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Cover of the first volume of Asari-chan as published by Shogakukan
Genre Comedy
Written by Mayumi Muroyama
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Shōjo
Original run 19782014
Volumes 100
Anime television series
Directed by Osamu Kasai
Music by Hiroshi Tsutsui
Studio Toei Animation
Original network TV Asahi
Original run January 25, 1982February 28, 1983
Episodes 54
Anime film
Asari-chan Ai no Marchen Shōjo
  • March 13, 1982 (1982-03-13)
Runtime 25 minutes
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Asari-chan (あさりちゃん) is a Japanese shōjo slice of life manga series by Mayumi Muroyama. It was adapted into an anime television series and an anime film.[1] The TV series was produced by Toei Animation a subsidiary of Toei Company, and directed by Kazumi Fukushima. The anime follows Asari, a normal but stupid elementary school fourth-grade girl who does not get along with her family.


The manga was written by Mayumi Muroyama and serialized from the August 1978 issue to the March 2014 issue of Shogakukan's Shogaku Ninensei magazine. During its serialization it was also published in several other Shogakukan magazines, including CoroCoro Comic, Pyonpyon, Ciao, Shogaku Ichinensei, Shogaku Sannensei, Shogaku Yonnensei, and Shogaku Gonensei.


The anime was produced by Toei Animation a subsidiary of Toei Company and directed by Kazumi Fukushima. It was first broadcast in Japan on 25 January 1982, with the final episode broadcast on 28 February 1983.[2] It was broadcast every Monday at 19:00 until 19:30 JST, with 54 episodes. The opening theme is Ano ko wa Asari-chan (あの子はあさりちゃん) by Yoko Maekawa and the ending theme is Watashi wa Onna no ko (私は女の子) also by Maekawa.

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In 1985, Asari-chan won the 30th Shogakukan Manga Award in the category Best Children's Manga.[3] In 2014, it won the Judging Committee Special Award at the 59th Shogakukan Manga Award.[4] The manga won the grand award at the 2014 Japan Cartoonists Association Award.[5]


  1. ^ あさりちゃん 愛のメルヘン少女(1982). (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  2. ^ あさりちゃん (1982). allcinema (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  3. ^ 小学館漫画賞:歴代受賞者 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Magi, Kano-Uso, Zekkyō Gakkyū Win Shogakukan Manga Awards". Anime News Network. 21 January 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Asari-chan Shojo Gag Manga Wins 42nd Japan Cartoonist Awards". Anime News Network. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 

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