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Short introduction to Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru (Run with the Wind)
Kakeru is a former elite runner who finds himself on hard times. After shoplifting food, he’s saved by Haiji, a Kansei University student and a fellow runner. Having nowhere else to go, Kakeru moves into a dormitory with Haiji and eight other strangers. Haiji then announces his plan to enter all ten of them in the Hakone Ekiden, a prominent university relay marathon. But aside from Haiji and Kakeru, few of the others have run competitively before.
10. Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life
Description: Down to its last member, the koto club will accept anyone who is interested in the traditional Japanese instrument. But when a delinquent and a prodigy player sign up, finding harmony isn’t going to be easy—especially not with ensemble competitions looming around the corner. With enough time and some incredible skill at the strings, perhaps this motley crew can strike a chord with the judges.
Number of Episodes: 26
Release Year: 2019
Both shows involve the creation of skill-based clubs, filled with mostly random members who have nothing to do with the club. Through the progression of the story, each member develops their intraclub relationships, as well as their skills.
9. Hoshiai no Sora (Stars Align)
Description: Toma Shinjou has a dilemma: he wants to save his school’s soft tennis club before it’s shut down! He seeks the help of Maki Katsuragi, a reluctant student with natural talent and other priorities. It’s going to be their last summer together as a team unless they all find a way to work together to save the club!
Number of Episodes: 12
Release Year: 2019
A hopeless group of young men trying to reach a difficult goal? Yes, both series have it. If you like sports anime with well written slice of life elements to it then both are for you. The differences are that Kaze students are in college while Hoshiai takes place in middle school. Also Running versus Soft tennis. Yet they share the similar vibe in character interactions and difficult backgrounds.
8. Ballroom e Youkoso (Welcome to the Ballroom)
Description: Feckless high school student Tatara Fujita wants to be good at something – anything. Unfortunately, he’s about as average as a slouchy teen can be. The local bullies know this, and make it a habit to hit him up for cash, but all that changes when the debonair Kaname Sengoku sends them packing. Sengoku’s not the neighborhood watch, though. He’s a professional ballroom dancer. And once Tatara Fujita gets pulled into the world of the ballroom, his life will never be the same.
Number of Episodes: 24
Release Year: 2017
These are two sports anime about fairly different sports but done in a somewhat similar way. They both lead up to a big event, and spend most of their time building up characters that have never done the sport before, and so we see them starting from zero and working their way up. Both are very motivating and fun to watch. I will say Run With the Wind is much better if you want to just watch people getting better at something, but Ballroom is better if you are looking for more drama.
7. Kuroko no Basket (Kuroko’s Basketball)
Description: 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.
Number of Episodes: 75 + 4 Movies
Release Year: 2012 – 2017
Both are about sports and friendship. They have different stories behind the main characters and most of the character are high-spirited about sports. They are going to face a lot of challenges, and there are, also, a lot of emotional parts.
6. Ookiku Furikabutte (Big Windup!)
Description: 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!
Number of Episodes: 38
Release Year: 2007 – 2010
Although one is about college students (age ranging from 19 to 25) doing long-distance running and the other about high school baseball, the 2 are similarly dedicated in their characterisation. All characters and their interpersonal relationships are written exceptionally well, resulting in a cast of multi-dimensional and relatable characters. While sport is used as an instrument of storytelling and characterisation, it’s not taken lightly either. Both explain the technical aspects necessary to appreciate the sport without being overwhelming. Ookiku Furikabutte, in particular, provides a lot of detail about baseball. There’s also a distinct lack of ‘hype’ in both anime. That is to say, neither the story nor its presentation contrive to induce tension as sports series (especially shounen) often do. Rather, it naturally develops so that the viewer experiences a much more realistic sense of anticipation and excitement. Lastly, both are wonderfully motivational. This may be true for most anime of the genre, but Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru and Ookiku Furikabutte are somewhat unique in the grounded way they encourage and inspire at a personal level.
5. Yowamushi Pedal
Description: 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 classmate Shunsuke has his eye on the boy, having seen his incredible speed, even while riding such a heavy “mom cycle.” Now, Sakamichi must decide if he wants to stick with his would-be anime club, or join Shunsuke and other new friends for the ride of his life in the Competitive Cycling Club, where fierce races and other adventures await them!
Number of Episodes: 62 + Movie
Release Year: 2013 – 2015
Similar sports anime with comedic characters.
4. Prince of Stride: Alternative
“Stride”—an extreme sport that combines parkour, free running, relay, and sprinting—is what made first year high school student Nana Sakurai enroll in Honan Academy, after being captivated by the school’s stride team. Sharing the mutual intention of joining the team is fellow first year and stride maniac, Takeru Fujiwara, and together they request to join. Much to their dismay, however, the stride club is no longer active due to lack of members, and they are now operating under the shogi club. In order to revive the stride club, Nana and Takeru recruit first year Riku Yagami—a fast runner who is interested in almost every sport. With this new team, the club now aims high at a new goal: to win the prestigious End of Summer competition, and bring the Honan stride team back to their prime.
Number of Episodes: 12
Release Year: 2016
Same theme, sports. Both are running club. Both got some drama in it, comedy, and great animation. In my opinion, both are quite similiar, how the story goes. Main character on one anime and the other side character on the other anime got some problem in their past and ends up ruining their sports passion, and ends up rising and comeback to the sports life.
3. Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club
Description: 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?
Number of Episodes: 37 + Movie
Release Year: 2013 – 2021
Two sports anime focused on a group of guys trying to meet certain goals. Run With The Wind is certainly a bit more serious, but both have a great feeling of success when their characters succeed. They are enjoyable to watch for similar reasons, mainly good character chemistry and growth, as well the sports themselves being well animated and fun to watch.
2. Tsurune: Kazemai Koukou Kyuudoubu
Description: When Minato Narumiya joins Prefectural Kazemai High School, he is quickly invited to join the archery club by the club’s advisor, Tommy-sensei. His childhood friends Seiya Takehaya and Ryohei Yamanouchi swiftly agree to join, but Minato is hesitant at first. Ryohei ends up dragging him along to the club briefing, where they also meet Nanao Kisaragi and Kaito Onogi. Minato, Seiya, Ryohei, Nanao, Kaito—five young men brought together by archery. What will their struggles through the bittersweet time known as “youth” bring into their lives?
Number of Episodes: 13 + Movie
Release Year: 2018 – 2019
Both shows have a main character who is melancholy and withdrawn at first, due to stepping back from competition in the sport they love. Both shows focus on the camaraderie that slowly builds and can overcome past hurts. They have a more serious tone than many sports anime and both have some philosophical and artistic musings over the beauty of the sport they practice.
Description: 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?
Number of Episodes: 85
Release Year: 2014 – ?
Both animes are created by the same studio and have a similar art style and its ‘realisticness’. The teams don’t necessarily win, but they grow and become a better version of themselves, especially in terms of camaraderie and teamwork. Of course, Run with the Wind is set in university and members have more personal problems like finances and family, most members being amateurs, unlike Haikyuu where the focus is more on volleyball and competition since the members are already passionate. Both are very inspiring.
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