Ace of the Diamond

Alt title: Daiya no Ace

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Haikyuu!!

Haikyuu!!

Shouyou Hinata began playing volleyball after seeing the "little giant" who played the sport when he was in elementary school. He suffers a crushing defeat in his first and last tournament in middle school at the hands of his rival Tobio Kageyama. So, Hinata joins Karasuno High School's volleyball team, vowing revenge against Kageyama. However, Kageyama is also on Karasuno's team. The former rivals form a legendary combo with Hinata's mobility and Kageyama's precision ball-handling. Together, they take on the local tournaments and vow to meet Karasuno's fated rival school in the nationals.

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whimsical whimsical says...

Both anime focus on a player straight out of junior high that have immense potential, and how their high school team helps them get closer to their dreams.

ZetsubouKaiji ZetsubouKaiji says...

If you like sports anime that mix comedy with the often melodrama that come naturally to sports stories then both these anime should feel very familiar to you. Teamwork, love of the sport, the fight to be the best are all important themes in both of these shows. 

The big difference is Haikyuu is actually sucessful at drawing you into the experience and does all of those things I just listed much better. Ace of Diamond isn't nearly as well written as Haikyuu. Ace doesn't have the a likable cast and it has one of the most unlikable leads in last year of anime. 

But if you do enjoy Ace of Diamond then you will love Haikyuu. 

OtakuVoice OtakuVoice says...

Both Haikyuu and Ace of the Diamond have main characters who have a natural talent unknown to them at first but after getting to high school work hard to become national champions. Added that both characters really don't know how to give up and want to be the star of the team.

thatotakugirl thatotakugirl says...

Both series follow a high school sports team as they work hard through the ups and downs of reaching the top. The main characters are loud and fun but work at their strongest when paired with their "partner" who, despite clashing personalities, draw out the best potential with equal parts being mean and encouraging. The secondary characters all have their own personalities and can steal the spotlight just as easily with the skills they posess. 

TKHecticX TKHecticX says...

Both of the main characters start off as the only amazing player on a sub par team then they get thrown into a top teir team and have to work their way up the ladder.

Knightwalker08 Knightwalker08 says...

If you want some realistic sports anime without super powers, like Kuroko no Basket, I strongly recommend this two anime - Haikyuu!! and Ace of Diamond (Diamond no Ace)

Moshidora

Moshidora

A high school girl named Minami Kawashima becomes the baseball team manager at Tokyo's Hodokubo High School. Minami accidentally buys Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices — a classic productivity guide by the Austrian-American management guru Peter Drucker — and uses it to rally her dispirited team.

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animeloversrule animeloversrule says...

If you liked Moshidora you would like Ace of Diamond because they are both about Baseball and both of the main characters love baseball even though some of them won't admit it out lound.

ZetsubouKaiji ZetsubouKaiji says...

These are both baseball anime about losing teams trying to turn their record around. Although they may use different methods to do so, at their heart a bunch of characters that love the game of baseball. Both series mix in some comedy to go with the drama.

Giant Killing

Giant Killing

Years ago, the East Tokyo United soccer team was a force to be reckoned with, captained by the talented and charismatic Takeshi Tatsumi. But after leaving suddenly to join an amateur team in England, ETU's record and morale quickly plummeted, their meager status kept afloat only by the efforts of new captain Murakoshi. Now, several years have passed and Takeshi is in town once more, this time to bring the team back to victory. But with fans resentful of the man's former departure, clashing personalities on the team and Takeshi's unorthodox and lackadaisical coaching style, ETU's rise to fame won't be easy...

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ZetsubouKaiji ZetsubouKaiji says...

These anime are about different sports but they both tell the same kind of inspirational underdog story. Both anime are about teams that are down on their luck, but try to fight through it together. Each team has a leader that's can be both insipiring on the field and a complete idiot off of it.

Both these anime are pretty typical sports stories so if you like cheesy inspirational stories with a bit of comedy then try either of the shows.

Bradalee Bradalee says...

Both shows tell the tale of an underdog who comes good through hard work, perseverence and working well with team mates. The main character in each is the inspiration type who people rally around, and get pumped up by.

They don't stray too far outside the box with regards the usual sports forumla, but if you are a fan of sports then you could do worse than watch either of these. 

Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting!

Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting!

Ippo Makunouchi is a loser. He has no friends, he spends his free time helping his mom with work, and he's constantly being beaten up by bullies. But that all changes when one day he's saved from another beating by Takamura, an up-and-coming boxer. Soon, Ippo turns his life around with a passion for the newly discovered sport, but his new lifestyle is far from easy! Before he can even dream of becoming champion, he'll have to overcome a slew of fierce rivals and learn what 'dedication' really means.

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ZetsubouKaiji ZetsubouKaiji says...

These are both sports anime about underdogs with big hearts learning to love their chosen sport. The sports may be different, but the themes are and character types are very similar. 

Hajime no Ippo is about boxing whereas Ace of Diamond is about Baseball so the sports are quite different, but both take the same approach of building their characters through rigorous training and learning from their experiences during games or matches. Both anime show the value of hard work and training while also adding a strong lesson about the role of willpower and courage. 

Hajime no Ippo is hands down the superior anime with better characters, better fights, better plot and more satisfying development. Ace of Diamond is a much more generic anime that follows the pattern of every underdog story that's ever been written. Ippo is also a much more likable protagonist than Ace of Diamond's Sawamura. 

However, if you love sports or sports anime, or even if you're looking for an inspirational story then you should try these titles. 

JohnWatchAnime JohnWatchAnime says...

both anime are about sports and the protagonists both love what they do. They push themselfs to become better at what they do.

Eventhough the shows are about different kind of sports they have the same feeling to it, beeing that the potagonists keep going by willpower and great effort

Ookiku Furikabutte

Ookiku Furikabutte

Ren Mihashi is a timid pitcher with problems; he has no self esteem or confidence, due to the relentless bullying of his once teammates, and is reluctant to play baseball again. However, at Ren's new school, Nishiura Prefectural High, he finds himself picking up the mitt once more. Along with the help of alumni-turned-coach Maria Momoe, tough but supportive Takaya Abe, and the rest of his teammates, Ren will regain his confidence and show the game of baseball who's the boss yet again!

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Technicalleigh Technicalleigh says...

Both series tell the stories of highschool baseball pitchers. While Sawamura in Ace of the Diamond is flamboyantly self-assured though lacking control, Ren in BigWindup! (Ookiku Furikabutte) has developed remarkable pitch control but has never believed in himself for reasons explored. The protagonists of both stories develop as individuals through being part of the team. I personally find Ace of the Diamond far more compelling, but other viewers could easily feel just the opposite.

itsblank itsblank says...

The phasing of the anime is a bit slow but you will definitely see every characters' development. You'll sure get excited and at the same time nervous at every episode.