- Awesome Music:
- Cult Classic: While Yawara was successful in Japan, the series isn't popular in the West. Nevertheless, it still has quite a following.
- Die for Our Ship: Many viewers dislike Kuniko because she doesn't want Yawara and Matsuda to be together. In the end of manga and anime special, she let Matsuda go by pushing him at the stage where Yawara is standing.
- Ear Worm: "Miracle Girl".
- Foe Yay: Yawara and Sayaka.
- Moral Event Horizon: In Episode 51, Teleshikova injures Jody's leg. Jody points out that it's all part of judo, but to Yawara it's unfair and disheartening.
- Parents as People: Jigoro and Kojiro. The only way to express their love is to let their children become the best judokas.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Spaniards Loves Yawara: It does help that manga and anime focused on 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
YMMV / Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl