Sports Anime: Top 30+ Sports Anime | Best Sport Anime

Here are the top 30 sports anime for you to enjoy. This genre covers almost all imaginable sports you could possibly think of, from karate to table tennis and baseball. There are many must-watch species for sport anime fans such as Haikyu!!, Ace of Diamond and Yowamushi Pedal, but the list of great sports anime shows doesn't end there, as many less known masterpieces are on this list for your to discover. All the top sport anime shows on the list have been voted by fellow anime sports fans. The shows included on this list can be divided into multiple different sub-genres, but after all they all are telling a story about sports in one way or another. In case your favourite anime sports show is missing, you can add it to the list for others to vote on in too.

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    Kuroko’s Basketball

    The basketball team of Teiko Middle School rose to distinction by demolishing all competition. The regulars of the team became known as the “Generation of Miracles”. After graduating from middle school, these five stars went to different…

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    Free! Iwatobi Swim Club

    Free! Iwatobi Swim Club is set in the town of Iwatobi, Japan, which is based on Iwami, Tottori.[2][3] The story is centered on high school student Haruka Nanase, a former competitive swimmer. After encountering his childhood rival,…

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    Yowamushi Pedal

    Sakamichi Onoda is an otaku who has just entered high school. In middle school, Onoda did not have any friends with whom he could talk about his interests, and hopes to change that by joining his new school’s anime club. However, he…

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    Eyeshield 21

    In Tokyo, a weak, unassertive boy named Sena Kobayakawa enters the high school of his choice—Deimon Private Senior High School. Sena’s only remarkable physical abilities are his running speed and agility, which are noted by the…

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    Baby Steps

    Eiichirō Maruo, a first year honor student, one day decides he is unhappy with the way things are and lacks exercise. He finds a flyer for the Tennis Club and decides to check it out. He is instantly captivated by it. With no prior experience and…

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    Captain Tsubasa

    Tsubasa Oozora is an 11-year-old elementary school student who is deeply in love with football and dreams of one day winning the FIFA World Cup for Japan. He lives together with his mother in Japan, while his father is a seafaring…

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    Days

    Days follows the struggles of Tsukushi Tsukamoto, a shy, clumsy and bullied teenager about to start high school. He decides to get in Seiseki High School so he can be with his neighbor and childhood friend Sayuri Tachibana, who is one year his…

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    Chihayafuru

    Chihaya Ayase is a girl who has spent most of her life simply supporting her sister in her model career. That changes when she meets a boy named Arata Wataya, a talented karuta player. After becoming friends, he believes that Chihaya has…

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    Major

    Gorō’s father, Shigeharu Honda, was a pitcher struggling between the major and minor teams of the NPB. Nonetheless, Gorō looked up to his father and wished to be a professional baseball player just like him. Gorō’s mother Chiaki…

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    Ping Pong the Animation

    Despite having drastically different personalities, high school boys Peco and Smile have been friends since childhood. Now, they’re both talented members of table tennis club of Katase High School. Peco gets decisively defeated by a Chinese…

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    Prince of Stride: Alternative

    The series Prince of Stride: Alternative revolves around the extreme sport “Stride”, a sport where a team of 5 plus a relationer runs relay races in towns. The story takes place at Hōnan Academy where first year high school…

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    Big Windup!

    The series, set in Saitama, follows the story of Ren Mihashi. Mihashi was the previous ace pitcher in his middle school’s baseball team, but it seems that he only got the position because his grandfather was the owner…

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    Air Gear

    A new fad by the name of ‘Air Treks’ (a futuristic evolution of aggressive skating) has swept the nation’s youth and all over gangs are being formed that compete in various events using their A-T’s. Ikki is a middle-school…

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    Yuri!!! On ICE

    After a crushing defeat in the Grand Prix Final and other competition losses, 23-year-old Japanese figure skater Yuri Katsuki develops mixed feelings about skating and puts his career on hold; returning to his hometown of Hasetsu…

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    Area No Kishi

    Kakeru Aizawa is the younger brother to Suguru Aizawa, a soccer prodigy belonging to Japan’s under–15 national team. Prior to the series, Kakeru quits his position as a forward after a traumatic experience prevented him from…

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    Giant Killing

    East Tokyo United, ETU, has been struggling in Japan’s top football league for a few years. It has taken everything they have just to avoid relegation. To make matters even worse, the fans are starting to abandon the team. In an effort to…

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    Cross Game

    At the start of Part One, Ko Kitamura, son of the owner of Kitamura Sports, lives in the same neighborhood as the batting center run by the Tsukishima family. Due to their proximity and the relationship between their businesses, the…

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    Ginga e Kickoff!!

    Ginga e Kickoff!! (Ginga e Kikkuofu!!, lit. Kickoff to the Galaxy!!) is a sports anime about a soccer team, Momoyama Predators, formed by elementary school students. It began airing on NHK BS-Premium channel on April 3, 2012 and finished airing…

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    Inazuma Eleven Go

    Set 10 years after the first anime Inazuma Eleven, a new soccer system is implemented where the results of matches are predetermined even down to the point scoring. A boy called Matsukaze Tenma loves soccer. However, it is being controlled by…

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    Wild Striker

    Hungry Heart: Wild Striker tells the story of Kanō Kyōsuke, a teenage high school student who at the beginning of the series, has just transferred into Jyoyō Orange High School. Kyōsuke’s older brother is the illustrious and extremely…

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    Dear Boys

    At the outset of the manga, the Mizuho High School basketball team is in trouble, as there are not enough players to play a game. Additionally, the coach has left after a conflict with Fujiwara. However, Aikawa transfers to Mizuho and…

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    Buzzer Beater

    Buzzer Beater (Hepburn: Buzā Bītā) is a manga series by Takehiko Inoue. The series debuted on the web, where it was made available in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean. Buzzer Beater was being serialized in Monthly Shōnen…

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    Aoki Densetsu Shoot!

    Toshihiko “Toshi” Tanaka joined the same soccer club that his idol, Yoshiharu Kubo plays for at Kakegawa High School. When Toshi played in junior high with two of his friends Kenji Shiraishi and Kazuhiro Hiramatsu, they were known as the…

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    Minami Kamakura Cycling Girls Club

    Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club (Minami Kamakura Kōkō Joshi Jitensha-Bu) is a Japanese manga series by Noriyuki Matsumoto, serialized in Mag Garden‘s shōnen manga magazine Monthly Comic Blade since August 2011. It…

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    Battle Athletes

    Battle Athletes is a six-episode OVA set in the distant future where, after many years of war with an extraterrestrial race, a contest of physical strength between one representative from each race is agreed.…

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    Hajime no Ippo

    Ippo Makunouchi was an extremely shy high school student, unable to make friends due to always being busy helping his mother run their family fishing charter business. Because he kept to himself, a group of bullies led by Umezawa got into the habit…

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    One Outs

    The Saitama Lycaons are the weakest team in the Japanese league. Hiromichi Kojima, the Lycaons’ star batter, forms a training camp in Okinawa to try for his last attempt at a championship after 21 years. When the minor league pitcher training…

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    Diamond no Ace Act II

    The series follows one Eijun Sawamura, a baseball pitcher with a very unusual change of pitch that has occurred naturally. Sawamura plans to go with his friends to a local high school and play baseball to the best of their abilities. However, one…

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    Ashita no Joe

    Joe Yabuki is a troubled young man who runs away from an orphanage. Wandering through the Tokyo slums, he meets former boxingtrainer Danpei. Joe is later arrested and goes to a temporary jail where he fights Nishi, leader of a group…

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    Slam Dunk

    Hanamichi Sakuragi is a delinquent and the leader of a gang. Sakuragi is very unpopular with girls, having been rejected an astonishing fifty times. In his first year at Shohoku High School, he meets Haruko Akagi, the girl of his dreams, and is…

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    The Prince of Tennis

    The series is primarily set in Tokyo, and centers around Ryoma Echizen, a tennis prodigy who attends Seishun Academy, or Seigaku for short, a school known for its strong tennis club and talented players. Ryoma quickly defeats numerous…

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    Haikyuu!!

    Junior high school student Shōyō Hinata gains a sudden love of volleyball after seeing a national championship match on TV. Although short in height, he becomes determined to follow in the footsteps of a star player, nicknamed the…

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    Marmalade Boy

    Miki Koishikawa‘s ordinary life as a sophomore in high school is turned upside down when her parents suddenly announce that they are getting divorced in order to swap partners with a couple they met back in Hawaii. They seek her approval…

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