The Monster Kid

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Volume 1 of the 'Kaibutsu-kun' manga.
GenreHorror, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure
Written byFujiko A. Fujio
Published byShōnen Gahosha
MagazineShōnen King
Original runJanuary 1965May 1969
Anime television series
Directed byMasaaki Ohsumi
StudioTokyo Movie Shinsha
Studio Zero
Original networkTBS
Original run April 21, 1968 March 23, 1969
Anime television series
Directed byHiroshi Fukutomi
StudioShin-Ei Animation
Original networkTV Asahi
Original run September 2, 1980 September 28, 1982
Anime film
Kaibutsu-kun Demon Sword
Directed byHiroshi Fukutomi
StudioShin-Ei Animation
Released13 March 1982
Runtime52 minutes
Television drama
Original networkNippon Television
Yomiuri Television
Original run April 17, 2010 June 12, 2010
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Kaibutsu-kun (Japanese: 怪物くん, Little Monster) is a shōnen manga and anime series by Fujiko A. Fujio named after its protagonist. The first was broadcast on TBS from April 21, 1968 to March 23, 1969.[1] The second was broadcast on TV Asahi from September 2, 1980 to September 28, 1982.[2] A live action series was broadcast on Nippon Television and Yomiuri Television from April 17 to June 12, 2010.[3] The anime aired in India as The Monster Kid,[4][5] which is the official English title, always with 94 episodes.[6]


Kaibutsu-kun (Monster Kid) and his companions, Dracula, Wolfman, and Franken, travel from Monster Land to the Human Realm, where they encounter and battle several monsters, mainly assassins from the demon group Demonish.


  • Tarou Kaibutsu (怪物太郎,, Kaibutsu Tarō) - A little boy who can metamorph. Tarou resembles Sabu from the Perman Series. Tarou is also Kiteretsu's best friend from the Kiteretsu series
  • Hiroshi Ichikawa (市川ヒロシ,, Ichikawa Hiroshi) - Taro's friend, who lives with his sister Utako.
  • Utako Ichikawa (市川歌子,, Ichikawa Utako) - Hiroshi's older sister. Both are orphans who live in Arama-sō, a two-story Japanese apartment. She takes care of her brother. Caring and super-radiant forever.
  • Dracula (ドラキュラ, Dorakyura) - He drinks tomato juice instead of human blood. In the TV drama series, he often puts English phrases in every sentence.
  • Wolfman (オオカミ男,, Ookami-Otoko) - The housekeeper and also a cook. He puts "gansu" at the end of every sentence.
  • Franken (フランケン, Furanken) - Like his Hollywood counterpart, he's big, and not too smart.
  • Kaibutsu Daiō (怪物大王,, King Monster) Taro's father and King of Monsterland.
  • Kaiko-chan (怪子ちゃん) - Taro's girlfriend. She's super angry.
  • Doctor Noh (ドクター・ノオ, Dokutā Noo)
  • Fishman (半魚人)
  • Nonbirasu (ノンビラス)
  • Bem (ベム)
  • Demokin (プリンス・デモキン) - Prince of the demons.
  • Ako (アコ) - Hiroshi's classmate and sorrowfully not girlfriend.
  • Kizao (キザオ) - Hiroshi's classmate whose name is similar to a character in Obake no Q-taro. But is otherwise good and forever sad. And Ako's not boyfriend.
  • Banno (番野) - Hiroshi's big classmate.

Live-action TV drama series[edit]

A TV drama adaptation was aired on Nippon TV in 2010 with nine episodes. Two drama specials were aired after the initial airing of the drama series in June 2010, where the author of Kaibutsu-kun appears as a guest, and October 2011. A 3D movie titled Kaibutsu-kun the Movie (映画 怪物くん) was released on November 26, 2011, directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura. It went on to be a commercial success in Japan and earned ¥3.14 billion.[7]

There are some differences between the anime and the live action series, especially for the setting and the characters. Neither Hiroshi's classmates in the anime appear in the TV drama series. The new characters are Wolfman's daughter, the landlady of Arama-sō and a policeman. The theme song for the TV drama series is Monster by Japanese boy band Arashi.


Kaibutsu-kun is a rambunctious prince of Kaibutsu Land. On the day of succession to the throne, he is ordered to go to the world of humans by the King of Kaibutsu Land for ascetic training. Kaibutsu-kun and his attendants, Dracula, Wolfman, and Franken, travel to the world of humans and encounter several monsters or humans belonging to the demon group led by Demorina who tries to set the prince of demon back on track and take over the world.

Main casts[edit]


  1. ^ 怪物くん (1968). allcinema (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
  2. ^ 怪物くん (1980~1982). allcinema (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
  3. ^ 怪物くん (2010). allcinema (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
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  7. ^ "2012年(平成24年) 興行収入10億円以上番組" (PDF). Retrieved 6 December 2016.

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