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Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl

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Casablanca poster seen on Yawara’s second opening. “Ame ni Kissu no Hanataba o” (雨にキッスの花束を) translates to Bouquet of Kisses in the Rain. Sung by Imai Miki (今井美樹), this is one of my all-time favorite opening songs.

From ANN: “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.

Another interesting fact, now from Wikipedia: “Yawara! was very popular in Japan, so when real life Japanese teenager Ryoko Tamura won a silver medal for judo at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, she was seen as a real-life ‘Yawara’ (her age, stature, and ability all being strikingly similar to those of the fictional character) and promptly nicknamed “Yawara-chan”. She was still known by this name eight years later, indicating perhaps the enduring popular recognition of the series as well as that of Ryoko Tamura herself.

Gone with the Wind… mural (?) seen on Yawara’s first opening.

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Written by rti9

January 10, 2010 at 12:47 am

Posted in anime, posters in anime

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  1. […] year I wrote about the movie posters on the openings of Yawara! and I ended up forgetting the pop music ones in her room. My guess is that the boy bands on the […]


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