In search of more animes to watch during COVID-19 lockdown? We got you covered!
We’ve all been stripped away from our sports for the last two months and everyone is itching for some action — especially after we all finished watching NBA Legend Michael Jordan’s docuseries, The Last Dance. So we asked ourselves, what’s the next best option to live sports? … sports animes, duh. We decided to provide our hot take on which animes to watch by their respective sports.
Ace of Diamond (ダイヤの A エース): Daiya no Ace is primarily focused around Eijun Sawamura — left-handed pitcher with a unique release of the baseball. Sawamura elects to enroll in Seidou High School, a powerhouse team based out of Kokubunji, a city in West Tokyo. This anime takes you through the battles of the Koshien Tournament — Japan’s annual nationwide summer baseball tournament.
One Outs (ワンナウツ): Unlike traditional baseball with 9 innings, One Outs takes on a whole different style we’ve never seen before. To sum it up, one of the Saitama Lycaons’ pitcher gets injured during training — the team’s superstar batter, Hiromichi Kojima, seeks a replacement pitcher, they run into a group of players participating in “One Outs” game — a one-on-one dual between a pitcher and batter with money on the line.
Major (メジャー): Goro Honda was always around baseball even as a young child. His father was a pro baseball player in Japan and Goro wanted to follow his footsteps from day one. This story takes you through his life from kindergarten all the way up to his career as a professional baseball player.
Big Windup! (おおきく振りかぶって): This story is based on Ren Mihashi and his struggles through junior high baseball and his success in high school. We find out early on in Ookiku Furikabutte, Mihashi was the ace pitcher of his middle school but never felt like he deserved the #1 jersey. He later goes into high school and rekindles his love for baseball.
Haikyu!! (ハイキュー!!): This volleyball anime focuses on Shoyo Hinata and his passion for volleyball at Karasuno High School. Although he is at a height disadvantage, being 5’3″ short, the red-headed volleyball player showcases his extraordinary spikes against his rival opponents.
Captain Tsubasa (キャプテン翼): Tsubasa Oozora, an elementary student, has a passion for soccer and one day dreams about winning the FIFA World Cup representing Japan. During his career, he plays for FC Barcelona and the Japan National Team.
The Knight in the Area (エリアの騎士): Suguru Aizawa’s dream was to play in the World Cup for Japan until he passed away from a car crash. His younger brother, Kakeru Aizawa, carries his brother’s torch and wills his way to play in the World Cup. Area no Kishi surely takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions.
Inazuma Eleven (イナズマイレブン): The characters in this anime have super-human special abilities, making it an entertaining watch. Endou Mamoru is the goalkeeper and captain for Raimon Jr. High soccer team. Time after time, he finds himself having to scout and convince his peers to join the team to have enough players to compete.
Hungry Heart: Wild Striker (ハングリーハートワイルドストライカー): Kyōsuke Kanō loses his passion for soccer after being heavily compared to his brother, Seisuke Kanō — famous superstar for A.C. Milan. Eventually Kyōsuke meets Miki Tsujiwaki, who reinvigorates his love for the game.
Days (デーズ): Tsukushi Tsukamoto was a shy kid who was bullied growing up in school. One day he was getting bullied and Jin Kazama helps him scare off some bullies that were harassing him. Eventually, Jin invites Tsukamoto to play futsal with his crew and ends up falling in love with soccer.
Slam Dunk (スラムダンク): This ’90s anime is arguably the most iconic sports anime ever. It is about a gang leader, Hanamichi Sakuragi, and his unintentional love for basketball. He ends up joining the Shohoku High School basketball team only because of a girl that he ends up falling in love with.
Kuroko’s Basketball (黒子のバスケ): Kuroko no Basuke is about the “Generation of Miracles” — five elite middle school teammates that all end up deciding to join different high schools to pursue basketball. We end up finding out that there is a sixth player that belongs in the GOM, Tetsuya Kuroko, who ends up joining Seirin High School and competing against the best teams alongside teammate Taiga Kagami.
Ahiru no Sora (あひるの空): Sora Kurumatani begins his basketball journey at Kuzuryuu High School but ends up finding out that the school’s basketball team consists of rejects and punks. Sora’s determination rallies up his teammates, making them a competitive team for the first time.
Hajime no Ippo (はじめの一歩): Ippo Makunouchi was often bullied by the same group of kids. Mamoru Takamura, a professional Middle Weight boxer, witnessed Ippo severely injured and decided to treat his wounds at his boxing gym. The boxing trainers notice the natural talent Ippo carries when Mamoru lets him hit the sandbag to cheer him up.
Ashita no Joe (あしたのジョー): Yabuki gets arrested and thrown into jail for fraud. He ends up getting into a fight with former boxing prodigy, Tōru Rikiishi. The two of them decide they will fight again once they are both released and become professionals.
Yowamushi Pedal (弱虫ペダル): Sakamichi Onoda is distraught after he finds out that his high school disbanded the anime club due to lack of members. Eventually the nerd is recruited by a member of the Sohoku High School cycling team.
This list should keep you busy for a few weeks during the pandemic, but feel free to leave comments if you want us to cover any additional sports animes!