Discover the Top Picks: A Must-Watch List of the Best Anime series based on Sports
Japanese anime have always been a fan favourite for a long time. While there have been anime shows based on multiple genres like action, drama, thriller, fiction, drama etc, it is sports-based anime that have managed to attract most viewers across all age groups. With a combination of great drama and action-packed matches that end in victories and losses while giving some learning for life. They don’t just use magical weaponry but also apply the high stake action of shonen. If this interests you, then let us introduce you to some of the best sports-based anime in recent times.
The show is a winner of the Tokyo Anime Award 2013 for the TV category and is currently available in India exclusively on JioTV’s Animax. You can watch this high adrenaline-gushing sports show in original Japanese audio with subtitles in English. This manga series was telecast between December 2008 to September 2014 and has about 30 volumes. It is the story of an underdog high school basketball team and their penultimate goal is to make a place in the national tournament. The protagonist of the story is Tetsuya Kuroko, who takes on teams of his former friends and goes on to establish his school as the best.
Currently streaming on Netflix in India, Yowamushi Pedal is about a young and timid teen who loves anime and happens to join the cycling club at school. What follows is that it turns out to be much more than a club, for the timid lad goes on to form new friendships and new bonds. His friends help him learn the skills to enhance his racing talent while also teaching him how to tackle tough challenges in the course of it. The show is inspiring and exciting.
Tsurune: Kazemai High School Kyudo Club
This series is based on Kyudo, Japanese archery that incorporates martial arts. Minato is a star of the Kazemai High School Kyudo Club. Kyudo prodigy Minato took a break from his favourite sports in middle school when he realised he would always be vulnerable to hayake, or unintentionally launching an arrow. After a new kyudo club started meeting at his high school, Mintao picked up his bow once more. He made the choice to join the group in order to catch up with Seiya and Ryouhei, two of his old pals. Minato helped his team qualify for nationals and rediscover his love for kyudo. It can be watched on Amazon Prime Video.
Captain Tsubasa was first produced in 1981 as a manga series, and he has experienced a lot. The anime series from the 1980s contains over 100 episodes, and its manga is still being published. After that, Captain Tsubasa appeared in a large number of movies and OVAs, followed by numerous anime series in the 1990s, 2000s, and most recently from 2018 to 2019. Soccer is Captain Tsubasa’s passion. It has gained popularity for its endearing characters and themes about cooperation. In terms of Japanese pop culture, it has left a small legacy and can be watched in India on Amazon Prime Video.
The titan of sports anime is Haikyuu!. Even those who haven’t seen the show have heard about it. The tale is driven by the charming protagonist of the series, Shoyo Hinata, and the other characters. Haikyuu! will engross viewers in volleyball even if they have no particular passion for the game. Although Shoyo and the other Karasuno members are the main focus of Haikyuu, it is difficult to detest many of the opposing teams since they are endearing. Fans support all teams during games because they adore characters from almost every single one of them. It is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.