Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl (TV)

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[ adapted from Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl (manga) ]

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Alternative title:
Cinturón Negro (Spanish)
Yawara - Jenny la ragazza del judo (Italian)
Genres: comedy, drama, romance
Themes: sports
Objectionable content: Significant
Plot Summary: 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...
User Ratings: 118 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 5 votes (sub:4, ?:1)
 Excellent: 22 votes (sub:22)
 Very good: 39 votes (sub:35, dub:2, raw:1, others:1
1 Catalan dubbed
)
 Good: 31 votes (sub:25, ?:2, others:4
1 Spanish dubbed
1 Tagalog dubbed
1 Catalan edited dub
1 Italian dubbed
)
 Decent: 13 votes (sub:9, raw:3, others:1
1 Spanish dubbed
)
 So-so: 4 votes (sub:3, dub:1)
 Not really good: -
 Weak: 2 votes (sub:2)
 Bad: -
 Awful: 2 votes (sub:2)
 Worst ever: -
Seen in part or in whole by 323 users, rank: #2145 (of 6016)
Median rating: Very good
Arithmetic mean: 7.483 (Good+), std. dev.: 1.5334, rank: #1274 (of 6010)
Weighted mean: 7.528 (Very good−), rank: #1030 (of 6010) (seen all: 7.89 / seen some: 7.66 / won't finish: 5.65)
Bayesian estimate: 7.529 (Very good−), rank: #827 (of 4575)
Running time: half hour per episode
Number of episodes: 124
Episode titles: We have 124
Vintage:
1989-10-16 to 1992-09-21
1995-05-16 (TV3 - Televisió de Catalunya)
2008-05-12 to 2008-08-20 (Philippines, Anime Revolution on Q, ep.1-40)
Release dates: We have 1
Opening Theme:
#1: "Miracle Girl" by Nagai Mariko
#2: "Ame ni Kiss no Hanataba wo" by Imai Miki (eps 44-81)
#3: "Makeruna Onnanoko!" by Hara Yuko (eps 82-102)
#4: "YOU AND I" by Nagai Mariko (eps 103-124)
Ending Theme:
#1: "Stand By Me" by Himenogi Rika
#2: "Egao wo Sagashite" by Karashima Midori (eps 44-81)
#3: "Shoujo Jidai" by Hara Yuko (eps 82-102)
#4: "Itsumo Soko ni Kimi ga Ita" by LAZY LOU's BOOGIE (eps 103-124)
Official website:
Links: We have 2
Trivia: We have 5
Comment:
Distributed in Japan as Ranma 1/2's sister show, Yawara was significantly more popular in Japan. Despite being more popular in Japan, it was not licensed in North America until over a decade later.
Reviews:
Yawara! DVD Box Set 1 (Dec 31, 2008)
Yawara! Preview DVD (Jan 17, 2008)
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DVD (Region 1)
    Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl - Box Set (Sub.DVD) 2009-05-01 (from $49.98)

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Director: Hiroko Tokita
Series Composition: Toshiki Inoue
Storyboard: Kitaro Kousaka
Episode Director: Kitaro Kousaka
Music: Hideharu Mori
Original Manga: Naoki Urasawa
Character Design: Yoshinori Kanemori
Art Director: Yuji Ikeda
Animation Director:
Hiroshi Hamasaki (ep 2)
Hiroshi Osaka (5 episodes
eps 37, 47, 57, 66, 75
)

Kitaro Kousaka
Sound Director: Yasuo Uragami
Director of Photography:
Kinichi Ishikawa
Takeshi Fukuda
Background Art: Mariko Kobayashi (eps 28, 31)
In-Between Animation: Hidetsugu Ito (23 episodes
eps 75, 77, 79, 82-83, 85-87, 89, 95, 97, 99, 102-103, 106-107, 111, 113, 117-120, 124
)

Key Animation:
Hiroshi Hamasaki (ep 2)
Hiroshi Osaka (4 episodes
eps 30, 37, 57, 75
)

Keiji Gotoh (eps 17, 26)
Kitaro Kousaka
Takashi Hashimoto (ep 8)
Takeshi Koike (eps 1, 18)
Toshiyuki Tsuru (eps 1, 7-8)
Planning:
Michihiko Suwa (Yomiuri TV)
Shigekazu Ochiai
Theme Song Performance:
LAZY LOU's BOOGIE (ED#4)
Mariko Nagai (OP#1+OP#4)
Midori Karashima (ED#2)
Miki Imai (OP#2)
Rika Himenogi (ED#1)
Yuko Hara (OP#3+ED#3)
Yuko Minaguchi as Yawara Inokuma

Akira Kamiya as Shinnosuke Kazamatsuri
Chiyoko Kawashima as Fujiko Itou
Ichirô Nagai as Jigorou Inokuma
Masashi Sugawara as Kaoru Hanazono
Toshihiko Seki as Kousaku Matsuda
Yoshino Takamori as Sayaka Honami

Ai Satou as Kristin Adams
Akira Shimada as Tokunaga
Atsuko Mine as Yuki Todo
Daisuke Namikawa as Junji
Eriko Hara as Kazumi
Houchu Ohtsuka as Announcer
Ikuo Nishikawa as Hagoromo
Jun'ichi Kanemaru as Kawano
Junichi Sugawara as Yasui
Kazuhiko Kishino as Nikkan Every's Editor in Chief
Kousuke Meguro as Sasaki
Kuniko Koguchi as Murai
Kyoko Yamada as Kurokawa
Masaaki Okabe as Kojiro Inokuma
Masashi Hirose as Kamata
Masaya Onosaka as Reporter
Megumi Hayashibara as Takeyuki Suzuki
Mie Suzuki as
Nanda
Youko Minamida
Miki Itou as Yurie
Minako Arakawa as Gal A
Minoru Inaba as Coach Ishikura
Minoru Yada as Tamaranch
Miyuki Ichijou as Jody Rockwell
Naoki Bandou as Fujiko's Father
Naoki Makishima as Tomioka
Reiko Suzuki as Matsuda's Mother
Rica Fukami as Outawara
Run Sasaki as Belkens
Runa Akiyama as Kuniko Kaga
Ryuji Nakagi as Gouzou Yuutenji
Seiko Tomoe as Fujiko's mother
Shoko Saito as Mari Oda
Takuma Gouno as Yuujirou Ishida
Tamao Hayashi as Kim
Toshiharu Sakurai as Hatakeyama
Toshiko Fujita as Tamao Inokuma
Yoku Shioya as Sudo
Youko Matsuoka as Kaori
Yukari Hishizu as Katsuragi
Yukiji as Gonzalez
Yuko Minaguchi as Kaneko Inokuma
Yuko Mizutani as Anna Teleshikova
Yuko Sasaki as
Matsuda's mother
Yukari
Yumi Touma as Kyon Kyon/Shimizu

Japanese companies
English staff
English cast
Translation: Anastasia Moreno
(none)
English companies
Licensed by: AnimEigo (eps 1-40)
Spanish staff
Spanish cast
Dubbing Director: Jaume Lleal (Catalan dub)
Geni Rey as Ginger 'Yawara' Inokuma(Catalan dub)

Albert Trifol Segarra as Kosaku Matsuda(Catalan dub)
Carme Abril as Fujiko Itô(Catalan dub)
Eduard Farelo as Kaoru Hanazono(Catalan dub)
Josep María Zamora as Jigoro Inokuma(Catalan dub)
Núria Trifol as Sayaka Honami(Catalan dub)
Oscar Barberán as Shinnosuke Kazamatsuri(Catalan dub)

Aleix Estadella as Sudo(Catalan dub)
Belén Roca as Yukari Komiya(Catalan dub)
Carme Canet as Jody Rockwell(Catalan dub)
Emili Freixas as Hagoromo(Catalan dub)
Gemma Ibáñez as Mari Oda 'Marilyn'(Catalan dub)
Jaume Lleal as Tokunaga, el majordom(Catalan dub)
Marta Barbará as Kuniko Kaga(Catalan dub)
Marta Ullod as Kyoko Hikage(Catalan dub)
Miquel Cors as President Outaguro(Catalan dub)
Montse Puga as Sayuri Yoshinagawa(Catalan dub)
Pep Ribas as Entrenador Yutenji(Catalan dub)
Vicky Martínez as Nanda(Catalan dub)
Spanish companies
Broadcaster:
K3 (Televisió de Catalunya)
TV3 (Televisió de Catalunya)
Distributor: Luk Internacional (Spain)
Italian staff
Italian companies
Dubbing Director: Lella Carcereri
Broadcaster: Junior TV (1990)
Distributor: Carioca
Dubbing: Carioca
Italian cast
Renata Bertolas as Jenny
Tagalog staff
Tagalog cast
(none)
Ahlee Reyes as Yawara Inokuma

Charmaine Cordoviz as
Fujiko Itou
Kuniko Kaga
Ely Martin as Kaoru Hanazono
Klariz Magboo as Sayaka Honami
Mark Aspiras as Shinnosuke Kazamatsuri
Robert Brillantes as Shinnosuke Kazamatsuri(2nd voice)
Roger Aquino as Jigorou Inokuma

Ahlee Reyes as
Kaneko Inokuma
Tamao Inokuma
Charmaine Cordoviz as
Anna Teleshikova
Jody Rockwell
Mrs. Honami
Ely Martin as
Mr. Kazamatsuri
Nishikimori
Klariz Magboo as
Kaori
Kasumi
Kyoko
Saeko(resemblance of Sayaka Honami)
Toudo Yuuki
Yukari Komiya
Mark Aspiras as
Kamoda
Saimonji
Yuutenji Gouzou
Robert Brillantes as
Kamoda(2nd Voice)
Yuutenji Gouzou(2nd voice)
Roger Aquino as
Kojirou Inokuma
Mr. Honami
Sudo
Tagalog companies
Broadcaster: QTV Channel 11
Dubbing: ALTA Productions
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