Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen-mae Hashutsujo
|Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen Mae Hashutsujo|
Cover of the first Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen-mae Hashutsujo manga volume
(Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen-mae Hashutsujo)
|Written by||Osamu Akimoto|
|Magazine||Weekly Shōnen Jump
Maitsuki Taise Rekushon
Gatsu Kyoku Chō Selection
Konbini Tokushū Genteiban
Getsurei Tokusen Choice!
Gatsu Ichi Gokujō Choice!!
Kochikame Hit Parade!!
|Original run||September 1976 – present|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Tetsuo Yasumi
|Music by||Ryo Yonemitsu, Toshihiko Sahashi|
|Original run||June 16, 1996 – December 19, 2004|
|Episodes||373 + 9 specials|
|Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen-mae Hashutsujo The Movie|
|Directed by||Shinji Takamatsu|
|Written by||Toshimichi Okawa|
|Released||December 23, 1999|
|Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen-mae Hashutsujo The Movie 2: UFO Shūrai! Tornado Daisakusen!!|
|Directed by||Shinji Takamatsu|
|Written by||Shinji Takamatsu, Toshimichi Okawa|
|Released||December 20, 2003|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Akira Shigeno|
|Produced by||Tomoko Takahashi|
|Written by||Takashi Yamada|
|Original run||September 18, 2016|
Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen Mae Hashutsujo (こちら葛飾区亀有公園前派出所?, lit. "This is the police station in front of Kameari Park in Katsushika Ward"), often shortened to Kochikame (こち亀?), is a Japanese comedy manga series written and illustrated by Osamu Akimoto. It takes place in the present day, in and around a neighborhood police station (kōban) in the downtown part of Tokyo, and revolves around the misadventures of middle-aged cop Kankichi Ryotsu.
It has been continuously serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since September 1976 with over 1800 chapters collected into 199 tankōbon volumes, making it the manga series with the highest number of volumes. The manga has been adapted into a television anime series, produced by Studio Gallop and broadcast across Japan by Fuji Television, two theatrical animated films, two live-action movies, several stage adaptations, and a live-action television series. As of February 2012, the series had sold over 155 million copies, making Kochikame one of the best-selling manga series in history. In 2005, TV Asahi named the anime number 36 on its list of the Top 100 Anime.
The typical Kochikame plot involves Kankichi "Ryo-san" Ryotsu coming up with a money-making scheme by inventing a new gadget or capitalizing on a fad, achieving great success, calling on Keiichi Nakagawa's help as things turn sour, and finally losing it all as the fad runs out of steam or out of control. While the plots are gag-driven, much of the humor comes from the combination of mundane characters with those that are bizarrely out of place; such as Nakagawa who has wealth and Ai Asato who has appeal. What they have in common is everyone's lack of actual police work, most of which is never explained or rationalized in the slightest. (It is explained in Jump that Ryo-san is one of the best officers at catching criminals.) Nakagawa and Reiko Akimoto have special licenses (such as for wearing personal clothes instead of uniforms to work) from police headquarters because of their skills in linguistics.
The plot has consistently evolved with the ongoing times, and most of the main characters have not really aged, despite the fact that the series started in the 1970s, and is now clearly set in the 2010s. However, some characters have aged (like the grandchild of Buchao, who was a baby in the early books, but is now close to junior high) at a relatively reasonable pace, which the author has self-mocked in a few "look back" episodes.
Kochikame has a broad audience, ranging from adolescent boys to middle-aged salarymen. Much like Homer Simpson, Ryo-san's antics appeal to children who can laugh at an old buffoon, and to men fearing that they are becoming old buffoons themselves—and also because it often subtly mocks the latest fads and trends. The stories are generally innocent in content, and what little violence appears is comical, while the occasional risqué subjects are included strictly for laughs rather than to titillate. In another parallel to The Simpsons, Kochikame's immense popularity has led to guest appearances in the strip by real-life Japanese celebrities such as Tetsuya Komuro.
For creator Osamu Akimoto, Kochikame is an ongoing homage to the working-class people and districts of old Tokyo, and most episodes open with an elaborate full-page illustration of a Shitamachi (down-town) street scene, typically with old wooden buildings and boys playing in the streets.
Written and illustrated by Osamu Akimoto, Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen Mae Hashutsujo has been continuously serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since September 1976. Periodically the chapters are collected into tankōbon volumes by publisher Shueisha; the first released on July 9, 1977.
A television anime adaptation of Kochikame began airing on Fuji Television on June 16, 1996. Produced by Studio Gallop, it ran for eight years and 373 episodes before ending on December 19, 2004. On September 18, 2016 a 1-Hour long special will air on Fuji TV.
Studio Gallop also produced two animated theatrical films, released on December 23, 1999 and December 20, 2003 respectively.
Kochikame has also had a live-action movie and several stage adaptations. The movie was directed by Kazuhiko Yamaguchi, starred Mitsuo Senda as Ryo-san and was released in 1977. A live-action TV series starring Katori Shingo as Ryo-san began airing on TBS on August 1, 2009. A second live-action movie, based on this TV series and titled Kochikame - The Movie: Save The Kachidiki Bridge!, opened in Japan on August 6, 2011.
Ryotsu appears playable in the Weekly Shōnen Jump crossover fighting video games Jump Super Stars, Jump Ultimate Stars and J-Stars Victory VS. Other characters from the series appear in a non-playable capacity. J-Stars Victory VS.'s North American and European release (as J-Stars Victory VS.+) marks the first official release of Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen-mae Hashutsujo material in English-speaking territories.
In addition, various toys and collectibles have been created, including some items that first appeared in the manga as creations of Ryo-san.
Kameari Koen is an actual park in Tokyo's Katsushika ward. The police station is fictional, but it is modeled after a real one located on the north side of Kameari railway station. The manga has brought considerable fame to the neighborhood, and it draws sightseers from all over Japan to a (usually vacant) station in a nondescript residential neighborhood. There is only a vacant lot where the police station is actually supposed to be located.
In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen Mae Hashutsujo's serialization, several special events were held. Separate one-shots of the series were published in thirteen different Shueisha magazines between August and October 2006.
In September 2006, Ryo-san made a cameo in every serialized manga in Weekly Shōnen Jump; most notably, he had a full appearance as a marine in One Piece (chapter 427), as a spectator of the Taiyo/Hakushuu football game in Eyeshield 21, as a crazed citizen in Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro, as a zombie in Gintama (also emphasized in the animated version of the chapter) and drinking alongside Don Patch in Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo.
At the same time, a special manga known as Super Kochikame (超こち亀 Chō Kochikame?) was published featuring the Kochikame characters in special chapters of series such as Golgo 13, Lupin III, Kinnikuman and Dragon Ball, as well as congratulatory pics from over 80 manga artists, many from Weekly Shōnen Jump authors past and present, but also from other Shueisha manga artists and even from manga artists not associated with Shueisha such as Hiromu Arakawa (Fullmetal Alchemist) and George Morikawa (Hajime no Ippo). Notable congratulatory drawings include a Bankai challenge with Ichigo in Bleach (saying his pistol is his Bankai because of the "BANG!!" sound of his pistol), having his face on the mountain depicting the Hokage of Konohagakure in Naruto and even solving the "Kira" crisis in Death Note.
- Special chapters
- 1. Golgo 13 (The Holiday Runner) - Ryo-san and Nakagawa are on vacation in France when Ryo-san's luggage gets mixed up with Golgo 13's. So, they chase after him to retrieve it.
- 2. Lupin III (Kankichi Ryotsu vs. Lupin III) - Ryo-san, Nakagawa, Reiko, and Bucho must prevent Lupin and the gang from stealing a diamond from a museum.
- 3. Kinnikuman (Seigi Choujin's Great Rendezvous in Kameari) - Kinnikuman and the Idol Choujins head to Kameari to fight Akuma Choujins, but each ends up getting arrested for various reason.
- 4. Dragon Ball (Kochira Namek-Sei Dragon Kōen-mae Hashutsujo) - Ryo-san, having been reassigned to Planet Namek, runs across Freeza and tries to arrest him for parking his UFO illegally. Vegeta and Goku make appearances as well.
- 5. Shinsetsu Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, Pyuu to Fuku! Jaguar, Taizo Mote King Saga, Maison de Penguin (Ryo-san vs. Don Patch!! Jump Gag All Stars' Great Panic in Katsushika) - Don Patch, jealous of the attention Ryo-san is getting during the 30th Anniversary Celebration, tries to steal Ryo-san's statue. So Bo-bobo, Jaguar, and Taizo help Ryo-san stop him.
- Kōban, neighborhood police stations in Japan
- こちら葛飾区亀有公園前派出所 (in Japanese). Shueisha. Retrieved April 4, 2015.
- "Thirty Years of Gags". Web-Japan.org. 2006-09-04. Retrieved 2009-07-07.
- "Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, Interview with the Artist of Kochi-Kame". Comipress. 2006-09-19. Retrieved 2009-07-07.
- "Top 10 Shonen Jump Manga by All-Time Volume Sales". Anime News Network. 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2012-12-20.
- "TV Asahi Top 100 Anime". Anime News Network. 2005-09-27. Retrieved 2014-03-13.
- McCarthy, Jonathan Clements, Helen (2007). The anime encyclopedia : a guide to Japanese animation since 1917 (Rev. & expanded ed.). Berkeley, Calif.: Stone Bridge Press. p. 867. ISBN 1933330104.
- こちら葛飾区亀有公園前派出所 1 (in Japanese). Shueisha. Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2014-03-13.
- "KochiKame TV Anime Is 1-Hour Special Premiering September 18". Anime News Network. August 9, 2016. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
- "Manga-Based Live-Action Kochikame Comedy Gets Film". Anime News Network. 2010-08-08. Retrieved 2014-03-13.
- "Kochikame, Shōjo Manga Get Live-Action TV Dramas". Anime News Network. 2009-05-28. Retrieved 2014-03-13.
- "Local communities erect manga/anime statues with tourists in mind". Asahi Shimbun. January 19, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
- "Kochikame Comedy Manga to Appear in 13 Magazines". Anime News Network. 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2014-03-13.
- Official website
- Fuji TV Kochikame website
- TBS Kochikame website
- Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo (manga) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
(3/27/1988 - 6/9/1996)
|Fuji TV Sunday 19:00 Timeframe
Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen-mae Hashutsujo
(June 16, 1996 – December 19, 2004)
(1/5/2005 - 9/24/2006)