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Top 10 Activities That Need An Anime

Top 10 Activities That Need An Anime

-Written by: Kelly C.

It feels like there is an anime for every activity. From scuba diving to competitive cooking, it can be hard to find an anime that isn't centered around an activity. Despite the endless amount of activities that have been made into anime, we have found ten exciting activities that do not yet have an anime. To make this list the activity can have a manga but not an anime adaptation. Read below to see if your favorite activities made the list!

10. Curling

Curling is a sport that gained notoriety at the PyeongChang winter olympics for it's uniqueness. It involves sliding a stone on ice and brushing the ice ahead of the stone to make the stone move towards segmented areas where you score points similar to shuffleboard. There is a great deal of strategy and teamwork involved in curling, from the placement of the stone to the amount of force used. Curling would lend itself well to an anime due it's unusual nature and the importance of strategy


Chunbiyo has a brief moment where you see curling.


9. Rodeo

An American Tradition that embodies the spirit of the wild west, Rodeo involves tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, bull riding and barrel racing. These activities are very difficult and serious injuries are not uncommon for rodeo participants. Watching these events live can be suspenseful, especially bull riding or steer wrestling, due to the exciting and dangerous nature of this sport an anime based off of it would have high potential. 


Imagine, Ucy, the bull in One Piece, and the principal in Nichijou steer wrestling. I wonder who would win?


8. Marching Band

Anyone who has watched a game of American football at the college or high school level has seen a marching band perform. While they are fun to watch, the participants have to put in long hours memorizing music along with the movements which can be very tricky at times. Marching band has a lot of creative elements that would make for an entertaining anime, plus we could all use another anime soundtrack.



Sound Euphonium does have a marching band but that is a small aspect of the anime.


7. Spelunking

For those who don’t know what spelunking is, it’s also called caving. Spelunking is not a competitive sport, however, it is an activity centered about mysterious holes in the ground that contain amazing discoveries, and hidden dangers. In the hands of a good studio an anime about spelunking could turn into a suspenseful yet visually beautiful series.


 

Caves in anime can be formidable like in Toriko on the left, or pretty like Pokemon on the right. 


6. Competitive Eating

Competitive eating has been fairly popular with events like the Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest and various tv shows dedicated to food challenges. These challenges can range from eating the world's spiciest pepper to eating 6 lbs of food in one sitting, something which the quintessential anime glutton would enjoy. The anime "glutton" trope is great for comic relief or establishing a sense of relatability for the audience. An anime about competitive eating could cover crazy eating challenges, the character's comical reactions to the food, and the after effects of the eating challenges all with a comedic yet relatable twist. 


On the left is No Face from Spirited Away, and on the right is Luffy from One Piece, are both examples of the glutton trope since they enjoy eating enormous amounts of food. 


5. Base Jumping

Base Jumping is the sport of jumping from very tall fixed objects, using a parachute or a wing-suit to descend safely to the ground. In base jumping there is a lot that can go wrong, from bad winds to equipment malfunction. As dangerous as it is, an anime about base jumping would be good at creating suspense, not to mention the views would be amazing.


In Beyblade, the characters use parachutes much like base jumpers do.  



4. Rapping

Who doesn't love a good anime rapper? From Killer Bee in Naruto to Chika Fujiwara in Kaguya-Sama Love is War, anime rappers always give us a good laugh. Now imagine a whole series dedicated to anime characters rapping in a duel format. The anime characters could rap about exams, romance and even battle monsters using the power of rap.



Chika in Kaguya-Sama Love is War chapter 107, and Killer Bee from Naruto can certainly keep a beat.



3. Scavenger Hunts

While sometimes frustrating, scavenger hunts are intellectually stimulating for both observers and competitors. Finding objects has been a theme in many popular anime, such as Inu Yasha or Golden Kamuy. The benefit of a treasure hunting-type plot is that it's easy to follow, and allows for creativity in the story line. The author can create challenges for both the audience and characters to solve along with providing a sense of mystery.

The similar to scavenger hunts, the plot of Inu Yasha and Golden Kamuy center around using clues to find an object. 



2. Dog Agility Competitions

Who doesn't love cute anime dogs? Anime showing dogs and their owners working together is nothing new; Ein from Cowboy BeBop and Akimaru from Naruto are great examples of the bond between man and their best friend. Adding in some dog-centered perspective, dog to dog friendship, an underdog, a top dog, and crazy agility challenges would make this anime a force to be reckoned with.


Iggy from Jojo's Bizarre Adventure and Ein from CowBoy BeBop, would be entertaining to watch go through an agility course.  



1. Roller Derby

Roller derby is a high-intensity, women-dominated sport involving a designated scorer racing around a track while the rival team blocks the scorer from getting around the track and scoring points. Brawls and injuries are a common occurrence due to the aggressive nature of the game. In recent years movies like Drew Barrymore’s Whip It have thrust this sport into the mainstream. Making an anime out of roller derby is the next logical step in the rise of this sport’s popularity. This anime could involve a variety of themes such as the power of female friendship, rivalries and high intensity gameplay.



Urusei Yatsura roller skating










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