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Yawara!

Yawara!

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl
Japanese: YAWARA!

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 124
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 16, 1989 to Sep 21, 1992
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 7.641 (scored by 795 users)
Ranked: #10932
Popularity: #3216
Members: 3,292
Favorites: 22
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2 based on the top anime page.

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Synopsis

Yawara! is a sports anime laced with comedic and romance elements. It starts off with Yawara Inokuma, a high school girl who is most interested in doing the things that your average Japanese high school girl does. However, she has been trained in Judo for years by her grandfather, Jigorou (A former Japan Judo Champion), who has much grander plans in store for her as a Judo superstar. He manipulates matters so that Yawara ends up having to perform in matches and tournaments. His final plan is for Yawara to "Win the Gold Medal in the Olympics and be awarded the Nation Medal of Honor".

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Related Anime

Adaptation: Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl
Sequel: Yawara! Sore Yuke Koshinuke Kids!!

Characters & Voice Actors

Inokuma, Yawara
Inokuma, Yawara
Main
Minaguchi, Yuko
Japanese
Minaguchi, Yuko
Inokuma, Jigorou
Inokuma, Jigorou
Main
Nagai, Ichiro
Japanese
Nagai, Ichiro
Matsuda, Kousaku
Matsuda, Kousaku
Main
Seki, Toshihiko
Japanese
Seki, Toshihiko
Kamoda
Kamoda
Supporting
Chafurin
Japanese
Chafurin

Staff

Tokita, Hiroko
Director
Uragami, Yasuo
Sound Director
Kousaka, Kitarou
Episode Director, Animation Director, Key Animation
Okamura, Tensai
Episode Director, Storyboard



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Dec 12, 2012
Xavicat14
It never gets old !! Even for an anime from 1989, set in Tokyo 1986, this is an old school sensational piece of work. The story is based in the manga from the famous Naoki Urasawa, and it is one of the best sold seinens in the history of Japan, almost 39 milion copies. Oddly enough it is a very unknowkn anime outside Japan, and it has never been dubbed to english, nor spanish.... love the main character, the story, the and the good mix of comedy, drama, romance, sport.... Definitevely, one of my favourites old school animes. 10/10
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Feb 7, 2013
lilithilk
This is not a sports anime really. The story is about a Judo prodigy named Yawara, who doesn't really like the idea of doing Judo. But it is sort of the family trade and she doesn't have the - I am going to go with the word backbone here for the lack of a better description - to put her foot down so she does Judo even though she strongly dislikes the idea. But hey, everybody else seems to love the idea that she does it, so she does it.
Story:
This is the whole plot of this anime. It is said in the description on read more
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Recommendations

Both series have the same comedic feeling, although Yawara tend to be more serious.
A brazen white haired grandfather who trains and constantly criticizes a grandchild to do something that the kid doesn't really want to do in the first place, at least not at first.

Other than that, completely different.

Opening Theme

#1: "Miracle Girl" by Mariko Nagai (eps 1-43)
#2: "Rain-Kissed Bouquet…" by Miki Imai (eps 44-81)
#3: "Girl Can't Lose" by Yuko Hara (eps 82-102)
#4: "YOU AND I" by Mariko Nagai (eps 103-124)

Ending Theme

#1: "Stand by Me" by Rika Himenogi (eps 1-43)
#2: "Egao wo Sagashite" by Midori Karashima (eps 44-81)
#3: "Shoujo Jidai" by Yuko Hara (eps 82-102)
#4: "Itsumo Soko ni Kimi ga Ita" by LAZY LOUs BOOGIE (eps 103-124)

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