As someone who enjoys both anime and gymnastics, I was eager to dive deeper into the world of anime and discover the best series that feature this incredible sport. Unfortunately, I quickly realized that there aren’t many series that focus on gymnastics.
In fact, after doing some research, I discovered only five series that prominently feature gymnastics. While this may be disappointing to some, it simply means that we must respect the few shows that do exist even more. So, without further ado, here are the five best gymnastics anime!
In “Backflip!!,” Shotaro Futaba experiences a pivotal moment during the waning days of middle school when he stumbles upon the captivating world of boys’ gymnastics. His fascination with the sport leads him to enroll at Soshukan Private High School, fondly known as Ao High. Eager to explore his newfound passion, Shotaro decides to join the boys’ gymnastics club.
Upon entering the club, he encounters a diverse group of senpais (seniors) with unique personalities, each contributing their individual quirks and experiences to the dynamic mix. Among them shines Misato Ryoya, a star gymnast whose prowess and dedication stand out. As the story unfolds, the anime explores the vivid tapestry of youthful exuberance and the pursuit of excellence in the realm of sports.
Navigating the landscape of intense training, heated rivalries, and shared aspirations, the boys forge deep bonds of friendship and camaraderie. The anime masterfully portrays the ups and downs of their journey, highlighting the sacrifices, conflicts, and triumphs that shape their path.
The Gymnastics Samurai
“The Gymnastics Samurai” follows the journey of Joutarou Aragaki, a former gymnastics champion who is grappling with a shoulder injury and the loss of his wife. Despite his struggles, Joutarou remains dedicated to his sport and continues training as a member of the Japanese gymnastics team. However, his lack of progress and his coach’s advice to retire leave him at a crossroads.
Accompanied by his spirited and supportive daughter, Rei, Joutarou decides to break the news to her during a trip to Ego Wonderland. This trip takes an unexpected turn when they encounter Leonardo, a self-proclaimed ninja, who disrupts their plans. As Joutarou attempts to communicate his decision to his daughter, Leonardo’s presence adds an element of unpredictability to their lives.
With Leonardo’s desire to witness Joutarou’s gymnastics skills, the story takes a new direction. Joutarou makes a bold announcement that he is not retiring, shocking the gymnastics community. Fueled by his determination, Joutarou embarks on a remarkable journey to prove that he still belongs in the world of gymnastics. This anime beautifully weaves together themes of perseverance, family, and the pursuit of one’s passion.”
The Kaleido Stage is famous around the world for mesmerising audiences with its incredible acrobatics, innovative routines, and extravagant costumes and sets. Sora Naegino is desperate to be a part of the magic. She travels to California from Japan to audition for a spot in the group.
However, Sora quickly learns how difficult it is to be a professional performer in a world where the stakes and stunts are higher and mistakes are deadly!
Ganba Fly High
The boys gymnastics team at Heisei Middle School is nothing compared to the girls team. Shun Fujimake, a first-year student, has big dreams of winning a gold medal at the Olympics. Despite his lack of gymnastics experience and athleticism, his determination and fighting spirit help him overcome any obstacle.
Hikari no Densetsu
Hikari is a young schoolgirl who aspires to be a great champion in rhythmic gymnastics. Despite her setbacks, she works hard and, with the help and support of Takaaki Oiishi (her school’s best male gymnast), quickly becomes a member of the team.
She develops feelings for Oiishi, but she is not alone; the best gymnast in the school, Hazuki Shiina, also has feelings for him. Hikari and Shiina quickly form a friendship, but also a rivalry in sports and in love. Hikari is also torn between her feelings for Oiishi and an old childhood friend, Mao Natsukawa.