Monkey Turn

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: I'll Be Number 1!
Japanese: モンキーターン


Type: TV
Episodes: 25
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 11, 2004 to Jun 27, 2004
Premiered: Winter 2004
Broadcast: Sundays at 00:55 (JST)
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: OLM
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, DramaDrama
Theme: RacingRacing
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.441 (scored by 699699 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #70832
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #11272
Members: 2,126
Favorites: 4

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Based on Kawai Katsutoshi's manga of the same name, published in Weekly Shounen Sunday, Monkey Turn is a sports anime based around professional speed boat racing. The anime's protagonist, Tadano Kenji, is too short to follow his dream of becoming a professional baseball player, but his baseball coach recommends him to boat racing. One day Tadano-san unexpectedly meets his old girlfriend and they exchange promises: in return for her being faithful to him, he is charged with becoming Japan's best racer within three years. The eponymous "Monkey Turn" is a boat maneuver Kenji-san thought up while visiting his girlfriend. The Monkey Turn gives Kenji quite the advantage over other boaters, but is it enough for him become the best?

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Characters & Voice Actors


Akiyama, Katsuhito
Watanabe, Jun
Sound Director
Ishiodori, Hiroshi
Episode Director, Storyboard
Kimura, Ryuuichi
Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

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"Kokoro ga Tomaranai (ココロが止まらない)" by JEWELRY

Ending Theme

1: "Hikari to Kaze to Kimi no Naka de (光と風と君の中で)" by Ai Takaoka
2: "Kimi wo Kazaru Hana o Sakasou (君を飾る花を咲かそう)" by Garnet Crow


Dec 31, 2013
Sorry if my review is choppy, I'm not used to writing them. But here is my review for this anime.

Story: 7/10. I think that this story was really like any other sport animes though this was about boat racing instead. About a guy who quits baseball and is introduce to boat racing by his baseball coach. He then starts to get into it and makes a statement saying he will be the number 1 in japan on it. Then there is the regular anime guy meets friends and improve in the sport they do and become better at it. In the beginning, it was really ...

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