Many people said that they were absorbed in sports through club activities in elementary and junior high school. I think that this varies from person to person, such as the influence of parents and siblings and the fact that they started with friends, but I believe some people have started playing sports by watching anime and manga.
So, this time, 300 men in their 30s to 40s were asked to “Sports started under the influence of manga. I conducted a questionnaire survey. I would like to introduce the sports that 196 people who answered “yes” actually started, along with the titles of the works that triggered them, in a ranking format. (Surveyed by the questionnaire site “Voice Note”)
Japanese soccer manga that influenced athletes around the world
First, 12.0% of the respondents answered, and soccer came in third overall. Men in their 40s had the most experience of starting soccer in the wake of manga, and many of the manga that influenced them was “Captain Tsubasa,” which was serialized in “Weekly Shonen Jump.” Readers of the same age as the main character, Tsubasa Oozora, seem to be thrilled by the process of their growth and the match with their powerful rivals. Also, many people have imitated the phrase “ball is a friend”? This work is highly evaluated in Japan and overseas, and players from various countries such as Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta profess their fans. Doing. In addition, soccer manga is very popular, and “Shoot!”, Which was serialized in “Weekly Shonen Magazine” (Kodansha) and animated under the title of “Aoki Densetsu Shoot!”, And “Whistle!”, Which was serialized in “Jump.” There were also voices saying that he had started playing soccer after reading.
Doomben to touch, baseball manga with many masterpieces
And it was baseball that came in second (12.3%) by a small margin. Perhaps because there are many sports manga with baseball, there was considerable variation in the works that triggered it. Among them, Mitsuru Adachi’s manga “Touch” (Shogakukan) was well-balanced and supported by people in their 30s and 40s. While placing baseball as the central axis of the story, this work depicts a delicate love triangle between twin brothers and a childhood friend heroine. Even now, the theme song “Touch” continues to reign at the top of the karaoke anime song rankings and seems to be affecting a wide range of generations. In addition, many respondents from their 40s said that they were influenced by “Dokaben” (Akita Shoten), “Star of the Giants” (Kodansha), and “Captain” (Shueisha). On the other hand, a man in his early thirties said that he started playing baseball after “MAJOR” (Shogakukan), broadcasting anime for a long time on NHK.
Slam Dunk that led to an increase in the basketball population
And basketball came in first. It has collected as many as 20.0% of the votes. The overwhelming majority of the reasons for starting basketball were commented that it was influenced by “SLAM DUNK” (Shueisha). This work is a vast basketball manga by Takehiko Inoue serialized from 1990 to 1996. It is a story about Hanamichi Sakuragi, the main character who joined the high school basketball club as an amateur of Zub, aiming to win the Inter-High with his friends. According to statistics from the Japan Basketball Association, the number of registered athletes, which was 810,000 in 1990, was increased in 1996 at the end of the Slam Dunk series. Has over 1 million people. According to the theory of sports manga, I thought that the leading character team would win the Inter-High. Still, after winning the second round of the influential school Sanno Kogyo, the final episode of the shock that they were easily defeated became a hot topic. Its popularity is still unabated 25 years after the end of the series. In August of this year, when it was announced that a new anime movie would be released in 2022, it quickly became a trend on SNS. Until then, there were no hits in basketball manga, but since Sladen, basketball-themed works have continued to be produced in magazines. In the questionnaire, “Kuroko’s Basketball” (Shueisha), “Harlem Beat” (Kodansha), “Ahiru no Sora” 』(Kodansha) was the trigger. Overall, 65.3% of the respondents have started playing sports due to some manga work, and in this survey, they were influenced by judo, karate, bicycles, boxing, etc. The titles of various sports comics that started the competition were submitted. Is it a popular manga that creates future heroes?