Eyeshield 21

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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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chavo18 chavo18 says...

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.

Compaqmac321 Compaqmac321 says...

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.

iloveanime777 iloveanime777 says...

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.

NinaR NinaR says...

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!

Over Drive

Over Drive

Mikoto Shinozaki is a normal high student with unfortunate normal problems: he's terrible at sports, has no special talents and is bullied by everyone at his school. That is, until one day Yuki, his beautiful, long-time crush, asks the boy if he'll join her brother's cycling team. Desperate to gain her affection, Mikoto tries his best to learn how to ride a bike to not look foolish in the process, soon discovering that he actually enjoys the sport! Now, Mikoto will try his hardest to become the best cyclist in the world, encountering hardships, trials and successes along the way.

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eppie eppie says...

Most sports anime have a bit of comedy mixed in as well. However, with Eyeshield & Over-Drive the comedy comes up a lot more often. They are definitely a combination of sports and comedy anime, not just sports anime. Eyeshield is about American football & Over-Drive is about bicycle racing (bicycles as in the Tour de France, not motorcycles). Both have serious stories about a talentless guy who no one takes seriously, and who, by accident, discovers sports he enjoys. They also have excellent slap-stick humor that pops up constantly, are great to watch, and are well worth your time and attention.  

xated xated says...

1. Both are sports related

2. Both are about perseverance

3. The styling is similar

athleticnerd athleticnerd says...

Both main characters are basically wimps. They've literally been bullied their whole lives, and they have very little friends. Almost by accident they are forcefully pulled into sports in which soon after they show a talent for. Finding something to finally work hard for and put all their dreams, hopes, and wishes in, these two find themselves in a world and full of feelings they never knew before. They finally found something they truly love and can go through pain, sorrow, and hard work for. It's fun to see how hard these guys work and it makes you want to work hard too. So watch them and enjoy two boys living the man's dream!

Area no Kishi

Area no Kishi

Believing himself to be useless at soccer, Kakeru Aizawa instead becomes the manager of his school's soccer team, while his brother Suguru is its ace, and is even good enough to represent Japan in the championships. However, Kakeru may have a yet unknown strong talent within himself that only his brother Suguru can see, and they often get into arguments over Kakeru's denial of his skills. Things are made more complicated with the return of Nana, an old friend of theirs that Kakeru has a crush on.

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Annalyn Annalyn says...

Both Eyeshield 21 and Area no Kishi center on young athletes with a lot of potential... but also a fear to overcome. In Eyeshield 21, Sena is afraid of the obvious: pain. He's dealt with bullies his whole life and has no previous experience in sports. In Area no Kishi, Kakeru has plenty of past experience. However, he's been afraid to use his best leg ever since a certain incident - so he stays on the sidelines. When these two characters overcome their fears and get on the feild, they're both fun to watch.

Area no Kishi has more drama, whereas Eyeshield 21 has a lot more humor, but if you like one, you may like the other.

CaptainAwesome CaptainAwesome says...

Despite many prejudices around sports anime, both Eyeshield 21 and Area no Kishi are worth the watch; they're both about personal development as well as sports-wise. It's not only about either soccer or football, they also hold humour and lots of drama which is, in my opinion, essential for a good anime series.

I was never a fan of sports myself, but the way these two animes portray the sports makes you want to watch more. In Area no Kishi's case you can't help but feel sorry for Kakeru because of all the tough times he's going through with his brother, his dreams and his own fears.

Eyeshield 21 is more humourous, but does also stick to a more serious pattern when it really counts. Sena is the heldback, small boy who's been pushed around all his life and finally overcomes all the trials he's been a victim to. The humour in it, is how the Team Captain treats him and how tough he's practicing to become an international player.

Both animes circulate around dreams and overcoming yourself or your fears. Even for a person who's not into the sport-kind of anime, these series will not disappoint, I speak of experience. And with all the problems both main characters face, your dislike for the sport quickly goes away.

VampKataraBlue VampKataraBlue says...

Both about a young boy that has huge potential in the sport they love/have come to love both are a must watch 

Hungry Heart - Wild Striker

Hungry Heart - Wild Striker

Kyousuke Kano aspires to become a professional soccer player but decides to quit after endless comparisons to his brother, who is a famous midfielder in AC Milan. However, things change when Kyousuke meets a girl who forces him to coach his school's women's soccer team; and soon thereafter, he rediscovers his love for the sport and decides to pick up the cleats once more. With Kyousuke's passion for the game, he aims to lead his team to the national tournament and win the hearts of many.

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daniel44044 daniel44044 says...

Both Wild Striker and Eyeshield are about intense sports, and give you a great feeling when their characters perform their best moves and techniques. Wild Striker is one of the best soccer anime and Eyeshield 21 is one of the best football anime.

JimmyK JimmyK says...

If you love to see a lead character mature and develop through a sport in which he is talented or in which he is becoming really talented in a small amount of time, this isyour anime. Follow the journey of the lead character to see his beautiful end result.

Yakitate!! Japan

Yakitate!! Japan

Dimwitted Azuma Kazuma is a young man with a dream -- to create a bread worthy of the name "Japan", made by the Japanese people, for the Japanese people! With hefty bread-making skills, hands that have an uncanny warmth to help dough ferment, and will power like no other, Kazuma must put his delicious creations to the test as he struggles to become employed at the prestigious Pantasia bakery, for fame and glory! Yeast, beware... Kazuma is in the kitchen!

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Pippin4242 Pippin4242 says...

Both of these anime fall clearly into the trope territory of "what do you mean, it's not awesome?" As lighthearted variants on the shounen cliche, 'Yakitate' mocks wholeheartedly with its epic tale of young bakers seeking to refine their breadmaking skills, but 'Eyeshield' somehow manages to lampoon itself as well as dragging you along for the ride. If you're not screaming the team's name by the end, you're not doing it right. For hilarious and epic shounen adventure, you can't do better than these two.

NinaR NinaR says...

Although two anime that you might not expect to have anything in common - one's about baking, the other about American football... I would still recommend you watch them both, because they both have talented protagonists who never give up and keep doing the impossible. And the humour in both is just hilarious (though not identical in type).

However, if you're looking for humour, I only recommend Yakitate Japan if you have seen quite a few different anime already and have a sense of Japanese culture. A lot of the humour is a language joke... and while adequately translated the joke is explained... it's not as funny as when it tickles your funny bone because YOU understand it.