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Tama and Friends
Uchi no Tama Shirimasen ka volume 2 DVD.jpg
Cover of DVD volume 2.
タマ&フレンズ
(Tama ando Furenzu)
GenreAdventure
Original video animation
Tama & Friends: Third Street Story
Directed byTsuneo Maeda
StudioGroup TAC
Released November 21, 1988 November 1, 1990
Runtime15 minutes
Episodes7 (List of episodes)
Game
Tama and Friends: Great 3rd Street Adventure
DeveloperAdvance Communication Company
PublisherBandai
PlatformFamily Computer Disk System
ReleasedFebruary 23, 1989[1]
Anime television series
Tama of Third Street: Do You Know My Tama?
Directed byTsuneo Maeda
StudioGroup TAC
Licensed by
Original networkMBS, TBS
English network
Original run July 3, 1993 September 25, 1994
Episodes28
Anime film
Tama of 3rd Street: Please! Search for Momo-chan!!
Directed byTsuneo Maeda
StudioGroup TAC
ReleasedAugust 14, 1993
Runtime90 minutes
Game
Tama of 3rd Street: Where is Momo-chan!
DeveloperSega
PublisherSega
GenreEducational
PlatformKids Computer Pico
ReleasedJuly 1994
Game
Tama of 3rd Street: Tama and Friends - 3rd Street Ghost Panic!!
DeveloperTom Create
PublisherBandai
PlatformGame Boy
ReleasedAugust 5, 1994[2]
Game
Tama & Friends: 3rd Street Park Tamalympics
DeveloperAspect
PublisherSega
PlatformGame Gear
ReleasedMarch 3, 1995[3]
Anime television series
Tama and Friends: Search For It! The Magic Puni-Puni Stone
Directed byTsuneo Maeda
StudioGroup TAC
Original networkAnimax
Sun TV
Tokyo MX
Original run May 6, 2006 November 4, 2006
Episodes26
Anime television series
Tama and Friends: Uchi no Tama Shirimasen ka?
StudioKachidoki
Original run October 1, 2016 – present
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Tama & Friends (タマ&フレンズ, Tama ando Furenzu) is a series of products & anime beginning as early as 1983.

An OVA series based on the products was created by Group TAC and titled Tama & Friends: Third Street Story (タマ&フレンズ 3丁目物語, Tama ando Furenzu San-chōme Monogatari) and the first episode was first released in 1988. All episodes, except the first, had two episodes put on a single cassette. The episodes, as well as an additional three episodes, aired on TBS and MBS under the name Tama of Third Street: Do You Know My Tama? (3丁目のタマ うちのタマ知りませんか?, San-Chōme no Tama: Uchi no Tama Shirimasen ka?) from July 3, 1993 to August 28, 1993. An anime movie, titled Tama of Third Street: Please! Find Momo-chan!! (3丁目のタマ おねがい!モモちゃんを捜して!!, San-Chōme no Tama: Onegai! Momo-chan wo Sagashite!!), was released in the same year. Another 26 episodes were created and broadcast in 1994 on the same networks under the same name. The original series was dubbed in North America by 4Kids Entertainment in 2001, but never made it to Home Video. Hasbro Studios currently holds the rights to 4Kids' dub. Another anime series, known as Tama & Friends: Search for It! The Magic Puni-Puni Stone (タマ&フレンズ 探せ!魔法のプニプニストーン, Tama ando Furenzu: Sagase! Mahō no Puni-Puni Sutōn), aired on Animax in 2006.

A new anime short series air beginning in October 2016.[4] Unlike previous series, it is animated in Adobe Flash.

Characters[edit]

Original characters[edit]

  • Tama (タマ, Tama): An energetic cat who always wants to go on new adventures. Tama is owned by Takeshi.
  • Takeshi Okamoto (岡本タケシ, Okamoto Takeshi) / Casey - Tama's owner, who enjoys riding his bicycle and stargazing.
  • Kimie Okamoto (岡本キミエ, Okamoto Kimie) / Casey's mom - Takeshi's mother.
  • Momo (モモ, Momo): Momo is a sweet and ladylike cat. Momo is owned by Amy. Tama has a secret crush on her
  • Emi Hanasaki (花咲エミ, Hanasaki Emi) / Amy - Emi is Takeshi's friend and the owner of Momo. Amy has an annoying cousin named Hatsuko (はつこ, Hatsuko) / Jeannie.
  • Kasumi Hanasaki (花咲カスミ, Hanasaki Kasumi) / Amy's mom - Emi's mother.
  • Pochi (ポチ, Pochi) / Doozle: Pochi is a dog who is constantly afraid of many things. He is owned by Yamada Tofu (とうふの山田, Tōfu no Yamada).
  • Tora (トラ, Tora) / Tiggle: Tora is a troublemaker that wants to convince his peers to try daredevil stunts. He is owned by Yuzuko Oketani (桶谷ゆず子, Oketani Yuzuko).
  • Beh (ベー, ) / Chopin: Beh is a black cat that knows all of the short-cuts and hidden places in the town. His English dub name, Chopin, originates from Frédéric Chopin. His owner is Banta Kawahara (河原ばん太, Kawahara Banta).
  • Kuro (クロ, Kuro) / Wocket: Kuro is a hyperactive, athletic dog. He is owned by Yasushi Mikawa (三河やすし, Mikawa Yasushi).
  • Gon (ゴン, Gon) / Bengbu: Gon is a dog who is laid-back. He is owned by Zenji Noda (野田ぜんじ, Noda Zenji).
  • Koma (コマ, Koma) / Pimmy: Koma is the youngest member of Tama's group.
  • Nora (ノラ, Nora) / Rockney: Nora is a street-smart stray cat.
  • Buru (ブル, Buru) / Bupkus: Buru is a bulldog that bullies Tama's group and he has a crush on Momo. He is owned by Kaneko Kuramochi (倉持カネ子, Kuramochi Kaneko).

Cast[edit]

Episode list[edit]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 28 July 3, 1993 (1993-07-03) September 25, 1994 (1994-09-25)
2 26 May 6, 2006 (2006-05-06) November 4, 2006 (2006-11-04)

Tama and Friends: Third Street Story[edit]

VHS# JTV# Title VHS Release date TBS/MBS airdate
1-"Tama & Friends: Third Street Story"
"Tama ando Furenzu: San-chōme Monogatari" (タマ&フレンズ 3丁目物語)
November 21, 1988 (1988-11-21)[5]-
.
24"Have you Seen my Tama? (Part one)"
"Uchi no Tama Shirimasen ka? (Zenpen)" (うちのタマ知りませんか?(前編))
"Have you Seen my Tama? (Part two)"
"Uchi no Tama Shirimasen ka? (Kōhen)" (うちのタマ知りませんか?(後編))
April 21, 1989 (1989-04-21)[6]July 24, 1993
.
35"The Story of When Tama was Born"
"Tama ga Umareta Toki no Hanashi" (タマが生まれた時の話)
"Tama and Pochi's Great Adventure"
"Tama to Pochi no Dai Bōken" (タマとポチの大冒険)
June 21, 1989 (1989-06-21)[7]July 31, 1993
.
46"Festival Night"
"Omatsuri no Yoru" (おまつりの夜)
"The Third Street's Great Sports Festival"
"San-Chōme no Dai Undōkai" (3丁目の大運動会)
August 21, 1989 (1989-08-21)[8]August 7, 1993
.
52"Happy New Year"
"Akemashite Omedetō" (あけましておめでとう)
"Takeshi's Hatsuyume"
"Takeshi no Hatsuyume" (たけしの初夢)
October 21, 1989 (1989-10-21)[9]July 10, 1993
.
61"Christmas Eve Mystery (Part one)"
"Kurisumasu Ibu no Nazo (Zenpen)" (クリスマス・イブのなぞ(前編))
"Christmas Eve Mystery (Part two)"
"Kurisumasu Ibu no Nazo (Kōhen)" (クリスマス・イブのなぞ(後編))
August 1, 1990 (1990-08-01)[10]July 3, 1993
.
73"My Most Precious Item"
"Boku no Taisetsuna Mono" (ぼくの大切なもの)
"Strange Friends"
"Fushigina Tomodachi" (不思議な友達)
November 1, 1990 (1990-11-01)[11]July 17, 1993
.

Tama of Third Street: Have You Seen My Tama?[edit]

JTV# UTV# Original title / 4Kids title Original airdate (TBS/MBS) Original airdate (Syndication)
7a1a"Tama's First Love"  ("Kitty Love")
"Tama no Hatsu Koi" (タマのはつこい)
August 14, 1993 (1993-08-14)September 15, 2001[12]
.
7b-"What's up, Pochi?"
"Pochi, Dōshita no?" (ポチ、どうしたの?)
August 14, 1993 (1993-08-14)-
.
8a-"Are You Alright!? Tama"
"Daijiyobu!? Tama" (だいじょーぶ!?タマ)
August 21, 1993 (1993-08-21)-
.
8b1b"Tama, Caught a Balloon"  ("A Present For Momo")
"Tama, Fūsen wo Tsukamaete" (タマ、風船をつかまえて)
August 21, 1993 (1993-08-21)September 15, 2001[12]
.
9-"Tama's Scary Story"
"Tama no Kowai Ohanashi" (タマのこわーいお話)
"It's Tama's Secret"
"Tama ni wa Naishoda yo" (タマにはないしょだよ)
August 28, 1993 (1993-08-28)-
.
10-"Tama & Friends"
"Tama ando Furenzu" (タマ&フレンズ)
"Tama the Freshman"
"Tama wa Shinnyūsei" (タマは新入生)
April 3, 1994 (1994-04-03)-
.
11a12a"Have You Seen Ribiribi?"  ("One Green Afternoon")
"Ribiribi Shirimasen ka?" (リビリビ知りませんか?)
April 10, 1994 (1994-04-10)December 8, 2001[12]
.
11b8a"My Favorite"  ("Tama's New Friend")
"Boku no Okinīri" (ぼくのお気にいり)
April 10, 1994 (1994-04-10)November 3, 2001[12]
.
124"The Legend of King Pochi   ("Doozle Saves the Day")"
"Ōja Pochi no Densetsu" (王者ポチの伝説)
"Steal it! The Treasure in the Pond   ("The Depths")"
"Ubae! Ike no Naka no Takara" (奪え!池の中のたから)
April 17, 1994 (1994-04-17)October 6, 2001[12]
.
13a3b"Chasing Momo's Bell"  ("Momo's Bell")
"Momo no Suzu wo Oikakete" (モモの鈴を追いかけて)
April 24, 1994 (1994-04-24)September 29, 2001[12]
.
13b8b"Grab the Cloud! Tora"  ("Cloud Cat")
"Kumo wo Tsukame! Tora" (雲をつかめ!トラ)
April 24, 1994 (1994-04-24)November 3, 2001[12]
.
14a9a"Showdown in May"  ("The Showdown")
"Kessen wa Go-tsuki" (決戦は5月)
May 1, 1994 (1994-05-01)November 10, 2001[12]
.
14b6a"The Day Buru Cried"  ("The Day Bupkus Cried")
"Buru ga Naita hi" (ブルが泣いた日)
May 1, 1994 (1994-05-01)October 20, 2001[12]
.
15a-"Mystery of the Hot Water Pine Trees"
"Matsu no Yu no Nazo" (松のゆのなぞ)
May 8, 1994 (1994-05-08)-
.
15b9b"Sold Hero"  ("The Watch Dog")
"Urareta Hīrō" (売られたヒーロー)
May 8, 1994 (1994-05-08)November 10, 2001[12]
.
16a10a"Koma's Seven Names"  ("No Place Like Home")
"Koma no Nanatsu no Namae" (コマの七つの名前)
May 15, 1994 (1994-05-15)November 17, 2001[12]
.
16b6b"Finding the Video Camera"  ("The Tama and Momo Show")
"Bideo Kamera de Oikakete" (ビデオカメラで追いかけて)
May 15, 1994 (1994-05-15)October 20, 2001[12]
.
17a2a"Third Street Labyrinth"  ("Top Secret Tama")
"San-Chōme Rabirinsu" (3丁目ラビリンス)
May 22, 1994 (1994-05-22)September 22, 2001[12]
.
17b10b"Two Strays"  ("Stray Cats")
"Futari no Nora" (ふたりのノラ)
May 22, 1994 (1994-05-22)November 17, 2001[12]
.
18a13a"Evening at the Department Store"  ("Shopping Mall Slumber Party")
"Depāto de Konban wa" (デパートで今晩は)
May 29, 1994 (1994-05-29)December 15, 2001[12]
.
18b-"Kuro's Midnight"
"Mayonaka no Kuro" (真夜中のクロ)
May 29, 1994 (1994-05-29)-
.
19a5a"Beh is Full"  ("Poster Cat")
"Bē ga Ippai" (ベーがいっぱい)
June 5, 1994 (1994-06-05)October 13, 2001[12]
.
19b-"The Legend of Genius Pochi"
"Tensai Pochi no Densetsu" (天才ポチの伝説)
June 5, 1994 (1994-06-05)-
.
20a2b"Let's be Friends"  ("Hot Air Havoc")
"Tomodachi ni Narou ze" (友達になろうぜ)
June 12, 1994 (1994-06-12)September 22, 2001[12]
.
20b-"Tail Viewing Dream"
"Shippo ga Miru Yume" (しっぽがみる夢)
June 12, 1994 (1994-06-12)-
.
21a12b"Bringing out Courage"  ("Treasure Map Tama")
"Yūki wo Dashite" (勇気をだして)
June 19, 1994 (1994-06-19)December 8, 2001[12]
.
21b5b"Welcome! Takeshi-kun"  ("Casey and Friends")
"Yōkoso! Takeshi-kun" (ようこそ!たけしくん)
June 19, 1994 (1994-06-19)October 13, 2001[12]
.
22-"Cat Origins (Part one)"
"Neko no Sujō (Zenpen)" (猫ノ巣城(前編))
"Cat Origins (Part two)"
"Neko no Sujō (Kōhen)" (猫ノ巣城(後編))
June 26, 1994 (1994-06-26)-
.
237"Smiling Tulips"
"Waratte yo Chūrippu" (わらってよチューリップ)
"Our Stardust"
"Boku-tachi no Hoshikuzu" (ぼくたちの星くず)
July 3, 1994 (1994-07-03)October 27, 2001[12]
.
24a3a"Tail Goal!!"  ("Goal!")
"Shippo de Gōru!!" (しっぽでゴール!!)
July 10, 1994 (1994-07-10)September 29, 2001[12]
.
24b-"We are Friends! Tama Ondo"
"Bokura wa Nakama da! Tama Ondo" (ボクらは仲間だ! タマ音頭)
July 10, 1994 (1994-07-10)-
.
2511"A Penguin-!?"
"Pengin Da-!?" (ペンギンだぁーっ!?)
"Playing with a Skateboard"
"Sukebō de Asobo" (スケボーであそぼー)
July 17, 1994 (1994-07-17)November 24, 2001[12]
.
26a13b"Gon's Errand"  ("The Watch Dog")
"Gon no Otsukai" (ゴンのお使い)
July 24, 1994 (1994-07-24)December 15, 2001[12]
.
26b-"Matsuri-bayashi"
"Matsuri-bayashi" (まつりばやし)
July 24, 1994 (1994-07-24)-
.
27-"Paradise of Crabs (Part one)"
"Paradaisu Obu Kanikan (Zenpen)" (パラダイス・オブ・カニカン(前編))
"Paradise of Crabs (Part two)"
"Paradaisu Obu Kanikan (Kōhen)" (パラダイス・オブ・カニカン(後編))
July 31, 1994 (1994-07-31)-
.
28-"Our Last Day in Third Street"
"San-Chōme Saigo no Hi" (3丁目最後の日)
"Dirty-Faced Angel"
"Kegareta-gao no Enjeru" (汚れた顔のエンジェル)
August 7, 1994 (1994-08-07)-
.
29-"Wandering Collar"
"Samayoeru Kubiwa" (さまよえる首輪)
"The Legend of Devil Pochi"
"Debiru Pochi no Densetsu" (デビル・ポチの伝説)
August 14, 1994 (1994-08-14)-
.
30-"Naughty Paint War"
"Wanpaku Enogu Sensō" (わんぱく絵の具戦争)
"Whisper Whistle"
"Fue no Sasayaki" (笛のささやき)
August 21, 1994 (1994-08-21)-
.
31-"Goodbye Tama Robot"
"Sayonara Tama Robotto" (サヨナラ タマ・ロボット)
"Goodbye Tama Robot 2"
"Sayonara Tama Robotto Tsū" (サヨナラ タマ・ロボット2)
August 28, 1994 (1994-08-28)-
.
32-"Black Lightning"
"Kuroi Inazuma" (黒い稲妻)
"Chasing a Picnic"
"Ensoku wo Oikakete" (遠足を追いかけて)
September 4, 1994 (1994-09-04)-
.
33-"It's Naniwabushi! Buru's Life"
"Naniwabushi da yo! Buru Jinsei" (浪花節だよ!ブル人生)
"Cool! Masked Buru"
"Ikasu ze! Buru Kamen" (イカスぜ!ブル仮面)
September 11, 1994 (1994-09-11)-
.
34-"It's Clear! Tama"
"Hakkirishite yo! Tama" (はっきりしてよ!タマ)
"We are not Angels"
"Boku-tachi ha Tenshi ja nai" (ボクたちは天使じゃない)
September 18, 1994 (1994-09-18)-
.
35-"Captain Cat Tama"
"Kyaputen Kyatto Tama" (キャプテン キャット★タマ)
September 25, 1994 (1994-09-25)-
.

Tama & Friends: Do You Know My Tama?[edit]

Tama & Friends: Do You Know My Tama? (タマ&フレンズ 〜うちのタマ知りませんか?〜, Tama to Furenzu: Uchi no Tama Shirimasen ka?) will begin airing on Tokyo MX and CTV in October 2016.[13]

Video games[edit]

The first Tama and Friends video game, Tama and Friends: Great Third Street Adventure (タマ&フレンズ 3丁目大冒険, Tama ando Furenzu: San-chōme Dai Bōken) was released in 1989.

The third game, Tama of 3rd Street: Where is Momo-chan! (3丁目のタマ モモちゃんはどこ!, San-Chōme no Tama: Momo-chan wa Doko!) was released in July 1994.

The second game, Tama of 3rd Street: Tama and Friends - Third Street Ghost Panic!! (3丁目のタマ タマ&フレンズ 3丁目おばけパニック!!, San-Chōme no Tama: Tama ando Furenzu - San-chōme Obake Panikku!!) was released in August 1994.

The fourth game, Tama & Friends: Third Street Park Tamalympics (タマ&フレンズ 3丁目公園タマリンピック, Tama ando Furenzu: San-chōme Kōen Tamarinpikku) was released in 1995.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FDS Release Date @ GameFAQS". Retrieved 2014-02-25.
  2. ^ "GB Release Date @ GameFAQS". Retrieved 2014-02-25.
  3. ^ "GG Release Date @ GameFAQS". Retrieved 2014-02-25.
  4. ^ "new tama and friends short anime announced". Animenewsnetwork. February 2, 2016. Retrieved February 2, 2016.
  5. ^ "VHS 0 release date". Retrieved 2014-03-07.
  6. ^ "VHS 1 release date". Retrieved 2014-03-06.
  7. ^ "VHS 3 release date". Retrieved 2014-03-06.
  8. ^ "VHS 4 release date". Retrieved 2014-03-06.
  9. ^ "VHS 5 release date". Retrieved 2014-03-06.
  10. ^ "VHS 6 release date". Retrieved 2014-03-06.
  11. ^ "VHS 7 release date". Retrieved 2014-03-06.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w "Syndication Airdates". Retrieved 2014-03-06.
  13. ^ "22年ぶりの新作アニメ『タマ&フレンズ ~うちのタマ知りませんか?~』いよいよ10月、放送開始が決定!" [After 22 years, a new Tama & Friends: Do You Know My Tama?" anime is set to begin airing in October!] (in Japanese). Excite.co.jp. July 21, 2016. Archived from the original on September 17, 2016. Retrieved September 16, 2016.

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