Best Sports Anime – Top 10 Suggestion

Best Sports Anime – Top 10 Suggestion

August 21, 2021 0 By Ray

Best sports anime

(picture credit: Haikyuu!! third season)

  1. Haikyuu

One of the most heart-racing sports anime of all time. Haikyuu is a sport-themed shounen anime series that narrates the story of Hinata Shoyo, aspiring to be a talented volleyball player. The twist lies in the fact that Shoyo is comparatively short-heightened which is considered to be a disadvantage in volleyball. His journey starts when he joins Karasuno High School.

One of the best things about this anime is how hard work beats all the odds. Most of the characters aren’t specifically gifted or stand out due to their ability. But still, they thrive forward sharpening their skills. You won’t be able to help but root out for them.


  1. Prince of Tennis

Prince of Tennis is a sports anime focused on Tennis. The series follows the story of the tennis prodigy, Ryoma Echizen as he joins Seishun Academy, a famous school for tennis. While you can’t help but admire his skills and passion, the other players are still going to catch your attention. Each of them showcasing different skills.


  1. Slam Dunk

One of the oldest anime suggestions in the sports-anime suggestion category. Slam dunk is story-focused on basketball. The anime tells the story of Hanamichi Sakuragi, a delinquent, and a high-schooler. Despite his odd personality, he has superior athletic ability, due to which he is asked to join a basketball club even though he has no prior experience in sports. Expect some comedy and drama along with sports action. This is one of those few anime which will give a good laugh along with getting emotionally invested in their serious moments.


  1. Kuroko no Basuke

Another one of the basket-ball based sports anime, Kuroko no Basuke narrates the story of Kuroko Tetsuya and Taiga Kagami as they aim in bringing their high school to the top of Japan. Witness the super-talented players as they face off against each other. It gives you a thrill as to who will win?


  1. Ace of Diamond

This anime has a hardcore theme of sports action. Ace of diamond follows the story of Eijun Sawamura a baseball pitcher as he aims to become his high school ace pitcher. You will admire the amount of hard work the main character invests to be able to stand on the pitcher’s mould. Lack of professional guidance didn’t stop him to polish his skills as much as he could. Rivalry and teamwork have pushed him to strive to be a better version of himself. The anime series has showcased his growth progress.


  1. Captain Tsubasa

Captain Tsubasa is the oldest sports anime suggestion on the list. It was first aired in the year 1983. The anime is based on the manga of the same name by Yoichi Takahashi. To date, the manga has received 4 anime series adaptions, 4 anime film adaptions, and 2 OVA. Captain Tsubasa is considered to be the all-time best sports anime and manga series of all time. The story is praised for its storytelling and making football one of the popular sports in Japan. The story is focused on Tsubasa Oozora and his football journey. The series has also focused on the other characters like Tsubasa’s friends, rivals, and opponents and explores the dynamics of the relationship.


  1. Chihayafuru

Chihayafuru is a josei anime focused on competitive Karuta. It narrates the story of Chihaya Ayase as she dreams of becoming the top Karuta player. You will admire Chihaya’s character as she keeps on climbing up the ladder to success. Unlike most sports anime, Chihayafuru has an element of romance and slice of life. You get the wholesome series that offers a lot besides sports.


  1. Big Windup

Big Windup is another sports anime focused on baseball. However, unlike Ace of diamond, it is less intense. The anime follows the story of Ren Mihashi a skilled pitcher who is often overshadowed due to his lack of self-confidence in his play. After transferring to Nishiura High School and slowly gaining the support of his teammate he starts to open up,  making him a better player and improving his skills thereafter. This series has put a lot of focus on team play which will make you root for the entire team rather than a single player.


  1. Hajime no Ippo

Hajime no Ippo is a sports-themed anime focused on boxing. The story focus on the boxing journey of Makunouchi Ippo. You will be amused by the character as even though he loves boxing he has a shy personality. This series will grab all your attention for all the sports action scenes and give you a good hearty laugh when it comes to comedy.


  1. Yowamushi Pedal

Yowamushi Pedal is a sports anime based on bicycle racing. The story is focused on Sakamichi Onada who is an Otaku. His cycling skills are so exceptional that he even catch the eyes of his fellow classmate Shunsuke Imaizumi who wants to be the fastest cyclist in the world. As Sakamichi joins the cycling clubs we see his character growth. Follow the journey of Onada where he will come across amazing cyclists as they race along to win the championship.


Notable mentions

  • One Outs

One Out is rather an unconventional sports anime because it has focused more on the psychological aspects of the gameplay. Nevertheless, it is a sports anime worth watching. The intellectual depth shown by the main character will remind you of Light Yagami of Death Note. You will be intrigued by the main character as he uses his wit to win against all the odds.