Anime which refers to Japanese computer or hand-drawn animation is a global phenomenon. Animes have even been nominated for Oscars and their movies have grossed across the world. It was dubbed and reached the western shores from where it became popular in the entire globe. Although most of the famous animes like Dragonball Z and Naruto are of the action genre, sports animes are also among the best animes ever made. Here we enlist some of the best Japnanese sports anime series of all time.
1. Yowamushi Pedal
Yowamushi Pedal is about cycling and although it may sound kinda boring, stick with it and you will be surprised. It is about an otaku (person obsessed with anime) who has no friends and discover in high school that he has an uncanny talent in cycling.
The anime does not only do a good job in explaining the world of cycling but also via its exciting races makes the viewer clearly understand the underlying strategy and tactics involved in cycling.
2. Captain Tsubasa
No Japanese sports anime list is complete without Captain Tsubasa. It is to sports anime like what Dragonball is to action – enough to signify its importance. It follows 11-year-old Tsubasa who comes to a new school and soon becomes an integral part of its soccer team, which then starts his journey to join the national team.
This anime-inspired a generation of children to get out of their houses and enjoy the sports. This anime now deserves its place on the list of top 10 best sports anime series of all time.
3. Eyeshield 21
Eyeshield 21 is the only anime focusing on American Football and it does a great job in explaining the game along with its rules. Eyeshield 21 tells the story about Sena, a weak and coward high school student who has become unbelievably fast in his years of escaping from bullies.