Tensai Bakabon

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Tensai Bakabon
The cover of Tensai Bakabon volume 2
Genre Comedy
Written by Fujio Akatsuka
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Magazine (April 9, 1967 – February 23, 1969, June 27, 1971 – January 12, 1975, October 26, 1975 – December 5, 1976)
Monthly Shōnen Magazine (August 1967-January 1969, August 1974-December 1978)
Weekly Shōnen Sunday (August 24, 1969 – April 5, 1970)
Shōnen Sunday Deluxe (September 1969 – June 1970)
Weekly Bokura Magazine (May 10, 1971 – May 31, 1971)
Monthly TV Magazine (December 1971 – August 1977)
Comic BonBon (October 1987 – October 1991)
Hero Magazine (October 1989 – January 1991)
Bom Bom Deluxe (November 1991 – December 1992)
Original run April 9, 1967December 5, 1976 (Shōnen Magazine version)
Volumes 38
Anime television series
Directed by Hiroshi Saito
Studio Tokyo Movie Shinsha
Original network Yomiuri Television
Original run September 25, 1971 June 24, 1972
Episodes 40
Anime television series
Ganso Tensai Bakabon
Directed by Hiroshi Saito (?)
Studio Tokyo Movie Shinsha
Original network Nippon Television
Original run October 6, 1975 September 26, 1977
Episodes 103
Anime television series
Heisei Tensai Bakabon
Directed by Hiroshi Sasagawa
Studio Studio Pierrot
Original network Fuji Television
Original run January 6, 1990 December 29, 1990
Episodes 46
Anime television series
Rerere no Tensai Bakabon
Directed by Hayato Date
Studio Studio Pierrot
Original network TV Tokyo
Original run October 19, 1999 March 21, 2000
Episodes 24
Anime television series
Shinya! Tensai Bakabon
Directed by Toru Hosokawa
Written by Toru Hosokawa
Music by Avex Pictures
Studio Pierrot+
Original network TV Tokyo, TV Osaka, TV Aichi, BS Japan
Original run July 10, 2018 – present
Episodes 5
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Tensai Bakabon (天才バカボン, lit. "Genius Bakabon") is a manga and anime series created by Fujio Akatsuka which began publication on April 9, 1967, in Weekly Shōnen Magazine. It is about the misadventures of a dim-witted boy (Bakabon) and his insane father, the latter of whom eventually becomes the central character. The official English name is Meet the Boneheads.[1]


Bakabon's Papa (バカボンのパパ, Bakabon no Papa)
Bakabon's troublemaker father who eventually steals the show and becomes the central character. His catchphrase is saying "Kore de ii noda (これでいいのだ, It'll be all right)" to someone when trying to get them to go along with one of his stupid plans. A typical episode plot involves Papa either being too stupid to perform a simple task or coming up with some crazy idea to accomplish a simple task, usually asking for his son Bakabon's advice and causing tons of trouble. He was once very smart but became an idiot after an accident. He is known for always wearing his trademark hachimaki and haramaki. His favorite food is octopus. Papa has become an anime icon in Japan and was ranked number 9 in a 2002 TV Asahi Top 100 Anime Characters list.[2] Voiced by Masashi Amenomori (1st-2nd series), Kōsei Tomita (3rd series, pachinko games), Hisahiro Ogura (4th series), Arata Furuta (5th series).
Bakabon (バカボン)
A boy who enjoys causing mischief, especially with his Papa. On the inside, though, he is kind and works a part-time job as a shoeshine boy to buy his mother a birthday present. He is known for not wearing pants underneath his kimono. At the beginning of the series he attends Bōmō Eggplant Elementary School (坊毛茄子小学校, Bōmō Nasubi Shōgakkō), but by the fourth anime it has been renamed Bakada Elementary School (バカ田小学校, Bakada Shōgakkō). Voiced by Keiko Yamamoto (1st-2nd series, pachinko), Megumi Hayashibara (3rd series), Yoshiko Kamei (4th series), Miyu Irino (5th series).
Hajime-chan (ハジメちゃん)
Bakabon's younger brother. He is a child prodigy, understanding words almost immediately after his birth and being capable of explaining the Pythagorean theorem and Kepler's laws of planetary motion. His name means "beginning". Voiced by Takako Sasuga (1st-2nd series, pachinko), Chika Sakamoto (3rd series), Yukiji (4th series), Ai Nonaka (5th series).
Bakabon's Mama (バカボンのママ, Bakabon no Mama)
Bakabon's mother and a graduate of Kuroyuri Women's University (黒百合女子大学, Kuroyuri Joshi Daigaku) (a parody of Shirayuri Women's University). Despite how much trouble and mischief Papa and Bakabon cause, she is a good wife and mother. She is the only family member to have the same voice actress throughout the series. Voiced by Eiko Masuyama (1st-4th series), Haruko Kitahama (1st series, Ep. 35 only), Noriko Hidaka (5th series).
Rerere no Oji-san (レレレのおじさん, Mister "Rerere")
The Bakabon family's odd neighbor, named so for his tendency to say "rerere" (rather than are (あれ)) when confused about the countless shenanigans in the series. He is almost always seen sweeping the street outside of his yard. He is bald, has a moustache but no nose, ears that extend slightly off of his head, and wears a yukata and geta sandals. Voiced by Ryūji Saikachi (1st-2nd series), Shigeru Chiba (3rd-4th series, pachinko), Akira Ishida (5th series).
Omawari-san (お巡りさん)
The local beat cop, referred to as Honkan-san (本官さん, lit. "Mr. Policeman") in the anime. He is gluttonous, lecherous, and often fires his pistol at random. He is always wishing for money or a promotion. His notable features include his huge eyes usually drawn as connected into one eyeball, his underbite buck teeth (from the jawbone), and his one nostril in the middle of his nose. His official name from Akatsuka is Mentama Tsunagari Omawari-san (目ン玉つながりのおまわりさん, Officer with the Connected Eyes). Voiced by Isamu Tanonaka (1st series), Kaneta Kimotsuki (2nd series), Shigeru Chiba (3rd-4th series, pachinko), Toshiyuki Morikawa (5th anime).
Unagi-Inu (ウナギイヌ, Eel-dog)
An unusual animal from the neighborhood who is a cross between an eel and a dog. Voiced by Michihiro Ikemizu (2nd series), Aruno Tahara (3rd series), Kōzō Shioya (4th series), Takahiro Sakurai (5th anime).
Dog of the Night (夜のいぬ, Yoru no Inu)
A goofy dog who shows up during scene changes.
Kumada-kun (熊田くん)
Bakabon's classmate who always wears a helmet. For the 4th anime he was renamed Osamu Tezuka-buto (手塚ブト 治, Tezukabuto Osamu, "kabuto" means "helmet"). Voiced by Rica Matsumoto (3rd series), Kappei Yamaguchi (4th series).

Minor characters[edit]

Honda-sensei (凡田先生)
Bakabon's headmaster. Only appears in the first anime. Voiced by Kōichi Kitamura.
Nakamura-kun (中村くん)
Bakabon's ill-tempered classmate. Only appears in the first anime. Voiced by Kaneta Kimotsuki.
Sakura-chan (さくらちゃん)
Bakabon's girlfriend. Only appears in the first anime. Voiced by Kazuko Sawada.
Iyami (イヤミ)
Originally from Osomatsu-kun, he only appears in the Rerere no Tensai Bakabon series alongside Chibita. Voiced by Kaneta Kimotsuki (Episodes 1, 4, 16); Kenichi Ogata (Episodes 3, 6, 11, 16, 20-21, 24) (4th series)
Chibita (チビ太)
Originally from Osomatsu-kun, he only appears in the Rerere no Tensai Bakabon series alongside Iyami.
Hatabō (ハタ坊, lit. "Flag boy")
Originally from Osomatsu-kun, he only appears in the Rerere no Tensai Bakabon series.
Dekapan (デカパン)
Originally from Osomatsu-kun, he only appears in the Rerere no Tensai Bakabon series.
Dayōn (ダヨーン)
Originally from Osomatsu-kun, he only appears in the Rerere no Tensai Bakabon series.



4 bilingual Japanese-English volumes have been released of the manga as The Genius Bakabon.[3][4][5][6]


Four anime series have been produced, with the first two series produced by Tokyo Movie Shinsha and the second two produced by Studio Pierrot. Tensai Bakabon (天才バカボン, "Genius Bakabon") aired for 40 episodes on Yomiuri TV from September 25, 1971, to June 24, 1972. Three years later, Ganso Tensai Bakabon (元祖天才バカボン, "Original Genius Bakabon") aired for 103 episodes on NTV from October 6, 1975, to September 26, 1977.

The two Studio Pierrot series aired nearly nine years apart, with Heisei Tensai Bakabon (平成天才バカボン, "Heisei period Genius Bakabon") airing on Fuji TV for 46 episodes from January 6 to December 29, 1990, and Rerere no Tensai Bakabon (レレレの天才バカボン, "Rerere's Genius Bakabon") airing on TV Tokyo from October 19, 1999, to March 21, 2000, for 24 episodes. In India this show was broadcast by Hungama TV.[7] A new late night anime has been announced for July 2018, titled Shinya! Tensai Bakabon (深夜!天才バカボン, "Late Night! Genius Bakabon")[8][9]. The series premiered on July 10, 2018 on TV Tokyo and other channels. [10]


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