Fisherman Sanpei
Cover of the first tankōbon volume, featuring Sanpei Mihira
(Tsurikichi Sanpei)
Written byTakao Yaguchi
Published byKodansha
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Magazine
Original run19731983
Written byTakao Yaguchi
Published byKodansha
Original run20022010
Anime television series
Directed byYoshikata Nitta
StudioNippon Animation
Original networkFuji TV
Original run April 7, 1980 June 28, 1982
Episodes109 (List of episodes)

Fisherman Sanpei (Japanese: 釣りキチ三平, Hepburn: Tsurikichi Sanpei) is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Takao Yaguchi. The manga was serialised in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine from 1973 to 1983. Kodansha has published the manga's 57 bound volumes between July 5, 2003 and October 5, 2005.

The manga was adapted into an 109-episode anime series.[1][2] Directed by Yoshikata Nitta, the anime's 109 episodes were broadcast on Fuji TV between April 7, 1980 and June 28, 1982. The official English name is Fisherman Sanpei.[3]

As of October 2020, the Fisherman Sanpei manga had over 50 million copies in circulation, making it one of the best-selling manga series.[4]



The anime uses two pieces of theme song. "Wakaki Tabibito" (若き旅人) by MoJo is the series' opening theme, while "Ore wa tsurikichi Sanpei da" (おれは釣りキチ三平だ) also by MoJo is the series' ending theme. An OVA called まんがビデオシリーズ 釣りキチ三平 was released in 2001 on VHS only.

Episode list

  1. Monster of Yonaki (夜泣き谷の怪物)
  2. Blue Crucian Carp of the Caldera (カルデラの青鮒)
  3. Wild Koi of Mikazukiko (三日月湖の野鯉)
  4. The Mitsumatachi Gang (三ツ又池のギャング)
  5. The God of Fury Hook (毛バリの神サマ)
  6. The Goro Pulling Rascal (ゴロ引きゴンベ)
  7. Takitaro of O-ike (池の滝太郎)
  8. The King of The Rock (磯の王者)
  9. The Tears of Shiro Itsu (シロギスの涙)
  10. Saida Iwas Denya (𩹷の原野)
  11. Meko Iwa (メッコ岩魚の怪)
  12. The Little Fox Near The Fishing Field (釣り場の子ギツネ)
  13. Night Catching Kaikatsu (カジカの夜突き)
  14. The Monster of Sanga Ike (三角瀞の主)
  15. The Sad Song of Zukiga Field ススキ川原エレジー
  16. The Sogiyo of Kabura Wata 蕪渡しの草魚
  17. The Mini Big Game 小さなビッグゲーム
  18. The Rod of Unrest Soul 怨み竿
  19. Naboromo Buna of Syunema 幽沼の羽衣鮒
  20. The weird fishes in old billabong 古沼の大怪魚
  21. The red crucian in cave billabong おっぽり沼の緋鮒
  22. The bareheaded in the Bareheaded Bog 坊主沢の沢坊主
  23. The universal crucian of the Burn Bog 焼沼の宇宙ブナ
  24. The bomb fish of the Youming beach
  25. The competition of salmon in Canada
  26. The dancer of the lake mountain
  27. RCフィッシング
  28. The Sakura and Black Cyprinoid 桜吹雪カラス鯉
  29. The battle between Raigyo and Kuma-hawk ライギョ対ミサゴ王者の対決
  30. The Gold Carp
  31. The Blue Flag Marlin of Hawaii
  32. The Finger fish in Hand bog 手形沼の指切り魚
  33. The Dragon of Dragon Waterfall
  34. 蝉しぐれのブラウン
  35. The Esa fish after the Northwest rain 驟雨のオトリアユ
  36. Fishing dog Shou Hachi
  37. The weird rockfish in Shower Valley しぐれ谷の化物イワナ
  38. The secret technique of River Zhuchuan 簗川流簗秘伝
  39. Battle of Sanpei Syringe 三平式珍ドウ作戦
  40. The legend of Ali Crucian お里鮒伝説
  41. The dream net 茜屋流小鷹網 幻の投網の巻
  42. Aneka eagle net, Kigawa 茜屋流小鷹網 紀ノ川の巻
  43. Net in a house; devil but Buddhisms heart. 茜屋流小鷹網 鬼手仏心の巻
  44. Kluck sound, brawniness ガッチンがん鉄
  45. Killer of the lake, Black rocket launcher 湖の殺し屋ブラックバス
  46. Maple leaf dike big rainbow trout 紅葉堤の大ニジマス
  47. Rintaros great carp 太郎沼の巨鯉
  48. Fishing mother 1553 フィッシングかあちゃん
  49. Instruction fish fishing law トモ釣り伝授
  50. Golden Valleys Gold fish 黄金谷のキンイワナ
  51. Red Eddy Fish and The Famous Fishing-Rod アカブチと幻の名竿
  52. Fight Bravely At The Pond Fishing 釣り堀奮戦記
  53. Fighting Of The Transplantation Of Rock Fish イワナ大移植作戦
  54. Fishing The Egret Fish In The Ice Cave ワカサギの氷穴釣り
  55. Red Dragonfly Fishing Method Of 1 Meter Long Dragon Fish 尺バヤのアカネ釣り
  56. ペンペン釣りとポカン釣り
  57. Use The Wood Toon To Tooning The Guqi Fish クキのドン突き
  58. The Big Black Silver Carp 幻の大魚コクレン
  59. Secret Of The Fire Rock 火の石の謎
  60. Lakes Monster Of Nian Zhu Lake 念珠湖のネッシー
  61. Fossil Fishing Way 石化け
  62. Fighting With Carp 巨鯉釣り大作戦
  63. Secret Method! Reed Rod 秘技!ススキ釣り
  64. Gold colour trout - Golden Trout 黄金のマス・ゴールデントラウト
  65. Enticement Of Aquatic larva ニンフの誘惑
  66. Odd Fish With Vine Cane Flower Look カラクサ模様の怪魚
  67. Princess Water 水のプリンセス
  68. the magician of the brook Mountain Jade 渓流の魔術師ヤマセミ
  69. The summer of the delicious fish 若鮎たちの夏
  70. The king of fisherman- The ghost fish 湿原の王者釣り
  71. Facing Attack Rockfish Catcher 襲われたイワナ密漁者
  72. Hunters superior... Sansi Lang 熊撃ちマタギの三四郎
  73. Bulrush fishing-rod to fishing frigid zone Arhat fish 寒バヤのアシ竿釣り
  74. Chinese Toon Fish Wujinqiu group ドン突き!たまきんトリオ
  75. Fishing Chinese Toon Fish San Ping secret battle ドン突き!三平(秘)作戦
  76. Summer Brook - Movement of Sliver crap 春の小川・ギンブナ騒動
  77. Lower savory fish Rotate Fishing 落鮎のコロガシ釣り
  78. The Strange Fish was Curse 呪い谷の怪奇魚
  79. The secret of Flying bird カジカの夜突き・蛍火の謎
  80. The Struggle of Worm ケダニ先生奮戦記
  81. Aiko, Spread the Wings! 大空へはばたけ、三平!


It was made into a live action film in 2009, starring Kenta Suga, Takashi Tsukamoto and Yuu Kashii. The official English name of this movie is Sanpei the Fisher Boy.[5]


There were two official videogames, made by Cross Media Soft for MSX home computers:


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  2. ^ "Kyo no Gononi Manga Confirmed to Have Fall TV Anime". Anime News Network. 2008-07-29. Retrieved 2009-03-14.
  3. ^ "Nippon Animation Co., Ltd".
  4. ^ 「釣りキチ三平」の原画など紹介 矢口さん画業50年展 秋田・横手のまんが美術館 (in Japanese). Kahoku. October 20, 2020. Archived from the original on June 6, 2021. Retrieved February 12, 2023.
  5. ^ "Sanpei the Fisher Boy".
  6. ^ "Fishing maniac Sanpei Blue marine edition (1988, MSX2, Cross Media Soft) | Releases | Generation MSX". Retrieved 2022-08-07.
  7. ^ "Tsurikichi Sanpei Tsurisennin Hen (1989, MSX2, Cross Media Soft) | Releases | Generation MSX". Retrieved 2022-08-07.