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Hamtaro cover.jpg
Cover of the first children's book
(Tottoko Hamutarō[1])
Genre Adventure, comedy
Written by Ritsuko Kawai
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Ciao
Original run 19972000
Volumes 3
Anime television series
Directed by Osamu Nabeshima
Studio Shogakukan Music & Digital Entertainment
TMS Entertainment
Licensed by
Viz Media
Network TV Tokyo (2000–2006)
English network
YTV (2002–2005)
TV3 (2003)
Fox Kids (2002–2004)
Cartoon Network (2002–2004)
Original run July 7, 2000March 31, 2006
Episodes 296 (Japanese), 105 (English) (List of episodes)

Hamtaro (とっとこハム太郎 Tottoko Hamutarō?, "Trotting Hamtaro") is a Japanese children's manga and storybook series created and illustrated by Ritsuko Kawai. The manga is serialized in Shogakukan's all girl's magazine Ciao in 1997, focusing on a hamster named Hamtaro who has a variety of adventures with other hamsters, known as "Ham-Hams" ("Hamuchans" in the Japanese version). VIZ Media published the manga adaptations and storybooks in English.[2][3]

Multiple anime adaptations were produced by TMS Entertainment and aired on TV Tokyo.[citation needed] The first series was dubbed in English by The Ocean Group.


The series revolves around an anthropomorphic hamster named Hamtaro, who is owned by a 10-year-old girl named Hiroko Haruna (Laura Haruna in the English dub). Curious by nature, he ventures out each day to make friends and go on adventures with a clan of fellow hamster friends known as The Ham-Hams. The Ham-Hams meet at a special clubhouse built by Boss ("Taisho").


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In Japan, Hamtaro aired five anime series, released four movies, several specials, many video game/DVD releases and merchandise. The success was not paralleled in the United States, however, with only the first series, some special episodes, three video games (though two others were released in Europe), and limited merchandise. In 2004, Hamtaro was cancelled in the United States to air the new Gundam series and Dragon Ball Z. On 23 February 2011, it was announced that Hamtaro would be receiving a series titled Tottoko Hamutaro Dechu.[4]



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