I have been wanting to get into a sports anime for a while now, with Haikyuu!! season 3 airing this season, having watched The Prince of Tennis on Toonami when I was younger, and seeing a new sport get an animated adaptation nearly every year. Even ice-skating got an anime this year (Yuri!!! On ICE)! I haven’t seen it yet, but I have read 100 Word Anime‘s reviews of it, and it seems like something worth watching. However, I wanted to use this post not to talk about my favorite sport that hasn’t yet gotten an anime adaptation: Bowling.
Bowling is one of the few sports (that are prominent in Japan) that has yet to get an anime adaptation. And I am not talking about short scenes, or even episodes dedicated to bowling, but an actual full-length series. Though I don’t mean to discredit any shows that feature bowling in a scene or episode, because there are plenty of good ones that should not be missed. Take Death Parade‘s third episode, where the two contestants bowl against each other. I felt that this episode was beautifully animated, and something future bowling anime creators should definitely look at for reference.
The only reason I can imagine for why there isn’t yet a bowling anime, is because there is hardly any source material to base one off of. While researching, I came across only one manga about bowling called Bowling King. Though, I don’t think that will be made into an anime anytime soon. However, you don’t need source material to make an anime. Recent shows like 91 Days and the sports anime airing right now Yuri!!! On ICE both don’t have prior source material, meaning that it is most definitely possible.
I think that for Japan to have Cosplay Bowling, anime bowling should certainly not be far behind. I am a little biased in thinking so, though, since bowling is my favorite sport, and just last week I went bowling in Japan for the first time!
I would be ecstatic if there were to be a bowling anime made sometime soon. I think it is one of the many sports to be left out of the loop, but does not deserve to be. Do you have any other sports that you think should be made into an anime, but hasn’t been yet? Let me know! Also, do you have any good sports anime recommendations? Tell me down below!