Another great blog written by Victoria Raven
Sports anime. The definition of beauty, grace and adoration because none of your favorite characters will die.
I’m looking at you Seraph of the End!
Now, there are a lot of different sports animes, all with different values and each with their different ideals. No, that’s a lie, they all share the common aim of working together to achieve a common goal . . . ignore that sentence then!
Let’s get going before you all loose interest!
This is one of the most talked about sports anime here on Movellas. (Probably…)
‘Inspired after watching a volleyball ace nicknamed "Little Giant" in action, small-statured Shouyou Hinata revives the volleyball club at his middle school. The newly-formed team even makes it to a tournament; however, their first match turns out to be their last when they are brutally squashed by the "King of the Court," Tobio Kageyama. Hinata vows to surpass Kageyama, and so after graduating from middle school, he joins Karasuno High School's volleyball team—only to find that his sworn rival, Kageyama, is now his teammate.’
I think it’s fair to say that within this anime, you cannot have a favourite. You love everyone.
That’s not even a lie. I love everyone.
(Maybe not Date-Tech, but that’s irrelevant).
Haikyuu is all about working together and in working together you can achieve your dreams. Perseverance is key, and without perseverance and determination, you cannot succeed. The hopes of these fictional people are so real when you’re watching it (no lie here) you cannot even breathe. You’re gripping the screen, whispering your fears as the characters fight to win.
God it’s so beautiful…
I’d rate this one very high due to the realism it creates. There are no real antagonists, the ‘antagonists’ are normal people, with a love for volleyball all wanting to succeed. Nothing’s wrong with that. That’s why it’s so realistic. People aren’t evil for the sake of being evil.
Kuroko no Basuke:
Honestly, this one . . . I think I’m the only one in the fandom here.
‘The basketball team of Teiko Middle School rose to distinction by demolishing all competition. The regulars of the team became known as the "Generation of Miracles". After graduating from middle school, these five stars went to different high schools with top basketball teams. However, a fact few know is that there was another player in the "Generation of Miracles": a phantom sixth man. This mysterious player is now a freshman at Seirin High, a new school with a powerful, if little-known, team.’
Even if you aren’t the brightest light in the room doesn’t mean you can’t amount to great things. I think this anime’s very interesting since the main character supports a side character. Again, the common theme with all sports animes’ is the determination to win and succeed, no matter what the challenges that come up. I think the saddest thing is how much you get to understand each character and how much each of the ‘Generation of Miracles’ is really broken. You begin to understand realistic problems with the continuous victory and how much loosing people can really ruin someone.
I want to give this anime a very high rating, however, some of the episodes seem to drag on and quite a lot of information doesn’t seem very necessary, as I learnt enough about one character in 4 3-minute videos than I did in 6 20-minute episodes. However, the anime is still up there on my top list.
(No, all of these animes are at the top of my list. I can’t rank them, I’ll feel too bad . . .)
Again, another popular one. Too popular, I think, and not for the reasons I wish.
‘Haruka Nanase has a love for water and a passion for swimming. In elementary school, he competed in and won a relay race with his three friends Rin Matsuoka, Nagisa Hazuki, and Makoto Tachibana. After claiming victory at the tournament, the four friends went their separate ways. Years later, they reunite as high school students; however, Rin couldn't care less about returning to the way things used to be. Not only does he attend a different school, but the sole thing important to him is proving that he is a better swimmer than Haruka.’
I admit, before I actually watched it, I despised Free! With an utter passion. Words couldn’t explain my hatred for this anime. I thought people only watched it for the shirtless characters. Man, I really hated this anime to begin with…
Until DragonSoulJess inspired me to watch it properly.
For those of you who want to ‘dip in’ to Free: SKIP EPISODE ONE. Do not watch it. I mean it. Episode one of every sports anime is not fun, it’s boring (Except for Yuri!!! On ice).
Now, Free has a different feel to it. It’s more about how wanting to be the best can kill you inside. At least, that’s what I got out of it. The angst of Rin about how deflated he felt about losing really hits home as when you’ve dedicated your whole life to something and don’t do well, that’s what it does – it kills you.
All of the characters are really likable, and I like that, they also have proper fears and flaws: fears of the ocean, fears of water – ironic because they spend 75% of each episode in water – but you can connect with these characters since they act and appear to be realistic in their attitudes towards one another and seem to embody, almost real people!
If you have any other sports animes which you love and think should be watched, let me know! Actually, if you have any good animes to recommend, comment them and let’s all enjoy the feels creators hit us with!
Thank you to Victoria Raven for writing this blog