The 100 best sports anime

Those of you who like and know anime know that there is a huge variety of genres and stories. Many are focused on a lot of action, fights and powers. Others show life as it is, people's common problems. There are also those cliché romances and crushes. And there are also those aimed at children, educational and also those focused on the adult audience.

Within this huge variety of themes and genres, one that has stood out is sports anime. Some show the real difficulties of many sports. Including training, treatment with colleagues, competitions and difficulties.

Others already portray the emotions, plays and performance in a more fanciful way. Some even include powers. Interestingly, even non-popular sports in Japan get their anime versions. We will now see a list of some of these anime. Just as a note, I will not quote anime with the soccer theme, because we already have an article focused only on them.

The 20 Best Sports Anime List

Hajime no Ippo (Boxing) - 2000

Synopsis: Makunochi Ippo is a shy boy who studies and helps his mother in a fishing boat shop. Because he doesn't have much free time, he doesn't have any friends.

He is also pursued by a gang, who have been beating him since he was a child. One day, while being beaten by this gang, Ippo is saved by a former boxer. To treat his injuries he is taken to a boxing gym.

There he becomes interested in the sport and asks the person who saved him to train him. So he tries to prove that he can become a boxer of respect, with determination and effort.

The 20 Best Sports Anime List

Haikyuu! (Volleyball) - 2014

Synopsis: After watching a volleyball game on TV, Shoyo Hinata, an elementary school student, becomes interested in the sport. Even though he's not very tall, he is determined to be like an ace he watched at the national championship. He even creates a volleyball club and starts training on his own.

Soon other people join the team. But in the very first game, they are humiliatingly defeated. That's why they decide to train hard to defeat their opponents.

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Kuroko no Basket (Basketball) - 2012

Synopsis: There was a basketball team from Teiko's high school that stood out a lot. They were the best team in the country, and on that team there were great players. Among these, five stood out very much, they were even known as the Generation of miracles. But another player named Kuroko Tesuya was not as prominent as the others. At the end of elementary school, the six split up, each going to a different school. Kuroko teams up with Kagami Taiga to defeat each member of the former Generation of Miracles and become the best players in Japan.

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Yowamushi Pedal (cycling) - 2013

Synopsis: Onoda Sakamichi is an otaku and shy first-year high school student. Even though he wants to join the anime research club at his school, he ends up joining the cycling club.

So he goes into rigorous training, and with the help of his friends, his talent for cycling begins to take shape. Onoda, this high school boy pushes all his limits and opposes everything on his bike, which becomes his passion and goal and life.

The 100 best sports anime

Free! (swimming) - 2013

Synopsis: From a very young age Nanase Haruka was passionate about swimming. In his school days he and his 3 friends join the swimming club. They even manage to win the tournament before the end of elementary school. After that, they all split up and go their separate ways.

Years later, Haruka is reunited with one of his friends, and together with two other new classmates, they form the Iwatobi High School Swimming Club. Soon, they dream of swimming competitions again.

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Eyeshield 21 (American Football) - 2005

Synopsis: A boy named Sena has just entered his first year of high school, and because he is shy, others end up taking advantage of him. Somewhat unintentionally, he ends up on the school's football/soccer team.

This one is headed by Hiruma, the meanest person in the school. But seeing that Sena is a great runner, Hiruma forces him to join the team, and makes him assume a secret identity called Eyeshield 21. So begins Sena's adventures, helping his team to be the best in Japan.

Other sports anime

Unfortunately, it's not possible to name all sports anime, so here's a list with some others of this genre:

  • Major (Baseball);
  • Baby Steps (Tennis);
  • Slam Dunk (Basketball);
  • The Prince of Tennis (Tennis);
  • Big Windup! (Baseball)
  • Health and Physical Education Swimming Club Umishou
  • Aim for the Ace! (Tennis);
  • Touch (Baseball);
  • Ro-Kyu-Bu! (Basketball);

Sports Anime List

To complement the article, I leave below a complete list of the best sports anime organized by popularity and rating. The list also shows seasons and their year of release.

We made a second separate list because here it can include other types of anime such as traditional Japanese games, bicycle and other extreme sports.

Haikyuu!! Karasuno High School vs Shiratorizawa Academy2016
Haikyuu!! Second Season2015
Haikyuu!! To the Top: Part II2020
Haikyuu!! To the Top2020
SK8 the Infinity2021
Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting!2000
Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger2009
Kuroko's Basketball 32015
Hajime no Ippo: Rising2013
Kuroko's Basketball 22013
Yuri!!! on Ice2016
Major Season 52009
Ace of the Diamond: Act II2019
Chihayafuru 22013
Chihayafuru 32019
Kuroko's Basketball2012
Run with the Wind2018
Ace of the Diamond: Second Season2015
Major Season 62010
Major Season 32007
Major Season 22005
Major Season 12004
Initial D Final Stage2014
Major Season 42008
History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi2006
One Outs2008
Initial D Fourth Stage2004
Initial D Fifth Stage2012
Ping Pong The Animation2014
Cross Game2009
Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road2014
Welcome to the Ballroom2017
Megalo Box 2: Nomad2021
Initial D Second Stage1999
Baby Steps 22015
Stars Align2019
Initial D1998
Slam Dunk1993
Ace of the Diamond2013
Yowamushi Pedal2013
Megalo Box2018
Big Windup! 22010
Free! Dive to the Future2018
Free! Eternal Summer2014
Baby Steps2014
Major 2nd: Second Season2020
The Prince of Tennis II2012
Ashita no Joe 21980
Big Windup!2007
Eyeshield 212005
Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation2017
Hinomaru Sumo2018
Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club2013
Yowamushi Pedal: Glory Line2018
The Prince of Tennis2001
Kaleido Star2003
Major 2nd2018
Uma Musume: Pretty Derby Season 22021
Over Drive2007
Air Gear2006
Ahiru no Sora2019
Hungry Heart: Wild Striker2002
Giant Killing2010
Inazuma Eleven2008
Ashita no Joe1970
Inazuma Eleven: Orion no Kokuin2018
Ganba Fly High1996
Inazuma Eleven GO: Chrono Stone2012
Zoids: New Century/Zero2001
Captain Tsubasa (2018)2018
Wangan Midnight2007
Princess Nine1998
IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix 2nd Season2006
Plawres Sanshiro1983
Ganbare Genki1980
Bamboo Blade2007
All Out!!2016
Burning Kabaddi2021
Ginban Kaleidoscope2005
Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl1989
Uma Musume: Pretty Derby2018
Prince of Stride: Alternative2016
The Knight in the Area2012
Midori no Makibaoh1996
Ginga e Kickoff!!2012
Honoo no Toukyuuji: Dodge Danpei1991
Inazuma Eleven GO: Galaxy2013
Inazuma Eleven GO2011
Oban Star-Racers2006
Clean Freak! Aoyama-kun2017
Miracle Giants Dome-kun1989
Aoki Densetsu Shoot!1993
Future GPX Cyber Formula1991
The Gymnastics Samurai2020
Dash! Kappei1981
Taisho Baseball Girls2009
Shippu! Iron Leaguer1993
Dragon League1993
Kunimatsu-sama no Otoridai1971
Pro Golfer Saru TV1985
Captain Tsubasa: Road to 20022001
Ro-Kyu-Bu! SS2013
Gurazeni: Money Pitch 2nd Season2018
Ring ni Kakero 1: Shadow2010
Ring ni Kakero 1: Sekai Taikai-hen2011
Captain Tsubasa J1994
IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix2005
Dan Doh!!2004
Cheer Boys!!2016
Ikkyuu-san (1978)1978
Inazuma Eleven: Ares no Tenbin2018
Monkey Turn V2004
Musashi no Ken1985
Battle Athletes Victory1997
Anima Yell!2018
Shin Kyojin no Hoshi1977
Soccer Fever1994

List of Sports Anime Movies

Below is a complete list of sports anime movies:

Haikyuu!! Movie 4: Battle of Concepts2017
Haikyuu!! Movie 3: Talent and Sense2017
Kuroko's Basketball: Last Game2017
Haikyuu!! Movie 2: Shousha to Haisha2015
Haikyuu!! Movie 1: Owari to Hajimari2015
High Speed! -Free! Starting Days-2015
Kuroko's Basketball Movie 3: Winter Cup Highlights -Crossing the Door-2016
Free! Road to the World - Yume2019
Free! -Take Your Marks-2017
Initial D Legend 3: Dream2016
Initial D Third Stage2001
Major Movie: Yuujou no Winning Shot2008
Kuroko's Basketball Movie 2: Winter Cup Highlights -Beyond the Tears-2016
Initial D Legend 2: Racer2015
Free! -Timeless Medley- The Bond2017
Detective Conan Movie 16: The Eleventh Striker2012
Free! -Timeless Medley- The Promise2017
Initial D Legend 1: Awakening2014
Kuroko's Basketball Movie 1: Winter Cup Highlights -Shadow and Light-2016
Yowamushi Pedal The Movie2015
The Prince of Tennis Movie 2: Eikoku-shiki Teikyuu Shiro Kessen!2011
Yowamushi Pedal: Spare Bike2016
Slam Dunk Movie 41995
The Prince of Tennis: A Gift from Atobe2005
Slam Dunk Movie 31995
Slam Dunk Movie 21994
The Prince of Tennis Movie 1: Two Samurai - The First Game2005
Yowamushi Pedal: Re:GENERATION2017
Inazuma Eleven GO: Kyuukyoku no Kizuna Gryphon2011
Slam Dunk Movie 11994
Farewell, My Dear Cramer Movie: First Touch2021
Free! Movie: The Final Stroke - Zenpen2021
Yowamushi Pedal: Re:RIDE2014
Yowamushi Pedal: Re:ROAD2015
Inazuma Eleven: Saikyou Gundan Ogre Shuurai2010
Batsu & Terry1987
A Sumo Wrestler's Tail2010
Pro Golfer Saru: Super Golf World e no Chousen!!1986
Kazu & Yasu Hero Tanjou1995
Pro Golfer Saru: Kouga Hikyou! Kage no Ninpou Golfer Sanjou!1987
Inazuma Eleven GO vs Danball Senki W Movie2012
WAVE!! Surfing Yappe!! Movie 32020
WAVE!! Surfing Yappe!! Movie 22020
Midoriyama Koukou Koushien-hen Movie1990
Inazuma Eleven: Chou Jigen Dream Match2014
Shouri Toushu1987
Captain The Movie1981
Tomorrow's Joe 2: The Movie1981
Tteodori Kkachi1987
Tomorrow's Leaves2021
Kyojin no Hoshi Movie 2: Ike Ike Hyuuma1969
Kyojin no Hoshi Movie 1: Chizome no Kesshousen1969
Kinnikuman Movie 7: Seigi Choujin vs Senshi Choujin1986
Kinnikuman II Sei Movie2001
Dosukoi! Wanpaku Dohyou1995
Nasu: Summer in Andalusia2003
Pro Yakyuu wo 10-bai Tanoshiku Miru Houhou Part 21984
Ganbare!! Tabuchi-kun!! Aa Tsuppari Jinsei1980
Kinnikuman Movie 6: New York Kiki Ippatsu!1986
WAVE!! Surfing Yappe!! Movie 12020
Baribari Densetsu1987
Tobe! Pegasus Kokoro no Goal ni Shoot1995
Pro Yakyuu wo 10-bai Tanoshiku Miru Houhou1983
Kinnikuman Movie 2: Ooabare! Seigi Choujin1984
Fusha no Sha1988
Aoki Densetsu Shoot! Movie1994
Ganbare!! Tabuchi-kun!!1979
Crush Gear Turbo The Movie - Kaiservern's Ultimate Challenge2002

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