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.
Each of these shows are animated by the same studio, so there are similarities in the way it's animated, written and in the feel of the show. And even though the sports are different, it's likely fans of one will enjoy the other.
They share in the common theme of getting along with, and working alongside your team mates to get the very best out of each and every performance. There's also a fair bit of comedy in each, but it never detracts from the sport at hand.
Both are truly gripping series that involve some thrilling sports plays and a good solid story. It honestly keeps me on my toes and waiting for the next episoide the following week. If you have yet to watch it I seriously ask you to reconsider doing so you won't regret it. They both have some incredible sports twists that will have you coming back for more. Although they are two very different games with in the sports world they both have incredible storys that get you feeling for both team and members.
Chihaya Ayase is a famous beauty at her school, but she’s far from a conventional girl. Three years ago in her final year of elementary school, Chihaya and her friend Taichi became infatuated with the card game, Karuta, after connecting with a lonely boy named Arata Wataya. But when the trio graduated from elementary school, they each went their separate ways but shared one common goal: to excel in the game and meet each other at the national championships. Now, Chihaya is attempting to share her passion for the game by creating a competitive Karuta club at school, but when she reunites with Taichi it seems that maybe she’s the only one with the intention of fulfilling their childhood promise...
Chihayafuru and Kuroko are both stories about talented players who still have to work hard against long odds to succeed. They have a similar atmosphere of trying your hardest and learning to depend on your teammates.
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.
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.