tokyo Best 11.
  • Naoki Uemura, #92, Defensive Lineman. Uemura is named one of the Tokyo Best 11.
  • Yorihiro Watanabe, #70, Defensive Lineman. Watanabe is named one of the Tokyo Best


Gunpei Shoji ("Shogun")

  • (庄司軍平 Shōji Gunpei)
  • Seiyū: Tetsuo Komura

Shoji is the head coach and trainer of the Ojo White Knights. During his years in university, he had been an ace player for his football team, along with Deimon's trainer Doburoku. Together, they were known at the Twin Japanese Blades. Unlike his former teammate, Shoji had avoided seriously injuring himself during the Death March training. He is a harsh but fair coach and he firmly believes that defense is the most important element in winning football games. Shoji was responsible for Shin's being recruited to the football team, as he instantly recognized his talent upon seeing the young player.

Koharu Wakana

  • (若菜小春 Wakana Koharu)
  • Seiyū: Sakenobe Mika

Wakana is the manager and assistant of the Ojo White Knights. She's known for recording most of the football games and has a habit of catching garbage thrown by the coach and players in a wastebasket. She seems to developed a friendship with fellow member Takami and Deimon's Mamori and Suzuna. It was said that she actually became manager to avoid working for her parents' grocery store.

Games Played

Opponent Outcome Score
Deimon Devil Bat Win 99 - 0
Deimon Devil Bat Win 68 - 12
Sankaku Punk Win 7 - 6
Seibu Wild Gunmen Win 21 - 20
Shinryuji Naga Lost 3 - 43
Sankaku Punk Win 82 - 0
Bando Spider Win 14 - 3
Seibu Wild Gunmen Win 14 - 3
Sado Strong Golem Win 42-0.
Deimon Devil Bat Lost 40 - 42 (manga)

28 - 27 (anime)

Team Appearance and Rituals

  • Mascot: Knight with lance on horse.

    The Oujo White Knights logo

  • Helmet logo: Blue shield with a white crucifix.
  • Team colors: White and blue. Jerseys feature a lightning bolt across each shoulder.


  • The team currently has 46 members.
  • Ojo Private Senior High School resembles the Notre Dame Cathedral to indicate that the school has a long, proud American football tradition like the University of Notre Dame in the United States.
  • Their team's chant is "Glory on the Kingdom!"
  • The team is based on the old football maxim "Offense Wins Games, But Defense Wins Championships". If the opponent can be prevented from scoring, then only one point is needed to win. This is the direct opposite of the Deimon Devil Bats, in which ultimate offense is the best strategy. Hiruma: "If we can score 100 points to their 99 points (the number of points Ojo scored in their first game against Deimon), then one point is all we need to win."
  • Like Zokugaku, Oujo also has a university school, whose football team is the "Silver Knights". Currently, their players consist of the legendary "Golden Generation", known as the pinnacle of the ultimate defense and who came the closest to defeat the unstoppable Shinryuji Nagas during their time (prior to Deimon doing so this football season).
  • Oujo appears to have a lot wealthy students alumni and a lot of well to do parents school judging by the elaborate architecture of the school and the extravagance spent on their football team or it might be most athletic budget because the founder and principal decided to become protestant priest after attending and playing Notre dame majoring education he had wealthy parents somehow founded a school in Japan original a Christian school but like values became a values school after people like the values it was preaching. Only Otawara is known to have gotten into Ojo by an athletic scholarship.
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