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
French: Josée, Le Tigre et Les Poissons
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 25, 2020
Producers: Shochiku, Kadokawa, Sonilude
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Bones
Source: Novel
Genres: DramaDrama, RomanceRomance, Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Duration: 1 hr. 38 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.521 (scored by 9758097,580 users)
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Ranked: #1032
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Popularity: #808
Members: 223,888
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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.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


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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Miyanishi, Tetsuya
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"Take Me Far Away" by Evan Call

May 3, 2021
LoneAce (All reviews)
Let me begin by saying I've been waiting for this movie for a little more than 4 months, so although there is bound to be some bias in this review I will try to keep it as balanced as possible and write as if the anticipation was less. I will also try my best to include as little spoilers as possible, but if you have yet watched the trailer, you might get spoiled in the smaller parts

Plot - 10/10
As you might have read in the synopsis, Josee met Tsuneo by a chance encounter (check out trailer if you want to know what happened) and decides read more
Apr 16, 2021
eroticmixologist (All reviews)
I watched this in theater recently and decided to write a review, will keep it simple for those who's curious about this movie.

In summary, this romance drama is pretty standard as it goes, so if you expect something new or something compelling then you won't find it here. Animated movie formats in general are fast paced due to its short run time; relying on common tropes, character archetypes and melodrama to convey the story quickly and efficiently; it simply can't be fleshed out like a TV-series, and this movie is no different. Of course, this isn't a bad thing - what I want to address read more
May 24, 2021
Daxonzion- (All reviews)
[tl;dr is at the bottom of the review]

Josee, the Tiger and the Fish is a movie that tells a story heavily focused on Josee (the disabled girl shown on the poster) and Tsuneo (the boy who walks besides Josee shown on the poster). When you saw this movie's poster for the first time, you might be thinking that this movie will tell one hell of a sad story. You're not wrong, but you're not completely right either if you think like that. My suggestion if you ever wanted to watch this movie, do not take your expectations too highly. I've heard a lot of positive read more
Jun 15, 2021
TheZilla (All reviews)
"Grandma, the outside is not scary at all."

Josee, the Tiger and the Fish may have had a slightly bumpy start, but it knows its own strengths and uses it to build its momentum. At its apex, this film shines in all its beauty and fills you up with all sorts of emotions. What you will witness from this anime is the clear result of a passionate team that knows how to delicately craft a story that is able to stand out among the crowd of modern anime.

Josee's story contains several tropes, including cliche ones, but it is able to execute them when time is appropriate read more


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