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Like Team Spirit: What Makes Sports Anime So Exciting?

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Often but not always a subset of the Shonen genre, sports anime have been around for a very long time. As such, we've had a proliferation of titles from various sports of various kinds.

Titles like Ashita no Joe, Hajime no Ippo, Slam Dunk and Captain Tsubasa are iconic titles that have come to define the genre in various ways.Their impact of sports anime on the medium is immense, and they garner a huge following and community.

Just what is the special X-factor found in sports anime that makes them so gripping and particularly satisfying to follow all the way through?

From the traditional to the avantgarde, the fictional and the realistic, sports anime have proven to be capable of captivating fans, whether they and many of these titles are incredibly well-received.

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