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Hamtaro
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Cover of the first children's book featuring Hamtaro.
とっとこハム太郎
(Tottoko Hamutarō [1] )
Genre Adventure, comedy, slice of life
Manga
Written by Ritsuko Kawai
Published by Shogakukan
Magazine Ciao
Demographic Shōjo
Original run19972000
Volumes3
Original video animation
Directed byTomomi Mochizuki
Produced byKazuhiko Kurokawa
Tadahito Matsumoto
Written byTomomi Mochizuki
Music byMotoyoshi Iwasaki
Studio TMS Entertainment
Released1 August 1999
Anime television series
Directed byOsamu Nabeshima
Written byShinzo Fujita
Yoshiyuki Suga
Miho Maruo
Atsuhiro Tomioka
Fumihiko Shimo
Koji Miura
Toshiyasu Nagata
Michiru Shimada [2]
Music byMotoyoshi Iwasaki (JP)
Tom Keenlyside
John Mitchell
David Iris (U.S.)
Studio TMS Entertainment
Licensed by
UK
Viz Media
Original network TV Tokyo
English network
CA
YTV (2002–2005)
NZ
TV3 (2003)
PH
GMA Network
TV5 (2009–2010)
UK
Fox Kids (2002–2004)
US
Cartoon Network (Toonami) (2002–2004)
Original run 7 July 2000 31 March 2006
Episodes296 (Japanese)
105 (English) (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Directed byOsamu Nabeshima (1,4)
Kazuhiro Ochi (2,3)
Written by Michiru Shimada (1)
Tomoko Konparu (2)
Kouji Miura (3,4)
Music byMotoyoshi Iwasaki
StudioTMS Entertainment
Released 6 August 2001 6 August 2004
Episodes4 (List of episodes)
Anime film series
Directed by Osamu Dezaki
Produced byMasato Matsumoto
Yuoh Sekita
Written byOsamu Dezaki (1)
Michiru Shimada (1, 2)
Tomoko Konparu (3, 4)
Music byMotoyoshi Iwasaki
StudioTMS Entertainment
Released 15 December 2001 23 December 2004
Runtime50 minutes each
Films4 (List of films)
Anime television series
Trotting Hamtaro Hai!
Directed byOsamu Nabeshima
Written byYoshiyuki Suga
Music byMotoyoshi Iwasaki
StudioTMS Entertainment
Original networkTV Tokyo
Original run 5 April 2006 26 March 2008
Episodes77 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Trotting Hamtaro Dechu!
Directed byOsamu Nabeshima
StudioTMS Entertainment
Original networkTV Tokyo
Original run 2 April 2011 30 March 2013
Episodes103
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Hamtaro, known in Japan as Trotting Hamtaro (とっとこハム太郎, Tottoko Hamutarō), is a Japanese manga and storybook series created and illustrated by Ritsuko Kawai about a hamster. The manga is serialized in Shogakukan's all-girl's magazine Ciao in 1997, focusing on a hamster named Hamtaro who has a variety of adventures with other hamsters, known as "Ham-Hams" ("Hamuchans" in the Japanese version). Viz Media published the manga adaptations and storybooks in English. [3] [4]

Contents

Multiple anime adaptations were produced by TMS Entertainment and aired on TV Tokyo. The first series was dubbed in English by The Ocean Group.

Plot

The series revolves around a hamster named Hamtaro, who is owned by a 10-year-old girl named Hiroko Haruna (Laura Haruna in the English dub). Curious by nature, he ventures out each day to make friends and go on adventures with a clan of fellow hamster friends known as The Ham-Hams. The Ham-Hams meet at a special clubhouse built by Boss ("Taisho").

Media

Manga

There are three manga about Hamtaro, A Home for Hamtaro, Hamtaro Gets Lost, and Jealous Hamtaro. In the first two, Hamtaro's owner is named Yukari while in the latter, her name is Amy.

Anime

In Japan, Hamtaro aired three anime series, released four movies, several specials, many video game/DVD releases and merchandise. By 2002, the franchise had generated $2.5 billion in merchandise sales. [5] The success was not paralleled in the United States, however, with only the first series, some special episodes, three video games (though two others were released in Europe), and limited merchandise. On 23 February 2011, it was announced that Hamtaro would be receiving a series titled Tottoko Hamtaro Dechu. [6]

Games

The Hamtaro franchise has multiple video game titles with independent storylines. These titles include adventure and educational games that can be found for PC, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance (GBA), and the Nintendo DS consoles.

TitlePlatformRelease Date
Tottoko Hamtaro: Tomodachi Daisakusen Dechu Game Boy Color [7] JP: 8 September 2000 [7]
Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite! Game Boy Color JP: 21 April 2001

NA: 28 October 2002

Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak Game Boy Advance JP: 3 May 2002 [8]

NA: 8 April 2003 [8]

Hamtaro: Wake Up Snoozer! PC/Mac1 October 2003
Hamtaro: Rainbow Rescue Game Boy Advance22 May 2003
Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Games Game Boy Advance26 July 2004
Tottoko Hamtaro: Nazo Nazo Q Kumonoue no ? Jou Nintendo DS 1 December 2005
Hi Hamtaro! Little Hamsters Big Adventure Nintendo DS23 September 2008

On 26 July 2020, a group of more than 2,000 protesters in Bangkok called the Free Youth Movement, led a protest against the government of Thailand which involved singing the theme song for Hamtaro with modified lyrics to say "The most delicious food is taxpayers’ money. [...]Dissolve the parliament! Dissolve the parliament! Dissolve the parliament!" [9] Other student protests during the same week have continued using Hamtaro as a symbol for the government's "feasting on taxpayer's money," and have involved groups running in circles, as if in hamster wheels, while singing the modified version of the jingle. [10] [11]

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