Chibi Maruko-chan

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Chibi Maruko-chan
Chibi maruko-chan comic no 1 cover.jpg
Cover of the first tankōbon volume, featuring Momoko Sakura (Maruko)
ちびまる子ちゃん
Genre Slice of life
Manga
Written by Momoko Sakura
Published by Shueisha
ImprintRibon Mascot Comics
Magazine Ribon
Demographic Shōjo
Original runAugust 1986December 2018
Volumes17
Anime television series
Directed byYumiko Suda
Tsutomu Shibayama
Music byNobuyuki Nakamura
Studio Nippon Animation
Original network Fuji TV
English network
Original run January 7, 1990 September 27, 1992
Episodes142 (List of episodes)
Anime film
Directed byYumiko Suda
Tsutomu Shibayama
Written byMomoko Sakura
Music byNobuyuki Nakamura
StudioNippon Animation
ReleasedDecember 15, 1990
Runtime94 minutes
Anime film
Chibi Maruko-chan: My Favorite Song
Directed byYumiko Suda
Tsutomu Shibayama
Written byMomoko Sakura
StudioNippon Animation
ReleasedDecember 19, 1992
Runtime93 minutes
Anime television series
Directed byJun Takagi
Music byNobuyuki Nakamura
StudioNippon Animation
Original networkFuji TV
English network
SEA
Animax Asia
Original run January 8, 1995 – present
Episodes1203 (List of episodes)
Television drama
Chibi Maruko-chan (live-action special)
Original networkFuji TV
Original run April 18, 2006 October 31, 2006
Episodes2
Television drama
Marumaru Maruko-chan
Original networkFuji TV
Original run April 19, 2007 February 28, 2008
Episodes31
Anime film
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Chibi Maruko-chan (Japanese: ちびまる子ちゃん, "Little Maruko-chan") is a shōjo manga series written and illustrated by Momoko Sakura. The series depicts the simple, everyday life of Momoko Sakura, a young girl everyone calls Maruko, and her family in suburban Japan in the year 1974. Maruko is a troublemaker, and every episode recounts Maruko's trouble and how she and her friends succeed in solving the situation. The series is set in the former of Irie District (入江町), Shimizu, now part of Shizuoka City, birthplace of its author.

Contents

The first story under the title "Chibi Maruko-chan" was published in the August 1986 edition of the shōjo manga magazine Ribon . Other semi-autobiographical stories by the author had appeared in Ribon and Ribon Original in 1984 and 1985, and were included in the first "Chibi Maruko-chan" tankōbon in 1987. The author first began writing and submitting strips in her final year of senior high school, although Shueisha (the publisher of Ribon and Ribon Original) did not decide to run them until over a year later. The author's intent was to write "essays in manga form"; [1] many stories are inspired by incidents from her own life, and some characters are based on her family and friends. The nostalgic, honest and thoughtful tone of the strip led to its becoming popular among a wider audience.

Chibi Maruko-chan was adapted into an anime television series by Nippon Animation, which originally aired on Fuji Television and affiliated TV stations from January 7, 1990 to September 27, 1992. It has also spawned numerous games, animated films and merchandising, as well as a second TV series running from 1995 to the present. Maruko's style and themes are sometimes compared to the classic comic Sazae-san . In 1989, the manga tied to receive the Kodansha Manga Award for shōjo. [2] As of 2006, the collected volumes of the manga had sold more than 31 million copies in Japan, making it the fifth best-selling shōjo manga ever. [3]

On April 25, 2020, it was announced that the second series would be suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [4] On June 14, 2020, it was announced that it would resume on June 21, 2020. [5]

Themes

The trademark face fault of this series, in reaction to an awkward "don't know what to say" situation (or sometimes, embarrassment) is the sudden appearance of vertical lines (黒い線, kuroi sen) on a character's face, sometimes with an unexplained gust of wind blowing above that character's head.

Characters

The series has a large number and variety of secondary and recurring characters, some inspired by people who Sakura met. Some of them debuted in the anime and others derive from the original manga. Following are descriptions of the main characters and family members that appear frequently in all chapters and episodes.

Sakura family

Back row, from left: Hiroshi, Sumire, and Tomozo; middle row, from left: Sakiko and Kotake; and front row: Momoko (a.k.a. Maruko) Sakura-familylow.jpg
Back row, from left: Hiroshi, Sumire, and Tomozo; middle row, from left: Sakiko and Kotake; and front row: Momoko (a.k.a. Maruko)
Momoko "Maruko" Sakura (さくらももこ, Sakura Momoko, まる子 Maruko)
Voiced by: Tarako , Live-Action: Ei Morisako (2006 special), Ayaka Ito (2007 show)
The title character, Maruko (born May 8, 1965), is a nine-year-old third-grade student raised in a modest family of six. It is implied that the show is drawn by Maruko herself.
Sakiko Sakura (さくらさきこ, Sakura Sakiko)
Voiced by: Yūko Mizutani (1990-2016), Machiko Toyoshima (2016-), Live-Action: Mayuko Fukuda (2006 special), Maaya Murasaki (2007 show)
Maruko's older sister. Her birthday is March 21, 1963, making her 11 in the series.
Hiroshi Sakura (さくらひろし, Sakura Hiroshi)
Voiced by: Yūsaku Yara , Live-Action: Katsumi Takahashi (2006 special), Masakazu Mimura (2007 show)
Maruko's father. He was introduced to Maruko's mother by her friend. His birthday is June 20, 1934, making him 40 years old during the series.
Sumire Sakura (さくらすみれ, Sakura Sumire)
Voiced by: Teiyū Ichiryūsai , Live-Action: Michiko Shimizu (2006 special), Noriko Sakai (2007 show)
Maruko's mother. Her birthdate is May 25, 1934. It is revealed in one episode that her maiden name is Kobayashi.
Tomozou Sakura (さくら友蔵, Sakura Tomozō)
Voiced by: Kei Tomiyama (1990-1995), Takeshi Aono (1995-2010), Bin Shimada (2010-), Live-Action: Fuyuki Moto
Maruko's kind but absent-minded paternal grandfather, Hiroshi's father, and Sumire's father-in-law. His birthday is October 3, 1898, making him 76 in the series. The author has said that she used her own grandfather as the model for Tomozou, but that his personality is the opposite of Tomozou's.
Kotake Sakura (さくらこたけ, Sakura Kotake)
Voiced by: Yūko Sasaki, Live-Action: Yoshie Ichige (2006 special), Yoshiko Miyazaki (2007 show)
Maruko's paternal grandmother, Hiroshi's mother, and Sumire's mother-in-law. She's wise and knows what's good for the human body and wears a traditional Kimono. She was born on April 4, 1902. Her name of Kotake was never known in the series until it appeared in a 4-panel manga (Yonkoma) on July 1, 2007.

Media

Manga

The original Chibi Maruko-chan manga was serialized in the shōjo-oriented Ribon Magazine . 14 volumes were published from July 1987 to December 1996, with a 15th volume published in February 2003. In July 2007, a 4-frame version of Chibi Maruko-chan was published in every morning edition of several Japanese newspapers such as the Tokyo Shimbun and the Chunichi Shimbun.

The 16th volume of the manga was published on April 15, 2009.

The 17th volume was issued on Dec 25, 2018 marking its end.

Spin-offs

A spin-off manga by Momoko Sakura titled Nagasawa-kun (永沢君, ながさわくん) focuses on the character Kimio Nagasawa on High School, was published on the magazine Shogakkan's Big Comic Spirits from January 1993 and May 1995. It was made into an live-action drama, premiering on Tokyo Broadcasting System Television on April 1, 2013.

A square-headed parody version of manga Chibi Maruko-chan titled Chibi Shikaku-chan (ちびしかくちゃん) was published on Shueisha's Grand Jump magazine from October 19, 2016.

Anime

First series

Chibi Maruko-chan originally aired on Fuji Television and affiliated TV stations. 142 episodes were broadcast, from January 1990 to September 1992. Maruko was voiced by Tarako; other voice actors included Kappei Yamaguchi and Hideki Saijo. Original manga author Momoko Sakura wrote the teleplay for most episodes. The first series was directed by Yumiko Suda, animated by Masaaki Yuasa (who later directed Mind Game in 2004), while the music was composed by Nobuyuki Nakamura. The series attained a TV viewer rating of 39.9% on October 28, 1990, the highest rating ever attained by an animated TV series in Japan. [6] The outro song Odoru Ponpokorin became a hit and was interpreted by several artists including the KinKi Kids and Captain Jack. The series was exported throughout Asia and was especially popular in Taiwan. In addition, 65 episodes were dubbed into Arabic (called Maruko Assagheera, which means Little Maruko), where it garnered attention from people of all ages. It also aired in Germany with the same title as the original and was broadcast by RTL II, Super RTL and Jetix. It aired weekdays on Nick India in India. [7]

Opening theme:

  1. Yume Ippai (ゆめいっぱい "Full of Dreams") by Yumiko Seki (eps. 1–142)

Ending themes:

  1. Odoru Pompokolin (おどるポンポコリン) by B.B.Queens (eps. 1-66)
  2. Hashire Shoujiki-mono (走れ正直者 "Run, Honest Person") by Hideki Saijo (eps. 67-142)

Second series

A second series debuted on Fuji Television and affiliated TV stations in January 1995, airing on Sundays in the 6:00 pm time slot, before Sazae-san at 6:30 pm. The series is directed by Jun Takagi and Nobuyuki Nakamura, like the first series, composes the music. Majority of the voice actors from the first series reprised their role. The first 219 episodes were written by Momoko Sakura, however, she had supervised the episode screenplays from episode 220 up until her death in 2018. In Spain, the show is available via VOD on the website of Neox's children's block, Neox Kidz. [8] On TV Japan, which is available in the United States and Canada, the second series (starting with the episodes broadcast in 2009) now broadcasts weekly in Japanese. In Latin America, is distributed by The Japan Foundation, the dub was produced in Mexico and broadcast on several local, public and other private television networks.

Opening themes:

  1. Ureshii Yokan (うれしい予感 "Feeling Happy") by Marina Watanabe (eps. 1-73), Chibi Maruko-chan (Tarako) (ep. 28)
  2. Humming ga Kikoeru (ハミングがきこえる "Hear the Humming") by Kahimi Karie (eps. 74-179)
  3. Odoru Ponpokorin (おどるポンポコリン) by ManaKana & Shigeru Izumiya (eps. 180–253)
  4. KinKi no Yaruki Man Man Song (KinKiのやる気まんまんソング) by KinKi Kids (eps. 254–294)
  5. Odoru Ponpokorin (おどるポンポコリン) by B.B.Queens (eps. 295–746; 793–807; 888–953)
  6. Odoru Ponpokorin (2010 Version) (おどるポンポコリン(2010年バージョン)) by Kaela Kimura (eps. 747-792)
  7. Odoru Ponpokorin (25th Anniversary Version) (おどるポンポコリン(ちびまる子ちゃん誕生25周年バージョン)) by B.B. Queens (eps. 808–887)
  8. Odoru Ponpokorin (2014 Version) (おどるポンポコリン(2014年バージョン)) by E-Girls (eps. 954–1046)
  9. Odoru Ponpokorin by Sakurako Ohara (Special 19)
  10. Odoru Ponpokorin by Golden Bomber (eps. 1047–1190)
  11. Odoru Ponpokorin by Momoiro Clover Z (eps. 1091-)

Ending themes:

  1. Hari-kiri Jiisan no Rock 'n' Roll (針切じいさんのロケン・ロール) by Hitoshi Ueki (eps. 1-27, 29–73)
  2. Hari-kiri Jiisan no Rock 'n' Roll by Grandfather (Takeshi Aono) and the children (ep. 28)
  3. Akke ni Torareta Toki no Uta (あっけにとられた時のうた) by Tama (eps. 74-130, 132–179)
  4. Yume Ippai Shin Version (ゆめいっぱい(新バージョン) "Full of Dream (New Version)")
  5. Jaga Buttercorn-san (じゃがバタコーンさん) by ManaKana (eps. 180–230)
  6. Chibi Maruko Ondo (ちびまる子音頭) by ManaKana (eps. 231–340)
  7. Kyuujitsu no Uta (Viva La Viva) (休日の歌(Viva La Vida)) by Delighted Mint (eps. 341–416)
  8. Uchū Dai Shuffle (宇宙大シャッフル "Big Shuffle in Outer Space") by Love Jets (eps. 417–481)
  9. Arara no Jumon (アララの呪文) by Chibi Maruko-chan with Bakuchu Mondai (eps. 482–850)
  10. Hyaku-man Nen no Shiawase!! (100万年の幸せ!! "The Happiness of 100 Thousand Years!!") by Keisuke Kuwata (eps. 851-special 21)
  11. Kimi o Wasurenai yo (キミを忘れないよ "I Won't Forget You") by Sakurako Ohhara (special 19)
  12. Susume Nonsense (すすめナンセンス) by PUFFY (eps. 1119–1216)
  13. Itsumo no Fūkei (いつもの風景) by Kazuyoshi Saito (eps. 1217–)

Live action

A live action series was shown on Fuji Television in 2006. The series was created to commemorate Chibi Maruko-chan's 15th anniversary and had 3 episodes, each 2 hours. All costumes and hairstyles are faithful to the original manga. A Taiwanese live-action adoption was also made begin airing on March 13, 2017. [9] [10]

Both of the second television series and the live action series were broadcast in 1080i HDTV.

Films

"Frame Ritz Cinema is famous In this world" (Festival Frame Ritz Film Layar Lebar)

Video games

All the Game Boy titles (which consists of minigames) were developed by KID and published by Takara. The other titles were published by different companies like Namco, Konami, Epoch and Banpresto.

Notes

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