Takeru Yamato
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Character information
Rōmaji Yamato Takeru
Kanji 大和猛
Alias The Real Eyeshield 21
The Emperor
Gender Male
Age 16 (series)
18 (final chapter)
Birthday October 10
Height 190 cm (6'2")
Weight 79 kg
Bench press 140 Kg
Relatives One younger brother
Affiliation Teikoku Alexanders
Year 1st year
Jersey 21 (first seen in Chapter 281)
40 Yard Dash 4.2 seconds
Position Running back
Free Safety
Team Teikoku Alexanders (high school)
Team Japan (Youth World Cup)
Saikyoudai Wizards (university)
Former Affiliation Notre Dame Middle School
Chapter 274th Down
Episode Episode 57
Voice actors
Japanese N/A
Image gallery

Takeru Yamato (大和猛, Yamato Takeru) is the running back for Teikoku Alexanders and is the original Eyeshield 21 before Sena officially became the Real Eyeshield 21 after beating Yamato at the Christmas Bowl.


Yamato is incredibly good-looking, with brown eyes and wavy brown hair and bangs that cover the left side of his forehead. In chapter 282, when, addressing Achilles about wishing to be as popular as Yamato or Taka, Yamato comments that even he doesn't have a girlfriend, Karin points out that there's a difference between "doesn't have" and "can't have". He wears a multi-colored eye shield.


Yamato is a very friendly and confident guy who Sena said: "behind the friendly speeches, there is a part of him that believes that he won't lose at all." Rather than being prideful, Yamato naturally radiates confidence of never losing, giving birth to his "Absolute Prediction". Though he seems to be a very kind and gentle person, he usually has a very blunt and sometimes unkind way of speaking which he disguises behind a smile, sometimes making people angry.

His best friend is Taka, who he seems to hold more or less of a friendly rivalry with. He gets along well with Achilles and Heracles who both admire and respect him and vice versa. He also gets along well with Karin whom he trusts to be a good quarterback, leaving her to dodge Kurita on her own with gentle encouragement. Considering that she succeeded, he has a good reason. Kirio Ibarada, however, seems to totally despise him because Yamato sees Karin as a stronger quarterback than him.

Behind Yamato's cheery facade, he was actually very insecure about his abilities during middle school, especially after meeting Panther for the first time. He noted to himself that the only advantage that he had was being much taller than an average Japanese. His strength, speed, and balance he obtained after a hellish training. After developing the Caeser's Charge by fortifying his willpower, he gained more confidence as Eyeshield 21.


Yamato early history where he attends Notre Dome Middle School in America as an exchange student he was discriminated due to being Japanese and had great height speed and power after grueling hard training he eventually took the name Eyeshield 21


Christmas Bowl Arc

A player for the best team in Kansai, Yamato is the real Eyeshield 21 from Notre Dame that once fought


Yamato and Sena finally face-off

against Kyoshin Poseidon's Shun Kakei, who played for Phoenix. He is said to be the perfect runner and has great strength, speed, technique, and even perfect body balance. He is a fellow "perfect player" like Shin. So far, Shin is the only one who has been able to stop his run. An example of this is when one of his teammates says that 10 players from the Teikoku 2nd string combined are not even capable of stopping his run. In all of Teikoku, it is shown that only fellow ace, Taka Honjo, can give him a real challenge. The person originally believed to be Eyeshield 21 was Hayato Akaba from the Bando Spiders, but Shun comments that his body type is slightly different from the one he played against. Near the climax of the game against the Hakushū Dinosaurs, Marco reveals that the team that the real Eyeshield 21 plays for is Teikoku, shocking both Sena and Shun. With Deimon in the Christmas Bowl, the showdown between him and Sena is now a reality. When Sena, Monta, and Suzuna go to scout Teikoku's football team, he pairs up with Sena against 4th string players to see what Sena was capable of. However, his true goal was to meet someone who can match him to the point of being able to make him use his "true style", which has yet to be revealed.


During a recent duel with Agon (of Shinryuji), it is revealed that Yamato's "True Style" would have been used against Agon because Agon's God-Speed Impulse could overcome Yamato's speed. Yamato almost reveals this style in the duel but his face changes when he uses this style intimidating Agon. It is revealed by Sena in chapter 283 that Yamato's speed is not faster than Sena or Shin's; however, his balance is "perfect". It is revealed in chapter 286 that Yamato can use, due to his body balance, multiple crossover steps combined with cutting steps at the same time, creating the "True" Devil Bat Ghost. Though Sena manages to still see through Yamato's Ghost and is able to catch him. Yamato then decided to use his true style which is "Caesar's Charge" in which he manages to throw Sena off. Though he had won his one-on-one with Sena, Sena still catches Yamato once again surprising every one of the Teikoku Alexanders' players and even surprises Yamato as well. He then pushes Sena away using his "unsealed" right arm.

However, during the final 5 minutes of the game, when it appears that the Alexanders had put Deimon down with another touchdown, Sena defeats Yamato's perfect Caesar's Charge with the Devil 4th Dimension Run. Yamato responds to this by accelerating with all of his power at the last step diving forward surpassing the 4.2 speed and crushing Sena. This adaptation is defeated when Sena combines the Devil 4th Dimension Run with the Devil Bat Ghost.

Youth World Cup Arc

Yamato and Taka visit Deimon High School recruiting them into Team Japan for the Youth World Cup


Teikoku Alexander

Taka Honjo

Karin Koizumi

Rivals Teams

Sena Kobayakawa

Techniques and Strategies

  • Speed: Yamato has top class speed considered by Agon as a super speed 'type' at first, though his speed is not as fast as Sena or Panther, but on Shin's speed level. Agon sees him as a super speed type due to his extremely balanced and fast cuts.His speed is probably situated between 4.2 or 4.3 s.
  • Strength: He is very strong being able to push Ishimaru out of bounds with only his left hand and blocking many of Teikoku's 4th string players with only his hands to the point that they could barely talk or move. His strength is outrageous, even dragging Sena, Taki, and Kuroki along with him while doing the Caesar's Charge for at least a first down. He can lift 330 kilograms. He's on the strength level of Shin Seijuro.
  • Balance: Yamato can run nearly without falling or tripping in his run, he can run through a pile of snow at full speed without being slowed down. Yamato even says "I Cannot Be Taken Down!".
  • Ultimate Route Foresight: He can see running routes the same as Sena does. Unlike Sena, however, he sees every route possible on the field from his and the blockers' position. This was developed from his playing and running experience ever since he started playing football.
  • Absolute Prediction: Yamato never tells lies only commenting on what he knows to be true through observations. He is then, With his massive knowledge of strategy and the tactics used by the opponent, never wrong when he makes predictions about the game. However, his prediction that Deimon would not score once was crushed by Monta's touchdown in Chapter 292.
  • Ultimate Ghost Run: It's a skill allowed by Yamato's extreme body balance. By violently cutting with both cut steps and crossover steps using the legs and head as the main decoy, Yamato can make 4 ghosts of himself, creating the Mountain of Ghosts.
  • Caesars Charge (Offensive): This is Yamato's "True Running Style". It was described as the basis of American Football. By using his extreme body balance, belief and fighting spirit, ferocious strength and valiant willpower, Yamato shake off his opponents that already caught him by dragging them while running at full speed. This was the run that Shun Kakei saw in America which he called the real Eyeshield 21's perfect run. It's an extremely powerful technique that, even if one could catch him or strike him, the run still can't be stopped. Shin was able to stop this run with the Trident Tackle although Yamato wasn't thrown away and Shin was pushed back for a whole yard.
  • Caesars Charge (Defensive): Usually in defense after looking at which side the runner is going you accelerate but the "Real Eyeshield 21" is different, by spreading his arms wide and in the same time shortens the distance by charging to his opponent with full speed at once, he is able to create a perfect seal that directly prevents any move to the sides. His opponents can't escape him from above thanks to his height, either. The Defensive Caesars Charge is also allowed by Yamato's huge build and body balance.




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