Today we dive into anime focused on sports to collect some of the best sports anime in the style of the mythical Captain Tsubasa, better known in our country as Oliver and Benji or Champions
Although anime is a product that is more and more present in Spain, generally sports genre anime series go more unnoticed in these parts, except for some exceptions such as Campeones (Captain Tsubasa), also known to many as Oliver and Benji.
Recently the Champions series is on everyone’s lips again thanks to the launch of the video game Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions in which we relive the best moments of the manganime, as well as Captain Tsubasa’s Planet Comic reissue, one of the many shonen manga that we want to be reissued in Spain.
As a result of the new success that Captain Tsubasa is having in Spain, it makes us wonder if sports anime will again emerge in our country, since there are many anime series that have a quality similar or even superior to that of Oliver and Benji . That is why today, at Hobby Consolas, we review some of the best sports animes in the purest style Champions, Oliver and Benji or Captain Tsubasa, his real name.
Undoubtedly one of the great sports anime series comparable to Champions is Slam Dunk. And even more, because Takehiko Inoue’s work is so popular that it has become one of the 10 best-selling manga of all time, with some 126 million copies sold worldwide. Almost nothing!
The plot of Slam Dunk revolves around Hanamichi Sakuragi, a high school bully who, to try to hook up with a high school girl, joins a basketball team. However, Sakuragi is completely unaware of the rules of this sport, so he will have to try very hard to stand out in the team, becoming a great basketball player.
The Prince of Tennis
Following with the best sports anime we have The Prince of Tennis (Tenisu no Ôjisama), series based on the homonymous manga by Takeshi Konomi focused on the world of tennis with a character as skilled as Tsubasa Ozora in Captain Tsubasa, although with a quite different personality.
The story centers on Ryôma Echizen, a conceited 12-year-old and not very sociable who has to adjust to a new life in Japan after moving with his family from the United States. Joining the high school tennis club, Ryôma will participate in various sporting events while many of his rivals will try to snatch the title of “Prince of tennis” from him..
For racing lovers we recommend Initial D, series based on the manga by Shuichi Shigeno whose plot focuses on the world of underground street racing in Japan, telling the story of Takumi Fujiwara, a young 18-year-old student who works at a gas station who is unaware of his great talent behind the wheel until he is signed by a team of street racers to participate in a race.
Kuroko no Basket
Another of the Recent sports anime worth watching it is Kuroko no Basket, series based on the work of Tadatoshi Fujimaki which has three seasons and a total of 75 episodes. Its plot centers on Kuroko Tetsuya, a boy who few know who belonged to the members of the Teikô basketball team known as the “Generation of Miracles”.
While the rest of the members went to different high schools with the best basketball teams, Kuroko enters Seirin High School, a school with a powerful as well as unknown basketball team. The so-called “sixth ghost player” aims to lead the Seirin basketball team to be number one in all of Japan..
Basado en el manga de Haruichi Furudate, Haikyuu !! is a series that follows Shôyô Hinata, a boy who marveled at volleyball since he was a child, to the point of founding his own volleyball club, convincing five other people to join and have a team. Despite his short stature, Hinata will put all her efforts to make him and his team the greatest volleyball players in Japan..
Yuri!!! On Ice
Directed by Sayo Yamamoto, Yuri!!! On Ice is an original anime series (that is, it is not based on any manga) whose plot centers on Yûri Katsuki, a Japanese skater who falls into a deep depression after a crushing defeat in the Grand Prix final, which leads to temporarily pause your career.
However, his life will change completely when figure skating champion Victor Nikiforov takes notice of his talent and decides to become his personal trainer, whose relationship between them will become closer and closer.. Yuri’s powerful staging and choreography !!! On Ice have led him to win three awards at the Tokyo Anime Awards and seven at Crunchyroll’s Anime Awards, even receiving accolades from professional ice skaters.
Hajime no Ippo
Based on the popular manga by George Morikawa, Hajime no Ippo tells the story of Makunouchi Ippo, a teenager whose life is turned upside down when he is saved from bullies by a famous boxer named Mamoru Takamura. After taking Ippo to the gym where he trains, Takamura encourages him to hit a sack of sand. Seeing that he has talent, he lends him some videos of the best KOs of Mike Tyson, which makes Ippo decide to become as good a fighter as Takamura.
Here we finish our review of some of the best sports anime like Champions (Captain Tsubasa). If you want more recommendations of Japanese animation, here we leave you the best anime action series of all time.