Hinomaru Sumo

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Synonyms: Sumo of the Rising Sun, Sumo Wrestler Hinomaru
Japanese: 火ノ丸相撲
English: Hinomaru Sumo
German: Hinomaru Sumo
Spanish: Hinomaru Sumo
French: Hinomaru Sumo
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Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 5, 2018 to Mar 29, 2019
Premiered: Fall 2018
Broadcast: Fridays at 22:00 (JST)
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Gonzo
Source: Manga
Genre: SportsSports
Theme: Martial ArtsMartial Arts
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.581 (scored by 4163641,636 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #13722
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1656
Members: 99,184
Favorites: 279

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In professional sumo, there are no weight classes. It's a savage sport where the strongest survive, and anyone willing to test their mettle can step into the ring. There is, however, a minimum size requirement to be a pro sumo wrestler, and young Hinomaru Ushio, incredibly talented and hardworking though he may be, does not meet that requirement. This small boy has big dreams of reaching the highest class of sumo, Hinoshita Kaisan. The only way he could possibly go pro is if he becomes the High School Yokozuna, a title given to the strongest wrestler in high school tournaments.

Ushio is under a lot of pressure, as well as a time limit. If he can't show off his skills in the high school tournaments, he may lose his chance to go pro permanently, and the odds are stacked against him. Instead of enrolling in Ishigami High, the best school for sumo in Japan, he enrolls in Odachi High and must build a sumo club from the ground up with the one devout member Shinya Ozeki. Odachi High is the true underdog of the sumo world, but Ushio has to push forward with all his strength if he is going to make it professionally.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Uda, Kounosuke
Director, Episode Director
Yamamoto, Yasutaka
Director, Storyboard
Murayama, Kiyoshi
Episode Director
Ooba, Hideaki
Episode Director


Opening Theme

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1: "FIRE GROUND" by Official HIGE DANdism (Official髭男dism)
2: "Be the NAKED" by Lead

Ending Theme

1: "Hiizuru Basho (日出ズル場所)" by Omedetai Atama de Naniyori (オメでたい頭でなにより)
2: "Sakura Sake (桜咲け)" by Yoshida Yamada (吉田山田)

Mar 29, 2019
Sasori_Nagashi (All reviews)
You don't find a lot of anime that you can really say tick all of the boxes to being the perfect experience, however Hinomaruzumou undoubtedly comes close. It evokes powerful emotions every episode and had me on the edge of my seat for the outcomes of each sumo bout, which were never predictable and always had an enrapturing dramatic flare. The soundtrack, while not particularly striking among some of the greater soundtracks we have seen in anime, is very fitting and sets the mood brilliantly at every turn. Heavily recommend this series to anyone who enjoys suspenseful action-based anime, martial art-based anime or sport-based anime.
Mar 29, 2019
Karhu (All reviews)
Fat guys wearing diapers and sweating like pigs. Over weighted = over powered. Who cares if you can't bend to tie your own shoe lases when can just walks thru walls anyway. Let the slimiest man win!

I never quite understood why sumo was called a sports instead of the male version of plus sized beauty modelling, but Hinomawhatever helped me to open my eyes to the beauty of this art. Partly because it quite closely follows the normal, formulaic pattern commonly seen in sports anime and partly because of its manly and bro cast. I never quite respected sumo nor thought much about it, read more
Mar 29, 2019
CorkMars (All reviews)
Hinomaruzumou is one of the most criminally slept on anime in recent memory. The 24 episodes it has run is not nearly enough to satisfy my desire to observe Hinomaru's sumo.
Fall 2018 saw a rebirth of sports anime. The trio of Run with the wind (Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru), Tsurune, and Hinomaruzumou have collectively transformed the genre. These non traditional sports made room for more character growth and development than I've ever witnessed in sports anime, and I truly hope that Tsurune and Hinomaruzumou each receive second seasons some day. These three anime show us that sport anime have the potential to be less about read more
Oct 17, 2019
AkaneShin (All reviews)

Sports anime have been doing well, with a number of great basketball, football, baseball and volleyball animes we finally dive down into an entirely different realm, which is the world of Sumo. Honestly, I never liked the sport in real and whenever sumo came to my mind I would think a bunch of sweaty overweight dudes slamming their chubbiness against each other. But boy o boy! This anime maintains the respect of the sport and shows it from the perspective of read more


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