A Beginner’s Guide To Watching Sports Anime

Whether it’s a victory or a misfortune – sports-related movies and TV series give birth to a pool of gaping emotions and can be extremely sentimental for viewers, creating a sense of solace in their minds. Seeing someone make a dream come true is an inspiring feeling and a reminder of what is possible. It feels good to see someone achieve their dreams, especially if they work as hard as the athletes to earn it.

We have selected and listed the best TV shows and best sports anime movies to watch below!

1. Haikyu !!

This famous animated series contains four seasons and OAVs (original animated videos which are basically filler episodes). Directed by Susumu Mitsunaka and Masako Satō, ‘Haikyuu’ revolves around a schoolboy named Shoyo Hinata who loves to play volleyball. He even joins the school’s volleyball club and later learns that no one else but himself is on the team. He finally manages to convince some of his comrades and friends to join the club to practice sport and participate in tournaments. Over the course of the series, Hinata becomes good friends with a boy named Kageyama due to volleyball, and they end up helping each other become better players.

This Anime series was released on April 6, 2014, and the last episode of the series was released on December 19, 2020. In total, “Haikyuu” has 85 episodes with 5 filler episodes. You can watch ‘Haikyuu’ on Crunchyroll.

2. Yuri !!! On the ice

This famous Anime series only has one season with a bunch of filler episodes. Directed by Sayo Yamamoto and Jun Shishido, ‘Yuri !!! On Ice ‘highlights the story of a 23-year-old figure skater named Yuri Katsuki. He hesitates to continue his career, puts figure skating on hold and decides to return to his hometown. After Yuri’s friend secretly uploads a figure skating video of Yuri to the Internet, her idol, Victor Nikiforov – a Russian figure skater, meets her and is extremely impressed. He then goes to Yuki’s hometown and offers to coach him and help him rebuild his career.


The poster for ‘Yuri !!! On the ice ‘, C[MAPPA]

This Anime series was launched on October 6, 2016 and the last episode of the series was released on December 21, 2016 itself. “Yuri !!! On Ice ‘has 12 episodes with 6 filler episodes. You can watch this anime series on Crunchyroll.

3. Big Windup!

“Big Windup! Also goes by the name of “Ōkiku Furikabutte” and contains a season with a few filler episodes. Directed by Tsutomu Mizushima, ‘Big Windup!’ presents the story of Ren Mihashi, who was a pitcher on his school’s baseball team. His teammates didn’t like him as Mihashi was not a good player and held him responsible for every game lost. However, in reality Mihashi was a good player, and the team would lose because of poor coordination and not because of him. When he transfers to another school, Takaya Abe gives him the help he needs to become the confident baseball player he never imagined he could be.

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The characters of ‘Big Windup!’, C[A-1 Pictures]

“Big Windup! created on 2 of April 12, 2007, and the last episode premiered on the 24 June 2010. The series has 38 episodes with 2 filler episodes. You can watch “Big Windup!” sure Hulu.

4. Aoki Densetsu Shoot!

“Aoki Densetsu Shoot! has only one season with zero filler episodes. Directed by Daisuke Nishio, this animated series tells the story of three school children who loved to play football. They were so good at the sport that they were known as the “Golden Trio” in their football team. The football team hit rock bottom when their captain, Yoshiharu Kubo, died after a game due to extreme exhaustion. The team struggled to cope with the death of their captain, but vowed to play their best to make it to the Nationals.


The poster for ‘Aoki Densetsu Shoot!’, C[Toei Animation]

“Aoki Densetsu Shoot! was released on November 7, 1993 and the last episode aired on December 25, 1994. The series has 58 episodes in total.

5. Yowamushi pedal

“Yowamushi Pedal” contains four long seasons of pure sporting pleasure. Directed by Osamu Nabeshima, this animated series tells the story of a high school student named Sakamichi Onoda who didn’t quite get along with the students at his school. His only interest was anime, but even the school’s anime club is closed due to lack of interest, which makes Onoda extremely sad. One day, while Onoda was easily riding a fairly steep hill on a bicycle, he was noticed by Shunsuke Imaizumi, an alumnus of his school and a cyclist. Onoda was also seen by a student named Naruko, who was impressed after witnessing Onoda’s tremendous cycling skills. The two boys then attempt to convince Onoda to join the school’s cycling club, and that’s how the Anime series goes.


A scene from ‘Yowamushi Pedal,’ C[TMS Entertainment]

“Yowamushi Pedal” premiered on October 7, 2013, and the last episode was released on June 25, 2018. The series has a total of 112 episodes. You can watch this web series at Netflix.

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6. Free! – Iwatobi Swimming Club

‘Release! – Iwatobi Swim Club ‘contains three seasons and only a few filler episodes. Directed by Hiroko Utsumi and Eisaku Kawanami, this animated web series tells the story of a high school student named Haruka Nanase who was extremely good at swimming. When he met his childhood swimming rival, Rin Matsuoka, Haruka and his friends started training really hard for the tournaments to come. They are even starting to recruit other students to the swim team who are good at the sport. As we delve deeper into the plot, the rivalry between Haruka and Rin continues to thicken. However, on the day of the tournament, Rin somehow remembers the friendship he had with Haruka. Even though he was disqualified, we can see the rejuvenation of their friendship.


The characters of ‘Free! Iwatobi ‘Swimming Club, C[Kyoto Animation]

‘Release! – Iwatobi Swim Team ‘was released on July 4, 2013, and the last episode premiered on September 26, 2018. The series has a total of 37 episodes with 3 filler episodes. You can watch this anime show on Netflix.

7. Kuroko’s Basketball

“Kuroko’s Basketball” consists of three seasons. Directed by Shunsuke Tada, “Kuroku’s Basketball” is about the Teiko Junior High School basketball team. The squad was full of exceptionally skilled players – it was almost as if they had never lost a game. After graduating from college, the team’s top five players broke up with each other when transferred to different high schools. The plot of the series unfolds as we find out how these players bond together again, but don’t play with each other; instead, to play against each other.

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A scene from ‘Kuroko’s Basketball’, C[Production I.G]

“Kuroko’s Basketball” premiered on April 8, 2012, and the last episode was released on June 30, 2015. The series has a total of 75 episodes with zero filler episodes. You can watch ‘Kuroku’s Basketball’ on Netflix.

8. Well done boys !!

“Well done boys !!” contains only one season with only a few filler episodes. Directed by Ai Yoshimura, this animated web series is about a young student named Haruki Haru Bando. The sport of judo broke his heart, and so, his friend called Kazuma Hashimoto convinced him to make a cheerleader team only for boys. The team was called “Breakers”. The series revolves around the different types of experiences and adventures that cheerleaders have after joining the team. Along with Haruki and Kazuma, Mizoguchi, Ton, Gen, Ichiro and Sho also decide to join the cheerleading team – Breakers.


The poster for ‘Cheer Boys !!’, C[Brain’s Base]

“Well done boys !!” was released on July 5, in 2016, and the last episode aired on 27 of SSeptember, the same year. The series consists of twelve episodes with two filler episodes. You can watch “Cheer Boys !!” sure Funimation.

9. Baby stages

“Baby Steps” has two seasons. Directed by Masahiko Murata, this animated web series is about a student named Eiichirō Maruo who feels he needs more physical work and exercise in his daily routine. He soon found himself drawn to tennis. Eiichirō had no experience in this field at all and therefore decided to approach the sport intellectually. He begins to use his intelligence to make strategic advances towards his opponents and, thus, can predict their shots.


The poster for ‘Baby Steps’, C[Pierrot]

‘Baby Steps’ launched on 6 April, in 2014, and the last episode aired on the 20 September, in 2015. The series contains fifty episodes with zero filler episodes. You can watch ‘Baby Steps’ on Crunchyroll.

10. Ace of diamonds

“Ace of Diamond” consists of three seasons and a few filler episodes. Directed by Mitsuyuki Masuhara, the Anime show is about a baseball pitcher named Eijun Sawamura. Sawamura and his friends loved to play baseball for their high school and have fun. One day, a scout from a esteemed institute approaches Sawamura and offers him the chance to go to the Nationals with a scholarship. He decides to take a look at the school represented by the scout which further changes Sawamura’s perspective on his future. Curious about what happens next? You can watch ‘Ace of Diamond’ on Crunchyroll and Just watch.


The characters of ‘Ace of Diamonds’, C[Production I.G]

“Ace of Diamond” was released on October 6, 2013 and the last episode aired on March 31, 2020. The series consists of 178 episodes and 5 filler episodes.

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