Sports anime is a sub-category of anime but shows like Kuroko’s Basket and Haikyuu are among the best ones ever. Here’s the top 10 ranked.
If you haven’t seen any sports anime or you want to start sport genre then we recommend you this 10 anime to start with. I hope this shows suits your interest as well. The sports anime is the mixture of drama, different motivations fill with enthusiasm.
So, what makes the sports anime interesting?
Well, the sport anime is well written drama with interesting character to attract the attention of different viewers and of course the rich background with different emotions that will surely move your heart to cheer them. The animation has to be the best to make the sports interesting and fun to watch.
So, here’s the top 10 anime with all the elements to make your day.
10.Free! Iwatobi Swim Club
Free! is an anime which was based on Swimming. This anime went quite popular who want to see a lot of pretty boys swimming and glitter in the water. To our surprise, it gained more attention and popularity as expected. The animation is beautiful and looked more fun and refreshing.
The story revolves around high school student Haruka Nanase, a gifted swimmer and his rivalry with his friend Rin Matsouka. We wont spoil the fun but it a refreshing anime which makes you want to go swimming.
9. Big Windup!
This short anime is released in 2007. It was really a great show with a unique character design of its protagonist. If you’re baseball fan then this anime is for you. Of course, this list would be incomplete without baseball, as it is the most famous sport in Japan.
The story revolves around the Rin Mihashi who lost his self-confidence in middle school and his journey to reclaim his self confidence as a pitcher with his new friend aka catcher Takaya Abe which help Rin to grow in his stature, skills and abilities. This anime is fun to watch.
8. Captain Tsubasa
This anime is all about the football game. It has more than 100 episodes including OVA’s and main story. This anime is filled with variable elements which hyped up the audience.
The story revolves around Tsubasa whose dream is to become a pro in football. He starts his journey by joining a weak team in his middle school and fought his way to the top.
The emotion shows in this anime is kind of deep which surely moved the audience. But some of the fan consider it too fantasy in terms of moves.
7. All out
Rugby! A tough sport to be played by wild humans. But you don’t need to worry about it as the animation really did hit the spot which make it likable as well as a great show. We wonder this series will get the second season or not. Anyways, this anime contains total 25 episodes.
Like most sports’ anime, this one is about the protagonist Kenji Gion, setting out to be the best player he can be while facing a lot of hurdles along the way.
6. Ace of Diamonds
Another anime based on Baseball, so of course this list would be incomplete without Ace of Diamonds. The popularity of baseball in Japan may explain why this show has a ton more episodes than most sports anime. The anime has 126 episodes and five OVAs. That’s a lot of baseball!
This anime contains Shonen-like vibes and has one of the best sounds and animation effects. The characters are uniquely designed and the intense moment will give you a goosebumps. You should definitely try this anime.
The series follows, Eijuin Sawamura who has the unique pitching abilities. However, one scout from the prestigious Seidou High approaches him and offers him a scholarship and a chance to make it to the nationals.
5. One Outs!
Okay, so this is getting harsh. Third anime on baseball. Like Really? Yes, it is, but believe us, the animation and story line differ in all the three anime. In this anime, Protagonist Toa Tokuchi plays with mind, he is a gambler who duel one on one in baseball with money on the line. Under some situation he joined the weakest team and made the contract with the owner.
This anime is super cool and psychological based. It contains 25 episodes. It is also a must watch anime.
4. Hinomaru Sumo
Sumo Wrestling! is also the famous sport in Japan. The animation and the story line truly rule this anime in. The plot itself is a great work and the efforts of its teammates deserves all the respect. This anime contains 24 episodes.
The story is about the new comer Hinomaru Ushio, a short stature guy who wants to be pro sumo wrestler. But due to its short height it’s difficult for him to aim for national championship but he overcame all the hurdles.
3. Ahiru no Sora
This is one of the underrated anime. We think it’s needs more fan following and more attention. The animation is one of the best and the struggle shows in this anime kind of cut deep in heart. This is ongoing series; 46 episodes is already been aired.
This story is about Sora Kurumatani who made a promise to his mother, “I will dominate my first high school tournament”. But as he joins the basketball club after entering Kuzryu High School, he finds out that it’s become a stomping ground for delinquents. A place where everything but basketball is done, but with Sora’s genuine zeal for basketball, things begin to stir.
2. Kuroko’s Basketball
This is another long sports anime, consisting of 75 episodes. The sports played is basketball. The show has pretty intense basketball moves and a great animation. Well, this anime really went wild among its fans. If you want the thrilling sports anime with lot of adrenaline rushes, you should go for this anime. Some fans note that the show is unrealistic in terms of sports, but that’s part of what makes it fun and interesting.
The story is about Kuroko and the kind of basketball he wants to play with his friends. Like others on this list, the show is not a “good people win every time” story, so there is a lot of struggle, drama, and the successes feel all the more real and rewarding for the characters.
Haikyuu! We know you have probably heard or have seen it around if you are into anime. It is very popular anime and has a huge fan following.
The sport that the show revolves around is volleyball. Some sports anime focuses merely on an individual with their skills but Haikyuu is all about communication with the team.
This show follows around Shoyo Hinata who wants to be the spiker and Tobio Kageyama, a prodigy setter. A cute and intense rivalry formed between them since they joined the same high school. This show is loved for the way the characters develop and how their relationships change since they are friends, teammates, and students who are in different school years emerged victorious.