Tsurikichi Sanpei

Sanpei the Fisherman

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Synonyms: Tsurikichi Sampei, Fishing Otaku Sanpei
Japanese: 釣りキチ三平
English: Sanpei the Fisherman
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Type: TV
Episodes: 109
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 7, 1980 to Jun 28, 1982
Premiered: Spring 1980
Broadcast: Mondays at 19:00 (JST)
Producers: Studio Jack
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Nippon Animation
Source: Manga
Genres: AdventureAdventure, SportsSports
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 7.071 (scored by 23392,339 users)
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Ranked: #39132
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Popularity: #8107
Members: 5,799
Favorites: 20

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Mihira Sanpei talks with a Tohou accent and is a down-to-earth boy with a cheerful and optimistic personality. However, when it comes to fishing, he becomes very serious and is a youth who enjoys fishing more than anything else. The village where he lives in is a natural environment which provides different kinds of fishing challenges. Despite his lack of experience, Sanpei has a first-rate sense with regards to fishing and decides to maxmise his potential by entering into different fishing contests. As he faces various challenges, he learns to solve difficult problems and learn from his mistakes to the extent that he is able to fish anything out of the waters. Along the way, he encounters all kinds of rivals and companions who increase his experience points and help him in his growth.

(Source: ANN)

Characters & Voice Actors


Nitta, Yoshikata
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Okabe, Eiji
Director, Series Composition
Kohanawa, Tameo
Episode Director, Storyboard
Okazaki, Yukio
Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

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"Wakaki Tabibito (若き旅人)" by MoJo

Ending Theme

"Ore wa Tsurikichi Sanpei Da (俺は釣りキチ三平だ)" by MoJo


Dec 8, 2023
As far as I’m aware, Tsurikichi Sanpei is the first anime about fishing. In fact, other than a small handful of titles, there aren’t that many anime solely about fishing. We recently had Houkago Teibou Nisshi back in 2020, and in 1997 there was Super Fishing Grander Musashi, both of which featured fishing as the main focus. But I struggle to name more besides those and a few others. Perhaps it’s the slow and monotonous nature of fishing that is hard to translate into entertainment—something I assumed before getting into Sanpei. I couldn’t have been more incorrect. So how does Tsurikichi Sanpei make fishing entertaining? ...

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