|Scope/Focus:||Free!, Haikyuu, Yuri on Ice, Kuroko no Basuke, Prince of Tennis, Yowamushi Pedal, Diamond no Ace, Hikaru no Go, Chihayafuru, Ping Pong the Animation, Ookiku Furikabutte, Run with the Wind|
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Sports Anime is an umbrella fandom linking together anime and manga fandoms, usually regarding team sports, such as Free!, Haikyuu, Kuroko no Basuke, and Yowamushi Pedal, which, although they do not share characters, have in common a focus on teamwork, friendship, achievement, and passion. Sports anime are mostly shounen and often have a high school setting. The majority are focused on male characters, with casts often being overwhelmingly one gender due to the nature of team sports; this leads to yaoi shipping.
- Sports anime meta: meta essay about "Real Life" in sports anime and manga
- Sports anime are known for being thrilling, perhaps melodramatic, considering the generally mundane setting, but engaging due to well-developed characters and motivations.
- sports anime bingo
Crossovers are common, as the stories generally take place in modern Japan. In crossover fanworks, characters may meet when they travel for their sports. In fanfiction, characters' sports and background are usually not changed.
A common trend is fan art comparing corresponding character types in different sports anime. These comparisons often involve swapping outfits or sports to highlight their similar attitudes.