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!
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...
It never ceases to amaze me how these sports anime rack up as much suspense as a good action. Both Prince of Tennis and Giant Killing had me at the edge of my seat during a match/game. Both made me laugh, but both also spend time on the growth of various characters.
If you enjoyed The Prince of Tennis and are ready for another well-developed, exciting sports anime, I highly recommend Giant Killing. You'll have to switch gears from middle school tennis to professional soccer, but the switch is entirely painless, I assure you.
Similarly, if you enjoyed Giant Killing and want to tackle an even larger collection of matches and watch another set of athletes improve their skills, Prince of Tennis just might before you. Prince of Tennis is a little less realistic at times, and has a notable amount of comedy. But on the court, these young atheletes are just as serious as the ETU's soccer team. Give it a try - I think you'll like it.
Maya is a dreamy young girl whose clumsiness is matched only by her absent-mindedness. While others have given up on her, the legendary actress Tsukikage sees her hidden potential and offers to take Maya under her tutelage. Maya loves the theatre more than anything, and as there's not much she can do about it at home, she chooses to run away with Tsukikage. The world of theatre is harsh, however, especially for a naive young girl far away from home. While she finds new friends who support her, her mentor has powerful enemies and Maya is often on the receiving end of their ruthless plans. In face of the adversity, Maya must constantly fight to develop her skills to catch up with her unbelievably talented rival, Ayumi, if she hopes to inherit Tsukikage's legendary role: The Crimson Goddess.
Both series tells us about strongly pronounced characters, what are going to score a success. We can see how the main chacters go through all the difficulties in sport/theatre. Every new episode makes us more and more interested in what's going to happen in future. Both series are not about a short period of time, no. It's about years of hard work.
The Gunma region is being invaded by the fearsome Emperors, a street racing team who drive nothing but powerful Lan-EVOs. With the ambition to conquer the entire region in one month and the most powerful 4-wheel-drive cars at their disposal, Kyoichi and the Emperors have set out to get their long awaited revenge on Takahashi Ryousuke, their archnemesis. Together with the undefeated downhill hero Takumi, Ryousuke is all that stands in the way of Kyoichi and his gang. But winning will be a difficult task -- do the Gunma region's drivers really stand a chance?
Goro Honda is a little boy who is obsessed with baseball. As a child, he watches his father, a professional baseball player, be removed from the Blue Oceans’ main team due to a shoulder injury that left him unable to pitch again. However, since his son looks up to him more than anyone else in the world of baseball, Goro's father decides that he can't quit just yet (as pitching is not the only way to be able to play baseball!). With his father's shining example, Goro decides to never give up as well, working his way into the Japanese Little League as a force to be reckoned with!
Major is an AMAZING sports anime. Prince of Tennis was nice for entertainment and I stuck it out for all 178 episodes + 13 episodes of the OVA, but try checking out Major and you will see a much deeper story for the main protagonist and why he tries so hard at his sport. Prince of Tennis and Hajime no Ippo (another very good sports anime by the way) are what I'd call the mainstream sports anime, but if you start diving into the lesser-known stuff you might find that you appreciate it a lot.
There are two worlds which exist side by side – the ordinary surface world of the humans and the secret world of ninjas called Nabari. Within this secret world, the opposing ninja groups are fighting over who should possess the ultimate power known as Shinra Banshou. Enter Miharu Rokujou, a high-school student who lives a carefree life and likes to keep himself to himself. Unfortunately for Miharu, his carefree life is about to be over, because within him is hidden the ultimate power and there is no end of evil minions ready to kidnap him for it! Miharu’s only chance of survival is to embrace this mystic world and become the King of Nabari himself. With the help of his new ninja friends, Kouichi, Shimizu, and Kumohira, can he come to grips with his powers or will he fall prey to his many enemies instead?
Though the genre is different (PoT is about sports and NnO is about ninja) the main characters and the mood seem similar. Both Rokujou and Ryoma are young and calm and cool. If you like Echizen then you'll like Miharu and vice versa.