Top 10 Sports Manga of 1999


1. Real

Drama, Sports

Nomiya Tomomi is a high school drop-out who wants to devote his life to helping Natsumi, a girl he sentenced to a life of immobility after a tragic bike ride he invited her on. He tries to change his life around, from a trouble-making delinquent into a reliable man. The problem is, both Natsumi and her sister don't seem to care at all for Nomiya, rightfully blaming him for the accident. Plus, the only notable talent Nomiya posseses is the talent for basketball. Everything changes for him when he meets up with Togawa Kiyoharu, a wheelchair basketball player. (Source: ANN)

Chosen by the American Library Association (ALA) as one of the Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2009. (Vol. 1-2)


2. Prince of Tennis

Comedy, Sports

Ryoma Echizen just joined the Seishun Academy's tennis team, which is known for being one of the most competitive teams in Japan. Its members are incredibly talented, gifted, and athletic. With rigorous and extremely intense practices, the upperclassmen of the team expect the very best from themselves and they expect even more from the new members of the team. While most of the freshmen are on pins and needles hoping they won't get cut from the team, Ryoma Echizen is confident, cool, and collected. Some might even say he's cocky, but at least he's got the skills to back up his attitude. With his virtually unreturnable "twist serve," Ryoma is sure to make the starting team. Join Ryoma and the other first years, as they train hard, make friends, and try to find a place for themselves on the team. And meet Ryoma's cute but chronically shy classmate Sakuno Ryuzaki. She's got a big crush on Ryoma, but will he ever notice her? Ryoma Echizen is the Prince of Tennis. He may be ready for the Seishun Academy tennis team, but are THEY ready for HIM?

(Source: Viz)

Note: The total chapter count includes 379 chapters for the original manga and 1 chapter entitled "Chapter 0." This totals 380. Please do not change the chapter count.


3. Girl Got Game

Romance, Sports

Kyo Aizawa is very excited about getting to attend Seisyu Academy, which is famous for its adorable girls' uniforms. Her spirits are crushed, however, when she opens the package containing her school uniform to find a boy's uniform.

Her father explains to her that, as Seisyu Academy is also famous for its boys' basketball program, he enrolled her as a boy so she can fulfill his own dream of becoming an NBA basketball star. To make matters worse, she has to stay in the boys' dorms, and her roommate is the same boy she came to hate at tryouts.

(Source: Tokyopop)


4. Dance! Subaru

Drama, Psychological, Sports

A small five-year-old girl named Subaru no longer has time for friends and play. Why is this? Her twin brother Kazuma is dying...and gradually forgetting everything. Even Subaru. And so the girl visits him every day, talking with him and dancing for him, trying to make him remember her. And he always does by the end of the day. Encouraged by a friend to join ballet classes, the girl does so and falls in love with the dance.

(Source: ANN)


5. Fantasista


Teppei Sakamoto is a boy at the country-side. He was a soccer lover and all his soccer skills are taught by his sister. Finally his sister wants him to join in Mizumoto High School Soccer team. Teppei's life turn has come!! How will this soccer newbie fare in the new environment?


6. Rude 39


Katagiri Yuuji is a divorced, single, lazy gambling addict whose only real activity is playing Pachinko. He does it well enough to get by, but his life is more or less empty... until a young girl named Miura Satomi appears, who is a big fan of his. A classic story by Fukumoto about Pachinko, attraction, and the thrill of gambling.

(Source: MU)

7. Buttobi Itto

Action, Comedy, Sports

Kattori itto is deliquant student, after learning Kunfu in HongKong , he joined the Soccer Club Seiga. With Kazuma as the captain, Makoto and Itto, the 3 lead the team to the Japan National Football League for Secondary School. They defated all the powerful team along the way to meet their enemies, the Allstar undefeated team Suei in Finals. The 2 team fought for the throne of wining to the last second of Extra Time. Finally Itto decesive shots lead the Team to victory.

Finally as everyone graduate to join Seiga highschool, Itto failed to pass the mark. He sudently dissappeared when leaving the letter of moving to Brazil to learn soccer. But all of a sudden, he missed his flight and now have to attend one of the highschool in Japan that recruited him.

(Source: Japanese Publisher, translated)

8. Namiki Bashidoori: Aoba Jitenshaten

Drama, Slice of Life, Sports

A simple slice-of-life manga about a young girl and her father who runs a small bicycle shop.

(Source: MU)

9. B.Q The Roach Book

Action, Sports, Drama

10. Shukyuden - Field no Okami FW Jin


Jin Hamukai is a young guy who likes to play football just for money. But after the death of his parents and his brother Ryota, who dreamed to be a football star, he decides to realize his brother's dream and play football to be a great footballer (the football wolf).

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