Josee to Tora to Sakana-tachi

Josee, the Tiger and the Fish

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: ジョゼと虎と魚たち
English: Josee, the Tiger and the Fish
German: Josie, der Tiger und die Fische.
Spanish: Josee, el Tigre y los Peces
French: Josée, Le Tigre et Les Poissons.
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 25, 2020
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Bones
Source: Novel
Genres: DramaDrama, RomanceRomance
Themes: Adult CastAdult Cast, Visual ArtsVisual Arts
Duration: 1 hr. 38 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.391 (scored by 214290214,290 users)
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Ranked: #1882
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Popularity: #544
Members: 416,947
Favorites: 6,052

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Equipped with his passion for diving and admiration for marine biology, university student Tsuneo Suzukawa tries his best to juggle several part-time jobs to earn enough money to study abroad. But one night, in a fateful accident, he meets a girl in a wheelchair, driving his current path into a detour.

The girl, Kumiko—who prefers to be called "Josee"—initially comes off as rude. Tsuneo, however, is then convinced by Josee's grandmother to take on the paid job to be Josee's caretaker. Despite being annoyed with her bossy demeanor, Tsuneo sees the opportunity to save more funds to support his academic dream. Nonetheless, after putting up with Josee's behavior for some time, Tsuneo tries to quit, only to discover Josee's dreams of traversing the outside world—to experience a life free from her crippling condition.

Changing his mind, Tsuneo decides to accompany Josee in exploring the wonders that the world has to offer. Through their time together, the two begin to realize that the traits that bind them may be vital toward fulfilling their respective aspirations.

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Josee to Tora to Sakana-tachi was adapted from a 1984 short story collection of the same name. It was set to have its theatrical release in Japan in Summer 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the movie was postponed until December 25, 2020.

Prior to its release, the anime film was selected as a special invitation film for the 33rd Tokyo International Film Festival. It was also nominated for the 44th Japan Academy Prize in the Animation for Excellence award.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Cook, Justin
Suzuki, Mari
Kasahara, Shuuzou
Herek, Samantha
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"Take Me Far Away" by Evan Call


Feb 21, 2024
If you're wondering about the title of this movie then fear not because everything will make sense once you watch it.
This was such a Captivating, Charming and Uplifting movie and I honestly wasn't expecting it to be this good.

Story : It deals with a girl who has a disability and cannot walk on her own and how her meeting with a young boy changed her life aswell as the boy's life and the girl's perceptions about life too. It's a really heartwarming and sad story but it has a happy ending and I won't spoil anything further for you because where's the fun in that? ...
Aug 21, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Josee, the Tiger and the Fish" is a visually captivating anime with its stunning animation and scenic portrayal. However, it falls short in several aspects. The pacing of the story feels uneven, often lingering on insignificant moments while rushing through crucial plot points. The narrative could have been better developed to create a more engaging and emotionally resonant experience.

In terms of romance, the chemistry between the main characters feels somewhat forced. Unlike some of the more established romance animes, the emotional connection between Josee and Tsuneo lacks depth and authenticity. This results in a less impactful portrayal of their relationship, leaving the audience wanting more ...
Dec 22, 2022
I consider myself a very patient person. It takes a lot to get under my skin. Even when I watch bad anime, I still enjoy riffing on the flaws.

Josee, the Tiger and the Fish managed to irritate me. Trying to finish it was like waiting at the end of a school day, watching the clock tick tick tick… I constantly paused to take in the frustrating decisions the characters made, then brace myself for more melodrama. The protagonist, Tsuneo, is a lot like me. Maybe that's why I had such a strong reaction to it. We're both 22-year-old guys planning to study abroad, working a ...

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