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My Rough Ranking of Sports Anime

Anything in the top half of this list, I recommend. Others are hit-and-miss. In my mind, the bottom two anime in this list missed the mark by a lot. Keep in mind that this is a very rough ranking. There are a few titles in here that I haven't seen in years, so it's hard to compare them to the newer ones. Sequels are only included if there's a significant quality difference between the first and second series.
1 Kuroko's Basketball
Kuroko's Basketball

This is a favorite of mine.

Last watched: Summer 2016

Animation/visuals: 7.5

Story, pacing, etc: 8

Characters: 9

Sport: 8

My excitement: 10

Total x 2: 85%

2 Ookiku Furikabutte
Ookiku Furikabutte

I didn't rank this right after the last time I saw it, so these scores will likely be adjusted after my next viewing.

I still haven't seen the sequel, unfortunately.

Full Scoring

Last watched: Dec. 2014/Jan. 2015?

Animation/visuals: 7

Story, pacing, etc: 9

Characters: 9

Sport: 9

My excitement:10

Total x 2: 88%

3 Haikyuu!!

Last watched: Sept. 2015

Animation/visuals: 9.5

Story, pacing, etc: 7

Characters: 7

Sport:  8.5

My excitement: 10

Total x 2: 84

4 Cross Game
Cross Game

Last watched: Summer 2014 (before I started using scores to rank anime, so this is rough)

Animation/visuals: 6.5

Story, pacing, etc: 8.5 (just enough good drama to add depth, without making me run away from any unnecessary feels)

Characters: 9.5

Sport: 8

My excitement: 9.75

Grade: 84.5 %

5 Giant Killing
Giant Killing

It's been a long time since I watched this, since it's no longer available on Crunchyroll. So I don't remember it well enough to score it. But I loved it, and it's one of very few sports anime about adults.

6 Ace of the Diamond
Ace of the Diamond
7 Baby Steps
Baby Steps
8 Prince of Tennis
Prince of Tennis
9 Ping Pong The Animation
Ping Pong The Animation
10 Initial D
Initial D
11 Eyeshield 21
Eyeshield 21
12 Bamboo Blade
Bamboo Blade
13 Yowamushi Pedal
Yowamushi Pedal
14 The New Prince of Tennis
The New Prince of Tennis
15 Dear Boys
Dear Boys
16 Free! Eternal Summer
Free! Eternal Summer
17 Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club
Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club

On the plus side, the visuals are nice. Unfortuntely, these bishies have terrible sportsmanship. And since I'm here to watch them train and swim, not to put up with their ridiculous drama, I require that the main characters learn good sportsmanship. Most sports anime teach me about sports. This one? I had to bring in my own limited swimming knowledge in order to enhance the viewing experience.

18 Area no Kishi
Area no Kishi

I finished this one out of pure stubbornness, even though it was an agonizing and slow journey to the end. There was too much melodrama. 

Last watched: Sept 2014

Animation/Visuals: 5 to 6

Story, pacing, etc.: 5

Characters: 5

Sport: 5

My excitement: 4

Grade: Less than 50%


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