Bakuman., Ping Pong the Animation Recommendations
Forget that one series is about sport and another is about drawing manga.
Neither of these shows are about those subjects at hand on the surface (at least not as main points), they are first and foremost about the hardships of life and trying to get to the top in your respective field while having support from your peers and friends/family.
These shows are mostly about the characters themselves, being branded as geniuses but still having to work hard to achieve their goals and be at the very top (whether it's being a top ping-pong player or top mangaka). Neither of the characters from either series can