Title:YAWARA! A Fashionable Judo Girl
Released on year:2017
Yawara Inokuma, an ordinary high school student, harbors a secret talent that sets her apart from her peers. Beneath her delicate and graceful exterior lies an unparalleled skill in the art of Judo. However, Yawara yearns for a typical life, one filled with girlish pursuits and dreams of a handsome beau by her side. Alas, fate has a different plan for our reluctant heroine. Yawara happens to be the beloved granddaughter of Jigorou Inokuma, a revered seventh dan Judo master, who envisions nothing short of greatness for her in the realm of Japanese Judoka stardom in the blistering '90s. Despite her desire to blend in, Yawara finds herself repeatedly entangled in situations that demand the unleashing of her hidden potential. Unbeknownst to her, Kousaku Matsuda, a tenacious sports reporter from a humble publication, keenly recognizes the awe-inspiring talent that brews within her. Driven by his unwavering determination, Matsuda will stop at nothing to thrust Yawara into the dazzling spotlight she so reluctantly seeks. Get ready for an enthralling tale of inner conflict, personal growth, and the pursuit of dreams as we delve into Yawara's journey to reconcile her desire for normalcy with the extraordinary destiny that awaits her.
Yawara! emerged as a formidable contender, pitting its might against the renowned Ranma ½ in the Japanese television landscape. Surpassing expectations, Yawara! soared to greater heights in terms of viewership, while Ranma ½ captured hearts on a global scale. Despite its triumphant domestic run, Yawara! remained relatively obscure beyond Japan's borders, a phenomenon that was eventually rectified when it secured licensing for North American distribution in August 2006, more than a decade after its initial airing.