LJ Milan is an anime fan from 2005, and he never shuts up about them.
I love sports anime, there's something immensely appealing in them. In fact, when I start watching them I can't stop until I watched everything that sounds good to me. That is exactly what's happening this past month. So, this list is about anime I watched this past month and I highly recommend them.
Some of them I watched for the first time and some of them I rewatched. (Yes, I know I have a problem. But in my defense, it's a nice problem to have. In fact, out of all my problems I love that one the most.) But enough about me lets start.
1. All Out (2016)
Number of episodes: 25
This anime follows Kenji Gion, a short first-year high school student. He hates when someone mentions his height, it's usually a prelude to a fight. On his first day of school that's just what happened. And in a process of that, he inadvertently saves Iwashimizu Sumiaki. Who is his polar opposite, tall and well built, but timid. They strike up a friendship and end up joining a high school rugby club together.
I love the contrast between our two main heroes. This anime is actually a wonderful story of conquering yourself and your fears. I watched this one for the first time this past month, and I still can't believe it took me this long to watch it.
Also, it's important to know that you don't have to love or even like rugby to love this anime. I'm the best example of it. I refused to watch it all this time because I don't like rugby, but I love this anime. Five out of five stars for this anime.
2. Baby Steps (2014)
Number of episodes: 50
This anime is about Maruo Eichiro. An honor student, who takes that honor to new heights, if you ask my humble opinion. One day, middle-aged that he is, he realizes that he needs to exercise. And joins the renowned tennis club, STC. He uses his sharp eyes and inherent studious nature, he even takes notes during his matches, to his advantage.
This anime has everything you need, of his knockers hero, failure, success, epic matches, and all that sprinkled with a touch of romance. Characters are so lovable and endearing that you can't help but cheer for them.
We follow Maruo from his introduction to tennis through ups and downs, until he finally falls in love with tennis. This anime will have you rolling on the floor laughing. Too bad we didn't get the third season. Five out of five stars.
3. Days (2016)
Number of episodes: 24 + 5 OVAs
This anime follows a boy named Tsukamoto Tsukushi. A clumsy but kindhearted boy, who is constantly bullied. He decides to go in Seiseki High School, so he can be with his only friend Tachibana Sayuri. One day he is saved from bullies by Kazama Jin, who invites him to a futsal match that evening as his friends need one more player.
In that game, he shows tenacity he didn't know he had. Even scores a goal as clumsy as he is. He falls in love with football (soccer), and decides to join his school's team. Not knowing it's one of the powerhouses of high school football (soccer). But with his determination and perseverance, he makes his place in the team.
This anime is incredibly important. It brings us the story about a boy who does everything with kindness. In this day and age where kindness is a forgotten art, we certainly need more shows like this one. This is the kind of propaganda I support.
I started this anime because football (soccer) is my favorite sport, but I love this anime because of its main hero. No matter how tough or rough life or people get, he always responds with kindness. His perseverance in that regard is awe-inspiring. His story is incredibly and beautifully written. I still can't understand why we didn't get a second season. Five out of five stars.
4. Eyeshield 21 (2005)
Number of episodes: 145
This anime follows a boy named Kobayakawa Sena as he enters Deimon Private Senior High School. He is a weak boy who is constantly a goffer for bullies. When one day he decides to run from them he is seen by the captain of American football team Hiruma Yoichi. Who coerces him to join the club as a player instead of manager. Because of his incredible speed, he is given a helmet with an eyeshield, so they could hide his identity so that other teams wouldn't try to steal him from the club.
This anime is laugh out loud funny. My favorite character is Hiruma Yoichi. He is so devilish it's pure joy to behold. By the rest of the team, he is called the devil, because he always has some shenanigans up his sleeve. If a team doesn't have enough players he just goes and blackmails other team players. His influence is far-reaching.
But this anime also has me on the edge of my seat. It's that engaging. You should totally watch the adventures of Deimon Devil Bats before Hiruma gets you, Ya Ha. Five out of five stars.
5. Kuroko's Basketball (2012)
Number of episodes: 75 + 3 OVAs
This anime follows Kuroko Tetsuya, a phantom sixth man of the "Generation of Miracles". (They are five ultra-talented basketball players.) After leaving his powerhouse middle school, Tetsuya joins Seirin High. He joins basketball club with Kagami Taiga in his quest to defeat his friends from "Generation of Miracles".
Okay, so this one is a little bit out there with its portrayal of basketball. But, besides, it's way more fun than any other basketball anime I watched. Yes, it's a little supernatural, but that gives you all the more reasons to watch it.
This one is one of my favorite sports anime. I rewatched it four times to date, and I don't intend to stop there. It's also important to say that the supernatural side of basketball is fantastically done. Five out of five stars.
Well, that concludes my list of recommended sports anime for this time. In case you where wondering, yes I really have that much time on my hands. Even when I'm working I'm allowed to watch and read. Ah, what I won't do for my readers. Peace.
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