Super Milk Chan
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|Super Milk Chan|
(Sūpā Miruku Chan)
|Genre||Surreal humour, science fiction|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Hideyuki Tanaka|
|Produced by||Kengo Kimura
|Written by||Motoki Shina|
|Original run||June 18, 1998 – September 24, 1998|
|Anime television series|
|OH! Super Milk Chan|
|Directed by||Kiyohiro Omori|
|Original run||January 27, 2000 – April 13, 2000|
Super Milk Chan (スーパーミルクちゃん Sūpā Miruku Chan?) is an anime comedy directed by Hideyuki Tanaka and produced by Genco, Suplex and Geneon Entertainment. The show pre-began as 14 eight-minute segment episodes which aired on Fuji Television's Flyer TV block from June 18 to September 24, 1998, with the animation being produced by Tokyo Kids.
The North American DVD release by A.D. Vision features two different English-dubbed versions: a straight translation of the Japanese version (which aired on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block on October 31, 2004 with the original vintage episodes before making its official series premiere a week later) and an Americanized version with western pop culture references and short live-action skits featuring ADV voice cast members.
- 1 Summary
- 2 Major characters
- 3 Other characters
- 4 King's Idea Laboratory Mechas
- 5 Theme songs
- 6 The Super Milk-Chan Show/Oh! Super Milk-Chan Episode guide (Season 1) (2004-2005)
- 7 Super Milk-Chan/Vintage Milk (1998) episodes
- 8 ADV Films Story Arcs
- 9 TV segments
- 10 Further reading
- 11 References
- 12 External links
The show centers on the activities of Milk, a 5-year-old superhero who may or may not actually have any powers and can do very little besides making popular culture references. Its American slogan, as a result, became "Wholesome? Probably not. Good for you? Definitely." She lives in a house on a suspended platform with her malfunctioning robotic maid Tetsuko and her drunken pet slug Hanage (nosehair). The show follows a fairly linear formula. In each episode, the President (of "Everything", according to his name) calls with a new mission; whether Milk actually takes the mission is not guaranteed. Regardless of whether or not she takes the mission, she always takes credit and celebrates her success by going out for "sushi (or something)." Likewise, there are a number of other constants that follow through the series, often under contrived circumstances.
All of those episodes are rated TV-PG. It was later made into 12 full-length episodes, which are rated TV-14 in the United States. An alternate dub with American pop-culture references, harsher language and newly-shot live-action sequences with the ADV Films cast aired on Anime Network and was rated TV-MA.
- Milk (ミルク Miruku?) / Milk-chan (ミルクチャン Miruku-chan?)
- Voiced by: Haruka Nakamura (Japanese), Hilary Haag (English)
- The title character of the show, Milk is a little girl who may be a superhero. She is often selfish, vain, has a short temper, and drools. She is often found tormenting the President or her robot maid, Tetsuko. Although she works officially for the President, she chooses on her own whether or not she wants to follow his orders. Coincidentally, her house is in the shape of a baby bottle and she still drinks powdered milk from a baby bottle on occasion.
- Tetsuko (テツコ Tetsuko?)
- Voiced by: Ayumi Nagashi (Japanese), Monica Rial (direct translated version), Marcy Bannor (Americanized version) (English)
- An obsolete robot maid, Tetsuko was created in 1982 at the King's Idea Laboratory. She lives with and works for Milk. Tetsuko is a more conservative character, the only occasional voice of reason on the show when she is questioning Milk's greedy, immoral or random decisions. She yearns for a stable traditional family life, which the living organisms around her do not even consider. Milk often calls her a piece of junk and Tetsuko is torn between loving Dr. Eyepatch (her "daddy") and being disappointed in him when he insults her or offers to replace her. She has the ability to generate a fart ("Tetsuko's gas") that is lethal enough to even kill a raging bear. The only character that brings out Tetsuko's aggressive side is Robodog, whom she hates. They are in a constant conflict over Milk's affection, much to Milk's amusement.
- Hanage (ハナゲ Hanage?, born 2002)
- Voiced by: Brad Pyutt (Japanese), Ben Pronsky (English)
- Hanage is Milk's green, middle-aged pet slug known as a "Hanage". He has a drinking problem and is incapable of speech, though he can understand multiple languages. When he does speak, it's usually to express his thoughts; often a maudlin soliloquy, that are referred to as "the voice of Hanage's heart." "Hanage" means "nose hair" in Japanese.
- The President (大統領 Daitōryō?, Born 1964)
- Voiced by: Yuichi Nagashima (Japanese), Mike MacRae (English)
- The President is a stout bald man who apparently runs the country Milk lives in (referred to only as "our nation", a subtle reference to the Japanese habit of referring to their country as such instead of using the proper names "Nihon" or "Nippon"). No one knows how he achieved his office. He assigns missions to Milk, but whether she takes them or not is her prerogative. The President proves to be inept and incapable at fulfilling his job, at one point firing his country's best missile (The Punishment Missile) on his own country at his own conclusion that his citizens would try to put him in the Guillotine or the electric chair. He has short, round arms and he frequently pounds on his desk when talking on the phone. The President likes wine, women, and song but he usually enjoys cheap wine, loose women, and off-key karaoke. He also attracts flies and dearly loves his pet cat, Kanchi. His desk is decorated with a different anime or pop culture character figure on every episode.
- Dr. Eyepatch (アイパッチ博士 Aipatchi-Hakase?, born 1966)
- Voiced by: (Japanese), Tommy Drake (English)
- Seen only on a TV screen, Dr. Eyepatch runs the King's Idea Laboratory (王様のアイデア研究所 Ō-sama no Aidea Kenkyūsho?). In each episode, he provides Milk with a new invention or gives information about topics of concern. He created Tetsuko, but always belittles her or offers to have her replaced. The eyepatch over Dr. Eyepatch's right eye changes its design every episode; sometimes it changes several times in the course of a single episode. He also once hosted the NG awards.
- The Landlord (a.k.a. Lalo) (大家 Ōya?, born 1970)
- Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (Japanese), Rob Mungle (English)
- A bald, blue-skinned creature with a head shaped like a daikon radish. He is Milk's landlord. As Milk is perpetually over six months behind on her rent, he continually tries to get payment from her. However, whenever he tries to get the rent, she does or says something that shocks or tricks him, causing him to run back across the ladder to his own home. He is also anxious, as he once thought he lost his "purse," but shortly finds it after making a racket over it. The landlord is gay and this was disclosed in the Japanese version of episode 9, "Financial Decay Peninsula". His being gay is openly referred to in more than one episode.
- The Ants (アリの一家 Ari no Ikka?, The Ant Family)
- Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (Yoshiki Arita), Yūko Minaguchi (Helen) (Japanese), Todd Posthlewaite (Yoshiki Arita), Shelley Calene-Black (Helen Arita), David Matranga (Ario) (English)
- A family of ants (a mother, a cuckolded father, and a baby larva) live underground near Milk's house. Their portion of the show chronicles their constant marital troubles. The family consists of Yoshiki Arita (蟻田 よしき Arita Yoshiki?), an overbearing, suspicious husband, Helen (ヘレン Heren?), an unfaithful wife, and Ario (アリ夫 Ario?), their son. The family seems pretty neutral in the first three episodes, but things start to get tense afterwards. After noticing his wife's behavior and realizing that she is cheating, Yoshiki becomes more and more enraged, while Helen just denies it or changes the subject and talks to Ario. Eventually, Helen takes Ario and leaves. In the final episode of the show, Yoshiki writes a letter to his family and commits suicide.*Todd Waite as Yoshiki Arita (Father Ant)
- A robot that Tetsuko has a crush on. He only appears in the vintage episodes.
- The Counterfeiter
- A counterfeiter who (really) likes Belgian waffles. He makes counterfeit bills to buy a lot of them. In the Japanese version, the real currency has pictures of "Kin" while the counterfeit bills have pictures of "Gin" - a reference to the oldest-living twins. In the Americanized version, the bills are differentiated by pictures of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.
- Kyuu the Myna Bird
- A bird that Tetsuko started keeping, but died the next week. It looks like a toucan. His favorite thing is "Chaushu" and his favorite kind of girl is bouncy. One episode later, he is revealed to have died right away, like most myna birds do.
- Kanchi (カンチ Kanchi?)
- Voiced by: Manekineko Edoya
- A very cute cat wearing a red dress that runs away from the president finding him disgusting for being too clinging and Milk and the gang have to find her. She is found in a place called Meow Meow World. At first she refuses to return to the president and claims that she can get by with subsidized dating, but after Milk reads the president's letter, she is moved to tears and decides to return. She was first found by the president in a cardboard box on a rainy day.
- Leonardo the Japanese Bear
- A violent bear from an Osaka bear farm. He defeats Robo Willy, but gets knocked out by Tetsuko's gas attack.
- Pastel Mr. Shin (パステルしんさん Pasuteru Shin-san?)
- A mentally disabled man dressed as a kindergarten student. He tries to get kids to play with him, but they can't because their parents said they couldn't. He gets shocked and throws a tantrum whenever they say he's not a kid. His name (Pasuteru Shin-san in Japanese) is a parody of Crayon Shin-chan.
- Keizao Butae/Colonel Flanders
- The factory manager of the Gentucky Pork Legs Factory, who resembles Colonel Sanders. While hitting on an employee, he accidentally presses the laser control button, shutting down the power of the Pork Gun which allows Tonkichi & Tononko to escape. Keizao then hires a hitman to take them out.
- A live-action cross-dressing man who appears frequently on the news. In the Americanized version, he is cut out and replaced by someone else.
- Akiko Maitake (舞茸 秋子 Maitake Akiko?)
- Akiko is heard but never seen. She is seemingly a young Japanese girl who does video art. Her "art" is never much more than a pretentious monologue read by her as she takes a video of normal things happening in Japan. The videos are live action and cut randomly into the show in various episodes.
- Tonkichi & Tonko / Palmer & Penny
- Two pigs that are in love with each other. After escaping the Gentucky Pork Legs Factory, they defect to a country where people don't eat pork. As soon as they arrive, they are turned into pork legs by a hired hitman.
King's Idea Laboratory Mechas
- Robodog No. 1 (ロボドッグ犬1号 Robodoggu-Inu 1-Gō?, Robodog-Dog No. 1)
- Voiced by: Yuichi Nagashima (Japanese), David Matranga (English)
- A rude, incontinent robot that Dr. Eyepatch made to help on some of Milk's missions. Tetsuko and he are bitter rivals. Robodog winds up causing a lot of conflict and trouble on Milk's missions.
- Punishment Missile - A huge, red missile painted with a strange face that is fired at the selected target by the President in order to "punish" the target.
- Submarine Milk 5 - A submarine that is used by Milk Chan to go underwater.
- Rice Cake Maker No. 3 - A rice pounder that is toilet-like in shape. It pounds rice cakes over and over.
- Dokochin 1 No. 4
- Pork Gun No. 5/The Porkcinerator: A laser gun that is used to shoot pigs and sends their bodies into another dimension, except for their legs.
- Mecha Elderly No. 7 ("Furby")/Geezerbot 1000: A robot that is designed to look like an old man. Fueled by ramen, he will suddenly become surly if he hasn't had any. He has no real function. This said to have debuted on The Tonight Show.
- Bear Slayer Robo Willy No. 8/Willy the Bear Slaying Mecha A robot designed to slay bears unconditionally. On the mission, after one year of searching the bear, Leonardo, he gets destroyed easily by Leonardo the Japanese Bear. His design vaguely resembles Jim Kelly's character in Enter the Dragon.
- Magic Shiitake 1 No. 9/Magic Mushroom 5000: Magic Shiitake is a mushroom shaped device that warps time and space within a given radius so the user doesn't have to make an excuse to get out of whatever he doesn't want to do.
Japan (Oh! Super Milk Chan)
- "Ōkami Nanka Kowakunai" (狼なんか怖くない?, "I'm Not Afraid of Wolves")
- "Tsuppari Highschool Rock'nRoll ~ Daitōryō-Hen" (ツッパリHighschool Rock'nRoll～大統領編?, "Hoodlum High School Rock 'n' Roll ~ President Mix")
- Performed by Yūichi Nagashima
- Music and lyrics by Yoshiyuki Tamiya
U.S. (The Super Milk Chan Show)
- "Disco Milk"
- "US Ending Theme"
The Super Milk-Chan Show/Oh! Super Milk-Chan Episode guide (Season 1) (2004-2005)
Note that the plot listed for an episode often doesn't start until halfway through.
1. Milk's Story of The Evil Spirits Go Marching In/The Trouble With Money (First Episode) (Air Date: November 7, 2004)
- A counterfeiter is making money that closely resembles the real thing. Milk is sent to uncover him, and soon discovers his one weakness: Belgian waffles! "Give me all the Belgian waffles I can buy with this money!"
2. Milk's Story of From Giba-chan To Dioxin/How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Drop the Bomb (Air Date: November 14, 2004)
After dreaming that people who look suspiciously like the Ku Klux Klan try to kill him in a guillotine, the President fires a missile on his own country. His attempts to get Milk to stop it fail miserably.
3. Milk's Story of Don't Give Up Sumi High Baseball Team!/The Mysterious Case of the Red Wine Tide Vintage 1961 (Air Date: November 21, 2004)
A ship carrying a load of wine sinks in the middle of the ocean. Milk is sent to aid the drunken fish.
4. Milk's Story of the Return of the Young Master from the Planet/Gross Encounters of the Worst Kind (Air Date: November 28, 2004)
Aliens, seeking new sources of food, have kidnapped the President. Milk goes out to find him but doesn't even know where to start.
5. Milk's Story Of Rice Cakes Stretching and Shrinking/The Games People Play (Air Date: December 5, 2004)
Milk seeks a way to make a better version of her favorite treat, rice cakes. Her searches are interrupted when the President orders her to find a missing baby. Despite the dialogue, the "rice cakes" are actually mochi.
6. Milk's Story of the Towering Homeless/Homeless is Where the Heart Is (Air Date: December 12, 2004)
After the cardboard houses of the homeless burn down, the President orders Milk to build them new homes. This episode repeats itself as its own sequel.
7. Milk's Story of Ra-Ra-Raccoon Dog, Heisei Pig Wars Oink-Oink/When Pigs Fly (Air Date: December 19, 2004)
A mishap involving sexual harassment causes trouble at a pig leg factory. Two pigs in love escape and are now defecting. Milk is ordered to stop them, but she's too busy with her own snack foods.
8. Milk's Story of the Virtual Sound System/Sounds Like Your Problem to Me (Air Date: December 26, 2004)
Milk accidentally eats a priceless Tyrannosaurus rex egg, but the President is too busy crying over his lost cat to worry. In order to smooth things over, Milk sets out to find his cat. The title of the episode refers to two actors who provide all the sound effects for the episode.
9. Milk's Story of Financial Decay Peninsula/When Traveling Through Life, Watch Your Baggage (Air Date: January 2, 2005)
There's a rash of purse thefts in nursing homes. Milk is sent out, with the aid of an old-man robot, to combat it.
10. Milk's Story of Hou Hokekyo, Who's Going To Die/If It Ain't Broke, Just Wait Awhile 'Cuz It Will Be (Air Date: January 9, 2005)
Tetsuko breaks down due to the Y2K bug (although the 2K stands for the number of farts) Before Milk has a chance to fix her, she's sent to combat a killer bear.
11. Milk's Story of Having A Thick Talk For Dinner/If At First You Don't Succeed, Do Another Take (Air Date: January 16, 2005)
An outtakes episode, hosted by Dr. Eyepatch and a man with three eyes who claims to be the show's creator.
12. Milk's Story of Farewell to Mankind: Last Episode/The Day After the Day After Tomorrow...Last Episode (Season Finale) (Air Date: January 23, 2005)
Reality is being warped by a machine that resembles a shiitake mushroom. Milk is sent to take care of the problem, but has some trouble as the mushroom's rays keep sending her back in time.
Special. Milk's Story of No Mercy! Infidelity is a Culture!
Bonus episode that only appeared on the Grasshoppa! Vol. 2 DVD.
Special. Milk's IT Revolution/Super Milk-chan Flash
A collection of flash shorts from the shockwave.jp website. This episode was only aired on Anime Network and was released on DVD in Japan. This collection includes shorts such as:
- Everybody's a Picasso Here - A man by the name of Uotake Lupin the Third has been going around creating sculptures out of excrement and the President sends Milk to the care of the issue. The trio stops at King's Idea Laboratory, where they are given the Mecha No. 108 "Johnny" in order to construct a museum for Uotake Lupin to build his sculptures.
- The Reform That Accompanies Milk's Pain - After seeing an advertisement about the latest King's Idea Laboratory Mecha No. 109 "Silicone Vision" (a mecha designed to detect if any person shown on television has had plastic surgery), Milk decides to purchase it. While enjoying their new device, the President informs Milk that a woman named Isabella Kaneko has taken her patron hostage and barricaded herself inside. While the report is shown on the news along with the woman's photo, the Silicone Vision detects that she has had plastic surgery done on her. Milk decides to report this information to the police, who in turn would use it to convince the woman to surrender.
- Interactive According to Milk's Will - When an alien from Planet Kubota sends images of a man saying "I'm sorry, Dad" into peoples' heads, the President orders her to do something about it. The alien is arrested for his crimes. Later, while Milk and Tetsuko are eating sausages, the aliens decides to travel to earth, only to be arrested again.
- Milk's Fight, Hoshino; Virtual Rain of Fists - While Milk and Tetsuko browse the internet and talk about pop culture, the President calls to report news about a watermelon thief.
- Milk's Sense of Virtue as a Celebrity - The president calls to tell Milk that the sense of virtue in young women has been on the decline. To assist them on their mission, the gang head to the King's Idea Laboratory, where they are given Mecha No. 103 "Nadeshiko Panties", which are designed to stay attached onto underaged girls until they turn 18.
- Milk's Sound of Rain is Lupin's Melody -
Super Milk-Chan/Vintage Milk (1998) episodes
The episodes premiered in America in a different order than they were originally aired. In, addition, when aired on Adult Swim, these episodes were aired in a different order than on the DVD release.
- Milk Chan has Arrived/You Play With Fire, You Get Burned
- Something Like a Tokarev/The High Price of Fame
- It's Ecology, Milk Chan!/The Case of The Endangered Species
- Totally Unexpected Animal Event/What the Duck?
- Milk's Challenger of Fire/Don't Play With Fire
- Milk's Appraise Anything Team/Have a Knife Day
- Milk's Boy Knife/The Boy and the Close Shave
- The Stolen Fighting Spirit/Solid Rocky
- Tomyankun Illusion/The Stink, The Stew...I'm High!
- Mice Die Twice/Of Mice, Men, and Milk
- The President That Dashes Through Time/Time and Time Again
- Tetsuko's Blast of a First Date/Hungry for Love
- Hunting Middle-Aged Men In the Name of Heaven/Pretty, Witty, and Gay
- Farewell, Milk Chan/It's Lonely At the Top
ADV Films Story Arcs
The multi-episode story arcs added to the Americanized English dub by ADV, involving the crew of said dub company in bizarre situations. Titles are taken from the DVD release.
Marcy Bannor introduces the cast and crew of the Milk-chan dub; Tommy Drake dresses up in drag for a replaced scene.
- The Trouble With Money
- Vintage Milk: The Boy and the Close Shave
- How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Drop the Bomb
- Vintage Milk: Time and Time Again
- The Mysterious Case of the Red Wine Tide Vintage 1961
- Vintage Milk: Have a Knife Day
- Vintage Milk: Hungry for Love
After a plasma TV is stolen from the break room, the ADV Films building has an automated lockdown drill. However, a blackout leaves everyone locked in separate rooms.
- Gross Encounters of the Worst Kind
- Vintage Milk: The Case of The Endangered Species
- The Games People Play
- Vintage Milk: The Stink, The Stew...I'm High!
- Homeless is Where the Heart Is
- Vintage Milk: Pretty, Witty, and Gay
Cryin' Over Spilled Milk
Chris Borque loses the sound effects for episode 8, leading the cast to perform them themselves. Meanwhile, Marcy is given Ecstasy instead of Aspirin.
- When Pigs Fly
- Vintage Milk: You Play With Fire, You Get Burned
- Sounds Like Your Problem to Me
- Vintage Milk: What the Duck?
- When Traveling Through Life, Watch Your Baggage
- Vintage Milk: Of Mice, Men, and Milk
Milk & Kookies
The ADV cast and crew go to an anime convention, where Ben Pronsky is stalked by a fan.
- If It Ain't Broke, Just Wait Awhile 'Cuz It Will Be
- Vintage Milk: The High Price of Fame
- If At First You Don't Succeed, Do Another Take
- Vintage Milk: Solid Rocky
- The Day After the Day After Tomorrow...Last Episode
- Vintage Milk: Don't Play With Fire
- Vintage Milk: It's Lonely At the Top
These are the shows that Milk Chan and friends watch:
- Tama & Chuutaro/Mousey and Kitty
- Mr. Deserted Island/Deserted Island
- The Four Tire Brothers
- Pastel Mr. Shin/Colorful Mr. Shin
- Police of the North Star/Fist of South Star
- Hirosue's Rush Into Poor People's Dinner
- Company NOW/Dollars & Cents NOW
- Technology Today!
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- Super Milk-chan official Japanese website
- Super Milk-Chan entry on TV.com
- Super Milk-chan (anime) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
- Oh! Super Milk Chan at the Internet Movie Database
- Super Milk Chan Info on Adult Swim[dead link]