When they say that anime literally has everything you can think of, even the weird ones, they're speaking the truth. An anime about magic? Done. An anime about ghosts? There's one. An anime about turning war weapons into cute and beautiful girls? Look no further. And finally, an anime about soda cans also being feminized? Yes, it exists.
And now a shounen anime about sumo.
I can now finally add another entry on my "Japan's Greatest Ideas" list and not on the "Japan's Weirdest Ideas".
Hinomaruzumou or Hinomaru Sumo is about Ushio Hinomaru, a new student who enrolled at Oodachi High School and joined
their very small sumo club with the intention of being a Yokozuna (the highest rank on professional Sumo). But it appears fate isn't very kind to him because he's too "small" for the sport.
Despite his disadvantage, Hinomaru makes up for it with training and strong spirit. And he's going to prove to everyone that you can still be a Yokozuna even if you're not big enough!
I know, I know. It has that clichéd sports anime feel of wanting to be at the top of the summit despite the main hero's glaring flaw(s). But don't let it deter you from watching this anime! It was brilliantly done and in just a few minutes, you can't help but be immediately get used to their world.
This is, after all, another retelling of that classic shounen and sports anime feel while giving it a breath of fresh air. It's advantage is the fact that it features a sport that (let's be honest) not everyone will immediately be interested in. They're taking a risk with this one and I'm all in!
I literally went in with little to none knowledge on sumo and so far, this is becoming educational for me. I never thought that I'd actually would like to learn more about sumo and find this, in general, something fascinating. I mean, it's just about two "fat" guys hugging each other, right? Wrong. I was so wrong. It was more than that and I admit, Hinomaru was able to influence me for I saw how passionate he was and I couldn't help but be interested as well.
The opening was wonderful and gives insights on future characters/rivals/events; and at the same time, makes it obvious that this IS shounen and you're in for a wonderful ride. The ending is very manly as well. The "ooh hah" parts really get my blood pumping!
The characters are so lovable. The main character can really inspire you and even though he's the good ol' shounen hero, I didn't mind at all. In fact, that made me love him even more. The supporting cast are amazing as well. I love their individual quirks and how they all blend so well together. This is truly an ensemble to watch out for!
The art style, at first, didn't truly catch my attention. It's not bad but it's not that great either. However, when the sumo matches are shown; wow, I was blown away. I love the way they used heavy and darker lines and palette during intense scenes and lighter ones during comedic scenes. As someone who read the manga, I'm glad they're staying faithful to the original art.
Another thing I'd like to point out on the art style is that I hardly saw any still shots which is a really good news. I tried pausing at random times to see if I'll see any goofy drawings but haven't seen one. A lot of anime nowadays resort to those aforementioned goofy shots because they either want to save money or speed up the animation process.
Overall, Hinomaru Sumo is a really great anime. Since it's about a sport I'm not very familiar with, it immediately piqued my interest and I'm so glad I tried it out. The opening and ending songs give me the classic shounen feel, and the characters, especially Hinomaru, are lovable; and I can't wait to get to know them better. The art is the typical one you usually see on anime nowadays but when it's sumo time, wow, it really brings a lot to the table!
I'm very excited for the next episodes and continue this wonderful journey!
P.S.: There are anime released before about sumo but none of them caught my attention like this one did.
P.P.S.: If you're thinking of reading the manga, I suggest you start from chapter 1. The anime skipped a lot of chapters after all. It's like the anime has its own storytelling of the same characters and universe while the manga has its own different style as well. Both are enjoyable and will make you appreciate Hinomaru Sumo even more. :)
Who knew watching 2 fat dudes hug could be this entertaining...
First of all, let's get the somewhat ugly art style and slightly above average animation out of the way; character designs that appear throughout the show are nothing special and usually their appearance reveals their personality before we even get to know them, every character seems basic and stereotyped to the max, even the MC has the classic shounen body scars to show he's been through some shit! Animation is very still typically but I can't deny that it becomes good and borderline great in action sequences! Sound wise, the OP, ED and OST
are top notch, some of the best this season and probably this year! Voice acting is solid but doesn't stand out in any way to be honest.
Although the characters are stereotyped heavily, I can't deny that I do love them and especially their chemistry and interactions as they all seem linked by the sport of sumo which can be seen as following a lot of shounen tropes but honestly it doesn't seem forced; also as a small guy, the MC makes me hype! The story is the typical, "I wanna be the best at something but I have a certain drawback so I'm gonna recruit some buddies and go on a journey until I learn to be the best I can be." Very simple underdog plot line but it's executed well enough that I'll let it slide
Honestly this show is very simplistic and basic with minimal unique features; it mainly follows a very basic shounen route but yet, I can't help but enjoy it, and I enjoy it a LOT! I could give it a 6 or 7 but honestly, every time a new episode comes out, I find myself anticipating it and watching it instantly and that counts for more than anything else. Also, even if you hate sumo or know nothing about it, watch it because I think most would still enjoy it!
Personally, I don't see why this anime isn't as popular as it should be. It feels as if this anime needs a little more attention so I decided to write this review.
As a fan of sports and shounen anime I think that Hinomaruzumou is actually quite original. There are all these anime that have already been done such as volleyball, tennis, boxing, baseball, etc. But never in my life I thought there would be one about sumo. Every single time I watch an anime that is about a certain sport, I think its great that these anime's teach you about how the sports work as
well. Now learning about sumo was probably the best experience out of all the sports anime that I have watched. Since the first episode, this anime was screaming "HYPE" right from the get go. I think that learning about different sumo techniques such as slapping or grabbing the belt are very interesting and that is what makes sumo so unique. This also makes it like Hajime no Ippo just toned down a little bit.
The story and art are not totally perfect by any means. Of course there are things that I want to have improved such as like have more background information about the main character Hinomaru. Why does he look that way? These questions got in the way sometimes but overall didn't distract from the main story. The art is quite normal but that doesn't get in the way at all. Most of the time, I don't even notice it. The characters in this show are very likable and the introduction of each them are very smooth.
Overall, I think that this is one of the hidden gems of the season. Like I said before, I am a very big fan of sports and shounen animes so you can take this review with a grain of salt but I am loving this anime. The opening is very cool as well and I can't wait for what is going to come. Not only do I recommend this show to sports anime fans, but for everyone, as I think that it is a great watch this season.
(P.S These are my initial impressions. I am going to be writing a review at the final episode)
Being an outsider, I have always been fascinated by Japanese culture and Anime is the main reason for this. This is one such anime which takes you a sport which is practiced professionally only in Japan and is full of ancient traditions.
The artwork is nice and more than anything, it gets you craving for more. The protagonist (Ushio) is the normal guy with a -never-give-up- attitude and a never ending love for the sport. In the anime, He sparks interest in everyone who is spectating and much like the anime, He will quickly get you interested in Sumo as well. I started reading up on
Even though the anime does not explain each and every details about Sumo (cant blame them, traditions in Sumo is too vast to be explained over a couple of shows), I can guarantee one thing... If you are like me who is fascinated by Japanese culture.. this anime will open new doors for you.
The opening and closing soundtrack is just awesome.. It gets your blood boiling.. and that is exactly how the anime feels.
This anime is being unforgivably slept on. In light of the popularity of similar anime like Kuroko's Basketball, Food Wars and Ballroom e Youkoso, it's amazing that this hasn't gotten more attention and more love. This anime is every bit as good as Hajime No Ippo so far. Perhaps it's because its sumo that it isn't getting the interest those other competition style animes do, but if Ballroom Dancing can be popular, I see no reason why this can't be.
Hinomaruzumou is not breaking the sporting tournament genre in any way. It is exactly like Kuroko No Basket, in
that an undersized prodigy tries to rise to the championship ranks of his sport with a team of plucky upstarts who are talented in their own right. But, where it differs is in intensity. This anime is every bit as intense as a boxing match in Hajime No Ippo. The matches are every bit as suspenseful as Kuroko No Basket. The time just flies by when you watch the episodes which is a sure sign of a great anime.
But, the biggest difference is the MC. Ushio is a man's man. He's not a wimpy character who's always apologizing for something or near tears. He's an Alpha. He's much more like Souma from Food Wars, than he is Kuroko, Ippo or Tatara. It's refreshing and they've left the whining parts to the Captain, Ozeki, which is fine. The supporting cast is strong, too. With Chihiro and Yuma helping to fill out screen time and make the team more enjoyable.
Even the soundtrack is killer, with a sick OP that makes me keep replaying it several times before the anime starts. The only real drawback is the animation. You can tell that this is a lower budget anime from the character designs and some animation sequences. It's not like it's terrible, but you can tell Gonzo didn't put a big animation budget behind this. Although, they manage to really work around that to make the fights engaging. It's almost like they focused on putting all the money into the fights. Hopefully, this anime will be a success and they can increase the animation quality in the next season, if there will be one.
This is easily one of the best animes this season and it should get much more love than it is. Ushio is a name that should be as well recognized as Kuroko and Souma.
The first thing I would like to say is that although this is a sports anime, it is different from the usual sports anime that we typically see. Most sports anime will have a common theme so they tend to be redundant but Hinomaruzumou is the first anime (that I know of) dealing with sumo as the theme.
I guess you could say the only thing Hinomaruzumou has in common with other sports anime is that the main lead, Hinomaru, wants to be the best and is aiming for the top.
The art might not be super attractive to some but
don't let that fool you from the actual plot. I wasn't expecting much when I started watching it, because honestly, I thought it was going to be boring because it was about sumo, but I was sucked in immediately after only a few minutes.
The character designs aren't flawless but they are likable. I like the easy camaraderie they all have with each other.
To anyone who is on the fence about watching Hinomaruzumou, I'd say it wouldn't hurt to give it a try.
Hinomaruzumo has been completely overlooked by a lot of people, and i don't understand why...
In terms of story, it's nothing groundbreaking, an underdog trying his best to get to the top. Sounds cliché right?
Well... Yeah... It is.
But that's not what the charm of the show is. This show is phenomenal at getting you hyped up.
The first opening is intense, in visuals, and especially with the song. When that's over, you see intense fight scenes.
Hell, even after the fights!
The first ending is the most hype-inducing of all. So even after you've finished an episode, it somehow keeps you hyped up, which
is something only a few shows are able to do.
Another great aspect is the characters.
While the show is generally about sumo, it's not limited to only that. We even have a wrestler and someone who practices karate.
This show definetly has clichés, but when you're as hyped up as the show makes you.
You hardly even notice it!
This anime is unexpectedly the one that I find myself the most invested in this season! What a pleasant surprise to have this show(about sumo of all things!) be the best, and yet the most under appreciated. I’m honestly surprised at how little attention it’s gotten because I think it’s a glossed over treasure.
It feels like a breath of fresh air as it actually added some new things, sure there are some the troupes you can’t escape but the unique touches are enough to set it apart! I’m a HUGE shounen anime fan so for me it already had a lot that I
liked. I just randomly checked it out on a whim and found myself hooked 10 minutes in! And why? Cause of the main character, Ushio. Even his first few lines drew me in! He definitely has the similar shounen troupe of a huge aspiration to achieve but he’s actually really likable I find. His insane determination and a surprisingly charismatic side make him an MC I actually care about and I wanna see what he does next. Like I really wanna see if this short dude can become a Yokozuna!
The side characters are great too, all the different types of fighters and personalities add the usual fun roster of friends. They aren’t as strong and distinct as Ushio but they’re a nice compliment. They give the right amount of backstory to keep you interested, while it’s nothing out of the normal troupes, it’s still portrayed well so you aren’t bored.
The plot is pretty straight forward and doesn’t do much that’s different but the characters pull enough weight that you don’t you even notice. You just wanna see what’s gonna happen next! The biggest thrill is watching these characters fight!!! The way the fight scenes are animated kept me on the edge of my seat and wanting more. Another thing that's enjoyable is how informative it is about sumo wrestling! I never would have had the slightest interest in it before but I found myself looking up things about it out of curiosity.
The sound is amazinggggggg. The opening and ending songs are just to die for! I love when the music is top notch and distinct it’s usually a good sign the anime is going in a good direction, in my opinion. But both songs get watched in their entirety. Every. Time.The English dub is pretty good, better than the Japanese even! It’s the typically good Funimation voice work but, as it seems I just can’t get enough of Ushio, I really like the person they chose (Ricco Fajardo) for him, it’s a real good fit.
So this lil gem is a good one in my book! I think everyone should give it a shot. If you like shounen/ sports anime, good fighting scenes, fun characters and great anime music then this one is for you :) I’ll definitely be anticipating future episodes with a lot of excitement!