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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 - 2012-06-04
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Volleyball prodigy Shoyo Hinata is determined to be the best player ever, despite his lack of height. Inspired by a legendary player, he sets his sights on the national finals and shows that height isn't everything when you can jump higher than anyone else. Get ready for an exhilarating sports manga full of high-flying action and fierce competition.
Slam Dunk, Vol. 1 book cover
Slam Dunk, Vol. 1
Takehiko Inoue - 1999-03-13 (first published in 1991)
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Dive into the world of basketball with this legendary manga. The Shohoku High team dreams of being the best, and they have one year to make it happen. Will they reach the finals and make their captain's dream a reality? Follow the story of Sakuragi Hanamichi, a hopeless bruiser who finds his passion for the game and love for the girl of his dreams, Haruko. Experience the hopes, dreams, and sweat of the court in this unforgettable tale.
Ace of the Diamond, Vol. 1 book cover
Ace of the Diamond, Vol. 1
Yuji Terajima - 2006-09-15
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Discover a captivating coming-of-age story with Ace of the Diamond, Vol. 1. Follow Eijun Sawamura as he navigates his way through high school baseball and learns valuable life lessons along the way. Faced with challenges and unexpected opportunities, Eijun's passion for the sport is reignited through his experience forming a battery with up-and-coming catcher Miyuki. Get ready for a thrilling journey filled with determination, ambition, and the power of teamwork.
Slam Dunk, Vol. 3 book cover
Slam Dunk, Vol. 3
Takehiko Inoue - 2004-01-06 (first published in 1991)
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Get ready for some high school basketball action with Slam Dunk, Vol. 3! Follow the journey of Sakuragi Hanamichi, a freshman delinquent who joins the Shohoku Prefectural High School basketball team. As he navigates the ups and downs of both the court and his newfound love, Sakuragi will stop at nothing to bring the national championship to his school and find true love along the way. With thrilling basketball matches and heartwarming moments, Slam Dunk, Vol. 3 is a must-read for sports and romance fans alike.
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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Join the wimpy yet lightning-fast Sena Kobayakawa as he enters high school and hopes to avoid bullies. Unfortunately, the sadistic football captain has other plans, setting the stage for bone-crushing action and slapstick comedy, and introducing a wacky cast of characters, including a demon-like team captain and a front linesman with a head shaped like a chestnut. With a heart-warming coming of age story thrown in, this manga will keep you riveted.
Blue Lock, Vol. 1 book cover
Blue Lock, Vol. 1
Muneyuki Kaneshiro - 2018-11-16
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In this Squad Game-meets-World Cup manga, a mad young coach gathers soccer players from across Japan to compete in a high-tech colosseum called Blue Lock. It's an intense battle to become the country's next top striker, with no holds barred. After a devastating loss at the 2018 World Cup, Japan's team needs an Ace Striker to guide them to victory. But who will emerge from the 300 youth players gathered for the challenge? Get ready for a no-holds-barred competition in Blue Lock.
Real, Vol. 1 book cover
Real, Vol. 1
Takehiko Inoue - 2008-07-15 (first published in 2001)
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This emotional manga revolves around three young men brought together by their love for basketball, but whose lives are shattered by tragic events. Meet Tomomi Nomiya, a passionate player whose world is turned upside down after a life-altering accident. From the acclaimed creator of Slam Dunk and Vagabond.
Chihayafuru, Vol. 1 book cover
Chihayafuru, Vol. 1
Yuki Suetsugu - 2008-01-01
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Discover the world of competitive karuta in this captivating tale of adolescent life and emotion. Follow Chihaya, a sixth-grade girl, and Arata, a transfer student with an unexpected talent, as they navigate the complex rules and intense passion of traditional Japanese card games. With incredible natural abilities and the embrace of an all-consuming zeal, Chihayafuru, Vol. 1 will leave you eager for more.
Hikaru no Go, Vol. 1 book cover
Hikaru no Go, Vol. 1
Descent of the Go Master
Takeshi Obata - 2004-05-19 (first published in 1999)
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Follow the journey of Hikaru Shindo, a typical Japanese schoolboy with a not-so-typical love for playing pranks, in Hikaru no Go, Vol. 1. While venturing through his grandfather's attic, Hikaru discovers an old Go board with a bloody past. To his surprise, the board traps the ghost of an ancient Go master, Fujiwara-no-Sai, who takes over Hikaru's mind to form an unstoppable Go team. Together, they venture to defeat Go masters and achieve Sai's final goal. Discover if they succeed in this intriguing first volume of Hikaru no Go.
Initial D, Volume 1 book cover
Initial D, Volume 1
Shuichi Shigeno - 2002-05-21 (first published in 1995)
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Get ready to experience the adrenaline-fueled world of street racing, where only the bravest will emerge victorious. Follow the journey of Takumi, the driver of the infamous 'Ghost of Akina' as he speeds towards becoming the greatest racer in history. Get your engines revving for this thrilling ride.
Ping Pong Omnibus, Vol. 1 by Taiyo Matsumoto
Kuroko's Basketball Omnibus, Vol. 1 by Tadatoshi Fujimaki
Slam Dunk - Whole Volume Set (1-31) by author
The Prince of Tennis, Volume 25 by Takeshi Konomi
Capitan Tsubasa n. 1 by Yoichi Takahashi
Yowamushi Pedal Omnibus, Vol. 1 by Wataru Watanabe
ベイビーステップ 1 [Baby Steps 1] by Hikaru Katsuki
Welcome to the Ballroom Vol. 1 by Tomo Takeuchi
GIANT KILLING 4 by Masaya Tsunamoto, Tsujitomo
Yowamushi Pedal Vol. 23 by Wataru Watanabe, Caleb Cook, Rachel Pierce
Sugar Princess - Skating to Win, Vol. 1 by Hisaya Nakajo
Cross Game Collection 7 by Adachi Mitsuru