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Hinomaru Sumo Season 1 (2018)
火ノ丸相撲 (Hinomaru Zumō)


It is a divine ritual, a martial art, a combat sport—it’s sumo!!

A “small” new student, Ushio Hinomaru, appears before the weak little sumo club of Oodachi High School! The words “big” and “heavy” are the rules to this sport, which does not fit this newbie any inch, but this guy goes and does what…!? Ushio and the small sumo club climbs its way to the top! The goal is Hinoshita Kaisan, a title for the highest rank in professional sumo, the equivalent of Yokozuna.
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Hinomaru Sumo is published by Shueisha, with serialization in Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine since May 26, 2014, and with 22 volumes compiling the chapters released so far. A 24-episode anime television series adaptation by Gonzo has been announced and will premiere on October 5, 2018.

Alternative title

– Hinomaru Zumou
– Hinomaru Sumo
– 火ノ丸相撲
– Hinomaru Zumō

TL;DR Review

Hinomaru Sumo (火ノ丸相撲 Hinomaru Zumō) is a Japanese sumo shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Kawada.

The animation is good, remind me a bit of Ushio and Tora’s art style. Characters are drawn with bold strokes, but yet lacking in detail, which is why I gave it a good rating.

The opening theme is “FIRE GROUND” by Official HIGE DANdism, and the ending theme was performed by Omedetai Atama de Nani Yori. The opening is quite good and has that disco rap vibe going on. Disco rap is a genre, right?

Don’t let the promotional art of half-naked men on the cover detract you from watching this wonderfully written anime. The characters are likable and fun to watch. This series reminded me a little of Haikyuu with the interaction between school teams.

Don’t worry if you are not into Sumo wrestling. Most sports anime isn’t about the sports itself, but rather the characters that just happen to be into sports.

I highly recommend this anime to sports anime fan. Hinomaru Sumo contains men wearing a skimpy outfit (sumo outfit). Intended for young adults.

This review is still in progress as the season is still ongoing.

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Featured Music

Hinomaru Sumo Season 1 (2018)

A collection of notable music and song from this series.


Opening Theme

– “Fire Ground” by Official Hige Dandism

Closing Theme

– “Hiizuru Basho” by Omedetai Atama de Nani yori
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Hinomaru Sumo Season 1 (2018)

A collection of notable videos, ranging from a fan-created trailer, music video, opening, and ending clip.



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