Based on the name ‘sports manga’, one can presume that it refers to manga that is based around sports. Sports manga basically revolve around stories that in one, or many ways linked with particular sports such as basketball, football, baseball, tennis, etc. To add more to the reader’s excitement, the stories are filled with a great number of dramatic scenes and action sequences. Indeed, this happens to be the perfect manga genre for sports lovers. Below, we have compiled a list of the top 10 best sports manga to read, for you:
- Top 10 best sports manga of all time:
Diamond no Ace
Publishing years: May 2006 - July 2015
Diamond no Ace was first published in the year 2006. It is a baseball manga that follows the story of Eijun who carries the dream of driving the team to the Koushien Championships. Indeed, baseball mangas are rare and Diamond no Ace does a wonderful job at keeping the reader’s interest going.
Publishing years: February 2008 - Present
Yowamushi Pedal is a top of the line manga as it revolves around a story of a boy with a lot of potentials that he is unaware of. It turns that he carries a dream of finding friends with the same hobbies as his which does come true, it changes his life forever.
Publishing years: January 2007 - Present
Giant Killing is a manga that revolves around the passion that soccer players carry, which makes it a must read for all the soccer fans out there. The story in this manga truly makes one feel a lot of passion for soccer consider how Takeshi takes the team to the next level. It is almost like you feel emotions of the players while reading it.
Kuroko no Basket
Publishing years: December 2008 - September 2014
This manga revolves around a student called Kuroko Tetsuya who is quite popular among people in the school. It features his will to unlock his true potential and to rise up to the bigger leagues by taking down all the members of the Miracle General teams. In doing so, he makes a name for himself in the court.
Publishing years: December 2007 - present
Card games such as Chihayafuru is extremely popular among people in Japan. This is what this manga is based upon, featuring Chihaya who wants her sister to gain success in the one thing that she loves. However, it changes after Arata comes into her life. Indeed, this story involves a lot of passion and sports.
Publishing years: October 2007 - Present
This manage revolves around Eiichirou, who is a young tennis player who figures out his true potential at the game. In order to become the best at the game, he takes baby steps and makes his way through. This manage is filled with a lot of lessons and sports filled drama.
Publishing years: February 2012 - Present
This mange features ShoyoHinata, whose only purpose in life is to become the best at volleyball since that is what he loves to do. Shoyo is able to jump really high which puts him at a natural advantage at the game. Ultimately, it is his passion that gets him to the top.
Publishing years: September 1990 - June 1996
There is no better manga for basketball lovers other than Slam Dunk. It revolves around Sakuragi who loves only two things in his life, that includes girls and basketball. However, he constantly gets rejected until he meets Haruko. Then, he starts to rule the courts with his talent and becomes someone that everyone desires.
Publishing years: June 1995 - July 2013
Initial D revolves around Takumi who in hopes of getting retribution for his friend who almost loses his life in a cheated race, chooses to take on the very same team. This witty drama revolves around car racing and is the perfect manga for racing/car lovers.
Hajime no Ippo
Publishing years: September 1989 - Present
This manga revolves around Makunouchi who gets bullied throughout school years without any friend to support him. It, however, changes when due to a response to bullying, he figures out that boxing is his real passion. From there, he ventures on the journey of becoming the best in the ring.