The Best Japanese Sports Anime Series of All Time (part 1)

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May 282020
 

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.

Bike Racing in Yowamushi Pedal

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Dec 092019
 

The movie is about Onoda Sakamichi, a shy otaku obsessed with anime but a bicycling talent. He tried to set up an anime club but failed. On one occasion, he met the school’s racing club. And the brothers in the Sohoku High Bicycle Club pulled him to join their club.

Yowamushi Pedal (弱 虫 ペ ダ ル Yowamushi Pedaru) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Wataru Watanabe. It began being published on Akita Shoten’s 12th Weekly Shōnen Champion in 2008, and on June 8, 2017, published 51 volumes. On October 7, 2013 an anime adaptation was released and there were two seasons licensed by Discotek Media in North America. In addition, a live-action drama version was also released in August 2016. The 3rd season anime version was broadcast from January 10, 2017 to June 26, 2017.

Sakamichi Onoda is a typical otaku. He has just entered high school. In high school, Onoda didn’t have any friends with his hobbies. He hoped to change that by joining the anime club in high school. However, he was quite surprised to find out that the anime club was disbanded due to lack of attention, and to reestablish the club, more than four members were required to join.

Ever since he was a boy, Onoda has been riding a bicycle in his city (called “Mommy Bike” in the anime). This is a simple and bulky car designed for short trips. One year, a professional rider named Shunsuke Imaizumi noticed Onoda riding his bike and ridiculed him until Imaizumi saw Onoda climbing a steep hill without effort. Another character, Naruko, came to Akihabara to buy some plastic Gundam models for his younger brothers and met Onoda. And he was attracted to Onoda’s cycling skills. Later, both Naruko and Imaizumi tried to persuade Onoda to join the cycling club in Sohoku High School.

TMS Entertainment first aired the anime series on October 7, 2013 on TV Tokyo. The second season, Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road, began airing on October 6, 2014 in Japan. The film currently has three Movie Yowamushi Pedal Re: RIDE, Yowamushi Pedal: Re: ROAD, and Yowamushi Pedal: The Movie.