Prince Mackaroo

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Prince Mackaroo
Ojarumaru.jpg
Cover of the 2010 Ojarumaru calendar
おじゃる丸
(Ojarumaru)
Genre Comedy, Fantasy
Anime television series
Directed by Akitaro Daichi
Music by Harukichi Yamamoto
Studio Gallop
Licensed by
Network NHK
Original run October 5, 1998 – ongoing
Episodes 1458 (List of episodes)
Anime television film
Ojarumaru: A Happy Blue Back
Directed by Akitaro Daichi
Music by Harukichi Yamamoto
Studio Gallop
Licensed by
Network NHK
Released January 1, 2000
Runtime 30 minutes
Anime film
Ojarumaru the Movie: The Promised Summer - Ojaru and Semira
Directed by Akitaro Daichi
Music by Harukichi Yamamoto
Studio Gallop
Released July 15, 2000
Runtime 47 minutes
Anime television film
Ojarumaru: Peril at the Full Moon Road -A 'Rare' Adventure of Our Prince-
Directed by Akitaro Daichi
Music by Harukichi Yamamoto
Studio Gallop
Licensed by
Network NHK
Released May 3, 2007
Runtime 50 minutes
Manga
Written by Rin Inumaru
Published by Shogakukan
Shueisha (re-release)
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Ciao
Saikyo Jump (re-release)
Original run January 2012September 2014
Volumes 1
Anime television film
Ojarumaru Special: My Galaxy is Calling ~The 2 Wishing Stars~
Directed by Akitaro Daichi
Music by Harukichi Yamamoto
Studio Gallop
Licensed by
Network NHK
Released March 20, 2012
Runtime 54 minutes
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Prince Mackaroo, known in Japan as Ojarumaru (おじゃる丸?), is a Japanese manga series created by Rin Inumaru and published by Shogakukan and serialized in Ciao in 1993. The manga was republished by Shueisha and re-serialized in Saikyo Jump in 2011. It was adapted as an ongoing anime series produced by Gallop and broadcast on NHK beginning in October 1998. As of today, the series has become the second longest-running anime on NHK next to Nintama Rantaro. The title character was originally voiced by Hiroko Konishi, but has been performed by Chinami Nishimura since 2001. The story focuses on the adventures of a 5-year-old Heian-era prince with a weakness for creme caramel. It also features his pet firefly, and a trio of young oni. The series has been dubbed in Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Tagalog, Thai, and Cantonese.

It received an "Excellence Award" for animation at the 1999 Japan Media Arts Festival.[1]

On September 10, 2006, creator Rin Inumaru committed suicide by jumping off the 14th floor of her apartment. A suicide note left to her mother indicated she was feeling stress due to her job.[2]

Plot[edit]

Around 1,000 years ago in the Heian era, a young prince from a noble family named Ojarumaru is bored of his life of privilege. He is later lured into Enma World by the sound of a ukulele played by King Enma. Upon arriving, he steals King Enma's powerful scepter and falls into the Moonlight Hole, which time-warps him to the present time. The furious King Enma sends three oni, Aobee, Kisuke, and Akane, who are known as the Oni Child Trio, to pursue Ojarumaru and get the scepter back. At the present time, Ojarumaru befriends a boy named Kazuma and becomes a member of his family, thanks to his grandfather Tommy. While making many new friends and dodging the Oni Child Trio's efforts to retrieve the scepter, Ojarumaru has many adventures and encounters new things he's never seen before.

Characters[edit]

  • Ojarumaru Sakanoue (坂ノ上 おじゃる丸 Sakanoue Ojarumaru) / Prince Mackaroo[3]
  • Kazuma Tamura (田村 カズマ Tamura Kazuma) / Cozmo - Mackaroo's friend.[3]
  • Oni Child Trio / The Scamps - Three figures trying to capture Prince Mackaroo[3]
    • Akane (アカネ, 紅 aka means "red") / Scarlett[3]
    • Kisuke (キスケ, 黄 ki means "yellow") / Khakie[3]
    • Aobee (アオベエ, 青 ao means "blue") / Blue-Joe - He likes Kammy, a human girl[3]
  • Tomio Tamura (田村 富美男 Tamura Tomio) / Tommy - He is Cosmo's grandfather and the father of Makoto.[3]
  • Mariko Jūmonji (十文字 麻璃子 Jūmonji Mariko) / Marie - Tommy's friend, a 73-year old woman.[3]
  • Ojarumaru's father / Lord Uppland - He is Mackaroo's father[3]
  • Ojarumaru's mother / Lady Uppland - She is Mackaroo's mother[3]
  • Cyber-fly[3]
  • Princess Camelia[3]
  • Makoto Tamura (田村 マコト Tamura Makoto) - Cozmo's father.[3]
  • Ai Tamura (田村 愛 Tamura Ai) / Amy - Cozmo's mother.[3]

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Written by Rin Inumaru and illustrated by Tatsuma Ejiri, the Ojarumaru manga began serialization in Shogakukan's Ciao magazine in 1993. It was later re-serialized in Shueisha's Saikyo Jump magazine since January 2012. The first tankōbon volume was published on July 4, 2014.[4]

Anime series[edit]

An anime television series produced by NHK and animated by Studio Gallop premiered in Japan on October 5, 1998. The series is still in production to this day and has aired over 1,400 episodes. Since April 2, 2007 (The day that Series 10 premiered) the series has been broadcast in High-definition. On April 10, 2009 the series had aired 1000 episodes.

TV specials[edit]

A total of three Ojarumaru TV specials have been aired in Japan. NHK aired the first TV special entitled Ojarumaru: A Happy Blue Back (おじゃる丸 しあわせの青いせなか) on January 1, 2000. The second TV special aired on May 3, 2007 entitled Ojarumaru: Peril at the Full Moon Road ~A Rare Adventure of Our Prince~ (おじゃる丸 満月ロード危機一髪~タマにはマロも大冒険~). The third TV special aired on March 20, 2012 entitled Ojarumaru Special: My Galaxy is Calling ~The 2 Wishing Stars~ (おじゃる丸スペシャル 銀河がマロを呼んでいる~ふたりのねがい星~).

Anime film[edit]

An animated film based on the Ojarumaru anime series entitled Ojarumaru the Movie: The Promised Summer - Ojaru and Semira (映画おじゃる丸 約束の夏 おじゃるとせみら) was released by Toei on July 15, 2000 in Japan.

Music[edit]

The music in the series is composed by Harukichi Yamamoto, who also composed the music in the anime series Ninja Nonsense.

The series uses 2 opening themes and 19 ending themes. The opening themes are performed by Saburō Kitajima and the ending themes are performed by various singers in Series 1, Series 10-15, and Series 17, and by the characters in Series 2-9. During the ending theme, fan art of the characters are shown, however, they are omitted in the series' home media releases. The songs have been released on soundtrack CDs by Nippon Crown.

Openings and Endings[edit]

Opening Themes[edit]

  1. Utahito (詠人)(Series 1-10, Series 16-) Performer: Saburō Kitajima
  2. Yumehito (夢人)(Series 11-15) Performer: Saburō Kitajima

Ending Themes[edit]

  1. The Crème caramel Anthem (プリン賛歌)(Series 1) Performer: Sus4
  2. Crème caramel (プリンでおじゃる)(Series 2) Performer: Yuriko Fuchizaki, Rie Iwatsubo, Hiroko Konishi
  3. The Laid-back Ondo (まったり音頭)(Special 1) Performer: Yuriko Fuchizaki, Rie Iwatsubo, Hiroko Konishi
  4. The Theme of the Oni Child Trio (子鬼トリオのテーマ)(Series 3) Performer: Kazuya Ichijou, Omi Miami, Yūji Ueda
  5. Let us Love♪ (恋をいたしましょう♪)(Series 4) Performer: Rie Iwatsubo
  6. The Peeled Away Wheel (あっちむいてホイでおじゃる)(Series 5) Performer: Yuriko Fuchizaki, Kazuya Ichijou, Rie Iwatsubo, Omi Miami, Chinami Nishimura, Yūji Ueda
  7. Always in this Town ~Poverty-chan's Song~ (この町いつも〜貧ちゃんの歌〜)(Series 6) Performer: Ayaka Saitō
  8. Our Moonlight Town Tiny Club (われら月光町ちっちゃいものクラブ)(Series 7) Performer: Rie Iwatsubo, Satomi Kōrogi, Ryō Naitō, Chinami Nishimura, Ayaka Saitō
  9. Moonlight Town's Song (月光町のうた)(Series 8) Performer: Chinami Nishimura, Yūji Ueda
  10. Denbo's Buzzing Melody (電ボのブンブン節)(Series 9) Performer: Yuriko Fuchizaki, Chinami Nishimura, Narumi Satō
  11. Squeaking Dancing (さんきゅっきゅダンシング)(Series 10) Performer: Natsumi
  12. Yumehito (夢人)(Special 2) Performer: Saburō Kitajima
  13. Our World (ぼくらの世界)(Series 11) Performer: Reiko Mizumachi
  14. The Ojarumaru Prosperous Song (おじゃる丸狂騒曲)(Series 12) Performer: Kumiko Mori
  15. Snails (かたつむり)(Series 13) Performer: Miami Oku
  16. Not My First Love (初恋は実らない)(Series 14) Performer: Ojarumaru Sisters
  17. The Conductor (ある車掌)(Special 3) Performer: Gen Hoshino
  18. My Walk (マロのさんぽ)(Series 15, Series 16) Performer: Chopiiin (Series 15), Yuriko Fuchizaki, Chinami Nishimura, Narumi Satō (Series 16)
  19. Da!Da!!Da!!! (Series 17) Performer: The Collectors

International versions[edit]

  • In Spain, it is dubbed in Spanish and has aired on Telecinco under the title El príncipe Mackaroo (Mackaroo the Prince).
  • In Italy, it is dubbed in Italian and has aired on Italia 1 under the title Mack, ma che principe sei? (Mack, what a Prince).
  • In the United States, Enoki Films is the master license for the series under the title Prince Mackaroo.[5] Enoki Films has also licensed all the TV specials.[6] Suggested name changes have been given to most of the characters, such as Ojarumaru becoming "Prince Mackaroo" and Denbo becoming "Cyber-Fly". However, as of 2014, an English version has yet to be released.
  • In Taiwan, it is dubbed in Chinese and has aired on STAR Chinese Channel and China Television under the title Wán Shàoyé (丸少爺).
  • In India, it is dubbed in Hindi and has aired on Hungama TV.
  • In the Philippines, it is dubbed in Tagalog and has aired on QTV Channel 11, TV5, and TeleAsia (who also aired the Chinese dub) under the title Prince Mackaroo.
  • In Hong Kong, it is dubbed in Cantonese and has aired on TVB under the title Fǎn Dòu Xiǎo Wángzǐ (反斗小王子) (The Little Prince) and Cable TV under the title Xié Liú Wán Wángzǐ (邪留丸王子).
  • In Arabia, it is dubbed in Arabic and has aired on Spacetoon under the title فارس الحكايا.
  • In Thailand, it is dubbed in Thai and has aired on Toon Channel.

Video Games[edit]

Game Boy Color[edit]

  • Ojarumaru: Mangan Jinja no Ennichi de Ojaru!
  • Ojarumaru: Tsukiyo ga Ike no Takaramono

Game Boy Advance[edit]

  • Ojarumaru: Gekkō Machi Sanpo de Ojaru

Sega Pico[edit]

Nintendo DS[edit]

  • Ojarumaru DS: Ojaru to Okeiko Aiueo

Mobile Phone[edit]

  • Ojarumaru: Kaikai! Enma Kai[8]
  • Ojarumaru: Gattai no Oni[9]
  • Ojarumaru: Ojarumaru Tennis[10]
  • Ojarumaru: Eboshi Collection[11]
  • Ojarumaru: Ojarumaru no Hover Race[12]
  • Ojarumaru: Chicchai Golf[13]
  • Ojarumaru: Nige tetamo[14]
  • Ojarumaru: Logic Puzzle[15]
  • Ojarumaru: Shutsudō! Chicchai Mono Club[16]

iPhone[edit]

  • Akihabara Ojaru de Kankō

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1999 Japan Media Arts Festival Awards". Japan Media Arts Plaza, Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ Japan Times staff (September 12, 2006). "Creator of 'Ojaru Maru' dies in fall". The Japan Times. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Prince Mackaroo." Enoki Films. Retrieved on March 26, 2014.
  4. ^ "おじゃる丸 1" (in Japanese). S-MANGA.net. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Prince Mackaroo". Enoki Films. Retrieved August 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Prince Mackaroo - Who's back is comfy and snug?". Enoki Films. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Chokocat's Anime Video Games". Blogger.com. February 3, 2014. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  8. ^ "NHKキャラクターGames" (in Japanese). Metro-games.com. October 16, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  9. ^ "NHKキャラクターGames" (in Japanese). Metro-games.com. October 16, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  10. ^ "NHKキャラクターGames" (in Japanese). Metro-games.com. October 16, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  11. ^ "NHKキャラクターGames" (in Japanese). Metro-games.com. October 16, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  12. ^ "NHKキャラクターGames" (in Japanese). Metro-games.com. October 16, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  13. ^ "NHKキャラクターGames" (in Japanese). Metro-games.com. October 16, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  14. ^ "NHKキャラクターGames" (in Japanese). Metro-games.com. October 16, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  15. ^ "NHKキャラクターGames" (in Japanese). Metro-games.com. October 16, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  16. ^ "NHKキャラクターGames" (in Japanese). Metro-games.com. October 16, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 

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