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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: Mondays at 07:30 (JST)
Producers: Kitty Films
Licensors: AnimEigo
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Genres: ComedyComedy, DramaDrama, RomanceRomance, SportsSports
Theme: Combat SportsCombat Sports
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.491 (scored by 38333,833 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #17792
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #4496
Members: 19,669
Favorites: 116


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High school student Yawara Inokuma lives a completely happy and ordinary life. She aspires to an average lifestyle as a delicate young lady with a handsome boyfriend in the near future.

Unfortunately for Yawara, she has an undesirable prodigious talent in Judo, a modern martial art that is neither feminine nor fashionable. Moreover, Yawara is the only granddaughter of the seventh dan Judo master Jigorou Inokuma, who expects her to become a Japanese Judoka superstar of the '90s.

Yawara cautiously hides her strength from everyone to maintain a normal reputation but is often pushed to situations when she must exercise her Judo skills. Observing Yawara's immense potential from the shadows, Kousaku Matsuda, a sports reporter from a substandard paper, is willing to do everything he can to bring her into the limelight.

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Yawara! competed against Ranma ½ on Japanese television and achieved higher ratings, although Ranma ½ was more popular internationally. Yawara! had remained quite unknown outside Japan and only got licensed for North American distribution in August 2006, over a decade after its airing period.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Tokita, Hiroko
Urakami, Yasuo
Sound Director
Okamura, Tensai
Episode Director, Storyboard
Moriwaki, Makoto
Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

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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)

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)

Feb 7, 2013
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 ...
Aug 23, 2018
Naoki Urasawa's an interesting fellow. An award winning mangaka, he's probably best known in the English anime fandom for "Monster", a dark, psychological manga from which sprung an anime of the same name, an anime that critics often trot out when compiling their "Best Anime" lists. (Disclosure: it's also on mine, though whether I count as a critic is debatable.) Given Urasawa's crendentials, you probably wouldn't expect him to have also written a manga that gave rise to a bright and chirpy long running sports anime adaptation about a young girl doing judo. That anime is "Yawara!", or to give it its full title, "Yawara! ...
Jul 9, 2017
Hi, let's start by saying I am a big classic anime fan and Yawara is one of the best ones I watched. The review will cover all Story, Animation, Sound, Character, and Enjoyment.
Story 9/10
The Story talk about "Inokuma, Yawara" a 3rd-year high school girl, She has been practicing Judo since childhood with her grandfather. However, she never played a real judo match ever, so no one knows about her. Until one day a reporter called "Kousaku Matsuda" for the Daily Sports Newspaper discover her talent by accident, and he wants her to play judo and won a gold medal in the Olympics. In the ...

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