Tonde Burin

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Tonde Burin
(Tonde Būrin)
Genre Magical Girl, Parody, Comedy, Action
Written by Taeko Ikeda
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Ciao
Original run November 1994September 1995
Volumes 3
Anime television series
Directed by Hiroshi Nishikiori
Masato Kitagawa
Produced by Masahiko Kobayashi
Written by Hiroshi Nishikiori
Johei Matsuura
Masahiro Hosoda
Tatsuya Hirakawa
Waruro Suzuki
Studio Nippon Animation
Network MBS (1994-1995)
Original run September 3, 1994August 26, 1995
Episodes 51 (List of episodes)
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Tonde Burin (とんでぶーりん Tonde Būrin?) is a magical girl parody manga series by Taeko Ikeda which originally ran in the manga magazine Ciao. An anime series based on the manga was created by Nippon Animation and broadcast on MBS stations in Japan from September 9, 1994 through August 26, 1995 under the name Pig Girl of Love and Courage: Tonde Burin (愛と勇気のピッグガール とんでぶーりん Ai to Yūki no Piggu Gāru: Tonde Būrin?). An English language-version titled Super Pig exists and was broadcast in South America with an English voice-over provided independently by each of the various networks that broadcast it. The English and Dutch episodes are very rare.

Other titles by which the show is known include Superświnka, Hiệp sĩ Lợn, Ba Bi Bu Be Buurin, Ba Be Bu Bi Boink!, Super Cerdita, and Super Big. The anime aired on TVB Jade in Hong Kong and on TVBS and TTV in Taiwan.


Karin Kokubu (Kassie Carlen) is late for school one day when she comes across an apparently injured yellow pig. It turns out the pig wasn't injured but just hungry, and he gets back his health when he eats Karin's apple. When Karin gets to her school called St. Ringo School, she discovers that the pig has stowed away in her backpack which causes her more trouble.

Later, she meets the pig again and finds out he can talk and fly. The pig gives her a "Dream Tonpact" which she opens and a pig snout appears from it and attaches itself to her nose! She finds the pig again who explains that he is actually Prince Tonrariano the 3rd (Iggy Pig) of the apple-shaped planet Buringo (Oinko). He tells her how she can transform: by saying "Ba Bi Bu Be Burin!" she transforms into a superpowered pink piglet called Tonde Burin (Super Pig). This is not something Karin is happy about at all as she'd rather transform into a magical girl heroine like her idol the henshin hero tokusatsu character "Cutey Chao" (who is possibly a reference to Cutie Honey). Tonrariāno (who she calls Ton-chan) tells her if she can collect 108 pearls by doing good deeds as Burin, she can do so. The pearl collection operates on karma meaning if Burin abuses her powers, she will lose pearls.

Whenever someone is in danger, Karin would become Tonde Burin to thwart the crisis and even use her new abilities to help other people in need.


Main characters[edit]

  • Karin Kokubu (国分果林 Kokubu Karin?) / Kassie Carlen
Voiced by: Yuri Shiratori (Japanese), Julie Maddalena (English)
The main protagonist of the series. Karin Kokubu was an ordinary 13 year old school girl in 7th grade who came across Tonrariano the 3rd one day while on her way to school and gave him an apple. When she gets to school, she discovers that the pig has stowed away in her bag which causes her more trouble. Later, she meets the pig again and finds out he can talk and fly. She finds a compact which she opens and a pig snout appears from it and attaches itself to her nose! Karin learns that Tonrariano comes from the Buringo World and that she can transform into Tonde Burin, the Pig Girl of Love and Courage. Tonrariano tells her if she can collect 108 pearls by doing good deeds as Buurin she can do so. The pearl collection operates on karma meaning if Tonde Burin abuses her powers, she will lose pearls. There is another drawback to the Tonde Burin alias....If anyone finds out her identity, she will be stuck in the form of a pig for the rest of her life. Karin has a crush on Koichi Mizuno who happens to like Burin. She also has a hobby in painting. When in her Burin alias, she worries about her secret being found out by her father, her little brother, and Jimmy Matsumoto.
  • Tonrariano the 3rd (トンラリアーノ3世 Tonrariāno San-sei?) / Iggy Pig
Voiced by: Yuriko Fuchizaki (Japanese), Derek Stephen Prince (English)
He is a yellow pig who is a prince from Buuringo and the son of Tonrariano the 2nd. Tonrariano the 3rd came to Earth to undergo a trial to become king. He was found by Karin who he chose to become Burin and later starts to live in Karin's room. He is carefree and well-read yet regrets that Karn hates her Burin plight. Like Burin, Tonrariano can also fly and acts as an advisor to Burin.

Supporting characters[edit]

  • Masami Yamakawa (山川真実 Yamakawa Masami?) / Prudence Plumm
Voiced by: Chie Satō (Japanese), Caryn Rosenthal (English)
Masami Yamakawa is Karin's best friend. She would often encourage her in love matters and other things where she would often help her out on some occasions. Masami also has a crush on Hiromi Kashiwagi.
  • Kaoru Hidaka (日高薫 Hidaka Kaoru?) / Penny Round
Voiced by: Junko Asami (Japanese), Wendee Lee (English)
Kaoru Hidaka is the class cutie in Karin's class. Unlike Karin, Kaoru has an inward personality and is also full of all kinds of fears. She is an expert at cooking and often prepares refreshments for the soccer team.
  • Koichi Mizuno (水野光一 Mizuno Kōichi?) / Lance Romero
Voiced by: Akira Ishida (Japanese), Richard Cansino (English)
Koichi Mizuno is the captain of the school soccer team. Even though he has to put up with the every female students having a crush on her (which also includes Karin Kokubu and Kaoru Hidaka), Koichi actually has a crush on Tonde Burin (who Koichi became a fan of) unaware that Tonde Burin is actually Karin.
  • Takuma Mushanokoji (武者小路琢磨 Mushanokōji Takuma?) / Radford Tammack
Voiced by: Tsutomu Kashiwakura (Japanese), Tom Romero (English)
A student in Karin's class and an expert tennis player who has a crush on her and is admired by Keiko Kuroha.
  • Hiromi Kashiwagi (柏木広海 Kashiwagi Hiromi?) / Harley Hoover
Voiced by: Yoshiharu Yamada (Japanese), Anna Garduno (English)
A student in Karin's class and a close friend of Koichi. He is known for his adventurous spirit and occasional mean comments.
  • Jimmy Matsumoto (ジミー松本 Jimī Matsumoto?) / Milton Massen
Voiced by: Wataru Takagi (Japanese), Kirk Thornton (English)
A nerd in Karin's class who has developed a crush on Kaoru Hidaka. He is good at astronomy, movie making, and science. He has begun investigating the appearance of Tonde Burin which has made Karin nervous.
  • Keiko Kuroha (黒羽競子 Kuroha Keiko?) / Heather Hogwash
Voiced by: Rika Matsumoto (Japanese), Laura Summer (English)
The class representative who is Karin Kokubu's rival and the sole daughter of a wealthy businessman that owns a huge enterprise called the Kuroha Group. She has a crush on Takuma Mushanokoji and always thinks that Karin is trying to steal him from her. She is not welcomed by the other girls in her class due to her arrogance, gossipy ways, talks about her wealth, and going into the affairs of other students. While her parents are always away, Keiko's only companions are a pet alligator and a pet octopus. She knows how to control the air as seen in one episode where she operated a hot air balloon as well as operated an airship in the last episode.
  • Shinichiro Kokubu (国分信一郎 Kokubu Shinichirō?) / Ken Carlen
Voiced by: Kenichi Ono (Japanese), Michael Sorich (English)
Shinichiro Kokubu is the father of Karin. He works as the editor-in-chief at a local newspaper called the Akebono Times and is often seen toting a camera around. Ever since Tonde Burin showed up, Ken has been on the trail to get a scoop on her.
  • Rikako Kokubu (国分リカコ Kokubu Rikako?)
Voiced by: Mizutani Yuuko
A fashion designer who is Karin's mother.
  • Shuhei Kokubu (国分周平 Kokubu Shūhei?)
Voiced by: Satomi Kōrogi
The younger brother of Karin Kokubu who is a fan of Tonde Burin.
  • Makoto Arashiyama (嵐山誠 Arashiyama Makoto?) / Fowley Fastback
Voiced by: Tarō Arakawa (Japanese), Bob Papenbrook (English)
A social studies teacher at Sei Ringo Gakuen. Makoto Arashiyama is also the coach of the soccer team and the staff sponsor. He also has a secret crush on Nanako Tateishi. Makoto is always pressured by his relatives to get married to someone where the pressure is so great, he doesn't return home for the new year.
  • Nanako Tateishi (立石菜々子 Tateishi Nanako?)
Voiced by: Maria Kawamura
The school nurse at Sei Ringo Gakuen. Nanako Tateishi is much welcomed by the students and is admired by the other male teachers where each one tries to get her to go one a date with them. Nanako bears a resemblance to Cutey Chao and is either volunteered or forced several times to dress as her.
  • Kondo Masayoshi (近藤正義 Masayoshi Kondō?)
Voiced by: Keiichi Sonobe
The tennis coach at Sei Ringo Gakuen who is a fan of "Cutey Chao". He is always competing against Makoto Arashiyama for the attention of Nanako Tateishi.
  • Tonrariano the 2nd (トンラリアーノ2世 Tonrariāno Ni-sei?) / Theodorix Pig
Voiced by: Takao Ōyama (Japanese), R. Martin Klein (English)
He is the King of Buringo World and the father of Tonrariano the 3rd. Tonrariano the 2nd sent Tonrariano the 3rd to Earth to undergo a trial that would enable his son to become the next king. He is not seen in this series, but often contacts his son through the Dream Tonpact. Tonrariano the 2nd plays a key role in Burin's scoring as he decides how many pearls she gets for every heroic action that she does.

Other characters[edit]

  • Kobuta (Kobūta?)
The Kobuta are a red pig, a green pig, and a blue pig who appear on the show to emphasize on a joke.
  • Butan (ブータン Būtan?)
Voiced by: Maruo Tomoko
A professional wrestler dressed up as Tonde Burin since the professional wrestler admired Tonde Burin. She would always make a good substitute when someone makes a movie of Tonde Burin.
  • Goro Tatsumaki (Tatsumaki Goro)
Voiced by: Nishimura Tomohiro
Goro Tatsumaki is the leader of a soccer team at Warasuno Junior High School and the older brother of Hitomi Tatsumaki. He is always seen with two unnamed friends of his and prefers to use tricks so that his soccer team can win.
  • Hitomi Tatsumaki (Tatsumaki Hitomi)
Voiced by: Tange Sakura
Hitomi Tatsumaki is the younger sister of Goro Tatsumaki. She is in the same class as Shuhei Kokuba.
  • Kinoshita
Kinoshita is the butler and chauffeur of the Kuroha Family who is Keiko's only human companion.


A "pilot" story titled Bibbidi Bobbidi Būrin!! (ビビデ·バビデ·ぶ〜りん!! Bibide Bobide Būrin!!?) appeared in the fall 1993 issue of Ciao DX. The manga series subsequently appeared in Ciao from the November 1994 issue through the September 1995 issue. The tankōbon, or collections, were released in three volumes by Shogakukan's Flower Comics label.


Theme songs[edit]

  • Openings
  1. Love is Uncool (愛はカッコわるい Ai wa Kakko Warui?)
  • Endings
  1. Burin à la mode (ぶーりん あ·ら·もーど Būrin a ra mōdo?)

Episode list[edit]

The series contains 51 episodes, which are:

  • 1) Buurin appears\ 超少女ぶーりん誕生 \ Chou shōjo Buurin tanjou
  • 2) The match\ 愛と青春のシュート \ Ai to seishuun no Shoot
  • 3) Challenge in friendship\ 涙と友情のスマッシュ \ Namida to yuujou no Smash
  • 4) A Duel in Women's boxing\リングに賭けた青春 \ Ring ni kaketa seishun
  • 5) Tug of War has signed friendship\綱引きが結んだ友情 \ Tsunahiki ga musunda yuujou
  • 6) Secret of the Ancient Treasure\発見!ぶーりんの土偶 \ Hakken! Buurin no doguu
  • 7) The heroine of confession\傷だらけのヒロイン \ Kizu darake no Heroine
  • 8) Disaster of Diet\ダイエット大作戦! \ Diet daisakusen!
  • 9) The road racing cyclist\サーキットの戦士たち \ Circuit no senshitachi
  • 10) Journalists soul flame\炎のジャーナリスト魂 \ Honoo no Journalist tamashii
  • 11) Aim at the best couple!\ベストカップルを狙え! \ Best couple o nerae!
  • 12) Ultra boy KASHIWAGI Hiroumi!\超少年カシワギ誕生! \ Chou shōnen Kashiwagi tanjou!
  • 13) Mission to swear to the Galaxy \銀河に誓うミッション \ Ginka ni chikau Mission
  • 14) Applause and cheers of theatre\拍手と喝采のテアトル \ Hakushu to kassai no Theatre
  • 15) Please protect our environment\若きもんぺ少女の嘆き \ Wakaki monpe shōjo no nageki
  • 16) The Unforgettable Christmas\本命のいないXマス!? \ Honmei no inai Xmas!?
  • 17) The Girl Loves Fortune-Telling\運命にゆれる少女 \ Unmei ni yureru shōjo
  • 18) New year's homesick story\新春ホームシック物語 \ Shinshun Homesick Story
  • 19) Love danced in silvery white storm\白銀に舞う恋の嵐 \ Hakugin ni mau koi no arashi
  • 20) Giant plant Keiko appeared!!\巨大植物ケイコ出現! \ Kyodai shokubutsu Keiko shutsugen!
  • 21) Love and anguish of carousel \愛と苦悩の回転木馬 \ Ai to kunou no kaitenmokuba
  • 22) Ton-Chan's short story of love\トンちゃんの恋の行方 \ Ton-chan no koi no yukue
  • 23) Duty and Challenge on February 14 \義理と勇気の2·14 \ Giri to yuuki no 2.14
  • 24) Love beyond the sacred cross\愛は御神渡りを越えて \ Ai wa omiwatari o koete
  • 25) Karin grants mother's wish\ 果林が受け継ぐひな祭り \ Karin ga uketsugu hinamatsuri
  • 26) Only one opponent\好敵手はただ一人! \ Rival wa tada hitori!
  • 27) Shock! Buurin is shrunken!?\衝撃!ぶーりん消滅!? \ Shougeki! Buurin shoumetsu!?
  • 28) Young love Rhapsody\小さな恋の狂詩曲 \ Chiisana koi no Rhapsody
  • 29) Taken course to the island of eternal summer \常夏の島へ進路をとれ \ Tokonatsu no shima e shinro o tore
  • 30) Amy disappeared into the jungle\密林に消えた友 \ Mitsurin ni kieta tomo
  • 31) Student Council's Election\嵐を呼ぶ生徒会選挙 \ Arashi o yobu seitokai senkyo
  • 32) The love story of late blooming cherry tree\純情少年遅咲きの恋桜 \ Junjou shōnen osozaki no koi sakura
  • 33) The Common Cold\白日に漂う花粉のワナ \ Hakujitsu ni tadayou Kafun no wana
  • 34) Friendship is represented through carp streamer (koinobori)\泳げ友情のこいのぼり \ Oyoge yuujou no koinobori
  • 35) Takuma's secret identity\琢磨·出生の秘密 \ Takuma, shussei no himitsu
  • 36) Legend of the goddess dancing in the countryside\田園に舞う女神の伝説 \ Denen ni mau megami no densetsu
  • 37) Kouchi develops a crush on Buurin \恋文は初恋の片道切符 \ Koibumi wa hatsukoi no katamichikippu
  • 38) Opening a forbidden entrance\禁断の扉を開く男 \ Kindan no tobira o hiraku otoko
  • 39) Mystery of the hidden family crest\秘められた家紋の謎 \Himerareta kamon no nazo
  • 40) A girl who missed becoming the protagonist \主役になりそこねた女 \Heroine ni nari sokoneta onna
  • 41) Tenacious Man Jimmy Matsumoto !\執念の男ジミー松本 \ Shuunen no otoko Jimmy Matsumoto
  • 42) Buurin vs Buurin\ぶーりんVSぶーりん \ Buurin vs. Buurin
  • 43) Ghost stories · Midsummer-night's mistake\怪談・真夏の夜の過ち\ Kaidan, manatsu no yoru no ayamachi
  • 44) The Lost Dream Tonpact\失われたトンパクト \ Ushina oneta Tonpact
  • 45) Flashback's promise\約束の晴れ姿 \ Yakusoku no haresugata
  • 46) Goodbye creeping footsteps\忍び寄る別れの足音 \ Shinobiyoru wakare no ashioto
  • 47) Creepy Discovery at Keiko's pavilion\気高き女の館 \ Kedakaki onna no yakata
  • 48) When the flower garden of evil laughs\悪の花園が笑うとき \ Aku no hanazono ga warau toki
  • 49) Crisis!!! Sei Ringo Academy is attacked \危機!狙われた学園 \ Kiki! Nerawareta gakuen
  • 50) The Inability to transform back into Karin\涙のメタモルフォーゼ \ Namida no Metamorphose
  • 51) Karin's and Buurin's Future\超少女の未来 \ Chou Shōjo no mirai


Japanese Cast[edit]

English Cast[edit]


English Staff[edit]

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