Top 10 Sports Manga of 2006

77%

1. Ace of the Diamond

Comedy, Sports

It is a manga of high school baseball. The main character, who is a pitcher from a country high school, accidentally gets teamed up with a catcher from a school with an elite baseball team. He decides to quit his school to attend the school that this catcher plays.

(Source: ANN)

68%

2. Saki

Slice of Life, Sports

Miyanaga Saki is a high school freshman who doesn’t like mahjong. Ever since she was a child, she would lose her New Year’s gift money during her family mahjong game. If she won, her parents would be upset, and if she lost, well, she lost. As a result, she’s learned to play in such a way that her score always remains plus/minus zero: not good enough to win, but not bad enough to lose. When we meet her, she’s being dragged to her school’s mahjong club by an old friend. How will a girl who hates mahjong, yet has become adept at the game as a result of her upbringing, survive in this environment? (Source: Mangaupdates)

65%

3. The Knight in the Area

Comedy, Sports

Believing himself to be useless at football, Aizawa Kakeru opts to become the manager of his school's football team, while his brother Suguru is its ace, and is even good enough to represent Japan. However, Kakeru may be harbouring a strong talent within himself that only Suguru can see, and the two often get into arguments over Kakeru's denial of his skills. Things are made more complicated with the return of Nana, an old playmate of theirs that Kakeru has a crush on. Join the brothers in their journey to the national and even international championships!

(Source: MU)

Story written under the penname Igano, Hiroaki.

63%

4. Smash!

Drama, Romance, Sports

Smash! is about two childhood friends (Shouta and Miwa) who share a common love for Badminton. Miwa, who's in love with Shouta, tries to persuade Shouta to apply to the same badminton school as her but the latter being of a carefree, easy-going and dense nature, brushes her away and states that he only plays badminton for fun.

However, Shouta's perspective of badminton quickly changes after a fateful encounter with Yuuhi (a mute girl). In his search for his badminton goddess Yuuhi, Shouta met Anan and thereafter, decides that he's going to pursue badminton more seriously...

(Source: Bado-Scans)

62%

5. Uwasa no Midori-Kun!!

Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sports

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:
Volumes 8,9: Shounen x Cinderella
Sakuragi Azuma has a secret that no one should ever know about: he's actually Momo Kasuka, an up and coming female model! While shooting a new drama, he meets another arising newcomer named Yui Hazuki, and things are going to get heated

(Source: MU)

59%

6. Rhapsody in Heaven

Drama, Romance, Sports

Tsukasa Miyu's life revolved around only one thing- swimming. She gets admitted to Tenkai Academy on a swimming scholarship. However, before the start of high school, she encountered Suzuki Aoi and gets drawn into a world that doesn't involve just swimming anymore...

7. Golden Age

Sports

Shirakawa Yui is one of the most brilliant junior youth soccer players in the country. The players of the junior youth team are recruited from a young age and trained to become a professional player and even some will be the next soccer superstar. But when the company sponsor of the team goes bankrupt, Yui and his teammates, Naria and Urata, find themselves without a team to practice on. His two friends completely dismiss the school soccer team as the competition is laughable, but Yui finds something in a troublemaker named Genya. Eventually, all three of them join the school team and build it from the ground up only to find that there is incredible talent hidden. Will Yui, nicknamed the soccer magician for his ability to manipulate the playing field, be able to compete with the top schools in the nation?

(Sorurce: vyc)

8. Tohai

Drama, Psychological, Sports

Not a lot of people know that one of the most talented and ruthless Mahjong players in the city is a young high school boy. Kei is a teenager of few words, but his observation skills, unwavering will and experience in the game allows him to survive in a world full of powerful, rich and dangerous characters. Kei is currently hiding a girl named Amina who has entered the country illegally and protecting her from being deported. He spends his days sleeping through class and his nights playing high stakes Mahjong, waiting for when a worthy opponent arrives.

(Source: MangaHelpers)

9. Bushin

Sports

Ryusei Arashi is a boy who was delicate by nature and needed hospital care until he was fourteen years old. Getting over dangerous operations, Ryusei has learned the basics of judo from his father, and is determined to live as a judoist. What fate is awaiting him?

10. Bikings

Sports

Itto Ippongi, like his name suggests, doesn't know how to give up even when he's doing things wrong. He's not good at much, but he can deliver your ramen takeout in record speed on his bicycle. Once Miyata, a classmate who participates in bicycle races, sees Ippongi on his bicycle, he knows right away that he wants Ippongi on his team, Cycle On.

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