10 best Sports Anime with Romance

Sports Anime with Romance are even good right? but hard to find. Sports and romance both were my favorite genre, so i wanted to watch the Anime that’s mixture of both genre by doing some research i found the Anime but in the process i also found that lot of people are searching for the Anime belonging to Sports Anime with Romance genre.

So here is my handpicked list of the Anime you need :-

PS – THE ANIME ARE ARRANGED RANDOMLY

*List of Sports Anime With Romance in it*

1. Cross game

Cross Game
Cross Game

Synopsis – The main character is Kou Kitamura, son of the owner of Kitamura Sports. In the same neighborhood is a batting center run by the Tsukishima family. Due to their proximity and the relationship between their businesses, the Kitamura and Tsukishima familes have been close for many years, with their children going back and forth between the two homes like extended family. Because Kou and Wakaba were the same age and always together, Aoba was jealous of all the time Kou spent with her older sister. Aoba is a natural pitcher with excellent form, and Kou secretly trains to become as good as she was, even while publicly showing little interest in baseball.

(Source – Kissanime.to)

Quick Review – This is the Number 1 Anime when you wanna watch an Anime with a perfect balance of sports and romance. When someone asked me for good Sports Anime with Romance in it my first recommendation is always this. Animation is good, Art style is old but fits the Anime and Story and Story is extra ordinarily amazing and manages to flesh out every emotions from you. The Story is quite mature for teen romance and has a deep meaning to it. There is no better Anime than this one when it comes story, The Anime is very heart warming and is worth every second and yeah just a warning but take tissues with you! The Anime total consists of 50 episode and every single one is worthy to watch. A realistic sports anime with romance in it.

Rating – 9.7/10

3. Touch

Touch
Touch

Synopsis – The story centers around three characters – Uesugi Kazuya, his twin older brother Tatsuya, and Asakura Minami. Kazuya is the darling of his town as he’s talented, hardworking, and the ace pitcher for his middle school baseball team. Tatsuya is a hopeless slacker who’s been living the life of giving up the spotlight to Kazuya, despite the fact that he may be more gifted than him. Minami is the beautiful childhood girlfriend and for all intents, sister from next door who treats both of them as equals. Society largely assumes Kazuya and Minami will become the perfect couple, including Tatsuya. Yet as time progresses, Tatsuya grows to realize that he’s willing to sacrifice anything for the sake of his brother, except at the expense of giving up Minami to Kazuya. And thus the story is told of Tatsuya trying to prove himself over his established younger brother, how it affects the relationship between the three, and both brothers’ attempts to make Minami’s lifelong dreams come true.

(Source – Kissanime.to)

Quick Review – The series has 101 episodes in total, since people always tend to skip Big Anime i would like to give you a little warning here – Don’t ever ever ever ever try to skip Big Anime because you’re tend to miss something amazing if you ever skipped one! That’s the same thing with One Piece, Fairy tail etc etc. So don’t skip Touch because every single episode is worth. Touch is similar to cross game the art style is also same. But Animation is old unlike cross game which has same art style but animation is good. Regarding the story just like cross game the story is excellent and has emotional feel to it. When you will start watching the show you will feel like you are going through a roller coaster ride. In fact cross game and touch are from the same Mangaka so trust me you can expect a great story and emotional ride! Also the author really likes baseball and romance since he made two series related to baseball and romance.

Rating – 9.7/10

3. Major

Major
Major

Synopsis – Honda Shigeharu is a Major League batter on the rise. His son Goro is a Little League pitcher who one day hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps. Hoshino Momoko is Goro’s schoolteacher, and the first woman Shigeharu has been interested in since the death of Goro’s mother. The destines of these three individuals will become intertwined as father and son experience both heartbreak and triumph on the baseball diamond. But when an unspeakable tragedy visits the family, it will take everything they have to pick up the pieces and reclaim their dreams.

(Source – Kissanime.to)

Quick Review – This Anime has total 6 seasons, First season is based on childhood of the Main character and the second season starts from teen age where you will see the Main female character having feelings for Main male character which progress until 6th season. The story is good the Animation is good too. You will get emotionally attached to the series. Although the story focuses on the sports part but when it comes to emotional and romantic parts it hits you in the damn feels, really a great series to watch!

Rating – 8.5/10

4. Baby Steps

Baby steps
Baby steps

Synopsis – Maruo Eiitirou (E-Chan), a first year honor student, one day decides he’s unhappy with the way things are and lacks exercise. He finds a flyer for the Tennis Club and decides to check it out. He’s instantly captivated by it. With no prior experience in tennis Maruo uses his ethics and gains knowledge by practising to master the tennis.

(Source – Kissanime.to)

Quick Review – Another realistic sports anime with romance but the main focus point of this Anime is sports, although there is romance in this Anime but unlike cross game it doesn’t combine with sports and forms a perfect mixture of romance and sports with great balance. In fact here romance act as a catalyst to improve the sports factor in the Anime and that’s worthy to watch the sports in genuine with no flashy moves and with a realistic romance the story becomes great.

Rating – 8.7/10

5. Hajime No Ippo

Hajime No Ippo
Hajime No Ippo

Synopsis – Makunouchi Ippo has been bullied his entire life. Constantly running errands and being beaten up by his classmates, Ippo has always dreamed of changing himself, but never has the passion to act upon it. One day, in the midst of yet another bullying, Ippo is saved by Takamura Mamoru, who happens to be a boxer. Ippo faints from his injuries and is brought to the Kamogawa boxing gym to recover. As he regains consciousness, he is awed and amazed at his new surroundings in the gym, though lacks confidence to attempt anything. Takamura places a photo of Ippo’s classmate on a punching bag and forces him to punch it. It is only then that Ippo feels something stir inside him and eventually asks Takamura to train him in boxing. Thinking that Ippo does not have what it takes, Takamura gives him a task deemed impossible and gives him a one week time limit. With a sudden desire to get stronger, for himself and his hard working mother, Ippo trains relentlessly to accomplish the task within the time limit. Thus Ippo’s journey to the top of the boxing world begins.

(Source – Kissanime.to)

Quick Review – This Anime has total 3 seasons but trust me you will get hooked to it right from the episode 01 and throughout the entire 3 seasons this Anime has not disappointed me even single time. Sports wise this Anime is one of the best out there truly manly, funny and action packed series (since its boxing) but romance wise this Anime lacks a lot of things. I don’t say that its worst Anime when it comes to romance its just that the romantic progress of romance in this Anime is very slow. The sports factor completely over shadows the romance factor.

Rating – 9.5/10

6. Aoki Densetsu Shoot

Aoki Densetsu Shoot
Aoki Densetsu Shoot

Synopsis -Aoki Densetsu Shoot! (Legendary Blue Shot!) or also known as just “Shoot!”, is the story of Toshihiko Tanaka, Kenji Shiraishi, and Kazuhiro Hiramatsu. Three high school freshmen who have become best friends during their junior high years while playing soccer together. There they were known as the Kakenishi golden trio for their role in making Kakenishi Junior High`s soccer team into a force to be reckoned with. After junior high, all of them decided to go to the same high school, Kakegawa High, a school only founded a year before, because of their star soccer player, Yoshiharu Kubo, whom they had idolized.

This young man led Kakegawa High Soccer Club to the best 8 of their prefecture in their first ever appearance with a freshmen only team almost single-handedly. He refuses offers from a number of foreign professional soccer clubs so he can stay at Kake-High to lead them to the All-Japan High School Championship. As the three of them start playing soccer for Kake-High, they experience hardships, romance, and losses on their road to becoming the best Japanese high school soccer team – a team of legends.

(Source: AniDB)

Quick Review – Sports wise this Anime is great any soccer lover will love with Anime without a doubt. But you add emotional drama which includes romance, friendship and family then this Anime is pretty intense roller coaster ride. Every episode is worth a watch and this Anime leaves you with a feeling similar to that when you complete watching a masterpiece just like Cross game  and Touch Anime. The Animation is pretty old similar to Touch Anime but trust me this series is worthy watch. The romance is also pretty good and does the great job of supporting the Anime.

Rating – 9.5/10

7. Hungry heart wild striker

Hungry heart wild striker
Hungry heart wild striker

Synopsis –Kyosuke Kano has lived under the shadow of his successful brother Seisuke all his life who is a professional soccer player. Tired of being compared and downgraded at, he abandoned playing soccer until a boy from his new high school discovered him and asked him to join their team. Kyosuke joins it and befriends two other first year players named Rodrigo and Sakai with the dream of becoming professional soccer players themselves.
(Source: Kissanime)

Quick Review – This is the second best series after Captain Tsubasa and the goes in the same league of Aoki Densetsu Shoot. The main focus of this Anime is sports and doesn’t focus on romance. The lead female character is in love with lead male female character and that’s it the rest of the story is spoiler but it balances the romance and sports factor pretty well and its worth a watch.

Rating – 7.5/10

8. Slam dunk

Slam Dunk
Slam Dunk

Synopsis – Kyosuke Kano has lived under the shadow of his successful brother Seisuke all his life who is a professional soccer player. Tired of being compared and downgraded at, he abandoned playing soccer until a boy from his new high school discovered him and asked him to join their team. Kyosuke joins it and befriends two other first year players named Rodrigo and Sakai with the dream of becoming professional soccer players themselves.
(Source: Kissanime)

Quick Review – This is the second best series after Captain Tsubasa and the goes in the same league of Aoki Densetsu Shoot. The main focus of this Anime is sports and doesn’t focus on romance. The lead female character is in love with lead male female character and that’s it the rest of the story is spoiler but it balances the romance and sports factor pretty well and its worth a watch.

Rating – 7.5/10

9. Suzuka

Suzuka
Suzuka

Synopsis – Yamato Akitsuki travels to Tokyo alone to study in one of the high schools located within the area. He lives in with his aunt who operates a public bath solely for the ladies in the local district and begins his normal high-school life. One day, he chances upon a girl in school and is immediately mesmerised by her beauty. He is shocked when he realize later that the girl, Suzuka, is actually living next door to him. From then on, Yamato’s ordinary life begins to change little by little.
(Source: Kissanime)

Quick Review – Until now i have been recommending Anime that are great mixture which has perfect balance of sports and romance and Anime in which romance acts as a catalyst to support sport factor. This Anime is quite different from those. In this Anime sports acts as a catalyst to support romance. But you will like the Anime as long as you don’t read the Manga because the Manga completely overwhelms the Anime.

Rating – 7/10

10. Overdrive

Overdrive
Overdrive

Synopsis –Tour de France, it is the biggest bicycle race in the world. Now, a new achievement is about to be recorded in the history of Tour de France. The top racer is a Japanese boy named Shinozaki Mikoto.

“Why don’t you join our bicycle club?” said Fukazawa, Shinozaki Mikoto’s secret love.

Unfortunately, despite being a high school student, he doesn’t know how to ride a bike. With no real idea of what the bicycle club is, he earnestly practices. After he overcomes this challenge, while he pedals along, something that was smoldering in his mind for 15 years ignites.

“I want to devote myself to bike riding.”

Experiencing failure with his friends and rivals, he pedals towards becoming the top racer.
(Source: Kissanime)

Quick Review – This Anime is not so great the Anime has really slow in progressing both sportwise and romance wise as well as the Anime is not even complete so for me it was a bad experience but hope you will like it.

Rating – 6/10

*End of the List of Sports Anime with Romance*

PS – MORE RECOMMENDATIONS WILL COME IN FUTURE!

Post Author: Kaustubh Shinde

Anime enthusiast interested in reviewing Anime, Manga, Light Novel, Live Action Drama and Movies, TV shows, Movies and Games

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