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Japan is a sporty country. Sporty in the sense that almost known sports have followers in the country. Continuing our quest to put into list some sports that are made into animes are baseball and boxing.

Baseball

It’s not a secret that the Japanese are big fans of baseball or locally known as Yakyuu. There are at least 10 current active Japanese players in the Major League Baseball and this includes the New York Yankees Right Fielder Ichiro Suzuki or as known popularly by his first name Ichiro. In anime, baseball is usually the pastime of kids in a neighborhood (think of Nobita and his friends in Doraemon). Here are some other good baseball anime:

Major

Major. This is about Goro Honda and his dream of becoming a professional baseball player. What’s unique with this manga/anime is that it follows Goro from kindergarten until he became a successful professional baseball player. This story is not always the ups of his life but also features how he overcome obstacles that challenged him in realizing his dream. And yes, kindergarten to being a professional baseball player does not happen in a blink of an eye. The manga’s original run spanned 1994-2010 with 78 volumes and was published by Shogakukan. The counterpart anime though has 154 episodes and has its original run in 2004-2010.

One Outs

One Outs. One of my personal favorite sports anime. This does not focus on the athletic factor of sports but rather on the psychological side of it. Meet Tōa Tokuchi, a gambler who makes a living out of “One Outs” or a game wherein the batter tries to hit the ball pitched by him with money at stakes. He is not a professional baseball player but he has a record of zero defeat in that game until Hiromichi Kojima came, beat him and (forcefully) invited him to join their team. A true gambler at heart, Tōa Tokuchi only accepted the offer with the condition of he is not going to be paid the same way as the other players but will be based on his performance. The deal was that he’ll get 5 million yen for every out he pitches but he will pay 50 million yen for every run the opponents will make while he pitches. Quite cunning huh? This was only the beginning of his career. Unexpected plot twists are quite plenty in this manga/anime. The manga which was published by Shuiesha has 20 volumes while the anime has 25 episodes and produced by Madhouse.

Others

Other baseball titles include Touch, Ookiku Furikabutte (Big Windup), Ace of Diamond, and H2 are among others.

Boxing

Beware Floyd Mayweather, your record might have one loss in it when you go against these guys. Don’t worry though because it will not be feasible. These guys are the pound for pound kings in the world of manga/anime boxing. Now let me introduce you where to find these guys:

Hajime no Ippo

Hajime No Ippo.. The story of this series began when a wimpy Ippo Makunouchi who just got beaten by a group of bullies was brought to a gym by the professional boxer Mamoru Takamura. Fueled by his great fighting spirit, Ippo is aiming for a world champion belt. What is unique about this series is that it does not only focuses on Ippo’s journey alone but also tells the story of those who are around him: his gym-mates and even his opponents. Because Ippo is aiming for a world title belt, it can’t be helped that the series should also feature boxers from different countries: from the neighboring Asian countries to the countries in the west. Starting 1989 and still ongoing, the manga has currently 107 volumes and being published by Kodansha. It has 3 seasons of anime for a total of 127 episodes and produced by Madhouse.

Ashita no Joe

Ashita no Joe. Joe Yabuki, a boy who stowed away from the orphanage and became a delinquent, was put to prison and takes part in a Prison Boxing Tournament. After being release from the prison, he tried to become a professional boxer but not easily accepted due to his past. Joe then challenged a rookie champion in a brawl inside a locker which ended up with both of them being knocked down on the floor. Because of that, he caught the attention of the media which then forced the boxing commission to accept Joe as a professional boxer. The manga has 20 volumes and was published in 1968 – 1973 by Kodansha. It has also 2 anime series that was shown from 1970-1971(79 episodes) and 1980-1981(47 episodes). Aside from manga and anime, it has also 2 films.

Others

Rokudenashi Blues and Slow Step are among other boxing titles.

Our list is not yet finished for we will feature Tennis and other sports in the next post.

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