Taisou Zamurai

The Gymnastics Samurai

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Synonyms: Taiso Samurai
Japanese: 体操ザムライ
English: The Gymnastics Samurai
German: N/A
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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: 7.241 (scored by 2076120,761 users)
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Ranked: #30252
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Popularity: #2882
Members: 59,089
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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. Joutarou dedicates himself to the biggest challenge of his career to prove that the gymnastics world is right where he belongs.

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Opening Theme

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"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) (eps 1)
2: "Yume ja Nai (夢?(ゆめじゃない))" by Hatena (はてな) (eps 2-11)

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Dec 19, 2020
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 ...
Dec 19, 2020
Mixed Feelings
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 ...
Nov 1, 2020
Preliminary (4/11 eps)
Ugh ... Taisou Zamurai
When I saw the trailer for the first time, I thought the idea of ​​a sports anime about gymnastics was interesting, the trailer was not bad at all but I had my qualms about the CGI. Since it is from MAPPA, I expected decent production quality from it.

Story: 4
The premise here is not bad, a gymnast named Aragaki had an injury or something and now he can't perform as expected, so he decides to retire from gymnastics, but his destiny changed when he had a certain encounter...
Nothing new or intriguing, but definitely horribly done.

Art: 5
The art isn't bad at all, MAPPA has ...

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