Top 10 Sports Manga of 2005
1. Cross Game
Kou Kitamura is a fifth grader whose family runs a sporting goods store. One of the regular customers of his family's store is the Tsukishima Batting Center, and so he gets to know the four daughters of the Tsukishima family (Ichiyo, Wakaba, Aoba, and Momiji) very well. Since Kou has spent so much time practicing in their batting cages, he has become a genius hitter, but has no knowledge of any other aspect of baseball. This is in contrast to Aoba, who, despite being a year younger, is an adept pitcher and hitter. Wakaba is a classmate of Kou's, and she seems fully intent on marrying him when she grows up. All seems idyllic in their world, until tragedy strikes. The story then skips ahead to four years later, as Kou has continued the training he began four years ago, but has not played in a baseball game since. As he finally begins playing again, it remains to be seen whether or not he will live up to the expectations of those who know the true talent he has been hiding all this time.
Katsuragi Anna is a former ballerina who tries to find herself when her dreams of ballet stardom fall short. She is tricked into joining the archery club by her friend... only to find that the president is her childhood rival, Jinnai!?
3. Aoi Kiseki
All the girls are crazy over the swimming prodigy Wakatsuki Ran. Ageha, who wants to find love but isn't really looking that hard, bumps into him one day, and after surviving his sarcasm instantly pegs him as a "stupid, obsessed swimmer". Nonetheless, she is amazed by his talent and asks him to teach her to swim like him. How will their relationship develop?
(Source: Nagareboshi Manga)
4. Kenkou Zenrakei Suieibu Umishou
Kaname Okiura, a student of Prefectoral Umineko Shougyou High ("Umishou" for short), joined the school's swimming club in order to learn how to swim, but the club is filled with weirdos, let alone teaches him swimming. Then, a sunny, happy-go-lucky girl named Amuro Ninagawa who was transferred from Okinawa joined the club. Her extraordinary underwater speed and unorthodox swimming style (plus her personal habit of nude swimming—a powerful magnet to teenage boys) surprised every club member, especially Okiura, because she reminds him of a mermaid-like creature he saw only once in his early childhood. (Source: ANN)
5. Boys on the Run
The story is about how and why a guy goes from a worker at a dead-end job to becoming a boxer.
6. Captain Tsubasa Golden-23
The continuation of Captain Tsubasa after "Road to 2002". Focuses on the 23 selected members of the U-22 Japanese National Team, known as the "Golden 23", as they fight towards the goal of an Olympic Gold Medal. (Source: OneManga.com)
Includes a one-shot on Misaki Taro, one of Tsubasa's partner, taking place after the first chapter of Volume 13 of the Captain Tsubasa Manga.
7. Over Drive
Shinozaki Mikoto is a timid and short-statured 15-year-old highschool sophomore who often gets picked on at school. The girl whom he admires, Fukazawa Yuki, happens to discover an overwhelming strength of heart behind his shy appearance. In efforts to promote the school's emergent cycling club, she introduces cycling to Mikoto and tries to talk him into joining the club, as she's thoroughly convinced he has a special inner drive that makes him a promising cyclist. How far will cycling take Mikoto, not only materialistically, but in his growth as a person?
8. Miagete Goran
Yuzawa Ryo comes to Seiryo Private High School, a school known with their strong sport clubs,l with a letter of recommendation to join their kendo club. But luck brings him to a tennis club instead. Without any known experience in tennis he got into a double match to decide which pair will get accepted into the tennis club.
9. Idol A
Satomi Azusa is a popular teenage gravure idol. She's also a highly talented baseball player, but, as a girl, she can't play on her school's team. Her father happens to be the coach of the team, and he concocts a scheme to allow her to play. His scheme involves Hirayama Keita, Azusa's childhood friend, a teenager of no particular talent. Keita's redeeming feature is that he looks a lot like Azusa. In fact, after putting Keita in a wig and girl's clothes, not even their parents can tell the two of them apart. To help Azusa's (and her father's) dream come true, Keita agrees to trade places with her during the baseball games. Soon "Hirayama Keita" becomes a popular player, and "he" begins to move towards a career in pro baseball. How long can Keita and Azusa keep up the act? What will happen when people find out?