Volume 1 cover, featuring (left to right) Kotoha, Yui, and Sat-chan
|Genre||Comedy, Slice of life|
|Published by||ASCII Media Works|
|Magazine||Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh|
|Original run||2014 – present|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Tomoyuki Kawamura|
|Written by||Shōgo Yasukawa|
|Original network||AT-X, BS11, Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS|
|Original run||January 7, 2018 – March 25, 2018|
Mitsuboshi Colors (三ツ星カラーズ Mitsuboshi Karāzu, lit. "Three Star Colors") is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Katsuwo. The manga has been serialized in ASCII Media Works' Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine since 2014. An anime television series adaptation directed by Tomoyuki Kawamura and produced by Silver Link aired between January and March 2018.
Set in Ueno. The series follows three elementary school girls, Yui, Sat-chan, and Kotoha, who together form an organization known as "Colors". Together, they perform various deeds and errands to protect the peace in their town.
- Yui Akamatsu (赤松 結衣 Akamatsu Yui)
- Voiced by: Yūki Takada (Japanese); Luci Christian (English)
- The appointed leader of Colors, who is very timid.
- Sat-chan (さっちゃん)
- Voiced by: Marika Kouno (Japanese); Monica Rial (English)
- An energetic girl who comes up with crazy ideas.
- Kotoha (琴葉)
- Voiced by: Natsumi Hioka (Japanese); Brittney Karbowski (English)
- A relaxed girl who constantly plays video games, despite not being very good at them.
- Saito (斎藤)
- Voiced by: Atsushi Tamaru (Japanese); Blake Weir (English)
- A policeman who watches over the city and constantly comes at odds with the Colors.
- Daigoro Kujiraoka (鯨岡 大吾郎 Kujiraoka Daigorō)
- Voiced by: Tessho Genda (Japanese); Mark X. Laskowski (English)
- An old man who runs the Whale Factory general store and is nicknamed "Pops" (おやじ Oyaji) by the Colors. He comes up with various devices for the Colors to play with and is always seen wearing a different pair of novelty sunglasses.
- Sat-chan's mother (さっちゃん母 Satchan Haha)
- Voiced by: Kaori Nazuka (Japanese); Patricia Duran (English)
- Sat-chan's mother who runs a fruit store.
- Nonoka Sasaki (佐々木 ののか Sasaki Nonoka)
- Voiced by: Ayaka Asai (Japanese); Eileen Montgomery (English)
- A high school girl, who is nicknamed "Nono".
- Momoka Sasaki (佐々木 ももか Sasaki Momoka)
- Voiced by: Hisako Tōjō (Japanese); Kara Edwards (English)
- Nonoka's older sister, who is nicknamed "Moka".
The original manga series written by Katsuwo began serialization in ASCII Media Works' Monthly Comic Dengeki Daioh magazine in 2014. Five tankōbon volumes have been released as of February 26, 2018.
An anime adaptation was announced at the Dengeki Comic Festival 2017 on March 12, 2017, which was later confirmed to be a television series on July 27, 2017. The anime series is being directed by Tomoyuki Kawamura and produced by Silver Link, with series composition by Shogo Yasukawa and character design by Takumi Yokota. The 12-episode series aired in Japan between January 7 and March 25, 2018. The opening and ending themes respectively are "Colors Power ni Omakasero!" (カラーズぱわーにおまかせろ！ Leave it to Colors' Power!) and "Miracle Colors☆Honjitsu Mo Ijō Nashi! (ミラクルカラーズ☆本日も異常ナシ！ Miracle Colors☆No Abnormalities Today Either!), both performed by Colors☆Slash (Yūki Takada, Marika Kouno, and Natsumi Hioka). Sentai Filmworks licensed the series in North America and streamed it on Hidive.
|No.||Title[a]||Original air date|
|January 7, 2018|
|Yui, Sat-chan, and Kotoha together form the Colors, a group dedicated to protecting peace in their town. Learning about a panda-colored cat causing trouble in town from the resident policeman Saito, the Colors decide to try and catch it. After coming across a vital clue, the girls find the cat in their hideout and agree to look after it, naming it Colonel Monochrome. Later, the girls buy themselves a supposed rocket launcher which they aim to blow up Saito with, before having a try at unlocking a safe.|
|January 14, 2018|
|While Yui searches for them in a game of hide-and-seek, Sat-chan and Kotoha sneak off to gather some Road Passes for Kotoha's game, ending up all the way in Akihabara. Later, the Colors come across some closed off alleyways, becoming curious as to why they are actually closed off, eventually discovering they were covered in wet paint. Afterwards, the girls consult high schooler Nonoka about how to keep the pond clean, leading to believe that humanity must be destroyed to keep it clean.|
|3||"Do The Chu-Cabu"|
|January 21, 2018|
|The Colors are asked by Sat-chan's mother to help sell some of her shop's unsold bananas. Afterwards, as the Colors are tasked with defusing a bomb, a clue pertaining to what wire they should cut leads them on a search for eyeballs.|
|January 28, 2018|
|Nonoka tries to protect her family's bakery from her older sister Momoka, who wants to turn into an onigiri shop when she inherits it, but fails to make an argument with her quality of bread. Later, Yui participates in a street parade before joining the others in going to a summer festival at her school.|
|February 4, 2018|
|The Colors receive a box of old toys from the Whale Factory owner and play around with it along with Saito. After reading a sad book about elephants starving to death, the girls decide to go to the zoo to check if the animals are being fed properly.|
|6||"Weakness Identification Meeting"|
"Jakuten Sagashi Kaigi" (弱点さがし会ぎ)
|February 11, 2018|
|The Colors search for edible plants in their neighborhood, only to find they don't taste very good. Later, the girls hold a meeting to identify each other's weaknesses, bringing to attention that Kotoha is bad at video games despite playing them all the time. Afterwards, the girls go around town taking photos in the hopes of being immortalized as statues.|
|7||"Trick or Treat"|
"Torikku oa Torīto" (トリック・オア・トリート)
|February 18, 2018|
|Yui and Kotoha have an awkward conversation while waiting for Sat-chan to arrive, after which the girls go around collecting trash. Later, the girls investigate a peculiar smell and wind up collecting stinky gingko nuts. With the arrival of Halloween, the Colors decide to play a Zombie Game in which Yui must prevent Kotoha and Sat-chan from filling the park with zombies.|
|February 25, 2018|
|Feeling their group needs a straight man, the Colors go to the museum to search for a new member. Later, the girls try to obtain some tickets for a lottery draw without having to buy anything.|
"Wan Koin Satchan" (ワンコインさっちゃん)
|March 4, 2018|
|The girls search for a weapon that they can buy with their New Year's money, eventually settling on some walkie-talkies. Afterwards, the girls follow Colonel Monochrome to see where he goes all the time, ultimately winding up back at their hideout. Later, the girls decide to make a time capsule filled with things to give to their future selves before trying to find a place to bury it.|
|10||"Snowing Too Far"|
"Yuki Sugiru" (雪すぎる)
|March 11, 2018|
|On a snowy day, the Colors receive a message on an ema about a secret, prompting the girls to go to the shrine to find out who wrote it. Later, Sat-chan is tasked with staying quiet while the girls search for an allegedly stolen lucky cat statue.|
|11||"Hyper Hide and Seek"|
"Haipā Kakurenbo" (ハイパーかくれんぼ)
|March 18, 2018|
|Nonoka catches hay fever during pollen season, prompting the Colors to try uprooting all the trees in town as revenge. On another day, Yui is tasked with using her walkie talkie to find the others in a game of "hyper hide and seek".|
|12||"Colors, the Town, and the People"|
"Karāzu to Machi to Hitobito" (カラーズと街とひとびと)
|March 25, 2018|
|The Colors film a video highlighting the town and its people. Later, the girls set off to tackle a case but get distracted by a playground along the way. Afterwards, during cherry blossom season, the girls try to sell some strawberries to picnickers in order to earn money to buy some cakes.|
- Hitori Bocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu – Another manga series by the same author
- All English episode titles are taken from Hidive.
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