Bobsleigh, Bull Riding and More Sports That Are Worth Your Anime Screen Time
The genre of sports anime is gaining popularity. Series as Haikyu !! and Prince of tennis made fans applaud with as much enthusiasm as sports fans in the real world. With a huge array of new cartoons in the genre, it’s surprising that the following games have little to no screen time. This lack of representation is a shame as these sports would produce fantastic content. Here are five that deserve new series – and what their hypothetical anime looks like.
Ice hockey would be a great premise for an anime. There is almost no existing sports content. Although figure skating won the day with a popular series called Yuri on ice, one of the most exciting ice-related games barely received a consolation prize. Barely the keyword because a show came out earlier this year: Pride of Orange. Sadly, it received little fanfare – not reaching audience peaks like other sports anime have.
An ice hockey series would easily fall into the category of shonen anime. The potential story could follow typical shonen tropes. Perhaps the main character is talented at nothing, until he finds out he makes a good goalie, stopping pucks with pinpoint precision. Hockey is also a fast-paced and tough sport, which would allow intense art to portray games throughout the storyline as the team skates to glory. Since hockey is one of the few sports that allows for the occasional scuffle, there might be some aggressive scenes that add tension to the whole show. Friendships would be forged, teeth would be broken and drama would ensue. It would be a series that writes itself. Given the ever-growing popularity of anime in North America, the NHL might even require you to be a sponsor.
Bobsleigh appears to be an improbable sport to feed a whole series. Still, the anime industry has a habit of taking even the most obscure stories and turning them into elaborate storylines. An anime on the bobsleigh would be no different, following a quartet of friends whose dream is to make it to the Olympics.
Bobsleigh is like racing on ice, literally. A bobsled can reach almost 100 miles per hour, and such a speed is perfect for creating moments of tension in an anime. Additionally, there could be conflict between teammates, off the ice, as all four of the crew must learn to work together to achieve their dreams. This anime could be similar in shape to To free!, except that the water would be frozen solid. Another interesting idea for the story would be that it takes place in the late ’80s and the main characters are the proverbial Japanese bobsleigh team, which eventually made it to the Olympics. In a bit of nostalgic glory, the characters got to meet the Jamaican National Team, led by a character based on John Candy. This would be the anime meet Cool races: a winning combination.
Derby on wheels
Roller derby is a mix of roller skating and a tough sport. Hockey isn’t the only contact sport on skates, and roller derby has some of the most formidable athletes spectators can see on an ice rink. However, oddly enough, the most related manga or anime content is the dangerous fictional sport of the motor balloon in Fight the angel Alita.
The plot of a roller derby anime might involve a very nervous female sukeban (delinquent girl) type role known for fighting and other forms of trouble. One day she caught the attention of an older woman who was like the female lead when she was younger. The mentor introduces the protagonist to the sport of roller derby. Over time, the delinquent girl learns the value of brotherhood and channels her aggressive mind down a positive avenue – by hitting her opponents in the ice rink! Such a series could be popular with people who play roller derby and fans of cartoons, as roller derby athletes are usually female. It is high time that an anime girl power roller derby was released.
It is puzzling that a uniquely Japanese martial art, aikido, has not had an animated series dedicated to it. Aikido is different from other forms of combat in that it does not depend on displays of strength, but uses the opponent’s momentum against them. Aikido is one of the few martial arts where the well-being of the attacker is one of its main principles.
The main character of this anime could be a kindhearted and shy boy who unfortunately is being bullied and feels there is no way out of his predicament. One day, as a group of bullies torment him, a kind, older man decides to intervene by politely asking the bullies to stop. When one of the bullies tries to attack him, not only does he easily deflect the attack, but also sends it flying, the body rushes into a trash can. The same process is repeated with the other arrogant bullies, who are now humiliated that such an elderly man has defeated them without giving them a single punch. The protagonist, touched by the actions of the older man, wishes to learn the art of Aikido and meets the other students of the man’s dojo. By learning patience, control over his body, and how to center his mind, the once shy boy becomes confident. He grows up to defend himself, without hurting others. This is the essence of aikido and why it deserves a full-fledged sports anime.
Anime fans hear a lot about non-Japanese people falling in love with aspects of Japanese culture, but what about Japanese citizens who love American culture? It would be interesting to see an anime where a Japanese character falls in love with American society, and what could be more American than Texas and the Bull?
Bull riding is so dangerous that it has been dubbed “the most dangerous eight seconds in the sport,” but that doesn’t stop the main character in this anime. Not only does he dream of living in America, but he particularly enjoys everything country-related including music, food, and most importantly, the sport of horseback riding, which he considers to be the most manly thing in the world. . Believe it or not, there is a Japanese bull riding scene, and the hero joins it. The other riders are in awe of his natural talent and he attracts the attention of a wealthy American breeder who decides to sponsor him, on one condition. He must move to Texas and live with the family of the sponsor. At first he is thrilled, but he learns that America is not like what he has seen in the movies or heard in the country songs he loves so much. Nonetheless, he finds a new home in Texas, and thanks to his love of horseback riding and his desire to become the best, even culture shock can’t stop him. It would be a refreshing take for an anime to show America from a Japanese perspective, mainly when it revolves around a sport that only the bravest of athletes can master.
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