The Best Sports Anime Of All Time, Ranked

Sports anime are some of the most popular anime among fans. The anime sports genre boasts a huge array of amazing shows, covering just about every sport you can think of (Ping Pong: The Animation can verify this). Here's a list of the top sports anime, voted by anime fans everywhere. The best sports anime includes popular series like Haikyuu!! and Kuroko's Basketball, as well as underrated anime like SK8 the Infinity and Yowamushi Pedal.

The shows that are listed may have different sub-genres, but they're all about sports in one way or another. What is the greatest sport anime of all time? Vote up your favorite sports anime and help fans decide once and for all.

Make sure you check out the best Kuroko's Basketball quotes is you consider yourself a fan.


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    On just about every anime list you'll find Haikyu!! is the top sports anime. That's because it's so darn good. It has excellent art and animation, a great cast of characters, and it accurately depicts how volleyball is played.

    The story centers around the Karasuno Volleyball Team and their journey to victory, but also shines plenty of light on the other teams.

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  • Kuroko's Basketball makes basketball matches look like magical battles. You won't find realism here, but you'll find awesomeness.

    Tetsuya Kuroko was once the "Phantom Sixth" in a group of high-powered middle school basketball players. In high school, he's determined to stand out without the rest of the Generation of Miracle's help. Specifically, he wants to win the Inter-High. His new friend Kagami is determined to support him. This proves difficult when his former teammates reappear.

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    Hajime no Ippo
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    Hajime no Ippo is a well-loved sports anime that many fans would name as their favorite. 

    Makunouchi Ippo has been bullied all his life. One day during a particularly brutal beat down, a boxer named Takamura Mamoru rescues him and takes him back to his boxing gym to recover. Once he wakes up, Takamura encourages him to attack a punching bag with his bully's photo on it. This not only encourages him to defend himself, it also awakens a fascination with boxing itself. 

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  • Prince of Stride: Alternative
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    Prince of Stride: Alternative features an intriguing fictional sport which combines parkour, free running, relay, and sprinting. The whole reason that Nana Sakurai enrolled in Honan Academy was to join its Stride team, but unfortunately for him and his equally enthusiastic friend Takeru Fujiwara, the club has been largely disbanded due to lack of members. The two of them set about trying to bring back the club so they can participate in this exciting new sport. 

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