Let’s be honest most of us don’t play sports and we definitely don’t watch anime about sports. However after recently watching some of the best sport anime out there and I just found a new favorite genre. Just watch one of the shows on this list and I’m sure you’ll fall in love too.
5. Yowamushi Pedal
Samaichi Onoda is a regular Otaku student wanting to start an Anime club in his high school (hit’s right at home doesn’t it?). Having no luck recruiting the first members of his club however he decides to venture to Akihabara and asking around there. 90 Km away. On an old heavy bike. Luckily he’s been making this trip since he was a child. This is when he runs into cyclist Shunsake Imaizumi sees Onoda pedal up an incredible steep hill. Impressed Shunsake challenges Onoda to a race, if Onoda wins Imaizumi joins his anime club. So begins Onodas foray into high speed cycling. Fast bikes, Otaku student, and an anime about anime club? What’s not to love.
Pipsqueak Shoyo Hinata feels inspired to start a volleyball team after watching the “Little Giant” in action. With some pretty impressive skill he even manages to take his newly formed middle school team to the championships. Only to be crushed in the first match by the Kings of the Court Tobio Kageyama. Shouyou vows to defeat him in there next encounter. Once graduated however he finds himself on the same team as Tobio in high school. Now they have to work together, improve each other’s weaknesses, and make their team the best in Japan. A great story with a strong rivalry, I’d give it a 7.5/10.
3. Diamond no Ace
You know how Americans are all about their football? Yeah well that’s how Japan is about baseball…but on steroids. That loves is perfectly portrayed in Diamond no Ace . It stars Eijun Sawamura who just recently accepted an offer to play baseball at renown Seidou high school. To say the competition is fierce is an understatement. Determined to make a name for himself Eijun vows he’ll become the team’s best player. Standing in his way is Satoru Furuya fellow first year who’s killer arm has already secured him a spot on the starting line up. If you want a good team oriented sport anime, this is the one.
2. Ping Pong the Animation
If team based sports or physically demanding activities isn’t in your taste, but you still want to give sport anime a try then I’d suggest watching this one first. Makoto Tsukimoto along with his friends compete in the iinter-high table tennis competition. To the winner goes the gloryIntense competition, ambitions main character, and grueling training. This has all the elements needed to be one of the best sport anime without the physical contact or team dynamics.
1. Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting
Finally we have Hajime no Ippo. This anime chronicles the tale of Ippo Makunouchi a shy student who is constantly being terrorized by bullies when one day during a particularly aggressive beat down he is rescued by Takamura Mamoru, a pro boxer. Takamura takes the unconscious Ippo to Kamogawa Gym, where upon waking up Ippo takes his frustration out on a punching bag. This is where Ippo’s gift for boxing is immediately revealed. After convincing Takamuro to bring him under his tutelage Ippo begins the start of his own boxing career. You’ll see Ippo completely all sorts of cool training and progress to different boxing championships. This series’ intense fight scenes are only matched by the colorful character development, the best sport anime in my opinion and worth looking into.