Where to Go Next for More Sports Manga

As a final goodbye to the Cross Game Manga Moveable Feast, now that Ed and I have both reviewed it and talked about it, I thought I’d point out some other translated sports manga, in case you’d like to continue with the genre:

Football: Eyeshield 21, Viz, 36 books

Soccer: Whistle!, Viz, 24 books

Angel Cup, Tokyopop, 5 books

Gothic Sports, Tokyopop, 3 books (English — 5 in German)

Tennis: The Prince of Tennis, Viz, 42 books

(Also, Maison Ikkoku, for being a romantic comedy, has a surprising amount of tennis playing in it.)

Volleyball: Crimson Hero, Viz, 14 books

Ice Skating: Sugar Princess, Viz, 2 books

Track and Field: Hana Kimi, Viz, 22 books — although the sport takes a far second place to the cross-dressing and teen love

Suzuka, Del Rey Manga, 15 books

Cheering: Dragon Girl, Yen Press, 2 books

Boxing: One-Pound Gospel, Viz, 4 books

Punch!, Viz, 3 books — a shojo take on fighting sports

Basketball: Slam Dunk, Viz, 16 books

Real, Viz, 9 books, by the same author as Slam Dunk, although this version has wheelchair players and is better recommended

Harlem Beat, Tokyopop, 9 books, followed by the sequel, Rebound, 18 books

Girl Got Game, Tokyopop, 10 books (Like Hana Kimi, this manga stars a girl pretending to be a boy)

And back to Baseball: Diamond Girl, CMX, only one book in the U.S.

11 Comments

  1. There’s a lot of Viz on that list! I guess I didn’t realize they publish so many sports titles. Your mention of Maison Ikkoku reminds me of the occasional tennis matches in Itazura na Kiss. I also think of Dragon Girl as a sort of sports-manga—the main emphasis is on the cheer squad (which is kind of a sport, right?) but there is some baseball as well! I’m not much of a sports fan, but I still got excited and wrapped up in the competitive spirit while working on the series :D (I lettered it for Yen Press)

    Does Swan (ballet) count as sports-manga?

  2. There’s also Suzuka, which is about track. Though I can’t personally recommend it, as I hated it, it’s still a sports title missing from your list.

  3. I’ll add two more about soccer, both from Tokyopop:

    Angel Cup. Jae-Ho Youn. Dropped after 5 volumes, not sure how many volumes it ran in Korean.

    and

    Gothic Sports. Anike Hage. Five volumes in German [orig. published in German], three in French [from Soliel], two in English from Tokyopop.

  4. Yeah, the Viz-heaviness shouldn’t be surprising, I guess, but it does stand out, doesn’t it? (On second thought, that makes sense for a first draft, because it’s now harder to research Tokyopop and Del Rey titles, since they no longer have websites.) I was just impressed at the range of sports covered. I’m not familiar with the other titles mentioned — I’ll look them up and add them. I was hoping people would help fill in the gaps of those I wasn’t familiar with, so thank you all.

    Swan, although quite competitive, doesn’t count, unfortunately. I also thought about including Hikaru no Go, my favorite competition manga, but ultimately went with a more restrictive definition of sport.

  5. James Schee

    There was also the Chuck Austen Boys of Summer that had one volume from Tokyopop. Not that I’d recommend it, as it was more about girl taking clothes off than baseball.

  6. I want to recommend All-Rounder, an MMA/Shooto manga

  7. That’s never been in print in the U.S., though.

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  9. Should not Bamboo Blade published my Yen Press be on this list too?

  10. I’d consider Kendo a martial art, not a sport in the U.S. sense, but yeah, that’s another competition manga readers may want to check out.

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