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They were known as the 'Generation of Miracles' – five basketball prodigies who helped lead Teiko Middle School's basketball team to glory, defeating anyone who got in their way. But a mysterious rumor tells of a sixth, a phantom player who the five prodigies respected greatly. That boy is Tetsuya Kuroko, a freshman at Seirin High and the newest member of the basketball club. Alongside strong teammates such as Taiga Kagami, Kuroko will use his unique skills on the court to help the team defeat old rivals and make their way to the championships.
The sports might be different but both of these anime share the same values. Hajime no Ippo is about boxing and Kuroko no Basket is a basketball anime. However, both these anime are about using training and hard work to defeat various opponents. These anime are also similar because they take the time to develop the opponents so that you get to understand their motivations which make the eventually matches even more tense.
There's also a team and friendship aspect to both anime. While Ippo obviously boxes alone he still represents his gym and the other boxers their can be considered part of his team as they help him train for his matches. Basketball is a team game so the players have to learn to work together on the court. In both anime the characters build up relationships through this teamwork, learning to understand each other.
Both these anime are shining examples of how to do a sports anime right. They both have a great deal of heart, the matches are intense, but they also know how to use comic relief at the right moments. If you enjoyed one then you should check out the other.
Mitsui Ayane is a spunky girl who dreams of becoming a wrestling champion. Unfortunately, her All-Japan wrestling auditions flop, leaving her on the fast track to nowhere! Luckily, the owner of Tangay Gym gives her an offer she can't refuse: train with him and become the best. What Ayane doesn't know, however, is his dubious plans to train her to fight in the arena of kickboxing instead! With newfound pressure and the possibility of being expelled, can Ayane rise to the test and prove her strength, or simply become a failure?
There are a good chunk of similarities between both anime. They follow a school student who’s naturally talented at a specific combat sport (kick boxing in Ayane’s High Kick and boxing in Hajime no Ippo) and all the difficulties they have to overcome to become the best. They also have a good mix of comedy and intense fights. Ayane's High Kick is more like an introduction to its source material and thus is incomplete, but if you liked Hajime no Ippo Rising, don’t hesitate to try Ayane's High Kick.