Almost Kiss: Yawara and Kazamatsuri in their first date, but they're interrupted by Jigoro, Sayaka and Matsuda.
Even worse between Yawara and Matsuda. At the last episode, Matsuda almost kisses Yawara, but he was pushed by drunken Jigoro and their friends.
Anime Accent Absence: Subverted in Jody Rockwell. Yawara has to correct her Japanese frequently, although it does improve over time. Some of the other world-class athletes have to use translators, and some try to use English. At least one picks up enough Japanese to trash-talk.
Beware the Nice Ones: Yawara is polite to everyone, including her opponents. This infuriates Sayaka.
Big Eater: Jigoro, although it seems to run in the family as Kojiro is the same way. Yawara even shows signs of this, much to her own disgust when a friend points it out. Toudoh does this as well. Subverted in Coach Yutenji, a huge man who can't keep up with Jigoro's appetite, but is too polite to refuse offers of just one more
Bound and Gagged: Jigoro pulls this on a member of a high school judo club to trick Yawara in to doing a match.
Burger Fool: Subverted. Yawara and Fujiko both take fast-food jobs, but it doesn't last very long thanks to Sayaka's attempt to start a Bar Brawl.
Calling Your Attacks: Of the "That's the legendary such-and-such-and-something-or-other technique!" variety, where themselves never actually call their attacks, but the announcers do. Justified in that modern judo moves do indeed have names.
Can't Stay Normal: Yawara repeatedly quits judo, but over 15 years of habit can't be broken that easily, so she keeps her practice routine going until she gets drawn back in.
The Casanova: Kazamatsuri, although he walks a fine line between this and Handsome Lech. Played for comedy in the anime, but he comes across as more dangerous in the manga.
Caught in the Rain: Yawara and Matsuda take cover in the telephone booth. Matsuda accidentally holds Yawara's hand.
Cool Bike: Matsuda has this but it was accidentally fell on the river once.
Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Kojiro abandoned her daughter and his wife since he discovered her daughter's natural talent in judo. Matsuda then convinces Yawara that his father still cares for her and continues to watch her in tournaments.
Dance Battler: Subverted in Fujiko. Her flexibility from her past experience in ballet makes her extremely hard to pin, and she uses ballet music to time her moves, but her judo isn't particularly dance-like at all. Inverted when Jigoro uses judo and karate moves at a disco.
Date Peepers: Yawara and Kazamatsuri out together attract Matsuda, Sayaka and Jigoro.
Disappeared Dad: Yawara's father Kojiro has been off on a training journey since she was 5. Frequently turns into Parental Abandonment as her mom is usually gone looking for him, but they have a normal relationship when she's home.
Diving Save: Yawara does this to catch a kid who trips. And his ice cream cone.
Does Not Like Men: At least sometimes. Nanda joins the judo club in order to beat up the guys who keep dumping her.
Double Knockout: Sayaka and Kim both collapse from exhaustion after their practice match is over.
Dresses the Same: Yawara and Sayaka meet near the changing room while trying on the same dress. Given Sayaka's normal buying habits, this is more than odd.
Drowning My Sorrows: Yawara does this once during what's supposed to be a celebratory dinner party. With rather expensive wine.
Early-Bird Cameo: That girl in the boat in episode #6? She'll be back MUCH later (somewhere around the mid 50s.
Engagement Challenge: Subverted. Jigoro uses this on several of Yawara's suitors, but never intends to follow through.
Muscles Are Meaningless: Justified in that this is the whole point of Jigoro's style of judo, that skill beats pure strength. Lampshaded in most of the open weight class fights, since Yawara is in the extra lightweight class, but most of her opponents are heavyweights, so people comment on this frequently.
Paparazzi: Matsuda and Kumoda get stuck doing this when nothing more interesting is going on, and hate it.
Panty Shot: Yawara delivers a number of these, since something like wearing a skirt doesn't stop her from using judo. Her first real publicity involves one , as Kumoda gets a shot of her subduing a purse snatcher from... an angle that doesn't show her face. Oddly enough, Yawara never seems bothered about the picture making the front page of one of the sports papers.
The Rival: Played straight and subverted in Sayaka, who sees herself as one and is seriously frustrated when Yawara doesn't really think that way. Jigoro sets her up as a rival for Yawara in an attempt to encourage Yawara's fighting spirit. She does eventually become one, along with a number of world-class judo athletes from other countries.
Show Some Leg: Subverted in that Yawara isn't doing it intentionally, and in fact the only reason she wins the matches is because the guys she's fighting are so obviously attempting to sneak a peak that she gets creeped out and forgets her intention to lose quickly. Played straight with Miririn, who even gets disqualified from a match for it.
Shrinking Violet: Kyon-kyon, who joins the college judo club because she thinks it'll help her stand out more.
Signed Up for the Dental: Yawara takes a job at a travel agency for the travel discount, to help find her travelling father.
Springtime for Hitler: Yawara tries to throw her first big public match to defuse the media attention she's getting. It doesn't work.
Squash Match: Yawara is really good, bordering on Invincible Hero. If she isn't distracted or facing one of the top 5 in the world, the other judoka is going to be looking at the ceiling quick. Her first tournament fight with Sayaka...2 seconds.
Survival Mantra Fujiko chants this mantra whenever she wants to concentrate on her movements or to calm herself. She even says this when she's giving birth to her baby.
Took A Levelin Badass: Sayaka. Come on, a pampered rich girl becomes more than a match for a judo princess, granddaughter and daughter of legendary judokas and trained since birth, just after some months/years of (admittedly hard, and administered by some of the best masters in the world) training?
Truth in Television: Ryoko Tamura is a extra lightweight judo athlete with seven world championship gold medals and two Olympic gold medals. She won a silver medal in her first Olympic appearance; the same 1992 Barcelona Olympics that is Yawara's goal in the manga. She was even nicknamed "Yawara-chan" by the Japanese media.