Dokonjō Gaeru

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Dokonjō Gaeru
Dokonjo Gaeru.jpg
Cover art from the Dokonjō Gaeru special DVD box release
Genre Comedy, Slice of life story
Written by Yasumi Yoshizawa
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump
Original run July 27, 1970June 14, 1976
Volumes 27
Anime television series
Directed by Tadao Nagahama
Produced by Yutaka Fujioka
Music by Kenjiro Hirose
Studio Tokyo Movie Shinsha
Network TBS
Original run October 7, 1972September 28, 1974
Episodes 103 (206 sequences)
Anime television series
New Dokonjō Gaeru
Directed by Tadao Nagahama
Studio Tokyo Movie Shinsha
Network Nippon Television
Original run September 7, 1981March 29, 1982
Episodes 30
Anime and Manga portal

Dokonjō Gaeru (ど根性ガエル lit. Gutsy Frog?) is a manga and anime series created by Yasumi Yoshizawa.


While frog Pyonkichi is hopping in an empty lot in Nerima, Tokyo's Shakujii Park, middle schooler Hiroshi trips over a rock and squashes him. However, Pyonkichi is reborn as an imprint on the front of Hiroshi's shirt and now gives him advice and commentary on his life.


  • Pyonkichi (ピョン吉?): Voiced by: Sachiko Chijimatsu. A frog who is crushed by Hiroshi, but his spirit lives on as a talking frog on his shirt, becoming a Flat Surface Frog (平面ガエル Heimen Gaeru?). Because said shirt is Hiroshi's only good shirt, he is always forced to travel around and interact with Hiroshi. They are equally obstinate and gluttonous and are always arguing like siblings. He is capable of jumping around and forcing Hiroshi to come along with him.
  • Hiroshi (ひろし?): Voiced by: Masako Nozawa. The middle schooler who fell on Pyonkichi. He is quite gutsy and won't back down against Goriraimo, but is deathly afraid of Kaa-chan. His trademark is the sunglasses he wears on his head. Though his school has a uniform policy, he is for some reason allowed to wear his regular shirt.
  • Kyoko Yoshizawa (吉沢 京子 Yoshizawa Kyouko?): Voiced by: Yōko Kuri, New: Atsushi TomiiKaoru Kurosu, CM: Chinami Nishimura. Hiroshi's girlfriend. She is the daughter of a rather wealthy family, yet is a strong minded girl who will stand up for herself and participate in pranks. She initially pretends to dislike Hiroshi but becomes friends with him after he meets Pyonkichi, whom she believes is a cute shirt design.


In 2005, Japanese television network TV Asahi conducted a "Top 100" nationwide survey; Dokonjō Gaeru placed 100th.[1] In 2006, TV Asahi conducted an online poll for the top one hundred anime, and Dokonjō Gaeru placed 56th in the "Celebrity List".[2] In 2013, animator Masaaki Yuasa recommended among other anime, Dokonjō Gaeru, highlighting episodes 145 and 146.[3]

The series also became popular in Latin American countries, dubbed in Spanish under the title La rana valiente, with most character names unchanged from the Japanese except Pyonkichi's to Raponchi.

In 2013, an American TV-movie remake of The Gutsy Frog was reported to be in development, presumably as a pilot for a new TV series.[4] The pilot film was to contain both live action and CGI animation and to feature a cast including Frankie Jonas as "Frankie" (Hiroshi) as well as Maxwell Perry Cotton, Mischa Barton, and others, and features both American and Japanese names among the production staff[5] although TMS is not reported to be involved in the remake.

As of October 2014, the original anime is airing in Los Angeles, California, on a Japanese-language digital HD-2 side channel of KSCI-TV.[6]


  1. ^ "TV Asahi Top 100 Anime, Part 2". Anime News Network. September 23, 2005. Retrieved April 12, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Japan's Favorite TV Anime". Anime News Network. October 13, 2006. Retrieved August 5, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Ghost in the Shell Director Oshii Praises Kick-Heart in Ad". Anime News Network. September 8, 2013. Retrieved August 5, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Mischa Barton working with Jonas Brother, making movies". KABC-TV Los Angeles; from Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Gutsy Frog (2013) at Internet Movie Database". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  6. ^ "The Gutsy Frog at UTB Hollywood (English)". UTB 18.2 (KSCI). Retrieved October 20, 2014. 

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