The Top 40 Sports Animes to See in 2022

The popularity of anime in sports is an important part of globalization and pop culture. There is plenty for anime fans to enjoy. Check out some of the best sports anime we’ve curated for you. These videos can be found on Crunchyroll, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video. You will find a wide range of great sports anime on this list.

It is the captivating, engaging and exciting quality of anime that makes sports anime so appealing. Everybody is fascinated by athletes and sports. Combine this fantastic entertainment with the stunning visuals of animation, and you’ll be unable to take your eyes off it.

So you’re able to hit hard, go fast and beat your competition with anime sports, we have put together a list.

40. Captain Tsubasa

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  • Director: NA
  • Writer: Yōichi Takahashi
  • Cast: Takuya Sato, Yûko Sanpei
  • IMDb Ratings 8.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll

My time almost exclusively is dedicated to soccer. Captain TsubasaHere’s the story of a passionate elementary student. Tsubasa Orozera, 11 years old, started playing soccer as a hobby when he was 11. It was initially a pastime for his friends but soon became an obsession.

Tsubasa’s elementary school career aims to play soccer, so he moves with his mother to Nankatsu cityThe city is well-known because of its exceptional elementary school soccer teams. Nankatsu was undoubtedly the most successful in his town. However, he will now face stiffer competition.

In addition to rivals, Tsubasa makes friends such as Sanae Nakazawa, who shares Tsubasa’s passion and will prove a dear friend who helps him achieve his dreams.

39. Prince Of Stride Alternative

  • Director: Atsuko Ishizuka
  • Writer: Taku Kishimoto
  • Cast: Ryohei Kimura, Nobuhikmoto
  • IMDb Ratings 6.6
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll

The anime’s main protagonists are Nana and Takeru. They love stride, an extreme form of sport. They tried to join the stride clubs but were told they didn’t exist.

Nana, Takeru and others start to put together a team. They prepare for the End-of-Summer competition. Riku Yagami was a first year student and was extremely athletic.

38. Days

Days
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  • Director: Kōnosuke Uda
  • Writer: Kōnosuke Uda
  • Cast: Takuto Yoshinaga, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka
  • IMDb Ratings 7.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll

Despite his clumsiness and shyness, Tsukushi Tsukamoto is the favorite prey of his school’s bullies. Seiseki High school is where Sayuri, his childhood best friend, goes. To avoid such problems, he decides to return to Seiseki High to begin over.

What was the point of his scheme? Bad people are everywhere, and you can’t run away from them. It is best to remain firm. Someone else did it for Tsukushi since he couldn’t. Jin did it. Then, their career as soccer players began.

37. Baby Steps

Baby Steps
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  • Director: Masahiko Murata
  • Writer: Katsuhiko Chiba
  • Cast: Taishi Murata, Minako Kotobuki
  • IMDb Ratings 7.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll

You can make Baby Steps manga-style. Eiichirou is both a student, and a tennis player. He is a student and a tennis player. As most people, his academics always come first. He doesn’t love studying, but he believes it is the right thing.

Natsu, who is in his first year of university, hopes to become a professional player. When he meets Natsu, he is shocked at all his preconceptions. He plays tennis well and has made steady improvements towards his mastery.

36. Amanchu!

Amanchu!
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  • Director: Junichi Sato
  • Writer: Deko Akao
  • Cast: Eri Suzuki, Ai Kayano
  • IMDb Ratings 6.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll

Futaba was exactly the same. She couldn’t turn her gaze from the water and imagined all the possibilities it held. She was spotted by local divers and decided to sign up for a group.

Hikari is Hikari’s first partner. With Hikari’s passion for diving, she gets involved with her school’s diving club as well. All things are possible for her, from the bottom to the top.

35. Ace Of Diamond

 Ace of Diamond
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  •  Director: Mitsuyuki Masuhara
  • Writer: Kenji Konuta
  • Cast: Nobunaga Shimazaki, Natsuki Hanae
  • IMDb Ratings 8.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll

Eijun Sawamura’s final middle school baseball game is lost due to a stray pitch that completely missed the batter. Nevertheless, Eijun’s team vows to make it to the national tournament once he is in high school, humiliated by this defeat.

Then, a scout recognizes the potential in his unusual pitching style and invites him to Tokyo’s highly regarded Seidou High School.

Eijun agrees to the offer after being supported and encouraged by his teammates. Eijun has difficulty finding a position on the team because of all the talented players.

Satoru Furuya, a fellow first-year pitcher, has his breakneck fastballs, which earned him a coveted spot on the starting lineup, so he says that he will be the team’s Ace one day but only if he doesn’t beat him first.

34. Doomben

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  • Director: Nippon Animation
  • Writer: Shinji Mizushima
  • Cast: Hideyuki Tanaka, Tessho Genda
  • IMDb Ratings 6.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll

Doomben, a Japanese movie that portrays high school baseball team struggles is called Doomben. Dokaben is Japanese for bento box. Tarou Yamada (the main character) is a fan of bento boxes and is the show’s protagonist. This is how the series was named.

33. Kyojin no Hoshi (Star of the Giants)

Kyojin no Hoshi (Star of the Giants)
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  • Director: Tadao Nagahama
  • Writer: NA
  • Cast: Tōru Furuya, Seizō Katō
  • IMDb Ratings 7
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll

This manga stands out from all other sports manga. Star of the GiantsHe has now been adopted by television. Hyuuga Hoshi, a young pitcher with a dream to be able to pitch in big-league baseball as his father is the protagonist of the anime.

32. Buzzer Beater

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  • Director: Shigeyuki Miya
  • Writer: Akatsuki Yamatoya
  • Cast: Fujiko Takimoto, Sanae Kobayashi
  • IMDb Ratings 6.5
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll

There’s nothing crazier than humans and aliens playing basketball together, so if you thought it couldn’t get any stranger, then you’re wrong. Intergalactic basketball can be a very unique concept.

31. My Boys

Dear Boys (Hoop Days)
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  • Director: Susumu Kudo
  • Writer: NA
  • Cast: Kōhei Kiyasu, Masaya Matsukaze
  • IMDb Ratings 6.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll

Dear Boys, another animated shounen film tells the story of a basketball team trying to win. Aikawa Kazuhiko was a team captain in the past and lives now in another country. city. His teammates are disillusioned. He is unable to inspire his team to continue practicing and to stay motivated.

30. Dash! Kappei

Dash! Kappei
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  • Director: Masayuki Hayashi 
  • Writer: Noboru Tokuda
  • Cast: Mayumi Tanaka, Mizuho Tsushima
  • IMDb Ratings 6.9
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll

An old anime series about ecchi that follows a boy from high school, Kappei’s journey to becoming a professional basketball player. These anime might be a good choice for those who love anime of the 1980s and their gorgeous art style.

29. Basquash!

Basquash!
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  • Director: Shōji Kawamori
  • Writer: Tatsuo Satō
  • Cast: Hiro Shimono, Yuichi Nakamura
  • IMDb Ratings 7
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll

Basquash! Basquash! For basketball lovers who like mecha or sci-fi, this anime is perfect.

28. Ace Wo Nerae (Pray for Ace)

Ace Wo Nerae! (Aim for the Ace!)
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  • Director: Osamu Dezaki
  • Writer: Sumika Yamamoto
  • Cast: Makoto Kousaka, Kôji Nakata
  • IMDb Ratings 7.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll

The series’s protagonist is Hiromi Oka, a high-schooler who aspires to become a tennis player as great as the Ace of their school, Reika Ryuuzaki. It has 18 manga volumes. This series has been made into an animated movie, live action movie, as well as two OAVs.

A large part of the series focuses on the protagonist’s training, relationships, and friendships. Hiromi must face many difficulties as she moves from being a rookie to an Ace. There are jealousy between classmates as well as the choice of love and career.

27. Teekyuu

Teekyuu
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  • Director: Shin Itagaki
  • Writer: Shin Itagaki
  • Cast: Ryō Hirohashi, Megumi Toyoguchi
  • IMDb Ratings 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll

Teekyu, an anime about tennis, is on the air at present. This anime was inspired by a manga with the same name.. Multiple seasons of this anime have aired since 2012, each lasting 12 episodes, with a running time of 2 minutes per episode.

Softenni’s series is not centered around tennis like Softenni’s above. This club features four friends having wild adventures. It’s a comedy rollercoaster that moves fast and non-stop, so if you’re just looking for a quick laugh, you’ll probably find it here.

26. Softengi

Softengi
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  • Director: Ryouki Kazitsubov
  • Writer: Ryouki Kamitsubo
  • Cast: Ryō Hirohashi, Megumi Toyoguchi
  • IMDb Ratings 8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll

Softenni originally ran as a manga series from 2008 through 2011. The anime was aired as a brief series in 2011.. This story follows Asuna Harukaze, a middle school student pursuing the National Championship in soft tennis.

This anime series is not about tennis. It’s more of a comic book that celebrates fan service. So naturally, tennis fans aren’t likely to take it seriously, but if you like that kind of thing, you’ll probably enjoy it.

25. Fighting Spirit (Hajime No Ippo)

Fighting Spirit (Hajime No Ippo)

  • Director: Satoshi Nishimura
  • A writer: Tatsuhiko Urahata
  • Cast: Steve Staley, Richard Epcar, D.C. Douglas
  • IMDb: 8.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll

Hajime No Ippo anime has lots of action. High school student Ippo Makunouchi is bullied, despite his kindness and quiet. This is despite the fact that he wants to be an influencer in the world.

Takamura Makoru, a fighter boxer, rescues him and exposes the horrors of world boxing. Ippo endures many hardships to realize his dreams and to train harder. Amazing fan service.

Jim no Ippo, a master storyteller and performer with great humor and action is an inspiration. This book will make you shiver and it will leave an indelible impression.

24. Bamboo Blade 

Bamboo Blade 

  • Director: Shishō Igarashi
  • Writer: Hideyuki Kurata
  • Cast: Ryō Hirohashi, Megumi Toyoguchi
  • IMDb Ratings 7.4
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll

Kojirou teaches Kendo at Munroe High School. He’s broke. However, there is an unexpected opportunity for him: his team must beat his senpai’s team for the prize of free meals for the entire year! It is only about finding qualified women who want to join the Kendo Club.

23. Air Gear

Air Gear
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  • Director:Hajime Kamegaki
  • Writer: Chiaki J. Konaka
  • Cast: Kenta Kamakari, Mariya Ise
  • IMDb Ratings 7.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll

Itsuki is an average street-fighting teenage. “Ikki”Minami is just like any other. Later, Minami discovers that he has a futuristic and futuristic skateboard, an Air Trek, as well as a badge from the Sleeping Forest gang. Air Trek street racing is his only option. He finds himself in a chaotic but exciting world.

22. Ookiku Furikabutte

Ookiku Furikabutte
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  • Director: Tsutomu Mizushima
  • Writer: Yōsuke Kuroda
  • Cast: Yuichi Nakamura, Tsubasa Yonaga
  • IMDb Ratings 7.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll

Big Windup!, often shortened to just Ōfuri, is another Japanese baseball-themed sports anime series. Ren Mihashi with his team is Okiku furikabutte’s star.. The brilliant but selfish catcher Abe will have to coax Ren from his shell so that he can rise to greatness as a diamond in the rough pitcher.

A high school baseball player’s dream is to stand on the legendary field of Koushien Stadium one day. But they’ll be competing against bigger schools and more experienced players to get them there.

21. Cross Game

Cross Game
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  • Director: Osamu Sekita
  • Writer: Michihiro Tsuchiya
  • Cast: Akemi Kanda, Megumi Toyoguchi
  • IMDb Ratings 8.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll

Kou Kitamura dreams, despite public disinterest, of becoming the greatest player in baseball.

His pitching skills are incredible. He is an ace at pitching. In secret, he practices pitching in order to imitate her. It is up to him whether he has the courage and determination to pursue his goals.

Cross Game is full of romance, comedy and drama. Cross Game will help you appreciate all the small things, and make you a better baseball fan. This is a wonderful experience I would recommend.

20. Only one

One Out
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  • Director: Yuzo Sato
  • Writer: Hideo Takaashiki
  • Cast: Tsutomu Isobe, Masato Hagiwara
  • IMDb Ratings 8.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll

Japan is known for being a passionate baseball fan, which is why anime is so popular. One Out is my favourite.

We follow Toa Tokuchi’s dizzying story about his life as an ace pitcher. Tokuchi’s personal troubles revolve around his obsession with betting on talent in baseball.

One Out doesn’t seem boring. You’ll be begging for more episodes with its gorgeous graphics, psychological elements, and sports activities. Watch this anime, and you won’t regret it.

19. Ping Pong, the Animation

Ping Pong the Animation
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  • Director: Masaaki Yuasa
  • Writer: Masaaki Yuasa
  • Cast: Aaron Dismuke, Kōki Uchiyama
  • IMDb Ratings 7.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll, Netflix

Another anime about sports is Ping Pong the Animation. This mantra is used by Makoto Takimoto to stay motivated in intense table-tennis/pingpong matches as well as everyday life.

The two boys have grown up together playing ping pong nearly every day, and Makoto and Yutaka Hoshino, nicknamed Smile and Peco, don’t fight alone. Peco wants to win the title of world’s best table tennis player, and Smile is less ambitious.

Japan High School Students compete in inter-high table tennis tournament. For national and international recognition, only the top players are eligible.

This is my all-time favorite anime about sports.

18. Giant Killing

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  • Director: Yuu Kou
  • Writer: Toshifumi Kawase
  • Cast: Michiko Neya, Shin-ichiro Miki
  • IMDb Ratings 7.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll

Japan’s top soccer league has been hard on East Tokyo United (ETU) for many years. Their greatest problem has been relegation. Five consecutive team losses has led to low morale. According to local authorities, the municipality will withdraw its support.

The team has lost even its fans. ETU’s decline can be attributed to the firings and poor financial decisions when it comes to hiring players.

In response to Kousei Gotou’s pressure, the board hires Takeshi Tatsumi, a bit eccentric. Tatsumi is a former great soccer player and left ETU years back. However, since then, he has proven himself successful as the manager of one of England’s lower division amateur teams.

17. Initial D: Extra Stage 2

Initial D Extra Stage 2
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  • Director: Tsuneo Tominaga
  • Writer: Yumi Kakazu
  • Cast: Michiko Neya, Shin-ichiro Miki
  • IMDb Ratings 7.5
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll

The anime series is a focus on Japanese street racing. This wasn’t possible in the main series. Mako Sato and Koichiro Itetani can close their chapter. There is a twist in this installation, which I will share with you now, but the ending isn’t revealed here.

16. Beyblade 

Beyblade
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  • Director: Toshifumi Kawase
  • Writer: Kazuhiko Soma
  • Cast: David Reale and Daniel DeSanto
  • IMDb Ratings 6.9
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll, Netflix

The anime sports series ‘Beyblade’It was a hugely popular show. The show was enjoyed by everyone. Enjoy. “Pokemon”Because it is about friendship and trust, this anime is great for kids. The anime’s protagonist is Tyson Granger, a thirteen-year-old boy.

Ray Kon, Kai Hiwatari, and Ray Kon are some of his best friends. Max Tate, his team-mates and teammates make up the central characters. Their goal is to become the top Beyblayders in the world. Children love this.

15. Yuri!!! On ICE

Yuri!!! On ICE
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  • Director: Sayo Yamamoto
  • Writer: Sayo Yamamoto
  • Cast: Jerry Jewell, Junichi Suwabe
  • IMDb Ratings 8.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll

This sports anime series doesn’t stand alongside mainstream sports like baseball or football in the minds of many, but it’s still incredibly physically demanding.

Yuuri Katsuki, once Japan’s most promising figure skater, is taken aback by his humiliating defeat at the Grand Prix Finale and returns home to assess his future options.

Yuuri’s mentor’s sudden appearance at his house was Victor himself. Yuuri, his greatest fan, accepts Victor as his mentor and starts his journey back to the international music scene. You can replay the entire episode to view the skating scenes.

14. Cheer Boys!!

Cheer Boys!!

  • Director: Ai Yoshimura
  • Writer: Reiko Yoshida
  • Cast: Takeo Ōtsuka, Hideaki Kabumoto
  • IMDb Ratings 6.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll, Netflix

Kakeru Kuhara, an ex-ace Sendai Josei High School runner is taken into custody for shoplifting from a convenience. The university’s judo club was also losing its best friend, Kazuma Hashimoto, at the same time. Kazuma is already a pioneer in a new activity that requires only male cheerleaders.

This plan was even planned by Kazuma, despite Haruki’s protests. Despite Haruki’s resistance, Haruki creates a team for his friend and it succeeds. Despite the gender-specific associations of cheerleading, prejudices, challenges, and self-doubts associated with it, Haruki and Kazuma continue to establish the Breakers, Meishiin University’s first all-male cheerleading team, through sheer determination and support from the new members of the club. The anime has a lot of character development.

13. Run With the Wind

Run With the Wind
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  • Director: Kazuya Nomura
  • Writer: Kohei Kiyasu
  • Cast: Takeo Ōtsuka, Hideaki Kabumoto
  • IMDb Ratings 8.4
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll, Netflix

Kakeru Kurahara was the ex-ace runner from Sendai Josei High School. His shoplifting conviction led to him being arrested at a convenience-store. He is a student who meets Haiji Kiyose, despite being part of a novice running team at high school. Kakeru declines to accept the offer after he lost his apartment deposit in a mahjong Parlor.

Kakeru’s welcoming party is interrupted by Haiji’s revelation of the apartment’s true identity: it’s the dormitory of the Kansei University Track Club. He reveals his goal in the Hakone Ekiden, one of Japan’s most famous relay races for university marathons.

12. Major

Major

  • Director: Ken’ichi Kasai
  • Writer: Takuya Mitsuda
  • Cast: Showtaro Morikubo, Kentarō Itō
  • IMDb Ratings 8.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll, Netflix

Gorou Honda was a youthful baseball fanatic who always liked Shigeharu. As a son of a professional baseball player, Gorou aspires to follow in his father’s footsteps.

Shigeharu, who has suffered an elbow injury to his right arm, is forced out of the team. Then he falls into despair. Shigeharu is then struck by sarcasm from a friend of his childhood and reconsiders his options. He decides to give up his role as pitcher and pick up the bat.

Gorou puts in a lot of effort to get noticed by the Japanese Little League.

11. Yowamushi Pedal

Yowamushi Pedal
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  • Director: Osamu Nabeshima
  • Writer: Reiko Yoshida
  • Cast: Showtaro Morikubo, Kentarō Itō
  • IMDb Ratings 6.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll, Netflix

Nakamichi Onoda is an enthusiastic otaku looking forward to joining his new school’s anime club and meeting new classmates. Because of disbandment, Onoda settles on the bike racing club.

Shunsuke is determined to conquer the hill that leads up to the school. Onoda meets him. The anime club’s president, Imaizumi, is surprised by Onoda’s ability to race his bicycle up the hill and proposes that he join the club if he wins.

10. Free!

Free!
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  • Director: Hiroko Umi
  • Writer: Masahiro Yokotani
  • Cast: Kenshô Ono, Yoshimasa Hosoya
  • IMDb Ratings 7.4
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll, Netflix

Iwatobi Swim Club Free! It is very popular in the anime world. Swimming is Haruka Nanase’s passion, and she loves the water. A relay race was held with his three elementary classmates, Rin Nagisa Haiki and Iwatobi Swim Club. He won Makoto Takibana.

The tournament was won by the friends. The four friends reunited as high school students years later, but Rin didn’t want to go back the way they were.

Haruka and Nagisa are bitterly reunited. The tournament will require one additional person. In the days leading up to the competition, the four bond while training intensely to win the match and end Haruka and Rin’s animosity.

9. Kuroko’s Basketball

Kuroko's Basketball
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  • Director: Shunsuke Tda
  • Writer: Noburo Takagi
  • Cast: Kenshô Ono, Yoshimasa Hosoya
  • IMDb Ratings 8.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll, Netflix

It’s another fantastic sports anime. There are 75 episodes of Kuroko no Basuke so that you can binge to your heart’s content. Each year, the Interhigh Championship is contested by a team of high school basketball players.

Two freshmen are recruited by Seirin High School’s basketball team. Both Tetsuya Kagami and Taigakagami have different talents. Kagami is a basketball player who has recently returned to Japan from the U.S. Kuroko on the other side lacks athletic abilities.

8. Hane Bado!

Hane Bado!
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  • Director: Shinpei Ezaki
  • Writer: Taku Kishimoto
  • Cast: Hitomi Ōwada, Miyuri Shimabukuro
  • IMDb Ratings 6.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll

Nagisa Aragaki’s love for her sport begins to fade as she suffers a crushing defeat at the National Junior Badminton Tournament. She is unable to bear the humiliation of losing, which causes her fear for the safety and well-being of her badminton teammates at high school.

Because of the exhausting drills, some members left the club. Badminton’s future is in peril as many members quit and refuse to sign up for the club due to their fears.

Kentarou Tachibana will be the head coach. Named yet. His secret weapon is Ayano Hanesaki, who defeated Nagisa seven-years ago. Nagisa, however, doesn’t remember her rival as she did. Instead, she recalls the story of a girl who wasn’t happy about badminton and wanted to get away.

To save Kitakomachi High School’s badminton team, Nagisa must face her fears of inadequacy, heal the wounded heart of a rival, and find a way to overcome her insecurities.

7. Consider Knights

Try Knights
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  • Director: Tadayoshi Sasaki
  • Writer: Makoto Takada
  • Cast: Shogo Sakamoto, Seiji Maeda
  • IMDb Ratings 6
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll

The anime is about Riku, a Rugby player. The teenager, who is just starting high school, has no goals. He didn’t have a goal to achieve, nor did he have any plans for his life.

He had a passion for rugby, but he suppressed that passion. Akira Kariya played Rugby at the time he met him.

6. Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl

Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl
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  • Director: Hiroko Tokita
  • Writer: Toshiki Inoue
  • Cast: Yûko Minaguchi, Ichirô Nagai
  • IMDb Ratings 7.5
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll

The female protagonist of this sports anime series’s main character is Yawara Inokuma. Yowara’s grandfather knows just how talented she is at Judo. It would be an amazing feat to win both the Japanese Judo World Title 1992 and the Olympics in Barcelona.

Yawara’s grandfather constantly puts her under pressure, and Yawara becomes disinterested in the game. As the series progresses, we learn more about her grandfather’s perspective and why he loved the game so much!

5. Slam Dunk

Slam Dunk
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  • Director: Nobutaka Nishawa
  • Writer: Nobuaki Kishima
  • Cast: Hisao Egawa, Eriko Hara
  • IMDb Ratings 8.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll

Hanamichi is the protagonist male of Slam Dunk. Hannamichi is strong and physically fit, which makes him a frightening figure to girls. Hannamichi is known for being fiery.

Haruko Akagi and Hinamichi meet at Shohoku high school. Her basketball coach was scared of her strength. This is how the story started.

The manga version of this anime is a favorite. A few years later, we see how Shohoku High School’s basketball team becomes one of Japan’s most famous teams.

4. Circlet Princess

Circlet Princess
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  • Director: Hideki Takibana
  • Writer: Nachi Kio
  • Cast: Juri Nagatsuma, Saki Nakajima
  • IMDb Ratings 6.6
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll

It is an adaptation taken from the Game Series. The story focuses on Japan’s transformation by technological advancements. Other real-world tasks can be protected, managed, and fulfilled by technology.

Circlet Bout was also born during this period, which is a very popular snack for schoolchildren.

In this section, players’ academic reports are stored. Then, based on the player’s educational records, weapons are developed. Yuka Sakai is the anime’s central character.

3. The Prince of Tennis

The Prince Of Tennis
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  • Director: Takayuki hamana
  • Writer: Takeshi Konomi
  • Cast: Jun’ichi Suwabe, Erik Davies
  • IMDb Ratings 7.5
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll

An anime adaptation of the Japanese manga series of the same name, Tennis No Ouji Sam’s, is The Prince of Tennis. Ryoma Echizen is a tennis prodigy who plays as a tennis star. Filming took place in Tokyo. The film is shot at Sheisun Academy in Tokyo, which is well-respected for its tennis club.

This series follows his growth as a player every day, and how he develops his style. It is a series that inspires. Ryoma is working with his team to win the National Middle School Tennis Championship.

Together, they are determined to win National Middle School Tennis Championship.

2. Whistle

Whistle
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  • Director: Hiroshi Fukutomi
  • Writer: Shun’ichi Yukimuro
  • Cast: Minako Komukai, Kohei Kiyasu
  • IMDb Ratings 7.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll

There will not be cringe-worthy scenes or innuendos in Haikyuu, and the story won’t kill off characters in cruel aspersions either.

There are 39 episodes. DaisukeHiguchi illustrated the manga and it is available in multiple volumes. Sho Kazamatsuru, a middle school boy, hoping to make the soccer team, is the anime’s protagonist. Because of his petite stature, he is frequently discriminated against in his former school. The incident ended his soccer playing career due to his petite stature.

Sho isn’t a very good soccer player because he was never allowed. Sho moved to soccer practice and got a place on his school’s soccer team. Even though he’s small, his talent is impressive and he works hard.

1. Haikyuu!!

Haikyuu!!
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  • Director: Susumu Mitsunaka
  • Writer: Taku Kishimoto
  • Cast: Ayumu Murase, Kaito Ishikawa
  • IMDb Ratings 8.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: NA
  • Streaming platform Crunchyroll

With Haikyuu, you will find scenes that won’t make you cringe or innuendos and won’t kill characters off in cruel aspersions. This anime is about young boys playing sports. Haikyuu can be translated directly from Japanese as volleyball.

A crucial part of the plot and characters is the sport itself, the game’s nature, and how they learn and grow.

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