"Yawara!" Manga Japanese Re-release Concludes with "Jigoro!" Special

Irascible martial arts grandpa gets his own 215 page book of short comic stories


Prior to publishing such critically acclaimed manga as 20th Century Boys, Monster, and Pluto, Naoki Urusawa's first major commercial hit was a beloved series about a fashionable judo girl: Yawara!



Yawara ran from 1986 to 1993 in Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits magazine. It told the story of Yawara Inokuma, a high school girl who wants an ordinary life. Unfortunately for her, she's been trained from infancy by her grandfather, Jigoro, to be an Olympic-caliber judo master.


Shogakukan has just concluded the most recent re-release of the Yawara! manga in Japan with the publication of Volume 20 on May 30, 2015. On this same date, they also published another manga: Jigoro!



The Jigoro! manga compilation is 215 pages long and it retails for 1188 yen ($9.95 US) including tax. It is filled with short-stories (and tall tales) focusing on Yawara's irrepressible judo master grandpa, who claims to have beaten everything from brown bears to Sherman tanks with his judo skills.



As Jigoro is fond of saying: “Judo was not built in a day.”


Source: Comic Natalie


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