Fragglepuss Anime Review 274: Hinomaru Sumo

Hinomaru Sumo

Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans

Genre: Sports, Action, School, Sumo

First Aired: Fall 2018, 24 episodes

Summary: Ushio Hinomaru has never been the biggest kid in school, but that has never stopped him from reaching for his goal of becoming a Yokozuna, the highest rank in professional sumo wrestling. As a young child he was a great sumo wrestler, but mysterious circumstances caused him to retreat from competition and focus on his training. Now, as a high schooler, he has reemerged to rebuild the Dachi High School sumo program and compete once again. It won’t be easy with the school lacking interest in sumo, but Hinomaru is passionate and dedicated as they come!

I was in love with Sumo before watching this series, and it deepened my love. Hinomaru is a lovable character with unbridled determination to become a top-rank sumo. He makes up for his small stature with hard work and determination, focusing on skill instead of raw power. This series comes at a perfect time, because in real-life Japanese sumo right now there is a Hinomaru-esque wrestler climbing the ranks. His name is Enho and he recently joined the top sumo division (Makuuchi), despite his small stature. Enho uses a lot of techniques not normally seen in the Makuuchi division, and he is able to do so due to his fast moves and how low he can get. Enho is usually outweighed by his opponent by at least 50kg and sometimes over 100kg!

You might enjoy this if: You want to learn about sumo in an entertaining way. If you want a brief introduction to sumo as a whole, check out my Fragglepuss Introduction to Sumo post.

You might not like it if: You are tired of high school sports anime.

Similar Series: All Out, Baby Steps, Free!, Haikyuu!, Ping Pong the Animation

Note to the Viewer: If you want a quick introduction to Sumo, you can check out my Sumo post here. It includes

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