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


Type: Manga
Volumes: 29
Chapters: 331
Status: Finished
Published: 1986 to 1993
Genres: Award Winning Award Winning, Comedy Comedy, Romance Romance, Sports Sports
Theme: Combat Sports Combat Sports
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Big Comic Spirits
Authors: Urasawa, Naoki (Story & Art)


Score: 7.431 (scored by 10571,057 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #34562
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #3029
Members: 6,926
Favorites: 43


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Volumes: /29
Chapters: /331


Inokuma Yawara is just another young high school girl. Well, not quite for Yawara is being raised by her grandfather, 7th dan Judo master Inokuma Jigorou, to be Japan's great hope for the women's Judo competition at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. All the same, Yawara just wants to live a normal life...


Yawara! won the 35th Shogakukan Manga Award in the General category in 1989.

It had two chapters published in English from May to June 1993 in the educational publication Mangajin's issues #26 and #27. The series was published in Italian by Panini Comics from February 9, 2013, to December 20, 2018; and in French by Kana since September 25, 2020.

The manga was adapted into a Japanese live-action film that was released on April 15, 1989.



Jan 10, 2008
Preliminary (Unknown/331 eps)
It was a lazy Sunday afternoon. I'd just helped myself to lunch at my girlfriend's folks' house. I was just about to head home when my girlfriend's sister held out the first volume of Yawara, recommending that I give it a try.

Ok I'm the first to admit I'm not the biggest fan of romantic comedy or the sports genre for that matter (having thought that that was what Yawara is all about at the time). I'd rather put out a cigarette on my eyeball than have to sit through an episode of Sex and the City. I'd rather inject sewrage shit into my arm than ...
Apr 7, 2022
Preliminary (92/331 eps)
((At the time of writing this review, I've only read 92 chapters since those are the only chapters I could get my hands on. So this review won't be about the entirety of the manga, just the chapters I've read.))

The story of Yawara! is pretty simple. It's about a Yawara who's basically a master at judo, but just wants to be a regular, fashionable, and feminine girl. Unfortunately for her, she has the stubbornest grandpa who wants her to be the worlds best judo player. She's also constantly being fought over by a reporter who's thirsty for a viral scoop and her "rivals" playboy judo ...

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