Tico of the Seven Seas

Last updated
Tico of the Seven Seas
Tico of the Seven Seas.jpg
Cover art from Bandai Visual's DVD release of the series
七つの海のティコ
(Nanatsu no Umi no Tico)
Anime television series
Directed byJun Takagi
Produced byYoshihiro Suzuki
Akio Yogo
Written byNoriyuki Aoyama
Hideki Mitsui
Aya Matsui
Mamiko Ikeda
Tōru Nobuto
Music by Michiru Ōshima
Studio Nippon Animation
Original network Fuji TV
Original run 16 January 1994 18 December 1994
Episodes39
Wikipe-tan face.svg   Anime and mangaportal

Tico of the Seven Seas (七つの海のティコ, Nanatsu no Umi no Tiko) is a Japanese anime series by Nippon Animation. It is about an 11-year-old girl and her best friend Tico, a female orca.

Contents

Unlike the other series in Nippon Animation's World Masterpiece Theater line, Tico of the Seven Seas is an entirely original story. An English dub of the series, entitled Tico & Friends, was produced by Ocean Studios. The dubbed series makes two significant alterations to the original Japanese series; the secondary protagonist Tico and the main antagonist Adrienne Bennex, survive while their original counterparts die. Some violent, bloody and death scenes are also edited out.

Plot

Nanami Simpson is a young Japanese-American girl. Having lost her mother when was young, she now lives with her marine biologist father, Scott Simpson, on board his research vessel, the Peperonchino. Scott has been in search of a creature known as the Luminous Whale, a whale that can glow brightly underwater, for many years and is determined to eventually see it and preserve it's exsistence. Nanami also is close friends with an orca named Tico, who was rescued as a baby just before Nanami was born. The two have an unbreakable bond and swim with each other every day. As a result, Nanami gradually learns to hold her breath longer and swim deeper than other humans can.

Scott's search from the Luminous Whale soon puts him at odds with the Gaiatron Corporation, a greedy research conglomerate led by the ruthless and ambitious Adrienne Benex, who wishes to exploit the creature for a rare element it seemingly carries in its body. Aiding Benex are her right-hand man, Gaulois, and Dr. Charles LeConte, an old acquaintance of Scott's who is obsessed with the Luminous Whale.

Together, Nanami, Scott, and Tico, along with Scott's first-mate and right-hand man, Al Andretti, seek to locate the Luminous Whale before Benex and Gaiatron can. Over time, they are joined by a few new crew members:

As their journey goes on, the crew of Peperonchino encounter and make both new friends and enemies, and form bonds with each other, as they race against the corrupt Benex and Gaiatron to find the Luminous Whale first.

Characters

Main

Nanami Simpson
Voiced by Megumi Hayashibara; Chantal Strand in the English dub
Nanami is the main protagonist in the series. At 11-years old, she claims all from the sea are her friends. She has been friends with Tico ever since she was a baby, and has a close relationship with her father Scott, and friendships with all of their crew members throughout the series.
Tico
A killer whale who is a life-long friend to Nanami. In the Japanese version, she dies freeing Al's submersible from an iceberg crevice, which mortally injures her, and her body sinks to the depths of the sea, while Nanami looks on helplessly. In the last episode, "The Shining Circle" her spirit reunites with Nanami and her son via the Luminous Whale. In the English dub, she is still injured, but survives and the crew is forced to leave her behind to let her recover. She returns a few episodes later, shortly after her son Junior leaves the crew to join a super-pod of killer whales. In the final episode, the spirit that Tico reunites with turns out to be her own long-lost mother.
Junior
Junior is Tico's calf. In the Japanese original series, he takes Tico's place as Nanami's companion, along with her name, after the former sacrifices herself to save Al. He meets his mother again the series finale, "The Shining Circle". In the English dub, his mother survives, and is left behind to recover, returning not long after he leaves to join a super-pod of killer whales.
Scott Simpson
Voiced by Shuuichi Ikeda; David Kaye in the English dub
Nanami's father, who is a marine biologist, and captain of the Peperoncino. He has been searching for the Luminous Whale for seven years. He is a dedicated father to his daughter and is often the level-headed one for his crew. Scott is also very protective of his research of the Luminous Whale, refusing to let it or the creature itself fall into the wrong hands.
Alfonso "Al" Andretti
A fat Italian man who works with Scott, and always on the lookout for treasure. He is the chef and engineer of Peperoncino and often comes up with get-rich quick schemes in order to make the crew money. He serves as something of an uncle and mentor to Nanami and later to Thomas as well. A scene where he punches Professor LeConte in the stomach is removed.
Cheryl Christina Melville
Voiced by Venus Terzo in the English dub.
An English-American woman who comes from a wealthy family and craves adventure. She initially has a frosty relationship with the crew, particularly Nanami and Al (due to her joining the crew on a whim, and her initial reluctance to due any actual work), but they all soon warm up to her, and she ends up becoming a valued member and even something of a big sister to Nanami and Thomas. Due to her wealth, she often serves as the source for emergency funds when the crew needs them. Initially, she relies on her butler James to do the crew work for her, but later starts contributing by herself following his brief departure from the crew in the seventh episode, and becomes more independent as a result.
James McIntyre
Voiced by David Kaye in the English dub
Cheryl's loyal butler. Born near the Cliffs of Dover, he has served the Melville family faithfully for many years, and is charged with looking after Cheryl while she attends college in New York. James joins the crew of the Peperoncino at the same time as Cheryl, but leaves in the seventh episode and joins the crew of the Gaiatron ship Scorpio, after switching places with Thomas LeConte. He returns to the Peperoncino ten episodes later, and remains with the crew up to the series finale.
Thomas LeConte
A boy the Peperoncino crew met in the Bahamas and the son of scientist Dr. Charles LeConte. Intelligent and computer-savvy, but also introverted, lonely, and somewhat cautious, he craves attention from his father, but is often pushed aside and neglected due to Dr. LeConte's research regarding the Luminous Whale. In his first appearance in the second episode, he cons Nanami and Al in helping him return to his ship in return for a treasure map that turns out to be fake. Several episodes later, the crew meets him again on his father's ship, and after being rescued after getting trapped underwater in the Peperoncino's mini-sub, he decides to join their crew to go out into the world and become more extroverted, becoming Al's unofficial apprentice and Nanami's closest human friend. By the end of the series, he manages to patch things up with his father.

Other characters

Nagisa Suzuki
Nanami's aunt from her mother, Yuko's side of the family.
Gayle
A con-man with a heart of gold, and a crush on Cheryl. He also has a fear of fish.
Richard
A free-lance photographer who informs the Peperoncino crew about Metal Claw's activities.
Lolo
Richard's pet parrot.
Metal Claw
Voiced by Daisuke Gouri; Scott McNeil in the English dub
A villain from the earlier part in the series, he is a man who has a metal hand in place of his right hand. Captain of the Mentil.
Professor Charles LeConte
A scientist who is an old acquaintance of Scott Simpson, and Thomas's father. Obsessed with the Luminous Whale, LeConte's determination to find it causes him to ally himself with the corrupt Gaiatron Corporation, and neglect his son. By the end of the series, however, he learns the error of his ways and reconciles with Thomas. A scene where he slaps his son is edited out in the English Dub.
Stephen
A member of the crew on the Scorpio.
Topia
Voiced by Akiko Yajima
Enrico Andretti
Voiced by Bin Shimada
A cousin of Al's, who lives with their 94-year-old grandmother.
Don Gould (Mr. Krang in the English dub)
Head of the Rio Connection.
Rozalint
Voiced by Hisako Kyōda
Adrienne Benex
Voiced by Chiyoko Kawashima
The main villain of the series. Professor LeConte's superior, she owns the Gaiatron Corporation. She wants the luminous whale due to an element it is said to have, called trontium. In the Japanese series, she is killed when seagulls attack and incapacitate the pilots of her escape helicopter, causing it to crash into her Antarctic Base, The Iron City, with her in it. The seagulls were summoned, along with other animals, by the luminous whale to attack the base. This is edited out in the English dub.
Gaulois
Voiced by Keisuke Yamashita
Benex's underling.
Terry Taft
Voiced by Yumi Tōma
A wheelchair-bound boy Nanami meets. He lost the use of his legs at the same time he lost his sister, Maggie.
Opiac
A young girl of the north Arctic whose grandfather is a descendant of one of has seen the luminous whale.
Luminous whale
A whale whose body glows yellow. It is semi-supernatural, as it summoned animals to attack the iron city base, showed Nanami her future, and brought the Ghost of Tico for a final Goodbye to her friend and Son. It can still die though, as evidence by its fossils being found by Scott Simpson, and it almost drying up when hoisted out of the Ocean by Adrienne Bennex's men.

Staff

English dub

Episodes

  1. Nanami, A Little Adventurer (The Girl With the Killer Whale! Adventurer Nanami)
  2. Thomas And The Treasure Map (The Caribbean Pirates are After Children!?)
  3. Trouble In The Atlantic (The Arrival of the Atlantic Ocean Gang!?)
  4. Flight On The High Seas (Run, Run, and Run Some More!!)
  5. Saving The Seals (Rio de Janeiro Never Sleeps)
  6. The Blue Whale (The Day We Met the Blue Whale)
  7. Crisis Beneath The Sea! (At the Bottom of the Atlantic! Thomas Alone!)
  8. Al's Treasure Hunt (The Sunken Ship of the Zaire River The Mystery of Treasure)
  9. The Secret Of The Cave (The ship that floats in the phantom underground lake)
  10. Overland To The Nile (Tico takes the road)
  11. Princess Nanami (Nanami, Princess of the Ocean)
  12. Friends Of The Family
  13. Beware Of The Giant Toys
  14. Al Comes Home
  15. Nanami Saves the Island
  16. Tico's Baby
  17. Junior's First Breath
  18. Cheryl Gets Engaged
  19. Panic In The Oilfield
  20. Growing Pains
  21. The Legend Of The Northern Lights
  22. The Mystery Of The Iceberg
  23. The Heart Of The Ice Mountain
  24. A Trip To Japan
  25. Nanami Remembers
  26. A Letter To Grandma (clip show)
  27. The Ghost Ship
  28. The Deep-Sea Sub
  29. Island Of The Butterflies
  30. The Miracle Egg
  31. Cheryl And Scott Get Stranded
  32. New Leads On The Luminous Whale
  33. Another Luminous Creature
  34. A Close Encounter
  35. Discovery!
  36. Operation: Capture!
  37. The Antarctic Foundation
  38. Nature To The Rescue
  39. The Shining Circle

Music

Opening Theme

Lyrics by: Chiho Seiko
Composition by: Osamu Tozuka
Arrangement by: Arisu Sato
Song by: Mayumi Shinozuka

Ending Theme

Lyrics by: Chiho Seiko
Composition by: Osamu Tozuka
Arrangement by: Arisu Sato
Song by: Mayumi Shinozuka

Related Research Articles

Adrienne Barbeau American actress

Adrienne Jo Barbeau is an American actress, singer and the author of three books. Barbeau came to prominence in the 1970s as Broadway's original Rizzo in the musical Grease, and as Carol Traynor, the divorced daughter of Maude Findlay on the sitcom Maude (1972–1978). In 1980 she began appearing in horror and science fiction films, including The Fog (1980), Creepshow (1982), Swamp Thing (1982) and Escape from New York (1981). Other films included: Back to School (1986) and Argo (2012). During the 1990s, she became known for providing the voice of Catwoman on Batman: The Animated Series (1992–1995), and subsequent Batman cartoon series. In the 2000s, she appeared on the HBO series Carnivàle as Ruthie the snake dancer. In 2020, she appeared on the Netflix series AJ and the Queen with RuPaul.

<i>Futari wa Pretty Cure</i> Japanese anime television series

Futari wa Pretty Cure, known as simply Pretty Cure outside Japan, is a Japanese magical girl anime series produced by Toei Animation and broadcast across Japan on TV Asahi's ANN network. It is the first series in the Pretty Cure metaseries created by Izumi Todo. The original series, directed by Daisuke Nishio, aired on TV Asahi between February 1, 2004, and January 30, 2005, in the same timeslot as Izumi Todo's previous work Ashita no Nadja. It was the first of the Pretty Cure series to have received an adapted English-language version, which aired in Canada from March 2009. A direct sequel, Futari wa Pretty Cure Max Heart, or simply Max Heart, aired in Japan between February 6, 2005, and January 29, 2006. It was then succeeded by Futari wa Pretty Cure Splash Star. Two Max Heart movies were released on April 16, 2005, and December 10, 2005, respectively. The series' main motif is yin and yang.

Chantal Strand is a Canadian actress, voice actress and former stunt performer. She is best known for her roles as Holly in The Charlie Horse Music Pizza, Sarah's Sister in Life-Size, Kelly in Barbie in The Nutcracker, and Tammy in Air Bud: World Pup.

<i>Around the World with Willy Fog</i> Japanese-Spanish anime

Around the World with Willy Fog is a Spanish animated adaptation of the 1873 novel Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne produced by Spanish studio BRB Internacional and Televisión Española, with animation by Japanese studio Nippon Animation, that was first broadcast on ANTENNE 2 in 1983 and TVE1 in 1984.

<i>Space Pirate Captain Harlock</i> Space pirate manga and anime series

Space Pirate Captain Harlock is a manga series written and illustrated by Leiji Matsumoto. It was serialized in Play Comic from 1977 to 1979, with the chapters collected into five tankōbon volumes by Akita Shoten. The series follows the titular Captain, an outcast turned space pirate after he rebelled against Earth's Government and humanity's general apathy.

<i>Adventures of the Little Mermaid</i> 1991 TV anime

Adventures of the Little Mermaid is a Japanese/French animated series produced by Fuji Television and Saban International Paris in the early 1990s, based on the 1837 Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale "The Little Mermaid".

<i>Sherlock Hound</i> 1984 anime

Sherlock Hound is a Japanese animated television series produced by RAI and Tokyo Movie Shinsha, based on Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes series where almost all the characters are depicted as anthropomorphic dogs. The show featured regular appearances of Jules Verne-steampunk style technology, adding a 19th-century science-fiction atmosphere to the series. It consists of 26 episodes and aired between 1984 and 1985.

<i>Lamune</i> television series

Lamune is a Japanese adult visual novel developed by Neko Neko Soft originally released on July 30, 2004 for the PC. It was followed by an all-ages version for the PlayStation 2, and was released on August 25, 2005. A twelve-episode anime series based on the visual novel, entitled Lamune: Garasu Bin ni Utsuru Umi, was produced by Trinet Entertainment and Picture Magic and aired between October 11, 2005 and December 27, 2005. Light novels, drama CDs, and one volume of a manga adaption have also been produced.

<i>Coyote Ragtime Show</i> television series

Coyote Ragtime Show is a Japanese anime televsion series directed by Takuya Nonaka and produced by ufotable, which first aired in Japan on July 3, 2006. The storyline consists of the adventures of a group of space-faring fugitives in search of a treasure.

<i>Ping-Pong Club</i> manga

Ping-Pong Club is a Japanese manga by Minoru Furuya about the members of a middle school ping-pong club. In 1996, the manga won the Kodansha Manga Award for general manga.

The animated TV show The Simpsons is an American English language animated sitcom which has been broadcast in the United States since 1989 on FOX. In other countries, the TV show started broadcasting later than 1989 either in its original version or in a dubbed version.

Gwendolyn Clubb Lau is an American voice actress who works for anime series at Funimation/OkraTron 5000. She has provided voices for a number of English-language versions of Japanese anime series.

Dream Weaver (<i>seaQuest DSV</i>) 14th episode of the second season of seaQuest DSV

"Dream Weaver" is the fifteenth episode of seaQuest DSV`s second season. It originally aired on February 19, 1995.

<i>Kamisama Kiss</i> 2012 Japanese manga series by Julietta Suzuki, and anime series adaptations

Kamisama Kiss is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Julietta Suzuki and serialized by Hakusensha in the shōjo manga magazine Hana to Yume. The series is licensed for regional release in North America by Viz Media as part of their Shojo Beat imprint. An anime adaptation has been produced by TMS Entertainment and directed by Akitaro Daichi and began airing in October 2012. It has been streamed by Funimation Entertainment in North America. A second season was announced and premiered during January 2015.

<i>The Pet Girl of Sakurasou</i> Japanese light novel series

The Pet Girl of Sakurasou is a Japanese light novel series written by Hajime Kamoshida, with illustrations by Kēji Mizoguchi. ASCII Media Works published 13 volumes between January 2010 and March 2014. A manga adaptation illustrated by Hōki Kusano was serialized ASCII Media Works' Dengeki G's Magazine and Dengeki G's Comic. A drama CD was released on June 28, 2012. A 24-episode anime television series adaptation by J.C.Staff aired between October 2012 and March 2013. It has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks in North America.