Written by: Billie Clark
One thing that you may or may not know about me is that I like anime. Actually, I like anime, manga, and other nerdy stuff (like Doctor Who and fanfiction)—but for now, I’m going to focus on anime.
Last year, I helped start a new club on campus: The Animation Appreciation Association, in which we watched any form of animation. What we ended up doing was watching a lot of anime. So, I know that there are enough people who’d be interested in a list of anime recommendations, and I am more than willing to share them! Because of the sheer number of anime I have watched and fallen in love with over the past few years, I’m going to do a series of posts focusing on my top three of a theme for each—for my first anime blog, I’ve chosen to focus on my favourite genre of anime…
I am a huge fan of sports anime—the action, the teambuilding, the excitement—and I fully capable of bingeing it. My top three sports anime, in descending order, are:
- Ookiku Furikabutte (or, Big Windup, in English)
A baseball anime, it focuses on the hardball club that had just started up at a high school. The club is comprised of first- and second-year high school students. The main protagonist is Ren Mihashi, who is a pitcher with a great arm and extremely low self-esteem, and how he learns to relate to his new team. It’s cute, funny, and full of team bonding and an intense female coach!
- Yowamushi Pedal
A cycling anime, focusing on the teams at a couple of different high schools as they train and race. Yes, this is an anime about bicycle racing. And it’s FANTASTIC! The main character is Onoda Sakamichi, a little nerd obsessed with rebuilding the manga club at his high school in order to make friends. The anime follows his journey as he joins a team, trains, and makes friends with his teammates and senpai. It is cute, and full of determination and growth—and the theme song for Love Hime will be stuck with you forever!
A volleyball anime, focusing on the Karasuno High School boys’ volleyball team. I fell in love with this anime the moment I first watched it. I have been obsessed with it for years now—to the point that I actually bought figurines of the characters, and a copy of the first season of the anime (and waiting for the second season’s release, and the airing of season three, with baited breath). The anime focuses on Hinata Shouyou, a short boy with a big jump, who is aiming to be the ace of the volleyball team; and on Kageyama Tobio, the genius setter who can’t work with a team. The anime tracks the individual growth of team members, and of the team, as they train, practice, and participate in matches and tournaments. There is so much about this anime that is so great, but the fact that it is realistic while still being compelling is a strong point in its favour. Also, the characters are fantastic, and so easy to love!
These are my favourite sports anime. But, this list is hardly exhaustive, by any means. There are anime for every sport imaginable, and some things that aren’t sports. Some other good sports anime are: Ace of Diamond, Knight in the Area, Chihayafuru, Prince of Stride, and Kuroko no Basket.
See you next time!