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March's Theme: SPORTS

What’s your favorite anime genre? Is it action, romance, comedy, or sci-fi?

Where does sports anime rank as a genre? For the longest time, i would dismiss any sport anime because i wouldn't see it as entertaining or fun at all, I always thought, why watch an anime if I could just watch the sport in real life, or better yet go out and play soccer or baseball. Luckily, i realized the error and i have really come to appreciate sports anime as one of my favorite genres of all time. The reason why sports anime are so great is because it shines a light at every character and develops them into something very interesting. A lot of anime just centers around the main character and his friends but sport animes fully encompases the whole team, if it’s a team sport, as well as the opponents they face. You see both sides of the struggle and you know what each character is trying to achieve. If you want to try and watch some shows i would recommend the following:

 

Baby Steps

One of my favorite shows of all time! The story is centered on Eiichirō Maruo, a first year honor student who one day decides that he is lacking exercise. He then joins the Southern Tennis Club (STC) where he begins his tennis journey. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad this is by far the first sports anime that any fan should take a look at!

Days

This is one of the latest soccer anime shows that has been out but it is facinating. The main character is terrible at soccer and it is great seeing how his stubborness and willingness to get better makes him overcome his lack of experience and find a way to be a central part to the team. The anime followsTsukushi Tsukamoto, a student about to start high school. He decides to enroll in Seiseki High School so he can be with his neighbor and childhood friend Sayuri. It's really good!

Eyeshield 21

Best football anime ever! Love all the characters in the show. Watch if only for the insane special moves that the team does.

Haikyuu!

Similar to Baby Steps this show is one of my favorites of all time. Each person in the team is properly fleshed out and feels unique and interesting. The main characters are also amazing because they never give up.

Kuroko no Basket

I dont really like basketball that much but this show was super interesting. The characters are funny and the show gets intense.

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