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Best Sports Manga

These manga delve into the world of competitive Sports, ranging from team-based to individual participants. From Baseball or Basketball, to track and field or combat-based sports, these works focus on the athletes and those around them who show their support.

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Haikyu!!, Vol. 1 book cover
Haikyu!!, Vol. 1
Haruichi Furudate - 2016-07-05 (first published in 2012)
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Ever since he saw the legendary player known as “the Little Giant” compete at the national volleyball finals, Shoyo Hinata has been aiming to be the best volleyball player ever! Who says you need to be tall to play volleyball when you can jump higher than anyone else?...
Slam Dunk, Vol. 1 book cover
Slam Dunk, Vol. 1
Takehiko Inoue - 2008-09-02 (first published in 1990)
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Basketball. The court, the ball, the hoop. The hopes, the dreams, the sweat. It takes dedication and discipline to be the best, and the Shohoku High hoops team wants to be just that—the best. They have one last year to make their captain's dream of reaching the finals come true—will they do it? Takehiko Inoue's legendary basketball manga is finally...
Eyeshield 21, Vol. 1 book cover
Eyeshield 21, Vol. 1
Riichiro Inagakiri, Yusuke Murata - 2005-04-05 (first published in 2002)
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What does a wimpy kid who's been bullied all his life got to depend on but his own two feet? Sena Kobayakawa is about to start his first year in high school and he's vowed not to get picked on anymore. Unfortunately, the sadistic captain of the football team already has his eye on Sena and his lightning-fast speed. With a wacky cast of characters t...
Blue Lock, Vol. 1 book cover
Blue Lock, Vol. 1
Muneyuki Kaneshiro - 2022-06-21 (first published in 2018)
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A mad young coach gathers soccer players from across the country to compete in a series of bizarre challenges in a high-tech colosseum he calls Blue Lock. It's a no-balls-barred battle to become Japan's next top striker, in this Squad Game-meets-World Cup manga, now available in print! Anime coming soon!After a disastrous defeat at the 2018 World C...
Chihayafuru, Vol. 1 book cover
Chihayafuru, Vol. 1
Yuki Suetsugu - 2017-02-14 (first published in 2008)
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Chihaya is a girl in the sixth grade, still not old enough to even know the meaning of the word zeal. But one day, she meets Arata, a transfer student from rural Fukui prefecture. Though docile and quiet, he has an unexpected skill: his ability to play competitive karuta, a traditional Japanese card game. Chihaya is struck by his obsession with the...
Ace of the Diamond, Vol. 1 book cover
Ace of the Diamond, Vol. 1
Yuji Terajima - 2017-03-07 (first published in 2006)
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Eijun Sawamura had his heart set on the middle-school national baseball championships. But his team is eliminated thanks to a wild pitch thrown by Eijun himself. He’s planning to go to high school with his teammates and try again next year when he’s scouted by the famous Seido High School Baseball team. When he goes for a campus visit, he finds him...
Kuroko's Basketball Omnibus, Vol. 1 book cover
Kuroko's Basketball Omnibus, Vol. 1
Includes vols. 1 & 2 (1)
Tadatoshi Fujimaki - 2016-08-02
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Tetsuya Kuroko doesn't stand out much. In fact, he's so plain that people hardly ever notice when he's around. Though he's just as unremarkable on the basketball court, that's where his plainness gives him an unexpected edge—one that lets him execute awesome moves without others noticing! When incoming first-year Taiga Kagami joins the Seirin High ...
ベイビーステップ 1 [Baby Steps 1] book cover
ベイビーステップ 1 [Baby Steps 1]
Hikaru Katsuki - 2008-01-01
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マジメ少年+美少女×テニス=熱血スポコン!? ――成績はずっとオールA! 几帳面でマジメな“エーちゃん”が、ちょっぴりいい加減!? でも、テニスに懸ける情熱だけはマジメな美少女“ナツ”と出会ったことで、テニスの魅力に取りつかれて人生激変!? 快感、そして悶絶のらせん……。数式じゃ表せない、衝撃的な人生の化学変化が始まった!!...
Welcome to the Ballroom Vol. 1 book cover
Welcome to the Ballroom Vol. 1
Tomo Takeuchi - 2016-09-27 (first published in 2011)
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THE BALLROOM BECKONS Feckless high school student Tatara Fujita wants to be good at something – anything. Unfortunately, he’s about as average as a slouchy teen can be. The local bullies know this, and make it a habit to hit him up for cash, but all that changes when the debonair Kaname Sengoku sends them packing. Sengoku’s not the neighborhood wat...