Anime are having an increasingly significant impact on pop culture and globalization and sports anime wields a great deal of importance in this regard. So if you are a sports fanatics and love anime, you are in for a treat. We have curated for you a list of top sports anime that are cool to watch. Many of these can be found easily on Netflix, Crunchyroll or Amazon Prime Video.
12. Inazuma Eleven (2008-2011)
If you love soccer (“football” for most parts of the world, “soccer” for the USA) then there are plenty of reasons for you to love ‘Inazuma Eleven’. It’s a pretty great show that centers around the soccer. For any soccer-related anime, the impact of “Captain Tsubasa” is undeniable and “Inazuma Eleven” manages to come out of its shadow to present its originality. The show sometimes can be deemed as an exaggeration considering the main theme of soccer but ultimately it’s an enjoyable show. The characters are sketched out with relatability factor and we have some invasive aliens in the mix accompanied by great visuals and you have a fun show to watch.
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11. Redline (2009)
‘Redline’ is a sci-fi film based on a highly anticipated intergalactic racing competition, the name of which, as you might have guessed, is Redline. If the premise is still not compelling enough for you then the film also has a complexity factor in the form of a human falling for the wrong woman, therefore jeopardizing his position and the outcome of the racing event. The actions are loud, over-the-top, colorful and fast-paced. The music of the film also deserves a special mention when we talk about the overall impact it has on the audience. All and all, ‘Redline’ presents the perfect escapist adrenaline rush for you to enjoy on a big screen.
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10. Slam Dunk (1994-1996)
‘Slam Dunk’ is a manga series that focuses on another popular sport: basketball. We have Hanamichi Sakuragi who is prone to criminal activities and quite unpopular among girls. However, things change drastically with the advent of Haruko Akagi in his school. Akagi pushes him towards basketball because of his athleticism. Even though Sakuragi stars playing to impress Akagi, soon he falls in love with the game. With time we are introduced to the members of the Shohoku basketball team who are all contrasting characters from each other. They are a band of misfits. The show is great in its representation of authentic basketball and produces characters to actually care about.