Unpopular Sports Anime {RECOMMENDATIONS}

Hey guys, it’s finally time for the Summer Olympics! I know a good number of you are probably tuned into the games right now. Well, for those of you who are interested, here’s a recommendation list of unpopular sports anime to watch. Don’t like the unpopular stuff? I’ve got you covered! There will be an alternate version of this list uploaded later today or tomorrow. Alright, let’s begin.

Touch

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Episodes: 101
Status: Finished Airing
Genres: Drama, Romance, School,Shounen, Slice of Life, Sports

Synopsis

The story centers around three characters—Uesugi Kazuya, his twin older brother Tatsuya, and Asakura Minami. Kazuya is the darling of his town as he’s talented, hardworking, and the ace pitcher for his middle school baseball team. Tatsuya is a hopeless slacker who’s been living the life of giving up the spotlight to Kazuya, despite the fact that he may be more gifted than him. Minami is the beautiful childhood girlfriend and for all intents, sister from next door who treats both of them as equals. Society largely assumes Kazuya and Minami will become the perfect couple, including Tatsuya. Yet as time progresses, Tatsuya grows to realize that he’s willing to sacrifice anything for the sake of his brother, except at the expense of giving up Minami to Kazuya. And thus the story is told of Tatsuya trying to prove himself over his established younger brother, how it affects the relationship between the three, and both brothers’ attempts to make Minami’s lifelong dreams come true.

Initial D

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Episodes: 82
Status: Finished Airing
Genres: Action, Cars, Drama, Seinen,Sports

Synopsis

Takumi Fujiwara is an aloof, spacey high-schooler who does delivery runs in his dad’s Toyota AE86 in the dead of night. Despite working at a gas station and having friends who are car nuts, he doesn’t know a single thing about cars.

Takumi is introduced into the world of street racing and his natural talent draws attention from all across Gunma. Will Takumi face the challenges or back out from the call of the mountain passes?

Ginban Kaleidoscope

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Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Genres: Drama, Romance, Sports

Synopsis

With $10 billion worth of beauty (or so she says), Sakurano Tazusa is a contestant for the selection of the Japanese representative at the winter Olympics’ figure skating competition. However, her ability is questionable in the eyes of the media and public, as she constantly falls during critical moments in her competitions. During a particular fall, at the same time, a Canadian teen by the name of Pete Pumps perishes as an accident occurs during an air stunt. Before being allowed to pass on into the after life, Pete possess’ Tazusa supposedly for a hundred days, living on in her body. Despite the discontent and anger Tazusa faced having her body and privacy invaded by this Canadian ghost, she moves her focus onto improving herself in hopes to be selected for the Olympics.

Redline

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Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Genres: Action, Cars, Sci-Fi, Sports

Synopsis

In a universe full of aliens, only one racer can be the best. Only one can win the greatest race in the entire galaxy, the Redline. This year’s Redline will be especially dangerous, as it will take place on the planet Roboworld with its trigger-happy military and criminals who look to turn the race to their own advantage.

JP is one of the only humans who qualified to enter the Redline. Made popular by his refusal to put any weapons on his vehicle unlike most racers, he relies only on speed and his own unparalleled driving skills. At this race, JP runs into Sonoshee McLaren, a beautiful woman and the only other human that qualified for Redline. Amidst the dizzying speed and action of Redline, he will have to decide if she is just a rival, or something more.

Ping Pong the Animation

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Episodes: 11
Status: Finished Airing
Genres: Psychological, Seinen, Sports

Synopsis

“The hero comes. The hero comes. The hero comes. Chant these words in your mind, and I’ll surely come to you…” This mantra is what Makoto Tsukimoto repeats as a source of motivation when he fights through the stress of not only grueling ping pong matches, but also in situations of his life. Makoto doesn’t fight alone; he and his friend, Yukata Hoshino, nicknamed Smile and Peco respectively, are two boys who have grown up playing ping pong together nearly every day. Peco, brimming with confidence, aims to be the best table tennis player in the world; Smile, on the other hand, shows little ambition. Nevertheless, the two have always stuck together, with a bond built upon their mutual love for this sport.

Every year, students from all across Japan gather for the inter-high table tennis competition to achieve national and international stardom. Through intense training and competition, only the very best persevere.

From the avant-garde director of Tatami Galaxy, Masaaki Yuasa, Ping Pong The Animation serves a tale of ambition with its fair share of bumps along the way. Whatever the odds, Peco and Smile will face them together.

Air Gear

18227

Episodes: 25
Status: Finished Airing
Genres: Action, Comedy, Ecchi,Shounen, Sports

Synopsis

Minami Itsuki never thought about seriously riding Air Treck motorized roller blades, until he got his butt handed to him by a street gang of Storm Riders. That day, he discovered in a locked up room, a pair of AT’s and a box of stickers belonging to the Sleeping Forest street gang. One thing leads to another, and Ikki dons the wheels and begins to ride. As his reputation builds in the AT street fighting/racing world, he begins to develop his own gang and participate in more fights, gaining more and more territory.

Eyeshield 21

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Episodes: 145
Status: Finished Airing
Genres: Action, Comedy, Shounen,Sports

Synopsis

Sena is like any other shy kid starting high school; he’s just trying to survive. Constantly bullied, he’s accustomed to running away.

Surviving high school is about to become a lot more difficult after Hiruma, captain of the school’s American football team, witnesses Sena’s incredible agility and speed during an escape from some bullies. Hiruma schemes to make Sena the running back of his school team, The Devil Bats, hoping that it will turn around the squad’s fortunes from being the laughingstock of Japan’s high school leagues, to title contender.

To protect his precious star player from rivaling recruiters, he enlists Sena as “team secretary,” giving him a visored helmet and the nickname “Eyeshield 21” to hide his identity.

The Devilbats will look to make their way to the Christmas Bowl, an annual tournament attended by the best football teams in Japan, with “Eyeshield 21” leading the way. Will they be able to win the Christmas Bowl? Will Sena be able to transform from a timid, undersized freshman to an all-star player? Put on your pads and helmet to find out!

 

Whistle!

17885

Episodes: 39
Status: Finished Airing
Genres: School, Shounen, Sports

Synopsis

Kazamatsuri Shou’s dream has always been to become a professional soccer player, but he has one problem: he’s not very good at the game. He was accepted to the prestigious Musashi no Mori Junior High, known for its top rate soccer team, but he was never able to rise beyond the rank of third stringer. After transferring to Sakura Jousui Junior High, he can finally play soccer. And, with the support of his new friends and teammates, his strong determination, and lots of hard work, his soccer skills are developing rapidly and setting Shou well on his way to achieving his dream.

Softenni

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Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Genres: Comedy, Ecchi, School, Sports

Synopsis

This tennis comedy centers around the members of a female middle school soft tennis team and the twists and turns that their lives take as they aim for the nationals.

Buzzer Beater

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Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Genres: Shounen, Sports

Synopsis

Hideyoshi is a homeless boy living in New York in the near future, who survives by hustling other kids in basketball games. But now he’s been drafted into a pro team, a pro team with a very unique goal. There once was a time when humans dominated the game of basketball. But times have changed, and now the physically superior alien players have taken over the game, and there are barely any human players left. But Hideyoshi’s team, the first all-human team to compete in the Space League, intends to change all that, and bring the championship back home to Earth.

That’s it for now. More sports-related posts are on the way!

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Unpopular Sports Anime {RECOMMENDATIONS}

  1. I haven’t watched a lot of sports anime lol but I remember Arria did a similar post to this and the ice skating one I got excited for XD. I think the ice skating one will be my next watch 😊 awesome list pinky def have to check out some of these ☺️

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