Taisou Zamurai

The Gymnastics Samurai

What would you like to edit?

Alternative Titles

Japanese: 体操ザムライ
English: The Gymnastics Samurai
German: N/A
More titles


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 1952919,529 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #28022
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #2733
Members: 56,030
Favorites: 125

Available At


Streaming Platforms

May be unavailable in your region.
Ranked #2802Popularity #2733Members 56,030
Add to List
Episodes: /11
* Your list is public by default.


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.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


No background information has been added to this title. Help improve our database by adding background information here.

Episode Videos

Related Anime

Characters & Voice Actors


Cook, Justin
Kimura, Makoto
Kananiwa, Kozue
Herek, Samantha
Assistant Producer


Opening Theme

Apple Music
Amazon Music
Youtube Music
"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)

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
“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 ...
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 ...

Interest Stacks

by ooReiko
50 Entries · 1 Restacks
by GonXalo
50 Entries · 81 Restacks
by GonXalo
50 Entries · 117 Restacks


Recent News

North American Anime & Manga Releases for September

North American Anime & Manga Releases for September

Here are the North American anime, manga, and light novel releases for September. Week 1: September 7 - 13 Anime Releases Bleach Set 21 Blu-ray [incl. episodes 292-3...read more

Fall 2020 Simulcast List [Update 12/1]

Fall 2020 Simulcast List [Update 12/1]

In this thread, you'll find a comprehensive list of anime acquired for simulcast release during the Fall 2020 season. This list also includes titles that were p...read more

Recent Forum Discussion

Poll: Taisou Zamurai Episode 3 Discussion ( 1 2 )
Stark700 - Oct 24, 2020
50 replies by KaramelxP »»
Aug 24, 2022 4:26 AM
Poll: Taisou Zamurai Episode 11 Discussion ( 1 2 )
Stark700 - Dec 19, 2020
73 replies by Safrichh »»
Feb 25, 2022 8:08 PM
Poll: Taisou Zamurai Episode 10 Discussion
Stark700 - Dec 12, 2020
32 replies by Safrichh »»
Feb 22, 2022 7:18 PM
Poll: Taisou Zamurai Episode 9 Discussion
Stark700 - Dec 5, 2020
28 replies by Safrichh »»
Feb 20, 2022 7:18 PM
Poll: Taisou Zamurai Episode 8 Discussion
Stark700 - Nov 28, 2020
38 replies by Safrichh »»
Feb 16, 2022 7:05 PM

Recent Featured Articles

MAL Staff Picks: Fall 2020 Opening Themes

MAL Staff Picks: Fall 2020 Opening Themes

26 staff members judged 39 songs to bring you our definitive ranking of nearly every opening theme this season!

by Shymander


It’s time to ditch the text file.
Keep track of your anime easily by creating your own list.
Sign Up Login