Sports as an Example of Anime as a Gateway to Modern Culture
“I remember how I got into basketball a couple of years back. That was when I got really interested in Slam Dunk, an anime show with characters just as inspiring like Sendo, Rukawa. They were all that were pouring from the tongues of my teammates and today this series still inspires me and many others into performing at our best in basketball.” This is just one of the many thousands of tributes to Japanese anime found on the internet, in forums, on Facebook, Twitter and plenty of other places. Japanese anime in Modern Day sports has had a significant impact and this list is going to demonstrate that anime – despite its old fashioned roots – remains a gateway to many things modern.
Prince Of Tennis
What better way to start off with an example of Tennis. This anime shows that age has got nothing to do with the true spirit of any sports. It is passion and talent alone that counts. Many young stars have already been inspired by the show and believe that now is the time to take up the racquet.
This show named after the protagonist, “Kuruko” shows the importance of being special in one’s own way and that a team is at the centre of success anywhere in life, let alone sports. Kuruko with zero upper body strength combines with Kagami and becomes the perfect team. Awesome way to fuel the imaginations of impressionable young minds that nothing is impossible through collaboration.
Basketball lovers are sure to get high watching this anime serial. In fact, it is not just inspirational as I showed before but also funny because of the intriguing character depth and detailing of the plot line.
Eureka 7 – Air Surfer
Actually, if you love a sport you have plenty of options. Things as obscure but well appreciated in the sporting world as surfing and paddle boarding too have their own anime. Eureka 7 might be all about surfing in air or actually flying on surf boards like the Silver Surfer from Fantastic Four but it does revolve around inspirational plot lines. Outdoor sports like surfing, paddle boarding, and kayaking are all about not only inspiration but drawing that inspiration directly from engagement with nature and nature’s elements. Basically, any Japanese anime dealing with the sports realm is all about inspiring and entertaining the viewer, which makes sense in the context of sports as this is the purpose of sports for many participants, whether that is an organized team sport or an individualist outdoor pursuit. We would never actually finish this post if we kept mentioning all the anime examples to have graced Modern Day Sports there are so many.
American Football too isn’t immune from Japanese Anime. Diverse but hilarious characters with a plotline revolving around a loser becoming the hero of the day is possibly the most inspiring tale ever in the history of anime. This is a must watch for any manga/anime fan, especially if you are a believer that life gives you a second chance.
Amazing journey and an excellent story revolving around sports, like none other. Enough said, go watch it and figure out why it is so popular.
Hajime No Ippo
Some would believe this to be the best ever sports anime in the world. It has a very feel good theme of a weak character who slowly builds up his strengths by working hard and dedicating his life to his passion. Something that youngsters today should be keen on replicating in their own lives!
“Legendary Soccer Anime” that is what a fan commented on some obscure forum but it is true. Thousands or possibly millions across the globe agree that this soccer anime has a lot of inspiration. People who seldom watch soccer because its called football in the rest of the world actually have been inspired to live their dream through this anime.
Well, can’t really leave out Inazuma Eleven with Captain Tsubasa in the list, someone might kill me! The sequel too, named Inazuma Eleven Go, is just as lovable and addictive. Great plot, good animation and lots of inspiration.