Sports anime is an exhilarating genre that has so many fans. Looking for a sports anime or two to watch? Or perhaps want to expand your sports anime watchlist? Well, we have something just for you.
Below, we listed 12 of the best sports anime you don’t want to miss.
12 Must-Watch Best Sports Anime
1. Hajime no Ippo
Yet, he never has the passion to act upon his dream. His life changed when he met Takamura Mamura, a boxer who saved him one day during another bullying by his classmates.
Ippo asks Takamura to train him as a boxer. Takamura responds by giving a task that is seemingly impossible for someone like Ippo.
Ippo, now willing to act upon his dream, trains relentlessly so he can accomplish the task. And thus, his journey as a boxer begins.
2. Baby Steps
At first, he joins the Southern Tennis Club to keep himself healthy. Previously, his days are rather monotonous as he is a diligent and methodical honor student.
His days soon change as he becomes fascinated the more he plays tennis. Instead of playing tennis for his initial reason, now he does it so he can become one of the best tennis players, taking “baby steps” as he continuously improves.
3. Kuroko no Basket
The team has two recruits: Tetsuya Kuroko, a student who is seemingly ordinary thanks to his lack of presence, and Taiga Kagami, a promising basketball player who just returned from the U.S.
Unfortunately, the club’s first match turns out to be their last as they are squashed by Tobio Kageyama.
Vowing to surpass Kageyama, Hinata joins Karasuno High School’s volleyball team. It turns out that Kageyama, his sworn rival, is also in the team.
Now, Hinata and Kageyama, working through their heated rivalry, must work together to make Karasuno Japan’s number one high school volleyball team.
5. Yowamushi Pedal
And thus, Onoda’s journey bicycle racing journey begins.
6. Ace of Diamond
Determined to be the team’s ace, Eijun finds a rival in Satoru Furuya, a fellow first-year student who earns himself a spot on the team’s starting roster.
With such a powerful lineup, the team aims to be the number one baseball club in Japan, facing off against formidable opponents along the way.
7. Run With The Wind
Impressed by Kakeru’s agility, Haiji persuades him to live in Chikusei-sou, which turns out to be Kensei University Track Club’s dormitory.
In the dorm, Kakeru lives Haiji and eight other students. Haiji dreams to win Hakone Ekiden. It is one of Japan’s most prominent university marathon relay races.
The problem is, excluding Kakeru and Haiji, none of the residents is a professional runner. Can Kakeru and Haiji prepare their fellow residents to win the prominent race within months?
8. Major Anime
Unfortunately, Shigeharu has an elbow injury, which forces him to get out of his team.
After his childhood friend told him of an offhand joke, Shigeharu decides to keep playing baseball. This time around, he takes up the bat instead of playing as a pitcher.
9. Ahiru No Sora
Wanting to revive the club, he challenges the current club members. Impressed by his skills and determination, his teammates once again find their lost passion for the sport.
10. Giant Killing
This eccentric coach is now called to coach his former team who is in very bad condition. Can he coach his team to compete against teams with better players and budgets?
While Jin is considered a soccer genius, Tsukushi is a boy that has no special talent. Things get interesting when Tsukushi meets Jin. Now the two are dragged into the world of soccer.
12. Initial D
One night, an infamous team of street racers, Akagi Red Suns, find one of their aces is bested by an old Toyota AE86 during a drive back home. Who is this mysterious driver?
Which sports anime should you watch first? That’s entirely up to you. Our list of best sports anime above is not created in a particular order. Meaning, you can watch whichever anime to watch first.
If you have a particular sport you like, you may want to watch an anime about it. For example, if you like volleyball, you may want to start with Haikyu!!.
If you like basketball, then start with Ahiru no Sora or Kuroko no Basket. And so on. Hope that helps. Have fun!