An anime or manga in which, rather than fighting, the characters play a game or sport. Said game or sport '''will''' be SeriousBusiness sometimes resulting in physically unwarranted pain, injury or death. Expect a lot of MundaneMadeAwesome. Frequently leads to a TournamentArc. Sometimes overlaps with {{Mons}}.

Not to be confused with RPGAnime.
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!!Examples

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* ''LightNovel/AccelWorld''
* ''Manga/AhiruNoSora'' is about basketball.
* ''Manga/KurokoNoBasuke'' is about Basketball too, but enters in the {{fanservice}} territory.
* ''Manga/AimForTheAce'' is about tennis players, about thirty years earlier than ''PrinceOfTennis''.
* ''Manga/{{Akagi}}'', which is a manga about {{Mahjong}}.
* ''Manga/AllRounderMeguru''
* ''Manga/AreaNoKishi'' (''Knights Of The Area''): The story of a high school [[FootyRules football]] club manager who seeks to overcome his fear of inadequacy to once again play the sport he loves.
* ''[[ArrowEmblemGrandPrixNoTaka Arrow Emblem: Grand Prix no Taka]]''
* ''Manga/AshitaNoJoe'' Its most recent incarnation is a live action film, with the popular IdolSinger Tomohisa "Yamapi" Yamashita playing Joe.
* ''AttackerYou!'', known as ''Jeanne et Serge'' in France: An influencial Volleyball manga, it inspired lots of girls into playing volley-ball in both Japan and France at the time the manga was published and the anime aired.
* ''Manga/AttackNumberOne'' is the first televised female sports anime ever, about volleyball.
* ''Anime/AttackerYou'' is about a female volleyball team.
* ''Anime/AyanesHighKick'' follows a would-be [[ProWrestlingIsReal professional wrestler]] and her debut in the world of competitive kick-boxing.
* ''Manga/BabySteps'' is the tale of a nerdy high-school student who trains to become a tennis player both to prove to himself that he can, and to get closer to the girl that has caught his eye.
* ''Manga/BakiTheGrappler'' is about martial arts.
* ''Manga/BambooBlade'', which is about kendo.
* ''Anime/{{Basquash}}'' is about basketball. [[RuleOfCool In 30-foot tall giant robots!]] It also may be about [[FanService the jiggle factor.]]
* ''Anime/BattleBDaman''
* ''BattleClub'' is about wrestling. Its also by the same gentleman who wrote IkkiTousen, so if know anything about that, you probably already have a good idea about [[FanService what is in this manga]].
* ''BattleSpirits'' is a card game by Bandai, which spawned several anime series. It did get a limited run in English but Bandai's lack of advertising, and the failure to even bother giving stores the cards to sale led it to be a wasted effort and discontinued in English after only the first set. It's still going strong in Japan though.
** ''Anime/BattleSpiritsShonenToppaBashin''
** ''Anime/BattleSpiritsShonenGekihaDan'' and it's sequel Battle Spirits Brave
** ''Anime/BattleSpiritsHeroes''
** ''Anime/BattleSpiritsSwordEyes''
** ''Anime/BattleSpiritsSaikyoGingaUltimateZero''
* ''Manga/BeachStars'': Is about beach volleyball
* ''Manga/{{Buyuden}}''
* ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}'', which is about spinning top battling. Yeah.
* ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'' is centered around soccer.
* ''Anime/CardfightVanguard'', a more realistic take on card games (at least, when compared to the ''Anime/YuGiOh'' anime's absurd level of SeriousBusiness).
** ''Anime/FutureCardBuddyfight'', from the creators of ''Anime/CardfightVanguard'', a less realistic take on card games comparable to the ''Anime/YuGiOh'' anime's absurd level of SeriousBusiness.
* ''Manga/TheCherryProject'': By ''Manga/SailorMoon'' author Creator/NaokoTakeuchi, about ice skating.
* ''Manga/{{Chihayafuru}}'' is about karuta, which is basically a card game but the Japanese refer to it as "competitive sport on a tatami."
* ''Manga/CrossGame'' is about baseball
* ''VideoGame/DanballSenki'' is about children (and adults) dueling with each other via futuristic gunpla called LBX. It overlaps somewhat with HumongousMecha genre but the LBX are still essentially toys.
* ''DearBoys''
* ''Manga/DiamondNoAce'' is about baseball
* ''Anime/DogDays'' turns ''War'' into a sports festival.
* ''Dokaben''
* ''Manga/{{Dorabase}}'' is, as the name suggests, baseball played by robot cats (referenced as [[{{Doraemon}} ''Dora'']] robots cats in the series).
* ''Anime/DuelMasters'', something of an AffectionateParody of GamingAndSportsAnimeAndManga, revolves around the titular card game.
* ''[[Main/{{Eyeshield21}} Eyeshield 21]]'' is about American football.
* ''Anime/{{Free}}'', AKA "[[FanNickname Swimming Anime]]."
* ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'' is about futuristic Formula racing, in which race cars are equipped in AI computers.
* ''Ganbarist Shun'' is about a boy training to be an Olympic medalist in gymnastics.
* ''Series/GiantKilling''
* ''Anime/GingaEKickoff''
* ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'' -- the "sport" here being tank-on-tank combat!
* ''{{Manga/Haikyuu}}'' is about volleyball.
* ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'' is about Boxing, thus overlapping with FightingSeries - but with a heavy focus on training and rules, it's more about the sport than anything else.
* ''Manga/HarlemBeat'', about a basketball team.
* ''HikariNoDensetsu''. A {{shoujo}} manga by Izumi Asou, whose main character Hikari Kamijou is a PluckyGirl who wants to be a gymnastics idol. Serialized in ''Margaret'' in the late 80's.
* ''Manga/HikaruNoGo'' is centered around the traditional Japanese board game of {{Go}}.
* ''Anime/HungryHeartWildStriker''
* ''Anime/IGPXImmortalGrandPrix''
* ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven'' is about fantastical football complete with special moves.
* ''Manga/InitialD'': to be a master in ''illegal racing''.
* ''Manga/{{Kaiji}}'', which is about gambling. However, the gambles tend to be games that you wouldn't normally associate with gambling, such as playing rock-paper-scissors.
* ''{{Katsu}}''
* ''Manga/KenkoZenrakeiSuieibuUmisho'', which is about swimming... and {{fanservice}}.
* ''[[Manga/{{Kurogane2011}} Kurogane (2011)]]'' is a manga about {{Kendo}}.
* ''KyojinNoHoshi'' (''Star of the Giants'') Not the first baseball manga ever, but the one everyone remembers (and copied/borrowed from).
* ''{{Manga/Legendz}}'' revolves around a Pokémon-esque monster fighting video game. The focus of the series is more on the monsters themselves, but most people in the series (at first) only know about the game and not that the creatures are real.
* ''LightNovel/LogHorizon'' takes place in an MMORPG
* ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaINNOCENT'' has the ''Nanoha'' cast dueling through card games.
* '' Manga/{{Major}}'' follows a young baseball prodigy from his days in Little League to the professional leagues.
* ''Anime/MegaManNTWarrior'' has Megaman.EXE and his friends destroying viruses on the net. 'Jack in, Megaman. Execute!'
** This one is more of a half example. While Navis can (and often are) used for the "Gaming" aspect of the thing (Net Battles), they are also used for system administration, security, business and just about everything in-between. Being a Gaming Anime, naturally, the Net Battling gets more focus.
* ''MoeroTopStriker'', known in France as ''L'Ecole des Champions'' (''The Champions' School'')
* ''Literature/{{Moshidora}}'': A girl buys Drucker's Management and uses its strategies to apply to baseball.
* ''Musashi no Ken'' is about kendo.
* ''LightNovel/NoGameNoLife'' is mostly about classic board games and video games set in an alternate world.
* ''Manga/NotariMatsutarou'' is about Sumo Wrestling.
* ''Overdrive'' It's about cycling, road racing
* ''Manga/OokikuFurikabutte'' (''Big Windup!'') - Baseball anime about probably the wimpiest pitcher in history.
* ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'' is about, well, tennis players.
* ''Anime/PrincessNine'' focuses on an all-girls baseball team attempting to win the (formerly male-only) national high school-level baseball championship.
* ''Manga/RainbowNishaRokubouNoShichinin'': Both Anchan and Mario dream of being boxers. Mario's subplot after escaping the Boys Dormitory centers on him getting his debut match against an American boxer on a U.S. military base.
* ''Manga/{{Rideback}}'' is about MiniMecha motorcycle racing, ballet and LaResistance movements against a former LaResistance.
* ''Rin!'' is about archery while also being a Boys Love manga.
* ''RingNiKakero'': By MasamiKurumada from ''SaintSeiya'' fame.
* ''Ro-Kyu-Bu!'' is about basketball.
* ''{{Rough}}''
* ''Manga/{{Saki}}'' is about Mahjong.
* ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'' centers on the life of a professional shogi player.
* ''Manga/SayonaraFootball'' is about soccer.
* ''Seishun Hakusho'' by Kimiko Uehara, a shoujo manga from TheSeventies in which a girl plays ice hockey and a boy is an ice skater.
* ''Manga/SekaiDeIchibanTsuyokuNaritai'' is about pro wrestling.
* ''Anime/SelectorInfectedWixoss'' is about a collectable card game that, unusual for its genre, played mostly by female population and features a female protagonist.
* ''Manga/SlamDunk'', which is about (of course) basketball.
* ''Manga/{{Softenni}}''
* ''Anime/SpeedRacer'' is about racing.
* ''Manga/{{Swan}}'' is about ballet.
* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' is about a virtual-reality series of online role-playing adventure games. The original starts by going [[DeadlyGame way too far]] to achieve success.
* ''Anime/TaishouYakyuuMusume'' also deals with all-girl baseball team, but this time taking place during the Taishō period (e.g. in 1920s Japan).
* ''Manga/{{Touch}}''
* ''VisualNovel/WalkureRomanze'' revolves around competitive jousting.
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh''. The [[Manga/YuGiOh manga]] featured several different games, most notable being card games (duh), board, dice, and role-playing games. The [[Anime/YuGiOh anime]] universe settles on the exclusive use of the trading card game ''Duel Monsters''.
** The [[Anime/YuGiOhGX anime]] and [[Manga/YuGiOhGX manga]] versions of OddlyNamedSequel ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' -- at least, [[MindScrew that's what they want you to think...]]
** ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds''. [[MemeticMutation Card Games On Motorcycles]].
** And a ''third'' one, ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL''.
** ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV''.
* ''Manga/YawaraAFashionableJudoGirl'' is all about Judo.
* ''Manga/YowamushiPedal'' is about competitive cycling.
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