Baseball is one of the most popular teams sports globally, which began in the early 18th century in England. Played with a bat and ball, baseball soon found its honor as the national sports of the United States in the 19th century.
Besides its popularity in the United States and the United Kingdom, baseball became popular in countries like Japan, South Korea, and few other Asian countries.
In anime, baseball is not only about the scores on the board, but it also displays the life off-field and how the personal life of a player affects the performance of the field.
So, let’s begin with the top 10 list of baseball anime.
Moshidora displays a unique characterization of baseball using the knowledge of businesses.
MoshidoraAir Date: April 25, 2011 Status: Finished Studio: Production I.G No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 10
Minami Kawashima has no idea how to manage a team, but as a favor to her sick childhood friend Yuki Miyata, she accepts the role of manager at the Hodokubo High School.
At first sight, she comes to know about the team where some members don’t even come for practice resulting in disastrous teamwork in official games.
Determined to take this team to Koshien Stadium for the most prestigious baseball tournament, she ends up buying Peter Drucker’s business guide instead of a baseball one. But soon realizes the potential of the book in forming a proper baseball team.
Princess Nine depicts the struggle of girls in a male-driven society.
Princess NineAir Date: April 8, 1998 Status: Finished Studio: Phoenix Entertainment No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 26
To form Japan’s first girls’ baseball team, Ryo Hayakawa, the daughter of the legendary pitcher Hidehiko Hayakawa, has assembled a team of nine female players.
To earn the recognition as an official baseball team, they challenged the boys’ baseball team for the National High School Baseball Championship in the Koshien Stadium.
Abandoning something you love is not as easy as you think, H2 portrays that with subtlety.
H2Air Date: June 1, 1995 Status: Finished Studio: Production Reed No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 41
After losing aspiration of playing baseball due to an elbow injury, Hiro joins a school with no baseball team. There he joins a soccer team where the popularity among the girls is at its peak.
Hoping to see him play baseball again, her childhood friend Hikari joins a school with Hideo, the baseball ace. But the one thing the soccer team lacked is discipline and respect for others, be it a human or sports.
Soon while demeaning the unofficial baseball team, the soccer team challenges them. Disgusted by their behavior, Hiro joins the baseball team to help them win.
7Taisho Baseball Girls
Taisho Baseball Girls is a journey of a group of girls striving to become professional baseball players.
Taisho Baseball GirlsAir Date: July 3, 2009 Status: Finished Studio: J.C.Staff No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 12
After being insulted by some male baseball players, Akiko has invited her friend Koume to form a baseball team. To prove that they can also play baseball and not just work as a housewife, she recruits others with interest in playing baseball.
Her aim is to beat the boys’ baseball team at their own game but soon faces the harsh reality of the game. Facing the resistance from society, they take the challenges head-on while marching forward towards their goal.
Big Windup presents the importance of trust and friendship in team sports through a heart-warming story.
Big Windup!Air Date: April 13, 2007 Status: Finished Studio: A-1 Pictures No. of Seasons: 2 No. of Episodes: 38
To leave behind the days as the ace pitcher of middle school, who was shunned for the team’s losing streak, Ren Mihashi has joined Nishiura High in a different prefecture.
But was soon forced into joining their baseball team as the starting pitcher. His deficit in confidence is fulfilled by the catcher, Takaya Abe, who supports him throughout.
Realizing that he will be accepted for being himself, Ren gains confidence as a baseball player under the supervision of the enthusiastic coach Maria Momoe.
Touch will bring out the underlying emotions in your heart through a story depicting the peaceful coexistence of romance and sports.
TouchAir Date: March 24, 1985 Status: Finished Studio: Studio Gallop, Group TAC, Studio Junio No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 101
Uesugi Kazuya is the talk of the town as the hardworking ace pitcher of the middle school baseball team. While his older twin brother Tatsuya wastes his talent by lazing around to live an attention-free life.
But when it comes to their childhood neighbor and friend Asakura Manami, Tatsuya is not ready to give her up. However, Kazuya and Manami are considered a perfect couple around the town.
But soon after growing up, both the brothers fall in love with Minami. And thus, Tatsuya’s journey of proving his worth for Minami begins competing against his already established younger brother.
Major displays a son’s resolution to become a professional baseball player like his father.
MajorAir Date: November 13, 2004 Status: Airing Studio: Studio Hibari, SynergySP, OLM No. of Seasons: 8 No. of Episodes: 179
Inspired by his father, Gorou Honda dreams of becoming a professional baseball player. The determination of his son keeps Shigeharu to push himself to continue playing baseball besides being on a second-string team.
Leading an already complicated life in the absence of his late wife, Shigeharu faces an obstacle when his elbow injury forces him out of the team.
But soon after the encouragement from his childhood friend, he starts his career as a batter leaving his position as pitcher behind. Witnessing the comeback, Gorou’s determination to play the legendary baseball leagues as a professional player is solid as a rock.
One Outs bravely blends the world of baseball with the slyness of gambling.
One OutsAir Date: October 8, 2008 Status: Finished Studio: Madhouse No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 25
Toua Tokuchi uses his athleticism by gambling the sports of baseball at the game of One Outs. Witnessing his incredibly fast pitches, he is scouted by Hiromichi Kojima to make his team successful.
But the owner being afraid of losing most of the money refuses until Toua keeps a condition of getting five million yen for each out he pitches while losing fifty million yen for each run he concedes.
Not able to refuse such an offer, the owner agrees while Toua aims to make money using his gambling instincts on the field.
Cross Game asks you to let your emotions speak when the brain doesn’t.
Cross GameAir Date: April 5, 2009 Status: Finished Studio: SynergySP No. of Seasons: 1 No. of Episodes: 50
Kou Kitamura is the son of a baseball shop owner with no interest in playing baseball despite his skill. At the same time, his neighbor and childhood friend, Aoba Tsukishima is the daughter of a baseball center, with extreme talent as a pitcher.
Not getting along well, the one person they admire in their life is Wakaba Tsukishima, Aoba’s older sister. Aoba often gets jealous, witnessing Wakaba and Kou get along well since childhood.
As time passes by, they both realize their feelings and try to overcome them through the game of baseball.
1Ace of Diamond
Ace of Diamond splendidly illustrates one’s journey to the top of the baseball world through persistence and hard work.
Ace of DiamondAir Date: October 6, 2013 Status: Finished Studio: Madhouse, Production I.G No. of Seasons: 3 No. of Episodes: 178
Eijun Sawamura and his teammates pledge to enter the nationals of the baseball tournament once they are in high school, after tasting defeat in their last middle school game.
But soon after being recruited by the prestigious Seidou High School known for its baseball team, Eijun finds himself amid talented players.
Getting overwhelmed by the pressure, he declares to become the ace while Satoru Furuya, a fellow first-year, is already on the starting roster. Determined more than ever, Eijun begins the journey where his talents alone won’t work until he gives his all in it.
There are some other baseball series which is worth giving a try, they are:
Hachigatsu no Cinderella Nine, Slow Step, Battery.Originally Written By Epic Dope