Top 10 Sports Anime of 1993


1. Slam Dunk

Comedy, Drama, Slice of Life, Sports

Hanamichi Sakuragi, an entering Shohoku high school freshman holds a record for being rejected by 50 girls during middle school. His nearly 2 meters height and bright red hair causes most students to write him off as a delinquent.

One day, a girl named Haruko Akagi approaches Hanamichi without any fear. When she asks Hanamichi: "do you like basketball?" Hanamichi falls head over heels for the girl of his dreams. Without missing a beat, Hanamichi tells her he loves basketball, and the two head to the gymnasium where Hanamichi learns about the slam dunk. He also learns of Rukawa, one of the country’s top basketball prospects, also a freshman at Shohoku.

(Source: Funimation)


2. Blue Legend Shoot!

Action, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sports

Aoki Densetsu Shoot! (Legendary Blue Shot!) or also known as just "Shoot!", is the story of Toshihiko Tanaka, Kenji Shiraishi, and Kazuhiro Hiramatsu. Three high school freshmen who have become best friends during their junior high years while playing soccer together. There they were known as the Kakenishi golden trio for their role in making Kakenishi Junior High`s soccer team into a force to be reckoned with. After junior high, all of them decided to go to the same high school, Kakegawa High, a school only founded a year before, because of their star soccer player, Yoshiharu Kubo, whom they had idolized.

This young man led Kakegawa High Soccer Club to the best 8 of their prefecture in their first ever appearance with a freshmen only team almost single-handedly. He refuses offers from a number of foreign professional soccer clubs so he can stay at Kake-High to lead them to the All-Japan High School Championship. As the three of them start playing soccer for Kake-High, they experience hardships, romance, and losses on their road to becoming the best Japanese high school soccer team - a team of legends.

(Source: AniDB)

3. Dosukoi!! Tarou


Music video for the song Dosukoi!! Tarou by Kiyoko Suizenji (Tamiko Hayashida) that was featured on NHK's Minna no Uta program.

4. Rokudenashi Blues 1993

Action, Comedy, Drama, Sports

Sequel to the Rokudenashi Blues movie.

5. Dragon League

Comedy, Fantasy, Sports

Tokio and his father Amon go to the soccer country of Elevenia where they see a parade of the strongest soccer team of that country, the Winners. Amon challenges the team captain Leon to a soccer battle and, when Amon loses, Leon turns him into a miniature dragon. Tokio sees the fight and decides to challenge against Leon so that Amon can become human again.

(Source: AnimeNFo)

6. Shippuu! Iron Leaguer

Sci-Fi, Sports, Mecha

In the future, mankind has developed a multi-sport tournament known as Iron League, using artificially intelligent robots as the players instead of humans. The competition is very popular, however, its main support comes from the Dark Organization, a group that produces cheating Iron Leaguers that use dirty and violent tactics in games as a sure ticket for fame and popularity. While the sports community has been turned into a dangerous blood sport, Silver Castle, the team with the lowest winning ratio, tries to preserve true sportsmanship by playing without any cheating or violence.

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