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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, RomanceRomance, SportsSports
Theme: Combat SportsCombat Sports
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.521 (scored by 42354,235 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: #4669
Members: 21,849
Favorites: 139


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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


Urakami, Yasuo
Sound Director
Okamura, Tensai
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)


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! ...
Feb 28, 2023
Mixed Feelings
This series have many annoying characters, and I can only watch it after 32 eps, after it, I fastforward the story until I find what I want, yeah the love interest between Yawara Inokuma and Kosaku Matsuda, U must wait until the sequel movie so that two end up together
Oh yeah, the first annoying character is Jigoro... Jigoro's very upset to yawara to win his ambition to get gold medal in olympics...
Second is that yawara self, she denied judo many times and ended up with doing it again and again... And in love, how could you love that kazamatsuri man... Hmm
Third is kazamatsuri shinnosuke, that ...
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 ...

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