Judo Boy

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Judo Boy
Judo Boy.jpg
Judo Boy flyer
(Kurenai Sanshiro)
Genre Action
Written by Ippei Kuri, Yutaka Arai
Illustrated by Tatsuo Yoshida
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Shōnen Book
Original run January, 1961March, 1962
Kurenai Sanshiro
Written by Ippei Kuri
Illustrated by Tatsuo Yoshida
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Sunday
Weekly Shōnen Jump
Original run 1968March 13, 1969
Anime television series
Directed by Ippei Kuri
Written by Jinzō Toriumi
Studio Tatsunoko Production
Original network Fuji TV
Original run April 2, 1969 September 24, 1969
Episodes 26
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Judo Boy (紅三四郎, Kurenai Sanshiro, "Scarlet Sanshiro") is a Japanese anime television series created by Tatsuo Yoshida and directed by Ippei Kuri. The series aired on Fuji TV from April 2, 1969 to September 24, 1969, totaling 26 episodes.[1][2]

The series stars a teenage martial artist named Sanshiro (voiced by Ikuo Nishikawa), trained in the Kurenai School of Jiujitsu and centers around his search for his father's killer. Accompanying Sanshiro is an orphaned boy named Kenbo (voiced by Kenbo Kaminarimon) and his pet dog Boke (voiced by Hiroshi Otake). Sanshiro's only clue to his father's murderer is a glass eye left on the scene of the crime, suggesting that his father's murderer was one-eyed. Thus many of the villains Sanshiro fought during the course of the series were one-eyed or had one eye concealed with an eye-patch.

The opening theme was performed by Mitsuko Horie (her first) when she was just 12 years old.



  1. ^ Jonathan Clements, Helen McCarthy. The Anime Encyclopedia. Stone Bridge Press, 2006. ISBN 1933330104.
  2. ^ Daniel Valentin Simion. Il Dizionario dei Cartoni Animati. Anton, 2009. ISBN 9788890390227.

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