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Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl (1989)

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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Animeigo
  • DVD Release Date: May 5, 2009
  • Run Time: 1000 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001OBO4GA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,108 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Inokuma Yawara just wants to be an ordinary high-school girl. Unfortunately for her, she's been trained since she was a toddler by her grandfather, Jigoro, to be a judo prodigy. Nothing less than an Olympic Gold Medal and the coveted National Merit Award will satisfy him, and he'll do anything to ensure that she achieves it.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly addictive martial-arts romance January 16, 2009
There was a Golden Age of anime in the late 1980's. Takahashi Rumiko had scored a mega-hit with her series Urusei Yatsura, and the studios were looking for the next big thing. Two animated projects were developed side-by-side, both with a martial arts/love story theme and both adapted from popular comics in the Shonen Sunday magazine. One was another Takahashi comic, with a more fantastical feel, called Ranma 1/2. The sister series had a more realistic take on martial arts, in this case judo, but was no less popular in Japan. "Yawara: The Fashionable Judo Girl" was in fact more popular in Japan, and consistently scores higher on "Top 10" lists than its more American-famous companion. Yawara was so popular that when judo athlete Tamura Ryoko took the silver medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, she was instantly given the nickname "Yawara", which she still is referred to by to this day.

"Yawara" is a long-running series, with over 100 episodes, so it is impossible to encapsulate the entire story here. The basic set-up has Inokuma Yawara as a judo prodigy, a young high school girl who has been trained from birth by her grandfather, 7th dan judo master Inokuma Jigorou, with one goal in mind. She is to win the gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, and later receive the National Medal of Honor as a result of her prowess. Yawara, however, doesn't want to be a judo star, and just wants to act like all the other girls her age; dressing in pretty clothes, having cute boyfriends and frivolously gossiping over cake in fashionable cafes. Jigorou has his work cut out for him, as he pushes and prods, connives and schemes, all to get Yawara on the path of judo.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yawara is a Must Have!!! January 21, 2011
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I've heard good things about this anime and decided to buy it when it was on sale, I wasn't disappointed. Though some might think that a series about judo would be boring, it's definitely not. The interaction of the character's, Yawara's growing pains of trying to be a normal teenager while her stubborn grandfather makes her prepare to one day earn a gold medal at the Women's Judo competition in the Barcelona Olympics.

One of the great thing about this boxset is the booklet that comes with the product, it explains the references and judo terms used throughout the series. I studied judo for a quarter at my university and I enjoyed hearing terms I learned during that time.

I highly recommend this series, you'll be drawn in by the first few episodes.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely love this anime November 27, 2009
I watched this anime when I was 14-15 and I have always love it. It's awesome. I have always liked Judo ( I practised it when I was a child) but I liked it a lotmore after after watching Yawara.

I loved that girl. Probably one of the manga characters I love more.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love This Anime!! But Shop Around. August 31, 2009
I'm sorry Amazon I love you but $125.99 (on sale???) when I could get it from Best Buy for $80.00 and AnimEigo for $90.00 is just wrong. I know you have to make money, but seeing prices listed from other sites tells me that the retail price is lower than you quote. Usually Amazon is comparable and I don't mind it being a little higher for the convenience of it arriving at my home. Again I love Amazon, the service has been great and I have gotten some good deals. However, I think your pricing should be updated on this item.
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