I have seen tons of anime shows but certain series just stay with me for a very long time and most of those which I deem memorable are categorized as sports anime. How do those beautiful series conquer my fangirl heart? What makes me emotionally invested in them so much that it’s painful and satisfying? Also, what makes sports anime so damn appealing and that it’s worth every squeal and tear? You know it’s coming — I can’t stop mentioning my sports-playing babies!
Thrill and Tension
Obviously, matches are inevitable and they often get my adrenaline pumping! I’m usually beyond excited to see what’s the outcome, especially if I haven’t read the manga yet so I really have no idea who will win. It’s never boring to watch a sports anime and the one that immediately comes to my mind is Kuroko no Basket. Although this show is far from realistic, the intensity and excitement of the matches are definitely its highlight!
GAHHHHH!!! THIS. THISSSSSSSSS.
Romance isn’t the only thing! I think I have emphasized that quite a lot on this blog and I always appreciate a well-portrayed friendship. A genuine relationship gives strength to each character involved and it’s something that is easiest to see in sports anime. The bond between the players are just that amazing and I swear my heart is touched whenever I see those boys have each other’s back!
Kill. Me. Now.
By tragic I don’t mean stereotypical-bad-boy-in-YA kind of tragic past but their motivation. Their reason for playing their chosen sports. What shapes their way of thinking? What kind of setbacks have they experienced? Their childhood, anyone? This part makes you feel connected to the character. This part makes you want to root for the character and take him out of his misery and straight toward his goal.
Outstanding Character Development
YASSSS!!! Definitely one of the aspects that I’m most looking forward to. I love seeing the characters grow and overcome their fears in order to achieve their dreams. Ah, the beauty of youth. By the time you’ve caught up to the series, you’re probably gonna end up as a mother of 50 babies because gahhh, you can’t help but to love and adopt every single character.
Deep Emotional Connection
You laugh and smile at their silliness. You long for their happiness. Yeah, sports anime/manga are going to hit you in the feels and personally, I love experiencing those emotions. It’s almost insane how I’m able to care for these youngsters and relate to the problems they face. Even though I don’t play sports, I think the message I got from watching those sports anime shows really stuck with me throughout my high school life and for that, I really want each of the characters to succeed. You won’t believe me but to be honest, I never had to take any make-up tests until my second year of high school. And after that point, I failed tests repeatedly in my senior year that I lost a huge chunk of confidence in my ability. It feels ridiculous to be sad over a bad test score right now but back then, I was so disappointed with myself and for the first time, I thought my hard work was betrayed. Long story short, I managed to get my confidence back and got through the pressure. I’m probably not making any sense but it was that moment that I was able to resonate with the characters’ feelings the most and started believing in myself again. (I might tell you more about it next time if you’re interested…)
Anyway, if you’re a HUGE sports anime fan like me, LET’S SUFFER IN THIS HELL TOGETHER. And tell me which series is your favorite! ^^ But if you have never actually watched any sports anime (or read sports-themed manga), have I convinced you to do so? Do it now. And you’ll soon discover the land where third years graduating are more painful than death.
May those athletic boys occupy your mind and the only thing you can do to relieve the pain is reblogging and browsing metas for your beloved character on tumblr all day.