It was appropriate that I decided to watch Inazuma Eleven during the World Cup. At the very least, it gave me a great reaction image for Brazil v. Germany. I had been advised that Inazuma Eleven was something that I’d enjoy. Of course, the problem is that as a children’s cartoon it is quite the behemoth. Once you get down to it, it is a kid’s anime based on a video game about super-dimensional soccer, so the plot is not that complicated. But some of the character arcs are really fantastic and there is a surprising recurring theme in bad parenting ruining some of these kids. In the end, there’s nothing some super-powered soccer can’t fix.