Ojarumaru

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Ojarumaru
Ojarumaru.jpg
Cover of the 2010 Ojarumaru calendar
おじゃる丸
Genre Comedy, Fantasy
Manga
Written by Rin Inumaru
Published by Shogakukan
Magazine Ciao
Original run 19932006
Anime television series
Directed by Akitaro Daichi
Music by Harukichi Yamamoto
Studio Gallop
Licensed by
Original network NHK E-Tele
Original run October 5, 1998 – present
Episodes 1590 (List of episodes)
Anime television film
Ojarumaru: A Happy Blue Back
Directed by Akitaro Daichi
Written by Reiko Yoshida
Music by Harukichi Yamamoto
Studio Gallop
Licensed by
Original network NHK E-Tele
Released January 1, 2000
Runtime 30 minutes
Anime film
Ojarumaru the Movie: The Promised Summer - Ojaru and Semira
Directed by Akitaro Daichi
Produced by Atsushi Ito
Hisako Matsumoto
Written by Reiko Yoshida
Music by Harukichi Yamamoto
Studio Gallop
Released July 15, 2000
Runtime 47 minutes
Anime television film
Ojarumaru: Peril at the Full Moon Road -A 'Rare' Adventure of Our Prince-
Directed by Akitaro Daichi
Written by Mamiko Ikeda
Music by Harukichi Yamamoto
Studio Gallop
Licensed by
Original network NHK E-Tele
Released May 3, 2007
Runtime 50 minutes
Manga
Written by Tatsuma Ejiri
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Saikyo Jump
Original run January 2012September 2014
Volumes 1 (List of volumes)
Anime television film
Ojarumaru Special: My Galaxy is Calling ~The 2 Wishing Stars~
Directed by Akitaro Daichi
Written by Masako Imai
Music by Harukichi Yamamoto
Studio Gallop
Licensed by
Original network NHK E-Tele
Released March 20, 2012
Runtime 54 minutes
Anime television film
Ojarumaru Special: Hinata in the Forgotten Forest
Directed by Akitaro Daichi
Written by Shuichi Kamiyama
Music by Harukichi Yamamoto
Studio Gallop
Original network NHK E-Tele
Released August 14, 2015
Runtime 29 minutes
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Ojarumaru (おじゃる丸?) is a Japanese Yonkoma manga series created by Rin Inumaru, serialized in Shogakukan's Shojo magazine Ciao from 1993 until its cancellation in 2006. A manga adaptation of the anime was published by Shueisha and serialized in Saikyo Jump in 2012. It was adapted as an ongoing anime series produced by NHK Enterprises, animated by Gallop, and broadcast on NHK E-Tele beginning in October 1998. The story focuses on the adventures of a 5-year-old Heian-era prince named Ojarumaru Sakanoue who accidentally time-warps to modern Japan and lives with Kazuma Tamura and his parents. The prince tries to understand modern Japan's culture, while making many new friends and dodging a trio of young oni who try to get back a scepter that he stole from Great King Enma. It has been released in some countries under the name Prince Mackaroo. The series has been dubbed in many languages.[1]

It received an "Excellence Award" for animation at the 1999 Japan Media Arts Festival.[2]

Plot[edit]

Around 1,000 years ago in Fairy World (妖精界 Yōsei-Kai) in the Heian era, a young prince from a noble family named Ojarumaru Sakanoue is bored of his life of privilege. He is later lured into Enma World (エンマ界 Enma-Kai) by the sound of a ukulele played by Great King Enma. Upon arriving, he steals Great King Enma's powerful scepter, which he uses in order to judge the dead. While getting chased by Great King Enma, he accidentally falls into the Moon Hole (月の穴 Tsuki no Ana), which time-warps him to modern Japan through the Full Moon Road (満月ロード Mangetsu Rōdo). The furious Great King Enma sends his three adopted oni children, Aobee, Kisuke, and Akane, who are known as the Oni Child Trio, to pursue Ojarumaru and get the scepter back. At the present time, Ojarumaru befriends a boy named Kazuma Tamura and lives with his family, thanks to his grandfather Tommy. While making many new friends and dodging the Oni Child Trio's efforts to retrieve the scepter, Ojarumaru has many adventures in Moonlight Town and encounters new things he's never seen before in his time period.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Written by Rin Inumaru, the Ojarumaru manga began serialization in Shogakukan's Ciao magazine as a Yonkoma and ran from 1993 up to its cancellation in 2006. The cancellation of the manga was done by its publisher after Rin Inumaru committed suicide by jumping off the 14th floor of her apartment on September 10, 2006. A suicide note left to her mother indicated she was feeling stress due to her job.[3] For unknown reasons, none of the chapters were collected into tankōbon volumes in Japan.

An adaptation of the anime series, written and illustrated by Tatsuma Ejiri, was serialized in Shueisha's Saikyo Jump magazine from January 2012 to September 2014. The first tankōbon volume was published in Japan on July 4, 2014.[4]

No. Release date ISBN
1 July 4, 2014 ISBN 4088801474
  • 1. "I am Ojarumaru" (マロがおじゃる丸でおじゃる "Maro ga Ojarumaru de ojaru"?)
  • 2. "My Ojaru Livelihood" (マロのおじゃる生活でおじゃる "Maro no Ojaru Seikatsu de ojaru"?)
  • 3. "Sightseeing Moonlight Town" (月光町観光するでおじゃる "Gekkō Chō Kankō Suru de ojaru"?)
  • 4. "I'm Homesick" (ホームシックでおじゃる "Hōmushikku de ojaru"?)
  • 5. "I Hate Baths and Water" (風呂や水はイヤでおじゃる "Furo ya Mizu wa Iya de ojaru"?)
  • 6. "Kin-chan is a Dinosaur Mania" (金ちゃんは恐竜マニア "Kin-chan wa Kyōryū Mania"?)
  • 7. "My Cap is a Treasure Chest (マロのエボシは宝ばこ "Maro no Eboshi wa Takarabako"?)
  • 8. "Kazuma Likes Rocks Very Much" (カズマはとっても石がすき "Kazuma wa Tottemo Ishi ga Suki"?)
  • 9. "Crazy for Komachi-chan" (小町ちゃんにメロリンコ "Komachi-chan ni Merorinko"?)
  • 10. "Iwashimizu-kun is Always Correct" (いつも正しい石清水くん "Itsumo Tadashii Iwashimizu-kun"?)
  • 11. "Grandpa Tommy's Great Discovery" (トミー爺の大発見 "Tomī-jī no Daihakken"?)
  • 12. "Kazuma, Afraid of Rocks (カズマ、石をこわがる "Kazuma, Ishi o Kowagaru"?)
  • Special Bonus: "Cafe Oko-Niko" (カフェ オコニコ "Kafe Oko-Niko"?)

Anime series[edit]

An anime adaptation produced by NHK Enterprises and animated by Studio Gallop premiered on NHK E-Tele on October 5, 1998 in Japan. The series is directed by Akitaro Daichi, while Harukichi Yamamoto composes the music. It is the second longest-running anime on NHK next to Nintama Rantaro, and the sixth longest-running anime series to date.

Specials[edit]

A total of four Ojarumaru specials have aired on NHK E-Tele in Japan. The first special entitled Ojarumaru: A Happy Blue Back (おじゃる丸 しあわせの青いせなか Ojarumaru: Shiawase no Aoi Senaka?) aired on January 1, 2000. The second special aired on May 3, 2007 entitled Ojarumaru: Peril at the Full Moon Road ~A Rare Adventure of Our Prince~ (おじゃる丸 満月ロード危機一髪 ~タマにはマロも大冒険~ Ojarumaru: Mangetsu Rōdo Kiki Ippatsu ~Tama ni wa Maro mo Dai Bōken~?). The third special aired on March 20, 2012 entitled Ojarumaru Special: My Galaxy is Calling ~The Two Wishing Stars~ (おじゃる丸スペシャル 銀河がマロを呼んでいる ~ふたりのねがい星~ Ojarumaru Supesharu: Ginga ga Maro o Yonde iru ~Futari no Negai Boshi~?). The fourth special aired on August 14, 2015 entitled Ojarumaru Special: Hinata in the Forgotten Forest (おじゃる丸 スペシャル わすれた森のヒナタ Ojarumaru Supesharu: Wasureta Mori no Hinata?).[5]

Anime film[edit]

An anime film based on the Ojarumaru anime series entitled Ojarumaru the Movie: The Promised Summer - Ojaru and Semira was released by Toei on July 15, 2000 in Japan.

Openings and Endings[edit]

Opening Themes[edit]

  1. "Utahito" (詠人)(Series 1-10, Series 16-present) Performer: Saburō Kitajima
  2. "Yumehito" (夢人)(Series 11-15) Performer: Saburō Kitajima

Ending Themes[edit]

  1. "Purin Sanka" (プリン賛歌 The Pudding Anthem)(Series 1) Performer: Sus4
  2. "Purin de ojaru" (プリンでおじゃる Pudding)(Series 2) Performer: Yuriko Fuchizaki, Rie Iwatsubo, Hiroko Konishi
  3. "Mattari Ondo" (まったり音頭 The Laid-back Ondo)(Special 1) Performer: Yuriko Fuchizaki, Rie Iwatsubo, Hiroko Konishi
  4. "Kooni Trio no Theme" (子鬼トリオのテーマ The Theme of the Oni Child Trio)(Series 3) Performer: Kazuya Ichijou, Omi Minami, Yūji Ueda
  5. "Koi o Itashi Mashou♪" (恋をいたしましょう♪ Let us Love♪)(Series 4) Performer: Rie Iwatsubo
  6. "Acchi Muite Hoi de ojaru" (あっちむいてホイでおじゃる)(Series 5) Performer: Yuriko Fuchizaki, Kazuya Ichijou, Rie Iwatsubo, Omi Miami, Chinami Nishimura, Yūji Ueda
  7. "Kono Machi Itsumo ~Bin-chan no Uta~" (この町いつも〜貧ちゃんの歌〜 Always in this Town ~Poverty-chan's Song~)(Series 6) Performer: Ayaka Saitō
  8. "Warera Gekkō Machi Chicchai Mono Club" (われら月光町ちっちゃいものクラブ Our Moonlight Town Tiny Things Club)(Series 7) Performer: Rie Iwatsubo, Satomi Kōrogi, Ryō Naitō, Chinami Nishimura, Ayaka Saitō
  9. "Gekkō Machi no Uta" (月光町のうた Moonlight Town's Song )(Series 8) Performer: Chinami Nishimura, Yūji Ueda
  10. "Denbo no Bunbun Setsu" (電ボのブンブン節 Denbo's Buzzing Melody)(Series 9) Performer: Yuriko Fuchizaki, Chinami Nishimura, Narumi Satō
  11. "Sankyukkyu Dancing" (さんきゅっきゅダンシング Squeaking Dancing)(Series 10) Performer: Natsumi
  12. "Yumehito" (夢人)(Special 2) Performer: Saburō Kitajima
  13. "Bokura no Sekai" (ぼくらの世界 Our World)(Series 11) Performer: Reiko Mizumachi
  14. "Ojarumaru Kyōsō Kyoku" (おじゃる丸狂騒曲 The Ojarumaru Prosperous Song)(Series 12) Performer: Kumiko Mori
  15. "Katatsumuri" (かたつむり Snails)(Series 13) Performer: Miami Oku
  16. "Hatsukoi wa Minora Nai" (初恋は実らない Not My First Love)(Series 14) Performer: Ojarumaru Sisters
  17. "Aru Shashō" (ある車掌 The Conductor)(Special 3) Performer: Gen Hoshino
  18. "Maro no Sanpo" (マロのさんぽ My Walk)(Series 15, Series 16) Performer: Chopiiin (Series 15), Yuriko Fuchizaki, Chinami Nishimura, Narumi Satō (Series 16)
  19. "Da!Da!!Da!!!" (Series 17) Performer: The Collectors
  20. "Wakaran" (わからん I Don't Know) (Series 18)[6] Performer: Zainichi Funk

International versions[edit]

North America[edit]

  • In the United States, Enoki Films has the master license for the series under the title Prince Mackaroo.[7] Enoki Films has also licensed all the TV specials.[8] Suggested name changes have been given to most of the characters, such as Ojarumaru becoming "Prince Mackaroo" and Denbo becoming "Cyber-Fly". However, no English version has been released.

Asia[edit]

Europe[edit]

  • In Spain, it is dubbed in Spanish by Arait Multimedia and aired on Telecinco under the title El príncipe Mackaroo (Mackaroo the Prince).[13][14]
  • In Italy, it is dubbed in Italian by Merak Film and aired on Italia 1 under the title Mack, ma che principe sei? (Mack, what a Prince?) in 2002.[15]

Middle East[edit]

Video games[edit]

Game Boy Advance[edit]

  • Ojarumaru: Gekkō Machi Sanpo de Ojaru

Game Boy Color[edit]

  • Ojarumaru: Mangan Jinja no Ennichi de Ojaru!
  • Ojarumaru: Tsukiyo ga Ike no Takaramono

iPhone[edit]

  • Akihabara Ojaru de Kankō

Mobile Phone[edit]

  • Ojarumaru: Kaikai! Enma-Kai[17]
  • Ojarumaru: Gattai no Oni[18]
  • Ojarumaru: Ojarumaru Tennis[19]
  • Ojarumaru: Eboshi Collection[19]
  • Ojarumaru: Ojarumaru no Hover Race[20]
  • Ojarumaru: Chicchai Golf[21]
  • Ojarumaru: Nige tetamo[21]
  • Ojarumaru: Logic Puzzle[22]
  • Ojarumaru: Shutsudō! Chicchai Mono Club[23]

Nintendo DS[edit]

  • Ojarumaru DS: Ojaru to Okeiko Aiueo

Sega Pico[edit]

  • Ojarumaru

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Tagalog, Thai, Cantonese, Korean, and Malay
  2. ^ "1999 Japan Media Arts Festival Awards". Japan Media Arts Plaza, Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  3. ^ Japan Times staff (September 12, 2006). "Creator of 'Ojaru Maru' dies in fall". The Japan Times. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  4. ^ おじゃる丸 1 (in Japanese). S-MANGA.net. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  5. ^ "アニメワールド+BLOG:NHK おじゃる丸 8/14(金)『おじゃる丸スペシャル』放送決定!" (in Japanese). NHK. July 10, 2014. Retrieved July 13, 2015. 
  6. ^ "アニメワールド+BLOG:NHK おじゃる丸 「おじゃる丸」4月1日(水)より新シリーズスタート!" (in Japanese). NHK. February 24, 2015. Retrieved March 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Prince Mackaroo". Enoki Films. Retrieved August 1, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Prince Mackaroo - Who's back is comfy and snug". Enoki Films. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  9. ^ https://ccsx.tw/2013/04/02/tva50year-1999/
  10. ^ http://www.cartoonloka.com/cartoons/watch-ojarumaru-on-hungama-tv/977/
  11. ^ http://qiche.jiaxinwen.net/download/%E5%8F%8D%E6%96%97%E5%B0%8F%E7%8E%8B%E5%AD%90.html
  12. ^ a b c "Exciting News Prince Mackaroo". Enoki Films. Retrieved October 7, 2014. 
  13. ^ http://www.animelicenciado.com/licenciatarias/137-el-principe-mackaroo.html
  14. ^ http://www.eldoblaje.com/datos/FichaPelicula.asp?id=9179
  15. ^ http://www.merakfilm.it/page.php?pageid=SUBSE003
  16. ^ http://shabab.assafir.com/Article/16930
  17. ^ "NHKキャラクターGames" (in Japanese). Metro-games.com. Archived from the original on October 16, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  18. ^ "NHKキャラクターGames" (in Japanese). Metro-games.com. Archived from the original on October 16, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  19. ^ a b "NHKキャラクターGames" (in Japanese). Metro-games.com. Archived from the original on October 16, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  20. ^ "NHKキャラクターGames" (in Japanese). Metro-games.com. Archived from the original on October 16, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  21. ^ a b "NHKキャラクターGames" (in Japanese). Metro-games.com. Archived from the original on October 16, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  22. ^ "NHKキャラクターGames" (in Japanese). Metro-games.com. Archived from the original on October 16, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  23. ^ "NHKキャラクターGames" (in Japanese). Metro-games.com. Archived from the original on October 16, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 

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