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Free! (2013)
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Free! (2013)
Original name: フリー!
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: The story revolves around Haruka Nanase, a boy who has always loved to be immersed in water, and to swim in it. Before graduating from elementary school, he participated in a swimming tournament along with his fellow swimming club members, Makoto Tachibana, Nagisa Hazuki, and Rin Matsuoka. After achieving victory, each of the boys went their separate ways. Time passed, and in the middle of their uneventful high school lives Rin appears and challenges Haruka to a match, showing Haruka his overwhelming power. Not wanting it to end like this, Haruka, gathers together Makoto and Nagisa once again and brings a new member named Rei Ryugazaki to create the Iwatobi High School Swimming Club in order to defeat Rin.
Style: captivating, humorous, exciting, light, motivational
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, high school, swimming, rivalry, sport, contests and competitions, team, victory, academy, school, school life, tournament, high school life, everyday life, training, slice of life, school club

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Yuri!!! on Ice (2016)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 20 min.
TV show
Story: Yūri Katsuki carried all of Japan's hopes on his shoulders to win at the Gran Prix Finale ice skating competition, but suffered a crushing defeat. He returns home to Kyushu and half feels like he wants to retire, and half feels like he wants ...
Style: exciting, yaoi, captivating, feel good, light ...
Plot: figure skating, russian, training, rivalry, friendship, competition, skating, coach, sport, teenager, romance, tournament ...
Time: 21st century
Place: japan
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Kuroko's Basketball (2012)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: In the story, Kagami Taiga has just enrolled into Seirin High School when he meets Kuroko Tetsuya of the school's basketball team. Kuroko happens to be the shadowy sixth member of the legendary Generation of Miracles basketball team. Together, ...
Style: captivating, exciting, uplifting, tense, light
Audience: teens, pre-teens
Plot: basketball, youth, contests and competitions, friendship, sport, hopes, rivalry, lifestyle, teenager, ambition, adventure, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan
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Haikyu!! (2014)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Shōyō Hinata began playing volleyball after seeing the "small giants" who played the sport when he was in elementary school. He suffers a crushing defeat in his first and last tournament in middle school at the hands of his rival Tobio ...
Style: exciting, captivating, realistic, disturbing, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: volleyball, sport, rivalry, follow your dream, youth, friendship, friends, prodigy, athlete's life, contests and competitions, against the odds, sport team ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Yowamushi Pedal (2013)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: Sakamichi Onada is a wimpy high school freshman who loves anime. He initially wants to enter the anime club, but winds up joining the cycling club after meeting two classmates who are already famous cyclists. He undertakes the grueling training to ...
Style: exciting, inspirational, humorous, light, captivating
Audience: teens
Plot: cycling, riding a bicycle, high school, rivalry, tournament, training, high school life, school life, sport, contests and competitions, friendship, ambition ...
Place: japan
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Big Windup! (2007)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: Follows Ren Mihashi, who had previously excelled as his middle school baseball team's ace pitcher, due to his grandfather's connections as its manager. As he graduates to high school, whose baseball team his grandfather does not manage, he ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, feel good
Plot: baseball team, baseball, prodigy, ambition, rivalry, youth, sport, sport team, against the odds, high school, lifestyle, contests and competitions ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Servamp (2016)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: When a stray black cat named Kuro crosses Mahiru Shirota's path, the high school freshman's life will never be the same again. Kuro is, in fact, no ordinary feline, but a servamp: a servant vampire. While Mahiru's personal philosophy ...
Style: exciting, captivating, humorous, light, josei
Audience: teens
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⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
The Prince of Tennis (2001)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 22 min.
TV show
Story: Prince of Tennis follows the story of a 12 year old boy Ryoma Echizen who won four consecutive titles in the American Junior Tennis tournaments. He's an amazing tennis player and is considered a prodigy. He moved from America to Japan and ...
Style: stylized, humorous, semi serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: tennis, contests and competitions, teenage life, friendship, ambition, athlete's life, prodigy, lifestyle, youth, sport, high school, superhuman powers ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo
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Bamboo Blade (2007)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: A school kendo club is in need of talent and participation when the petite and talented Tamaki is drafted. With her understated sense of justice and ample strength, Tamaki becomes an inspiration for her team-mates, school and even the deadbeat ...
Style: feel good, humorous, entertaining, inspirational, captivating ...
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Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Eyeshield 21 (2005)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: Eyeshield 21 is a Japanese manga series written by Riichiro Inagaki and illustrated by Yusuke Murata. The series tells the story of Sena Kobayakawa, a introverted boy who joins an American football club as a secretary, but after being coerced by ...
Style: exciting, semi serious, humorous
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⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
High☆Speed!: Free! Starting Days (2015)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A prequel to the 2013 Kyoto Animation series Free! which is an adaptation of light novel High☆Speed!
Style: inspirational, captivating, emotional, psychological
Audience: teens
Plot: school, swimming, sport, sport team, contests and competitions, rivalry, ambition, friendship, youth, follow your dream, tournament, stubbornness ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Gymnastics Samurai (2020)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: In the year 2002, the formerly powerful Japanese men's gymnastics team member Jotaro Aragaki is no longer able to compete. Even though he trained strenuously daily, he is asked about retiring by his coach Amakusa. However, a certain encounter ...
Style: suspense, captivating
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Time: year 2002
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Run with the Wind (2018)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: Kakeru, a former elite runner at high school, is chased for stealing food. He is saved by a Kansei University student Haiji, who is also a runner. Haiji persuades Kakeru to live in the old apartment "Chikuseisou" where he plans to team up ...
Style: captivating, seinen
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Love Live! School Idol Project (2013)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: The school idol project is set at a school between Tokyo's Akihabara, Kanda, and Jinbouchou neighbourhoods. The school faces the danger of being streamlined out of existence, so nine of its female students decide to become idols to protect ...
Style: captivating, feel good, humorous, light
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Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Country: Japan
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TV show
Story: While the perfect getaway for most girls her age might be a fancy vacation with their loved ones, Rin Shima's ideal way of spending her days off is camping alone at the base of Mount Fuji. From pitching her tent to gathering firewood, she has ...
Style: exciting, sincere, captivating, humorous, light ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Country: Japan
Duration: 307 min.
TV show
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Ping Pong the Animation (2014)
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TV show
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Story: With no soccer accomplishments to speak of during the entirety of Suou Sumire's junior high school years, the young wing gets an odd offer. Suou's main rival, Soshizaki Midori, invites her to join up on the same team in high school, with a ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Wasteful Days of High School Girls (2019)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: One day out of boredom, Tanaka decided to give her classmates nicknames based on their quirks. Her friend Sakuchi became "Ota" for her nerdy interests, and her other friend Saginomiya became "Robo" because of her expressionless ...
Style: humorous, entertaining, sincere, captivating, feel good ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Girls und Panzer (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: In this world, Sensha-do (戦車道), the art of tank-combat, is a traditional Japanese martial art for girls. Miho, a girl who just transferred into the Ōrai Girls' Academy in Ibaraki Prefecture, has been ordered by the academy's student ...
Style: exciting, humorous, captivating, light, offbeat ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Boarding School Juliet (2018)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Grigio Academy Boarding School. Students who attend this school in two countries and reside in their own dormitories. Inazuka and Persia are rival dormitory leaders, but in secret they love each other. Now, they have to keep their relationship a ...
Style: entertaining, sincere, touching, captivating, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: school, rivalry, friendship, romance, school life, teenage love, dormitory, love triangle, high school life, couples, youth, social relations ...
Time: 21st century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
One Week Friends (2014)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: High school sophomore Yūki Hase noticed that Kaori Fujimiya, his classmate, was always alone. He tried to start a conversation with her but was turned down: "My memories of friendship can last only a week," she said. Despite of knowing ...
Style: sincere, humorous, captivating, semi serious
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⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun (2014)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: High school student Chiyo Sakura has a crush on schoolmate Umetarō Nozaki, but when she confesses her love to him, he mistakes her for a fan and gives her an autograph. When she says that she always wants to be with him, he invites her to his house ...
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Time: 21st century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Ace of Diamond (2013)
Genre: Animation, Sport
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: Eijun Sawamura is a pitcher who joins an elite school with a brilliant catcher named Kazuya Miyuki. Together with the rest of the team, they strive for Japan's storied Koushien championships through hard work and determination.
Style: light, humorous, feel good, touching
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Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Tsubasa Ozora moves to the town Nankatsu to increase his skills as a soccer player. He is challanged by the Super Goalkeeper Genzo Wakabayashi. He then agree to compete and see who was the best soccer player there.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: The Private Aichi Symbiosis Academy was originally a high school for high-class girls. When it became co-ed, the girls, out of fear, asked to be permitted to bring weapons to school. When that was enforced, a five-member vigilante corps-like ...
Style: ecchi, humorous, light, entertaining, captivating ...
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Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Baby Steps (2014)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Romance, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Eiichirō Maruo (nicknamed "Ei-chan" for his grades being straight "A") is an honor student, bookworm, and is not interested in anything other than studying. In order to solve his problem of lacking physical strength, he enrolled ...
Style: sincere, feel good, uplifting, light, captivating
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Backflip!! (2021)
Genre: Animation, Sport
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: The final summer of middle school, Shotaro Futaba discovers boys gymnastics and is completely enamored by it. Shotaro ends up going to Soshukan Private High School (aka Ao High) and decides to visit the boys gymnastics club. He's greeted by ...
Style: entertaining, captivating
Plot: team, slice of life, discipline, school, friends, overcoming, competition, gymnastics, teamwork, gymnast, contests and competitions, rivalry ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Masamune-kun's Revenge (2017)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: As a child, Masamune Makabe once suffered greatly at the hands of a wealthy and beautiful girl named Aki Adagaki, who nicknamed him "Piggy" due to his chubby appearance. Seeking revenge against his tormentor, Masamune works hard to improve ...
Style: captivating, light, exciting, stylized, semi serious
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⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Encouragement of Climb (2013)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Country: Japan
Duration: 3 min.
TV show
Story: Aoi prefers indoor hobbies and is afraid of heights, but her childhood friend Hinata loves to show off her passion for mountain climbing. As young children they once watched the sunrise from the top of a mountain, and now they've decided to ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Slow Start (2018)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: Hana Ichinose is a normal 16-year-old high school student. However, there is something different about her: She enrolled in high school one year late! Her classmates are unaware of this, and Hana will have to work hard to catch up with everyone else.
Style: entertaining, stylized, humorous, semi serious
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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