Hinomaru Sumo

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Synonyms: Sumo of the Rising Sun, Sumo Wrestler Hinomaru, Hinomaru Zumou
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
Themes: Combat SportsCombat Sports, SchoolSchool
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.551 (scored by 5280052,800 users)
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Ranked: #16052
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Popularity: #1753
Members: 118,784
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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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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
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
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, ...
Apr 4, 2019
Mixed Feelings
I have to clap for the idea of doing a sumo anime. I'm not sure how popular the sport is in Japan, but at least in the West it's not so popular. Well, the story is focused on Ushio, a boy who dreams of being a "yokozuna", that is, a professional in the sport. He ends up entering a school where sumo is not something of great relevance (what a surprise), he gets the gym to train after beating the boss of the delinquents who sees the juice as a way to start over (what a surprise). Speaking objectively, the anime is not bad, but ...

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