Sports (142)

Training for and participating in a sport take priority, with the goal of furthering one's athletic abilities—either to win a competition or achieve some social standing. While the featured sport may be individual or team, the main cast will always overcome conflict through discussion and insights gained from other athletes or coaches. This creates a general sense of collective support and achievement that is always present in Sports stories. Contrast with Action where the narrative is on resolving conflict with one's physical power. While both Action and Sports may focus on exciting action sequencies, the two genres are mutually exclusive.

Tennis no Ouji-samaPrince of Tennis

Konomi, Takeshi 2022
Seishun Academy is home to one of the best middle school tennis teams in all of Japan. Freshman tennis prodigy Ryouma Echizen enrolls in the prestigious institution with his eyes set on claiming a regular position on the Boys' Tennis Team. As the son of legendary tennis player Samurai Nanjirou, Ryouma is sick of living in his shadow and wishes to surpass him someday. He is confident in his skills and has the cocky attitude to match. His teammates, however, are reluctant to accept him into their starting lineup, as he hasn't proven himself worthy of the spot.

Seishun's ultimate goal is to make it to the National Tournament by the end of the year, but they first have to make it through the Kanto Regionals to even qualify for a spot in it. With their new "super rookie" on the team, Seishun is ready to take on anything that comes their way. With a varied assortment of rivals and opponents that can threaten their chance at the title, the Seishun team needs to give it their all in order to rise to the top.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]
Included one-shot:
Volume 5: Tennis no Ouji-sama (pilot)
Jul 6, 1999 to Mar 3, 2008 | 382 chp | Publishing

Whistle!

Higuchi, Daisuke 2022
Everybody has a dream, and for Shou Kazamatsuri, that dream is simple: he wants to be the best soccer player he can possibly be. He's the spirited leader of the Josui Junior High team and everyone looks up to him. In turn, he tries to keep the team together at any cost!

(Source: VIZ Media)
Feb 24, 1998 to Oct 8, 2002 | 216 chp | Publishing

Angel Cup

Yoon, Jae Ho 2022
Angel Cup tackles the highs and lows of girls' soccer at Hansin High. So-jin and Shin-bee are fiercely competitive and will play against anyone, including boys, for their beloved sport. Can our heroines navigate the fakes, fouls and penalties in the games of life and love well enough to reach their goal of being champs?

(Source: Tokyopop)
2001 | 35 chp | Publishing

Harlem Beat

Nishiyama, Yuriko 2022
Some athletes dream of the bling-bling, others dream of the women. But real hoop dreams reflect the desire to be the best. The dream of being able to take the rock, drive the lane, and take it to the hole. That's Nate Torres, branded as the team benchwarmer, just trying to get that shot at high school fame and glory. When he blows his chance to try and make his high school team, he takes his dream to the only place he has left ... the streets.

Away from the spotlight and glory of organized basketball, Nate Torres discovers himself on a back alley half-court.

(Source: Tokyopop)
Jul 27, 1994 to Jan 19, 2000 | 247 chp | Publishing

Suzuka

Seo, Kouji 2022
Easygoing and energetic Yamato Akitsuki is ready to start his high school life in Tokyo. Having been invited by his aunt to stay rent-free at her housing complex, he unhesitatingly accepts her offer. But unbeknownst to him, the boarding house is actually an all-girls dormitory.

Upon visiting his new school, Yamato catches sight of a girl training for the high jump. Amazed by her athletic ability and beauty, he yearns to learn more about her. To his fortune, this girl, Suzuka Asahina, lives right next door to him—but all of their encounters thus far has given Suzuka a bad impression of him. In spite of the constant misunderstandings, Yamato still joins the track team with the intent of impressing her and soon discovers he has the potential to become a top hundred-meter sprinter. With friendship, and possibly love on the line, Yamato trains his heart out in order to win over the girl he loves.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]
Feb 18, 2004 to Sep 19, 2007 | 171 chp | Publishing

Power!!Girl Got Game

Seino, Shizuru 2022
Sixteen-year-old Kyou Aizawa's relationship with her father has always revolved around basketball. He wanted to join the NBA, but suffered a knee injury that ended his dream; since then, he has tried to live vicariously through Kyou. When her father suddenly gets transferred to another part of the country, Kyou gets the opportunity to attend Seisyu Academy. She is excited because Seisyu is famous for its cute girls' uniforms. When she opens the box sent by the school, however, Kyou discovers an unflattering boys' uniform instead!

As it turns out, her father has faked paperwork and enrolled her as a male student so she can join the school basketball team, which is ranked fourth in Japan. As a sacrifice to carry on her father's legacy, Kyou begrudgingly cuts her hair and moves into the boys' dormitory. She meets her roommate and teammate Chiharu Eniwa but somehow manages to irritate him on the very first day. He is quick to taunt Kyou about her short stature and questions her dedication to the sport. Will Kyou be able to live in close quarters with someone so annoying and thrive on the basketball team, all while hiding her true gender from everyone?

[Written by MAL Rewrite]
Aug 11, 1999 to 2002 | 44 chp | Publishing

Uwasa no Midori-kun!!

Ikeyamada, Go 2022
Yamate Midori is a 15 year-old girl and is very much a tomboy. One day Midori meets a boy called Hino Tsukasa, who came to the island she lives on for a holiday. He teaches her to play soccer and she falls in love with the sport. Midori is inspired by Tsukasa and continues to play soccer in hopes that they would meet again someday. When they do meet again Tsukasa does something unforgivable. Determined to defeat Tsukasa on the soccer field Midori enrolls in an all boy high school.

(Source: Tenshi-Tachi)
Included one-shots:
Volume 8: Shounen x Cinderella
Volume 9: Shounen x Cinderella II
Aug 5, 2006 to Aug 5, 2008 | 51 chp | Publishing

Beniiro HeroCrimson Hero

Takanashi, Mitsuba 2022
All that matters to 15-year-old Nobara Sumiyoshi is volleyball—she's an awesome player with big-time ambitions. But sometimes it seems like a girl just can't get a break in the competitive world of high school volleyball.

(Source: VIZ Media)
Included one-shots:
Volume 15: "Second"
Volume 16: Sugar
Dec 13, 2002 to Jan 13, 2011 | 87 chp | Publishing

The Cherry Project

Takeuchi, Naoko 2022
The story about a girl named Chieri (also known as Cherry) who began ice skating ever since she saw the handsome ice skating champion, Tsuzuki Masanori, skate. She pursues her dream of being Tsuzki's partner, all the while facing her rival, 'Princess' Canty. With the help of her friends, and her own courage, can Cherry win the heart of the boy she loves so much...?

(Source: StarryHeaven)
1991 to 1992 | 15 chp | Publishing

Bowling King

2022
Bowling King is a Taiwanese comic about a kid named Shautieh Ley and the humiliation he puts himself and his opponents through bowling alleys.

Shautieh is infatuated with Tz'zuhn whose family owns a bowling alley. When he finds out that Tz'zuhn's family has a $3M debt and that Tz'zuhn has an American pro bowler boyfriend, Shautieh tries to resolve everything, with bowling of course. However, although Shautieh has an incredibly strong left arm, he doesn't know anything about bowling.

(Source: MU)
Sep 1998 to Jan 2007 | 254 chp | Publishing

Bamboo Blade

Totsuka, MasahiroIgarashi, Agu 2022
Kojiro is an impoverished young teacher and the supervisor of his high school’s kendo club. He doesn’t have the leeway to spend time on his students–he can barely feed himself as it is. So when an old friend makes him a bet with an entire year’s worth of deluxe sushi on the line, Kojiro finds a new purpose in life: to beat his friend’s kendo team! But before he can arrange a kendo meet for both schools’ kendo teams, he needs to actually put together a five-woman squad–and the first girl he needs is Tamaki Kawazoe, kendo athlete extraordinaire and daughter of an elite kendo dojo master. The problem is, she isn’t really interested in doing kendo for fun. What can Kojiro do to convince her to join the team?

(Source: Yen Press)
Note: Originally published with 117 chapters, but was collected into 102 chapters in the tankoubons. There are also 5 special stories, which makes the total chapter count - 107.
Dec 3, 2004 to Sep 3, 2010 | 107 chp | Publishing

1 Pound no FukuinOne Pound Gospel

Takahashi, Rumiko 2022
Kosaku Hatanaka is a natural at boxing, but he can't control his voracious appetite. As a result, he has been forced to change his weight, going from flyweight, all the way up to feather weight, something his trainer tells him he doesn't have the frame for. On top of this he accepts challenges from higher weight classes, giving his coach (and himself) constant trouble.

Into this picture steps Sister Angela, a novice nun who takes Kosaku on as a personal project, determined to set him on the right path and break his habit of gluttony. Unfortunately, closeness can sometimes breed feelings of affection, which Kosaku begins to develop. Even worse, Sister Angela realizes she's beginning to have the same problems as well.
Jul 24, 1987 to Dec 21, 2006 | 37 chp | Publishing

Happy!

Urasawa, Naoki 2022
Sitting in their cramped apartment, Miyuki Umino's older brother talks excitedly about the new business he's starting, promising to hit it big and bring her and their young siblings out of poverty. Months later, Miyuki is approached by creditors working for the yakuza, who inform her of her brother's disappearance and the two hundred fifty million yen loan he defaulted on. With her brother on the run, Miyuki is now responsible for his debt. The creditors give Miyuki an out: to pay off the loan with her body by working in a soapland.

Wracking her brain for a solution without having to resort to prostitution, Miyuki happens upon an article about the current women's tennis champion, who earned two hundred fifty million yen within the previous year. A once-promising tennis player herself, Miyuki withdraws from school in order to become a pro tennis player in hopes of paying off her debt. However, the establishment that pushed her out of the world of tennis has not forgotten nor forgiven her. Can Miyuki succeed within a world of competition actively conspiring for her failure?

[Written by MAL Rewrite]
Oct 25, 1993 to Mar 8, 1999 | 254 chp | Publishing

Bakuten Shoot BeybladeBeyblade

2022
Takao Kinomiya dreams of becoming the best beyblader in the world. Along with his friends Kai, Max, Rei, and Kyoujou, they make the team known as the Bladebreakers. They strive to be the best but don't do it alone... because within each of their beyblades resides a Sacred Spirit that gives them even more power to reach their goals.

(Source: MU)
1999 to Jul 28, 2004 | 62 chp | Publishing

Yawara!

Urasawa, Naoki 2022
Inokuma Yawara is just another young high school girl. Well, not quite for Yawara is being raised by her grandfather, 7th dan Judo master Inokuma Jigorou, to be Japan's great hope for the women's Judo competition at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. All the same, Yawara just wants to live a normal life...
1986 to 1993 | 331 chp | Publishing

Break Shot

Maekawa, Takeshi 2022
A boy named Oda Shinsuke is very infatuated with billiards. Problems arise when a new student body president, Hayakawa Asako, suddenly decided to cut the funding for his billiards club. Unhappy with that, Shinsuke wants to convince Asako that his billiards club is worthy of the funding. He decided to challenge a two-time former national billiards champion. Will Chinmi be able to defend his club?

(Source: Mangasync)
1987 to 1990 | 152 chp | Publishing

Sasameke

Gotsubo, Ryuuji 2022
Elementary school soccer whiz Rakuichi Nagahama drew national attention a few years back with his impressive athletic skills. After disappearing to Italy for three years, Rakuichi reluctantly returns to the remote town where he grew up. The local high school soccer team can't wait to get their hands on the prodigy, despite the fact that he was obviously a failure in Italy. But Rakuichi's not sure he's ready to get back on the field. Sure, his best friend from elementary school (now a hot babe) can't wait to see him play again...and his childhood rivals are eager to have another go against him...and the entire school is counting on him...but how can Rakuichi live up to their expectations when he's sworn off the sport for good?

(Source: Yen Press)
Dec 26, 2000 to Nov 26, 2003 | 25 chp | Publishing

Rin!

Honami, YukineKannagi, Satoru 2022
Katsura, a second year in his high school's archery club, has a hard time controlling his nerves. His "secret weapon" is his brother's best friend and childhood buddy, Sou! One hug from Sou and Katsura's nerves are soothed to a peaceful calm. But he can't keep Sou around him forever. As he wonders how he'll survive without Sou's hugs, his friend Kouichi suddenly asks if he can be the one to save him, and kisses him! What now?!

(Source: MU)
Dec 2002 to Oct 25, 2004 | 11 chp | Publishing

Slow Step

Adachi, Mitsuru 2022
High school romance, softball and boxing story. This manga focuses on the love triangle between Nakasato Minatsu, Akiba Shuu and Kadomatsu Naoto. Due to a strange set of circumstances, Minatsu (a softball player) is disguised as another girl when she bumps into Naoto (a boxer), who falls in love with this "version" of Minatsu.

(Source: Prisms)
Sep 1, 1986 to Mar 1, 1991 | 55 chp | Publishing

Itsumo MisoraAlways Misora

Adachi, Mitsuru 2022
Sports comedy with psychic powers. The story revolves around six children and a cat who save a religious icon from a fire, in reward for which the temple god grants each of them a power that will activate on their 13th birthday. Upon entering junior high school together, the six are forced to join the Sports Rental Club, which provides temporary members to other clubs when the regular members can't participate. The main character is Misora, a straight forward type of girl who likes physical activities like kickboxing.
(Source: Wikipedia)
May 1, 2000 to May 1, 2001 | 49 chp | Publishing

Buzzer Beater

Inoue, Takehiko 2022
Hideyoshi is a homeless boy living in New York in the near future, who survives by hustling other kids in basketball games. But now he's been drafted into a pro team-a pro team with a very unique goal. There once was a time when humans dominated the game of basketball. But times have changed, and now the physically superior alien players have taken over the game, and there are barely any human players next. But Hideyoshi's team—the first all-human team to compete in the Space League—intends to change all that, and bring the championship back home to Earth.

(Source: ANN)
May 1996 to 1997 | 80 chp | Publishing

Katsu!

Adachi, Mitsuru 2022
Satoyama Katsuki and his best friend Kawakami Kyouta, both age 15, enrolls in Mizutani Boxing Gym to get close to their tomboyish crush, Mizutani Katsuki, whose father owns it. However, Satoyama soon finds out that she is distant from her father. Worse, it turns out that she hates boxing.

In a sparring match, everyone including Mizutani soon discovers Satoyama's hidden yet unpolished skill in boxing. Satoyama soon learns that Mizutani is really in love with boxing, but disdains it because its a man's sport of which she cannot join. Mizutani then takes it upon herself to be Satoyama's trainer/manager to reach the championship belt. Satoyama complies to be closer to his crush.

As the story progresses, we soon find out that Satoyama has a hidden past and lineage, one that would give him the necessary skill and talent to be a legendary oriental pro-boxing champion.

(Source: Wikipedia)
Aug 8, 2001 to Feb 16, 2005 | 157 chp | Publishing

Cross Over

Seo, Kouji 2022
Ogata Natsuki is the best player on the Kakuchi Junior High Basketball Team. Which is not saying much because they couldn't even get through the 3rd round of the Prefectural Tournament from freshman year until the end of Junior High. For High School, his friends convince him to try out for the Number One High School Basketball team, Fujiwara Academy. So he goes to live with his aunt who runs a hot springs resort to go and try out for the best. Fujiwara Academy.

The thing is...he's small. So people look down on him and he has trouble convincing people he's any good. Through one thing or the other, he ends up with Tachibana Mitsuki watching her school, St. Mariannu High go up against Fujiwara Academy in a practice game. But the thing is, St. Mariannu is very weak. Weaker than even his former school. Fujiwara is just toying with them and now they don't even want to finish the game. What will happen now? Will Natsuki ever be able to achieve his dreams of being High School Basketball's Number 1? And will it be with Fujiwara?

(Source: Selene Scans)
May 22, 2002 to Sep 3, 2003 | 59 chp | Publishing

Dear Boys

Yagami, Hiroki 2022
At the outset of the manga the team is in trouble, as there are not enough players to play a game. Additionally, the coach has left after a conflict with Fujiwara. However, Aikawa transfers to Mizuho and through his enthusiasm and sheer love of the game, infuses the few remaining members with a sense of purpose.

Despite the fact that there are only five of them (i.e., they have no substitutes), they manage to get the coach of the girls' team to coach them as well. At first, she seems very strict, but later reveals her attachment to her "Dear Boys." Together, they do their best to make their dreams come true.

(Source: Wikipedia)
Jun 6, 1989 to Jan 6, 1997 | 92 chp | Publishing