Volleyball anime has carved out a special place in the hearts of sports fans. It offers a unique blend of sportsmanship, teamwork, and exhilarating matches. 

As a sub-genre of sports anime, these shows capture the essence of competition, often highlighting characters’ personal growth as they strive to become the best in their sport.

One of the standout titles in this genre is the wildly popular Haikyuu, which has garnered acclaim for its dynamic animation, wide range of characters, and exceptional storytelling.

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Haikyuu has become a defining series, showcasing the genre’s ability to inspire, entertain, and captivate fans with the underdog story of Shoyo Hinata and the redemption journey of Tobio Kageyama.

If you’re looking for other sports anime about volleyball, we’ve got you covered. Here are three shows you should add to your list.

Dive into the world of volleyball anime with these 3 standout shows

Harukana Receive

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The anime is set in the world of beach volleyball, and the show follows Haruka Oozora and her cousin Kanata Higa as they navigate the challenges of the sport and their struggles.

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One of the show’s standout features is its attention to detail in portraying the intricacies of beach volleyball.

From the techniques used on the sand court to the strategies employed by the players, Harukana Receive offers a realistic and immersive look at the sport.

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The series explores friendship and personal growth themes as Haruka and Kanata learn from each other and work together to overcome their challenges.

The bond between the characters is a central focus of the show, adding depth and emotion to the story.

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Harukana Receive is a must-watch for fans of sports anime. It offers a unique and engaging take on beach volleyball that is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Where to watch:

Harukana Receive is available for streaming on Crunchyroll. Please note that this show may not be available in your region.

2.43: Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Team

2.43: Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Team image from the series' official social media account
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2.43: Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Team is a Japanese volleyball light novel series created by Yukako Kabei and illustrated by Aiji Yamakawa.

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Japanese animation studio David Production adapted it into an anime television series that aired from January to March 2021.

The anime follows Kimichika Haijima and Yuni Kuroba as they navigate the challenges of competitive volleyball, showcasing the importance of teamwork, perseverance, and overcoming personal obstacles.

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What sets 2.43 apart is its attention to detail in depicting the sport of volleyball. The matches are intense and realistic, capturing the strategies and skills required to succeed in the game.

Additionally, the characters are relatable, each with their struggles and motivations that drive them.

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2.43: Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Team offers a blend of thrilling sports action and heartfelt drama, making it a standout in the genre.

Where to watch:

2.43: Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Team is available for streaming on Crunchyroll. Please note that this show may not be available in your region.

Attack No. 1 

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Attack No. 1 holds a significant place in the history of sports anime, particularly as the first televised female sports anime series in the shojo category.

Created by Chikako Urano, the series debuted in 1968 and is considered a classic in the genre. Urano’s work on Attack No. 1 is credited with helping to establish the foundation of shojo anime and expanding the audience beyond the typical demographic, showcasing the sport of volleyball compellingly and engagingly.

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The series follows the story of Kozue, a middle school girl with a passion for volleyball and a dream of playing for the Japanese national team.

Throughout the series, Kozue progresses from the school district league to the Japanese volleyball finals and eventually to the international volleyball championship.

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However, as she climbs the ladder of success, she must also face the challenges that come with it, including high expectations, self-conceit, and envy.

Attack No. 1’s portrayal of Kozue’s journey not only highlights the excitement and intensity of volleyball but also delves into the darker aspects of success. The series serves as a timeless reminder of the complexities of pursuing one’s dreams and the importance of perseverance in adversity.

Where to watch:

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