7 Best Underrated Sports Anime (2020): It’s Not Haikyuu

You might think that you have watched all kinds of Sports Anime but rethink a bit because there are Some of the Best Underrated Sports Anime you might not have watched till yet, And I promised Some of them will be in your Most Favorite anime list.

So here’s the list for Some of the Top Underrated Sports Anime in blend with different Genre in “NO PARTICULAR ORDER”

“Rating might seem different that because here we use the 9Anime Rating Engine which seems better Rating System than Other.”

Sports Anime with Genius MC

One Outs

  • Japanese: ワンナウツ
  • Episodes: 25
  • Premiered: Fall 2008
  • Studios: Madhouse
  • Genres: Sports, Psychological, Seinen
  • 9Anime Rating: 8.4 / 55,135 reviews

If you ask me that Is there any character who can challenge L other than Light Yagami or Lelouch, then meet Tokuchi Toua. He is a gambler in the series. And he is damn intelligent. And also it’s from Madhouse so Animation and Soundtrack department are Covered.

One Outs is a One-on-One Baseball Game where Batter has to Somehow hit the ball outside of the Inner Zone and Tokuchi had never lost a single game, in fact, he’s record was 499/499 Wins until when he was challenged by Lycaons team captain and he lost. After that, he had to join the Lycaons team, and there the Game Begins.

I would say I have watched More than 380+ Anime, and from that, this Anime is in my Top 10 List. So without Saying anime more words Just Give it a try.

Sports Anime with Character Development

Run With The Wind

  • Japanese: 風が強く吹いている
  • Episodes: 23
  • Premiered: Fall 2008
  • Studios: Production I.G
  • Genres: Comedy, Sports, Drama
  • Anime Aukat: 8.24 / 11,377 reviews

From the list, this is by far the Best Underrated Sports Anime with Character Development. Run with the Wind has a total of 10 Characters in high Light and I’m sure you’ll relate with at least one of the Characters.

Its been heck of a time since I last heard some dope soundtrack/ost like this anime has to offer, Its Modern, It has EDM, It’s Dope.

The Story is not about Running/Race, Its more about people who run the Race. So don’t watch this anime with wrong expectations.

Sports Anime with Zero to Hero MC

Yowamushi Pedal

  • Japanese: 弱虫ペダル
  • Episodes: 70+
  • Premiered: Fall 2013
  • Studios: TMS Entertainment
  • Genres: Comedy, Sports, Drama, Shounen
  • Anime Aukat: 8.13 / 57,118 reviews

After the kuroko no basket ended, there was no sports anime which can come to close to that, till I found this anime.

This anime is Just lit. It’s Aggressive as hell. This anime is has a Zero to Hero MC. Where the MC has a natural talent for Paddling Fast in Cycle but he had never thought to Compete in the Competition.Till he meets the Certain Person [No Spoiler that’s why].

I generally liked First and Second more because it has more Shonen and Zero-To-Hero Plot and all Characters here are different and each has its own unique capability in context to Cyclin and the Power shown are imaginary, not real.

The Most FASCINATING [Positive/Negative] CHARACTER WOULD BE Midoshouji. So keep an eye on him, he’ll definitely give you Goosebumps.

Sports Anime with Overpowered MC

Ping Pong The Animation

  • Japanese: ピンポン THE ANIMATION
  • Episodes: 11
  • Premiered: Spring 2014
  • Studios: Tatsunoko Production
  • Genres: Drama, Psychological, Seinen, Sports
  • Anime Aukat: 8.65 / 66,651 reviews

So you want watch a masterpiece? hmmmmmmm. Then this is The Anime For You.

Don’t Judge this anime based on Animation only Its not like Madhouse Or So but this Animation Style is Unique and Subtle Which I like So much.

If You Know HINDI Language,then watch this video it’s far better than my dump review.


So this anime has like Ultra Depth and it’s like Naruto is Compressed to Zip. Cause this anime has OP MC but he is not effectively using he’s talent till he meets he’s coach. He can run any Ping Pong Player for its money.

This anime is directed by the same director from another masterpiece movie Tekkonkinkreet. So Give it a Try.

Sports Anime with Romance

Welcome to the Ballroom

  • Japanese: ボールルームへようこそ
  • Episodes: 24
  • Premiered: Summer 2017
  • Studios: Production I.G
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, School, Shounen, Sports
  • Anime Aukat: 8.36 / 34,034 reviews

“Pro : Dance is a kind of Sport”

Me : “When did this happened?”

This anime or “Sport Anime”,It’s hard for me to believe sometime.Okay Joke aside. It’s blend of Sport and Romance with beautiful character art style.

The Story pace is slow but it will start to pick-up in episode 7-8 and then you gonna enjoy a lot.SO don’t drop it early and it is not your typical sporty shonen with Supernatural power or like that.

Sports Anime with Best Animation


  • Japanese: REDLINE
  • Episodes: 1 [Movie]
  • Premiered: Fall 2009
  • Studios: Madhouse
  • Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Cars, Sports
  • Anime Aukat: 8.33 / 83,050 reviews

What happens when you combine Star Wars + Speed Racer + 1 Gallon of Acid + Madhouse Tag = RedLine and which is highly highly Underrated Sports Anime.

The Animation is just “Out of the World“.It is by-far “Madhouse best Anime” in Context to Animation.

Redline Solely revolve around the Intergalactic Race and if you want the coolest MC in sport and this anime won’t disappoint you.

As it has Intergalactic Character you will see some crazy Racer’s and even more crazy their cars.

Sports Anime with Comedy

Over Drive

  • Japanese: オーバードライヴ
  • Episodes: 26
  • Premiered: Spring 2007
  • Studios: Xebec
  • Genres: Shounen, Sports, Comedy
  • Anime Aukat: 7.71 / 15,041 reviews

Yeah I know the animation is stupidly old and rating also not too high but this Anime is described in Four words: Yowamushi Pedal Lite + GTO = Over Drive.

Over Drive Anime is a hell of Comedy and anime will catch its pace after somewhat episode 11 (at least for me). It based on the Cycling theme the same as Yowamushi Pedal but it has more Learning lessons like GTO which you’ll gonna enjoy.


Here was the Best Underrated Sports Anime list from our side, It might differ on your list. I hope you’ll enjoy all the following anime. Comment down which One You Liked the Most.

Mihir Pambhar
A tech-enthusiast, and an Otaku he creates content that is derived from his personal experiences.

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