Giant Killing

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One Outs

One Outs

Kojima is a baseball legend. As the superstar cleanup hitter for the Lycaons, he won himself many awards including rookie of the year seven times; but there's one title he never acquired: champion. In an attempt to find that special something Kojima feels he's missing inside, he opens a training camp in Okinawa. There, through a series of events, Kojima is introduced to a high stakes game dominated by the talented Toua Tokuchi, and subsequently loses a fortune. However, Kojima finally defeats Toua and due to their agreement, he enlists him to join the now poorly-ranked Lycaons - but Toua demands a high price: instead of a salary, he will receive five million yen for each out, and lose fifty million yen for each point lost. With a bad attitude and prodigal skills, Toua will help transform the Lycaons into winners once more.

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chii chii says...

Both anime have men working as hard as they can to win a game. One Outs is about baseball and takes on a lot of thinking about the game instead of playing it where Giant Killing is about soccer and building a team back up from the ground. But both have similar animation styles and very clever characters. Check one out if you liked the other.

van831kris van831kris says...

both have very smart and cunning lead characters who are both fun to watch especially when they trick the enemy to win the match even if they're underdogs. I think that this kind of characters (takeshi from giant killing, tokuchi from one outs, and hiruma from eyeshield to name a few) makes sports genre anime very interesting and fun to watch.

sothis sothis says...

Giant Killing and One Outs show an unlikely character take control of a poorly-ranked team and bring it back to victory. One Outs feels a lot darker than Giant Killing, but they are each a refreshing look at the sports genre. 

samyamsamy samyamsamy says...

Giant Killing and One Outs both have the same concept..winning the game by strategyIn one of the anime the male protagonist is an active player and in the other he is a manager (something like a coach)...

both anime has its intense moments

toshiro12 toshiro12 says...

Both shows involve sports and deal with the people behind the sport rather then just the game. The main characters are smarter than most of the other characters and their plans are always interesting to figure out.

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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Anathemus Anathemus says...

Produced by different studios, I find the artwork in both of these series extremely similar, plus they both take a more adult approach on the sports genre.

sothis sothis says...

While not about the same sport and taking place in a different setting, both Kuroko no Basket and Giant Killing star a very unorthodox character who is underestimated by the sports team. beyond that, they're fairly typical sports titles, with arcs pertaining to battling a specific team-of-the-week and a a general desire to make it to a championship.

Brad Brad says...

The sport of choice in each show is different, but the two series' share many common traits that make them a really good fit for one another. Top of that list is the plot, where both shows follow a team going through a prolonged dry spell, who are suddenly re-invigorated with new, highly talented team mate that propel them back to winning ways.

Both anime have a 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 has better animation, better writing, a far more engaging cast and superior audio, but if you enjoyed one, and are a fan of sports anime in general, chances are the other may well be right up your street.

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 in these anime are different, they both share the same kind of values espousing the merits of team work. Both anime involve down on their luck teams getting exciting new blood to reinvigorate them. In Kuroko it's new players and in Giant Killing it's a new coach, but in both the existing players must learn to get along with the new members and bond together as a team to win. Both series also have a lot of comedic moments inbetween the intense games they play.

Kuroko has much better animation and character designs. The games are much more exciting in Kuroko because of the better animation. Kuroko also has much better pacing. However, if you enjoy sports anime about teamwork then you should try both these titles.

Mageinta Mageinta says...

They're both the same type of story. They're about a weak team overcoming their internal and external struggles on their way to the top. Personally, I feel like Kuroko has more likeable characters, because the story focuses on the team. Giant Killing focuses on the team as a whole, with a touch on the coach, so what you see is a team succeeding instead of individuals in a team succeeding. Giant Killing has a slower pace, but the story is still great. Kuroko starts to get a little shounen-y by turning basketball into a superpower fight, but it's still quite enjoyable. 

Ace of the Diamond

Ace of the Diamond

I want to pitch to that mitt again... A meeting with catcher Kazuya Miyuki changed the 15-year-old Eijun Sawamura's life. He said goodbye to all his friends and knocked upon the door of Seidou, a prestigious baseball school, intent on testing his own strength. There, he met many proud baseball players who were betting everything on the sport! A classic tale, yet new and fresh.

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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. 

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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kenikki kenikki says...

They're both sport anime that focuses alot on the games at hand an yet never loses focus of character development. Even though GK moves at a much faster pace than OF.

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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GameMasterPhoenix GameMasterPhoenix says...

Besides being members of the all-to-rare "sports anime" genre, both Giant Killing and Hajime no Ippo are underdog stories. Hajime no Ippo focuses on the rise of a diminutive high school kid to the heights of Japanese boxing, while Giant Killing depicts a failing soccer club's efforts to turn their fortunes around.

Having some affinity for sports probably helps, but if you like seeing the little guy fight his way to victory, then either of these anime merit your consideration.

The Prince of Tennis

The Prince of Tennis

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!

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Annalyn Annalyn says...

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.

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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van831kris van831kris says...

both have very smart and cunning lead characters who are both fun to watch especially when they trick the enemy to win the match even if they're underdogs. I think that this kind of characters (takeshi from giant killing, tokuchi from one outs, and hiruma from eyeshield to name a few) makes sports genre anime very interesting and fun to watch.

Hungry Heart - Wild Striker

Hungry Heart - Wild Striker

Kyousuke Kano aspires to become a professional soccer player but decides to quit after endless comparisons to his brother, who is a famous midfielder in AC Milan. However, things change when Kyousuke meets a girl who forces him to coach his school's women's soccer team; and soon thereafter, he rediscovers his love for the sport and decides to pick up the cleats once more. With Kyousuke's passion for the game, he aims to lead his team to the national tournament and win the hearts of many.

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kansta kansta says...

Both are about fotball ;)  and both are greath.

If you like one of them check out the outher.

The Knight in the Area

The Knight in the Area

Believing himself to be useless at soccer, Kakeru Aizawa instead becomes the manager of his school's soccer team, while his brother Suguru is its ace, and is even good enough to represent Japan in the championships. However, Kakeru may have a yet unknown strong talent within himself that only his brother Suguru can see, and they often get into arguments over Kakeru's denial of his skills. Things are made more complicated with the return of Nana, an old friend of theirs that Kakeru has a crush on.

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animefreak101101 animefreak101101 says...

These two animes are very similar because both soccor teams need to learn about team work and also both team have let their experiances form their loses teach them alot.