Best Sports Animes


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

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!
[Newest]Best anime I've watched (only in sports series), it proves that teamwork is the key and everyone has their own special talent, It shows that every single player has their own way to express what basketball meant to them
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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
[Newest]Too good for words.
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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.
Great anime with great, funny characters.
If you see the anime remember you can read the manga (also great)
To see how it continues.
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!
[Newest]Slam dunk will be on top 1
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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.
I understand you I mean don't you just hate it when they go on and on with robots and all those dumb ass stuff. This is a genuine sport anime!
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.


[Newest]A heartwarming, inspirational and exciting anime that makes you keep hitting the next episode button until your eyes hurt. One of the best anime ever made which will surely be in everyone's top 5 all time anime.
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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
[Newest]Proves as long as you try hard you can do it
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6Hajime 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!
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.
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.
[Newest]This show has always made me feel happy or laugh I like a lot of the other top ones but this was one of my first sports anime so It goes to this show
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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.
legendary soccer anime, tsubasa was a determined child who became a great soccer player in the world


I like Tsubasa... And I usually looking for some CD tsubasa... I like it
[Newest]A legendary soccer anime, shows you how great dream really is. I used to watch this every evening when I was a child. But even now, I wouldn't mind to watch it again and again

8The Knight in the Area
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
It's so bad to hear that this anime didn't make its sell as what they expected, I don't get the point why this doesn't make high sells since this is a good anime to watch with good characters and settings. new episodes should be release as much as posible, that would be the key for such anime like this. I would rate it 100-100. the best sports anime I watched so far...
[Newest]I love this anime.. I hope this anime got season 2

9Ace 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.
[Newest]Keep on moving to your goal! Avenge the seniors

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.
This anime really inspired me to love swimming even though I'm not so great at this sport, and I truly recommend it. The animation was great and was one of the reasons which attracted me to this anime and made me watch it. I loved the plot in the anime. Complex relationships with friends, rivals and competition, and enduring the pain of getting into a sticky situation which could change you (personality, and actions), it was a truly touching and inspiring anime.
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.
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The Contenders

11Inazuma 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!


It is ONE OF THE BEST Anime I have ever watched. When I was little I used to just watch some episodes and I had no clue about what the storyline was but back then when I saw it the first time I used to love. Now, I mean just now I have completed the last episode of inazuma eleven and it was emotional and I thought that it was all over like it was the end of peace and emotional quotes and the story was just amazing. I hope that the Inazuma Eleven series continues forever at least till when I die cause I will be Seeing this anime until I DIE! The quotes are just amazing. Some of the episodes just made me cry. My best season? Well, I would say season 2, because it had the best storyline and it was damn emotional!
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!
[Newest]This anime made me love soccer even more ^^ I play soccer for my school and was about to give up but this anime inspired me to work harder. I first knew of this from my soccer addicted cousins and so, they got me to watch this. At first it was for fun until, like what I previously said, it inspired me. The animation is very cute but it became cool for the techniques of the characters ^^
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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.
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!
Best sports anime ever, people who are passionate about football must watch it, its a long series though!
[Newest]Best soccer sports anime!

This sports anime is great, love the characters and has got me dying for a second season. Ok, so the animation may not look so appealing at first and it had the affect of um should I watch this, and I totally am grateful of my decision of watching this anime. Like Kuroko no basket, and Free! (which in my opinion are better and had a greater impact on me. ) it inspired me. The characters show determination and a great passion for the sport they play (I know, all the sports anime are like that, but this anime comes straight out and gets right to the point of defeating their rivals, and playing for their love of this sport and to win of course, no one likes to lose. ) It's great, watch it and love it, this to me is one of the best sports anime like Kuroko no Basket and Free!, and whatever favorite sports anime you like.
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.
[Newest]Haikyuu has lots of character development, heart-pumping music, and beautiful graphics (especially in matches). I found myself comparing it a lot to Kuroko no Basuke, which is my favourite sports anime, but it has its own charm, especially the characters.

I'm not a big volleyball fan in the first place, but I really had an urge to play after watching this!
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14Air Gear
Reali good anime it has all the comedy action and fantasy wish they had a second session though
It's awesome! It's roller skating on steroids, literally. Highly recommend watching!
[Newest]Where is the second season? There needs to be a second season!

15Giant 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.
Great anime! This anime is different than any football anime, it's about a viewpoint from coach who have confidence against big team. Realistic and of course it given us how to make a great team
[Newest]Nice story, nice graphics, funny characters, This is a great soccer anime

16Hikaru 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.
[Newest]I think this manga is seriously under-rated! This is an amazing manga that I who have no interest/knowledge in GO love.

17Yowamushi Pedal
Great characters, great plot, great animation, great soundtrack --what more could you want? The characters are very compelling, and it does a fairly good job balancing screen time for them. The author's also very knowledgeable about cycling and it made me realize how nuanced the sport is. Fantastic anime, all around: you won't want to stop watching.
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!
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.
[Newest]Watch this this is the best

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.
[Newest]It's the best inspirational anime I have ever seen

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
[Newest]Nice show! Just I don't like the main character's voice

20Big 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.
[Newest]Ahh I love this anime so much. the storyline keeps you hooked and the characters are lovable, even the ones on opposing teams.

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