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English: tsuritama
Synonyms: Fishing Ball
Japanese: つり球


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, SportsSports
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.711 (scored by 4944649,446 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #9972
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #980
Members: 136,761
Favorites: 2,230
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Jun 21, 2012
Meg-nyan (All reviews)
Ahh... Tsuritama. I didn't watch this show until the fifth episode came out so byt ehn I was practically bombarded with praise and gifs of the show showing off how amazing it was. So I decided to give it a try.

The beginning of the story made me feel so confused. All I understood was that there was a red haired awkward boy who was constantly followed around by an annoying white-haired self-proclaimed alien with a talking fish. However, as time passed on and more episodes were watched, everything became clear and the plot revealed itself. However, Tsuritama is so much more than that. It's read more
Jun 15, 2012
piercing-heavens (All reviews)
The first thing that caught my eye was the superb art and colors. After watching the first episode, I was hooked (haha)
The entire show is amazingly amusing. It's the king that brings out the kindness and warmth to all of the viewers, the characters are astounding and unique, and the plot is original and and entertaining. I don't believe I have ever came across a better lighthearted comedy than this show, and the funny thing is, my favorite genre of anime is usually horror or action!

There is one more episode left, and I am on the edge of my seat right now waiting read more
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
Jan 14, 2015
theshinyone (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
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
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
Apr 30, 2012
thomtinuviel (All reviews)
It's a bit early yet to say anything definitive about Tsuritama. And yet I think that it's not too early to describe the series as rather unique. Having said that, I'll edit this review as the season progresses.

Tsuritama was created by the same director who did Mononoke and Trapeze - two series memorable for distinctive visual style and approach to storytelling. I think in some ways Tsuritama is a younger sibling to those series - while it is certainly as interesting to look at and only mildly less thought-provoking, it has a sense of humor about it that is somehow invigorating - there's fun read more
Jun 9, 2013
Zomino (All reviews)
An anime about fishing, that somehow becomes shonen.

I expected Tsuritama to be a slow slice of life that recreated the relaxing atmosphere of fishing and was driven by dialogue. Sadly the characters are mostly annoying and the strangely shonen ending is last minute character development. The whole fishing aspect is a bit gimmicky and I thought it was wasted potential. Yamada (Sugita Tomokazu) is awesome and the anime is visually really pretty but its still not particularly interesting.

People say Tsuritama is underrated...

Jan 9, 2013
matt_todd (All reviews)
Tsuritama (2012) is an “odd duck” (pun intended) of an anime, meaning it uses a less common style of story telling. While many stories can happen almost “anywhere,” and many occur in a fantasy location, this show has a very strong sense of a real place; namely Enoshima.

Enoshima is an actual Island at the mouth of the Katase River in Sagami Bay, on the Pacific Ocean. The island is connected to the mainland by a pair of 600m bridges; a pedestrian bridge and a bridge for motor vehicles. Enoshima and Sagami Bay were made world famous for being the harbour and the area where the read more
Jun 28, 2012
basementfire (All reviews)
Watch the series from beginning to end. The first 5 episodes are slow, but it definitely picks up from there. The pacing of the story is like that of a swelling wave: first you don't notice how slowly it's building up, and then suddenly it's 30 feet high and growing more impressive by the second.

At first, I rated this anime an 8, but right now it's a solid 10, and it wouldnt have been without the earlier episodes to build it up to the final and beautiful conclusion.

The anime isn't exactly slice of life, if I had to pick a genre, it would read more
Mar 4, 2020
aku333 (All reviews)
If you are looking for a warm, cozy and yet vibrant anime, perhaps, Tsuritama is for you.

Story: 7
The story follows Yuki, who recently moved out to Ennoshima island. In his new town he meets Haru, who’s an alien and insists that they have to be friends and go fishing together.
The story itself its simple developed and doesn’t show us too complex scenarios, but keeps a focus on human relationships and feelings: ‘How do we express ourselves? How do we handle trouble?’ are the main topics expressed on the series, which aren’t deeply developed, instead, it follows the plot with the common structure of beginning, read more
May 23, 2012
saintlier (All reviews)
*updated* Ah, fishing. It's how a group of four boys will quite possibly save the world.

I'll be first to say that the premise of four quasi-bishonen boys is what enticed me to start tsuritama. The statement that this show is about an amazing story of saving the world comes at a close second.

Tsuritama spends part of the show developing characters and relationships and such, like an entertaining extended backstory. It has a very light mood, heavily reminiscent of a slice-of-life comedy, mixed with a little "Growing-Up Protagonists". However, without saying too much, the series then takes a relatively dark turn; and the original hook for read more
Sep 14, 2012
Astroleaf (All reviews)
The story was very unique, but in a way it was almost it's crutch. While I did l enjoy the creative mix of fishing, supernatural, and alien, sometimes the absurdity of it all made the the story feel kind of silly. There were where times when the mixing of genres would take away the bite out of serious moments, of course there were also those pitched perfect moments where everything just came together. It was a bit awkward, but for the most part, it just worked.

I am a real sucker for interesting art styles, I really couldn't help but appreciate that in read more
Nov 4, 2019
ZebraDuck (All reviews)
Overall this is a wonderful anime!

The atmosphere that Tsuritama generates is one of fun and comfort. The episodes throughout are peaceful and relaxing, adorable and funny, and also do a good job of touching lightly upon sensitive topics like anxiety and family issues.

There are 2 main plots within Tsuritama which are seamlessly interwoven and, while both are about things that should not at all to be taken lightly, the show does an impressive job of maintaining the seriousness while also keeping it lighthearted and cute. Without spoiling much beyond the anime's description, it is about a boy named Yuki who is read more
Feb 8, 2014
Firechick12012 (All reviews)
Let me get one thing straight: I hated 2012. I hated all the stuff that has been going on in my life since November 2011, when everything I know and love suddenly started mercilessly going down the drain. Ever since then, I've wanted to crawl under a rock and die, and I still do! Heck, I'd even be so bold as to wish that the world DID end on December 21st, 2012! After all the crap that's been happening to me, I honestly didn't think I'd ever be happy again, and I still don't think I'll ever be truly happy again considering how traumatizing everything's read more
Nov 12, 2015
bad3ip420 (All reviews)

Wow. I'm surprised how this gem passed under my radar for so long. I've forgotten how long it was since I watched a show so fun and relaxing that I always have a stupid grin on my face after each episode.

Tsuritama is simple (the studio knows it) and sometimes simplicity is good enough for a show about fishing.


The show starts with Yuki, a socially awkward boy, transferring to a new school. There he read more
Oct 13, 2012
animeRoads (All reviews)
Hmm... What the fu*k is this? An alien who wants to fish a legend, so he involves a guy who is socially awkward and another guy who's good at fishing. Okay... I think that's the summary of my review.

No, seriously, this is one of the MOST confusing anime I've EVER seen in my whole bloody life. The first 3/4 episodes don't make much sense... and the story don't take off until ep 6. By then, I figure most people would've dropped it already.

So in a sense, this anime tests the viewer's perseverance .... and my God, if you persevered, you're in for one good read more
Nov 18, 2015
UsaagiTsun (All reviews)

I've just recently started doing reviews on Youtube, and thought I might as well share them over here. They were written for video-form though, so either read it or give it a watch:

Tsuritama is a 12-episode show full of quirky fun and sympathetic characters. It was produced by Studio A1-Pictures and aired during 2012's spring season.
While directed by Nakamura Kenji and written by Oono Toshiya, it is most likely best recognized for its character designer, Uki Atsuya.
In this kinda SoF, kinda sports and kinda sci-fi anime, the headline is “You can't catch fish if you don't go fishing, and you can't read more
Jun 15, 2015
mispy (All reviews)
Tsuritama is happiness distilled into anime form. It's all bright colors and kind people and cute psychic alien fish boys, completely ridiculous and filled with emotion and joy. Gets extra credit from me for showing kids with realistic depictions of social anxiety and family difficulties, then making them happy too.
Jun 28, 2012
himeyukii (All reviews)
When I first began watching Tsuritama, my expectations were pretty low, and all I thought it would be was just another comedy about friendship. However, upon watching just the first episode, I found that I was completely wrong about it.
The artwork and animation is magnificent, and the overall atmosphere and mood is very well communicated. I found myself wanting to live in Enoshima with the main characters Yuki and Haru in their beautiful home by the ocean!
Even the story line is very well thought out and the progression of the characters is very well depicted. Yuki's social anxiety and Haru's ignorance of read more