Hinata Shoyo is enamored with volleyball; he is in the 3rd year of middle-school, and will not be discouraged by the fact that he has no teammates to play with. He finally scrapes together a team to enter his first and last official tournament.
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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...
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Both anime revolve around a sport, the formation and building of a team alongside friendship and rivalry. They have a similar feel to them as well, both being lighthearted and comedic while having an equal amount of serious moments as well. I adore both of them, so if you liked one, I strongly recommend you give the other a try.
This is a recommendation that is immediately apparent after you watch the first few minutes of Haikyuu!!, and possibly the easiest recommendation I’ll make in quite a while. Production IG seem to have stumbled across the perfect formula for adapting sports anime with their fantastic adaption of the Kuroko’s Basketball manga, and it’s a pleasure to say that they’ve done nothing but prove themselves to be more than a one trick pony when it comes to sports shows with Haikyuu!!
Production IG have an almost uncanny knack for portraying sports at their most exciting, their most visceral and their most uplifting in a way that flows seamlessly from episode to episode, all while leaving the viewer begging for more at the end of each episode. The way they handle character interactions means that the shows rarely get bogged down in those annoying sports tropes such as sickening melodrama or the whole “determination overcomes all” bile that turns me right off a sports show. Basically, they know what makes a great sports anime, and goddamn do they do it well!
Naturally both stories focus on a protagonist who initially appears to be at a disadvantage when it comes to competing with his peers, but in each case he has a special talent that gives him a sporting edge that enables him to compete against the very best. There’s also the usual parallels when it comes to a small team who had a proud history, but has since fallen into mediocrity, until our protagonists arrival elevate them upwards in the world high school sports.
The interactions between the characters is sublime in both shows, with a main protagonist pairing that are different, yet complement each other ridiculously well for some intense action, great development and really funny comedy. Everything else from the supporting cast, the sound effects and the pacing are bang on in both shows, so if you found one enjoyable then I fail to see how you could fail to absolutely adore the other.
Haikyuu and Kuroko's Basketball share a strong Production IG flavour, with stylish, energetic sports action sequences and tense interpersonal drama off the sports courts. Another thing they share is that they prefer to lean towards the gimmicky, fantastical side of the sports genre but pull it off without seeming cheap or stupid. If you like one, you're bound to find satisfaction in the other.
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...
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The obvious connection between Free! and Haikyuu!! is that they have to do with sports, but they also share a pleasant, peaceful atmosphere and have very likable (mostly male) characters. As a person who never even liked the sports genre, I can honestly say I enjoyed both of these series.
Both Haikyuu!! and Free! Iwatobi Swim Club are sports anime, with boys being the main characters. Although Free! is more serious than Haikyuu!!, both shows have common themes such as teamwork, friendship, hard work, and determination. Both shows also contain a rivalry between two characters who are also friends. If you like either show, you will like the other one.
They're both sports animes. In Haikyuu!! there's more of a focus on training and there's always comedy, while in Free! it's more serious with a little comedy, about how they live with their past and get over personal obsticles. They both have rivals that are also good friends, Nekoma and that training group for Haikyuu!!, Rin and his team for Free!. In Haikyuu!!, the characters are more diverse, so there's almost a guarentee that one will become your favorite. In Free!, there's only a few characters, so you get to know them, and their pasts extremely well. Haikyuu!! is a longer series than Free! with almost 50 (as of this time) episodes in two seasons (third hasn't come out yet), while Free! only has about 25 in both seasons.
Sakamichi is a die-hard otaku; he loves anime and manga, and rides his clunky bicycle over 90 kilometers to Akihabara each week for the latest toys and games. Upon entering high school, Sakamichi is thrilled to meet others that share his passion, but soon discovers that the anime club is defunct and in need of members. Meanwhile, a skilled cyclist and fellow...
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Haikyuu!! and Yowamushi Pedal are two sports anime that manage to strike a perfect blend when it comes to representing their sport, providing likable characters, excitement and humour. They each manage to give the supporting cast as much meaningful screen time as the main protagonists, which is a major plus in team based sports shows where a show cannot just meander along focusing on one or two people for the duration of its run. The comedy in each is usually perfectly timed, and so excellently written that you get more laugh out loud moments than you would imagine.
They each absolutely nail the excitement factor, and have the viewer pumped for more by the time the credits roll, especially when it comes to the intense matches/races where episodes fly by. Really if you enjoyed one then you should give the other a shot, because I think you’d end up finding a show that you can really sink your teeth into.
Bith are easily relatable, make you laugh and can watch a second time through without getting that "I have already seen this before" feeling.
If you want to see sports anime done right then check out both of these excellent series. The sports might be different, but they have the same heart of a thrilling sports anime. Both of these shows have the perfect combination of drama and comedy. Both of these shows have super likable casts that make you care about the results of the matches/races. Most importantly both these anime know when to amp up the tension to make the anime as exciting as possible.
The only difference between these shows is the sports are different. Both of these shows make cheese and melodrama a strength rather than a weakness because the emotions are very genuine and both work hard to make you like the cast.
If you like sports anime or even if you just like either Haikyuu or Yowamushi then you should consider the other to be a must watch.