Title: Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl!
Genre: Seinen, Comedy, Sports
Run/Episode Count: October 16, 1989 – September 21, 1992, 142 episodes
Director: Hiroko Tokita
Studio: Kitty Films/Madhouse
Based On: Original manga by Naoki Urasawa
Currently Available: second hand boxset from AnimEigo
The past months have seen me on a Naoki Urasawa high. We not only have Viz’s beautiful Monster omnibus re-releases to savor, but we also got our first taste of the Master Keaton manga this past December. Obviously, I really, really like Urasawa. He’s not without his faults — his stories are known for their twists, turns, and simultaneous plot threads that he can sometimes have trouble tying up — but Monster, Pluto, and 20th Century Boys are up in there in terms of my favorite manga.
But then there’s Yawara.