The Genie Family

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The Genie Family
Hakushon Daimaou The Genie Family.jpg
Screenshot of the series' opening title
ハクション大魔王
(Hakushon Daimaō)
Genre Comedy
Anime television series
Directed by Hiroshi Sasagawa
Produced by Tatsuo Yoshida
Written by Jinzō Toriumi
Studio Tatsunoko Production
Network Fuji TV
English network Saban Entertainment
Original run October 5, 1969-September 1970
September 1992? (Eng dub)
– ongoing
Episodes 52[1]
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The Genie Family (ハクション大魔王 Hakushon Daimaō?) is an anime series by Tatsunoko Production.[2] It follows the adventures of a family of Genies. It was shown in Latin America under the name Yam Yam y el Genio, and in Arabic speaking countries as El Fatah Borhan.

The series was dubbed in English by Saban Entertainment in 1992 with the name Bob in a Bottle featuring a brand new theme song sung in reggae style, which later hit in Spanish, German, French, Danish, and Hebrew. The English version did not air in the United States but it did air on YTV on Canada, on Australia's Seven Network in 1992 and on New Zealand's TV2 in 1994. The motto for the English version is "Make everyday like paradise" and "You sneeze, I please, that's the way it goes" which is one of Hakushon Daimao's catchphrases.

Plot[edit]

An old bottle has found its way to a modern family. A genie named Bob, and his daughter, Illana, reside inside the bottle. It is owned by a boy named Joey. When he finds the bottle, he discovers that whenever anyone sneezes, the genie is brought out and must grant the wish of whoever sneezed. His daughter must do the same for whoever yawned. Getting these wishes granted may not be a good thing, though. Bob is extremely clumsy and usually messes them up. Illana is more capable than her father, but she is mischievous and likes to twist their words and meaning so that something bad usually comes of it.

Cast[edit]

Japanese version[edit]

English version[edit]

Spinoffs[edit]

The Hakushon Daimaō franchise made a comeback in the 2000s with two animated spinoff series produced by Tatsunoko and directed by Hiroshi Sasagawa, featuring Hakushon Daimaō's (Bob) daughter Akubi (Illana) as the central character.

Yobarete Tobedete! Akubi-chan[edit]

Yobarete, Tobidete! Akubi-chan

Yobarete, Tobidete! Akubi-chan (26 episodes, 2001–2002) features Akubi (now voiced by Asuka Tanii) befriending a shy young girl named Koron Nemuta (voiced by Sakura Nogawa), who has a habit of yawning (thus summoning Akubi forth from her bottle) whenever she is embarrassed.

Akubi Girl[edit]

Akubi Girl

Akubi returned in 2006's Akubi Girl (also 26 episodes), in which Akubi befriends first-grader Ruru-chan and attempts to help grant the girl's wish of becoming close friends with Itoshi-kun, the classmate on whom Ruru has a secret crush.

Film[edit]

In 2013, a made for television, live action film based on the show was released in Japan. It was produced by Tatsunoko Production, Fuji TV and Toho, and directed by Masaki Nishiura. It stars Shingo Murakami as Hakushon Daimaō and Konomi Watanabe as Akubi.

Other appearances[edit]

  • A statue of Hakushon Daimaō can be seen in the first episode of the 2008 series of Yatterman.
  • A brief reference to the series is made in the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers episode "A Bad Reflection on You" in which clips from the English intro (Bob in a Bottle) are shown on a miniature television. Bulk (portrayed by Paul Schrier) states that it is his favorite cartoon. It also appeared at the end of the season 2 episode "The Power Stealer", where Skull (portrayed by Jason Narvy) enjoys watching.

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