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I've starting to do a little background research for an article I'm trying to write, and I'm just curious, especially since there have been a number of very popular sports anime in the last few years, whether it is the actual "sport" factor of sports anime that contribute to their popularity. For this poll, I'm interested to know how many people consider themselves to be a fan of one or more sports anime, and whether those people believe that the reason they enjoy those shows is that they either play or regularly watch those sports in real life. To anyone who would take a second to honestly answer this poll, it's very much appreciated! Any comments you have about the significant characteristics contributing to some of the recent sports anime's popularity are welcome as well!
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prebstep wrote:

I've starting to do a little background research for an article I'm trying to write, and I'm just curious, especially since there have been a number of very popular sports anime in the last few years, whether it is the actual "sport" factor of sports anime that contribute to their popularity. For this poll, I'm interested to know how many people consider themselves to be a fan of one or more sports anime, and whether those people believe that the reason they enjoy those shows is that they either play or regularly watch those sports in real life. To anyone who would take a second to honestly answer this poll, it's very much appreciated! Any comments you have about the significant characteristics contributing to some of the recent sports anime's popularity are welcome as well!


I've moved this to our Polls forum, which is where all Poll Topics belong, regardless of subject matter.

I've enjoyed many sports anime, but I've never played sports, and I also don't watch real-life sports much at all.

I'll also say that among the "sports" anime I've watched and like the best, two are really more games than athletic sports -- Chihayafura, and Hikaru no Go.

A recent athletic sport show that I thought was marvelous is Baby Steps.
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Ah, sorry for posting in the wrong spot, for some reason I thought it would go there after clicking "create poll".

Thanks for your response! I've actually seen Chihayafura pop up a lot while looking through different lists of top sports anime, I'm thinking I'll have to give it a try pretty soon.

I totally agree with you about Baby Steps. I think it's pretty interesting how it's very much on the other end of the spectrum from Prince of Tennis in terms of out-of-this-world special moves that break physics, but there are still distinct play styles that reflect the characters in the show, though it also helps that most tennis related aspects are being VERY well explained through Maruo's analysis, and that we are introduced to new concepts and mechanics of the sport at the same pace he is since he really starts out at the bottom with no experience.
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ACE OF THE DIAMOND.

I don't play baseball but it seems fun in the anime.

The thing about sports and Japan.. I don't like that the Japanese like to keep every game a tie or close to tie. It's ridiculous, you either go big or you go home. Why would you train so hard just to purposely play a tie game?
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I watch Kuroko no Basuke and Prince of Tennis. There might have been others but I remember those two the most. Both had good story lines.
In Kuroko no Basuke, I enjoy the sound affects. I like how the sound match the action. For both shows, I was amazed how interested the reporters were with the middle / high school sports. I wonder if that aspect is true. Here in the USA, you hear about it only for a few minutes. Not normally found in the sports section of the newspaper. And no magazines dedicated to middle/high school sports.
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That's a pretty good point about the amount of coverage these junior high/high school sports are receiving. The only thing I can really think of as a parallel that we would be used to in western society would be something like March Madness with basketball, or college football in America. Even high school level football is taken very seriously in the southern United States, and it wouldn't be surprising to find coverage about contenders for major competitions/tournaments (alike to what the inter-high would be in Japan) to be covered in local/regional news sources sports section. That's a bit more of a speculation than anything, but it's a thought.

In any case, the sense that the competitors in these anime are on a culturally significant stage definitely helps to elevate the sense of excitement in some of the key matches!
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I don't watch sports.

Anime or non-anime, I have no interest in the subject.
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I thought i wouldn't like sports anime... so i checked out eyeshield 21... after i finished that i started watching kuroko no basket, haikyuu, yowamushi pedal, and ace of the diamond...

turns out i enjoy it quite alot... my favorite right now is yowamushi pedal... not sure why i find it so enjoyable...







Posted 10/8/15
i don't have the appetite for it. i'm exhausted just watching any sport anime that i need to see the sloth from Polar Bear's Cafe just to calm down. that genre(sport) is too much for me.
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I do consider myself a fan of sports anime, because they're entertaining to watch. But what's with their naming sense? I never understood why they always name their moves with a bunch of random words. It's unnecessary.. i.g In Prince of Tennis, there's a move called "Super Ultra Great Delicious Mountain Storm" (Kintaro Toyama's move). Uh... "What a great name."
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To be sure of the recent sports anime/mangas the only one I really like is Haikyuu. The characters were relatable and not there as eye candy for the most part. It also doesn't pull a lot of crazy moves to keep things interesting. The volleyball in the anime is pretty much what goes on in gyms around the world.

Eyeshield 21 falls into the gimmicky sort of premise I can't get into.

Prince of Tennis' main character irked the heck out of me. He seemed like Naruto's Sasuke with no one to balance him. I lasted 5 or 6 episodes before I grew tired of it.

Others I just have no interest in the sport right now.

I did like Taisho Baseball Girls with its novel approach of girls forming their own team in the late 1800s.
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Haikyuu!! is probably my favorite sports anime, all told. I definitely understand why some people would get sick of some of the "gimmicky" aspects of some sports anime, as well, though I usually don't have too much issue unless it's really over the top.

I'd normally recommend checking out at least a bit of Kuroko no Basuke as well, but it's not the strongest in terms of realism (or avoiding the eye candy aspect you mentioned. let's face it, there are some good looking anime guys there), so maybe that wouldn't be as much for you. Baby Steps, on the other hand, has a SUPER realistic and level headed approach to the sport (coming from someone who doesn't play tennis), though I'd be lying if I said the characters are as engaging as Haikyuu!!. I mean, not everything can be perfect I'm sure sports anime aren't so much your priority, but it's something to keep in mind if you find yourself bored and looking for something new.
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I'm not a fan of sports anime, but of the few that I have watched (prince of tennis, slam dunk, eyeshield 21, dear boys, kurokou basket, and air gear if that's considered a sports), I can say that they are pretty good and I liked them
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