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Gamba no Bōken
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Gamba and his friends
(Ganba no Bōken)
Genre Adventure
Anime television series
Directed by Osamu Dezaki
Music by Takeo Yamashita
Studio Tokyo Movie
Original network NTV
Original run April 7, 1975September 29, 1975
Episodes 26
Anime film
Bōkenshatachi: Gamba to 7-biki no Naka Ma
Directed by Shinzo Azaki
Studio Tokyo Movie Shinsha
Released March 4, 1984
Runtime 93 minutes
Anime film
Gamba to Kawauso no Bōken
Directed by Shunji Ōga
Music by Hiroaki Kondo
Studio Tokyo Movie Shinsha
Released July 20, 1991
Gamba no Bōken: The Puzzle Action
Publisher Bandai
Genre Puzzle, Action
Platform PlayStation
Released March 4, 2003
Anime film
Gamba: Gamba to Nakama-tachi
Directed by Tomohiro Kawamura
Yoshihiro Komori
Written by Ryota Kosawa
Music by Benjamin Wallfisch
Studio Shirogumi
Released October 10, 2015
Runtime 92 minutes
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Gamba no Bōken (ガンバの冒険, lit. Adventures of Gamba) is a Japanese anime series based on the 1972 eponymous novel, Bokenshyatachi: Gamba to 15-hiki no Nakao by Atsuo Saitō and directed by Osamu Dezaki. Its 26 episodes were broadcast on NTV between April 7, 1975 and September 29, 1975. A first movie was released March 4, 1984. The series has been adapted into a movie, titled Ganba to Kawauso no Bōken (ガンバとカワウソの冒険, lit. The Adventures of Gamba and Sea Otter), which was released in Japan by Tokyo Movie Shinsha on July 20, 1991. On March 4, 2003 Bandai released a puzzle and action PlayStation game called Gamba no Bōken: The Puzzle Action. A 3D CG animated film adaptation was released in Japan on October 10, 2015, titled Gamba: Gamba to Nakama-tachi (GAMBA ガンバと仲間たち)[1] (English dub titled Air Bound).


Gamba, a brown mouse, embarks on a sailing journey with his childhood friend. They gather experienced mice sailors at a harbour. They encounter Chūta, a mouse who has been injured and is seeking help. He appeals for Gamba and Bōbo to assist him in defending the island of Yumemishima and its inhabitants from the cruel and wicked invading Noroi Clan. Gamba elects to sail to Yumemishima with Chūta to help defend the island, and Gamba recruits more mice to join their cause on the island.


Main characters[edit]

Gamba (ガンバ)
Voiced by: Masako Nozawa, Yūki Kaji (2015 film)
The town mouse, who calls himself "Ganbari-ya no Gamba" (がんばり屋のガンバ, "Gamba of the Eager Beaver"). He is always energetic, full of curiosity, and has a strong sense of justice. He takes a trip to show the sea to his close friend Bōbo, and meets Chūta at the harbour when they arrive. Gamba and his friends are out on a journey to heed the wishes of Chūta, to defeat Noroi who rules Noroi Island.
Bōbo (ボーボ)
Voiced by: Ranko Mizuki, Yasuhiro Takato (2015 film)
The Gamba's best friend. He is a gluttonous, green-furred and an easygoing town mouse. His name is the result of him being absentminded.
Manpuku (マンプク)
Voiced by: Wataru Takagi (2015 film)
Yoisho (ヨイショ, lit. yo-heave-ho)
Voiced by: Kenji Utsumi, Akio Ōtsuka (2015 film)
The kind hearted captain of sailor mouse. He has a daughter named Yuri, is very dependable and is calmer than Gamba. He lost his right to Noroi.
Gakusha (ガクシャ, lit. scholar)
Voiced by: Kei Tomiyama, Shuuichi Ikeda (2015 film)
One of Yoisho's childhood friends. He is knowledgeable, clever, and wears big glasses (naturally).
Shijin (シジン, lit. poet)
Voiced by: Akira Shimada
The wandering doctor mouse. Every time he gets drunk, he reads poetry out loud.
Ikasama (イカサマ, lit. swindler)
Voiced by: Junko Hori, Keiji Fujiwara (2015 film)
He is a gambler and good at fraud. He is also called a "swift runner" because he is light-footed.
Chūta (忠太)
Voiced by: Hiroko Kikuchi, Akiko Yajima (2015 anime)
An insular mouse who comes to the town for help. He is a younger brother of Shioji.
Noroi (ノロイ, lit. curse)
Voiced by: Chikao Ōtsuka, Mansai Nomura (2015 film)
The leader weasel with snow-white fur (which he is proud of) and red eyes. He is cruel and bloodthirsty killer and when his red eyes shine eerily in the dark, he can apply hypnotism.

Sub characters[edit]

Shioji (シオジ (潮路), lit. tideway)
Voiced by: Kazuko Yanaga, Sayaka Kanda (2015 film)
The granddaughter of the elder mouse Shuro from Yumemishima, and is an older sister of Chūta.
Toragorō (トラゴロー)
Voiced by: Ken'ichi Ogata
The traveler mouse who is on his way home from a ten year trip. He uses Gamba to avoid danger. He is modeled on Torajirō of "Otoko wa Tsurai yo."
Tsuburi (ツブリ, lit. head)
Voiced by: Shunsuke Shima, Masako Nozawa (2015 film)
The head of the streaked shearwaters. All of his subordinates, his wives, and his eggs, were slaughtered by Noroi.

Episode listing[edit]

# Title Original air date
01 "Out to Sea, To Adventure!"
"Bōkenda umi e deyou!" (冒険だ海へ出よう!) 
April 7, 1975
Tired of going hungry and being hunted, Gamba and Bōbo head to the harbor. Chūta, a wounded mouse has escape from the notorious Noroi and only Gamba is willing to help her get back to Dreamer Island. Later he is joined by Bōbo, Yoisho, Gakusha, Shijin and Ikasama. 
02 "Gamba Goes Nuts Onboard"
"Ganba, -sen de dai abare" (ガンバ、船で大暴れ) 
April 14, 1975
Gamba and Bōbo have trouble adjusting to the ship's rocking and become seasick. Chūta briefs the mouse crew about the carnage at the claws of the Noroi Clan, decimating his people that he needed to find the bravest of mice to combat the evil clan. 
03 "Mission: Save Chūta!"
"Chūta u sukue! Dai sakusen" (忠太を救え! 大作戦) 
April 21, 1975
With Chūta's condition worsening, Gamba and Bōbo with help from Ikasama procure some antibiotics, battling with an angry mouse gang and avoiding a vicious cat on the way. The three mice barely make it back to the departing ship, but Chūta is shortly cured. 
04 "Battered by a Storm"
"Arashi ni yara rete mettameta" (嵐にやられてメッタメタ) 
April 28, 1975
05 "What Awaits on Battleship Island?"
"Nani ga tobidasu? Gunkantō" (なにが飛び出す? 軍艦島) 
May 5, 1975
06 "Fun, Fun Diving"
"Tanoshī tanoshī sensuikan" (たのしいたのしい潜水艦) 
May 12, 1975
07 "Scary, Scary Black Shadow"
"Buki nabu kimina kuroi kage" (ぶきなぶきみな黒い影) 
May 19, 1975
08 "Bōbo's First Love"
"Bōbo ga hajimete koi o shita" (ボーボが初めて恋をした) 
May 26, 1975
09 "Difficult Battle With The Black Fox"
"Kuro gitsune to no kurushī tatakai" (黒ギツネとの苦しい戦い) 
June 2, 1975
10 "Seven Split Boards Going Their Separate Ways"
"Kajitte wakareta nanatsu no ikada" (かじって別れた七つのイカダ) 
June 9, 1975
11 "After Toragorō, The Swindler!"
"Petenshi Toragorō o oe!" (ぺてん師トラゴローを追え!) 
June 16, 1975
12 "A Party, A Fight, An Uproar"
"Matsurida kenkada ōsōdō" (祭りだ 喧嘩だ 大騒動) 
June 23, 1975
13 "Special Training!! Operation Moo-moo"
"Tokkun!! Mōmō dai sakusen" (特訓!!モーモー大作戦) 
June 30, 1975
14 "Attack of a Pack of Hunting Dogs"
"Osoikakaru ryōken no mure" (襲いかかる猟犬の群れ) 
July 7, 1975
15 "Gamba Kidnapped by an Eagle"
"Taka ni sarawa reta Ganba" (鷹にさらわれたガンバ) 
July 14, 1975
16 "Climbing Formidable Crow Peak!"
"Ma no karasu-dake o nobore!" (魔のカラス岳を登れ!) 
July 21, 1975
17 "Run, Run, For The Weasel Is Near"
"Hashire, hashire, Noroi wa chikai" (走れ走れノロイは近い) 
July 28, 1975
18 "Curious, Fat Mice"
"Kimyōna futotta nezumi-tachi" (奇妙なふとったネズミたち) 
August 4, 1975
19 "Streaked Shearwater Sinking in Darkness"
"Yami ni hisomu oomizunagi tori" (闇に潜むオオミズナギ鳥) 
August 11, 1975
20 "I Saw a White Weasel!"
"Shiro itachi Noroi o mita!" (白イタチノロイを見た!) 
August 18, 1975
21 "13 Eyes Wet With Tears"
"Namida ni nureta 13 no hitomi" (涙にぬれた13の瞳) 
August 25, 1975
22 "Friends from Across the Sea"
"Umi o watatte kita nakama" (海を渡って来た仲間) 
September 1, 1975
23 "Traitor's Fortress"
"Uragiri no toride" (裏切りの砦) 
September 8, 1975
24 "Whispers Of A White Devil"
"Shiroi akumano sasayaki" (白い悪魔のささやき) 
September 15, 1975
25 "Grotto Of Hell"
"Jigoku no iwaana" (地獄の岩穴) 
September 22, 1975
26 "The Last Battle: The Great Whirlpool"
"Saigonotatakai dai uzumaki" (最後の戦い大うずまき) 
September 29, 1975

Theme songs[edit]

Opening theme: "Ganba no uta" (The Gamba Song) Ending theme: "Bōkenshatachi no Ballad" (The Ballad of the Adventurer)


In a 2006 poll of Japanese celebrities conducted by TV Asahi, Gamba no Bōken was ranked as respondents' 22nd favorite TV anime out of 100, beating many other series including: One Piece, Naruto, Pokémon, Evangelion, and Fullmetal Alchemist.[2]


  1. ^ "Gamba Film's Trailer, Additional Voice Cast Unveiled". Anime News Network. 17 July 2015. Retrieved 29 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Japan's Favorite TV Anime - News [2006-10-12]". Anime News Network. 13 October 2006. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 

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