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: 117 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 5 votes (sub:4, ?:1)
 Excellent: 21 votes (sub:21)
 Very good: 39 votes (sub:35, dub:2, raw:1, others:1
1 Catalan dubbed
)
 Good: 31 votes (sub:25, ?:2, others:4
1 Tagalog dubbed
1 Catalan edited dub
1 Italian dubbed
1 Spanish 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 320 users, rank: #2145 (of 5997)
Median rating: Very good
Arithmetic mean: 7.470 (Good+), std. dev.: 1.5335, rank: #1290 (of 5992)
Weighted mean: 7.511 (Very good−), rank: #1052 (of 5992) (seen all: 7.84 / seen some: 7.66 / won't finish: 5.65)
Bayesian estimate: 7.514 (Very good−), rank: #845 (of 4546)
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 
Producer:
Masao Maruyama 
Michihiko Suwa (Yomiuri TV) 
Satoshi Suzuki 

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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