Himitsu no Akko-chan

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Himitsu no Akko-chan
AkkoChan 1969 BOX1.jpg
Cover of the DVD box of the 1969 anime series.
ひみつのアッコちゃん
Genre Comedy, Magical girl, Romance
Manga
Written by Fujio Akatsuka
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Ribon
Original run July 1962September 1965
Volumes 3
Anime television series
Directed by Hiroshi Ikeda
Studio Toei Animation
Original network TV Asahi
Original run 6 January 1969 26 October 1970
Episodes 94
Anime television series
Directed by Hiroki Shibata
Studio Toei Animation
Original network Fuji TV
Original run October 9, 1988 December 24, 1989
Episodes 61
Anime film
Studio Toei Animation
Released March 18, 1989 (1989-03-18)
Anime film
Himitsu no Akko-chan Umi da! Obake da!! Natsu Matsuri
Studio Toei Animation
Released July 15, 1989 (1989-07-15)
Anime television series
Directed by Hiroki Shibata
Studio Toei Animation
Original network Fuji TV
Original run April 5, 1998 February 28, 1999
Episodes 44
Live-action film
Directed by Yasuhiro Kawamura
Released September 1, 2012 (2012-09-01)
Runtime 120 minutes
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Himitsu no Akko-chan (ひみつのアッコちゃん, The Secrets of Akko-chan[1]) is a popular pioneering magical girl manga and anime[2] that ran in Japan during the 1960s.

The manga was drawn and written by Fujio Akatsuka, and was published in Ribon from 1962 to 1965. It predates the Mahōtsukai Sunny (whose name became Sally in the Mahōtsukai Sally anime) manga, printed in 1966. However, that title is the first magical girl anime as Himitsu no Akko-chan was not broadcast until 1969.

The original anime ran for 94 episodes from 1969 to 1970. It was animated by Toei Animation and broadcast by TV Asahi (then known as NET). It has been remade twice, in 1988 (61 episodes, featuring Mitsuko Horie in the role of Akko-chan and singing the opening and ending themes) and in 1998 (44 episodes).

Three movies were produced. Circus Da Ga Yattekita in 1969, and Himitsu no Akko-chan Movie and Umi da! Obake da!! Natsu Matsuri both released in 1989. It was adapted into a live action film released in September 1, 2012.[3]

Currently, an adaptation the series is running as a web manga, ひみつのアッコちゃん μ (Himitsu no Akko-Chan μ, pronounced "myu".) It is written by Hiroshi Izawa, and drawn by Futago Kamikita. [4]

Plot[edit]

Atsuko Kagami is a childlike, arrogant elementary school girl who has an affinity for mirrors. One day, her favorite mirror which was given to Akko by her mother (or in some versions, by her father, as a present from India) is broken, and she prefers to bury it in her yard rather than throw it to the trashcan.

In her dreams, she is contacted by a spirit (or in some cases the Queen of the Mirror Kingdom) who is touched that the girl would treat the mirror so respectfully and not simply throw it away. Akko-chan is then given the gift of a magical mirror and taught enchantments, "tekumaku mayakon, tekumaku mayakon" and "lamipus lamipus lu lu lu lu lu," that will allow her to transform into anything she wishes.[5]

Heroine's name[edit]

Atsuko Kagami is often called Akko-chan for short. 鏡アツ子, from the name 加賀美あつ子 but with the family-name part 加賀美, "Kagami", replaced by 鏡. In Japanese, kagami means mirror. She is known as "Stilly," "Caroline," or "Julie" in Western versions of the anime.

Cast[edit]

1969[edit]

1988[edit]

1998[edit]

2012[edit]

Foreign distribution[edit]

The only media in the franchise to be officially translated into English is the 1980s run of the manga, translated as Akko-Chan's Got a Secret![6] Otherwise largely unknown in the English-speaking world, Himitsu no Akko-chan enjoyed a good deal of success when it was exported to the European market in the 1980s. All three Akko-chan series have been screened on TV in Italy.

  • Lo specchio magico (Italian, first series)
  • Caroline (French, second series; pronounced "Cah-ro-LEHN"[citation needed])
  • Los secretos de Julie (Spanish language version shown in Latin America, first series)
  • El Secreto de Akko (Spanish version shown in Spain, third series)
  • Un mondo di magia (Italian, second series)
  • Stilly e lo specchio magico (Italian, third series): In series three, as in series one, "Stilly" is the Italian name for Akko-chan.
  • Czarodziejskie zwierciadełko (Polish, first series)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Toei Animation TV Series". Toei Animation. January 24, 2016. Retrieved June 24, 2016. 
  2. ^ Thompson, Jason (2007). Manga: The Complete Guide. Del Rey. p. 8. ISBN 0345485904. 
  3. ^ "Haruka Ayase Stars in 1st Live-Action Himitsu no Akko-chan Film". Anime News Network. October 4, 2011. Retrieved October 6, 2011. 
  4. ^ "スピネル | ひみつのアッコちゃんμ(ミュー) - 漫画:上北ふたご/シナリオ:井沢ひろし 原作:赤塚不二夫/協力:フジオ・プロダクション" [Himitsu no Aukko μ (Mu) - Manga: Kamakita Futoto / Scenario: Hiroshi Izawa Original: Fujio Akatsuka / Cooperation: Fuji Production]. Comip.jp. 珠玉の女性向け漫画作品を集めたWEBサイト。いくえみ綾、篠丸のどかなど、豪華作家陣の漫画を無料で配信中!. Retrieved November 24, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Himitsu no Akko-chan". Fujio Productions. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Akko-Chan's Got a Secret!: Fujio Akatsuka, translated by Carla Valentine". Toei Animation. Retrieved January 12, 2017. 

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