Little Wansa

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Wansa and his friends (Wansa is second to the left).
(Little Wansa)
GenreComedy, Drama
Written byOsamu Tezuka
Published byMushi Production Commercial Firm
MagazineTezuka Magazine Leo
Original runOctober 1971February 1972
Anime television series
Directed byEiichi Yamamoto
Produced byYoshinobu Nishizaki
Written byKeisuke Fujikawa
Eiichi Yamamoto
Music byHiroshi Miyagawa
StudioMushi Productions
Original networkKansai Telecasting Corporation
Original run 2 April 1973 24 September 1973
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Little Wansa (ワンサくん, Wansa-kun) is a mascot for Sanwa Bank designed by Osamu Tezuka. It was later turned into a manga series by Tezuka and an anime series from 1973.

The hero of Wansa-kun was Wansa, a puppy who is sold for a pittance, then escapes, and spends much of the rest of the series looking for his mother. Tezuka never completed the manga version of the series.

In 1973 an animated series based on the manga was made, produced by Yoshinobu Nishizaki and broadcast by Kansai Telecasting Corporation. As with the earlier Triton of the Sea, Tezuka had little-to-no involvement in this series and Wansa-kun ultimately ended up being the last series produced by the original Mushi Production before its bankruptcy.

The anime series lasted 26 episodes. The first 21 episodes were very comedic in nature, but the final five episodes took a more dramatic turn, when Wansa began his search for his mother. Unlike the manga version, which was never completed, he succeeded in the final episode of the anime series.

After the series finished production, Nishizaki and many of his production team on this series went to work on Space Battleship Yamato.


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