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Ushio Hinomaru has a dream. He wants to become a sumo wrestler. Unfortunately he’s a little on the small side and very slightly built. You’d have to admit it’s a big dream - after all sumo is the sport where “big” and “heavy” are the marks of success. Nevertheless, there’s a lot of fight in this little guy, and with the help of his admittedly less than impressive school sumo club, he’s headed straight to the top!


Hinomaru-Zumo is adapted from the manga written and illustrated by Kawada which has been running in Weekly Shonen Jump since May 26, 2014. The TV anime adaptation was announced in Weekly Shonen Jump Issue 6, 2018 and will premiere in October 2018. Official HIGE DANdism will perform the series’ opening theme with Omedetai Atama de Nani Yori singing the ending.


Hinomaru Ushio (Voiced by: Atsushi Abe)

Height: 160 cm
Weight: 79 kg
Birthday: Nov. 29
Blood Type: O
A small, slight boy, Ushio Hinomaru’s dream is to become the “Yokozuna” - the highest rank in the world of professional sumo wrestling. Previously an elementary school sumo champion, Hinomaru joined the high school sumo club with the intention of training to reduce the gap between his weedy physique and that of the other wrestlers.

Shinya Ozeki (Voiced by: Fukushi Ochiai)

Height: 173 cm
Weight: 108 kg
Birthday: May 10
Blood Type: O
Shinya Ozeki is the captain of the sumo club and, until Hinomaru joined, its only member. He may seem timid and prone to tears, but Shinya is always there when it really matters.

Yuma Gojo (Voiced by: Kentaro Kumagai)

Height: 186 cm
Weight: 87 kg
Birthday: April 13
Blood Type: A
Yuma Gojo is a rough and violent boy who once made fun of the sumo club and even tried to steal the dojo off Shinya. After meeting Hinomaru, however, he decides to join himself and becomes a dedicated sumo wrestler in training. As a karate black belt, he’s pretty handy in a fight and is also a serious student with excellent grades despite his delinquent personality.

Chihiro Kunisaki (Voiced by: Takuya Sato)

Height: 180 cm
Weight: 97 kg
Birthday: Dec. 14
Blood Type: B
Chihiro Kunisaki was previously a member of the wrestling club and was also ranked as the national champion. His dream is to go to America and conquer the MMA world.

Kei Mitsuhashi (Voiced by: Ayumu Murase)

Height: 162 cm
Weight: 50 kg
Birthday: Jan. 7
Blood Type: A
Kei Mitsuhashi is a novice sumo wrestler who joined the sumo club because he looks up to Hinomaru. He’s a little bit timid, but has a brave heart.

Kirihito Tsuji (Voiced by: Takuma Terashima)

Height: 175 cm
Weight: 72 kg
Birthday: Sept. 10
Blood Type: B
Kirihito Tsuji has been friends with Hinomaru since elementary school and joined the sumo club to become just as strong as him. He currently acts as the team’s coach.

Reina Gojo (Voiced by: Mikako Komatsu)

Height: 167 cm
Weight: 51 kg
Birthday: June 17
Blood Type: AB
Reina Gojo is Yuma’s little sister and the student council vice president. She is also one of the managers of the sumo club and has an unhealthy affection for her big brother.

Chizuko Hori (Voiced by: Rui Tanabe)

Height: 162 cm
Weight: 45 kg
Birthday: Feb. 25
Blood Type: A
Chizuko Hori is a shy and introverted girl who has become fixated on Hinomaru because he once protected her when she was being harassed by a creepy guy. Moved by witnessing the inter high championships, she developed an intense interest in sumo and eventually becomes one of the club’s managers.

Sosuke Kuze (Voiced by: Shunsuke Takeuchi)

Sosuke Kuze is a sumo wrestler from Eigadai Affiliated High School and the son of the last Japanese Yokozuna, Yamatokuni. Sosuke seriously injured an opponent, Shun Kariya, during a bout when he was in elementary school and was subsequently banned from the ring until the end of middle school.

Shun Kariya (Voiced by: Takuto Yoshinaga)

A member of the Eigadai Affiliated High School, Shun Kariya was seriously injured by Sosuke Kuze during an elementary school bout. He has a slight build and prizes speed as his best technique. He thinks of Hinomaru as an important rival.

Jin Yomoda (Voiced by: Noriaki Sugiyama)

Jin Yomoda is the captain of the Eigadai Affiliated High School sumo club. He is a talented wrestler and always places highly in individual competitions. He may seem a bit spaced out, but is a keen observer of his surroundings and excels at analyzing his environment.

Rion Sawai (Voiced by: Taku Yashiro)

Rion Sawai is a member of the Eigadai Affiliated High School sumo team. He has a sharp tongue, but is kind and responsible. Rion is also a gifted student with excellent grades and is able to analyze his opponent rationally even in the middle of a match.

Daniel Stefanov (Voiced by: Justin Tomimori)

Daniel Stefanov is a Bulgarian transfer student to Eigadai Affiliated High School who came to Japan out of admiration for top sumo wrestler Yamatokuni.

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  • Original Creator: Kawada
  • Chief Director: Konosuke Uda
  • Director: Yasutaka Yamamoto
  • Character Designer: Kii Tanaka
  • Music: James Shimoji
  • Animation Production: GONZO
  • Opening Theme Artist: Official HIGE DANdism
  • Ending Theme Artist: Omedetai Atama de Nani Yori


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