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The Best Anime Like Cross Game

Need more anime like Cross Game? With sports anime series gaining more and more of a following each season, it's always fun to revisit older series and endulge in shows about teamwork that will warm, or even break, anyone's heart. Cross Game is certainly one of those series that will always stick with us. Kou has always wanted to be as good of a pitcher as Aoba, the girl he grew up next to. Her natural abilities are sure to be envied, but what he doesn't realize is just how jealous she always is for him hanging around her older sister more often than herself. Like many other sports anime, this show is all about friendship and learning to grow. 

Shows like Major S3 or Big Windup! are obvious anime like Cross Game, since they're both about the joys of baseball and what it means to improve your game. However, there are plenty of other series that make great Cross Game recommendations. Shows like Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, are excellent to watch not only because it's going to make you ball your eyes out, but also because it has an incredible tale about friendship and loyalty. 

If you need recommendations after watching Cross Game, we've got you covered. Here are the perfect anime series like Cross Game that will really get your blood pumping and emotions flowing! 


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  • Hajime no Ippo (Nippon TV, 2000) is a Japanese action sports anime series based on the manga by George Morikawa from Madhouse animation studio. Makunouchi Ippo, a high school student, begins his ...more
  • Major S5

    Major S5

  • H2
    H2 is a Japanese manga written by Mitsuru Adachi portraying high school baseball. It has been made into an 41-episode anime series and an 11-episode television drama series, H2: Kimi to Ita Hibi, ...more
  • Ace of Diamond:Second Season

    Ace of Diamond:Second Season

  • Kuroko's Basketball

    Kuroko's Basketball

  • Major S3

    Major S3

  • Touch


  • Ace of Diamond (TXN, 2013) is a Japanese sports comedy anime series based on the manga by Yuji Terajima from Production I.G and Madhouse animation studios. Eijun Sawamura is a pitcher who joins an ...more
  • The Knight in the Area is a Japanese manga series written by Hiroaki Igano and illustrated by Kaya Tsukiyama. The series was adapted into an anime by Shin-Ei Animation and broadcast on TV Asahi ...more
  • Major S1

    Major S1

  • Big Windup!

    Big Windup!

  • Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea (Animax, 2013) is a Japanese coming-of-age fantasy anime series from P.A. Works animation studio. Hikari and his friends are forced to leave the sea to attend a school on ...more
  • Chihayafuru (Madhouse, 2011) is a Japanese sports anime series based on the manga by Yuki Suetsugu. After befriending a boy named Arata, a talented karuta player, Chihaya takes on a new dream of ...more
  • Dear Boys (also known as Hoop Days) is a sports manga by Hiroki Yagami and 2003 shōnen anime series. The Mizuho High School basketball team, including Kazuhiko Aikawa and Takumi Fujiwara, ...more
  • Battery was a Washington D.C. hardcore band that existed from 1990 until 1998 and re-formed for a brief reunion in 2012. During this time they released a 7", a split 7" with Ignite, two MCDs and ...more
  • My Home

    My Home

  • Yawara!


  • Tomorrow's Joe (Fuji TV, 1970) is a Japanese sports drama anime series based on the manga by Asao Takamori from Mushi Production animation studio. A troubled youth is recruited by a former boxing ...more
  • Golden Boy is a Japanese manga series by Tatsuya Egawa about a 25-year-old freeter, pervert, and "travelling student" named Kintaro Oe. The manga was originally serialized in Shueisha's Super Jump ...more
  • The quirky members of a high school brass band struggle to master their instruments under the tutelage of a new supervisor.
  • Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (A-1 Pictures, 2011), also known simply as Anohana, is a Japanese drama anime series. Five childhood companions reunite when the ghost of their dead friends ...more
  • We Were There is a Japanese romance manga by Yuki Obata, which chronicles the love relationship between a boy called Motoharu Yano and a girl called Nanami Takahashi, starting from their teenage ...more
  • When he was a child, Murakami was infatuated with a girl he called Kuroneko. She insisted on knowing about aliens and having met them, but no one believed her, even young Murakami was skeptical. One ...more