31+ BEST Sports Anime to Watch [HQ IMAGES]

Sports anime has always been extremely popular amongst anime fans because of the way it’s glorified and made intense. All genres of anime are addictive but when it comes to sports anime, they take it to the extreme. The exciting, stimulating, and inspirational scenes from sports anime are sure to keep anime fans on the edge of their seats. Without further ado, let’s get right into our list of best sports anime. We suggest you keep yourself hydrated because this list is going to work you out.

Sports anime has always been extremely popular amongst anime fans because of the way it’s glorified and made intense. All genres of anime are addictive but when it comes to sports anime, they take it to the extreme. The exciting, stimulating, and inspirational scenes from sports anime are sure to keep anime fans on the edge of their seats. 

Without further ado, let’s get right into our list of best sports anime. We suggest you keep yourself hydrated because this list is going to work you out.

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32. Days

This anime is for all the soccer freaks out there. It is a perfect blend of action, humor, and emotions. This anime is very catchy and pretty solid. The story of this anime relies on the fact that everything in life is just a game of possibilities. This anime revolves around a boy named Tsukushi Tsukamoto who possesses no talents and is very clumsy and shy. He meets a boy named Jin Kazama who saves him from bullies and asks him if he’s interested in soccer. Jin tells him to play for him as his team is one player short. Tsukushi agrees and arrives at the designated place after running ten miles in the rain with an injured foot. He’s awful at playing soccer but his effort and hard work motivate the rest of his team. He finally scores a goal and is responsible for the win. After the match, he gets involved with Jin and they get dragged into the storm of soccer.

This anime is for all the soccer freaks out there. It is a perfect blend of action, humor, and emotions. This anime is very catchy and pretty solid. The story of this anime relies on the fact that everything in life is just a game of possibilities.

This anime revolves around a boy named Tsukushi Tsukamoto who possesses no talents and is very clumsy and shy. He meets a boy named Jin Kazama who saves him from bullies and asks him if he’s interested in soccer. Jin tells him to play for him as his team is one player short. Tsukushi agrees and arrives at the designated place after running ten miles in the rain with an injured foot.

He’s awful at playing soccer but his effort and hard work motivate the rest of his team. He finally scores a goal and is responsible for the win. After the match, he gets involved with Jin and they get dragged into the storm of soccer.

31. Tsuritama

This anime is absolutely beautiful with amazing visuals and colorful settings. It correctly uses the colors according to the changing emotions and moods of the anime. Not only the visuals are incredible, but also the music is perfectly fitting. This anime is touching in so many ways.

This anime is about a bunch of outcasts who bond together over fishing and find out the true essence of friendship. The protagonist, Yuki Sanada, is a very introverted boy who failed to make any friends his whole life and stays with his grandmother all the time. He meets a zealous boy named Haru who claims to be an alien and ends up staying with him at his grandmother’s house.

Both of the boys soon meet another boy named Natsuki Usami and their magical adventure in the ocean begins which makes them close to each other.

30. Prince of Stride

This anime has such a unique concept that is nothing like your average sports anime. The animation is very flashy and uses gorgeous contrasts of colors which makes it all the more attractive. It has the perfect balance of sports action as well as a few cooldown episodes that keep you hooked to it. The background music is also very catchy and complements the anime perfectly. Prince of Stride is about an extreme kind of sport that mixes up parkour and relay race. The sport involves 6 players who run relay races in a town. Three students of Honan academy High School, Nana Sakurai, Takeru Fujiwara, and Riku Yagami decide to join the stride Club. After knowing that the stride Club had been inactive for 2 years after a horrible incident, the three of them decide to re-open the club. Their goal is to compete with other schools and win Eastern Japan’s top Stride competition.

This anime has such a unique concept that is nothing like your average sports anime. The animation is very flashy and uses gorgeous contrasts of colors which makes it all the more attractive. It has the perfect balance of sports action as well as a few cooldown episodes that keep you hooked to it. The background music is also very catchy and complements the anime perfectly.

Prince of Stride is about an extreme kind of sport that mixes up parkour and relay race. The sport involves 6 players who run relay races in a town. Three students of Honan academy High School, Nana Sakurai, Takeru Fujiwara, and Riku Yagami decide to join the stride Club.

After knowing that the stride Club had been inactive for 2 years after a horrible incident, the three of them decide to re-open the club. Their goal is to compete with other schools and win Eastern Japan’s top Stride competition.

29. Air Gear

If you are a fan of comedy as well as action then this anime is perfect for you. It has the perfect balance of serious as well as lighthearted scenes that make it fantastic. The character development in this one is insane. The action scenes are very engaging and leave you in awe. The background music is one of the best parts of this anime. Overall, it is a great anime that every action lover would adore. The story revolves around Itsuki Minami who is a delinquent as well as a student. He is the leader of the gang named “East Side Guns”. The “Air Treks” is everyone’s craze where Ikki lives and they compete with each other using these Air Treks. Ikki lives with four sisters that took him in when he was a baby. The sisters are a part of the A-T gang by the name of “Sleeping Forest”. Upon knowing their secret, Ikki’s life gets involved in the storm of A-T gangs and he faces the fate he never anticipated.

If you are a fan of comedy as well as action then this anime is perfect for you. It has the perfect balance of serious as well as lighthearted scenes that make it fantastic. The character development in this one is insane. The action scenes are very engaging and leave you in awe. The background music is one of the best parts of this anime. Overall, it is a great anime that every action lover would adore.

The story revolves around Itsuki Minami who is a delinquent as well as a student. He is the leader of the gang named “East Side Guns”. The “Air Treks” is everyone’s craze where Ikki lives and they compete with each other using these Air Treks. Ikki lives with four sisters that took him in when he was a baby. The sisters are a part of the A-T gang by the name of “Sleeping Forest”. Upon knowing their secret, Ikki’s life gets involved in the storm of A-T gangs and he faces the fate he never anticipated.

28. Area no Kishi

This anime is a fantastic mixture of different genres that makes it enjoyable. It features decent graphics and visuals and a perfect blend of heartwarming/bittersweet story. You’re going to enjoy this anime if you’re a soccer freak. This series revolves around a soccer team manager of an ordinary high school, Kakeru Aizawa, who believes himself to be an average player. His brother, Suguru, on the other hand, is a very skilled soccer player who is also an ace for the Japanese National Team. Though both the brothers are on friendly terms, Aizawa still feels envious of his brother's talent. Suguru believes that he can awaken the hidden talent of his brother with a little bit of effort and is very concerned about it. Kakeru is forced to get involved in the world of soccer after an unexpected tragedy and also reunites with his childhood crush. He finally decides to face the scar of his past that had held him for so long.

This anime is a fantastic mixture of different genres that makes it enjoyable. It features decent graphics and visuals and a perfect blend of heartwarming/bittersweet story. You’re going to enjoy this anime if you’re a soccer freak.

This series revolves around a soccer team manager of an ordinary high school, Kakeru Aizawa, who believes himself to be an average player. His brother, Suguru, on the other hand, is a very skilled soccer player who is also an ace for the Japanese National Team.

Though both the brothers are on friendly terms, Aizawa still feels envious of his brother’s talent. Suguru believes that he can awaken the hidden talent of his brother with a little bit of effort and is very concerned about it. Kakeru is forced to get involved in the world of soccer after an unexpected tragedy and also reunites with his childhood crush. He finally decides to face the scar of his past that had held him for so long.

27. Okikku Furikabutte

Baseball is one of the most used sports in the world of Anime because of obvious reasons. It’s super popular in Japan and the Japanese follow baseball like Crazy. Okikku Furikabutte gained a lot of popularity because of its amazing storyline and enjoyable characters. 

The characters are very realistic and their development is pretty solid. It starts as a laid-back, slice of life anime but starts becoming intense gradually. If you’re a baseball fan then you’re in for something very exciting and fun. 

Okikku Furikabutte is about a high school student named Mihasi Ren who becomes hopeless after getting his self-esteem trampled on in his middle school baseball days. He has no intention of playing baseball again but his school team needs a pitcher urgently. He comes off as selfish but his pitches are well-controlled. With the help of Abe, he polishes his baseball skills and becomes unbeatable.

26. Chihayafuru

This anime is not your average sports anime and has a very unique concept that we rarely see in the sports anime genre. It features the Japanese Traditional card game, Karuta, which we don't see a lot in anime. The characters of this anime are very likable and cheerful. This anime is perfect for those who love simple stories that are full of emotions. The character development is fantastic and is very unpredictable. Its story is a fresh breath of air for everyone. The story revolves around Chihaya Arase who's a very famous girl in her school because of her beauty. Three years ago when she was in her final year of elementary school, she became interested in Karuta along with her friend, Taichi, and a lonely-looking boy named Arata Wataya. The trio fell apart after graduating and went their separate ways. They decide to not give up on Karuta and meet each other again at the national championship. Chihaya becomes a Karuta freak in high school and reunites with her two friends that are indifferent to the game now. she decides to bring them together again to share her passion with them.

This anime is not your average sports anime and has a very unique concept that we rarely see in the sports anime genre. It features the Japanese Traditional card game, Karuta, which we don’t see a lot in anime. The characters of this anime are very likable and cheerful. 

This anime is perfect for those who love simple stories that are full of emotions. The character development is fantastic and is very unpredictable. Its story is a fresh breath of air for everyone.

The story revolves around Chihaya Arase who’s a very famous girl in her school because of her beauty. Three years ago when she was in her final year of elementary school, she became interested in Karuta along with her friend, Taichi, and a lonely-looking boy named Arata Wataya.

The trio fell apart after graduating and went their separate ways. They decide to not give up on Karuta and meet each other again at the national championship. Chihaya becomes a Karuta freak in high school and reunites with her two friends that are indifferent to the game now. she decides to bring them together again to share her passion with them.

25. Cross Game

Another great story in the world of baseball anime, Cross game is one of the staples for sports anime fans. Its story is very simple and refreshing. The burning passion for competition and being the best and greatest can also be seen in the main protagonist. The animation style is retro which a lot of anime fans adore. This anime is perfect for those who like drama along with sports. Its simple story is going to make you swoon and leave you refreshed. Cross Game is a story about two families whose lives are intertwined because of baseball, business, and tragedy. The main character, Ko, is the son of a local sports shop owner. Wakaba is the daughter of the owner of a batting center. An unfortunate accident takes place and Wakaba passes away. Her younger sister, Aoba, who was always jealous of the relationship between the two now befriends him. Both of them are great at playing baseball and try to exceed their potential by practicing vigorously every day.

Another great story in the world of baseball anime, Cross game is one of the staples for sports anime fans. Its story is very simple and refreshing. The burning passion for competition and being the best and greatest can also be seen in the main protagonist. 

The animation style is retro which a lot of anime fans adore. This anime is perfect for those who like drama along with sports. Its simple story is going to make you swoon and leave you refreshed.

Cross Game is a story about two families whose lives are intertwined because of baseball, business, and tragedy. The main character, Ko, is the son of a local sports shop owner. Wakaba is the daughter of the owner of a batting center.

An unfortunate accident takes place and Wakaba passes away. Her younger sister, Aoba, who was always jealous of the relationship between the two now befriends him. Both of them are great at playing baseball and try to exceed their potential by practicing vigorously every day.

24. Hoshiai no Sora

This anime is very different from your average sports anime because of its realistic setting and amazing theme. It will not be wrong to say that this anime is true to life. It rightly captures the distress and anxiety of teenagers with originality. It features the sports of anime but we see the Slice of Life genre dominating with this one. It does have an atmosphere of competition but is not very intense. Overall, this anime is such a beautiful piece of art with realistic characters and hard-hitting dialogues. Hoshiai no Sora is about a boy named Toma Shinjou who aspires to be a great tennis player but his tennis team is disbanded after showing poor performance. He then becomes interested in a transfer student named Maki Katsuragi because he shows great athletic skills. Toma constantly bugs Maki to join the tennis club but he shows zero interest. Maki ends up joining the club under the condition that toma will pay for his club expenses and other things. He shows exceptional skills and pushes the rest of his team to surpass their potentials and polish their tennis skills. The boys find their true strengths while facing the hardships of middle school life.

This anime is very different from your average sports anime because of its realistic setting and amazing theme. It will not be wrong to say that this anime is true to life. It rightly captures the distress and anxiety of teenagers with originality. 

It features the sports of anime but we see the Slice of Life genre dominating with this one. It does have an atmosphere of competition but is not very intense. Overall, this anime is such a beautiful piece of art with realistic characters and hard-hitting dialogues.

Hoshiai no Sora is about a boy named Toma Shinjou who aspires to be a great tennis player but his tennis team is disbanded after showing poor performance. He then becomes interested in a transfer student named Maki Katsuragi because he shows great athletic skills. 

Toma constantly bugs Maki to join the tennis club but he shows zero interest. Maki ends up joining the club under the condition that toma will pay for his club expenses and other things. He shows exceptional skills and pushes the rest of his team to surpass their potentials and polish their tennis skills. The boys find their true strengths while facing the hardships of middle school life.

23 Yowamushi Pedal

Sports anime about cycling sounds unusual, right? But Yowamushi Pedal depicts the amusing side of competitive cycling and the actual excitement that follows this sport. Unlike other sports anime, the protagonist in this anime is not very competitive and believes that the true essence of playing sports lies in creating unbreakable bonds and enjoying it for what it truly is. This is a story about an otaku named Sakamichi Onada who wants to join the anime club in his new school. He wants to make new friends in this school because he had no friends back then. Now he wants to share his interest with other people and change his bland life. Being extremely obsessed with anime, Sakamichi travels to Akihabara on his mommy bike all the time and develops crazy cycling skills that make him join his school's Bicycle Racing Club.

Sports anime about cycling sounds unusual, right? But Yowamushi Pedal depicts the amusing side of competitive cycling and the actual excitement that follows this sport. 

Unlike other sports anime, the protagonist in this anime is not very competitive and believes that the true essence of playing sports lies in creating unbreakable bonds and enjoying it for what it truly is.

This is a story about an otaku named Sakamichi Onada who wants to join the anime club in his new school. 

He wants to make new friends in this school because he had no friends back then. Now he wants to share his interest with other people and change his bland life. Being extremely obsessed with anime, Sakamichi travels to Akihabara on his mommy bike all the time and develops crazy cycling skills that make him join his school’s Bicycle Racing Club.

22. Baby Steps

This one is such an underrated sports anime despite it being so unique. The main focus of this anime is tennis and it approaches this sort in a very different way. We see characters hitting rock bottom and then rising as unbeatable heroes. This anime is sure to impress you if you love drama. It depicts the story of a first-year high school student, Marou Eiichirou who chooses tennis as the sport he wants to play. He's an excellent student and gets good grades but when it comes to playing some sort of sports, he's a total loser. After taking an interest in tennis, he devotes his everything to it and becomes unbeatable.

This one is such an underrated sports anime despite it being so unique. The main focus of this anime is tennis and it approaches this sort in a very different way. We see characters hitting rock bottom and then rising as unbeatable heroes. This anime is sure to impress you if you love drama. 

It depicts the story of a first-year high school student, Marou Eiichirou who chooses tennis as the sport he wants to play. He’s an excellent student and gets good grades but when it comes to playing some sort of sports, he’s a total loser. After taking an interest in tennis, he devotes his everything to it and becomes unbeatable.

21. Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun

Another sports anime that depicts the perfect blend of comedy as well as an atmosphere of seriousness and competition, Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-Kun is sure to impress you. Its main focus is soccer so if you're a fan of soccer and also some light-hearted comedy, then you're in for a treat. This anime is about a clean-freak and self-sufficient guy, Aoyama, who is adored by everyone at his school. The weird thing is that he plays soccer, which is a rather dirty sport. Despite being a dirty sport, Aoyama cleanly paves his way to the top. But the path to the Nationals is not going to be easy as Aoyama thinks. Along with the striker of his team, Kaoru Zaizen, he'll show that there are some things he'll happily get himself dirty for.

Another sports anime that depicts the perfect blend of comedy as well as an atmosphere of seriousness and competition, Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-Kun is sure to impress you. Its main focus is soccer so if you’re a fan of soccer and also some light-hearted comedy, then you’re in for a treat. 

This anime is about a clean-freak and self-sufficient guy, Aoyama, who is adored by everyone at his school. The weird thing is that he plays soccer, which is a rather dirty sport. Despite being a dirty sport, Aoyama cleanly paves his way to the top. But the path to the Nationals is not going to be easy as Aoyama thinks. Along with the striker of his team, Kaoru Zaizen, he’ll show that there are some things he’ll happily get himself dirty for.

20. Inazuma 11

This anime takes soccer to the extreme, making it one of the most interesting sports anime. It features a wide range of interesting and likable characters that you’ll find yourself rooting for them. 

You’ll indeed get to witness a lot of over-the-top flashy moves that are very common in other anime genres. However, you’ll enjoy those flashy moves and they’ll get you all excited. This anime personally became very nostalgic and sentimental for me. So, I’d recommend this anime to anyone who’s into soccer.

Inazuma 11 is about a zealous young boy named Endou Mamoru. He’s a part of a six-membered team who face serious hardships while climbing the stairs to the top. Endou Mamoru gathers different players throughout the series to make his team the best in Japan. We see a lot of action and exciting matches between different teams that are unforgettable.

19. Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru

This anime leans more towards drama than the actual sports action. So, if that's your cup of tea then you're going to love this one. It depicts the artform in a way that cannot be replicated in any other way. You will find yourself loving this anime because of its realistic portrayal of life and some philosophical questions that you find very relevant. We don't see a lot of anime that focuses on running and considers it as a form of sport. Character development in this one is insane and the characters are also very realistic. This anime makes you think that running allows everyone to compete against themselves. You will also find yourself laughing throughout this anime because of its epic comedy. Haiji Kiyose is a very energetic fourth-year student at Kansei University who has been secretly gathering different men for the track and field team of the university campus. Kiyose wishes to take part in Hakone Ekiden which is a popular relay university marathon race.

This anime leans more towards drama than the actual sports action. So, if that’s your cup of tea then you’re going to love this one. It depicts the artform in a way that cannot be replicated in any other way. You will find yourself loving this anime because of its realistic portrayal of life and some philosophical questions that you find very relevant.

We don’t see a lot of anime that focuses on running and considers it as a form of sport. Character development in this one is insane and the characters are also very realistic. This anime makes you think that running allows everyone to compete against themselves. You will also find yourself laughing throughout this anime because of its epic comedy.

Haiji Kiyose is a very energetic fourth-year student at Kansei University who has been secretly gathering different men for the track and field team of the university campus. Kiyose wishes to take part in Hakone Ekiden which is a popular relay university marathon race.

18. Ping Pong

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Ping Pong has the most unique animation style and visuals in our list of the best sports anime. It is not your average sports anime that offers a lot of interesting things for the girls. It will take some time for you to get used to its animation style.

The characters in this anime are very enjoyable and you can feel them develop in a very realistic manner. The action in this anime is spectacular and will leave you in awe. It revolves around table tennis which we don’t see in a lot of anime. Overall, this is an enjoyable anime that you’re going to love watching if you don’t follow the norms when it comes to anime.

This anime centers around two childhood friends, Smile and Peco. They both play table tennis for Katase High School. Peco’s self-esteem is crushed after a student named China beats him and he halts all practice.

Smile, on the other hand, is always reluctant in giving his full potential while playing with Peco because of his personality. The coach tries to change this about Smile and motivate him to give his all while playing. The players in this anime find the true meaning of playing table tennis after a lot of struggle and ups and downs. 

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17. Megalo Box

This one is for all the boxing freaks out there. There's a lot of hype created around boxing and anime fans loving watching boxing anime because of how action-packed they are. It features engaging action scenes that keep you coming back for more. Everything from animation to the background music is just perfect. It leaves the fans in awe because of how fascinating the boxing matches are in this one. You definitely need to watch this anime if you're a boxing fan. This series takes place in futuristic Japan where licensed live in the city while the unlicensed ones are forced to live in the slums on the outskirts. Our main protagonist who lives by the name Junk Dog is a boxer who possesses a technique for rigging for Megalobox matches that he uses to support himself along with his friend Gansaku Nanbu. Yuri is a skilled boxer and soon his life gets tangled with Junk Dog and they become rivals, fighting each other to be the king of the ring.

This one is for all the boxing freaks out there. There’s a lot of hype created around boxing and anime fans loving watching boxing anime because of how action-packed they are. It features engaging action scenes that keep you coming back for more. 

Everything from animation to the background music is just perfect. It leaves the fans in awe because of how fascinating the boxing matches are in this one. You definitely need to watch this anime if you’re a boxing fan.

This series takes place in futuristic Japan where licensed live in the city while the unlicensed ones are forced to live in the slums on the outskirts. Our main protagonist who lives by the name Junk Dog is a boxer who possesses a technique for rigging for Megalobox matches that he uses to support himself along with his friend Gansaku Nanbu. Yuri is a skilled boxer and soon his life gets tangled with Junk Dog and they become rivals, fighting each other to be the king of the ring.

16. Whistle

This anime focuses on soccer but is much more than just soccer anime. It is very entertaining and not bland at all. The characters are also very fun and keep you entertained throughout. We also see some degree of development in the main character as he interacts with other characters which are amazing. The Whistle series is about a boy named Kazamatsuri Shou who aspires to become a great soccer player but does not possess very good soccer playing skills. He luckily got accepted into the prestigious Musashi no Mori Junior high which is known for its amazing soccer team. Unfortunately, our boy could not rise beyond the rank of third-stringer. He moves to Sakura Jousui Junior high where he's finally able to polish his skills along with his other friends that push him forward. Shou paves his way to achieving his dream with his willpower.

This anime focuses on soccer but is much more than just soccer anime. It is very entertaining and not bland at all. The characters are also very fun and keep you entertained throughout. We also see some degree of development in the main character as he interacts with other characters which are amazing. 

The Whistle series is about a boy named Kazamatsuri Shou who aspires to become a great soccer player but does not possess very good soccer playing skills. He luckily got accepted into the prestigious Musashi no Mori Junior high which is known for its amazing soccer team. Unfortunately, our boy could not rise beyond the rank of third-stringer. He moves to Sakura Jousui Junior high where he’s finally able to polish his skills along with his other friends that push him forward. Shou paves his way to achieving his dream with his willpower.

15. Captain Tsubasa

This anime is no doubt one of the gems in classic sports anime. Another soccer anime that you're going to love. It features a very simple story that gradually becomes intense and leaves you in awe. The 90's kids would definitely remember this gem of an anime. The characters in this anime are very unique and distinctly recognizable. You will not get bored because each match has its dynamics and level of difficulty. I praise this anime for the diversity and engagement that keeps you coming for more. Captain Tsubasa is about an 11-year-old young boy named Tsubasa who is obsessed with playing soccer. Tsubasa moves with his mother to Nankatsu city which is famous for its exceptional elementary school soccer teams. Although Tsubasa is very talented when it comes to playing soccer. But it will take something more than talent for Tsubasa to become the best of the best. He encounters a lot of rivals and makes a lot of friends who push him forward and to the top.

This anime is no doubt one of the gems in classic sports anime. Another soccer anime that you’re going to love. It features a very simple story that gradually becomes intense and leaves you in awe. The 90’s kids would definitely remember this gem of an anime. 

The characters in this anime are very unique and distinctly recognizable. You will not get bored because each match has its dynamics and level of difficulty. I praise this anime for the diversity and engagement that keeps you coming for more.

Captain Tsubasa is about an 11-year-old young boy named Tsubasa who is obsessed with playing soccer. Tsubasa moves with his mother to Nankatsu city which is famous for its exceptional elementary school soccer teams. Although Tsubasa is very talented when it comes to playing soccer. But it will take something more than talent for Tsubasa to become the best of the best. He encounters a lot of rivals and makes a lot of friends who push him forward and to the top.

14. One Outs

This anime focuses mainly on sports action and will keep you hooked to it till the end. If you’re not a fan of drama with sports anime, this could keep you busy. The main character is a badass and is very attractive because of his personality. 

The action in this anime is fantastic and will keep you entertained without making you bored. The anime focuses on baseball which is the most favorite sports genre of the Japanese. If you’re a fan of baseball and love some hardcore sports action then you’re in for a treat.

One Outs is about a gambler named Toua Takuchi who is also an athlete. He outwits everyone at One Ots which is a simplified form of baseball with one pitcher and one batter. Hiromichi Kojima is a veteran slugger that scouts Toua for his unsuccessful team, the Saikyou Saitama Laycaons. 

Kojima hopes that Toua will take their team to the top. However, the owner of the Lycaons sees Toua as a threat to the team’s income. He puts forward a condition for Toua. He suggests that every out Toua pitches will earn him five million yen and with every run he gives up he’ll lose 50 million yen.

13. Initial D

This one is for all the gear heads out there. Initial D is a fast-paced sports anime about racing that has the ability to draw you into the races and makes you draw into the races and make you think about what’s going to happen next. 

The protagonist of this anime is very hard to figure out which makes him interesting. The animation is a mix of two mediums, regular animation for the characters and background and 3D CG animation for the cars. The race scenes are surprisingly very exciting when coupled with pumping background music.

The story of this anime is about a street racer who’s very passionate about racing and doesn’t hesitate to speed down mountain passes at more than a hundred miles per hour. The two characters Takumi Fujiwara and Itsuki Takeuchi who are high school friends and have just obtained their driving licenses. Itsuki aspires to be a street racer and joining a local team, the Akina Speedstars. On the other hand, Takumi is not very obsessed with driving or becoming a street racer.

12 . 2.43: Seiin Kouko Danshi Volley-bu

This is an ongoing anime that focuses on volleyball, one of the most loved sports in Japan. The fluidity of the animation is amazing and its characters are very likable. We see beautiful volleyball action that is very addictive. If you're a fan of a simple yet emotional plot as well as melodrama then this one is for you. The plot revolves around two childhood friends Kimichika Hajima and Yuni Kuroba who reunite after enrolling at Sein High School. Kimichika possesses exceptional athletic attributes but gets vulnerable under pressure. Both of them join the volleyball club. The new volleyball team after a lot of practice and hard work become their town's new rising star.

This is an ongoing anime that focuses on volleyball, one of the most loved sports in Japan. The fluidity of the animation is amazing and its characters are very likable. We see beautiful volleyball action that is very addictive. If you’re a fan of a simple yet emotional plot as well as melodrama then this one is for you. 

The plot revolves around two childhood friends Kimichika Hajima and Yuni Kuroba who reunite after enrolling at Sein High School. Kimichika possesses exceptional athletic attributes but gets vulnerable under pressure. Both of them join the volleyball club. The new volleyball team after a lot of practice and hard work become their town’s new rising star.

11. Major

We have another baseball anime here but this time, it's one of the longest sports anime series with an ongoing timeline. It does not only focus on the sport itself but also has some comedy and heavy drama on the side. The most effective points for this one are the spectacular character development and engaging storyline. Major revolves around the life and career of Goro Honda. He got interested in baseball because of his father who's a great baseball player. But, as his life and his love for baseball become tangled together in knots, he gathers courage and stays strong in the face of hardships.

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10. Eyeshield 21

The anime with the intense bumping, Eyeshield 21, is all about American Football. The crazy sports action coupled with humor makes it a perfect football anime. It's also very intense and will keep you coming back for more. If you're a fan of some crazy sports action then you're in for some fun. Eyeshield 21 is about a boy named Sena Kobayakawa who gained exceptional physical power by running different errands due to all the bullying he faced. His immense physical power was discovered by the captain of Devil Bats American Football. Sena simply wanted to be the manager of the field but things happen and he becomes the legendary eyeshield 21, pushing his team forward to victory.

The anime with the intense bumping, Eyeshield 21, is all about American Football. The crazy sports action coupled with humor makes it a perfect football anime. It’s also very intense and will keep you coming back for more. If you’re a fan of some crazy sports action then you’re in for some fun.

Eyeshield 21 is about a boy named Sena Kobayakawa who gained exceptional physical power by running different errands due to all the bullying he faced. His immense physical power was discovered by the captain of Devil Bats American Football. Sena simply wanted to be the manager of the field but things happen and he becomes the legendary eyeshield 21, pushing his team forward to victory.

9. Ahiru no Sora

Another show with some of the most realistic characters, Ahiru no Sora is loved by a lot of anime fans all around the World. It revolves around basketball and gained immense popularity because of its realistic characters. If you're a fan of some decent anime action then this one could keep you busy. Sora Kurumatani is a high school student who aspires to be the best basketball player. He made a promise to his mother that he'll be the best of the best. He joins the basketball club of Kuzuryu High School and finds out that it's a den of delinquents. Sora changes his team with sheer hard work and pushes them forward to the road of victory.

Another show with some of the most realistic characters, Ahiru no Sora is loved by a lot of anime fans all around the World. It revolves around basketball and gained immense popularity because of its realistic characters. If you’re a fan of some decent anime action then this one could keep you busy. 

Sora Kurumatani is a high school student who aspires to be the best basketball player. He made a promise to his mother that he’ll be the best of the best. He joins the basketball club of Kuzuryu High School and finds out that it’s a den of delinquents. Sora changes his team with sheer hard work and pushes them forward to the road of victory.

8. Prince of Tennis

Prince of tennis is another anime about tennis but is very different from other anime that involve tennis. It features out-of-this-world sports action that will keep you hooked till the end. The animation is also spectacular and the characters are very enjoyable. This one is for all the tennis freaks out there.

It follows the story of a tennis prodigy, Echizen Ryoma who has won a lot of tennis matches despite his young age. There’s only one person he can never win against, his father. He enrolls in Seishun Gakuen and joins an outstanding tennis team. He passes a lot of obstacles and trains like crazy so he could defeat his father for once.

7. Diamond no Ace

I won't be exaggerating if I say that Diamond no Ace stands at the top of all the baseball anime because of its amazing storyline. The way the characters are portrayed in this anime and their attitude towards their favorite sport, baseball, is spectacular. There's nothing ordinary about this anime. The in-game tension in this one is something you won't find in most of the other sports anime. The sound effects and background music are going to give you the chills. The series follows a baseball pitcher Eijun Sawamura who develops a very unusual changeup pitch which occurred to him naturally. During his match with a team from a local high school, Eijun is scouted by a scout from the prestigious Seido High School and offers him a scholarship as well as a chance to make it to the nationals. After visiting the school, Eijun's whole outlook of his future changes. He joins the baseball team but finds himself very unskilled when surrounded by a lot of talented players. He declares that one day he will become the ace of the team. He along with his teammates aspire to become the best of the best and train like crazy.

I won’t be exaggerating if I say that Diamond no Ace stands at the top of all the baseball anime because of its amazing storyline. The way the characters are portrayed in this anime and their attitude towards their favorite sport, baseball, is spectacular. There’s nothing ordinary about this anime. The in-game tension in this one is something you won’t find in most of the other sports anime. The sound effects and background music are going to give you the chills. 

The series follows a baseball pitcher Eijun Sawamura who develops a very unusual changeup pitch which occurred to him naturally. During his match with a team from a local high school, Eijun is scouted by a scout from the prestigious Seido High School and offers him a scholarship as well as a chance to make it to the nationals. After visiting the school, Eijun’s whole outlook of his future changes. 

He joins the baseball team but finds himself very unskilled when surrounded by a lot of talented players. He declares that one day he will become the ace of the team. He along with his teammates aspire to become the best of the best and train like crazy.

6. Yuri on Ice

Finally an anime with a lot of fanservice! Yuri on ice is going to make you drool and swoon over the characters and you're going to get wrapped in their charm. This one is for all the yaoi fangirls. This anime is very special at a lot of levels. With its stellar animation and addicting background music, you'd definitely want to rewatch it. It revolves around skating which we don't see in a lot of other sports anime. The unique theme makes it different from all other sports anime. The story is about a figure skater named Yuri Katsugi who returns to his hometown because of his crushing defeat. Soon after Yuri's video goes viral in which he is performing a routine that was previously performed by a World Champion, Victor Nikiforov. Victor approaches Yuri and proposes that he wants to be his mentor. Yuri being a fan of victor eagerly accepts his offer and starts his journey back to the world of skating. His journey is not easy as he meets a lot of other figure skaters who want to crush him to make it to the top.

Yuri on ice is going to make you drool and swoon over the characters and you’re going to get wrapped in their charm. This one is for all the yaoi fangirls. 

This anime is very special at a lot of levels. With its stellar animation and addicting background music, you’d definitely want to rewatch it. It revolves around skating which we don’t see in a lot of other sports anime. The unique theme makes it different from all other sports anime. 

The story is about a figure skater named Yuri Katsugi who returns to his hometown because of his crushing defeat. Soon after Yuri’s video goes viral in which he is performing a routine that was previously performed by a World Champion, Victor Nikiforov. Victor approaches Yuri and proposes that he wants to be his mentor. Yuri being a fan of victor eagerly accepts his offer and starts his journey back to the world of skating. His journey is not easy as he meets a lot of other figure skaters who want to crush him to make it to the top.

5. Free! Iwatobi Swim Club

Being immensely popular because of its fanservice, Free is sure to sweep you off your feet. It's for those of you who like to see a lot of hot boys swimming with sparkle all over. The artwork of the anime is so beautiful that it will make you want to go swimming. It's going to refresh your senses. One of the best things about this anime is the character development and the relationship of characters with each other. The theme of this anime is also very unique and entertaining. This anime revolves around Haruka Nanase who has a natural affinity towards the water and a passion for swimming. He won a relay race in elementary school along with his friends Rin Matsuoka, Nagisa Hazuki, and Makoto Tachibana. The four friends went their separate ways. They reunited again as high school students but it seemed that Rin couldn't care less about how things used to be. He also wants to show Haruka that he's a much better swimmer than him. Haruka, Nagisa, and Makoto form a swim club along with a fourth member, Rei. The four form a close bond while training and Haruka decide to settle the score with Rin once and for all.

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4. Kuroko no Basuke

Standing proud at number 4 is an anime that's all about basketball. You will not see such intense sports action in any other anime. It's immensely popular all around the world because of its stellar animation and pumping background music. The characters are also very charming and likable. It'll be hard for you to choose one favorite character. With such amazing stunts, it is safe to say that Kuroko no Basket is one of the best Basketball anime of all time. This anime starts with Teiko Middle School rising to distinction by crushing all competitors. The team became the "Generation of the Miracles". The five prodigies went to different schools after graduating and had no idea that there's another sixth "Phantom" prodigy that they do not know about. The sixth player Kuroko and a naturally talented player Taiga aspire to become the best of the best and face many challenges during their training and matches with other schools.

Standing proud at number 4 is an anime that’s all about basketball. You will not see such intense sports action in any other anime. It’s immensely popular all around the world because of its stellar animation and pumping background music. The characters are also very charming and likable. It’ll be hard for you to choose one favorite character. With such amazing stunts, it is safe to say that Kuroko no Basket is one of the best Basketball anime of all time. 

This anime starts with Teiko Middle School rising to distinction by crushing all competitors. The team became the “Generation of the Miracles”. The five prodigies went to different schools after graduating and had no idea that there’s another sixth “Phantom” prodigy that they do not know about. The sixth player Kuroko and a naturally talented player Taiga aspire to become the best of the best and face many challenges during their training and matches with other schools.

3. Slam Dunk

We're finally at the top three of our list of the best sports anime and this position is secured by none other than Slam Dunk. It will be safe to say that Slam Dunk is the best Basketball anime of all time. The exciting stunts and very realistic game experiences are going to keep you hooked to it. It also features a perfect blend of drama, action, and comedy. This anime revolves around the story of a high school student named Hanamichi Sakuragi. After getting rejected by his crush, he channels his anger in basketball and becomes very skilled at it. He meets another girl named Haruko who teaches him basketball and falls in love with her. His road to love is not easy. The elder brother of Haruko is the captain of the team and his crush is the ace.

We’re finally at the top three of our list of the best sports anime and this position is secured by none other than Slam Dunk. It will be safe to say that Slam Dunk is the best Basketball anime of all time. The exciting stunts and very realistic game experiences are going to keep you hooked to it. It also features a perfect blend of drama, action, and comedy. 

This anime revolves around the story of a high school student named Hanamichi Sakuragi. After getting rejected by his crush, he channels his anger in basketball and becomes very skilled at it. He meets another girl named Haruko who teaches him basketball and falls in love with her. His road to love is not easy. The elder brother of Haruko is the captain of the team and his crush is the ace.

2. Haikyuu!

The second place on our list of the best sports anime goes to none other than Haikyuu. This anime is perfect in every way and has a remarkable plot with realistic characters. It also portrays the complex relationship between the characters flawlessly. This anime shows teamwork that no anime has ever been able to show before. You will feel attached to the players at an emotional level and they'll make you fall in love with them. It also features brilliant volleyball action that will keep you hooked to it throughout. Overall, Haikyuu is an all-rounder and the best Volleyball anime out there. Haikyuu is a story about a boy named Hinata Shouyo who despite his short height wants to be the best. He aspires to become the little giant of his team and works very hard for it. During middle school, he is crushed by the King of the Court, Tobio Kageyama. His self-esteem gets crushed and he vows to join a school with a volleyball team and decides to settle scores with Kageyama once and for all. A lot of things happen and Kageyama and Hinata end up on the same team. Along with their other team members, Hinata and Kageyama show amazing teamwork and make their way to the top.

The second place on our list of the best sports anime goes to none other than Haikyuu. This anime is perfect in every way and has a remarkable plot with realistic characters. It also portrays the complex relationship between the characters flawlessly. 

This anime shows teamwork that no anime has ever been able to show before. You will feel attached to the players at an emotional level and they’ll make you fall in love with them. It also features brilliant volleyball action that will keep you hooked to it throughout. Overall, Haikyuu is an all-rounder and the best Volleyball anime out there. 

Haikyuu is a story about a boy named Hinata Shouyo who despite his short height wants to be the best. He aspires to become the little giant of his team and works very hard for it. During middle school, he is crushed by the King of the Court, Tobio Kageyama. His self-esteem gets crushed and he vows to join a school with a volleyball team and decides to settle scores with Kageyama once and for all. 

A lot of things happen and Kageyama and Hinata end up on the same team. Along with their other team members, Hinata and Kageyama show amazing teamwork and make their way to the top.

1. Hajime no Ippo

We've finally arrived at the top of our list. Hajime no Ippo is the anime that deserves to be on top because of its immense popularity. Out of all the sports anime that exist, this one is the best. This anime shows boxing at its finest. It portrays out-of-the-world boxing action that you might not have witnessed before in any other boxing anime. It will make you ponder that boxing is much more than punches and frantic action. It teaches us the importance of diligence, consistency, and perseverance through the drama and action of its story. Hajime no Ippo is about Makunouchi Ippo's struggle in boxing and his private life. He was bullied and made to do chores that he never wanted to. He had no confidence at all and was a pushover all his life. He was found by a boxer named Takamura one day when he was being bullied. Takamura brings him to a boxing gym where he decides to redeem himself. After a lot of tests, he decides to take up boxing as his interest and polishes his boxing skills. He changes his weak side and is now a different and stronger person.

The second place on our list of the best sports anime goes to none other than Haikyuu. This anime is perfect in every way and has a remarkable plot with realistic characters. It also portrays the complex relationship between the characters flawlessly. 

This anime shows teamwork that no anime has ever been able to show before. You will feel attached to the players at an emotional level and they’ll make you fall in love with them. It also features brilliant volleyball action that will keep you hooked to it throughout. Overall, Haikyuu is an all-rounder and the best Volleyball anime out there. 

Haikyuu is a story about a boy named Hinata Shouyo who despite his short height wants to be the best. He aspires to become the little giant of his team and works very hard for it. During middle school, he is crushed by the King of the Court, Tobio Kageyama. His self-esteem gets crushed and he vows to join a school with a volleyball team and decides to settle scores with Kageyama once and for all. 

A lot of things happen and Kageyama and Hinata end up on the same team. Along with their other team members, Hinata and Kageyama show amazing teamwork and make their way to the top.

Conclusion

With sports anime being so thrilling, there’s no end to fans’ fascination with athletes and games. They not only include sports action but also have a hint of drama to make it feel more realistic. 

I hope you liked our list of the best sports anime of all time. So, are you ready for some adrenaline rush? Pick up your favorite and start binge-watching!

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