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It’s that time of the season where we delve into the latest anime from the Fall of 2016. For this article, we’re going to take a look at a totally unique anime titled Keijo!!!!!!!! Because it has such an unusual premise, it was difficult to come up with six anime that really focus on all (or most) of the elements in this story. On the surface, this anime brings together a delightful blend of acrobatic ecchi moments, a cast of determined girls, a twist on the sports genre, swimsuits and a sizable portion of breasts and butts.
If you enjoy fanservice with girls who do battle with one another, but tired of the same old same old and would like a new spin on things, Keijo!!!!!!!! is likely for you. The idea of sumo wrestling contests on water, while not being able to use your limbs, draws parallels from a mini-game in Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 & 3. In fact, those two had so much in common that they’ve collaborated with each other already. Now that we have established what Keijo!!!!!!!! covers, why don’t we get started on our list of 6 anime like Keijo!!!!!!!!
Similar Anime to Keijo!!!!!!!!
1. Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai! (Wanna Be the Strongest in the World)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct. 2013 – Dec. 2013
Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai! is about two leading members of a popular idol group named Sweet Diva, who find themselves in turmoil after Elena Miyazawa gets attacked and injured during a recording of a television program. An arrogant and cocky female professional wrestler named, Rio Kazama was to blame for that incident. In the aftermath, Rio would hurl insults at both Elena and her fellow idol group member Sakura Hagiwara in order to instigate a match between Rio and Sakura. The determined 17-year-old Sakura wasn’t going to sit back and take things lightly. Hoping to defend her friend's honor, Sakura takes a leave of absence from Sweet Diva, in order to train and become the best female professional wrestler.
The two most compelling elements in Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai! is the plot and the fanservice. Sakura’s determination is clear, she knows what she wants and she is more than willing to put forth the effort to get there. The plotline of Keijo!!!!!!!! may not seem similar at first glance but we assure you there are comparable elements between the two anime. For example, both Sakura and Nozomi Kaminashi take part in their respected physical sports with two goals in mind. Nozomi’s is to become the very best Keijo player and to earn a fortune for her and her family.
Both Sakura and Nozomi are motivated by someone close to them to join a sport with the intentions of becoming the very best. These female-heavy series have a considerable amount of fanservice. During their matches, regardless of their location, breasts and butts become the featured attraction. If you enjoy seeing females in contact sports showcasing their “assets” this one is for you.
Wanna Be the Strongest in the World Official Trailer
2. Girls und Panzer (Girls & Panzer)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct. 2012 – Mar. 2013
The story takes place in a world where all humanity lives on giant aircraft carriers. On these carriers, they support unique sporting events that involve the use of tanks in a military-themed environment. Tankery is the name of the popular sport that many high school girls take part in. A traumatic event caused Miho Nishizumi to not only dislike Tankery but to abandon the sport altogether. She even transfers to a new school in hopes that she doesn’t have to deal with the sport ever again. Miho’s life changes forever after an unsuspecting twist forced her to join the newly resurrected high school Tankery team. Now Miho has to put aside her troubling past in order to lead her team to the National Tankery Championships.
When we think of Keijo!!!!!!!! one of the first things we think about is how peculiar the sport really is. It bears similarities to sumo wrestling but it stands out on its own for its emphasis on boobs and butts. When it comes to Girls und Panzer, the sport known as Tankery, also fits nicely categorized as a unique sport. It’s not every day that you see a military-themed tank combat sport. Keijo showcases a semi-sumo wrestling experience, which takes place on platforms over water. You see what we’re getting at here?
If these distinctive combat sports don’t do it for you, then perhaps the overwhelming estrogen-filled cast will. Both in Keijo!!!!!!!! and Girls und Panzer you see a large cast of females who take part in these sports and do battle with one another. They’re cute, powerful and do quirky things, it seems like we have a winner here.
"Girls & Panzer" first series PV
3. Abarenbou Rikishi!! Matsutarou (Rowdy Sumo Wrestler Matsutaro!!)
- Episodes: 23
- Aired: Apr. 2014 – Sep. 2014
Matsutarou Sakaguchi is a large roughneck man who possesses strength way beyond the ordinary human being. When it comes to sumo wrestling, Matsutarou is unrivaled. Unfortunately for Matsutarou, he carries with him some vices that hinder his talent. Despite having unmatched strength, Matsutarou’s personality leaves a lot to be desired. Intellectually he suffers from making good decisions. Matsutarou is lazy and disrespectful; which gets him into trouble at home, school and even with the law. He makes very little effort to improve his intelligence and the only reason he goes to school is because of his attraction to Reiko, a teacher at his school. Matsutarou will have to smarten up if he wants to become a full-fledged sumo wrestler.
Selecting Abarenbou Rikishi!! Matsutarou was a no brainer to add to this list. Sure, Abarenbou Rikishi!! Matsutarou doesn’t focus on fanservice much like Keijo!!!!!!!! but the most obvious similarity is the sport itself. As we mentioned earlier, Keijo the sport is essentially sumo wrestling. The only real difference is there is more emphasis on breasts and butts, and that it takes place over water instead of a circular ring on dry ground.
Both Nozomi and Matsutarou are supremely skilled with the physical nature of their sports. They both are naturally gifted individuals that have all the promise in the world. If Nozomi can realize her potential she will become a powerhouse in the combat sport known as Keijo. The physicality, comedy, and drama from Keijo!!!!!!!!, are all present in Abarenbou Rikishi!! Matsutarou, just don’t expect fanservice.
April new program "rowdy wrestlers !! Matsutaro" notice CM
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4. Kuroko no Basket (Kuroko's Basketball)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Apr. 2012 – Sep. 2012
Kuroko no Basket follows two exceptionally skilled basketball players who join the Seirin High School team in order to win the Interhigh Championship. Taiga Kagami is a promising player who is returning from the United States and Tetsuya Kuroko is a non-athletic individual who is able to get by completely unnoticed to opposing teams. Tetsuya was a part of the Teikou Junior High School team where he thrived as the "Phantom Sixth Man," who sets up his teammates with spectacular passes. In order for the Seirin High School basketball team to have a chance at the championship, they are going to have to bond together and take down some of the more powerful teams in the tournament. This includes Tetsuya’s former teammates.
If you’ve never seen Kuroko no Basket before you might ask how they are similar. On the surface they don’t appear to have a ton in common; one is a basketball anime and the other is a peculiar sports anime. However, don’t let that fool you. The first comparable element in both series is the over the top skill sets that each player possesses. Kuroko no Basket is not portrayed as a realistic basketball anime.
There are many enjoyable moments that are exaggerated in Kuroko no Basket. For example, successful passes from one side of the court to the other or making low probability three-point shots easily. Keijo!!!!!!!! isn’t any more realistic in their portrayal of their sport. We are treated to vacuum butt cannons that literally destroy the swimsuits on the recipients and lightning-quick, wedgie induced, butt attacks. These anime aren’t to be taken seriously but are tremendously fun to watch.
"Kuroko's Basketball" Blu-ray & DVD release announcement PV
5. Air Gear
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Apr. 2006 – Sep. 2006
Air Gear tells a story about a young man named Itsuki Minami who had his butt handed to him by a street gang of Storm Riders. He wasn’t going to take that lying down, so one day he finds a pair of Air Treck motorized roller blades from another gang and wears them proudly. As his blading journey begins to unfold, Itsuki has to earn respect from other gangs, while developing his own street gang to participate in more fights. Once Itsuki and his gang generate enough experience, then they will be able to take a stranglehold on the territories that compete in the AT street racing/fighting world.
We present an over the top sport with voluptuous females and enough fanservice to shake a stick at. Which anime did we just describe? It’s actually a trick question because that description is valid for both of these anime. Air Gear brings a twist to a sport that involves rollerblading among the streets. It has high-octane action and deliberate ecchi moments.
In comparison, Keijo!!!!!!!! brings a twist to sumo wrestling, focusing less on the physical strength and more on athleticism. The focal point for Keijo!!!!!!!! is the proverbial, groping, squeezing and slapping of flesh between girls of all sizes. We have found out in Keijo!!!!!!!! there are at least three different styles of attacking. This also rings true in Air Gear, as various characters have their own special technique that will give them a different approach to how they combat their enemies.
Air Gear Trailer
6. Shokugeki no Souma (Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr. 2015 – Sep. 2015
Fifteen-year-old Souma Yukihira developed a passion for cooking at a young age. When Souma was a child he assisted his father at his restaurant that he owned and operated in. Souma’s dream is to one day take over for his father and own his family’s restaurant and act as the head chef. Souma’s dream takes a detour once he finds out that his father’s restaurant is closing down. However, his father wants Souma to continue with his cooking education, so he sends him to Tootsuki Culinary Academy to learn from the best. Tootsuki is known for its high-stakes food showdowns that will push Souma’s skills to the test.
After careful evaluation, we have concluded that Souma and Nozomi share several things in common. As far as personality goes, they both share a strong drive to become the best at what they do. Souma creates odd dishes like grilled squid tentacles dressed in peanut butter to appease his desires. Not to be outdone, Nozomi also tries out quirky ideas in order to better herself. An example of that would be in episode three when she is given the UTM (Ujibe's Training Maillot) to wear for a month.
Motivation comes to both of these characters by way of their own family; Souma with his father and Nozomi with her impecunious parents. While Keijo!!!!!!!! is drenched in ecchi moments, the same cannot be said with Shokugeki no Souma. However, if you’re looking for some fanservice, Shokugeki no Souma will deliver on that front, just don’t expect to see females in swimwear the majority of the time.
TV animation "of Shoku戟 Soma" PV
After viewing this list of recommendations you might wonder why there aren’t any carbon-copy clones of this anime. It’s quite simple, Keijo!!!!!!!! is such a peculiar anime and there really isn’t much like it. This list may seem all over the place, but don’t worry, we feel confident that you will enjoy these select shows.
How does everyone feel about this list? Was there any other anime that we left out? Do you feel compelled to watch any of the anime listed? Be sure to let us know in the comments section below.