Either I've missed out on a whole bunch or there aren't a whole lot of anime about sports out there. If I was a reader of manga I'd probably not have this complaint since I'm sure there's plenty of sports manga that has not had an anime adaptation, but I am not big on manga so anime will have to suffice. I like sports. I like watching them and I like playing them and because of that I enjoy sports anime the most out of the various genres out there. Each season I prowl the various new release calenders hoping to find some new sports themed series starting. I am lucky this season to have both Giant Killing and season six of Major (my favorite series, fancy that) running along with a second season of Big Windup. I realize that I am most likely in the minority when it comes to this. Because after all when you have the choice between a series about pirates or samurai or something and a series about baseball or soccer, why go with the one based off something you can see everyday on ESPN albeit in a far less dramatized format.
Still, I wish there were more sports anime on the market. Though I do enjoy the occasional slice of life comedy or the romantic drama or the high octane action and even the moe show, at the end of the day I always seem to find myself gravitating back towards the sports shows. It may be a bias, but I tend to enjoy the characters in those shows more; they seem more fully realized at the end of the series. Cross Game was one of my favorite shows of 2009/early 2010 because it perfectly balanced, in my eyes, the sports with the character drama and human elements. The relationship between Koh, Yuhei, and Aoba was fantastically handled, and the first episode alone made my eyes water. You don't seem to get that with a lot of new series these days. They all seem to lack that human element that I adore. And I know that some, if not most, of you are fans of the inhuman and crazy elements that a lot of anime tend to have, and that's fine, everyone has their own likes and dislikes. Of course, there are shows outside the realm of sports anime that do have those human elements and fully realized characters, I tend to see that in the more drama oriented shows, things like Kimi ni Todoke or Aoi Hana.
This may seem like I'm just rambling incoherently, but all I'm saying is that I wish there were more sports shows out there. Good sports shows, too, not like Taisho Yakyuu Musume, but like Slam Dunk or Hajime no Ippo, hell even shows like One Outs would be fine even though I consider that more a gambling show that has sports as a backdrop. I just wish people could be as excited over a new sports series as they are over a new shounen series or something.
This is the part where people say how many sports shows there are and how I'm silly for not hearing about them. Or for them to disagree. Whatever works.