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BTSS: Top 9 Anime Sports Teams

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Sorry, this is my first blog post in a while (for any of the blogs I am part of).  Just needed to get the stress out of my system.  My apologies.  I will now return you to your regularly scheduled waste of time.

So, this yet another feature for our reoccurring segment, “Back to School Specials”.  Now that the time for school is fast approaching, our minds turn to school activities, and one type of activity is sports.  Anime has not shied away from this, and so we have this list of the top 10 sports teams from anime.  I will be sticking to the sports teams that are based in schools, for obvious reasons.

Note: This list is in no particular order.

#9: Tsubasa Ozora’s Nankatsu Team (Captain Tsubasa)

Yoichi Takahashi, 1981

It makes sense to start with nostalgia, and for me that means Captain Tsubasa.  As a young boy in the old country, I would run to the cathode ray television and turn the dials to our dubbed release of the soccer show.  This was my Dragonball before I knew what Dragonball was.  It was just as epic.  Fiery soccer balls throwing people back into their own net with their force and intensity hardly seems realistic, but that’s standard fare both for this show and for anime in general.  It sure captured my attention as a young child and I look back on it fondly to this day.

#8: Iwatobi Swim Club (Free!)

Masahiro Yokotani, 2013

I mean, it is technically a club, but still… swimming is a sport, and these guys are way too ripped to be doing this just for fun.  Thus, their inclusion on this list.  I mean, I really couldn’t avoid it.  Let’s move on, shall we?  I think the gleam from their bishounen-ness is blinding me.

#7: Seirin High Basketball Team (Kuroko no Basket)

Tadatoshi Fujimaki, 2008

I mean, obviously.  For the past 3 years, Kuroko no Basket has dominated when it comes to the area of basketball anime.  While that is pretty niche, I didn’t really want to go so far as to say that it dominated in the area of all sports anime, even though that might not be a very far-fetched claim.  I’m just not absolutely positive if I would be correct in claiming that.  I know, I lack confidence in my abilities to understand societal trends.  It all comes down to my commitment issues.  I was troubled as a child.

Can we move on?  I think we strayed from the topic.  Oh yeah, this is dope, watch it… or don’t, I don’t care.  I’m not getting paid to advertise Kuroko no Basket, like they would even need my help at this point.

#6: Seigaku Tennis Team (Prince of Tennis)

Konomi Takeshi, 1999

I’m afraid that I probably really, really like this show.  For those who’ve read what I written about this show on my personal blot (that’s right, I know that you’re both reading this post too) then you know what I think about this show.  So I will say now more here.  It’s very long, it’s rather repetitive, and it may not even be that rewarding.  That being said… Tennis no Ouji-sama is a very addicting show for me, and the fact that this show is by far the best tennis anime out there, it seems only fair to put it on this list.

#5: Karasuno High Volleyball Club (Haikyuu!!)

Haruichi Furudate, 2012

Haven’t seen it.  I needed a volleyball show to cover all the bases.  This will not be the last time I make a sad excuse on this list, so get used to it now.  Next!

#4: Shohoku High Basketball Team (Slam Dunk)

Takehiko Inoue, 1990

There have been scores of sports anime/manga much older than this, so many that I haven’t seen by virtue of them not being translated and me not being talented enough to know Japanese.  That being said, I can say with some certainty that Slam Dunk stands among the field of sports anime as a “grandfather” figure, paving the way for the sports anime that focuses on the relationships between one or two characters, while also focusing on the team and their individual members.  This is really the original version of Kuroko no Basket, but with a less jazzy color palette from which to pick hair pigmentation.

Oh, and if Slam Dunk is the “grandfather” of sports anime, Prince of Tennis is the shady uncle who lives really far away that you only hear about occasionally and no one really knows that well.  So… next!

#3: Deimon High Football Team (Eyeshield 21)

Riichiro Inagaki and Yusuke Murata, 2002

Again, I haven’t seen it yet.  Stop yelling at me!

#2: Seidou High Baseball Team (Diamond no Ace)
Yuuji Terajima, 2006

Once again, I haven’t seen it- but I really want to!  It looks so cool.  I can’t wait for it to end so that I can binge watch it.

Am I really the right person to be writing this list?  I haven’t seen a third of the list.  That’s just sad.

#1: Sohoku Cycling Team (Yowamushi Pedal)

Wataru Watanabe, 2008
Wataru Watanabe, 2008

Okay, I have seen this one.  You can stop complaining now.  This was decent enough show, and cycling isn’t something you see often.  In fact, I can only think of one other anime/manga, Over Drive, that follows cycling.  So if you’re looking for a different type of sport-based show, this may be right up your alley.

That’s all outta me folks.  Tune in next time when lyn offers her thoughts on clubs.  Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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Watching anime has been a hobby of mine since the age of six. Since the 90s I've watched hundreds of anime and hope to see many more. I'm also the founder and owner of Unime, an upcoming anime social networking site.
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