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Cover of the First Book, released under the "Kinder Ohanashi Ehon Masterpiece Selection" imprint
GenreComedy, superhero[1]
Written byTakashi Yanase
Published byFroebel-kan
Original run19732013
Anime television series
Soreike! Anpanman
Directed byAkinori Nagaoka
Shunji Ōga
Produced byHinta Fyumi
Written bySakura Uzamacki
Music byHiroaki Kondo
Taku Izumi
StudioTelecom Animation Film
Original networkNippon TV
English networkPogo TV (formerly)
Original run October 3, 1988 – present
Episodes1,491 (2,860 segments) (List of episodes)
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Anpanman (アンパンマン) is a Japanese children's superhero picture book series written by Takashi Yanase, running from 1973 until the author's death in 2013. The series has been adapted into an anime entitled Soreike! Anpanman (それいけ!アンパンマン, Let's Go! Anpanman), which is one of the most popular anime series among young children in Japan. The series follows the adventures of Anpanman, a superhero with an anpan (a red bean paste filled pastry) for a head, who protects the world from an evil anthropomorphic germ named Baikinman.

Heavily merchandised, the Anpanman characters appear on virtually every imaginable children's product in Japan, ranging from clothes[2] and video games to toys[3] and snack foods.[4] The series spawned a short-lived spin-off show featuring one of the popular recurring characters on the show, Omusubiman. Anpanman overtook Hello Kitty as Japan's top-grossing character in 2002,[5] and has remained the country's top-grossing character as of 2018.[6][7][8] Anpanman has sold over 80 million books as of February 2019,[9] and the franchise generated ¥4.5 trillion[10] ($57 billion) in total retail sales revenue by 2013.[a] Works inspired by Anpanman include the manga and anime series One-Punch Man, and the K-pop song "Anpanman" by BTS.


During the Second World War, Takashi Yanase faced starvation countless times, which made him dream about eating anpan. This inspired the creation of Anpanman.


メロンパンナ 声 - かないみか 性別 - 女 / 初登場回 - TV第200話「メロンパンナちゃん誕生」

1992年に初登場。メロンパンの女の子。 おでこや服には「m」の文字が書いてある (服に書かれてあるマークの色は黄緑)。 緑の服を着ており服のマークと同じ色の手袋とブーツを履いている。

マントは表が黄緑で裏はオレンジ。 瞳の色は緑。一人称は「私」。 メロンパンナはこの服を毎日着ている。 性格は優しくて自分の服を見てポーズを決めたり、自分の服についてクリームパンダやコキンちゃんと言いあったりする。 1年中365日ずっと着ている。 つまりメロンパンナはこの服をとっても気に入っている。 メロンパンナ曰く「この服を着ていると みんなから可愛い カッコいいって言われるの。胸を触ると 心が温かくなるの。腰を触ると かっこよくなるの。」と語っている。 強さとは何かというハピーの質問に 「強さとカッコよさとこの緑の服のような優しさ、私のMelonpannaのイニシャル 黄緑のmの可愛さなんだ!胸を触ると、私のイニシャル mが可愛く見える!腰に手を当てるとカッコよくなるの。」と回答したことがある。

「パンナの服」歌詞 パンパカパーン パカパカパンパンパーン メロンパンナちゃんだよー! メロンパンナちゃんは 可愛い 緑の服に 黄緑の mに ベルトは白に黄緑 マントは黄緑とオレンジ めちゃくちゃ可愛い 自分の服 緑の 服で メロメロメロー!可愛い!

メロンパンナちゃんは カッコいい!

胸を触ると あったかい!ホットだ!

クールでメロメロ! クールで可愛い私の服! 腰に手を 当てると カッコいい! 黄緑の mに MERO MERO MELON 可愛い!

メロンパンナちゃんの mは 私のイニシャル かっこいい フッフッフ 胸を叩いて 腰に当てるよ 可愛いな

私の服は 可愛いのよ!
Melon Pannaで メロメロメロー! やったぁ!


声 - 長沢美樹 性別 - 男 / 初登場回 - TV第469話「アンパンマンとクリームパンダ」 1998年に初登場。 ある日突然ジャムおじさんが呼んだクリームパンの男の子。 メロンパンナの服装とは違い、ベルトは付けておらず、あかちゃんまんのような薄い黄色の服を着ており、胸の部分にはCをかたどった赤いマークがある。また黄色い手袋とブーツ、マントは裏が赤で表はピンク。 クリームパンダは毎日同じ服を着ている。

クリームパンダ曰く「この服を着ていると みんなから可愛い カッコいいって言われるんだ。胸を触ると 心が温かくなるの。腰を触ると かっこよくなるんだ。」と語っている、 服の胸を叩くことがある。


また、強さとは何かというハピーの質問に 「強さとかっこよさと僕の服のようなクールさ。僕、Creampandaのイニシャル、真っ赤なCのようなかっこよさなんだ。胸を触ると、僕のイニシャル Cが可愛く見える!腰に手を当てるとカッコよくなるんだ。」と回答したことがある。 

「僕はCream panda」 歌詞 僕の名前はクリームパンダだよ。 うん。 僕はCream Panda!可愛いよ。 薄い黄色の服に 真っ赤なCだよ イニシャルだ! 可愛いよ 可愛いよ

クリームパンダが 僕の名前 C C C 

パンパンパパパン クリームパンダ!

ぐー チョキ パー! 僕の服は 真っ赤だよ うん。 僕は クリームパンダ! クールだぜ 腰に当てるとカッコいい


かっこいいよ カッコいいよ

クリームパンダは 勇ましいよ かっこいい

パンパンパパパン クリームパンダ! ぐー チョキ パー!

君は僕の服が好き? うん、


毎日着てるよ 同じ服 だって僕には、一番だ!

大好きなんだ 大好きだ! 

僕の服は、かっこいいよ グー チョキ パー パンパンパパパン クリームパンダ! パンパンパパパン クリームパンダ! パンパンパパパン パンパンパパパン クリームパンダ! ぐー チョキ パー!


Picture books[edit]

The Anpanman picture book series debuted in October 1973.[11] Froebel-kan has published over 150 picture books under different series labels consisting of a varying amount of picture books. Takashi Yanase wrote and illustrated the picture books until 2013, following his retirement from his career and eventual death.


Takashi Yanase created three different manga series based on the character.

  • January, 1975 – May, 1976: Nekketsu Märchen Kaiketsu Anpanman (熱血メルヘン 怪傑アンパンマン)
    • Serialized in Sanrio's monthly poetry magazine Shi to Märchen (詩とメルヘン) for which Yanase was the editor-in-chief. Unlike all other iterations, this one is aimed at adults. The entire series is included in the box-set Yanase Takashi Taizen (やなせたかし大全), published in 2013 by Froebel-kan.
  • September, 1976 – July, 1982: Anpanman (あんぱんまん / アンパンマン)
    • Serialized in Sanrio's monthly youth magazine Gekkan Ichigoehon (月刊いちごえほん). The series changed its title spelling from hiragana to katakana in January 1981 and ended when the magazine folded in July, 1982. It remained commercially unavailable until 2016, when it was collected in its entirety into the volume Dare mo shiranai Anpanman (だれも知らないアンパンマン) by Fukkatsu Dotcom.
  • January 1, 1990 – May 29, 1994: Tobe! Anpanman (とべ!アンパンマン)
    • A full color comic strip serialized in the Sunday edition of Yomiuri Shinbun. In 1991 Froebel-kan published a selection of strips into three bilingual volumes, marketing them as English learning tools for children age 3+.[12] Unlike traditional tankoubon, these volumes are presented in a vertical "Garfield Format". The rest of the series run is currently commercially unavailable.


The first anime adaptation of Anpanman, consisting of a single episode, aired during Spring Break Children's Hiroba - Picture Book on NHK General TV on March 13, 1979. Like the early picture books, Anpanman's name in the title was written in hiragana (あんぱんまん) instead of katakana. The anime was narrated by Meiko Nakamura. Although the character designs were closer to the picture books released under the Kinder Picture Books label, the story and the world view were almost the same as the second anime adaptation.

The second anime adaptation of Anpanman, entitled Soreike! Anpanman, is produced by TMS Entertainment. Over 1300 episodes have aired on NTV since October 3, 1988. On April 2020, it was reported the voice recordings have been put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[13] On May 2020, it was announced that the 31st Anpanman film Eiga Soreike! Anpanman Fuwafuwa Fuwari to Kumo no Kuni (Soreike! Anpanman the Movie: Fluffy Fuwari and the Cloud Country) has been delayed due to COVID-19. The film was slated to be released on June 26, 2020.[14] On June 2020, it was announced that the film will be delayed to 2021. As of June 22, 2020, TMS Entertainment will dub Six Anpanman Movies in English and Spanish exclusively for Tubi.[15]

Full length movies[edit]

There are currently a total of 30 full-length films based on the Soreike! Anpanman anime series. The films are also produced by TMS Entertainment and have been released in Japanese theaters every year since 1989. Since at least 1995, the films have been released concurrently with storybook versions written and illustrated by Takashi Yanase himself. Each movie has the same general plot - A person (usually a princess) comes from a foreign land. Baikinman unlocks some dark secret and controls a weapon or monster able to polymorph people. And with the help of the aforementioned person, Anpanman defeats the said weapon or monster. Sometimes the person dies, but is brought back to life by a tearful song from the characters.

  • March 11, 1989: Go! Anpanman: The Shining Star's Tear (それいけ! アンパンマン キラキラ星の涙, Soreike! Anpanman Kirakira Boshi no Namida)
  • July 14, 1990: Go! Anpanman: Baikinman's Counterattack (それいけ! アンパンマン ばいきんまんの逆襲, Soreike! Anpanman Baikinman no Gyakushū)
  • July 20, 1991: Go! Anpanman: Fly! Fly! Chibigon (それいけ! アンパンマン とべ!とべ!ちびごん, Soreike! Anpanman Tobe! Tobe! Chibigon)
  • March 14, 1992: Go! Anpanman: The Secret of Building Block Castle (それいけ! アンパンマン つみき城のひみつ, Soreike! Anpanman Tsumiki-jō no Himitsu)
  • July 17, 1993: Go! Anpanman: Nosshi the Dinosaur's Big Adventure (それいけ! アンパンマン 恐竜ノッシーの大冒険, Soreike! Anpanman Kyōryū Nosshī no Daibōken)
  • July 16, 1994: Go! Anpanman: The Lyrical Magical Witch's School (それいけ! アンパンマン リリカル☆マジカルまほうの学校, Soreike! Anpanman Ririkaru Majikaru Mahō no Gakkō)
  • July 29, 1995: Go! Anpanman: Let's Defeat the Haunted Ship!! (それいけ! アンパンマン ゆうれい船をやっつけろ!!, Soreike! Anpanman Yūreisen o Yattsukero!!)
  • July 13, 1996: Go! Anpanman: The Flying Picture Book and the Glass Shoes (それいけ! アンパンマン 空とぶ絵本とガラスの靴, Soreike! Anpanman Soratobu Ehon to Garasu no Kutsu)
  • July 28, 1997: Go! Anpanman: The Pyramid of the Rainbow (それいけ! アンパンマン 虹のピラミッド, Soreike! Anpanman Niji no Piramiddo)
  • July 25, 1998: Go! Anpanman: The Palm of the Hand to the Sun (それいけ! アンパンマン てのひらを太陽に, Soreike! Anpanman Tenohira o Taiyō ni)
  • July 24, 1999: Go! Anpanman: When the Flower of Courage Opens (それいけ! アンパンマン 勇気の花がひらくとき, Soreike! Anpanman Yūki no Hana ga Hiraku Toki)
  • March 20, 2000: Go! Anpanman: Song and dance fun (それいけ! アンパンマン おうたとてあそび たのしいね, Soreike! Anpanman Outa to teasobi tanoshi 2)[16]
  • July 29, 2000: Go! Anpanman: The Tears of the Mermaid Princess (それいけ! アンパンマン 人魚姫のなみだ, Soreike! Anpanman Ningyohime no Namida)
  • July 14, 2001: Go! Anpanman: Gomira's Star (それいけ! アンパンマン ゴミラの星, Soreike! Anpanman Gomira no Hoshi)
  • July 13, 2002: Go! Anpanman: The Secret of Roll and Roura's Floating Castle (それいけ!アンパンマン ロールとローラうきぐも城のひみつ, Soreike! Anpanman Rōru to Rōra Ukigumo-jō no Himitsu)
  • July 12, 2003: Go! Anpanman: Ruby's Wish (それいけ! アンパンマン ルビーの願い, Soreike! Anpanman Rubī no Negai)
  • July 17, 2004: Go! Anpanman: Nyanii of the Country of Dream Cats (それいけ!アンパンマン 夢猫の国のニャニイ, Soreike! Anpanman Yume Neko no Kuni no Nyanii)
  • July 16, 2005: Go! Anpanman: Happy's Big Adventure (それいけ! アンパンマン ハピーの大冒険, Soreike! Anpanman Hapī no Daibōken)
  • July 15, 2006: Go! Anpanman: Dolly of the Star of Life (それいけ! アンパンマン いのちの星のドーリィ, Soreike! Anpanman Inochi no Hoshi no Dōri)
  • July 14, 2007: Go! Anpanman: Purun of the Bubble Ball (それいけ! アンパンマン シャボン玉のプルン, Soreike! Anpanman Shabondama no Purun)
  • July 12, 2008: Go! Anpanman: Rinrin the Fairy's Secret (それいけ! アンパンマン 妖精リンリンのひみつ, Soreike! Anpanman Yōsei Rinrin no Himitsu)
  • July 4, 2009: Go! Anpanman: Dadandan and the Twin Stars (それいけ! アンパンマン だだんだんとふたごの星, Soreike! Anpanman Dadandan to Futago no Hoshi)
  • July 10, 2010: Go! Anpanman: Blacknose and the Magical Song (それいけ! アンパンマン ブラックノーズと魔法の歌, Soreike! Anpanman Burakku Nōzu to Mahō no Uta)
  • July 2, 2011: Go! Anpanman: Rescue! Kokorin and the Star of Miracles (それいけ! アンパンマン すくえ!ココリンと奇跡の星, Soreike! Anpanman Sukue! Kokorin to Kiseki no Hoshi)
  • July 7, 2012: Go! Anpanman: Revive Banana Island (それいけ! アンパンマン よみがえれバナナ島, Soreike! Anpanman: Yomigaere Banana Shima)
  • July 6, 2013: Go! Anpanman: Fly! The Handkerchief of Hope (それいけ! アンパンマン とばせ!希望のハンカチ, Soreike! Anpanman: Tobase! Kibō no Handkerchief)[17]
  • July 5, 2014: Go! Anpanman: Apple Boy and the Wishes For Everyone (それいけ!アンパンマン りんごぼうやとみんなの願い, Soreike! Anpanman: Ringo Bōya to Minna no Negai)
  • July 4, 2015: Go! Anpanman: Mija and the Magic Lamp (それいけ! アンパンマン ミージャと魔法のランプ, Soreike! Anpanman: Mija to Mahō no Ranpu)
  • July 2, 2016 Go! Anpanman: Nanda and Runda of the Toy Star (それいけ! アンパンマン おもちゃの星のナンダとルンダ, Soreike! Anpanman: Omocha no Hoshi no Nanda to Runda)[18]
  • July 1, 2017 Go! Anpanman: Bulbul's Big Treasure Hunt Adventure (それいけ!アンパンマン ブルブルの宝探し大冒険, Soreike! Anpanman: buruburu no takarasagashi dai bōken!)
  • June 30, 2018 Go! Anpanman: Shine! Kurun and the Star of Life (それいけ!アンパンマン かがやけ!クルンといのちの星, Soreike! Anpanman: Kagayake! Kurun to inochi no Hoshi)

Animated shorts[edit]

In 1990, Tokyo Movie Shinsha started producing short subject Anpanman movies. These are around 24 minutes that were shown in conjunction with the full-length movies seen above. The shorts made in 1989 and 1993 are not included as they do not involve the world of Anpanman.

  • Go! Anpanman: Omusubiman (それいけ!アンパンマン おむすびまん), July 14, 1990
  • Go! Anpanman: Dokin-chan's Doki-Doki Calendar (それいけ!アンパンマン ドキンちゃんのドキドキカレンダー), July 20, 1991
  • Go! Anpanman: Anpanman and His Pleasant Friends (それいけ!アンパンマン アンパンマンとゆかいな仲間たち), March 14, 1992
  • Go! Anpanman: Everyone Get Together! Anpanman World (それいけ!アンパンマン みんな集まれ!アンパンマンワールド), July 16, 1994
  • Go! Anpanman: Anpanman and Your Happy Birthday (それいけ!アンパンマン アンパンマンとハッピーおたんじょう日), July 29, 1995
  • Go! Anpanman: Baikinman and the 3-"Bai" Punch (それいけ!アンパンマン ばいきんまんと3ばいパンチ), July 13, 1996
  • Go! Anpanman: We're Heroes (それいけ!アンパンマン ぼくらはヒーロー), July 28, 1997
  • Go! Anpanman: Anpanman and His Strange Friend (それいけ!アンパンマン アンパンマンとおかしな仲間), July 25, 1998
  • Go! Anpanman: Anpanman and Their Fun Friends (それいけ!アンパンマン アンパンマンとたのしい仲間たち), July 24, 1999
  • Go! Anpanman: Yakisobapanman and Blacksabodenman (それいけ!アンパンマン やきそばパンマンとブラックサボテンマン), July 29, 2000
  • Go! Anpanman: The Amazing Naganegiman and Yakisobapanman (それいけ!アンパンマン 怪傑ナガネギマンとやきそばパンマン), July 14, 2001
  • Go! Anpanman: Tuna Maki-chan and Gold Kamameshidon (それいけ!アンパンマン 鉄火のマキちゃんと金のかまめしどん), July 13, 2002
  • Go! Anpanman: The Amazing Nagenegiman and Princess Doremi (それいけ!アンパンマン 怪傑ナガネギマンとドレミ姫), July 12, 2003
  • Go! Anpanman: Tsukiko and Shiratama ~Heart-racing Dancing~ (それいけ!アンパンマン つきことしらたま〜ときめきダンシング〜), July 17, 2004
  • Go! Anpanman: Princess Snow-black and Popular Baikinman (それいけ!アンパンマン くろゆき姫とモテモテばいきんまん), July 16, 2005
  • Go! Anpanman: Kokin-chan and the Blue Tears (それいけ!アンパンマン コキンちゃんとあおいなみだ), July 15, 2006
  • Go! Anpanman: Horrorman and Hora-horako (それいけ!アンパンマン ホラーマンとホラ・ホラコ), July 14, 2007
  • Go! Anpanman: Hiyahiyahiyarico and Babu-Babu-Baikinman (それいけ!アンパンマン ヒヤヒヤヒヤリコとばぶ・ばぶばいきんまん), July 12, 2008
  • Go! Anpanman: Baikinman VS Baikinman!? (それいけ!アンパンマン ばいきんまんVSバイキンマン!?), July 4, 2009
  • Go! Anpanman: Run! The Exciting Anpanman Grand Prix (それいけ!アンパンマン はしれ!わくわくアンパンマングランプリ), July 10, 2010
  • Go! Anpanman: Sing and Play! Anpanman and Mori's Treasure (それいけ!アンパンマン うたっててあそび!アンパンマンともりのたから), July 2, 2011
  • Go! Anpanman: Rhythm and Play - Anpanman and the Strange Parasol (それいけ!アンパンマン リズムでてあそびアンパンマンとふしぎなパラソル), July 7, 2012
  • Go! Anpanman: Mischievous Ghost and Cuddling Together (みんなで てあそび アンパンマンといたずらオバケ), July 6, 2013
  • Go! Anpanman: Kokin-Chan Became a Mom and Play with Fun (たのしくてあそび ママになったコキンちゃん), July 5, 2014
  • I Will Sing in the Rhythm! Anpanman Summer Festival (リズムでうたおう!アンパンマン夏まつり), July 4, 2015

Christmas specials[edit]

In December 1988 Tokyo Movie Shinsha started making Anpanman Christmas specials. A total of 32 Christmas Specials have been made.

  • December 19, 1988: Go! Anpanman: Santa Claus Disappears (それいけ!アンパンマン 消えたサンタクロース)
  • December 25, 1989: Go! Anpanman: Anpanman and the Christmas Valley (それいけ!アンパンマン アンパンマンとクリスマスの谷)
  • December 24, 1990: Go! Anpanman: Shine! Our Christmas Tree (それいけ!アンパンマン 光れ!ぼくらのクリスマスツリー)
  • December 23, 1991: Go! Anpanman: The Mysterious Jingle Bells (それいけ!アンパンマン ふしぎなふしぎなジングルベル)
  • December 21, 1992: Go! Anpanman: Delivered! Our Christmas Cake (それいけ!アンパンマン とどけ!みんなのクリスマスケーキ)
  • December 20, 1993: Go! Anpanman: The South Island's White Christmas (それいけ!アンパンマン 南の島のホワイトクリスマス)
  • December 19, 1994: Go! Anpanman: The 2 Panna's Christmas (それいけ!アンパンマン ふたりのパンナのクリスマス)
  • December 25, 1995: Go! Anpanman: White Keito's Christmas (それいけ!アンパンマン けいとのしろのクリスマス)
  • December 13, 1996: Go! Anpanman: Anpanman and the Black Christmas (それいけ!アンパンマン アンパンマンとブラッククリスマス)
  • December 25, 1997: Go! Anpanman: The Meringue Sisters' Christmas (それいけ!アンパンマン メレンゲシスターズのクリスマス)
  • December 24, 1998: Go! Anpanman: Our Christmas Concert (それいけ!アンパンマン ぼくらのクリスマスコンサート)
  • December 23, 1999: Go! Anpanman: Anpanman and Your Merry Christmas (それいけ!アンパンマン アンパンマンとメリークリスマス)
  • December 21, 2000: Go! Anpanman: Anpanman's Christmas Show (それいけ!アンパンマン アンパンマンのクリスマスショー)
  • December 20, 2001: Go! Anpanman: Anpanman and Small Santa's Christmas (それいけ!アンパンマン アンパンマンとちいさなサンタのクリスマス)
  • December 19, 2002: Go! Anpanman: The Flame of Courage and Christmas (それいけ!アンパンマン 勇気のほのおとクリスマス)
  • December 25, 2003: Go! Anpanman: Black Santa and the Nice Present (それいけ!アンパンマン ブラックサンタとすてきなプレゼント)
  • December 24, 2004: Go! Anpanman: Anpanman and the Star of Christmas (それいけ!アンパンマン アンパンマンとクリスマスの星)
  • December 23, 2005: Go! Anpanman: Anpanman's Jin-Jin-Jingle Bells (それいけ!アンパンマン アンパンマンのジンジンジングルベル)
  • December 22, 2006: Go! Anpanman: Sing! Dance! Everybody's Christmas (それいけ!アンパンマン うたおう!おどろう!みんなのクリスマス)
  • December 21, 2007: Go! Anpanman: Kokin-chan and the Christmas of Tears (それいけ!アンパンマン コキンちゃんとなみだのクリスマス)
  • December 19, 2008: Go! Anpanman: Franken-Robo-kun's Surprised Christmas (それいけ!アンパンマン フランケンロボくんのビックリクリスマス)
  • December 25, 2009: Go! Anpanman: Do your Best Creampanda! The Christmas Adventure (それいけ!アンパンマン がんばれクリームパンダ!クリスマスの冒険)
  • December 24, 2010: Go! Anpanman: Red-Nosed Chappy - The Christmas of Courage (それいけ!アンパンマン 赤鼻チャッピー勇気のクリスマス)
  • December 23, 2011: Go! Anpanman: Anpanman and Gomira's Christmas Castle (それいけ!アンパンマン アンパンマンとゴミラの城のクリスマス)
  • December 21, 2012: Go! Anpanman: Doremifa Island's Christmas (それいけ!アンパンマン ドレミファ島のクリスマス)
  • December 20, 2013: Go! Anpanman: Shine! Tin Kid's Christmas Tree (かがやけ! ブリキッドのクリスマスツリー)
  • December 19, 2014: Go! Anpanman: Anpanman and the letter to Santa (それいけ!アンパンマン アンパンマンとサンタさんへの手紙)
  • December 18, 2015: Go! Anpanman: Baikinman and the Lovely Christmas Present (それいけ!アンパンマン: ばいきんまんとすてきなクリスマスプレゼント)
  • December 23, 2016: Go! Anpanman: Poppo's Christmas Twinkle (それいけ!アンパンマン:ポッポちゃんのきらきらクリスマス)

Video games[edit]

There are currently a total of 42 video games on this list based on the Soreike! Anpanman anime series, ranging from adventure games to educational games. With the exception of Soreike! Anpanman Eigo to Nakayoshi 2 Tanoshii Carnival, the video games were released only in Japan.

  • Oeka Kids: Anpanman to Oekaki Shiyou!!
  • Oeka Kids: Anpanman no Hiragana Daisuki
  • Soreike! Anpanman: Minna de Hiking Game!
  • Kids Station: Soreike! Anpanman
  • Kids Station: Soreike! Anpanman 2: Anpanman to Daibouken
  • Kids Station: Soreike! Anpanman 3
  • Kids Station: Oshaberi Oekaki Soreike! Anpanman
Nintendo DS
  • Soreike! Anpanman: Baikinman no Daisakusen
  • Anpanpan to Asobo: Aiueo Kyoushitsu
  • Anpanman to Asobo: ABC Kyoushitsu
  • Anpanman to Touch de Waku Waku Training
  • Anpanman to Asobu: Aiueo Kyoushitsu DX
Nintendo 3DS
  • Anpanman to Asobo: New Aiueo Kyoushitsu
Game Boy Color
  • Soreike! Anpanman: Fushigi na Nikoniko Album
  • Soreike! Anpanman: 5tsu no Tou no Ousama
  • Anpanman Niko Niko Party
Sega Pico
  • Soreike! Anpanman Eigo to Nakayoshi Youchiende ABC
  • Soreike! Anpanman no Game de Asobou Anpanman
  • Soreike! Anpanman no o-Hanashi Daisuki Anpanman
  • Soreike! Anpanman Eigo to Nakayoshi 2 Tanoshii Carnival
  • Soreike! Anpanman no Medalympic World
  • Soreike! Anpanman no Minna de Kyousou Anpanman!
  • Soreike! Anpanman: Anpanman to Denwa de Asobou!
  • Soreike! Anpanman Anpanman to Tanoshii Drive!
  • Soreike! Anpanman Anpanman to Kotoba Asobi
  • Soreike! Anpanman no Medalympic World 2
  • Soreike! Anpanman: Anpanman to Suuji Asobi
  • Anpanman Pico Waku Waku Pan Koujou
  • Anpanman to PC Renshuu!
  • Gakken Anpanman to Chinou Up!
  • Soreike! Anpanman: Anpanman no Chie no World
  • Soreike! Anpanman Hajimete Asobu Pico Soft: Anpanman no Iro-Kazu-Katachi Nurie mo Dekichau zo!
  • Soreike! Anpanman: Anpanman no Hitori de Dekichatta!
Advanced Pico Beena
  • Soreike! Anpanman Hajimete Kaketa yo! Oboeta yo! Hiragana Katakana ~Gojūon Board Kinō-tsuki~
  • Shoku Iku Series 1 Soreike! Anpanman: Sukikirainai Ko Genki na Ko!
  • Anpanman no Waku Waku Game Oekaki
  • Anpanman o Sagase!
  • Soreike! Anpanman Card de Tanoshiku ♪ ABC
  • Soreike! Anpanman Doki Doki! Rescue Drive ~Car Navi-tsuki~
  • Soreike! Anpanman o Mise ga Ippai! TV de o-Ryōri Tsukutchao
  • Soreike! Anpanman Waku Waku Eigo Game!
  • Let's Go! Anpanman: Popcorn Factory
  • Soreike! Anpanman: Picnic de Obenkyō

Theme music[edit]


  1. "Anpanman's March" (アンパンマンのマーチ, Anpanman no Māchi)


  1. "Courage Rin-Rin" (勇気りんりん, Yūki Rinrin)
  2. "Christmas Valley" (クリスマスの谷, Kurisumasu Tani)
  3. "Anpanman Gymnastics" (アンパンマンたいそう, Anpanman Taisō)
  4. "Anpanman Gymnastics: Dreaming Version" (アンパンマンたいそう ドリーミングバージョン, Anpanman Taisō Dorīmingu Bājon)
  5. "Sun-Sun Gymnastics" (サンサンたいそう, Sansan Taisō)
  6. "Do-Re-Mi-Fa-Anpanman" (ドレミファアンパンマン)


In 2011, research by Bandai found Anpanman to be the most popular fictional character among people ages 0 to 12 in Japan in 10 consecutive years.[19]

By 2006, the Anpanman books had sold over 50 million copies in Japan.[20] By the time Takashi Yanase passed away in 2013, the Anpanman picture books had sold 68 million copies.[21] As of February 2019, Anpanman has sold more than 80 million books.[9]

Retail sales of Anpanman related products grossed an annual revenue of at least ¥150 billion consecutively for 30 years,[10] generating ¥4.5 trillion[10] ($57 billion) up until 2013.[a] Anpanman overtook Hello Kitty as Japan's top-grossing character in 2002,[5] and remained Japan's top-grossing character as of 2018.[6][7][8] Anpanman licensed merchandise in Japan later sold ¥107.822 billion ($1.02 billion) in 2014,[22] and ¥217.862 billion ($2,003 million) during 2015–2016.[23][24] From April 2017 to December 2019, the toy licensee Bandai Namco Holdings received a net income of ¥38.9 billion ($352 million) from Anpanman merchandise sales.[25][26] This adds up to ¥4.865 trllion ($60.375 billion) in total retail sales revenue as of 2019.


Episode 3 of Mr. Osomatsu featured regular series character Dekapan as "Dekapan-Man", a parody of Anpanman. However, the parody was considered "disrespectful" and shortly removed from the episode and all releases of it due to Japan's lack of parody exception in its copyright law that makes parodies of copyrighted works illegal. TV Tokyo head Yūichi Takahashi apologized for the episode and explained that "Anpanman [was] an important anime for children. This was disrespectful to it."[27][28]


Anpanman characters on a JR Shikoku 2000 train.

There are 5 museums across Japan that are dedicated to Anpanman, such as the Yokohama Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall. There is also the Yanase Takashi Memorial Hall, a museum dedicated to Takashi Yanase himself.

The Anpanman Official Shop Taipei, the first overseas Anpanman shop specializing in products related to the series, opened at the Shin Kong Mitsukoshi shopping mall in Taipei on September 10, 2015.[29]

Anpanman inspired the manga and anime series One-Punch Man (ワンパンマン, Wanpanman).[30] It is a webcomic/manga series created by One, with the title a play on the titular character.

The K-pop group BTS released a song in their hit album Love Yourself: Tear under the name "Anpanman" with many references to the series.[31]

International versions[edit]

The Anpanman anime series has aired under the following names in other countries:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Anpanman retail sales up until 2013 – ¥4,500 billion[10] ($57 billion)
    • Up until 2012 – ¥4,350 billion[10] ($55 billion)
    • 2013 – ¥150 billion[10] ($1.54 billion)


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  31. ^ "A Closer Look Into The Inspiring Message Behind BTS's "Anpanman"". Soompi. June 2, 2018.
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