Some shonen sports anime that can keep up with Kuroko and Kagami’s epic battle against the generation of miracles are listed below.
Following Netflix’s recent addition of Kuroko’s Basketball, Tadatoshi Fujimaki’s 2012 release has witnessed a tremendous rebirth in the anime community. Intense action and a shonen-style perspective on the dynamics of sport have resurfaced in the anime genre, which has long been a favorite of fans.
However, newcomers to the genre may be unsure of where to find more teamwork and scoreboards to satisfy their cravings. If you liked Kuroko and the boys of Seirin High’s pranks, then check out these five anime.
1. Yowamushi Pedal
Yowamushi Pedal, a documentary also accessible on Netflix, following the experience of Onoda Sakamichi, a high school student who joins a bicycle racing club. He rides his city bicycle to and from Akihabara every day, usually for short distances on very even ground. Onoda’s exceptional stamina and steady riding style were honed over long distances and steep ascents while riding this model of bicycle. Thus, despite his diminutive stature and lack of athleticism, he manages to lead the club to new heights.
Fans of Kuroko’s Basketball will recognize a lot of similarities between Onoda’s character and Kuroko’s in this story, especially as Onoda grows in confidence within the team.
Similarly, fans of Kuroko’s Basketball will be thrilled to learn thatYowamushi Pedali explores the mechanisms of racing cycles and covers issues like cadence.
‘Hinata’ from Haikyu!! is another example of a protagonist who is physically unsuitable to the activity in which he competes. When Hinata first joined Karasuno’s volleyball team, he came from a weak middle school, unlike Kuroko, who was part of a generation of miracles. A sport that relies heavily on height makes him an overlooked player, but after joining Karasuno he develops his natural ability to jump and becomes an important member of the squad.
Similar toKuroko’s Basketball, Haikyu!! develops each Karasuno player’s backstory to explain their character traits and make them more approachable to the audience. First-year duo Hinata and Kageyama play an important role in this show, as their on-court connection is largely modeled after that of Kagami and Kuroko. The contests in Haikyu!! are as intense as those in Kuroko’s Basketball, but without any over-the-top skills to detract from the realism of the gameplay..
3. Burning Kabaddi
This year’s Burning Kabaddi is a must-see for aficionados of the shonen components ofKuroko’s Basketball, such as Midorima’s ability to shoot from wherever on the court. Sports had become too easy for Tatsuya Yoigoshi, who also had disagreements with some of his former teammates. To make matters even worse, Kei Iura approaches him about trying out for the Kabaddi squad and blackmails him into doing so.
There are aspects of tag and dodgeball in Kabaddi, which is a contact sport. While it is widely accepted in the Indian subcontinent, for Western audiences, it is a completely new concept and appears almost surreal at first. It’s a good thing Yoigoshi has no idea what’s going on, because the characters can teach both him and the viewer about the game’s rules at the same time. It’s for this reason thatBurning Kabaddiis an excellent choice for anime fans looking for high-octane action without feeling obligated to know anything about the sport.
4. Ahiru no Sora
Ahiru no Sora is a potential replacement for Kuroko for those who were enamored with the sport after watching Kuroko. Following his promise to his mother, Sora Kurumatani promised her that he would dominate his high school basketball debut, but soon found out that the basketball club at his high school had been taken over by delinquents who had no intention of participating in any club activities.
After this, Sora keeps trying to persuade the members of his club to train with him, revealing the club’s past and creating some unique character types. For the same reason as Kuroko’s Basketball, the show expertly integrates sporting events with everyday life off the court to avoid becoming monotonous. Contrary to popular belief, this system emphasizes the development of a player’s skill set over their innate special powers.
In terms of sports anime, Megaloboxi is a great option for those who prefer a more sophisticated approach. Gearless Joe enters the violent world of Megaloboxing in order to survive in a future Japan riddled with poverty and segregation. KUROKOS BASKETBALL uses components from a traditional sport (in this case boxing) and amplifies the action with fantastical elements. In the case of Megalobox, this involves putting mechanical exoskeletons on the fighters to increase the ferocity of their blows.
When it comes to fighting, Gearless Joe is just like Kuroko or Hinata in the sense that there are no mechanical aids in the ring. Due to the nature of boxing as a solitary sport, the show’s ensemble is fewer and more narrowly focused than initially anticipated.