Kaibutsu-kun

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Kaibutsu-kun
Kaibutsu-kun.jpg
Volume 1 of the 'Kaibutsu-kun' manga.
怪物くん
Genre Horror, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure
Manga
Written by Fujiko Fujio
Published by Shōnen Gahosha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Shōnen King
Original run January 1965May 1969
Volumes 15
Anime television series
Directed by Masaaki Ohsumi
Studio Tokyo Movie Shinsha
Studio Zero
Network TBS
Original run April 21, 1968March 23, 1969
Episodes 50
Anime television series
Kaibutsu-kun 2
Directed by Hiroshi Fukutomi
Studio Shin-Ei Animation
Network TV Asahi
Cartoon Network Korea
Original run September 2, 1980September 28, 1982
Episodes 94
Anime film
Kaibutsu-kun Demon Sword
Directed by Hiroshi Fukutomi
Studio Shin-Ei Animation
Released 13 March 1982
Runtime 52 minutes
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Kaibutsu-kun (怪物くん?, Little Monster) is a shōnen manga and anime series by Fujiko Fujio named after its protagonist.

Plot[edit]

Kaibutsu-kun and his companions, Dracula, Wolfman, and Franken, travel from Monster Land to the Human Realm, where they encounter and battle several monsters, mainly assassins from the demon group Demonish.

Cast[edit]

  • Tarou Kaibutsu (怪物太郎, Kaibutsu Tarō?) - A little boy who can metamorph.
  • Hiroshi Ichikawa (市川ヒロシ, Ichikawa Hiroshi?) - Taro's friend, who lives with his sister Utako.
  • Utako Ichikawa (市川歌子, Ichikawa Utako?) - Hiroshi's older sister. Both are orphans who live in Arama-sō, a two-story Japanese apartment. She takes care of her brother. Caring and super-radiant forever.
  • Dracula (ドラキュラ Dorakyura?) - He drinks tomato juice instead of human blood. In the TV drama series, he often puts English phrases in every sentence.
  • Wolfman (オオカミ男, Ookami-Otoko?) - The housekeeper and also a cook. He puts "gansu" at the end of every sentence.
  • Franken (フランケン Furanken?) - Like his Hollywood counterpart, he's big, and not too smart.
  • Kaibutsu Daiō (怪物大王, King Monster?) Taro's father and King of Monsterland.
  • Kaiko-chan (怪子ちゃん?) - Taro's girlfriend. She's super angry.
  • Doctor Noh (ドクター・ノオ Dokutā Noo?)
  • Fishman (半魚人?)
  • Nonbirasu (ノンビラス?)
  • Bem (ベム?)
  • Demokin (プリンス・デモキン?) - Prince of the demons.
  • Ako (アコ?) - Hiroshi's classmate and sorrowfully not girlfriend.
  • Kizao (キザオ?) - Hiroshi's classmate whose name is similar to a character in Obake no Q-taro. But is otherwise good and forever sad. And Ako's not boyfriend.
  • Banno (番野?) - Hiroshi's big classmate.

Live-action TV drama series[edit]

A TV drama adaptation was aired on Nippon TV in 2010 with nine episodes. A drama special was aired on June 26, 2010 where the author of Kaibutsu-kun appears as a guest. A movie was released on November 26, 2011.

There are some differences between the anime and the TV drama series, especially for the setting and the characters. Neither Hiroshi's classmates in the anime appear in the TV drama series. The new characters are Wolfman's daughter, the landlady of Arama-sō and a policeman. The theme song for the TV drama series is Monster by Japanese boy band Arashi.

Plot[edit]

Kaibutsu-kun is a rambunctious prince of Kaibutsu Land. On the day of succession to the throne, he is ordered to go to the world of humans by the King of Kaibutsu Land for ascetic training. Kaibutsu-kun and his attendants, Dracula, Wolfman, and Franken, travel to the world of humans and encounter several monsters or humans belonging to the demon group led by Demorina who tries to set the prince of demon back on track and take over the world.

Main casts[edit]

Spin-off[edit]

  • Hiroshi and Utako's Adventures
  • Demokin's Adventures

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