11 sports manga to read right now

Although it’s hard to compare one sport to another, It’s even more harder to compare which sports manga is the greatest of all time. 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.

Sports manga always gets us going even whether the protagonists wins or loses.

So here are 11 sports manga to read right now.

11. Cross game

Synopsis:

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. S 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.

Cross Game is a show that you really should watch. It is through and through a character work, one which prioritizes the growth of its characters over everything else.

10. Baby steps

Synopsis:

Maruo Eiichirou, a first year honor student, one day decides he’s unhappy with the way things are and lacks exercise. He finds a flyer for the Tennis Club and decides check it out. He’s instantly captivated by it. With no prior experience and poor physical conditioning, join Eiichirou as he embarks on a tennis journey using his smarts, dedication and work ethic.

The strength of the story carries this anime, and even if your interest in tennis is zero, that fact will not detract from your enjoyment!

9. Eyeshield 21

Synopsis:

Wimpy Sena Kobayakawa has been running away from bullies all his life. But when the football gear comes on, things change—Sena’s speed and uncanny ability to elude big bullies just might give him what it takes to become a great high school football hero! Enjoy all the bone-crushing action and slapstick comedy that this heartwarming coming-of-age story has to offer.

This manga is really worth reading again, I wouldn’t mind it, really, it’s a shame that most people pass on it because it’s a sports manga, like I did, but I’m sure people would like it if they read it.

8. One outs

Synopsis:

The story begins when Hiromichi Kojima, the star batter of the fictional Lycaons in Japan’s Pacific League, heads to the southern Japanese island of Okinawa to train and bring himself out of a slump. There, he meet Tōa Tokuchi, a 134-kmph (83 miles per hour) pitcher and the undisputed king of a gambling form of baseball called “One Out.” At Kojima’s urging, Tokuchi signs up with the Lycaons under an unusual contract: he gets 5,000,000 yen (about US$46,000) for every out he pitches, but loses 50,000,000 yen (US$460,000) for every point he gives up.

Check out my full review here. The manga was as thrilling as the anime. I truly enjoyed this manga.

7. Ace of the diamond

Synopsis:

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 himself on the receiving end of a baptism by fire! His experience forming a battery with up-and-coming catcher Miyuki rekindles his passion for baseball!!


I would recommend Diamond no Ace to any sports fan as I think it does the genre well. Even if you’ve never seen a baseball match before, even if you know absolutely nothing about the game, you’ll still love it.

6. Chihayafuru

Synopsis:

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 game, along with his ability to pick out the right card and swipe it away before any of his opponents. However, Arata is transfixed by her as well, all because of her unbelievable natural talent for the game. Don’t miss this story of adolescent lives and emotions playing out in the most dramatic of ways!

All together Chihayafuru provides a great experience for the audience, with emotional attachment to the characters and the suspense to see the results. I believe that Chihayafuru’s virtues strongly outweigh any faults that it may have, and highly reccomend it to anyone.

5. Kuroko’s basketball

Synopsis:

When incoming first-year student Taiga Kagami joins the Seirin High basketball team, he meets Tetsuya Kuroko, a mysterious boy who’s plain beyond words. But Kagami’s in for the shock of his life when he learns that the practically invisible Kuroko was once a member of “the Miracle Generation”— the undefeated legendary team—and he wants Kagami’s help taking down each of his old teammates!

The enjoyment will only build-up as you go along reading it. A solid sport manga with good story, interesting characters with development to go and a healthy dose of comedy mixed in.

4. Rookies

Synopsis:

Professor Kawato is the new japanese teacher in the ill-famed Futagotamaga high shool, whose baseball club is composed by thugs and bullies who have been suspended for a year from all school competitions for causing a brawl during an official match. Now that the supension is over, the only club’s members left are interested only in women, smoking and doing nothing until, under professor Kawato guidance, they discover a new dream called Koshien.

The road to Koshien is far from easy, as they have to get back in shape, to learn how to play baseball and to win everyone else mistrust, including the principal’s and other professor’s one, with only a few months available. Sweating and fighting, the baseball club will find his determination and strenght, as they proceed towards their dreams, while Kawato’s enthusiastic and non-conventional ways slowly change the attitude of everyone near them.

This is one of the best sports manga I’ll ever read. The artwork is amazing and the plot of the story is just great. I never read a manga like this before so I was a bit overwhelmed when reading this manga.

3. Hajime no ippo

Synopsis:

Makunouchi Ippo has been bullied his entire life. Constantly running errands and being beaten up by his classmates, Ippo has always dreamed of changing himself, but never has the passion to act upon it. One day, in the midst of yet another bullying, Ippo is saved by Takamura Mamoru, who happens to be a boxer. Ippo faints from his injuries and is brought to Takamura boxing gym to recover. As he regains consciousness, he is awed and amazed at his new surroundings in the gym, though lacks confidence to attempt anything. Takamura places a photo of Ippo’s classmate on a punching bag and forces him to punch it. It is only then that Ippo feels something stir inside him and eventually asks Takamura to train him in boxing.

Thinking that Ippo does not have what it takes, Takamura gives him a task deemed impossible and gives him a one week time limit. With a sudden desire to get stronger, for himself and his hard working mother, Ippo trains relentlessly to accomplish the task within the time limit. Thus Ippo’s journey to the top of the boxing world begins.

Enjoyment was very high, the fights keep ones testosterone at its peak, at least with what a manga can achieve at any rate. The training is amusing, the large amounts of manliness, guts, effort flying around is enough to get one’s posterior on the edge of their seat.

2. Haikyuu!!

Synopsis:

Inspired after watching a volleyball ace nicknamed “Little Giant” in action, small-statured Shouyou Hinata revives the volleyball club at his middle school. The newly-formed team even makes it to a tournament; however, their first match turns out to be their last when they are brutally squashed by the “King of the Court,” Tobio Kageyama. Hinata vows to surpass Kageyama, and so after graduating from middle school, he joins Karasuno High School’s volleyball team—only to find that his sworn rival, Kageyama, is now his teammate.

Thanks to his short height, Hinata struggles to find his role on the team, even with his superior jumping power. Surprisingly, Kageyama has his own problems that only Hinata can help with, and learning to work together appears to be the only way for the team to be successful. Based on Haruichi Furudate’s popular shounen manga of the same name, Haikyuu!! is an exhilarating and emotional sports comedy following two determined athletes as they attempt to patch a heated rivalry in order to make their high school volleyball team the best in Japan.

I really loved this manga. I have no idea how Haruichi Furudate was able to pull of such realistic effects in the manga. Whenever during a match it always feels like I’m playing alongside them. The manga was slightly better than the anime I think. Check out my review of the anime here.

1. Slam dunk

Synopsis:

Hanamichi Sakuragi’s got no game with girls–none at all! It doesn’t help that he’s known for throwing down at a moment’s notice and always coming out on top. A hopeless bruiser, he’s been rejected by 50 girls in a row! All that changes when he meets the girl of his dreams, Haruko, and she’s actually not afraid of him! When she introduces him to the game of basketball, his life is changed forever…

According to me this is the greatest sports manga of all time. I’ve read this manga several times and I still find those matches unbelievable. This manga is super amazing and the same time it’s also raelly funny. Even though this manga ended two decades ago, I think many people will wholeheartedly agree that this manga has given us many things.

Extra content:

Sports manhwa: The boxer

Synopsis:

An unimaginable talent without rivalry. Will it prove itself to be a blessing or a curse?

This is definetely different from hajime no ippo. This is also a new series which started just now but it’s popularity is increasing rapidly.

And that was my Top 11 sports manga to read right now list. If you have time, you can check out all the series. Each series is unique and amzing in it’s own way.

So you guys know that recently I watched all four seasons of Haikyuu!!. Well the thing is that after watching Haikyuu season 4 part 1, I was so into the last game(vs the miya brothers) that I couldn’t wait for part two and so I gave in. I read the whole manga until date, I’m not gonna spoil anything for you guys, enjoy the anime. I’ve got one thing to say, the manga was better than the anime that’s all.

Anyway enjoy reading these mangas.

5 comments

  1. I am almost tempted to watch the Haikyuu Manga since the anime has been put on hiatus for so long. They have seriously stretched the release date to infinity. But I am trying my best to refrain myself from reading the manga, since I am more interested in watching the way they will deliver the story through the use of animation. However, if some anime is not going to air or continue its story in the form of anime, then I would have to resort to reading the manga version, there is no way out here.

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    • Yeah, the temptation was just too much for me to resist and I gave in. Well in one way I was actually glad I read the manga because it was amazing. From the artwork to the story it was amazing. I think maybe you should wait for the anime, even though I read the manga I think I’m still going to see the anime with the sound effects.

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    • Yeah It’s so cool. I’ve myself only read this manga recently. I actually discovered this manga from raeding one punch man(both have the same artists). After many years I knew only now😄.

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      • Sure thing. I first read it a long time ago. Having a manga/anime about football is very unique. I heard the artist of One Punch Man worked on this. Also, one of the creators of Dr. Stone made Eyeshield 21. One of my favorite sports/game manga/anime is Hikaru no Go.

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