If you liked the Eyeshield 21 anime, the Anime-Planet community thinks you'd like:
Both anime are about a team sport. Each player has their own talents and reason for wanting to play. There are lots of different personalities, and they don't always work well together. Both work well for people who don't know very much about the sport. The difference is Ace features a top tier school and Eyeshield is a rag tag team of underdogs, but there are still characters you are rooting for in both series.
What if roller skates had high power engines that enabled the skaters to do stunning new tricks that defy gravity? What if you saw a beautiful girl effortlessly glide through the air with them? To Ikki, this is reason enough to secretly borrow a pair of Air Treck skates, and step into an underground world filled with gang fights and strange customs. Enamored with high-flying stunts and the flirtatious Simca, Ikki forms an Air Treck gang of his own and starts a life of fighting rival gangs and flying over the rooftops, chasing the girl always one kick ahead of him.
Okay look I made this recommendation becuase of that feeling.
Basically Sena from Eyeshield starts football and from thier he becomes one of the best runnerbacks, and visually the runs are like "Air"
And so there you have it
it really is a great anime man
oh and there are some simular characters or interestin to say the least
When Koh was eleven years old, he lived a quiet and peaceful life, delivering sporting goods for his family's store and batting frequently at the Tsukishima Batting Center. Though Koh had no interest in baseball, he started the play the sport anyways after a series of events, much to the delight of his best friend, the beautiful Wakaba Tsukishima. However, soon life dealt Koh a tragic turn, changing him forever. Now, years later, Koh attends Seishuu Academy and is soon pulled back into the world of baseball. Alongside Wakaba's talented sister, Aoba; old friend and fighter Nakanishi; and plenty of new teammates and companions, Koh will once more pick up the pitcher's mitt and see if he has what it takes to be a champion.
Both animes are about team sports. In addition there is the same rivalry between main character and "ace" of another big shot team. Altough Cross Game has an romantic theme whereas Eyeshield 21 is more of a comedy I'm sure that you will enjoy both animes just as much.
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...
both have very smart and cunning lead characters who are both fun to watch especially when they trick the enemy to win the match even if they're underdogs. I think that this kind of characters (takeshi from giant killing, tokuchi from one outs, and hiruma from eyeshield to name a few) makes sports genre anime very interesting and fun to watch.
18 year-old Takumi has been delivering tofu for his father's shop since he was 13, learning to drive fast in all weather conditions. One night he is seen racing down the mountain by Keisuke, one of the best amateur racers in Japan. Quickly overtaken by Takumi, Keisuke vows to challenge the White Hachi Roku and discover the mystery behind its driver's skills.
Both of these are sport type anime with a rather main character. Although one may say that these shows have nothing at all in common, I don't agree. Both main characters were forced to participate in race/match which began their love to the sport. Both shows are harsh at times but mostly they are rather lighthearted and fun to watch. I don't think you will regret after trying them out.