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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 1990)
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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.
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.
Chihayafuru, Vol. 1 book cover
Chihayafuru, Vol. 1
Yuki Suetsugu - 2008-05-13
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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.
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.
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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Follow the journey of Tetsuya Kuroko, an unremarkable high school student whose plainness proves to be an unexpected advantage on the basketball court. When talented athlete Taiga Kagami joins the team, he learns that Kuroko was once part of the undefeated "Miracle Generation" and wants his help taking down his former teammates. This sports manga is full of awesome moves and surprising twists that will keep you engaged until the very end.
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 - 2008-02-15
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Get ready for an exciting sports combination of a dedicated student and a passionate tennis player. Follow the story of a perfectionist boy, nicknamed "A-chan," who meets a laid-back girl named "Natsu" with a serious love for tennis. Together they embark on a journey full of twists and turns as they discover the thrill and intensity of playing the sport. This manga series will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions and leave you wanting more!
Welcome to the Ballroom Vol. 1 book cover
Welcome to the Ballroom Vol. 1
Tomo Takeuchi - 2012-05-17 (first published in 2011)
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Embark on a journey with Feckless high school student Tatara Fujita, who dreams of being good at something- anything. Everything changes when a professional ballroom dancer sends the local bullies packing and introduces Tatara to the captivating world of ballroom dancing. This coming of age story is full of passion, drama, and personal growth.