The Genie Family

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The Genie Family
Hakushon Daimaou The Genie Family.jpg
Screenshot of the series' opening title
(Hakushon Daimaō)
Anime television series
Directed byHiroshi Sasagawa
Produced byTatsuo Yoshida
Written byJinzō Toriumi
StudioTatsunoko Production
Licensed bySaban Entertainment (now Saban Brands, LLC)
Original networkFuji TV
Original run 5 October 1969 27 September 1970
Anime television series
Hakushon Daimaō 2020
Directed byAtsushi Nigorikawa
Written byHiroko Kanasugi
Music byTakamitsu Shimazaki
Hiroshi Sasaki
Teppei Shimizu
StudioTatsunoko Production
Nippon Animation
Original networkytv
Original run April 11, 2020 scheduled
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The Genie Family (ハクション大魔王, Hakushon Daimaō) is an anime television series by Tatsunoko Production.[2]

On January 1, 2020, it was announced that a new anime television series by Tatsunoko Production and Nippon Animation will air on ytv in April 11, 2020.[3] It will be a sequel series that takes place 50 years after the end of the original anime and will center on Akubi and Kantarō, the grandson of the original anime's protagonist. Atsushi Nigorikawa is directing the series, with Hiroko Kanasugi handling series composition, Shin Takemoto and Masatsune Noguchi designing the characters, and Takamitsu Shimazaki, Hiroshi Sasaki, and Teppei Shimizu composing the series' music.[4]


An old bottle has found its way into the household of a modern family, which consists of a boy named Kan and his parents. A genie, Hakushon, and his daughter, Akubi, reside inside it. When Kan finds the bottle, he discovers that a sneeze summons Hakushon and he must grant the wish of whoever sneezed, while a yawn summons Akubi and she must do the same for whoever yawned. Getting wishes granted by either genie may not be a good thing, for Hakushon messes them up due to his own extreme clumsiness, while the more capable Akubi likes to cause mischief by twisting their words and meanings so that something bad happens.


The series was dubbed in English by Saban Entertainment in 1992 under the name Bob in a Bottle. A reggae-style theme song was composed for this version. Hakushon, Akubi and Kan were renamed "Bob", "Illana" and "Joey" respectively. Later, Bob in a Bottle was aired in Spanish, German, French, Swedish, Danish, and Hebrew. The English version did not air in the United States but it aired on Canada's YTV, Kenya's KTN, Australia's Seven Network in 1992, Zimbabwe's ZBC TV and 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". It was shown in Latin America under the name Yam Yam y el Genio, in Italy under the name "Il Mago Pancione Etcì" and in Arabic speaking countries as El Fatah Borhan.


Japanese version (1969)[edit]

Japanese version (2020)[edit]

English version[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 Akubi as the central character and Hakushon as a supporting character.[citation needed]

Yobarete Tobedete! Akubi-chan[edit]

In Yobarete, Tobidete! Akubi-chan (26 episodes, 2001–2002), Akubi (now voiced by Asuka Tanii) befriends a shy young girl named Koron Nemuta (voiced by Sakura Nogawa), who habitually yawns whenever she is embarrassed, thus summoning Akubi forth from the bottle.

Akubi Girl[edit]

In 2006's Akubi Girl (also 26 episodes), Akubi befriends a first-grader named Ruru-chan and attempts to grant her wish of becoming close friends with Itoshi-kun, the boy on whom she has a secret crush.


Pandora to Akubi, an anime film crossover between The Genie Family and Monster Strike was released on April 5, 2019.[5]

Other appearances[edit]

  • A statue of Hakushon Daimaō can be seen in the first episode of the 2008 series of Yatterman.
  • Hakushon Daimaō is featured as a playable character in the Japan-exclusive fighting game Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Cross Generation of Heroes in December 2008, though due to licensing issues, he was not featured in the second iteration, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars, which was released internationally.[6]
  • 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. Music from the show, accompanied by visuals of a different cartoon, also appeared at the end of the season 2 episode "The Power Stealer", where Skull (portrayed by Jason Narvy) enjoys watching.


  1. ^ ハクション大魔王. Tatsunoko Productions (in Japanese). Retrieved 24 November 2008.
  2. ^ "Tatsunoko Pro". Tatsunoko Productions. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
  3. ^ "Hakushon Daimaō Gets New TV Anime in Spring 2020". Anime News Network. 4 February 2020. Retrieved 4 February 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Hakushon Daimaō 2020 Anime Reveals Cast, Staff, Sequel Plot, April 11 Debut". Anime News Network. 4 February 2020. Retrieved 4 February 2020.
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  6. ^ "Japanese Version of Tatsunoko VS Capcom Ultimate All-Stars Also Missing Hakushon Daimao". Andria Sang. Archived from the original on 18 May 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2009.

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