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The Best Anime Like Kuroko's Basketball

Updated March 20, 2019 1.9k votes 384 voters 7.7k views33 items

There are a lot of great anime like Kuroko's Basketball, so let's rank them! After all, who doesn't love an enduring series about a sport, rivalry, and the wonderful bond formed between teammates? Kuroko's Basketball is certainly one of those series that shows just how intense sportsmanship can be, and how important it is to work hard, never letting go of your goals.

Many Kuroko's Basketball recommendations are basketball-related, but not all of them. Series like Slam Dunk are great follow-ups if you're looking for more basketball, but there are also other titles that provide a different sport to look at. Popular anime such as Free! and Haikyuu!! show just how intense sports like swimming and volleyball can be. There's always a lot of drama, but there's also a lot of emotional moments as we see just how much these activities mean to the characters. Sometimes it's not even about being the best; sometimes, you just want to be your best.

If you're looking for a little inspiration, here are the best Kuroko's Basketball recommendations. Vote up the anime most similar to Kuroko's Basketball you'd want other fans to check out!

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    Haikyu!! is a Japanese shonen manga series written and illustrated by Haruichi Furudate. Junior high school student Shōyō Hinata gains a sudden love of volleyball after seeing a national championship...  more
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    Haikyuu!! Second Season

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    12
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    Free!

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    29
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    20
    Assassination Classroom (Fuji TV, 2015) is a Japanese action anime series based on the manga by Yusei Matsui from Lerche studio animation. A powerful creature claims that within a year, Earth will be...  more
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    Yuri!!! on Ice

    Comedy, Drama
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    29
    Yuri!!! on Ice (MAPPA, 2016), sometimes stylized as Yuri!!! On ICE, is a Japanese sports anime series. On the verge of retirement, skater Yuri Katsuki meets two skaters who rekindle his competitive...  more
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    Prince of Stride: Alternative (Purinsu Obu Sutoraido) is a 2016 anime series based on the otome game Prince of Stride. Nana Sakurai loves Stride, the street-running team sport. She chooses to enter...  more
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    Hunter x Hunter (2011)

    Action, Adventure
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    25
    Hunter × Hunter (Fuji TV, 2011), also known as Hunter x Hunter (2011), is a Japanese action anime series based on the manga by Yoshihiro Togashi from Madhouse animation studio. Twelve-year-old Gon...  more
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    The Prince of Tennis

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    21
    The Prince of Tennis is a 2001 anime series based on the manga series by Takeshi Konomi. A 12-year-old tennis prodigy named Ryoma Echizen moves back to his native Japan in order to attend his...  more
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    Slam Dunk centers around Hanamichi Sakuragi, who starts as a delinquent outcast, becoming the leader of a gang. Hanamichi, being very unpopular with girls, has been rejected by them fifty times. Yet,...  more
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    Bleach

    Action, Adventure
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    20
    Bleach (TV Tokyo, 2004) is a Japanese supernatural anime series based on the manga by Tite Kubo from Studio Pierrot animation studio. Ichigo Kurosaki obtains the powers of a Soul Reaper from another...  more
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    Days

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    17
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    Prince of Tennis II

    26
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    Yowamushi Pedal is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Wataru Watanabe. An anime television series adaptation began airing on October 7, 2013. Sakamichi Onoda is an otaku who has just...  more
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    12
    Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic (A-1 Pictures, 2012) is a Japanese fantasy adventure anime series based on the manga by Shinobu Ohtaka. Aladdin, Alibaba, and Morgiana go their separate ways after...  more
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    One Outs is a Japanese baseball manga series by Shinobu Kaitani originally serialized in the seinen manga magazine Business Jump from 1998 to 2006. It was relaunched in Business Jump on October 1,...  more
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    Giant Killing is Japanese manga series written by Masaya Tsunamoto and illustrated by Tsujitomo. A 26-episode anime adaptation animated by Studio Deen began airing in Japan on NHK, BS2 and BShi on...  more
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    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
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    Chihayafuru

    Drama, Romance
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    18
    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
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    Hajime no Ippo is a Japanese boxing manga series written and illustrated by George Morikawa. A 76-episode anime adaptation titled Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting! was produced by Madhouse, Nippon...  more
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    Welcome to the Ballroom

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    9
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    Big Windup!

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    7
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    Eyeshield 21 is a Japanese manga series written by Riichiro Inagaki and illustrated by Yusuke Murata. The series tells the story of Sena Kobayakawa, an introverted boy who joins an American football...  more
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    The Knight in the Area

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    10
    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
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    Buzzer Beater

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    Buzzer Beater is a 2007 TV anime series....