Cover art of the first manga volume
|Written by||Kei Sadayasu|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Yukio Okazaki, Norio Nagata|
|Music by||Masamichi Amano|
|Original network||TV Tokyo|
|Original run||23 April 1992 – 1 October 1992|
|Music by||Hirofumi Murasaki|
|Platform||Game Gear, Game Boy, Sega Mega Drive|
Aa Harimanada (ああ播磨灘) is a Japanese media franchise that began with a 1991 manga by Kei Sadayasu published in Kodansha's Weekly Morning. An anime television series was broadcast in 1992. The series was later adapted to a video game developed and published by Sega for the Sega Game Gear and Sega Mega Drive. A port was also released on the Game Boy, released by ASK.
On the first day of the September Professional Sumo Tournament, the new yokozuna Harimanada enters the ring wearing an eerie mask, surprising the audience. He then declares that he will break Futabayama's streak of 69 consecutive wins, and that he would retire on the spot if he loses even once. This invokes the wrath of the Japan Sumo Association and makes an enemy of all makuuchi wrestlers.
- Isao Harimanada (播磨灘勲 (はりまなだ いさお)) / Isao Yamagata (山形勲 (やまがた いさお)
- Voiced by Akio Ōtsuka
- The protagonist. Stands at 6'0" and weighs 335 pounds.
- Raikō (雷光 (らいこう)
- Voiced by Kenichi Ogata
- Harimanada's master.
- Atagoyama (愛宕山 (あたごやま)
- Voiced by Yuzuru Fujimoto
- The Chairman of the Sumo Association. He is modeled after Wakanohana, the then-incumbent head of the real-life Sumo Association.
- Yasokichi Fugaku (富嶽八十吉 (ふがく やそきち) / Iote Iyaokea
- Voiced by Masahiro Anzai
- A mountainous 550-pound Hawaiian ozeki. He is modeled after Konishiki.
E&G Film produced an anime television series based on the manga, titled It Makes Me Feel Strong When I Watch It! Yokozuna Anime: Aah! Harimanada (見ると強くなる 痛快!横綱アニメ ああ播磨灘 Miru to Tsuyoku Naru Tsūkai! Yokozuna Anime: Aa Harimanada). It was directed by Norio Osada. The series premiered in Japan on TV Tokyo on April 23, 1992, and ran for 23 episodes until its conclusion on October 1, 1992. Aah! Harimanada is notable as an animated series based on the rare theme of sumo wrestling; following the end of the series' broadcast, no other such series would be produced until the premiere of Rowdy Wrestler!! Matsutaro in 2014.
Aah! Harimanada was adapted into three video games of the same name in 1993. A Game Gear title was developed by Sega and released on July 2. A Game Boy title by Ask Kodansha was released on July 23. Sega also developed a title for the Mega Drive that was released on September 3. The Mega Drive game was criticized for its "poor responsiveness" and "boring gameplay". British gaming magazine Sega Pro rated the Mega Drive version 59 out of 100.
- Aah! Harimanada (anime) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
- Anime info page at AllCinema.net (in Japanese)
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