4. Diamond no Ace
Diamond no Ace is a baseball anime, following the story of Sawamura who is recruited by a strong baseball school due to his moving fastball and deals with his ups and downs in his new team, as well as his rivalries and his journey to win the nationals and then become the ace pitcher of the team.
This is a must-watch series thanks to its fast pace, funny moments, awesome characters, and thrilling matches.
5. One Outs
One Outs is a sports anime like none other since it’s a psychological thriller sports anime. It tells the story of a gambler who is the undisputed king of a gambling form of baseball named One Out and is recruited into the team called Lycaons under a unique contract.
For every batter, he earns 5 million but for every run, he pays back 50 million yen. What happens later is a psychological battle straight out of Christopher Nolan’s movie.
Major is another baseball anime. It tells the story of Honda Goro, a young kid who follows his father’s footsteps to become a pitcher and has a dream to play in the Major Leagues.
It follows him from joining little league to high school, to clubs and shows his entire journey that is emotional, heartbreaking, joyful, and overall satisfying. Despite its focusing more on the story of Honda than the technicalities of the game, the story is worth reading.
Haikyuu!! is a great volleyball anime with fast pace, fun, great character development, flashy moves, and great animation.
Haikyuu!! follows the journey of the short high school player Hinata, who wants to become a great speaker like his Idol “The little giant” (a short but great volleyball player). To succeed, he makes up his disadvantage in height by explosive jumping power.