4.131 out of 5 from 98 votes
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.
These manga may be about different sports, with Haikyuu!! being based around volleyball, but they share so much in common that I find it hard to believe that a fan of one wouldn't enjoy the other quite a bit.
The story in each revolves around a highschool team who's a little bit down on their luck until they get an influx of fresh talent into the team in the form of skilled first years. The main characters in each also happen to be two of these new first years, and not only do each pair have unorthodox skills and stature, but they share a very similar dynamic in regards to their interactions and relationships. From there each team goes through the usual high school competitions, be it at a local or national level.
The supporting cast in each is pretty good, and is often used for comedic reasons outside of matches. During the matches the themes of teamwork and determination to overcome the odds are strong. The matches also happen to be extremely exciting in each, and make the wait for the next chapter pretty excruciating at times.
So if you are a fan of the other, then i urge you to give the other a shot, I highly doubt you'll end up disappointed. And if the sport is putting you off because you're not a fan of it, then don't worry, I'm not a fan of volleyball but i adored Haikyuu!! for plenty other reasons!