Kiteretsu Daihyakka

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Kiteretsu Daihyakka
Volume 1 of the Kiteretsu Daihyakka manga.
Genre Science fiction, Comedy-drama
Written by Fujiko F. Fujio
Published by Family Light Association
Demographic Children
Magazine Kodomo no Hikari
Original run April 1974July 1977
Volumes 3
Shin Kiteretsu Daihyakka
Written by Fujiko F. Fujio
Illustrated by Michiaki Tanaka
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Children
Magazine CoroCoro Comic
Original run May 1988February 1994
Volumes 6
Anime television film
Original network Fuji TV
Released November 2, 1987
Anime television series
Directed by Hiro Katsuoka
Keiji Hayakawa
Music by Shunsuke Kikuchi
Studio Studio Gallop
Original network Fuji TV
Original run March 27, 1988June 9, 1996
Episodes 331
Publisher Epoch
Genre Action
Platform Famicom
Released February 23, 1990
Kiteretsu Daihyakka: Bouken Ouedo Juraki
Publisher Video System
Genre Action
Platform Game Boy
Released July 15, 1994
Kiteretsu Daihyakka: Chōjikū Sugoroku
Developer Fill in Cafe
Publisher Video System
Genre Boardgame
Platform Super Famicom
Released January 27, 1995
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Kiteretsu Daihyakka (キテレツ大百科?) (Also known as Kiteretsu Encyclopedia or only Kiteretsu) is a science fiction manga series by Fujiko F. Fujio which ran in the children's magazine Kodomo no Hikari from April 1974 to July 2000. The manga was later made into a 331-episode anime TV series which ran on Fuji TV from March 27, 1988 to June 9, 1996. The series also aired on different networks worldwide, such as Hungama TV, Pogo (TV channel), Cartoon Network, and Disney XD in India, and Cartoon Network in South Korea.[1] An English dub of the anime airs in India.[2] As of September 2016, a remastered version of the series airs on Animax in Japan.[3]


The show is set in the fictional Hyōno-chō, which is set in an ambiguous location featuring a rural-style train station, a department store, and a shopping district. The fictional neighboring town of Urano-chō is where Miyoko's aunt lives. In the anime, Miyoko speaks in Toyama dialect which attributed to that town.

The fictional Hyakujōshima is the location of the Tongari family's vacation home. A family of kabocha farmers lives there and takes care of the place. The island is sparsely populated because many people move from it. It is accessible from Tokyo via airplane and ferry.

Two fictional schools are mentioned in the series: Hyōno Elementary and Takao University. Hyōno Elementary is the public school Kiteretsu and his friends attend. During summer vacation, one of the lunch ladies uses the school to teach piano lessons. There is also a rumour that the school is haunted.

Benzō-san, a friend, mentor and guide of Kiteretsu and his friends, was able to enter the university after attempting it six times during the series. Ten years after the time period of the series beginning, Kiteretsu, Miyoko, and Tongari enter this university to study further.

Main characters[edit]

Eiichi Kite
Eiichi Kite (木手英一 Kite Eiichi), also known as Kiteretsu (キテレツ), is a 10-year-old boy who lives in Tokyo city. He usually wears a light blue T-shirt and a dark blue trouser. He also wears a green shoes, white socks and a red-yellow themed cap with K written on it. He is weak in sports, but is a prodigy in machines. He reads the Daihyakka and invents gadgets from past. He can even repair normal machines and invent variations of the Daihyakka gadgets. Because of his mechanical aptitude, he commands respect from his friends.
Korosuke (コロ助) is Kiteretsu's robot assistant who usually ends his sentences with nari (ナリ) . He usually wears an artificial samurai sword. He is an invention in the encyclopedia. He was made by Kiteretsu himself.
Miyoko Nonohana
Miyoko Nonohana (野々花みよ子 Nonoha Miyoko), also known as Miyo-chan (みよちゃん), is one of Kiteretsu's best friends. She is an intelligent girl, admired by boys. She is Kiteretsu's love interest in the show and on many incidents is shown to be Kiteretsu's future wife.
Kaoru Kumada
Kaoru Kumada (熊田薫 Kumada Kaoru), also known by the nickname Butagorilla (ブタゴリラ), is one of Kiteretsu's friends. He is a typical bully but in progress, he becomes comic relief. He is known to love vegetables.
Kouji Tongari
Kouji Tongari (尖浩二 Tongari Kouji), also known as Tongari (トンガリ), is one of Kiteretsu's best friends. He is easily frightened, and a best friend of Butagorilla, though is quite often bullied by him.



  • Kiteretsu Daihyakka vol. 1–3 (Tentōmushi Comics, Shogakukan, 1977)
  • Kiteretsu Daihyakka vol. 1–4 (Fujiko F. Fujio Land, Chūō Kōron Shinsha, 1984)
  • Kiteretsu Daihyakka vol. 1–2 (Shogakukan Koro Koro Bunko, Shogakukan, 1984)
  • My First BIG Kiteretsu vol. 1–2 (Shogakukan, 2003)

Television drama[edit]

In January 2002, NHK aired a two-hour one-shot live action drama featuring a CGI Korosuke voiced by Mami Koyama. It was originally aired on NHK Educational TV on January 1, 2002.





Theme songs[edit]

Opening theme songs[edit]

Listing includes the song title followed by the episodes and the singer in parentheses.

  • Kiteretsu Daihyakka no Uta (キテレツ大百科のうた "The Song of Kiterestu Encylopedia") (90-minute special on November 2, 1987, Mitsuko Horie)
  1. Oyome-san ni Natte Agenaizo (お嫁さんになってあげないゾ) (ep. 1–24, Kaori Moritani)
  2. Body dake Lady (ボディーだけレディー) (ep. 25–60, Junko Uchida)
  3. Yumemiru Jikan (夢みる時間) (ep. 61–86, Megumi Mori)
  4. Hajimete no Chū (はじめてのチュウ) (ep. 87–108, Anshin Papa)
  5. Suimin Busoku (スイミン不足) (ep. 109–170, Chicks)
  6. Oryōri Kōshinkyoku (お料理行進曲) (ep. 171–331, Yuka)

Ending theme songs[edit]

Listing includes the song title followed by the episodes and the singer in parentheses.

  • Korosuke Machi wo Yuku (コロ助まちをゆく) (90-minute special, Kyōko Yamada)
  1. Magical Boy Magical Heart (マジカルBoyマジカルHeart) (ep. 1–16, Kaori Moritani)
  2. Lace no Cardigan (レースのカーディガン) (ep. 17–24, Kaori Sakagami)
  3. Korosuke Rock (コロ助ROCK) (ep. 25–60, Junko Uchida)
  4. Felt no Pencase (フェルトのペンケース) (ep. 61–86, Megumi Mori)
  5. Merry ha tada no Tomodachi (メリーはただのトモダチ) (ep. 87–108, Toshiko Fujita)
  6. Hajimete no Chū (はじめてのチュウ) (ep. 109–170, 213–290, 311–331, Anshin Papa)
  7. Happy Birthday (ep. 171–212, Yuka)
  8. Uwasa no Kiss (うわさのキッス) (ep. 291–310, TOKIO)


The anime was ranked 31st on a list published by TV Asahi in 2005 of the top 100 anime.[4]


  1. ^ "키테레츠 대백과" (in Korean). Cartoon Network (South Korea). Retrieved June 22, 2016. 
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  3. ^ "キテレツ大百科<リマスター版>" (in Japanese). Animax. Retrieved September 13, 2016. 
  4. ^ "TV Asahi Top 100 Anime Part 2". Anime News Network. September 23, 2005. Retrieved May 9, 2015. 

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