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Eyeshield 21

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Prince of Tennis

Prince of Tennis

Meet Ryoma Echizen, the cocky prince of tennis. He comes to Japan from America where he is known as the Prince of Tennis – but that is no surprise considering he is the son of the former tennis pro, Nanjiroh Echizen, otherwise known as the Samurai! Upon transferring to the school Seishun Gakuen, he meets the regulars of the tennis club, and becomes the first freshman to become a regular; but he has a lot to learn yet about being a tennis star. Ryoma, along with the rest of his teammates, aspire to win the Nationals; but first, they must defeat the other teams which stand in their way!

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If you liked Eyeshield, you'd like Prince of Tennis because both have to do with self determination and team sports.


Prince of Tennis and Eyeshield are both about sports (obviously) and they give you the same feeling. In both anime, a team wants to get to the top together, and both are filled with comedy.


Both Prince of Tennis and Eyeshield 21 are funny to watch and will get you interested in theirs sports, or at least get you to want to try.  Like many sports anime, they show that the determination and teamwork are needed for their players to win.


If you're a fan of sports and enjoyed Eyeshield 21, you'd also like The Prince of Tennis. Both plots revolve around a young prodigy who has to overcome many obstacles with their team in order to reach the top and become the best. The two series highlight teamwork, determination, and have a nicely played aspect of comedy that doesn't take away from the sense of urgency in heated matches.


They are both sports anime, and have a host of likeable characters. They both have funny fillers and comic reliief episodes, as well as good storyline based episodes. They're both also ridiculously long, so they'll keep you entertained for a while.


Both Eyeshield 21 and Prince of tennis are sports anime with a lot of action, humor and also a bit of love. Both Ryoma and Sena are geniuses when it comes to their part in the game.


Both anime basically involve the main character training and participating in game after game as the peanut gallery cheers, watches in amazement, and comments of everything.


If you enjoyed eyeshield 21 I would definitly recommend you watch Prince of Tennis. When it comes to sports shonen it does not get much better than PoT. You will find yourself loving the characters, competition and comedy.


The thing about small sports geniuses is that they are both the underdog and the one with the upper hand - you can't help but root for them. Eyeshield 21 has Sena, a short freshman with superb speed. The Prince of Tennis has Ryoma, the short first year and tennis genius. Both anime have serious, suspenseful matches, but also a healthy dose of humor. The cast of characters in both are a wonderful range. Opponents are developed almost as well as some of the teammates.

I  am no sports fan, and was reluctant to watch both shows. But I was sorry to finish the last episode of both as well, for they ended up at least as entertaining as action anime. If you liked the Prince of Tennis, I highly recommend Eyeshield 21. And if you liked The Prince of Tennis, I'm 99.9% sure you'll like Eyeshield 21. You might want to take a break between them, though - neither are exactly short. :)

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Kateikyoushi Hitman Reborn!

Kateikyoushi Hitman Reborn!

Middle school student Tsuna has always gone through life in last place; but when he learns that he is getting a tutor to help him raise his game, he had no idea that his benefactor would turn out to be... an infant and a mafia hitman?! As if things can’t get much stranger, Tsuna then discovers that the powerful Vongola family has chosen him to be its next successor – a position that has control over all mafia families. Joined by friends Tsuna unwillingly starts out on his path to becoming a mafia boss – if he can survive the training!

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I think the first thing you'll notice more than anything if you've watched both of these is that the main characters look identical. That aside, they do share many similarities. In Eyeshield 21, Sena is a guy constantly made fun of who joins the football team and becomes its ace. In Hitman Reborn, Tsuna, another guy who is constantly being made fun of at school (btw... EVEN THEIR NAMES SOUND THE SAME!), takes up the job of becoming the successor of the Vongola Family, a mafia family from Italy. The subjects of the anime are pretty different, but the character designs will definitely remind you of both anime because of some of the outrageously-designed characters. I don't know if they are or not, but I wouldn't be surprised if Eyeshield 21 and Hitman Reborn are made by the same people.


Eyeshield 21 and Katekyoushi Hitman reborn both revolve around a same coming of age type story. Sena Kobayakowa, a "wimp" starts out with no friends and makes new friends by playing american football. Tsunayoshi Sawada, is the same type of character. After getting a "Home tutor" he starts to come from "No Good Tsuna" to a regular guy.


Well, both anime are comedy action/sport. Main characters are similiar in both looks and characters. They are funny and enjoyable story's that are good to watch after some heavy series Berserk/Gungrave/ X TV. And most of all they are a long running series, Eyeshield has already 130+ eps and Hitman is closing in to 100 episodes.


Reborn! and Eyeshield 21 seem to be made by the same person (though they're not). One maybe about American Football, and the other about the Mafia, but you'd be quite surprised how much of the execution of the story is similar. First off, as several have mentioned is the similarity between the main characters Sena and Tsuna. They're super average students and practically losers, and they scream very often (usually at the absurdities of the situation going on around them). The main difference though is that Sena already has this great skill in the outset of the story, while Tsuna still has a lot to learn...though doesn't mean there's no strength development for the both of them! If you liked one, it's worth a shot to try the other.


The main characters (Tsuna and Sena) are extremely similiar both in looks, personalitys, yes even their names! Both starts out as whiny, weak boys but gradually grow stronger with the help from their friends.

Even though the storys and goals are very diffrent, they both share a dream with their friends they fight for!


In KHR and Eyeshield 21, both main characters Sena and Tsuna, start out as wimps but soon gets involved in something they had never thought they'd be involved in. Both soon are surrounded by family/friends, and grows stronger as time passes 


in both animes the mains characters both start out being weak and not willing to join or coroperate. but as the series goes on they get stronger.  plus in both series tsuna is unwilling forced to jion the mafia as sena is to the football club.

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One Outs

One Outs

Kojima is a baseball legend. As the superstar cleanup hitter for the Lycaons, he won himself many awards including rookie of the year seven times; but there's one title he never acquired: champion. In an attempt to find that special something Kojima feels he's missing inside, he opens a training camp in Okinawa. There, through a series of events, Kojima is introduced to a high stakes game dominated by the talented Toua Tokuchi, and subsequently loses a fortune. However, Kojima finally defeats Toua and due to their agreement, he enlists him to join the now poorly-ranked Lycaons - but Toua demands a high price: instead of a salary, he will receive five million yen for each out, and lose fifty million yen for each point lost. With a bad attitude and prodigal skills, Toua will help transform the Lycaons into winners once more.

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Two of the main characters in these anime have a unique approach to sports: it is all about crushing your oppenent with mind games. Both of these anime show a lot of strategy and psychological tactics while playing. If you like Toua, you will like Hiruma (and vice versa). 


Takuchi = HirumaSame basic devilish character, and both great at reading people and winning gambles... 


One Outs is a baseball form of Eyeshield 21 shown from Hiruma's (or Tokichi's) point of view.  If you liked the mind games in Eyesheild 21, I guarantee you'll LOVE One Outs, and visa versa.


Takuchi and Hiruma are virtually the same character, though Takuchi is much more serious and a tad less openly demonic. Still, the way they both analyze everything, have everything planned out and emerge victorious over everyone in the end is exactly the same. And heck, they even LOOK similar, with the sharp features and gravity-defying blond hair. And their jobs - throwing the ball - are pretty much as close as they can get in both sports.

I've thought more than once that Takushi is like an AU grown-up Hiruma. And as long as you're both amazed and fascinated and awed by either one's intense (and devilish and sadistic) strategies, you'll like both of these series.


Eyeshield 21 is more light-hearted and One Outs is more mature and serious, but Hiruma and Tokuchi are like the same character reborn! I saw Eyeshield 21 first, then One Outs... so I kept referring to Tokuchi as Hiruma... that's how similar they are!

And of course, I massively enjoyed the storyline in both anime, so I think you will too!


One Outs and Eyeshield 21 both use tactics to win games. They plots are so similar is freaky. A team searching for a member and happens to find a talented player (Sena:Toua) Hiruma and Toua are very alike. Spiky blonde hair, devilish ways, and secretly planing tactics that slowly unravel. They both go from a poor losing team to being one of the best. If you enjoy One Outs I GUARANTEE you will like Eyeshield 21 and vis versa.

Slam Dunk

Slam Dunk

Sakuragi has hit an all-time low. During his last year of junior high school, fifty different girls rejected him, the last one choosing a basketball player instead. Thus it’s no surprise that in high school, Sakuragi beats up anyone who dares utter the name of the sport. However, it’s not long until he meets Haruko, a beautiful basketball enthusiast, and is determined to make her fall in love with him – even signing up for the school team to accomplish his goal. However, winning Haruko’s heart won’t be easy, as her brother is the strict and protective captain of the basketball team and Haruko’s eyes are focused on Sakuragi’s rival, the talented Rukawa. Can Sakuragi give up his delinquent ways to help get the team to Nationals, or will his temper get him kicked out before he can learn to dribble the ball?

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Both Slam Dunk and Eyeshield are really funny. In the most unexpected places - especially when nearly about to lose a game - the main characters end up doing something funny that will make you laugh. Both anime get you really interested in their respective sports, and show the determination and trust needed by each member of a team in order to win a game.


The main characters in both anime start to play American Football and Basketball, respectively, even though they know nothing about their respective sports nor do they like them. The difference is that, in Slam Dunk, Sakuragi wants to impress Haruko, while in  Eyeshield 21, Sena is forced by Hiruma to play.


Well, plot is very similar, as it is at almost every sport anime, but there are more than that. They have so much in common. There are older players, who have only this last year to achieve their dream - to be the best team. There are newbies, who are incredibly good and are improving at incredibly fast rate. There are deliquents and idiots too. And all of them have strong will to help the team at all cost... And of course the feeling is also very similar, both of them have comedy elements in it (of course, that slam dunk is old fashion wave) and yeah, there's that anoying thing when can be so much time spend in just about one second of game, sometimes it's irritating, but if you overcome it, you can enjoy really great and pleasant show.


Both anime basically involve the main character learning a sport from scratch and playing game after game as the peanut gallery cheers, watches in amazement, and comments of everything.


Both Eyeshield 21 and Slam Dunk focus around a high school student who learns a new sport (Basketball for Slam Dunk and American Football for Eyeshield 21) from scratch when they do not want to play the given sport at the start of the series.

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Hajime no Ippo

Hajime no Ippo

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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Hajime no Ippo and Eyeshield 21 are sports anime, wherein the main characters are eager to know and experience the true meaning of being strong. As the characters exert all their efforts and determination to overcome their fears and hardships, the viewers will come to realize that anything is worth attaining when so much hard work and perseverance is invested in it.


If you like Eyeshield 21 then you'll love Hajime no Ippo. They both start out in a similar way: Sena is bullied all of the time and so is Ippo. Sena runs errands all the time which helps him with his speed and agility; while Ippo works with his mother, carrying weight all of the time, and is on a boat which helps him with his balance. Both shows have other great characters that you grow to love, and both anime show how anyone can do anything as long as they put their mind and heart into it.


Like a kid with who gets picked on and has a hidden talent for a specific sport, and lots of humor? You can't go wrong with Hajime no Ippo and Eyeshield 21! If you liked one you'll definitely like the other.


The main characters, Sena and Ippo, are fairly similar in their attitudes. Both suffering from bullying, and both wanting to make a change to their lives. When they find their passion (boxing for Ippo, American football for Sena), they pursue their new life with dedication and overcome many obstacles... never giving up! And they're both great anime!