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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 Big Windup!

Big Windup!

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 The Prince of Tennis

The 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 Prince of Tennis II

The Prince of Tennis II

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 The Knight in the Area

The Knight in the Area

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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