Best Sports Animes

Best sports animes with best storylines, with best graphics, with best influences, with unique characteristics.
The Top Ten
1 Kuroko's Basketball

I just recently finished watching Kuroko no Basket, it's funny, inspiring, and improves your knowledge on basketball, and yes this series is not finished yet. This anime is in my top 10 favorite sports, and it's listed as #1. It made me love basketball and made me want to watch them play all day long. I still don't play basketball, but it's made me want to try. This is weird, but this anime has got me carrying a basket ball everywhere I go right now. The plot, love it! And the characters, loving them more and more everyday! At first you might hate some of the characters, saying "oh, you're so full of yourself," well some of them kind of are, but this story is basically about melting the selfish and icy hearts of the greatest, unbeatable basketball players ever, "Generation of Miracles"

Trust me you have got to watch this anime, it will make you wanting more of everything in Kuroko no Basket, and make you wanting to watch even more sports anime.

This right here is the anime that destroyed the entirety of my spare time. Kuroko no Basuke is the gateway drug that began my sad addiction to sports anime despite my terrible hatred for sports. I really love that the main character is an awesome athlete, though he's awesome in an entirely different way than other sports anime characters usually are. The characters ways of relating to each other are entertaining and fun, and this series fleshes out the opponents' personalities quite well instead of simply having people there for the main cast to beat. It makes it far more interesting that the main character personally knows all of his team's strongest opponents as well, because it adds an extra element of drama.

Has a great storyline and keeps the viewers excited at every stage of every episode. In my opinion it's not just the best sports anime ever made but also the best anime with around 3 seasons of 25 episodes each. Season 1 is just a stepping stone for season 2&3, as the first season makes the viewer aware of the situation of the whole anime, and also create the base for season 2&3. Season 2 is where the viewer really really gets excited and has a lot of intensity, especially after the first 10 episodes of season 2, their is a lot of thrill involved. Season 3 is just BOMB, the viewer will literally flip, and will just die to watch the next episode no matter how big the cost

It's one of the best animes I've ever watched and the manga is as equally well made. It has everything - protagonists, antagonists, drama, clash of ideals, strong individuals and characters, ready to give their all, in order to achieve their goals. What I particularly like about the story is the straightforward approach - there are matches after matches, one tournament after the other and every match is more interesting than the previous with a stronger opponent every time. You're always on edge, because of it, not knowing who will end victorious. I just love it.


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.

First of all, I love sports anime. I love Kuroko no Basuke, which, like Slam Dunk, is also about basketball. And Kuroko is all shiny and new and the characters are pretty and the plot is pretty good, but to me it can never hold a candle to Slam Dunk.
Slam Dunk is my top manga of all time. There's just something about it - it's so real, so incredibly well-written, so hilarious, there's so much heart, and anyone who watches it falls in love with basketball. (Plus there are pretty boys to satisfy us fangirls. )
The fangirl in me loves Kuroko; the writer/artist/critic in me loves Slam Dunk. This is not a glamourised or idealised anime (and hey, I love glamourous boys too) - these guys are real, sweaty, interesting, tall boys who could be playing in your school's basketball team - if your school's basketball team was made of awesome, that is. And you will fall in love with them and with their story if you read the manga or get through the first few episodes of older-quality ...more

Slam Dunk is legendary, and one of the giants of sports anime and manga. Younger and newer anime fans probably don't realize that sports series would not be as popular as they are today without the influence of Slam Dunk and the impact it had on an entire generation. It is the greatest basketball series there is with realistic action (nothing supernatural) and good character development. It goes without saying that Slam Dunk should be #1 on this list.

One of the best manga ever created. In my opinion the Greatest of All Sports Manga. Its not all about the game but also the whims and blues of being a teenager. It will make you laugh, smile, and enjoy everything. The story especially in the Sannoh-part will make even a grown man emotional. The best point is this is the most realistic of all sports manga which makes it the greatest.

3 Prince of Tennis

Well I believe that Prine of tennis is the greatest anime their is because their is so much action, cliff hangers and more. 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. 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

Where my sports anime addiction started! It teaches you the value of teamwork, which is what probably struck me the most about this series. The fact that it is filled with tennis moves that are impossible in real life is what gets you hooked. This anime, to me, is influential in a way that it even made me want to start playing tennis, even when I was never the sporty type. It makes you wanna work hard, and know that the will or the drive to be better is always your most important weapon or asset. The series also shows that age shouldn't get in the way or stop you from being who you want to be, and attaining what you want to achieve. Nothing should stop you from trying to successful. It shows that you don't have to be naturally good, tall, strong, or be a prodigy. It shows you that the most important ingredient is hardwork. Prince of Tennis had definitely proved the statement "Hardwork beats talent, when talent doesn't work hard." I really recommend this series. It is worth your time.

The Prince of Tennis is such an amazing anime. It really inspires you to try your hardest and never give up. It also is saying if you want to be the best then you have to work really hard, no matter if your talented or not. Everything in the world requires some sort of effort and if your not willing to put in the effort then you don't deserve to he the best. Even though you might have talent, that talent will only go so far, till someone who has worked harder than you comes along and beats U. So people should try their hardest to try to be that best at what they believe in.

Positive :
+The story is so fresh
+Have a lot of character
+Have a lot of frienship moment
+I see no reason why I'm not get bored every I watched this anime
+There's much inspire you can got from this anime
+Have 178+ episode
+Author PoT is very kind & Open to audience
+Have a lot of unique technique
+You'll see people with unique hair like mushroom, seaweed, etc.
+Each character (not everyone) have catchphrase, sometimes they catchphrase is odd but it make them looks cool

Negative :
- Too cliche because main character's team is always win.
- You'll see middle schooler who look like old man (around 45-50)
- Hiyoshi isn't appear often (really, just joke because this is nonsense)

And from my bottom heart: I like PoT so much. From they manga, anime, TeniMyu, Live Action, Game, Song, etc. Awesome.

4 Haikyuu! Haikyu!! is a Japanese shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Haruichi Furudate. Individual chapters have been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since February 2012, with bound volumes published by Shueisha.

I was pleasantly surprised with this anime. It has the right amount of humor and action. Plus it's more realistic than other animes with their crazy power ups. In this anime we see the characters grow and struggle. They both win and lose and we get to see the entire journey. There are no miracle wins just the hard work and effort being rewarded. I think in the first season it's even stated that you can be naturally talented at something but if you don't apply yourself and learn the basics you'll never truly grow. And that volleyball is a team sport so no one can possibly win alone no matter how good you are. I enjoy that the other teams on the show also have likable qualities that make you root for them as well instead of being straight up villains. Really an enjoyable anime with great characters and solid development!

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.

This anime is one of the most realistic ones I've seen ever. The character development is absolutely flawless and the pace is just right. Heck, they even made the minor characters have some character development as well. The character development in the other teams plus with every character being so likeable to the point of people even liking the minor characters that appear for like 3 episodes more than the actual protagonists themselves. The minor characters aren't treated like cheesy generic trash (except Oikawa because he's 100% trash but I still love him to pieces). The characters are relatable too. The main moral of this story is that teamwork is everything even if you're some super epic prodigy. Unlike Kuroko no Basket where everyone has super powers, this anime shows past that. Even if you have an amazing talent, your bound to make mistakes and you always have to grow. The story arc and the humor in it is great as well. In season 2, I laughed at least once every episode. 10/10

5 Hajime no Ippo

Hajime no ippo, is my favorite anime of all time. For such a great anime I feel like its not praised enough for its amazing take on sports anime in general. I wasnt really a fan of boxing until I watched this anime and saw the progression of this great, lovable, kind hearted and hardworking protagonist. Seeing him put his heart and soul into the sport he loved really made me feel like I could do the same and achive greatness if I put my heart and soul into it. Even if you don't like sports anime you will love hajime no ippo because it not just about the sport its about seeing the character grow and develop, seeinv their highs and downfalls and how they deal with it, the funny moments between ippo and his friends seeing takamura the unbeaten man take on the world and seeing the coach beat the men into shape. Words could not describe my love for this anime and the manga and if I told you everything amazing about the show this comment would be as long as the dictionary. There is a video ...more

This is the only anime close to reality. not too many fancy moves, (I don't deny that there aren't any) but this is most motivational anime out there. No other anime has influenced me and many other people to work hard and become stronger. I've heard my friends saying," I started road work after watching this." I was no exception. This anime never gets boring, not too many fillers, lot of comedy and no less action as well as thrill. One of my all time favorites, this anime deserves first spot, straight. esp if you're a guy who wants to know "what it feels to be strong," let this nobody who got bullied by class mates figure the answer for you.

I've read and watched a lot of mangas and animes but "Hajime No Ippo" is by far the best/the most intense sports anime I've ever watched. I think it might be because of how it involves 'actual' fights, but I love the development and the almost none existent exaggerated supernatural qualities. I'm just glad there's still a long road left for "Hajime No Ippo".
I promise you that as you watch this anime (and I suggest anime because the boxing matches are surreal that way), you will feel like you are actually watching a boxing match, fighting with the character, feeling every power of the punch!

The best anime I have seen because in this anime at starting the main character is very weak compare to other then he grows stronger & stronger as the anime goes on & how much hard work ippo had to do was fascinating. The punches landed on ippo so many time but still he won't give & he will keep fighting until there is no strength left in him or I say he will fight till his last breath. Overall this anime is the most awesome sport anime I have ever seen.

When I saw the ranking prince of tennis was in the 1 rank is it a joke.


This is my most favorite anime overall. The beginning of the story is sad, and it gets better and better. I watched it for so many times that I can't count it. I feel sad realizing that my boy is actually getting older and his son even has his own anime. This is also the reason why my interest in baseball grew. Love it, so much.

Amazing anime! I would definitely recommend this to anyone out there that enjoys sports in general!
Not just the sporty ones! Anyone! I, personally, am not a baseball player or a fan at all and have never been interested in it...but once I started, I just couldn't stop and finished all six seasons in 5 days. I know that may be too fast but It is a really great anime and watch it till the 10th episode and I can guarantee you will not be able to move unless you have finished it!

I've watched every sports anime ever made and Major is by far the BEST out of all of them. Excellent character developments, excellent and complex storyline. It's not like Prince of Tennis with super power moves or anything but it's about baseball and life and what one would do to achieve greatness. It's inspiring, touching, with a mixture of tragic and triumph. It's one of those anime where you feel sad when it's over.

Loved it, the story is awesome plus the character development and the backgroud music worked for me. One gets to learn a lot from this anime about teamwork and how much friendship is important in baseball and in real life the anime has some tragic moments which will really make you cry, the anime also teaches us that we should forget about our bitter past and look forward in life. This anime is really worth your precious time

7 Ace 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 ...more

HEY THIS DESERVES TO BE HIGHER UP THERE. Like the third or forth place maybe, 'cause I like the top 2 but I'm not so sure about the rest, though. But it's just so hard to find a sports anime that REALLY is about the sports, not some lame side drama that keeps dragging out forever.

Ace of Diamond is purely about baseball - strategies, struggles of players, training, games, and all that. I like its simple yet interesting plot that just has enough serious moments and emotions based on the players feelings on baseball. There is great character development, and each episode never fails to make me laugh. Also, it doesn't have to add supernatural stuff to make it entertaining, which is why I really, really like it.

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 ...more

This anime is just so amazing, it gets me on high with each episode! The more popular sports animes these days have all those characters with unrealistic strengths and moves to make the show more exciting, but what's great about this anime is that it's supeer cool and exciting already even without those silly stuff!

For me, it's one of the best sports anime out there and it deserves more recognition than this. It leaves out unncessary drama that isn't baseball-related, but you can still really feel some timely emotional moments here and there. And the characters aren't all prodigies so you can really see their development throughout the series, both in terms of their play and their attitude. No one can become great overnight, and they're all still rough around the edges, but they work hard towards their goals. They all had their own strengths to polish and weaknesses to overcome. This anime can really relate to real life.

And another thing - it's just so funny it makes ...more


That priceless bond of friendship, courage to vanish one's fear, strong-and-unique characters, never-ending support and etc not just made the readers excited but motivated. The most amusing and mature anime I ever read. Plus, it made readers went through many emotions with suspense, excitement, success and failure, not forget teenage's life and dream. It had brought so much curiosity, somehow it seemed like a real-life story. Thumbs up for Eye Shield 21!

P/S: I wish there is an episode(/+) shows that Deimon Devil Bat really win the final match instead of just ended the season 3 on semi-final against Ojo Knight, and go for Christmas Bowl.

It is one of the most awesome animes ever written. I just wish that the producers of the anime finished the entire manga series. It was extremely packed with high definition action scenes that made me want to watch it again and again. Moreover, the characters had quality descriptions and behaviors that made me think of them as really cool. In a nutshell, Eyeshield 21 is: COOL, AWESOME, ASTONISHING, IMPRESSIVE, INSPIRING, EYE-OPENING, THRILLING, and too many to mention. I just hope that more people will watch and continue to watch it.

Great character development and animation. This anime is the reason why I love American football today! The characters are diverse and hilarious, and the fact that a loser becomes the hero of the story is really inspiring. Kobayakowa Sena reminds me of Sawada Tsunayoshi from Katekyo Hitman Reborn - weak, not smart, poor athletics, non-existant social skills, but after a while, through trials and hard work, he becomes someone he never thought he could be. Hiruma Yoichi, the Commander from Hell, is my favorite character because he's the evil brains behind everything and his amazing mind keeps the anime/manga very entertaining. A must see for ALL anime/manga fans!

I just finished watching this anime and it was truly amazing, the characters are amazing especially hiruma best evil genius ever! I will never get over the fact in where the hell you pull out your guns and your beautiful smile. I wish they continued this anime I would highly recommended it to everyone I don't like any sports especially American foot ball but all the sports anime I've watched this was truly one of the best.

9 Inazuma Eleven

BEST.SPORTS.ANIME.EVER! I started watching it when I was 9-10 years old. I sobbed for 2 hours straight watching episodes 126-127. Everybody graduated and moved on. I...I hope Inazuma 11 never ends and if it does I might kill myself.

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!

One of my favorite anime ever. I watched it since I was, like, 10 years old, and it was what made me start liking soccer. I really loved the characters and their special moves. Those special shoots and blocks were what made this anime so magic. It may have it's flaws, as it can be really repetitive and annoying in some points, and even way too predictable, but even knowing what was going to happen, that everything was going to turn out good, it made me cry in many parts. It's just magic, it makes you absorbed into it before you even knowing.

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!

10 Free! Free! is a Japanese anime television series directed by Hiroko Utsumi and produced by Kyoto Animation and Animation Do.

Hands Down I'm in love with the anime My Fave is always Rin I love the Merchandise That awesome Abridged Parody 50% Off Nagisa Makes me laugh every time I watched it 10/10 I know every dialogue in the parody. Makoto is funny too Rin 100% hilarious I loved it My Boyfriend thinks This going to be over And its still going strong! English Dubbed is nicely Done! My Favorite is Nitori because I'm just Like him I have an obsession with Rin also I share a Birthday with one of the voice cast in English Dubbed is Sosuke Yamazaki Ian Sinclair *Rin Sparkle Sparkle* 100%

It's so emotional, and it ties in with problems all of us have. Schoolwork being boring, hating to study, friendships being lost, and friendships being reconnected. There are many hilarious parts in it too, such as Haru repeatedly jumping into the water before anybody can stop him (read: Gray from Fairy Tail). Then, the anime is not like some sports animes, in which the characters keep winning everywhere. The first time, the characters lost the tournaments. Not only that, but the characters are well developed and I feel like I know them inside and out. Plus, there are many internal messages being carried around- most importantly, "For the Team" and "Follow your Dreams". Then, there's the last episode, in which I saw these characters that I have fallen in love with bloom into aspiring young men winning awards and achieving the dream that they have worked so hard for.

I love Free! Yes, yes most people only watch Free! Because there are guys who (most of the time) wear only swim trunks. And, for the most part, girls like that, adding the fact that the guys are hot and sexy (and like fill the necessities of a quintet boy band?! ). But, I believe that this is more then just a "fan service" anime, even if it was intended for that purpose. Each character has some character build in this beautiful anime. Overall, even though I like Haikyuu and kurobasu, this trumps the others from an emotional standpoint. Long live Free!

Ok this is a likeable story with likeable characters and it also made several people go out and actually join this sport. It is well-loved and it doesn't stray to far away from comedy to what it is about, rather it is semi realistic and it shows the joys of being in this sport and the challenges it is expected. This overall is a good anime to watch not just because it is a sports anime, in fact my sister who hates anything to do with athletics loves this anime, so all in all I highly suggest this anime.

The Contenders
11 The Knight in the Area

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...

It's awesome story is just stunning... But why there is no more episodes after 37... I want all of them

I have watched this anime over and over again it's by far the best soccer anime I have seen

Please continue this anime, it's a great anune ever, please continue season 2, this inspired me and I love it


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.

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

I watched this, and it's awesome! I hoped they would have more episodes like in the manga though. Tsubasa is so hot! I wished he was real!

This is an awesome anime...
Loved this while I was growing up...

The characters and story line is so cool

13 Air Gear

I enjoyed watching this anime. It is very good! I really am hoping for another season regardless of ratings. (Even though they are everything in the real world). It is comical at times and very interesting. At first it may seem very typical and predictable but it will get you glued and wanting more as you continue to watch it!

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

It's awesome! It's roller skating on steroids, literally. Highly recommend watching!

Reali good anime it has all the comedy action and fantasy wish they had a second session though

14 Big 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.

Must Watch!
This is the amazing -two season- story of a new baseball team, complete strangers, bonding over the sport they love. It focuses mainly on the bond between the battery, and their stories, but includes the whole team. It hits close to home, mainly in the form of Mihashi, not gonna spoil, so... Just Watch It! You WON'T regret!

-Longer version-

Mihashi, is battling his fears and insecurities. He was bullied through middle school by his baseball team, and it left him off REALLY bad, he decides to quit even though he loves the sport, and even changes schools. But he ends up getting roped back into being the pitcher on the schools new team
Then there's Abe, he's the catcher, and he didn't exactly get along with the last pitcher he was paired with. The experience leaves him hating all pitcher's, and he doesn't get that batteries need that bond. And it's amazing to watch the two figure each other, and their friendship, out.
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Good char development, Decent pacing, cool soundtrack, and unique idea of psychological aspect of sport make this anime a masterpiece of Sport Anime. When you see the play in this anime feel like you're watching the real game. It's so realistic to the point the more episode will drawn you. Guess I don't really need to write a lot because Osamu Tezuka award already explain everything how good this series is.

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 it's 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.

15 Yowamushi Pedal

I'm currently caught up to the anime, and waiting impatiently for next week's episode. I absolutely love the adorable dork that is the main character, and I love his determination and commitment to his team. I love so many of the characters, my favourite being Makishima (the main character's green-haired senpai with the beautiful flowing locks :P). The series even manages to make me root a little bit for the main team's competition, rather than simply portraying everyone else as the bad guys. I really like the characters from Kyoto Fushimi (was that their name? ), and the ones from the champion team, which is really a first for me.

I don't know why this so far down the list. This anime is on par with the likes of Knb and Pot. The protagonist is relatable and all the other characters are awesome as well. I don't know anyother anime where there is as weird and likeable an antagonist as Midousuji Akira.
The author has managed to create a adrenaline pumping, thrilling anime based off a seemingly boring sport.
The animation and the music are excellent as well.

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.

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.


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.

This anime is just beautiful, it's got that classic air to it that makes you feel like your watching a master piece. I really loved this anime a lot. I finished it in just 4 days. I'd probabily have finished it sooner if I didn't work such a long shift, but for those four days it was what I looked forward to going home for.

This was the first sports anime I ever watched and it got me addicted to watching other sports anime. I was so mad when they lost to tenryu again in the semifinals, but at least they made it to the national stage. Kanou is one of the funniest anime characters that I've seen.

A great anime I watched the whole episode in two days and it feels as if its sucked me into the world of hungry heart. But the ending was off. Not he I wanted it to end yah but still the best sports anime. I have ever seen.

17 Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple

I really like series like this one that show the main character go from being a pathetic weakling I can sort of relate to, to a character who's stronger than anyone else. Kenichi really does that, and there's plenty of humour in the show as well. My favourite character is Apachai :3

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.

I love the character of this anime it teach me to never give up.

Best anime I ever watched and I watched over 30 anime

18 Hikaru no Go

Although it's quite old, and the manga remains permanently on hiatus, the plot and character development all but makes up for it. The animation pays attention to details such as maturing the characters appearance to suit the time passed in the animeworld, and that's a huge plus. The main character grows not only physically but mentally and emotionally. Who'd think that go would be so interesting! It's still fun even if you don't know the rules of the game

Hikaru no Go might be another underrated series, but its high rating reflects how popular it actually is. To this day, I still don't understand how to play Go, the sport which is incorporated in the series, but it's captivating. The storyline and the characters are all endearing and it's dangerously addictive. It won't disappoint to get started on this series.

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.

The best manga about intellectual game I've ever read. I also agree that the manga is seriously under-rated. It is attracting and interesting from the strategies they play the game to how the boy improves himself and enjoy the game. Amazing characters. A Cute interesting ghost!

19 Whistle!

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!

This is easily one of my most favorite sports anime ever. Unfortunately, its not very popular, but the characters were awesome and it definitely blows Captain Tsubasa away. Its just so much more interesting than the average anime.

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

20 Capeta

Rank 20! you gotta be kidding me. I have watched almost all the animes mentioned above and I can clearly say that this should be in the top 5. It is better than Initial D, wangan midnight and other legendary racing animes. The drama can make you cry. But it has only 52 episodes and the last 10 is not canon, you have to refer the manga after that. The racing scenes are greatly drawn in the manga.

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

It's a interesting story about a boy who takes care of his dad and does not have any interests and then his dad gets him a beat up go-cart and starts his legends there do not judge this anime its one of my favorite anime's.

Anyway I think ending was great tooo... The way Team Capeta made it into the finals in the Italian so ries at last head on with Minamoto is just awesome in most unique way... Love it..but wanted season 2

21 Giant 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

No need of fantasy, even with realism a sports anime can be great, this anime proved that! Pity that it doesn't have a 2nd season but still the best anime for me

22 Ginban Kaleidoscope

What a cute show?! Got me hooked from the first minute. Very good and interestingly different. Very uplifting and spirit based. A great mix of slice of life, comedy, sports and in general highlights the human condition well. Greatly recommended!

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!

23 Basquash!
24 One 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.

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.

Simply amazing, wicked revenge plots. Its such a disgrace that there is no second season, not many shows that can provide a charismatic and devilish character.

This anime is a certain must watch to anyone who are into really smartly made animes. You'll be surprised with every twist this anime has to offer.

25 Over Drive

Character development, inspiring moments, heart wrenching scenes, this anime has them all. The storyline is great, although the first few episodes are slow and the romance is kind of weak. I seriously hope they come out with more episodes showing training for and the racing of The Tour De France. That would be epic. The anime had a nice concise finish that told us they definitely made it to the Tour, but I'm craving more episodes with the same character development and emotion/ even more than was displayed during the Japan race that took place in the show. This anime is awesome, definitely one of my favorites, but I still think Hajime no ippo and Prince of tennis are better. If Overdrive was the same quality but just as long as Hajime no ippo or prince of tennis I'd say it was better, but alas it's too short. Also, TRAINING SEQUENCES ARE WHAT I LIVE FOR! Those seriously make/break sports animes for me.

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.


A story about a loser that can't do anything until the girl he likes talk to him and teaches him how to bicycling.

That anime vary great anime I want more episode

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