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An animated series based on the printed comic series of the same name. This series follows the life of Yawara Inokuma, a young judo prodigy, as she trains for the Olympic Games in Barcelona. Along the way, she faces the school, social and family crises typical of any teenage girl, as well as a number of crises only a world-class judo student could have. Written by
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OLDSKOOL manga from 1 of the best manga writers ever!
The story is about yawara who has been trained by his grandfather judo since very young age. but yawara does just want an normal life, boyfriend,shopping and friendship in her life and sees the extensive training as an stoppage to her wishes. but her grandfather has other dreams for her! wining gold medal in olympics! at the same time she meets this young reporter that seems a bit taken by her when he see her stop a thief using her judo, knowing she will be a sport star in future. In this series we follow yawara in her life through school and university, her competitons and her funny grandfather,fujiko (her best friend), and many other well developed characters. be warned this is highly addictive , after the first couple of episodes you wont find a way back. there are subtiltled versions which is recommended instead of the dubbed version. google it ! this is an great manga with a great story and some very fun characters. yawara was written by Naoki Urasawa which ran in Big Comic Spirits from 1986 to 1993. In 1990, it received the 35th Shogakukan Manga Award for general manga.
He made his professional manga debut with Return in 1981. Three of his series have been adapted into anime: Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl (1986?1993), Master Keaton (1988?1994), and Monster (1994?2001). Arguably his most notable work, 20th Century Boys (2000?2006), was made into a three-part movie series, which were released in 2008 and 2009. He has received the Shogakukan Manga Award three times, the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize twice, and the Kodansha Manga Award once. As a storyteller, his most distinctive characteristics are his dense, multi-layered, interconnecting narratives, his mastery of suspense, clever homages to classic manga & anime and a frequent use of German characters and settings.
In 2008 the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction Junot Diaz praised his Monster series and added that "Urasawa is a national treasure in Japan. In December 2009 8th Viz Media released his Monster Box Set.
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