Some days back, when I was watching my favourite sports genre anime ‘Haikyuu’, I realised that it had some clichés which has been there in lots of other sports anime; even though the anime was still able to create the same anxious emotions as it did when I watched its previous season. So today I decided to pen down some of those anime clichés which are there in most of the anime of the sports genre.
- THE ULTIMATE DUO…… ALWAYS HAS A ROUGH START:
Every sports anime out there has this amazing duo, who together have the capacity to destroy the opponent team completely. But still, all those partners have a rough start. Now, I know that most of the real life sportsmen have a fight or are irritated by their future partners, but to be honest, this concept have been used so many times that it has become too predictable and has become one of those clichés in mainstream sports anime.
- AIM FOR NATIONALS, WHAT AFTER THAT….. ???:
If you have seen some of the mainstream anime like ‘Kuroko no Basuke’, ‘Haikyuu’, ‘Ace of Diamond’; you should know where I’m getting at. Most of these anime gets us all pumped about reaching the nationals and use up 70-90 episodes in showing us how they went up to the nationals. ButI have still not seen the story of what that team finally did in the nationals or at least a short story of how they fared there. However, it seems like Haikyuuwill be showing us that part of sports anime.
- 1ST SEASON= THE GREAT DEFEAT
2ND SEASON= ACQUIRING NEW TECHNIQUES
3RD SEASON= WINNING TICKET TO NATIONALS:
I think that I just spoiled someone who just started watching a new sports anime series. Well, of all those sports anime I have watched, all of them had the same story, the only difference being was the change in sport. (Chihayafuru being an exception) Every anime of this genre will start off with great talent of first years, ending with a defeat to the rivals, then the second season will focus on how the team becomes stronger and finally the third season is a total show of how they finally defeated all of them with god-like strength and then went on to the nationals.
- TIME?? TO HELL WITH THAT SHIT!
Now I know that right now all of you will be thinking that I have repeated this point in most of my posts, but seriously guys, that’s the only thing that I’m really pissed off about in sports genre. I mean, yeah it is okay to take some time into showing the game in details but come on! 15 episodes for a single game of 40 minutes or so?? That’s just totally rude to him who discovered what time is!
- NO ONE CARES ABOUT THE SECOND YEARS:
In all those sports anime where there are no shortage of members, the only characters who get attention are the third year and the first year students, as for the second year students……. wait, was there any?? Now don’t get me wrong, there is some focus on second years like the characters Tanba, Nishinoya (Haikyuu), Miyuki and Kuramochi (Ace of Diamond), but the number doesn’t exceed than 2, as for the rest of them….. Man, to hell with them! No one cares. It’s a sad life for the second year members.
- THE UNDER-CONFIDENT ONE:
Every sports anime, and by every I mean every, will have this one team member who does his job really well and has given much support to the team, but is always scared. I mean, why are you always so scared? At one point you get really pissed off by the fact that these guys are there in every single sports anime. Can’t someone try something else?
- THE MAIN CHARACTER IS NOT FAMOUS:
In case you didn’t understand what I meant, allow me to explain this cliché to you. All the main characters in these kinds of anime are not from any prestigious middle school and all they posses is raw talent. They don’t really get much attention by the audience at first, but as soon as the team reaches semi-finals, that guy suddenly becomes the most popular member of the team and all those extra audiences have these dialogues, “Who is that kid?”, “Which middle school is he from?”, “That kid has talent” and some other nonsensical comments like that.
So that sums up my post for the clichés of sports anime. What did you think about my post? Do you have any other clichés you could think of? Let me know in the comments below and also thank you for reading my post!