Meet Ryoma Echizen, the cocky prince of tennis. He comes to Japan from America where he is known as the Prince of Tennis – but that is no surprise considering he is the son of the former tennis pro, Nanjiroh Echizen, otherwise known as the Samurai! Upon transferring to the school Seishun Gakuen, he meets the regulars of the tennis club, and becomes the first freshman to become a regular; but he has a lot to learn yet about being a tennis star. Ryoma, along with the rest of his teammates, aspire to win the Nationals; but first, they must defeat the other teams which stand in their way!
Misaki Suzuhara is a young girl who traveled to Tokyo to live with a relative, but ended up becoming involved in the greatest game of all time: Angelic Layer! In this fast-paced competition, players customize dolls and fight them in arenas of all sizes, hoping to gain experience and perhaps win the greatest tournament of them all! With new friends to meet and new enemies to defeat, the best time of Misaki's life seems to be just beginning. Join Misaki as she struggles to be the best, even in the face of overwhelming odds...
Both series involve intense combat, battling up to the top. Misaki and Ryoma both have to step out of their parent's shadows to make their own successes. Both have a mostly lighthearted feel, until the fight/game begins.
The story follows "Ei-chan," a punctual and earnest boy who has strived for straight As since elementary school. The 15-year-old high school boy stops by a tennis school to deal with his lack of exercise. There, he meets Natsu, a beautiful, earnest girl who only has passion for tennis. In turn, he awakens a deep passion for tennis within himself.
Baby Steps is the first tennis anime I've seen outside of the Prince of Tennis franchise, so that's the most obvious reason for this recommendation. But there's more. If you loved Inui's analytic tennis in PoT, you will love Ei-chan in Baby Steps. Unlike Inui, he is the main character, and we get to watch his tennis develop from the beginning.
Fans of Baby Steps need to know about Prince of Tennis, and I recommend checking it out if you get a chance. Each character has a unique approach to tennis. The main character in PoT has some very different personality traits than Ei-chan, but that's part of what makes both these anime so fun to watch!
Kojirou-sensei, the rather indifferent teacher and coach of the school kendo club, is in financial dire straits. As a result, he makes a bet with his fellow kendo coach and former upperclassman to see who can assemble and train the better female kendo team, with the prize for Kojirou being a year's supply of food if he wins. Motivated by the idea of free food for a year, he begins to teach the club seriously; however, most of its members have already graduated, and so he is tasked with assembling members in addition to training them for the competition with his rival. While dealing with his eccentric students, he slowly rediscovers why he loves kendo and what it truly means to be a teacher.
Both series have a freshman with lots of talent who enter a school sports club. There they grow with the help of their teacher and the other club members all who have personalities that will keep you entertained through out the series. If you liked The Prince of Tennis or Bamboo Blade I think that you will like the other.
The year is 4998. Girls from all over the galaxy come together to train for the title of Cosmo Beauty in a bevy of athletic events. Akari, our heroine, wants to go to University Satellite where her mother once went and won the title. That is, if her bad luck will give her a chance! Add into the mix a cutthroat competition between star athletes and complicated midterms, and you have some rough competition revolving around bizarre plots and insane hijinks! Oh, and did we mention the field events? Bring your hard hats everyone, as the galaxy will never be the same!
Battle Athletes is similar in the way that Battle Athletes is a running anime revolving around conditioning your body to become the best it can be - while competing with others to become #1.
While in POT, the characters are already the best (but still trains to become even better), in Battle Athletes the main character is pretty much dead last.
A mysterious monkey-tailed boy named Goku teams up with a teenage computer-wiz girl named Bulma to search for the mystic Dragon Balls. According to legend, whoever collects all 7 Dragon Balls will have any one wish granted. Join Goku in this hilarious anime masterpiece, as he races and battles to save the world from the forces of darkness. Who will find the balls first?
Although Dragon Ball is centered around fighting while The Prince of Tennis is a sports anime, the characters have to face with stronger and stronger enemies and defeat them. Characters in Prince of Tennis have so unrealistic skills that one can consider them as superpowers so these shows are quite similar.