Top 10 Sports Manga of 2002
1. Eyeshield 21
Wimpy Sena Kobayakawa has been running away from bullies all his life. But when the football gear comes on, things change—Sena's speed and uncanny ability to elude big bullies just might give him what it takes to become a great high school football hero! Enjoy all the bone-crushing action and slapstick comedy that this heartwarming coming-of-age story has to offer.
Katsura needs a hug. Since childhood, his out-of-control anxiety can only be relieaved by a good "squeeze" from his brother's best friend, Sou. But how Sou really feels about being a walking security blanket? Is it a giant embarrassment or is there something else behind Sou's surely disposition?...
3. Cross Over
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)
4. Nine Puzzle
Mika is a regular girl who just goes day to day without any concrete dreams for her future. Until one day, when she sees her classmate Kaede playing pool in a billiards lounge. Kaede is a boy who hides many secrets...whose personality seems to change when he plays billiards. Entranced by the smile Kaede wears when he plays, Mika soon finds herself immersed in the game...!
Also contains the following short stories:
Platinum in vol.1
Ichigo Namida (Strawberry Tears) in vol.2
Wakasama no Jijou (The Youth's Circumstance) in vol.2
5. Fight no Akatsuki
Akatsuki and his good friend Kiyoharu (called Kiyo-chan by Akatsuki) have been playing 'two player' basketball for quite sometime. Unfortunately, things started to change after they have joined in a very strong basketball team in their new school. Both of them were forced to separate into two groups: Kiyoharu was in the 'B' group and poor Akatsuki was put under 'F' group, which is known as the 'Failure' group. However, Akatsuki was not discouraged at all. He continues to train hard and always has a smile on his face. Will Akatsuki succeeded in his promise to Kiyoharu to become an official player? And what is blocking the path towards reaching his goal?
(Source: Beyond the Sky)
6. Ultra Red
How strong are you? In this manga, the hero is an idiotic little boy who has a frightening style of fighting. But he isn't the only fighting monster. Sumeragi Sen will discover people that are stronger than him, and maybe even the limits of his strength.
7. Chain of Pearls
The beautiful, genuine pearls we lust after belong in a chain... because that is how they bind our hearts. Hisa, the newest manager of her high school's soccer club, has a secret: a part-time job. If anyone knew, she would either have to quit the job she needs to survive or the sport that she loves. Sakyou, one of the team's most talented and anti-social members, finds out about Hisa's secret... so it's a good thing for Hisa that the handsome and high-handed Sakyou wants to keep her close to him! Or is it? (Source: ShoujoMagic)
The Fruit Called Grapefruit
Unconditional Love Method
The Rumored Natori-kun
10. Traveling Girl
Maki is a upcoming freshman who is about to attend Shirotou High School, which is known for its girl's and boy's basketball team, to play basketball. The day before school starts, she is in a sports store looking for a pair of basketball shoes when she sets her eyes on the worker at the store. He suggests a pair of shoes and mentions that he is on Shirotou's Boy's team, however, when Maki mentions she will be on the girl's team, his smile disappears and he tells her not to act familiar with him if she ever sees him at school. Just what is going on?