All Out!! is a sports series about high school rugby. The teams are large, so there are many characters. I understand that the mangaka and character designers want to make each character stand out. They do a great job here. But a few stand out much more than others, due to what I think of as fantasy hair:
- (ULC) Oharanu Etsugo -- "antennae hair", two small hair groups sticking straight up
- (URC) Ebumi Masaru -- "anchor hair", two somewhat bigger hair groups sticking left and right from bottom of his head. He also stands out due to eyes often wild and almost constantly angry expressions.
- (LLC) Ise Natsuki -- "horn-hair", they even manage to stick out of his helmet! (Rugby helmets have holes; his holes must be magically located.)
- (LRC) Sekisan Takuya -- "ribbon hair", curly ribbons of hair at various angles
Are any of these styles something a Japanese teenager would actually wear? (Are some of them even possible?) Except for someone from another team commenting that Sekisan has really wild hair, these fantasy styles are treated as normal looks. The styles definitely help the characters stand out. With three tall blonds on the team, it is nice that two of them have unique appearances. Is blond hair fairly common among Japanese teenagers?
The strange thing is that the series is reality based; no-one has a beyond-human-capability ability or genius move. For example, another series might have a character grow up on a dairy farm, and now he has an unbreakable grip on the rugby ball due to 10 years of milking a dozen cows twice daily by hand. In All Out!! there is nothing but tough training and a great coach.
It is just ... it's just ... the fantasy hair, man.