Obake no Q-tarō(オバケのQ(キュー)太郎,Obake no Kyū-tarō?), by Fujiko Fujio, is a Japanesemanga about an obake, Qtarō (Sometimes also spelled as Q-tarō) who lives with the Ōhara family. Qtarō, also known as Q-chan or Oba-Q, is a mischief-maker who likes to fly around scaring people and stealing food, though he is deathly afraid of dogs.
The story is usually focused on the antics of Qtarō and his friends. The manga was drawn in 1964–1966 by Fujiko Fujio (Fujiko F. Fujio and Fujiko Fujio A) and in 1971–1974 by Fujiko F. Fujio.
There are three anime series of Qtaro. The first anime adaptation of Obake no Qtarō was shown on the Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) in black & white, and ran from 1965–1968. Machiko Soga was the voice of Qtarō. The series was especially popular preceding Doraemon. It also ran outside Japan, in Hong Kong under the name Q-tailong. The second series ran from 1971–1972 on Nihon TV, this time in color. The third series ran from 1985–1987 on TV Asahi. This adaptation is the only one of the three Obake no Q-taro anime to have a home video release.
Pac-Man creator Toru Iwatani cites the series as inspiration for the character design in the Pac-Man video game series.
During the third arc of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, when the heroes check in to Enya Geil's hotel, Jotaro signs "Qtaro Kujo" as his name, which allows him to later realize that Enya is a servant of Dio when she calls him Jotaro rather than Qtaro.