Best Sports Animes

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Best sports animes with best storylines, with best graphics, with best influences, with unique characteristics. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

1
Kuroko's Basketball
Best anime ever created. It shows that even if you are good at everything, that everyone has there own special talent and can be part of a team.

Kuroko has absolutely no upper body strength but together with Kagami they make the perfect team.
10/10 Kuroko is so adorable. But when he gets into the game, he turns into a cool character. What I like about this anime are the characters, very likable and not in any way annoying. All the characters have great character design and I love how all the Generation of miracles have different hair colors
The best anime ever! It shows different talents at basketball, and that everyone have their own way to play basketball!
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2Prince of Tennis
This anime is so cool! It shows you that age is just a number. It doesn't matter if your young as long as you have the passion and talent anything is possible. This anime can inspire a lot of young people to star their dreams now and not tomorrow or late, but now!
I love this show and I think it teaches people a lot of life lessons, not just about tennis. I know a bunch of people complain about the ridiculousness of the tennis moves but I think that adds to the charm of the show. It would get boring if it was just the same as watching a real tennis match. Plus there are a huge number of characters and teams to choose as your favorite and follow.

Plus it has a lot of cute boys.
The reason why I chose Prince of Tennis over other sport anime is because you will learn a lot about life, friendship, sportsmanship and etc. I know that other sport anime has this characteristic but Prince of Tennis has sort of impact to the viewers. You will have a wide variety of character to choose from,.

But the main reason why I chose this was because POT made me played tennis. Even though I'm not good at it, I will never give up! ~ POT is the best! It inspires me a lot, to work hard in everything that I do
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3EYESHIELD 21
best sports anime ever! It has some comedy and a lot of games I want it to continue series.
lots of comedy, lots of epic football techniques = best sport anime
is a nice one to watch it fun. haves tactiks speed and power. this boy is a losser and will bee a man gr 2 shots
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4Hajime no Ippo
I can't believe no one has listed this anime! This anime is by far the best sports anime there is. Check other listings online, you'll find out for yourself. This is a feel-good sports anime. Hajime, Ippo Makonuchi!
I agree I'm surprised this isn't higher on the list. The fights are bad ass, if you like boxing you could learn a thing or two, plus it's hilarious.
Not only is this the best sports manga, but also one of the best overall. It shows the tight bonds that are formed between opponents, and of course gym members. This manga/anime also shows you how much natural talent really means in a one-on-one sport. Even so, Makunouchi Ippo proves that everything can be done with a lot of hard work and love for the sport. When that's said, this manga is really long, has a lot of facts, and is HILARIOUS! Hope you read it to find out. It's "ongoing" by the way.
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5SLAM DUNK
Great anime with great, funny characters.
If you see the anime remember you can read the manga (also great)
To see how it continues.
Combines great and manly. To me, It's the greatest sports manga/anime of all time. Despite the fact of girly dude characters (to appeal to a female audience) and special powers/techniques, its realistic qualities are what make it appeal. Slam Dunk's characters each have their own distinct qualities, which make them individual. Compared to other sports manga, I would say this one fairs better not because of artwork, but demonstrating human-like character traits and strong story.
GREATEST SPORTS ANIME EVER! The characters are so funny, if you like naruto rivalry you will love this to. I wish they make another season of this anime I have a tall height but didn't like basketball this anime encouraged me to play it and be the best!
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6MAJOR
The by far best story I've ever seen in an anime. Great twists and nice developed characters you don't see often in an anime. And no fancy stuff you feel is made by some random nerd who loves spaceships.
Its an amazing journey with a tear jerking beginning.
better than any of the items in this list with excitement, suspense, action, drama, real-life sequences.

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7The Knight in the Area
Nc anime can't wait to watch new ep.
I love this... Can't wait the new episode
"." I can't even explain how amazing this anime is. the plot was amazing, there were right amount of characters and conflicts, the music was amazing, it really made you wanna go play soccer for no reason, the theme is great, etc. this anime is 10/10
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8CAPTAIN TSUBASA
Captain Tsubasa interpret the dreams of young determined children. Hyuga, Tsubasa, Misugi, Misaki and others never gave up and eventually became what they were destined to. They inspired me a lot and I am now working for my dream.
I like Tsubasa... And I usually looking for some CD tsubasa... I like it
legendary soccer anime, tsubasa was a determined child who became a great soccer player in the world

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9Inazuma Eleven
I love it! It was first shown at Cartoon Network and I love I. But it stopped at when they defeated Aliea Gakuen. I thought that it was really over but when I browsed the net and it wasn't done yet, I watched it immediately and finished it all. I cried at episode 126 and 127 since they are all graduated (:'() and watched it over and over again then Inazuma Eleven GO was released and obviously I watched it. It was shocking when Goenji was the bad guy there (but not technically the bad guy, just watch the whole episode and you'll understand) then Inazuma Eleven GO 2: Chrono Stone was released...
Anyhow, it's great and unique! The most addicting soccer anime I have ever watched!
:D

Multimaelin

Amazing footbal anime just like the sequel INAZUMA ELEVEN GO. I especially love the hissatsu techniques in the anime. I was addicted to both of them!
DEFINITION OF GREATNESS THAT IS INAZUMA11 IF YOU ARE A SOCCER FREAK JUST LIKE ME AND ENDOU (MARK) AND ME YOU WILL UNDER STAND WHAT I MEAN AND IF YOU DO NOT THE GO TO YOUTUBE AND START WATCHING INAZUMA 11 AND BEFORE YOUS KNAW IT YOU WILL LOVE IT AND TRY TO WATCH EVERY ONE OF IT VIDEOS. THIS SHOULD BE AT NO1 BABE!
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10HUNGRY HEART: WILD STRIKER
One of the best sports anime ever, it would probably be the best if not for the stupid ending. But, hey, I still LOVE IT!
I can be considered a lover of Sports Anime. I've watched so many of them and this anime is second to none of them. Usually there's the main character that's a coward but wants to make his life better and never quits but in this anime the story is about a guy who quit soccer in middle school because of a secret he found out which will be revealed later in the series (at the beginning the reason he quit is because of his brother who played for AC. Milan and was considered one of the best player in Japan and in the world). It's writen by the same author of Captain Tsubasa although this anime is much better in the storyline, art and it's also intriguing.
Best sports anime ever, people who are passionate about football must watch it, its a long series though!
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The Contenders

11Ace of Diamond
Best baseball anime EVER! It's comedic and serious. As a baseball fan and player I can tell you that the strategy is true to the sport as well. And the complex feelings of the players is REAL.
Right now, I only have one year of eligibility left before I graduate. Long story short, I've had 3 surgeries on my ankle and I lost a big scholarship my senior year of high school. I thought I'd never be able to play again, let alone run. BUT, I've been proving the doctors wrong since day one. After the first surgery they said I wouldn't be able to even walk without wearing an ankle brace.
So this is why Ace of Diamond is so special to me.
For my last year of college, I want to play again. So I've been working hard and counting down the days until Try-outs in August. It has been really hard trying to get back to being the player I once was. Every time I feel like giving up, I watch an episode or re-read a chapter of Ace of Diamond and I instantly regain my will to fight again. My ankle is still very weak, but I ran a 6:50 mile on the beach yesterday. I limped my way back home, but I still ran. The doctors said that I wouldn't be able to do that. Next up: making instant direction changes.
But yeah, I guess I'm trying to say that this anime has become my favorite as well as my inspiration. I really do hope this becomes more popular because this anime will always hold a special place in my heart.
This one of the greatest but most underrated sports anime I've ever seen! People may not agree with me but after watching every sports anime out there, I dare say that this is the best one I've seen so far. Wanna know why? Ace of Diamond is hundred times better than your average sports anime. The characters of DnA aren't perfect. They aren't all geniuses. They don't win every single time. They suffer painful defeats. They've endured hellish training. They aren't as hot as the characters of other anime. They're all mere humans. Humans who have worked their life out to reach their dreams... and watch it shatter right in their very eyes. This sports anime truly embodies that real meaning of defeat, the genuine essence of how hard it is to stand up again and gain momentum to find the determination to win that was lost. You may say that it looks like an average shounen anime but don't get fooled by that. The mangaka has prepared something life-changing much deeper in the series. And that was one of the most touching scene I've ever seen in anime. Actually that scene was the main reason why I consider this a superb sports anime which is cut above the rest.
One of the best sport anime. Ever. It really keeps you on the edge of your seat every week and it doesn't have a boring moment as time goes on. Usually an anime will start out really amazing then start lagging for a few episodes before becoming amazing again. This has been amazing since the beginning without any signs of a lagging period to come. One if the best ever.
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12Free!
For an anime that dedicates decent showtime for fanservice, the plot actually turns out to be quite complex, with likable, dimensional characters and a believable, if melodramatic, story. Even the gravity of some episodes are evened out with well-timed humor, and the easy pace works despite the audience being told what everything is building up towards. Add the fact that the animation is absolutely gorgeous, and you know you got a winner.
There aren't many episodes yet, so it is hard to judge, but the characters are cute, likable, and beautifully drawn. The nice graphics cancel out the lack of plot, and I think I would thoroughly enjoy more episodes of Free.
I love Free! Even though the name means the style most of us are sure that they're being freed from either the closet or 90% of their clothes. The characters are well developed even with the shortage of episodes and you can even add the AMAZING animation ^^
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13Giant Killing
Great anime! It took me a few episodes to hook me in because the situation the characters were going through was pretty appaling, it looked like nothing good could come from them.
No superpowers, no national team players, no divine motive to win, this one has its feet on the ground. Taking advantage of each player's qualities and great strategies are the key, and on top of it, no fear.
Best soccer anime for me, I just wish it was a bit longer.
Anime that teach you not to fear of your opponent no matter who that opponent is or what it will come out from it. Everything can be beating nothing possible but you have to find the right way too, a really great and cool anime with real meaning to it.
Really Great Anime! I really like the coach, at first his kindda hard to figure out. But he's really hardworking and knows exactly what he's doing.
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14Air Gear
Reali good anime it has all the comedy action and fantasy wish they had a second session though
WISH THEY HAD A SECOND SESSION
Air gaer is by far the best sports manga here it has epic badass fights the character development is astounding Ikki's team Kogarasumaru trains so hard for what they accomplish and to me it is the best sports manga out there. though it may be a little to Ecchi for some people but other than that Air gear is an amazingly awesome manga
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15Big Windup
I really liked this series because it can get hilarious and serious at the same time. The plot is actually pretty much unique in it's own way and so are the characters! Even though I am not a sports fan and don't get really excited when I see a play, I really enjoyed every single episode! You don't need to know any rules to get thrilled over the game! The series feels realistic and is likeable because there are no exaggerations in actions. Mihashis relationship to his team is interesting and complicated, but it feels nice. Mostly I don't continue reading the manga when the anime is finished, but in this case I just had to do an exception. Still I wish there would be another season.
I like how these anime showed the potentials of the characters. These anime showed that the important thing in sport is how the game is played by the team and not how to win the game. I love baseball- everything about it (rules and positions), and its so good to watch how these anime showed the roles of every position in the game. I recommend this to all sports anime fans out there.
Great anime, with amazing characterization for every character. Character development is off the charts, too, and so real. I swear, I used to think baseball was the most boring sports to watch ever, but I definitely enjoyed every minute of this anime, and am reading the manga now. Literally watched it in a day, which was probably a mistake because I am sad now.
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16Capeta
Great racing anime that has a great storyline but lacks a definite ending. It is very like Ginban Kaleidoscope were it ends without the main character dominating at the sport they are in and leaves a lot to the authors imagination
Awesome love this anime screen play characters and the cars every thing was awesome but the thing that disapointed was the ending of the series I was damn to much addicted to it but it was shuted down on 52nd episode I love if they create a season 2
There is NO reason this shouldn't be top 5 on this list. This anime is amazing. I REALLY want a season 2.
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17One Outs
This anime is not known for the longest time that I know, but thanks to HERO anime, I chase a glimpse of One Out around their 2 episode. I got curious about the anime and boom, I search the internet for this. I'm thankful that I'm able to watch this anime. The Truth is this is my FIRST anime BASEBALL that I ever watch.

No special effects, just the real or the reality of a game that is being played. Anyone who can relate with baseball can surely watch this. Or even not. Just people like myself, I really really enjoy watching this. And hopefully they will make season 2 for this.
Man do I love this anime, I mean its like so clever and I love when he pisses that guy off cause he lost all his money, I finished this in 2 days I think it should at least be in the top five
This is my favorite sports anime. A genius at gambling, reading people's thoughts and bluffing used baseball to make money. Due to a bet he lost he starts playing baseball in the pro-league trying to take Lykaons to win the Pennant Race with his unorthodox methods.
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18Whistle!
Just watched this in whole series in two day. I could honestly not stop watching this anime. By far the best soccer sports anime ever. Blows away Captain Tsubasa. If you want a good inspiring and great sports anime. This is the obvious pick!
I like it. It is one of the best anime that I have ever watched I like the way the underdog becomes one of the best soccer players in the school. HE is the best at playing soccer I feel like I can relate to the way he plays soccer.
This anime was awesome. Shou from being the worst practiced so hard to become the best and became noticed. Shou became a great player. He's my favorite character even though... You should definitely watch this soccer anime
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19Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple
Best anime I ever watched and I watched over 30 anime
By Most the best Martial arts anime I've seen
Youll like it to so you have to try if your intrested in martial arts.
Best anime ever I love the part where miu gets jelous thou they should make new episodes
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20Hikaru no Go
I think that the boy is cute and has a lot of determination. He always plays with heart and is kind to people as well. He would also be able to the national games if he were any older.
How can you imagine a thing like a go can be a top hot manga, I don't know where Ohba get that idea but it is the greatest move of his handwriting and successfully transfer into a manga by Obata-san! The best game anime I ever watched!
I truly love this one. The characters have so much depth to them, that I even cried at several points in the show. There really isn't a lot of stagnation in the character development. They are constantly evolving as individuals and I think that is what is really enchanting about this series.
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21Over Drive
A story about a loser that can't do anything until the girl he likes talk to him and teaches him how to bicycling.
OVER DRIVE IS GREAT!
Although the race (that starts from episode 11) is really long, the character development during it is amazing.
I love the main character, Mikoto because he actually turns into a great person once he finds his passion.

AMAZING!
I love over drive, by far one of the best animes I've seen, with tons of determination, and a rare sport, cycling, I wish there would be more episodes ^.^ and more cycling animes! C:

22DEAR BOYS
Loved it. Just the way it says that doesn't matter what your structure is its always best to believe in yourself!
I love this so much! Just finished it in one day...i can't believe its only in 13th place.. The story is just so good.. Though the graphics is quite bad, you wont even think much a bout that as soon as you're already hooked with the story and characters.. Too bad there is no season 2. Seriouslyy...i love aizawa!
This makes you just want to play more basketball

23Ginga e Kickoff!
Its amazing love it! About a boy who is bad at soccer but he works hard to achieve the top with his team! You just keer watching every episode is so good and funny!
An soccer anime that I think shows the power of teamwork. Every time I think that it cannot get any better, it turns around and brings something else to the table.

I can hardly wait to see what happens next.
This anime is amazing, and Shou is the best captain and commander with the help of his teamates the triplet and the others they succeed with their dream to be the number one in the galaxy.. It was fun watching this anime :))))
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24Cross Game
Cross game needs to be placed much higher in the rankings due to its well done story telling. Its not so over the top but incredibly exciting games put this one at the top of the list.
This is so epically beast awesome. Best ever. Got me hooked on sports anime. Does not dissapoint. I feel that this could
Adasd

Nice theme nice baseball anime. Comparable to major.
Amazing anime. Different from the others. Unique relationships.
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25Haikyuu!
It may not look like it at first, but this anime is just so effing great that after reading the few episodes aired in one go, I immediately continued reading the story in the manga! And now I'm done and stuck to waiting updates on the manga. It's just that awesome!

Maybe it's because I really love volleyball that this one got me hooked, but I guess even those who didn't even play volleyball will like it. The graphics are great as well, and the characters' movements are so much like the real thing. Not only that, but it doesn't fail to keep me laughing as well.

I really recommend it. This is really good stuff. Very realistic, too.
The sort of anime that leaves your cheeks hurting after smiling just too much after each episode, and simultaneously pumped up by the drama, Haikyuu is truly quite incredible. With top-notch voice-acting, animation and an impressive soundtrack, the story contains just the right balance of comedy and drama. It has a unique comforting feel, with great character chemistry, and is suited to a wide audience, volleyball fans or not. Highly recommended.
Boy's volleyball anime that just started airing this season. I couldn't stop watching the first episode even though I was running late. Very likable characters right off the bat, beautifully smooth animation. I'm really looking forward to where it's going.
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26SUZUKA
-This Show is amazing!
-I just finished it and because I like track it was the best.
-Track/Anime lovers you should definitely watch this!
-This Anime genre is a Drama, Bishoujo, Comedy, Romance, School, Slice of Life, Sports.
It's has to be the best sports anime of ll time. The story in well telled and has good episode that make you want to keep watching them over and over tell you DVD is broken.
I love It
It inspired be to do my best I'm my dream of becoming a spirtner
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27Ginban Kaleidoscope
There aren't many animes about figure skating so this is one of a kind. This show also has a variety of genres, like romance, comedy, and tragedy!

28Chihayafuru
I was a bit skeptical when I first watched the first episode, but it was a really nice one. This anime shows us how one can be very passionate and hard working just to see that someone and play against him or her.
I didn't think I'd enjoy this when I read about it but beforeI knew it found myself watching it back-to-back and it was actually very well done. I also liked the fact it introduced me to a new aspect of Japanese culture and introduced the game and it's strategies really well. Two series were made and the manga is ongoing.
Love Chihaya Love Tichi Love Arata Love Karuta.
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29Yowamushi Pedal
A great anime so far. Very educating when it comes to the different types of bikes and gears. Makes me want to root for the underdog, and even makes me want to go out and ride my bike at the end of each episode I watch!
My favorite sports anime, it shows the hard-work and dedication of all the characters and makes you even feel for them as they all have good reasons for wanting to win. Overall the best sports anime out their
Great show that makes me want to try harder in everything I do. Also makes you want to root for the underdog! I found every single character to be interesting, unique and likeable (some of them in the way you would like an interesting villain). Every character has their own past. Great story and excellent plot pacing.
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30Initial D
Initial must be in top 10, because it has great story, and I love takumi way of driving and his techniques.
Initial D is amazing. It is fast paced with a surprisingly good story for a racing anime. It is a bit cliche with some of the things they do with certain characters (particularly girls) and such, but the racing itself is can't miss. The series always manages to throw exiting new challenges and opponents. Takami's driving is insane. It leaves you wondering what he'll do. I definitely recommend you give this a watch.
Longest racing series anime. Characters style are different from usual but it's good.
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31Inazuma Eleven Go
The pride and love for soccer all include in this anime. I think this anime is amazing!

32Baby Steps
An inspiring tennis anime. It features a topper in the class interested in tennis and how he becomes a pro
Great anime about tennis. Great characters and good plot.

33Attack No. 1
I really like this anime. It's far exiting than other sport's anime that I've ever seen. I hope you will also enjoy it

34Ashita No Joe
The best underrated anime of all times. C‘mon, people, THE BEST ANIME. JOEE
It's the best anime I have ever watched! The plot and caracters are just awesome
Ashita no Joe tells the tale of a wandering orphan named Joe Yabuki. He falls into one of Tokyo's slums and gets into a fight with a local gang and his street fighting skills gets him the attention of a washed up alcoholic boxing trainer. Until he sticks up for Joe when the gang comes back to finish Joe, Joe decides to live with the trainer

35Bowling King
You can only read it but it is the best anime ever
It is in my top ten list

36Ro-Kyu-Bu!
It is like the best sports show for girls. There is sort of like a rivalry between the boys' basketball team and the girls' basketball team. The advisors decide to have a match between both teams but the girls' basketball team does not have a coach so they need to train on their own. Eventually they find a coach and go on many adventures together.

37Supa Strikas
It is the best animated soccer series ever. It is filled with suspense and matches of soccer.

38Chicho Terremoto
You rote it in Spanish I think its dash kappei in English but I love this anime it is so hilarious
Great anime best ever
Best sport anime it has allot of sports in one show most seen sport in the anime basketball but ithas pingpong jimnastics tennis and oders verry funny anime

39Inazuma Eleven GO Galaxy
Was very good and the charachters were understandable so I give it 25/30
THERE SHOULD BE ANOTHER SEASON AFTER GALAXY
This isn't "was very good", it IS very good as it's still running (at least when this comment is being written) and running greatly no doubt about it. Probably the best Inazuma eleven sequel series after of course inazuma eleven itself. I'd give this 28/30.

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40Touch
It's a bit old, and the animation isn't the best. But the story and character development is just top notch. I can't say much without giving everything way, but the story is of two twin brothers who compete (one athletic, one who had potential, but is lazy) and their childhood friend who happens to be a girl.
Amazing story with an interesting goal and drive for the main character. Just beautiful.

41Special A
Its so cool and funny
Basically its about this girl when she used to
Be going out with this boy and she
Was really sweet and knows what love is
But after that when the boyfriend left her
And became famous she left all her sweetness
And love behind and became a mad girl
This anime is very funny. I laughed a whole bunch!

42Yowapeda
This is one of the best sports anime I have ever watched! All of the racing and adventure makes me so excited!
Good character development, such a great storyline for otaku Onoda who turns into a kick ass cycling machine. I really love how everyone seems to be endeared by his innocence. This show is awesome, I love the plots and the races are always intense. You never know who's going to win! Good opening themes and ending themes too!

43Aoki Densetsu Shoot
One of the most inspiring and touching anime I have ever watched. It blew me away completely... A must watch for everyone who loves sports anime. The legacy of kubo senpai and the rise of Tanaka is sure to satisfy all of your needs...

44Musashi No Ken
It's an great old anime about kendo
Wich a boy wish to be nr1 in Japan
We look like our hero slowly progress
From born till champion
It's one of those rare anime you are
Able to... watch self to find out!

45REAL

46Our Field of Dreams
I wonder why people don't read this manga. This is absolute marvelous manga!

47Inazuma Eleven GO 2: Chrono Stone

48Dodge Fighters

49Ranma 1/2

50Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl
The top sport anime has to be Hajime no Ippo but I do think this one deserves a mention. It was more popular in Japan than Ranma but I don't think it is well known. It's over 200 episodes long so characters get well developed. It's about a girl who is gifted at judo but doesn't enjoy it and her path to the Barcelona Olympics. It teaches you about the sport with some romance thrown in. Look it up and see what you think!
Try it and see...

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