Kiko-chan's Smile

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Kiko-chan's Smile
きこちゃんすまいる
(Kikochan Sumairu)
Genre Comedy, Adventure
Manga
Written by Tsubasa Nunoura
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Josei
Original run 19962001
Volumes 5
Anime television series
Directed by Setsuko Shibuichi
Studio Magic Bus (animation)
Eiken (production)
Original network TBS
Original run October 5, 1996September 27, 1997[1]
Episodes 51
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Kiko-chan's Smile (Japanese: きこちゃんすまいる?, Hepburn: Kikochan Sumairu) is an anime and manga series about a kindergarten student who has many of the features of a child prodigy but at the same time displays many bizarre habits and an odd personality.

Characters[edit]

Kiko Himemaya
Voiced by: Satsuki Yukino
Kiko is a four-year-old girl who attends a private kindergarten in Tokyo. She is capable of doing many things most four-year-olds are not capable of; these include cooking, unassisted grocery shopping, limited acrobatics. Despite the title of the series, it is very rare to actually see Kiko smile and almost as rare for her to speak. Despite this, Kiko is quite popular with her classmates. She also has a wide variety of interests, including ballet, learning English, playing video games and interfering with her teacher's love life.
Mama and Papa
Voiced by: Yumi Takada (Mama) and Voiced by: Mitsuru Miyamoto (Papa)
Kiko's parents. Papa is a salaryman, Mama is a housewife, and both find their daughter a source of much puzzlement and frustration. Still they are devoted parents.
Megumi-sensei
Voiced by: Yuko Mizutani
Kiko's kindergarten teacher. She is twenty years old, and this is her first job out of teaching college. Kiko's eccentricities nearly make it her last, but Kiko is fond of her and turns her happiness into a personal project. Kiko also interferes with her love life, and helped her to find a boyfriend whom she married in the last episode. She hates carrots, to the point of fainting when she sees one. But carrots are her boyfriend's family's favourite food, so she often had to ask Kiko for help on the dates. She is extremely careless, even losing her wedding ring.
Neko-chan or Tenshi
Voiced by: Kousuke Okano
An angel who has come to Earth in the form of a black cat on a mission to spread happiness throughout the world. Unfortunately he is unable to communicate with humans (who hear his speech as cat noises), and even more unfortunately for him Kiko adopts him. Even more problematically, he falls hopelessly in love with a vain female cat named Rosa, who eventually reciprocates his affection long enough to bear a litter of five kittens, who she leaves to his (and, without her knowledge, Kiko's) care.
Neko-chan's litter
They're named 'pa','pi','pu','pe',and 'po' by Kiko. They are also angels, and they are able to use supernatural powers. Like normal kittens, they are mischievous and energetic, and they proved themselves to be smarter than Neko-chan, such as the time when Kiko wanted a hippo, Neko-chan went to Africa by holding onto a plane, while the kittens just went to the local zoo. They like chocolate and are able to sing.

Trivia[edit]

Kiko's name and the title of the series are a pun on the Japanese Royal Family.[citation needed]

Anime staff[edit]

  • Story: Wings 布浦
  • Executive Producer: Murata Hidenori
  • Producer: Ono Tatsuo, T. Desaki
  • Technical team: Yoshiyuki Matsuzaki (Magic Bus)
  • Literature: Kazumi Koide, Suenaga Mitsuyo
  • Screenplay: 一巳 Koide, permanent Ito, Hoshikawa Hiroko, Maruo Miho addition 敬 Tsutiya Satoshi
  • General Director: Setsuko Shibuichi
  • Assistant Director: Tanahashi Kazunori
  • Storyboard/Director: Setsuko Shibuichi, Tanahashi Kazunori, S. Kimiya, Mikuriya Kiyousuke, H. dance rock, Akira Taka Ishiyama, Osamu Inoue, Shigeharu Takahashi, Shinjiro Sakai, T. Shima Kunioka the righteous Hata, Masaru Hideki Hall, Tateno Seiiti, Tada Shiyunsuke In addition Ooba Hideaki
  • Chief animation director/character setup: Kobayashi Yukari
  • Animation director: Yukari Kobayashi, Ikeda Yuuzi, Matsumoto Katsuzi, Masayuki Fujita, Hiraoka Masayuki, Shinichiro Kajiura, M. spear high Hatakeda Saburou, Shinichi Suzuki, tail Shindou Minoru, H. Oda, other Kawaguti Yukiharu
  • Video Inspection: Ohara Makoto, Masayuki Yamashita Hazime, Ryoko Yoshimura, Sato Husae, Huzioka Masanori, et al. Sugawara Hideki
  • Art Director: Matsumoto Manami (please Jatsu studio)
  • Background: Urata Kenkiti, Hibino Masako, Mayumi next stage, Kobayashi Atsuo, Aihara Sumiko, Yonemoto Noriko, et al. Katou Yukiko
  • Color Settings: Zyou Rumiko bell
  • Coloring: Mihashi Youko (Shaft), Yokota Kozue, Ootawa Yuri addition Hukuwara Natsuko
  • Special Effects: Maekawa Takashi
  • Director of Photography: Okazaki Hideo (IMG)
  • Camera assistant: T. Masuzawa, Naoyuki Taniguchi, Nakamura Masaki, Satoshi Mitsu Motomiya, Nishi Shigenari (or, IMG) Other
  • Editing: Inoue Kazuo
  • Sound Director: Satoshi Kato (TOHOKUSHINSHA FILM)
  • Sound Effects: Yokoyama Masakazu
  • Recording Adjustment: Abe Kayoko
  • Sound Production: TOHOKUSHINSHA FILM
  • Development: IMAGICA
  • Titles: Maki Pro
  • Animation Production: Magic Bus
  • Animation Production Cooperation: Shaft, Easy film, in addition to the office Blue
  • Producer: Eiken, TBS

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kiko-chan's Smile Official site by Eiken (anime studio), retrieved on 2007-08-28(Japanese)

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