I have been reading this manga for a while now. Obviously, based on the featured image above, Fantasista is a soccer manga by Kusaba Michiteru. It tells the story about Sakamoto, a boy skilled with the soccer ball handling as taught by his sister. He goes to the city to study high school there at the request of his sister who coaches the school’s soccer team. But as great as his skills may be, he has never ever played soccer with a team. And that’s what Fantasista is all about: it follows the tears and the triumphs of Sakamoto’s training at school until he catches the eye of an Italian scout who believes that he is born a ‘fantasista’–one who makes the crowd go wild in anticipation with the kind of play that he will create. The scout believes that Sakamoto is born for the world cup.
I was very much excited when I saw that Fantasista has been finally updated after being silent for almost 3 months. I’ve been eagerly following the current arc which is… ***SPOILER ALERT: READ AFTER SPOILER ALERT BREAK***
where Sakamoto, along with the other U-18, is now facing the crowd favorite Italian team. Marco, whom he has met before their match, has finally entered the court and led the Italian team to their first goal. Kondo, Sakamoto's rival within the team, airs out his displeasure and disappointment and lays the blame on Sakamoto for his failed pass before the first half was over. Gasp, yeah? Yeah.]
…ultimately the most exciting for me. This arc delves deeper into the psyche of Sakamoto’s teammates and it was a very action-packed. These two chapters are truly page-turners! Reading these made me feel like I was really watching a soccer tournament on TV. I could feel the crowd going wild, I could feel the team’s tension and the other team’s elation. It was just so damn frustrating that Chapter 84 ended with that cruel, cruel cliffhanger! I got goosebumps on my face and arms already! x.x Already craving for an update! I want to know the next storyline now!
The manga wasn’t really supposed to be funny but the chapter titles kind of cracked me up a bit: Chapter 83 – “The Thing To Put In” and Chapter 84 – “Sakamoto x Kondo = ?”. Hahaha, that’s… an explosive pair. Haha.
It’s just a quickpost; I’ll probably write the chapter summaries for those who crave for spoilers haha. I still have an article for work to finish so til next!
P.S. I’m reading this manga at OneManga.com so if you’re interested to read this wonderful, wonderful manga, click here.