- Convoluted, Complex Tactics: Hardly an anime goes by without some awesome fight during which either the hero or villain does something awesome or unexpected, and either he or some outside commenter stops to explain the implications and repercussions of just how cool those tactics really were.
- Big Guys Slamming Into One Another: Mecha, Sumo and Godzilla movies all have one thing in common: It's all about really big guys grappling and brawling with one another. Japan loves primal struggles pitting strength against strength, will against will.
- Awesome Costumes: Preferably with wacky helmets and crazy shoulder pads.
- Hawt Mascot Chicks: What male-oriented anime would be complete without some sexy female character flaunting her beauty and exhorting the hero to victory. Why, some people even refer to such characters as "the cheerleader."
Still, seems like they'd be a great match, two great flavors that go great together. I figure it would only take one obsessive otaku anime artist to popularize the game in Japan.
And guess what? I was right. One quick search later, I've discovered Eyeshield 21, a relatively new anime about American football that's really managed to put the sport on the map. Who knows, maybe it'll eclipse baseball in Japan the way it's taken over the states too.