Poco's Udon World

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Poco's Udon World
Udon no Kuni no Kin-iro Kemari manga vol 1.jpg
Cover of first manga volume
うどんの国の金色毛鞠
(Udon no Kuni no Kin-iro Kemari)
Genre Fantasy, slice of life
Manga
Written by Nodoka Shinomaru
Published by Shinchosha
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Monthly Comic @ Bunch
Original run August 2012 – present
Volumes 12[1] (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Seiki Takuno
Written by Natsuko Takahashi
Music by Yukari Hashimoto
Studio Liden Films
Licensed by
Original network NTV, RNC, BS Nittere, SUN, MMT
English network
Original run October 9, 2016 December 25, 2016
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
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Poco's Udon World (うどんの国の金色毛鞠, Udon no Kuni no Kin'iro Kemari, lit. "The Golden Furball of Udon Country") is a Japanese manga series written by Nodoka Shinomaru. It began serialization in Shinchosha's magazine Monthly Comic @ Bunch in 2012 and has been collected into seven tankōbon volumes. An anime television series adaptation by Liden Films began airing on October 9, 2016.[4][5][6]

Plot[edit]

The series revolves around the complicated but normal life of Souta Tawara, a young web designer from Tokyo who decides to return to his hometown in Kagawa following the death of his father and to take a break from the city. Upon his return, he sadly learns that the family restaurant had gone out of business during his absence; while reminiscing about his childhood, Souta walks inside the closed down restaurant and discovers a blonde haired little boy wearing rags sleeping inside a cooking pot. Then, Souta realizes that this child is a shape shifting tanuki that has been inhabiting Kagawa for many years. Thinking that the boy has been living a lonely life, he decides to adopt him and name him "Poco".

Each episode follows the heartwarming relationship between Souta and Poco, and through the time they spend together, Souta recalls his own past, the place he left behind for the city, and the relationship he had with his father.

Characters[edit]

Souta Tawara (俵 宗太, Tawara Sōta)
Voiced by: Yūichi Nakamura[7]
The main protagonist and the son of a noodle restaurant owner. Born and raised in the Udon Prefecture (i.e., Kagawa Prefecture), he had been living an uneventful life in Tokyo as a web designer. He comes home after his father's demise to find the restaurant having gone out of business and a young boy that he names Poco hiding there. He grows fond of him and decides to take care of him and constantly worries about what would happen to Poco once he leaves. He regrets leaving his home and his father because of his selfishness and mentions it to his big sister when she expresses her regret of being unable give their father a grandchild. His time spent with Poco often reminds him of how his father lovingly took care of him, which further adds to his regrets.
Poco (ポコ, Poko)
Voiced by: Shiho Kokido[7]
A young boy who is actually a magical tanuki (raccoon dog). He is adopted by Souta after he was found all alone hiding inside the closed-down restaurant.
Shinobu Nakajima (中島 忍, Nakajima Shinobu)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita[7]
Souta's friend from grade school. He used to go fishing with Souta in the middle of the night before going to school. He is now an orthopedic surgeon.
Rinko Oishi (大石 凛子, Ōishi Rinko)
Voiced by: Mai Nakahara[7]
Souta's older sister. She's terrible with kids, but interacting with Poco and Souta changed that. She can come off as intimidating but she cares deeply about Souta's well-being. She regrets the fact that she couldn't give grandchildren to her father even though it was her own decision. She expresses her regret that they have to let go of the house that they grew up and played together which probably left some impression in Souta. She seems rather close to Souta and constantly worries about him probably because they lost their mother early. Whenever she's together with Souta they reminisce their childhood and their regrets. She has a sad expression whenever they reminisce their childhood probably because of the memories of her mother whom she probably remembers better than Souta does.
Shunsuke Fujiyama (藤山 俊亮, Fujiyama Shunsuke)
Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama[7]
Priest who initially warns Souta that if a child wanders around alone in the area a tanuki could bewitch them - after Poco runs off chasing Kaeru and ends up at the temple. Sae's older brother and part-time DJ.
Sae Fujiyama (藤山 紗枝, Fujiyama Sae)
Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa[8]
Former customer of Tawara Udon, who visited often, she is devastated to find out it is no longer in business upon first meeting Souta. Her workplace is situated around the corner from the noodle restaurant. Shunsuke's younger sister.
Mai Manabe (真鍋 舞, Manabe Mai)
Voiced by: Yuko Minaguchi[8]
Souta's childhood friend. Since graduating from high school, she got married and now goes by Mai Tanaka. She is the mother to two children, Nozomi and baby boy Eitarou.
Nozomi Tanaka (田中 のぞみ, Tanaka Nozomi)
Voiced by: Kaede Hondo[8]
Mai's daughter.
Fumi Yoshioka (喜岡 ふみ, Yoshioka Fumi)
Voiced by: Kujira[8]
Sharp-tongued granny from next door, at first she is critical of Souta upon his return and mistakes Poco as his secret love child.
Nakajima's Mother (中島の母)
Voiced by: Akiko Kimura[8]
Nakajima's Father (中島の父)
Voiced by: Katsuhisa Hōki[8]

Surgeon and Director of the local hospital, he operated on Souta when he sustained his leg injury as a teenager. He argues frequently with his son who works at another hospital in Ritsurin, raising doubts as to whether Shinobu will take over his hospital.

Gorou Hamada (浜田 吾郎, Hamada Gorō)
Voiced by: Takaya Kuroda[8]
Nicknamed Dahama, Souta's boss at 'team satellite', the web design company he works at in Tokyo. He first encounters Souta when visiting a hospital where Souta, as a teen, was a patient due to a leg injury. Seeing his enthusiasm for building Nakajima's fishing website, Dahama invites him to Tokyo after his recovery.
Hiroshi Nagatsuma (永妻 宏司, Nagatsuma Hiroshi)
Voiced by: Shinnosuke Tachibana[8]
Souta's younger colleague at 'team satellite' who looks up to him. Hiroshi is the one that calls Souta back to Toyko, after he has spent two weeks away in Kagawa, when the company is in trouble due to being right up against a project deadline.
Manabu Saeki (冴木 学, Saeki Manabu)
Voiced by: Kōsuke Toriumi[8]
President of 'team planet', an advertising agency in Shodoshima, introduced to Souta by Dahama when he becomes a freelancer.
Yukie Saeki (冴木 雪枝, Saeki Yukie)
Voiced by: Yū Shimamura[8]
Works at 'team planet' and Manabu's wife.
Souta's Mother (中島の母)
Voiced by: Akiko Kimura[8]
Souta and Rinko's mother, she died more than 25 years before the current storyline.
Souta's Father (宗太の父)
Voiced by: Hiroshi Naka[8]
Former owner of the noodle restaurant Tawara Udon, he is Souta and Rinko's father. Died recently - Souta is still in the mourning period when he returns to his hometown in Kagawa Prefecture.
Kaeru (カエル)
Voiced by: Yū Kobayashi[8]
Frog that lives near Tawara Udon and that Poco often chases.
Vice Governor (副知事)
Voiced by: Jun Kaname[7]
An anime-only character, Udon Prefecture Vice Governor Kaname Jun, a native of Kagawa who provides preview narration and facts about the prefecture.

Gaogao-chan and the Blue Sky[edit]

Gaogao-chan (ガオガオちゃん)
Voiced by: Takaya Kuroda[7]
A space alien from the Nebula M87 who crash-lands on Earth and comes to love it. Gaogao-chan is Poco's favorite TV character.
Mimi (ミミ) and Momo (モモ)
Voiced by: Yui Makino and Shiho Kokido[7]
Two kind mechanics who Gaogao-chan comes to live with.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

The original manga by Nodoka Shinomaru began serialization in Shinchosha's Monthly Comic @ Bunch magazine in August 2012.[9] So far, seven tankōbon volumes have been released by Shinchosha under the label Bunch Comics.[10]

Volume list[edit]

No.Release date ISBN
1 December 8, 2012ISBN 978-4-10-771688-0
2 June 7, 2013ISBN 978-4-10-771709-2
3 December 9, 2013ISBN 978-4-10-771727-6
4 July 9, 2014ISBN 978-4-10-771759-7
5 December 9, 2014ISBN 978-4-10-771790-0
6 August 8, 2015ISBN 978-4-10-771838-9
7 February 9, 2016ISBN 978-4-10-771876-1
8 October 8, 2016ISBN 978-4-10-771925-6
9 January 1, 2017ISBN 978-4-10-771947-8
10 November 9, 2017ISBN 978-4-10-772025-2
11 September 7, 2018ISBN 978-4-10-772-117-4
12 March 2019

Anime[edit]

A 12-episode anime television series adaptation was announced to air in October 2016.[11] The anime is produced by Liden Films, directed by Seiki Takuno and written by Natsuko Takahashi. Eriko Itō handles the character designs and Yukari Hashimoto is composing the music.[4][6] It premiered on October 9, 2016 on NTV[a] and later premiered on RNC on October 16, 2016.[8] The opening theme is "S.O.S." by Weaver[12] and the ending theme is "Sweet Darwin" by GOODWARP.[8]

Episode list[edit]

No. Official English title[b]
Original Japanese title[13]
Original air date
1 "Bukkake Udon"
"Bukkake Udon" (ぶっかけうどん) 
October 9, 2016
2 "Kotoden"
"Kotoden" (ことでん) 
October 16, 2016
3 "The Red Lighthouse"
"Aka Tōdai" (赤灯台) 
October 23, 2016
4 "Yashima"
"Yashima" (屋島) 
October 30, 2016
5 "Chicken on the Bone"
"Honesuke Tori" (骨付鳥) 
November 6, 2016
6 "Tokyo Tower"
"Tōkyō Tawā" (東京タワー) 
November 13, 2016
7 "Ritsurin Garden"
"Ritsurin Kōen" (栗林公園) 
November 20, 2016
8 "Shoudo Island"
"Shōdoshima" (小豆島) 
November 27, 2016
9 "Dried Sardines"
"Iriko Dashi" (いりこだし) 
December 4, 2016
10 "Reservoir"
"Tameike" (ため池) 
December 11, 2016
11 "Takamatsu Festival"
"Takamatsu Matsuri" (高松まつり) 
December 18, 2016
12 "Kakeudon"
"Kakeudon" (かけうどん) 
December 25, 2016

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The series premiered on NTV at 25:55 on October 8, 2016, which is equivalent to 1:55am on October 9, 2016
  2. ^ All English titles are taken from Crunchyroll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nodoka Shinomaru's Poco's Udon World Manga Ends With 12th Volume". Anime News Network. Retrieved 7 September 2018. 
  2. ^ "Crunchyroll Announces Winter 2017 Anime Lineup". Crunchyroll. January 20, 2017. Retrieved April 17, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Animax Asia to Simulcast Flip Flappers, Poco's Udon World". Anime News Network. September 28, 2016. Retrieved October 4, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari Manga Gets TV Anime This Year". Anime News Network. February 8, 2016. Retrieved March 10, 2016. 
  5. ^ うどんの国の金色毛鞠TVアニメ化決定 web@バンチ [Udon no Kuni no Kin-iro Kemari TV Anime adaptation decided web @ Bunch] (in Japanese). web @ bunch. Retrieved March 10, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Udon no Kuni no Kiniro Kemari Anime Unveils 1st Promo, Main Cast, October Premiere". Anime News Network. June 20, 2016. Retrieved June 20, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h "Tomokazu Sugita, Mai Nakahara, Jun Fukuyama Join Poco's Udon World Anime's Cast". Anime News Network. July 21, 2016. Retrieved September 7, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Poco's Udon World Anime Reveals More Cast, Ending Theme Artist, October 8 Premiere". Anime News Network. August 20, 2016. Retrieved August 20, 2016. 
  9. ^ 月刊コミック@バンチ 2012年8月号 (in Japanese). Shinchosha. Retrieved November 3, 2016. 
  10. ^ うどんの国の金色毛鞠 7 (BUNCH COMICS) [Udon no Kuni no Kin-iro Kemari 7 (Bunch Comics)] (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved March 10, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Poco's Udon World TV Anime Will Have 12 Episodes". Anime News Network. March 30, 2016. Retrieved March 30, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Weaver to Perform Poco's Udon World Anime's Opening Theme". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2016-10-18. 
  13. ^ "STORY". udonnokuni-anime.jp (in Japanese). Archived from the original on October 27, 2016. Retrieved October 12, 2016. 

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