Princess Comet

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Princess Comet
PrincessCometMangaCover.jpg
Cover of the Original Manga Adaptation serialized in Margaret
コメットさん
(Kometto-san)
Genre Comedy, magical girl, science fiction, slice of life
Manga
Written by Mitsuteru Yokoyama
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Margaret
Original run July 1967November 1967
Television drama
Directed by Mitsuteru Yokoyama
Ōtsuki Yoshikazu
Music by Joji Yuasa
Masashi Tashiro
Network Tokyo Broadcasting System
Original run July 3, 1967December 30, 1968
Episodes 79
Television drama
Princess Comet: Season 2
Directed by Noriaki Yuasa
Yoshiharu Tomita
Music by Masaaki Hirao
Akira Hagiwara
Network Tokyo Broadcasting System
Original run June 12, 1978September 24, 1979
Episodes 68
Anime television series
Cosmic Baton Girl Princess Comet
Directed by Mamoru Kanbe
Written by Akira Okeya
Music by Moka
Studio Nippon Animation
Network TV Osaka
TV Tokyo
Animax
Original run April 1, 2001January 27, 2002
Episodes 43
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Princess Comet (コメットさん Kometto-san?) is a Japanese TV Drama and manga series created and illustrated by Mitsuteru Yokoyama, the creator of Tetsujin 28-go and Giant Robo. The TV drama tells the story of Comet, one of the princesses of the Triangle Nebula who came to Earth in search for the missing prince. The Manga is first serialized in Shueisha's monthly Margaret magazine from July to November 1967, marking as one of Japan's first Magical Girl series produced.

Plot[edit]

The story revolves around Princess Comet, a twelve year old girl who is also the princess of the Harmonica Star country of the Triangle Nebula. She was meant to meet the prince of the Tambourine Star country at a ball, but the prince ran away to Earth instead. As it turned out, Comet is sent to Earth to find him, though she has no idea what he looks like. "He will be known by the twinkling in his eyes" is the only clue she was given to the prince's identity. Once she travels to Earth, Comet falls in love with the people she meets there as well as the planet itself, quickly becoming attached to life on Earth. Meanwhile, Princess Meteor learns of Comet's plans to find the prince and to marry him and she arrive on Earth in search of the prince as well, planning to marry him before Comet gets the chance. Both princesses are sent to Earth along with a companion. Comet's companion is a little puppy with a star at the end of his tail named Rubba Ball (ラバボウ Rababou?). Meteor's companion is a round, purple bird named Mook (ムウク Muuku?).

Unbeknownst to Comet, her Aunt Spica also lives on Earth and had visited Earth before, deciding to stay there and get married herself. Aunt Spica's pet is Rabapyon (ラバピョン?), a white rabbit with a tiny heart on her tail. The main plot is Comet's tale about her journey to Earth, the people she meets, and her journey to find the prince.

The series is set in Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan.

Media[edit]

TV Drama[edit]

The Original Japanese live-action dramas is broadcast by Tokyo Broadcasting System in two seasons. The First season is aired from July 3, 1967 to December 30, 1968 with a total of 79 episodes. The second season aired from June 12, 1978 to September 24, 1979 with a total of 68 episodes. Both seasons were dubbed into Spanish and broadcast within Mexico, Venezuela, Costa Rica and other Spanish-speaking countries, in the 1970s.

Additionally, actors from the dramas appear in the later anime adaptation like Yumiko Kokonoe and Kumiko Ohba. Bundled with the anime version, the TV drama provides various modules of daily life-related scenarios for the audience, especially the fans of the two actresses that played the main character.

Manga[edit]

The Manga adaptation was serialized in Shueisha's monthly Margaret from July to November 1967, illustrated by Mitsuteru Yokoyama.

Anime[edit]

An anime adaptation of the drama series titled Cosmic Baton Girl Princess Comet (Cosmic Baton Girl コメットさん☆ Cosmic Baton Girl Kometto-san?) was animated by Nippon Animation, directed by Mamoru Kanbe of Cardcaptor Sakura and written by Akira Okeya of Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team. Character designs were done by Kazuaki Makida, who later contributed to the characters designs of Mermaid Melody: Pichi Pichi Pitch. The series premiered on TV Osaka and TV Tokyo from April 1, 2001 to January 27, 2002, with a total of 43 episodes. The Anime adapts both the live-action dramas closely with close involvement with Yokoyama himself in redesigning the characters and including new concepts.

The anime has four theme songs. The first opening song is titled Smile For You (君にスマイル Kimi ni sumairu?) by Nayu Nibori and the second is Miracle Power ~Stardust Version~ (ミラクルパワー 〜スターダスト・バージョン〜 Mirakuru pawā 〜 sutādasuto bājon 〜?) by Shizuka Nakayama. The first ending theme is titled Twinkle☆Star (トゥインクル☆スター Touinkuru ☆ sutā?) by Saeko Chiba and the second ending titled Parade of Stars☆ (星のパレード☆ Hoshi no parēdo☆?) by Sayuri Tanaka. The music is composed by Moka, who later composed the soundtrack of Elfen Lied.

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