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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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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Over Drive 2005 Original Manga
Name Role
Yuichi OUKA Character Design
Takao KATO Director
Ko OTANI Music
Tsuyoshi YASUDA Original Manga Creator
Masatomo NISHIZAWA Producer

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Ookiku Furikabutte

Ookiku Furikabutte

Ren Mihashi is a timid pitcher with problems; he has no self esteem or confidence, due to the relentless bullying of his once teammates, and is reluctant to play baseball again. However, at Ren's new school, Nishiura Prefectural High, he finds himself picking up the mitt once more. Along with the help of alumni-turned-coach Maria Momoe, tough but supportive Takaya Abe, and the rest of his teammates, Ren will regain his confidence and show the game of baseball who's the boss yet again!

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seasong

These are both about boys who are a bit weird, and have inferiorty complexes at the beginning of the series. They grow and find themselves through sports and the people they meet playing sports.

LaughOnceInARedMoon

Both series have a shy main character who starts to gain confidence once he joins a sport club at his school. If you enjoyed on you will enjoy the other.

poetax

Not only do both anime fit into the sports genre, Over Drive and Ookiku Furikabutte both have very similar main characters.  Mihashi, and Shinozaki are both timid, unconfidant, and get picked on for being week.  But, they both work hard to become the best they can be even when they have setbacks.  Both anime are so similar you are garinteed to like one if you like the other.

Szwagier

Both animes are about a weak, wimpy boy, who for one reason or another is joins a sports club. On the course of the anime he gradually gains more confidence in his skills and in himself.

Kyoraku

Both about timid guys, who find courage through a sport they love.

Both funny at times, and both emotionally involving.

shinigamidono

Both series have main characters that seem to be complete losers other than the fact that they are good at a sport (baseball in one case, biking in the other)

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Eyeshield 21

Eyeshield 21

Sena was always a weak child, constantly having to run away from bullies; so much, that he became good at it. Now, as a teenager, Sena’s skill at running has become so impressive that the diabolical mastermind of the school football team notices his talent and recruits him. Yet to keep his privacy intact and his dangerous hobby a secret from his overprotective childhood friend Mamori, Sena is forced to develop a secret identity: the ace running back, Eyeshield 21! But the world is full of talented rivals, and Sena has a long way to go until he can reach the top...

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eppie

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

1. Both are sports related

2. Both are about perseverance

3. The styling is similar

athleticnerd

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!

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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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Harbin

If you liked Over Drive's elements of romance, striving to be the best in the world, and comedic moments, you should definitely give Slam Dunk a try. Though both of them talk about a different sport that is quite unpopular in Japan, the main character from each series is driven by their secret admiration of the main female character into doing a sport where they could have the talent for, but their gift is not fully developed yet. However, the comic relief of these two series shows how "retarded" guys can be, which makes them more of a casual everyday person. I'm certain that if you like Over Drive, you will also like Slam Dunk, but be aware that friendship plays a bigger role in Slam Dunk than Over Drive.

Geon

Both are about rather timid characters  who fall in love with a girl who then sets them up for the main topic of the anime. Also in both the captain of both clubs is the older brother of both female love interests. Even without watching the show I could instantly tell the similarities.

Kogoruhn

In both Slam Dunk and Over Drive the main character picks up a sport that he does not like initially in order to impress a girl before learning to love the sport itself.

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History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi

History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi

Shirahama "weak legs" Kenichi is a typical high school student with typical problems: he's frequently bullied and tends to run away in the face of his enemies. Things change when Kenichi meets Furinji Miu, whose grandfather runs a dojo; and not knowing what he's getting himself into, he signs up to become a disciple. As Kenichi's life-threatening training continues and he becomes more and more powerful, he inadvertently becomes the target of the deadly gang called Ragnarok. With mental and physical challenges ahead, can Kenichi survive his encounters with Ragnarok, or will the masters of his dojo get to him first?

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Aganoth

Kenichi and Overdrive are strongly related by the main characters. Both are men who live by the credo, 'Do Your Best,' and amaze others by just how far they will push themselves. Both also share a common plot between the male main character and the female love-interest, which is revealed in the most sincere ways.

Hikaru

In both series of History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi and Over Drive we have the protagonistwho both bullied by classmates, forced to run errands, good hearted and WEAK. At the start the course of the both series at the hands of both what appears to be shady and/or dark characters (Master(s) in Kenichi and Yousuki in OverDrive) experience hardships from training.But both endure their training and find their strengths. The protagonist(s) have what appears to be an undefined will and/or strength that is not explained, however use that to endure.Anime i both are good, with background adapations to explain the characters and statements. Both are of different genre (sports and martial arts), both have character develpment and see the growth of both.

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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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streakofvengeance

Both animes have protagontists who are "weak" initially and then though a whole "journey", find their true power and together with their comrades reach their goal. Kinda cliche but it works.

Kogoruhn

Both Over Drive and KHR focus on a male who slowly learns to fulfill his potential. The main characters are required to look inwards along with relying on the support of his friends to reach his full potential.

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