Super Doll Licca-chan
|Super Doll Licca-chan|
Promo-poster for Licca-chan series.
(Sūpā Dōru Rika-chan)
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Gisaburō Sugii|
|Original run||October 6, 1998 – September 28, 1999|
|Written by||Mia Ikumi|
|Original run||November 1998 – October 1999|
|Super Doll Licca-chan: Licca-chan Zettai Zetsumei! Doll Knights no Kiseki|
|Directed by||Gisaburô Sugii
|Produced by||Naoto Hashimoto|
|Music by||Katsumi Horii|
|Released||July 31, 1999|
Super Doll★Licca-chan (スーパードール★リカちゃん Sūpā Dōru Rika-chan?) is an anime TV series which ran on TV Tokyo in 1998–1999. Kodansha also serialized a manga based on the anime series in its monthly manga magazine Nakayoshi. The story follows an ordinary elementary school girl named Licca Kayama and the strange circumstances surrounding her origins, as well as the origins of her protector, Doll Licca.
The series is an original story spin-off inspired by the long-selling and popular Takara doll lineup "Licca-chan", created by Miyako Maki, designed to expand the regular dress-up doll series into a line of action figures. However, the new figures were only a mild success, and did not remain in production for long.
The 52-episode TV series aired in Japan from 6 October 1998 through 28 September 1999. Since its release in Japan it has been translated into multiple languages, including Chinese, Italian, Portuguese, Tagalog and Malay, and has been broadcast internationally on various stations, including Taiwan's CTS and Hong Kong's ATV and TVB, Cartoon Network's Latin America and Brazilian services, and Italy's RaiDue.
Doll Licca (ドールリカ Dōru Rika?): The protector of Licca, is a doll knight who uses a magic yo-yo called "Light Spinner" to fight. She is very noble, and has never hesitated to take risks to protect Licca and her friends. The magic spell to wake up Doll Licca using the Calling Pendant is Tururu Kururu Tureiro Kureira (トゥルールクルールトゥレイロクレイラ?).
Doll Izumi (ドール
Doll Isamu (ドールイサム Dōru Isamu?): is the third doll knight who wields a huge sword called "Light Thunder" to fight, with which it is able to shed energy projectiles, and cut his enemies. In the middle of the anime was in the service of evil under orders of Devaul, but then is rescued by Doll Licca and returns to fight on the side of good under the stewardship of Dai. The magic spell to wake up Doll Isamu using the Calling Watch is Tereso Terese Burune Buraine (テレーゾテレーゼブルーネブライネ?).
Licca Kayama (香山リカ Kayama Rika?): is the protagonist of the series, is a cheerful and energetic girl. Her mother and grandmother belong to royalty of Culture Fantasy, so she is the princess of the Doll Kingdom but she doesn't know it. When she was just a baby her mother fled there with her and her grandmother, to escape the clutches of the evil Devaul. She has a crush on her neighbor, Rui. She was given by her grandmother a pink bracelet called "Calling Ring" which glows when she's in trouble and Doll Licca comes to the rescue.
Nanae Kayama (香山七重 Kayama Nanae?): Licca's grandmother, twin sister of Yae, Franz's wife and Orie's mother. She fled with her daughter and granddaughter to the world of humans, carrying a suitcase with the Doll Knights inside. Her pendant is able to wake up Doll Licca, and uses that power to protect Licca throughout the series. She is very kind, always in a good mood and able to do anything for her daughter and granddaughter.
Yae Kayama (香山八重 Kayama Yae?): is the twin sister of Nanae, Orie's aunt and Licca's grandaunt, queen of Doll Kingdom, which was possessed by the evil Devaul.
Orie Kayama (香山織江 Kayama Orie?): Mother of Licca, Queen of Doll Kingdom. She turned down her duty as a queen because she was in love with a human, Pierre (future father of Licca). She fled with her mother and daughter to the world of humans to escape Devaul, and always made every effort to protect Licca.
Sumire Shinohara (篠原スミレ Shinohara Sumire?): Licca's best friend, is characterized by her nobility and romance, she spends imagining romantic scenes with Dai since she has a crush on him. During the second half of the series she receives a green bracelet that can invoke Doll Izumi.
Dai Takabayashi (高林ダイ Takabayashi Dai?): is one of Licca's friends, very restless, naughty and aggressive. Always fights with Licca, although she's really in love with Rui and appears whenever he gets very jealous. He receives a blue bracelet to summon Doll Isamu when there is trouble.
Scarecrow (スケアクロウ Sukeakurō?): is a magician of Doll Kingdom, which is under the command of Devaul. Ordered by Devaul to kidnap Licca, until he reformed on the halfway of the series to defend the princess.
Pierre Kayama (香山ピエール Kayama Piēru?): Licca's father, a musician whose melody is so powerful that it was the final cause of death of Devaul.
Tomonori "Tomo" Michitani (蕗谷トモノリ Michitani Tomonori?): Another friend of Licca, noted for his intelligence and his way of being a bit strange. Most of his hobbies include astronomy, reading books, science and everything related to the study and more than once saved his brilliant ideas to his friends.
Rui Makiyama (麻樹山ルイ Makiyama Rui?): Is a student who attends college in Ozura and Licca's neighbor. He befriends the family quickly, and Licca is in love with him. He discovers the secret of the Kayama Family after seeing Doll Licca many times and recognize Licca's bracelet. Thanks to him, Dai discovered the whereabouts of the Doll Isamu Calling Ring, and on one occasion he was who encouraged him to rescue Licca.
Catherine (カトリーヌ Katorīnu?): Licca's mysterious classmate who appears halfway through the series with Doll Izumi Calling Choker. Helps protect Licca, first anonymously and then discovered, invoking Doll Izumi whenever necessary. On the second halfway of the series it is later revealed that she hides the Doll Izumi Calling Ring in her clothing and Sumire accidentally found it when it fell in her pocket and got captured by Misty in the process to save Licca.
Franz (フランツ Furantsu?): Licca's grandfather, which was confined to the forest of Al (or Au) to flee the castle. He gave his choker to Catherine to invoke Doll Izumi.
Devaul (デヴォール Devōru?): is the main antagonist of the series. A demon who possessed Yae in the forest of Al (Au) and from that moment it was proposed to take full control of Doll Kingdom and later revealed his true form as an enormous dragon. He wants to kidnap Licca. The Doll Knights battled Devaul to protect Licca and her family and friends. With a help from the god Al, Devaul was destroyed forever.
Misty (ミスティー Misutī?): is a creation of Devaul to destroy Licca's squires and to kidnap her. Her powers are far superior to those of any squire, and only three of them can be at your level. She does not totally agree with the thinking of her master, but must obey anyway. After being defeated by the dolls, Devaul absorbed her again.
Puru (プル?) and Waya (ワーヤ?): Scarecrow's assistants, following the orders of their master in all circumstances. In the second half of the series they reformed and protect Licca, using all possible means.
- Created by Takara TOMY
- Executive Producer: Tarō Maki (GENCO)
- Planning Assistance: Weave
- Series Organization: Mami Watanabe, Kazuhiko Sōma
- Character Design: Tetsuya Kumagai
- Music: Akihiko Hirama, Katsumi Horii
- Director: Gisaburō Sugii
- Animation Production: Madhouse
- A Production of: TV Tokyo, Dentsu, GENCO
- Ne (opening 1, Rooky)
- Ashita no Kimi (opening 2, Tomo Sakurai)
- Ne (Cutey Techno Mix) (ending 1, Rooky)
- Wow! (ending 2, Rooky)
- Love Wars Taisakusen (ending 3, Rooky)
- Sono Yume ha Nani Iro (ending 4, Tomo Sakurai)
- "Animated TV series 1997-2002". Genco. Retrieved May 7, 2009.[dead link]
- "WHAT'S COOL IN JAPAN October–December 2001: Licca-chan". Web Japan. October 12, 2001. Retrieved May 7, 2009.
- Super Doll Licca-chan (anime) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
- Super Doll Licca-chan (manga) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
- Super Doll Licca-chan at the Internet Movie Database