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
Studio Gallop
Licensed by United States Enoki Films
Network NHK, Disney Channel Japan
Original run October 5, 1998 – ongoing
Episodes 1453 (List of episodes)
Anime television film
Prince Mackaroo: A Happy Blue Back
Directed by Akitaro Daichi
Studio Gallop
Licensed by United States Enoki Films
Network NHK
Released January 1, 2000
Runtime 30 minutes
Anime film
Prince Mackaroo the Movie: The Promised Summer - Ojaru and Semira
Directed by Akitaro Daichi
Studio Gallop
Licensed by United States Enoki Films
Released July 15, 2000
Runtime 47 minutes
Anime television film
Prince Mackaroo: Peril at the Full Moon Road -A 'Rare' Adventure of Our Prince-
Directed by Akitaro Daichi
Studio Gallop
Licensed by United States Enoki Films
Network NHK
Released May 3, 2007
Runtime 50 minutes
Manga
Ojarumaru
Written by Rin Inumaru, Tatsuma Ejiri
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Shōnen, Shōjo
Magazine Saikyo Jump
Original run January 2012 – ongoing
Anime television film
Prince Mackaroo Special: My Galaxy is Calling ~The 2 Wishing Stars~
Directed by Akitaro Daichi
Studio Gallop
Licensed by United States Enoki Films
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 (犬丸 りん Inumaru Rin) 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 show has become the second longest-running anime on NHK next to Nintama Rantaro. The title character was originally voiced by Hiroko Konishi, but is now performed by Chinami Nishimura since 2001. The opening theme is performed by Saburō Kitajima and the ending theme is performed by the characters (expect for Season 1, Seasons 10-current). 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. Since April 2, 2007 (The day that Season 10 started) the show has been broadcast in High-definition. On April 10, 2009 the show had aired 1000 episodes. The show has now been dubbed in Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Tagalog and Thai.

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]

International versions[edit]

Video Games[edit]

Game Boy Color[edit]

  • Ojarumaru: Moonlight Pond's Treasure
  • Ojarumaru: Manganese Shrine's Festival!

Game Boy Advance[edit]

  • Ojarumaru: Moonlight Town Walk

Sega Pico[edit]

  • Ojarumaru

Nintendo DS[edit]

  • Ojarumaru DS: Ojaru and the A-I-U-E-O Lesson

Mobile Phone[edit]

  • Ojarumaru: Strange People! Enma World
  • Ojarumaru: Union Oni
  • Ojarumaru: Ojarumaru Tennis
  • Ojarumaru: Cap Collection
  • Ojarumaru: Ojarumaru's Hover Race
  • Ojarumaru: Itty Bitty Golf
  • Ojarumaru: Escape
  • Ojarumaru: Logic Puzzle

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

TV Specials[edit]

On January 1, 2000 NHK aired an Ojarumaru TV special entitled Ojarumaru: A Happy Blue Back (おじゃる丸 しあわせの青いせなか). A second TV special followed 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~). A 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~)

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.

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