Taisou Zamurai

Taiso Samurai

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Alternative Titles

English: Taiso Samurai
Synonyms: Gymnastics Samurai
Japanese: 体操ザムライ


Type: TV
Episodes: 11
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 11, 2020 to Dec 20, 2020
Premiered: Fall 2020
Broadcast: Sundays at 01:30 (JST)
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: MAPPA
Source: Original
Genre: SportsSports
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.251 (scored by 1475314,753 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #26252
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Popularity: #2578
Members: 46,408
Favorites: 118

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At the pinnacle of his gymnastics career, Joutarou Aragaki—nicknamed Samurai for his signature hairstyle—suffers a shoulder injury following his wife’s death. Five years later, he continues to push the limits of his body as a member of the Japanese gymnastics team. However, Joutarou's strenuous training fails to show any progress. His coach, Noriyuki Amakusa, advises that he retires.

Together with his exuberant and supportive nine-year-old daughter, Rei, Joutarou takes a trip to Ego Wonderland to break the bitter news to her. However, their excursion ends in an odd encounter with a peculiar self-proclaimed ninja named Leonardo. He follows them home and interrupts Joutarou’s every attempt at telling his daughter.

Upon learning that Leonardo hopes to witness his gymnastics again, Joutarou astounds Japan with his announcement that he is not retiring. With fervent support from his family, friends, and Leonardo, Joutarou dedicates himself to the biggest challenge of his career and prove that the gymnastics world is right where he belongs.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Shimizu, Hisatoshi
Kidokoro, Seimei
Episode Director, Storyboard
Kaji, Yuki
Theme Song Performance
Namikawa, Daisuke
Theme Song Performance


Opening Theme

"Shanghai Honey (上海ハニー)" by Joutarou Aragaki (Daisuke Namikawa), Leonardo (Kensho Ono), Tetsuo Minamino (Yuki Kaji) eps 2-10)

Ending Theme

#1: "Shanghai Honey (上海ハニー)" by Joutarou Aragaki (Daisuke Namikawa), Leonardo (Kensho Ono), Tetsuo Minamino (Yuki Kaji) (ep 1)
#2: "Yume ja Nai (夢?(ゆめじゃない))" by Hatena (はてな) (eps 2-11)

Dec 19, 2020
Ghostflame2153 (All reviews)
Taisou Samurai has a very unrealistic start, but dont let that put you off. It never devolves into unrealistic gag antics, but ends up being a great show that never treats itself too seriously but still treats its characters with respect.

The Characters are probably the most important part of Taisou Samurai and the show very heavily centers on their struggles. Each character starts out very stereotypically but ends up growing into their own. My biggest concern was the overuse of certain characters due to trying to add extra useless gags or something, but this did not end up happening.

The Sound was good, every single read more
Dec 19, 2020
KincaidP (All reviews)
For fall 2020...this was the biggest let down to be honest.

Story and characters had so much potential but the 11 ep run just caused the series to never really flesh out out what really needed to be there. This was a 24 ep character drama forced into 11 ep with the finale literally cutting into multiple character arcs without any clear resolution for 2 of the 3.

Art was solid...outside of the really mediocre 3DCG. Even if the back drop was gymnastics the CGI was bad especially for MAPPA standards. It was PS1/Cyberpunk 2077 on a ps4/xbox one levels of bad. The read more
Dec 19, 2020
Watame (All reviews)
“Nothing else will show your true character than how you lose.”

Taisou Zamurai is an anime that centers around gymnastics. Correct me if I am wrong, but this is something the industry has not seen yet. And it is also worth mentioning that Japan was considered the leader in this sport. Anyways, the plot revolves around a middle-aged athlete Joutarou Aragaki, who despite all the efforts and hard training, failed to justify the hopes placed on him. But after being defeated, he is not going to give up, although even the coach strongly advises him to leave the sport and do something else. Well, you know read more
Dec 19, 2020
KANLen09 (All reviews)
Picture this scene (at MAPPA's headquarters):
Higher-ups: "Hey, we're already very stretched for both Jujutsu Kaisen and Attack on Titan: Final Season. Is there anything that we can do to crunch our remaining people with something to do on the side?"
Shigeru Murakoshi (series composer): *raises hand* "You mean the few of us? We can do something different other than the Shounen-heavy titles and make an original show of our own! Not to worry if this show isn't noticeable, because we're your secondary staff."
*proceeds to rip-off Barakamon (and other similar settings like Usagi Drop / Kakushigoto)*

Let's be honest: Barakamon was amazing, both back when it aired, and read more

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