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Synonyms: Fishing Ball
Japanese: つり球
English: tsuritama
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 13, 2012 to Jun 29, 2012
Premiered: Spring 2012
Broadcast: Fridays at 01:15 (JST)
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: A-1 Pictures
Source: Original
Genres: ComedyComedy, Sci-FiSci-Fi, Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.671 (scored by 5736057,360 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #11802
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1214
Members: 159,025
Favorites: 2,197

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Saving the world... by fishing?

Yuki Sanada has always felt like a fish out of water. Socially awkward and anxious, he struggles to fit in with his surroundings and moves from town to town with his grandma. As he and his grandma settle into the charming seaside town of Enoshima, Yuki hopes for a fresh start. However, his reputation at school is jeopardized by the arrival of fellow transfer student Haru. The eccentric Haru immediately makes a splash, wildly claiming to be an alien and declaring that Yuki is his friend. Pairing the reluctant Yuki with their classmate and fishing talent, Natsuki Usami, he tasks both of them with the absurd mission of saving the world from a mysterious threat in the ocean. Mischief and hijinks ensue, as these three embark on a whimsical adventure filled with laughs, heart, and self-discovery!

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Pre-airing event on April 7, 2012. The anime officially aired on April 13, 2012.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Sakurai, Takahiro


Katou, Emiri


Nakaya, Kazuhiro

Sanada, Keito

Hirano, Fumi


Furukawa, Toshio


Kimura, Makoto
Nakamura, Kenji
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Nagasaki, Yukio
Sound Director
Takashima, Daisuke
Episode Director


Opening Theme

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"Tsurezure Monochrome (徒然モノクローム)" by Fujifabric

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May 13, 2015
Astar (All reviews)
Tsuritama is a show that will exceed your expectations. It will lure you in hook, line, and sinker, and make you question how an anime about fishing could ever be quite so enjoyable.

The story is set in the quaint town of Enoshima. There, the show’s protagonists—Yuki, Haru, Natsuki, Akira, and Tapioca (*quack quack*)—all come together to share in a singular pastime: fishing.

It is through the characters’ forced participation to undertake in this hobby that we are able to truly understand each and every one of their personal anxieties and motivations. We are imbued with a real sense of fulfilment, as through their fishing we are read more
Aug 8, 2012
maxima423 (All reviews)
i usually dont finish 12 episode animes in two days, but when i do, i know its a real work of art.

if you're looking for a amazing anime to watch, than this is the one for you. it has everything you would want, awesome story, hilarious characters and one epic goal to bring them together.

the story does start of kind of slow, but for a good reason, the characters needs to develop the necessary skills in order to accomplish their goals, the real story actually starts around episode 5 than it really picks up, it picks up so much that i couldnt stop from episode read more
Jan 14, 2015
Pixaiated (All reviews)
The main theme behind Tsuritama is a very simple one, and one which is very common in media - the power of friendship. Of course, as this isn't a silly battle shounen, it is much more than a simple excuse to randomly power up a character to beat the big bad evil, but rather, is a simple and heartwarming tale of how a mysterious alien boy manages to break the barriers of a few boys, helping them form bonds that would last a lifetime, helping them to grow beyond who they are.

Beyond its excellent slice of life portion, the show also features a very bizarre read more
Feb 2, 2015
vegetablespirit (All reviews)
With age comes a sense of self. Or at least, that's what Tsuritama wants us to believe. Ironically, though, the series itself never knows what it wants to be – is it a dramatic slice of life or a quirky, supernatural adventure? The result is ultimately spontaneous, for better or for worse.

Yuki has a hard time making friends. Always moving from place to place, there's little time for him to get to know anyone, and his social anxiety doesn't help. More than anything, he's afraid of being considered weird. But while living with his grandmother on the island of Enoshima, Yuki meets a self-proclaimed read more

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