Ookiku Furikabutte, Yuri!!! on Ice Recommendations
While the sports themselves couldn't be more different, Oofuri and YoI both feature a protagonist who struggles with anxiety and low self-esteem despite his talent. Their character arcs are about dealing with their anxiety, gaining confidence, and finding support in the people around them. Not only do these shows handle mental illness really well, they also feature healthy, supportive, and positive relationships between the characters - although YoI has overt romance while Oofuri does not.
1) Both are masters at dealing with the technical side of the sports: throwing positions, adapting play style depending on the opponent for B.W (baseball) and the types of ice skating moves and attaining high scores for Y.o.I (ice skating).
2) Mihashi and Yuri are protagonists in a show that demonstrates and deals with anxiety issues.
3) Both have realistic scenarios in the sense that people across different teams are focused on and anything can happen. Unlike a movie where everything works out magically, sometimes you win; sometimes you fumble just like in real life.
4) Both Victor and Abe share something special with the protagonists of each,