Ecchi Sport Anime

Love sport anime but also want more ecchi in your life? It is possible to combine the two. Check out these series for more.

Harukana Receive

Volleyball team by the net on the beach | Harukana Receive | Ecchi Sport Anime
Harukana Receive, episode 7, 2018

Really well shot anime to give all the visuals you want but without being simply fanservice. Set in Okinawa in the south of Japan, the series follows an unlikely beach volleyball team. The story starts with Oozora Haruka, who is insecure about her height as she’s slightly taller than average, moving to the area from Tokyo.

She is met by her cousin Higa Kanata, who was forced off her beach volleyball team as she is short. Amazingly, they stumble upon two girls playing on the beach near their grandmother’s house and form a team.

With all the usual morals about the importance of teamwork and trust, the series has been billed as a girl version of Haikyu!! but it totally stands up on its own.

Hanebado!

Badminton match | Hanebado! | Ecchi Sport Anime
HANEBADO!, episode 12, 2017

While not particularly an ecchi series, there are still plenty of scenes of girls playing badminton, sweat glistening. Really well animated but with a rather typical sports anime storyline of naturally talented but uninterested vs the eager and hardworking.

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Competition is very intense, and every movement is beautifully captured adding to the fervor that seems to underpin this anime. An Olympic-level coach takes on Kitakomachi High School's badminton club just as Nagisa Aragaki has chased many members away with her vigorous training regiment after an embarrassing defeat.

He also brings with him the talented Ayano Hanesaki, a one time rival of Nagisa, but she has lost all enthusiasm for the sport. If you’re a sports fan this is a highly recommended watch.

Keijo!!!!!!!!

Line-up ready for a match | Keijo!!!!!!!! | Ecchi Sport Anime
Keijo!!!!!!!!, episode 7, 2018

This anime really made a splash in the fall 2016 season. The plot is based around the fictional sport of keijo, where female-only competitors wearing swimwear stand on floating platforms and aim to knock their opponents off into the pool.

The twist, you can only use your breasts or butt to do so. The sport has attracted a large following, with gambling on the outcome of matches very popular. The main character we follow is Nozomi Kaminashi, who enters the keijo world with the hope of supporting her poor family.

As she’s a brilliant gymnast she does well, but the path to sport stardom is never smooth. Lessons are learned in and out the pool just like in any sport anime, even with the unlikely premise.

Anime De Training! Ex

Supine hip lift | Anime De Training! Ex | Ecchi Sport Anime
Anime De Training! Ex, episode 4, 2015

This anime is staged like an intimate exercise video, with the girls talking directly to the viewer. Five girls who are aiming to become idols take the audience through their exercise regimens.

Quite a variety of training comes up, including skipping, dance, mat work and even exercise you can do while on a train! All the girls are really cute, and each has their own personality quirks. The series even ends with a Christmas party, but the training is far from over!

Iwakakeru -Sport Climbing Girls-

The climbing girls in training | Iwakakeru -Sport Climbing Girls- | Ecchi Sport Anime
Iwakakeru -Sport Climbing Girls-, episode 3, 2020

Debuting this fall season and already proving to be very popular, Iwakakeru follows the Hanamiya Girls’ High School Climbing Club. New member Kasahara Konomi is fascinated by the climbing wall, as to her it seems like an amazing 3D puzzle.

But she lacks strength, so much of the opening episodes are dedicated to her training with the other girls. The anime really highlights how both brains and brawn are needed to succeed in rock climbing, with the strength and tenacity of the girls really focussed on.

There’s also a fair amount of focus on their well-defined abs.

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