Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world. Thanks to historical figures such as Michael Jordan, the sport of hooping has become one of the most popular pastimes. This is something we’ve also seen in the realm of anime, which brings us to the next question today: what are the best basketball anime?
Slam Dunk is arguably the most iconic basketball anime of all. Although it is an unfinished story, the story with Shohoku, and in particular starring Hanamichi Sakuragi, stands out not only because it represents the sport, but also because it tells a story that captivates the viewer. This is partly due to the high-level cast of characters that are easy to admire or even identify with. With all that and more to come, Slam Dunk is undoubtedly one of the best basketball anime of all time. In fact, he only has one other anime that can challenge him for the throne.
Kuroko no Basket
Kuroko no Basket is the only basketball anime that has been able to stand up to Slam Dunk in decades. Although the story and cast of characters is somewhat inferior to the aforementioned “Slam Dunk”, “Kuroko no Basket” perfectly compensates for this distance through spectacular duels. In this anime, we’re moving on to a more bizarre aspect of basketball that refers to the “Generation of Miracles”, some players with special abilities that Kuroko and Taiga will try to overthrow. Without a doubt, one of the best basketball anime that can make us vibrate with its games.
Ahiru no Sora
Ahiru no Sora isn’t a perfect anime, but it’s a good choice for basketball fans. This work, which is currently on the air, also presents us with the conflict faced by undersized players who must find alternatives through which they can perform on the court. In this sense, we will emphasize that its main character fits perfectly into the game that prevails in the NBA today: less physical action and more outside shooting. If that’s what you’re looking for – in addition to some hooligan inspiration in Slam Dunk – it’s obvious that Ahiru no Sora is one of the best basketball anime ever.
The story of “Dear Boys” revolves around Aikawa Kazuhiko, a player who was once the captain of one of Tendoji’s high schools, whose basketball team was one of the best and most prestigious. However, when he changes schools and lands in Mizuho, Kazuhiko finds himself in a completely different scenario: the basketball team doesn’t exist. Despite this, Kazuhiko still hopes and will keep his dream of playing in the national championship. Thus, one of the best basketball anime offers us the journey of a player whose passion will try to take the team from absolute nothingness to everything.
Almost 30 years ago, Dash! Kappei, an anime whose approach to basketball has absolutely nothing to do with today’s productions. If in “Ahiru no Sora” we talked about the lack of centimeters, then in “Dash! Kappei” is exaggerated to the point of comedy. On the other hand, we should note that “Dash! Kappei isn’t just limited to basketball – although it does focus on that – because despite his physique, the protagonist is a master of every sport in existence. In short, one of the best basketball anime to relive past anime.
“Ro-Kyu-Bu!” undoubtedly a basketball anime for very select gourmets. The reason for this is that at the center of the action we find a group of girls in the purest anime style “cute girls doing things”. Despite this, its protagonist Subaru Hasegawa shows a great passion for sports, to the point of becoming a world-class star. However, since his high school does not have a basketball team, he must agree to become the coach of the little girls’ group. One of the best basketball anime, the quality of which is already starting to plummet.
With “Ro-Kyu-Bu!” “weirdness” started in the basketball anime and continues in “Buzzer Beater”. In this production, we meet Hideyoshi, a homeless young man who survives in the New York of the future by winning basketball games. However, his life is completely turned upside down when he is chosen to be part of the human star team… and we emphasize “human” because the goal will be to win the “Space League” in order to regain the honor that the aliens have lost. One of the best basketball anime in which you can enjoy the notes of science fiction.
“Basquash! ” closes our list and does it “in style”. If anyone thought that the premise of space basketball was already something that could be improved upon, then in “Basquash!” we discover that basketball is played using fuses. Although in anime terms robots are identified as “Bigfoot” and sports as “Bigfoot basketball”, the reality is that the main idea is to combine giant robots with basketball. Basquash! – one of the best basketball anime in a unfortunately limited selection.