Ace of the Diamond

Alt title: Diamond no Ace

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Haikyuu!!

Haikyuu!!

Shoyo Hinata isn't a large guy, but he's got huge ambitions. Ever since seeing a small player score in a National Championship, he's been determined to become the next big thing in High School Volleyball. Unfortunately, the one time he was able to pull enough players together to form a team in junior high, they were completely trashed in their first and only match against a team led by up-and-coming setter Tobio Kageyama.Now, enrolled at the same high school where his idol once played, Shoyo's finally going to get his shot to join and play with a top team. There's just one problem: Tobio Kageyama's decided to attend the same school, and he's already considered one of the best players in the game. Can a kid out of nowhere hold his own against the King of the Court? Or could the rivalry and competition actually be the best thing for both of them?

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whimsical whimsical says...

Both anime focus on a player straight out of junior high that have immense potential, and how their high school team helps them get closer to their dreams.

ZetsubouKaiji ZetsubouKaiji says...

If you like sports anime that mix comedy with the often melodrama that come naturally to sports stories then both these anime should feel very familiar to you. Teamwork, love of the sport, the fight to be the best are all important themes in both of these shows. 

The big difference is Haikyuu is actually sucessful at drawing you into the experience and does all of those things I just listed much better. Ace of Diamond isn't nearly as well written as Haikyuu. Ace doesn't have the a likable cast and it has one of the most unlikable leads in last year of anime. 

But if you do enjoy Ace of Diamond then you will love Haikyuu. 

OtakuVoice OtakuVoice says...

Both Haikyuu and Ace of the Diamond have main characters who have a natural talent unknown to them at first but after getting to high school work hard to become national champions. Added that both characters really don't know how to give up and want to be the star of the team.

thatotakugirl thatotakugirl says...

Both series follow a high school sports team as they work hard through the ups and downs of reaching the top. The main characters are loud and fun but work at their strongest when paired with their "partner" who, despite clashing personalities, draw out the best potential with equal parts being mean and encouraging. The secondary characters all have their own personalities and can steal the spotlight just as easily with the skills they posess. 

TKHecticX TKHecticX says...

Both of the main characters start off as the only amazing player on a sub par team then they get thrown into a top teir team and have to work their way up the ladder.

Knightwalker08 Knightwalker08 says...

If you want some realistic sports anime without super powers, like Kuroko no Basket, I strongly recommend this two anime - Haikyuu!! and Ace of Diamond (Diamond no Ace)

Moshidora

Moshidora

A high school girl named Minami Kawashima becomes the baseball team manager at Tokyo's Hodokubo High School. Minami accidentally buys Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices — a classic productivity guide by the Austrian-American management guru Peter Drucker — and uses it to rally her dispirited team.

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animeloversrule animeloversrule says...

If you liked Moshidora you would like Ace of Diamond because they are both about Baseball and both of the main characters love baseball even though some of them won't admit it out lound.

ZetsubouKaiji ZetsubouKaiji says...

These are both baseball anime about losing teams trying to turn their record around. Although they may use different methods to do so, at their heart a bunch of characters that love the game of baseball. Both series mix in some comedy to go with the drama.

Giant Killing

Giant Killing

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...

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ZetsubouKaiji ZetsubouKaiji says...

These anime are about different sports but they both tell the same kind of inspirational underdog story. Both anime are about teams that are down on their luck, but try to fight through it together. Each team has a leader that's can be both insipiring on the field and a complete idiot off of it.

Both these anime are pretty typical sports stories so if you like cheesy inspirational stories with a bit of comedy then try either of the shows.

Brad Brad says...

Both shows tell the tale of an underdog who comes good through hard work, perseverence and working well with team mates. The main character in each is the inspiration type who people rally around, and get pumped up by.

They don't stray too far outside the box with regards the usual sports forumla, but if you are a fan of sports then you could do worse than watch either of these. 

Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting!

Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting!

Ippo Makunouchi is a loser. He has no friends, he spends his free time helping his mom with work, and he's constantly being beaten up by bullies. But that all changes when one day he's saved from another beating by Takamura, an up-and-coming boxer. Soon, Ippo turns his life around with a passion for the newly discovered sport, but his new lifestyle is far from easy! Before he can even dream of becoming champion, he'll have to overcome a slew of fierce rivals and learn what 'dedication' really means.

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ZetsubouKaiji ZetsubouKaiji says...

These are both sports anime about underdogs with big hearts learning to love their chosen sport. The sports may be different, but the themes are and character types are very similar. 

Hajime no Ippo is about boxing whereas Ace of Diamond is about Baseball so the sports are quite different, but both take the same approach of building their characters through rigorous training and learning from their experiences during games or matches. Both anime show the value of hard work and training while also adding a strong lesson about the role of willpower and courage. 

Hajime no Ippo is hands down the superior anime with better characters, better fights, better plot and more satisfying development. Ace of Diamond is a much more generic anime that follows the pattern of every underdog story that's ever been written. Ippo is also a much more likable protagonist than Ace of Diamond's Sawamura. 

However, if you love sports or sports anime, or even if you're looking for an inspirational story then you should try these titles. 

JohnWatchAnime JohnWatchAnime says...

both anime are about sports and the protagonists both love what they do. They push themselfs to become better at what they do.

Eventhough the shows are about different kind of sports they have the same feeling to it, beeing that the potagonists keep going by willpower and great effort

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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sarwor248 sarwor248 says...

Both anime are about a team sport. Each player has their own talents and reason for wanting to play. There are lots of different personalities, and they don't always work well together. Both work well for people who don't know very much about the sport. The difference is Ace features a top tier school and Eyeshield is a rag tag team of underdogs, but there are still characters you are rooting for in both series.

SilverRabbit90 SilverRabbit90 says...

Humour, character development, emotion.  By watching both I hade similar enjoyment. Anime makes you want keep watching to see how they develop and, if they bee able to achieve gools.

Big Windup!

Big Windup!

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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Technicalleigh Technicalleigh says...

Both series tell the stories of highschool baseball pitchers. While Sawamura in Ace of the Diamond is flamboyantly self-assured though lacking control, Ren in BigWindup! (Ookiku Furikabutte) has developed remarkable pitch control but has never believed in himself for reasons explored. The protagonists of both stories develop as individuals through being part of the team. I personally find Ace of the Diamond far more compelling, but other viewers could easily feel just the opposite.

itsblank itsblank says...

The phasing of the anime is a bit slow but you will definitely see every characters' development. You'll sure get excited and at the same time nervous at every episode. 

Kuroko's Basketball

Kuroko's Basketball

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.

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Brad Brad says...

Each of these shows are animated by the same studio, so there are similarities in the way it's animated, written and in the feel of the show. And even though the sports are different, it's likely fans of one will enjoy the other.

They share in the common theme of getting along with, and working alongside your team mates to get the very best out of each and every performance. There's also a fair bit of comedy in each, but it never detracts from the sport at hand.

Kuroko's Basketball 2

Kuroko's Basketball 2

Kuroko and Kagami enter the Winter Cup together with the rest of the Seirin Basketball team where they will face off against the rest of the Generation of Miracles.

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ZetsubouKaiji ZetsubouKaiji says...

While the sports are different both these anime are about the value of team work and tell an underdog story. Both anime start with the teams being kind of crappy until they can start working together. They're both inspirational underdog stories.

Both anime have their fair share of comedic moments to liven up the bits where they aren't playing their sport. If you like stories about an underdog fighting to win through teamwork then you should try these anime.

Cross Game

Cross Game

When Koh was eleven years old, he lived a quiet and peaceful life, delivering sporting goods for his family's store and batting frequently at the Tsukishima Batting Center. Though Koh had no interest in baseball, he started the play the sport anyways after a series of events, much to the delight of his best friend, the beautiful Wakaba Tsukishima. However, soon life dealt Koh a tragic turn, changing him forever. Now, years later, Koh attends Seishuu Academy and is soon pulled back into the world of baseball. Alongside Wakaba's talented sister, Aoba; old friend and fighter Nakanishi; and plenty of new teammates and companions, Koh will once more pick up the pitcher's mitt and see if he has what it takes to be a champion.

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LinguisticFanatic LinguisticFanatic says...

Both of the series are about baseball.  Cross Game is a much more laid back series than Ace of the Diamond, but it's just as much fun watching the main characters work towards their goals.  Cross Game starts out when the main character is small, but after the first episode we get shoved into the Koshien hunt like all the other baseball shows.

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club

Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club

When Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa and Rin were in elementary school, they swam together in a relay race and won the match. As Rin was on his way to Australia to train to become an Olympic champion, the gang decided to bury their trophy in a time capsule and retrieve it when they all had grown up. Now, Haruka, Makoto and Nagisa have reunited in high school and decide to dig up the prize. But on the way there, they run into none other than Rin, and he's determined to show Haru who's the best! As a result of this fateful meeting, the three friends decide to start a swim club, along with fellow classmate Rei, and their rival's little sister Gou as the team manager. Can the gang hold their own against Rin and prove their skills at the Prefectural Tournament?

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sarwor248 sarwor248 says...

Both anime are about high school boys who are passionate about the sport they love. There are lots of different personalites and different approaches to the sport. From seasoned veterans to newcomers to those who don't care about anything but the sport they love. Both have a mix of humor and melodrama.