The 15 Best Sports Anime of All Time!

Hey, how are you? You know very well that there are anime of all kinds, don't you? Some consider sports animes different, but others not so much. But sports animes it is a genre like any other. The best sports anime are present and very well listed in this post, and if you think this is unusual you will surely be surprised.

See the TOP 15 below with best sports anime that we separate especially for you who are a fan of this genre!

Name in English

  1. Haikyu !!
  2. Slam Dunk
  3. Fighting Spirit
  4. Chihayafuru
  5. Run with the Wind
  6. Kuroko's Basketball
  7. Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club
  8. Yuri!!! On ICE
  9. Hanebado!
  10. MEGALOBOX
  11. Ace of Diamond
  12. Yowamushi Pedal
  13. Keijo !!!!!!!!

Japanese name

  1. Haikyuu !!
  2. Hajime at Ippo
  3. Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru
  4. Kuroko no Basket
  5. Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club
  6. Yuri!!! on Ice
  7. Megalo Box
  8. Diamond in Ace
  9. Eyeshield 21
  10. Inazuma Eleven

1. Haikyuu !!

Haikyuu!!
Haikyuu !!
  • Name in English: Haikyu !!
    Japanese name: ハ イ キ ュ ー !!
  • Genre: Comedy, Sports, Drama, School, Shounen
  • Episodes: 25
  • Displayed: April 6, 2014 to September 21, 2014
  • Studio: Production IG
  • Trailer: Teaser
  • Where to Watch: Crunchyroll PT / BR

I pray you give it to Haikyuu !! a chance, just a chance! If you are new to the genre, this can be a gateway to a new horizon for you. If you already like sports animes, Haikyuu !! continue your fun with the genre. 

Inevitably, this anime is and will be compared to another Production IG sensation, Kuroko no Basket. I will simply say that the main difference is that Kuroko no Basket depends more on the show, while Haikyuu !! integrates more realism.

Regardless of the opinion, I believe that you will really like Haikyuu !!

Take a look at this incredible AMV from Haikyuu. I doubt you don't want to watch this anime after seeing it !!

AMV Haikyuu !!

Synopsis:

Inspired after watching a volleyball ace nicknamed “Little Giant” in action, little Shouyou Hinata revives the volleyball club at his high school.

The newly formed team arrives at a tournament; however, the first match ends up being the last, when they are brutally crushed by the “king of the court”, Tobio Kageyama.

Hinata promises to outdo Kageyama and, after graduating from high school, he joins the volleyball team at Karasuno High School - only to discover that his sworn rival, Kageyama, is now his teammate.

Thanks to his short stature, Hinata struggles to find his role in the team, even with his superior jumping power.

Surprisingly, Kageyama has its own problems that only Hinata can help with, and learning to work together seems to be the only way for the team to succeed.


2. Slam Dunk

Slam Dunk
Slam Dunk
  • Name in English: Slam Dunk
    Japanese name: ス ラ ム ダ ン ク
  • Genre: Comedy, Sports, Drama, School, Shounen
  • Episodes: 101
  • Displayed: October 16, 1993 to March 23, 1996
  • Studio: Toei Animation
  • Trailer: Teaser
  • Where to Watch: ??

Synopsis:

Hanamichi Sakuragi, famous for his temperament, enormous height and red hair, enrolls at Shohoku High, hoping to finally get a girlfriend and break his record of being rejected 50 consecutive times in high school.

His notoriety precedes him, however, leading him to be avoided by most students.

Soon, after certain events, Hanamichi is left with two unshakable thoughts: "I hate basketball" and "I desperately need a girlfriend".

One day, a girl named Haruko Akagi approaches him without being aware of his problems and asks if he likes basketball.

Hanamichi immediately falls in love with her passionately, letting out a fervent statement.

She then takes him to the gym, where she asks if he can do a slam dunk.

In an attempt to impress Haruko, he takes the leap, but overtakes, hitting his head directly on the blackboard.


3. Hajime at Ippo

Hajime no Ippo
Hajime at Ippo
  • Name in English: Fighting Spirit
    Japanese name: は じ め の 一 歩 THE FIGHTING!
  • Genre: Comedy, Sports, Drama, Shounen
  • Episodes: 75
  • Displayed: October 4, 2000 to March 27, 2002
  • Studio: Madhouse
  • Trailer: Teaser
  • Where to Watch: ??

Synopsis:

Makunouchi Ippo has been bullied all his life.

Constantly running errands and being beaten by his classmates, Ippo always dreamed of changing himself, but he never had the passion to act accordingly.

One day, in the midst of yet another bullying, Ippo is saved by Takamura Mamoru, who happens to be a boxer.

Ippo passes out from his injuries and is taken to the boxing academy in Kamogawa to recover.

While regaining consciousness, he is impressed and surprised by the new environment in the gym, although he does not have the confidence to try anything.

Takamura puts a photo of Ippo's colleague in a punching bag and forces him to punch.

It is only then that Ippo feels something move inside him and eventually asks Takamura to train him in boxing.

Thinking that Ippo doesn't have what it takes, Takamura gives him a task considered impossible and a deadline of one week.

With a sudden desire to become stronger, for him and his working mother, Ippo trains tirelessly to get the job done on time.


4. Chihayafuru

Chihayafuru
Chihayafuru
  • Name in English: Chihayafuru
    Japanese name: ち は や ふ る
  • Genre: Drama, Game, Josei, School, Slice of Life, Sports
  • Episodes: 25
  • Displayed: October 5, 2011 to March 28, 2012
  • Studio: Madhouse
  • Trailer: Teaser
  • Where to Watch: Crunchyroll PT / BR

Synopsis:

Chihaya Ayase, a strong-willed and tomboy girl, grows up in the shadow of her older sister.

Without her own dreams, she is happy with her part of life until she meets Arata Wataya.

The silent transfer student in her elementary school class introduces her to competitive karuta, a physically and mentally demanding card game, inspired by the classic Japanese anthology of the Hundred Poets.

Captivated by Arata's passion for the game and inspired by the possibility of becoming the best in Japan, Chihaya quickly falls in love with the world of karuta.

Along with the prodigy Arata and her arrogant but hardworking friend, Taichi Mashima, she joins the local Shiranami Society.

The trio spends their idyllic childhood days playing together, until circumstances separate them.

Now in high school, Chihaya has become crazy about karuta.

She intends to establish the Mizusawa Municipal High Competition Karuta Club, aiming at the national championship of Omi Jingu.


5. Run with the Wind

Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru anime de esporte
Run with the Wind
  • Name in English: Run with the Wind
    Japanese name: 風 が 強 く 吹 い て い る
  • Genre: Comedy, Sports, Drama
  • Episodes: 23
  • Displayed: October 3, 2018 to March 27, 2019
  • Studio: Production IG
  • Trailer: Teaser
  • Where to Watch: Crunchyroll PT / BR

Synopsis:

A former runner at Sendai Josei High School, Kakeru Kurahara is chased at a convenience store for shoplifting.

Shaking off his pursuer, he meets Haiji Kiyose, another student at his university.

Haiji is impressed by Kakeru's agility and convinces him to live in Chikusei-sou, the run-down apartment where Haiji lives with eight other students.

Having lost the entire apartment deposit in a mahjong room, Kakeru reluctantly accepts the offer.

However, Haiji reveals a secret during Kakeru's welcome party: the apartment is actually the dormitory at Kansei University Track Club.

It reveals his ultimate goal of participating in Hakone Ekiden - one of Japan's most important university relay races.

Unfortunately, all residents, in addition to Haiji and Kakeru, are running newbies.


6. Kuroko no Basket

Animes de basquete
Kuroko no Basket
  • Name in English: Kuroko's Basketball
    Japanese name: 黒 子 の バ ス ケ
  • Genre: Comedy, School, Shounen, Sports
  • Episodes: 25
  • Displayed: April 8, 2012 to September 22, 2012
  • Studio: Production IG
  • Trailer: Teaser
  • Where to Watch: Crunchyroll PT / BR

Synopsis:

The basketball team at Teikou Junior High School is crowned champion for three consecutive years thanks to five outstanding players who, with their unique and impressive skills, leave opponents in despair and fans in awe.

However, after graduating, these companions, known as “The Generation of Miracles”, follow separate paths and now consider each other as rivals.

At Seirin High School, two freshly recruited freshmen prove that they are no ordinary basketball players: Taiga Kagami, a promising player returning from the U.S., and Tetsuya Kuroko, an apparently ordinary student whose lack of presence allows him to go unnoticed.

Although Kuroko is neither athletic nor capable of scoring any points, he was a member of Teikou's basketball team, where he played as the “Sixth Man Phantom”, who easily passed the ball and helped his teammates.

Kuroko no Basket follows the journey of Seirin's players, who try to become the best Japanese high school team by winning the Interhigh Championship.


7. Free!

Anime de natação
Free!
  • Name in English: Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club
    Japanese name: Free!
  • Genre: Slice of Life, Comedy, Sports, Drama, School
  • Episodes: 12
  • Displayed: July 4, 2013 to September 26, 2013
  • Studio: Kyoto Animation, Animation Do
  • Trailer: Teaser
  • Where to Watch: Crunchyroll PT / BR

Synopsis:

Haruka Nanase likes water and swimming.

In elementary school, he competed and won a relay race with his three friends Rin Matsuoka, Nagisa Hazuki and Makoto Tachibana.

After claiming victory in the tournament, the four friends went their separate ways.

Years later, they come together as high school students; however, Rin did not mind returning to the way things used to be.

Not only does he attend a different school, but the only thing important for him is to prove that he is a better swimmer than Haruka.

After the bitter meeting, Haruka, Nagisa and Makoto decide to form the Iwatobi High School Swimming Club, but will need a fourth member if they hope to participate in the next tournament.

Enter Rei Ryuugazaki, a former member of the track team that Nagisa recruits.

As the time to compete approaches, the four develop a close bond while training hard to reach the top and work things out between Haruka and Rin once and for all.


8. Yuri !!! on Ice

Yuri!!! on Ice
Yuri!!! on Ice
  • Name in English: Yuri!!! On ICE
    Japanese name: ユ ー リ !!! on ICE
  • Genre: Comedy, Sports
  • Episodes: 12
  • Displayed: October 6, 2016 to December 22, 2016
  • Studio: MAPPA
  • Trailer: Teaser
  • Where to Watch: Crunchyroll PT / BR

Synopsis:

Recovering from his crushing Grand Prix defeat, Yuuri Katsuki, one of Japan's most promising skaters, returns to the family home to assess his options for the future.

At 23, Yuuri's window to skateboarding success is closing fast, and his love for pork chops and his ability to gain weight are also not helping.

However, Yuuri finds himself in the spotlight when a video of him performing a routine previously performed by three-time world champion Victor Nikiforov suddenly goes viral.

In fact, Victor himself appears abruptly at Yuuri's house and offers to be his mentor.

As one of his biggest fans, Yuuri eagerly accepts, beginning his journey to return to the world stage.


9. Hanebado!

Hanebado! animes de esportes
Hanebado!
  • Name in English: Hanebado!
    Japanese name: は ね バ ド!
  • Genre: Seinen, Sports
  • Episodes: 13
  • Displayed: July 2, 2018 to October 1, 2018
  • Studio: LIDENFILMS
  • Trailer: Teaser
  • Where to Watch: Crunchyroll PT / BR

Hanebado is a sensational sport anime, many must think ours but how can a PETECA anime be good ?? First of all the sport here is Badminton and YES IT IS VERY GOOD!

The animation of the matches, the art of the anime, the story all fit perfectly. And an important detail is that 90% of the plot is formed by female characters so much that it is female badminton which is unfortunately somewhat unusual in sports anime.

Synopsis:

After the overwhelming 21-0 defeat at the National Junior Badminton Tournament, Nagisa Aragaki's love for her sport begins to distort.

Unable to cope with the shame of the loss, she begins to terrorize members of her high school badminton club.

His tiring workouts bring some to the brink of tears, while others leave the club altogether.

With the team losing members and new prospects being too terrified to join, the future of badminton club looks exceptionally bleak.

That is, until Kentarou Tachibana joined as a new coach.

Not only is he an Olympic-level player, he also comes with a secret weapon: Ayano Hanesaki, the girl who defeated Nagisa six months ago.

However, Ayano is not the rival Nagisa remembers, but a girl with conflicting feelings who wants to distance herself from badminton.


10. Megalo Box

Megalo Box animes de esportes
Megalo Box
  • Name in English: MEGALOBOX
    Japanese name: メ ガ ロ ボ ク ス
  • Genre: Action, Science fiction, Slice of life, Sports, Drama
  • Episodes: 13
  • Displayed: April 6, 2018 to June 29, 2018
  • Studio: TMS Entertainment
  • Trailer: Teaser
  • Where to Watch: Crunchyroll PT / BR

Synopsis:

"Be quiet and do what you say, that's the cowardly choice." These are the words of Junk Dog, an underground fighter from Megalo Box, an evolution of boxing that uses mechanical members known as Gear to increase the speed and power of its users.

Despite the young man's overflowing potential as a boxer, the illegal nature of his participation forces him to make a living by fighting, as dictated by his boss Gansaku Nanbu.

However, all of that changes when Megalo Box champion Yuuri enters his worn ring in the guise of just another challenger.

Taken out in a single round, Junk Dog faces a challenge: "If you are serious about fighting with me again, fight for me and my ring".

Filled with overwhelming emotion and supported by the criminal union responsible for his matches, Junk Dog enters Megalonia: a world tournament that will decide the strongest Megalo Boxer of all.

Having no proper name, he takes the nickname "Joe" when he starts his climb to the bottom of the list of fighters.


11. Diamond in Ace

Anime de Beisebol
Diamond in Ace
  • Name in English: Ace of Diamond
    Japanese name: ダ イ ヤ の A [エ ー ス]
  • Genre: School Children, Shounen, Sports
  • Episodes: 75
  • Displayed: October 6, 2013 to March 29, 2015
  • Studio: Production IG, Madhouse
  • Trailer: Teaser
  • Where to Watch: Crunchyroll PT / BR

Synopsis:

With a scattered field that completely lost the hitter, Eijun Sawamura misses his last baseball game in high school.

Frustrated by this defeat, Eijun and his colleagues promise to make it to the national tournament when they are in high school.

But everything changes when a scout unexpectedly invites you to Tokyo's prestigious Seidou High School, after seeing the potential in his unusual throwing style.

Encouraged by his teammates, Eijun accepts the offer, ready to improve his skills and play at a much more competitive level of baseball.

However, now surrounded by a large number of skilled players, Eijun struggles to find his place on the team.

He declares that one day he will become the star of the team, but that is only if first year teammate Satoru Furuya does not win the title in the first place, with his fast tennis balls that are worth a coveted place in the initial squad.


12. Eyeshield 21

Eyeshield 21
Eyeshield 21
  • Name in English:  —
    Japanese name: ア イ シ ー ル ド 21
  • Genre: Action, Sports, Comedy, Shounen
  • Episodes: 145
  • Displayed: April 6, 2005 to March 19, 2008
  • Studio: Gallop
  • Trailer: Teaser
  • Where to Watch: Crunchyroll PT / BR

Synopsis:

Sena is like any other shy boy who started high school; he's just trying to survive.

Constantly intimidated, he is used to running away.

Surviving high school is about to become much more difficult after Hiruma, captain of the school's football team, witnesses Sena's incredible agility and speed during an escape from some attackers.

Hiruma plans to make Sena the deputy leader of his school team, The Devil Bats, hoping that this will turn the squad's fortunes from ceasing to be a joke in the Japanese high school leagues to vying for the title.

To protect his precious star from rival recruiters, he summons Sena as a "team secretary", giving him a helmet with a visor and the nickname "Eyeshield 21" to hide his identity.

The Devilbats will seek to reach the Christmas Bowl, an annual tournament attended by the best football teams in Japan, with “Eyeshield 21” in the lead.


13. Yowamushi Pedal

Yowamushi Pedal animes de esportes
Yowamushi Pedal
  • Name in English: Yowamushi Pedal
    Japanese name: 弱 虫 ペ ダ ル
  • Genre: Comedy, Sports, Drama, Shounen
  • Episodes: 38
  • Displayed: October 8, 2013 to July 1, 2014
  • Studio: TMS Entertainment
  • Trailer: Teaser
  • Where to Watch: Crunchyroll PT / BR

Synopsis:

Sakamichi Onoda is a cheerful otaku who wants to join his new school's anime club, looking forward to finally making some friends.

Unfortunately, the club has been dissolved and he decides to revive it, finding the students who wish to participate.

Without much luck, Onoda decides to take a round trip to Akihabara on his old and bulky city bike, a 90km weekly tour that he has completed since the fourth grade.

It is at this point that he meets Shunsuke Imaizumi, a determined cyclist who uses the school's inclination to practice.

Surprised by Onoda's ability to climb the hill with his specific type of bicycle, Imaizumi challenges him to a race, with the proposal to join the anime club if Onoda wins.


14. Keijo !!!!!!!!

Keijo!!!!!!!! animes de esportes
Keijo !!!!!!!!
  • Name in English: Keijo !!!!!!!!
    Japanese name: 競 女 !!!!!!!!
  • Genre: Action, Sports, Ecchi, Shounen
  • Episodes: 12
  • Displayed: October 6, 2016 to December 22, 2016
  • Studio: Xebec
  • Trailer: Teaser
  • Where to Watch: Crunchyroll PT / BR

Synopsis:

Japan's latest competitive sport, keijo, is dictated by a simple set of rules: female-only participants must remain on circular platforms floating in a pool - known as “terrains” - in order to defeat opponents using just the breasts and ends.

Despite this extravagant premise, the sport attracts millions of spectators across the country and has a large amount of prizes.

Many aspiring athletes accept the challenge in the hope of becoming the next national champion.

After finishing high school, the lively 17-year-old Nozomi Kaminashi, enters the world of keijo, hoping to bring home a fortune for her poor family.

As a talented gymnast, Nozomi quickly proves to be a strong competitor after stealing the spotlight in her debut tournament.


15. Inazuma Eleven

Inazuma Eleven animes de esportes
Inazuma Eleven
  • Name in English:  —
    Japanese name: イ ナ ズ マ イ レ ブ ン
  • Genre: Sports Power, Shounen
  • Episodes: 127
  • Displayed: October 5, 2008 to April 27, 2011
  • Studio: OLM
  • Trailer: Teaser
  • Where to Watch: ??

Synopsis:

While other schools in Japan compete for the title of best football team in the country, Raimon Middle School football club Inazuma Eleven struggles to get off the brink of being dissolved.

The grandson of Inazuma Eleven's first-generation goalkeeper and team captain, Mamoru Endou, takes on the challenge of putting the long-neglected club into practice.

To do this, he will need a little help and more than a little luck.

Mamoru Endou finds hope in the hands of Shuuya Gouenji, a brilliant young player who has given up football.

Mamoru is determined to get Shuuya and other new recruits to join his team, regardless of the cost.

The List With The Best Sports Anime

Yes, this is the list with the most up-to-date sports animes, I selected the best and most current animes so you can be sure that none of them will leave anything to be desired !!

A curiosity is also that in most sports animes the protagonist in general is very weak in the sport itself or excels in one thing in particular, except for some exceptions such as hanebado for example.

Tsukki celebrating victory

But that really makes the theme of anime fun to see the trajectory and determination of this protagonist to evolve both in sport and personally.


Hey guys did you like this list of sports animes? Leave in the comments the ones that you consider the best and if you think any comments are missing too!

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Patrick Perdigão

Systems Analysis and Development developer and student, crazy about programming, anime worshiper, League of Legends player (or at least try) and lover of classic films. Trying to be a Linux user but the essence of Microsoft is not that easy.