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Synonyms: Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl
Japanese: YAWARA!


Type: TV
Episodes: 124
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 16, 1989 to Sep 21, 1992
Premiered: Fall 1989
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: Kitty Films
Licensors: AnimEigo
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.601 (scored by 1,448 users)
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Ranked: #13152
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Popularity: #3655
Members: 7,099
Favorites: 49
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Yawara! is a sports anime laced with comedic and romance elements. It starts off with Yawara Inokuma, a high school girl who is most interested in doing the things that your average Japanese high school girl does; however, she has been trained in Judo for years by her grandfather, Jigorou (A former Japan Judo Champion), who has much grander plans in store for her as a Judo superstar. He manipulates matters so that Yawara ends up having to perform in matches and tournaments. His final plan is for Yawara to "Win the Gold Medal in the Olympics and be awarded the Nation Medal of Honor."

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Characters & Voice Actors

Inokuma, Yawara
Inokuma, Yawara
Minaguchi, Yuko
Minaguchi, Yuko
Inokuma, Jigorou
Inokuma, Jigorou
Nagai, Ichiro
Nagai, Ichiro
Matsuda, Kousaku
Matsuda, Kousaku
Seki, Toshihiko
Seki, Toshihiko
Itou, Fujiko
Itou, Fujiko
Kawashima, Chiyoko
Kawashima, Chiyoko


Tokita, Hiroko
Tokita, Hiroko
Urakami, Yasuo
Urakami, Yasuo
Sound Director
Okamura, Tensai
Okamura, Tensai
Episode Director, Storyboard
Kousaka, Kitarou
Kousaka, Kitarou
Episode Director, Animation Director, Key Animation

Edit Opening Theme

#1: "Miracle Girl" by Mariko Nagai (eps 1-43)
#2: "Rain-Kissed Bouquet…" by Miki Imai (eps 44-81)
#3: "Girl Can't Lose" by Yuko Hara (eps 82-102)
#4: "YOU AND I" by Mariko Nagai (eps 103-124)

Edit Ending Theme

#1: "Stand by Me" by Rika Himenogi (eps 1-43)
#2: "Egao wo Sagashite" by Midori Karashima (eps 44-81)
#3: "Shoujo Jidai" by Yuko Hara (eps 82-102)
#4: "Itsumo Soko ni Kimi ga Ita" by LAZY LOUs BOOGIE (eps 103-124)

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Dec 12, 2012
Xavicat14 (All reviews)
It never gets old !! Even for an anime from 1989, set in Tokyo 1986, this is an old school sensational piece of work. The story is based in the manga from the famous Naoki Urasawa, and it is one of the best sold seinens in the history of Japan, almost 39 milion copies. Oddly enough it is a very unknowkn anime outside Japan, and it has never been dubbed to english, nor spanish.... love the main character, the story, the and the good mix of comedy, drama, romance, sport.... Definitevely, one of my favourites old school animes. 10/10
Feb 7, 2013
lilithilk (All reviews)
This is not a sports anime really. The story is about a Judo prodigy named Yawara, who doesn't really like the idea of doing Judo. But it is sort of the family trade and she doesn't have the - I am going to go with the word backbone here for the lack of a better description - to put her foot down so she does Judo even though she strongly dislikes the idea. But hey, everybody else seems to love the idea that she does it, so she does it.
This is the whole plot of this anime. It is said in the description on read more
Jun 30, 2016
ggultra2764 (All reviews)
To think I've been dragging my heels over completing this one the past several months. I was surprised to discover that this was one of Naoki Urasawa's earlier works considering his work on mystery/ thrillers like Master Keaton and Monster. Yawara is a bit more lighter in mood as a sports rom-com in its focus on our titular heroine being dragged into the world of judo competitions due to her natural talent and life-long training for the sport, despite not wanting anything to do with it. The series follows Yawara from high school to her time in the working world as her natural skills as read more


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