Chibi Maruko-chan

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Chibi Maruko-chan
Komaruko.jpg
Original Name ちびまる子ちゃん
Translation Name Chibi Maruko-chan
Region Japan
Original run August 1986 issue - June 1996 issue (Ribon)
January 2002 issue - January 2016 issue (Ribon, irregular serialization)
July 1, 2007 issue - December 31, 2011 (news serial version)
Written by Momoko Sakura
Published by (jp) Shueisha
Magazine Ribon
State On hiatus

Chibi Maruko-chan (Japanese: ちびまる子ちゃん) is a manga series created by Momoko Sakura, with derivative works such as anime and anime films. Its anime has ranked among the top three in Japanese anime ratings for more than 20 consecutive years, and by 2019, more than 1,200 episodes have been broadcast.

Introduction to the original work

Originally, it mainly told the daily stories of Maruko, a playful, innocent, intelligent, creative and flawed girl, who is a fictionalized version of the author, in kindergarten and lower grades of primary school. It was originally serialized in the Shueisha monthly shoujo manga magazine Ribon.

After Maruko entered third grade, the story still revolves around the interesting things that happened with her family, friends, teachers and classmates in her life and study. The scene unfolds, about family, love and friendship among classmates. Or some small things in life, but there are laughter and tears, which recall the childishness of childhood. Especially, when the characters in the story are embarrassed, black lines on their faces will suddenly appear, sometimes accompanied by a gust of cold wind blowing from behind their heads. [1]

The author, Momoko Sakura, died of cancer on August 15, 2018, at the age of 53, so this work has become Sakura's best-selling but never-ending work. Recently, the Japanese side launched the final chapter to mark the final end of this work. The finale is not a coherent story, but five short stories.

Publication history

The manga was serialized in the magazine Ribon from August 1986 to June 1996. During the serialization period, it set a record for the highest sales volumes, and was occasionally published in the same magazine from January 2002 to January 2016. In addition, it was serialized in the "Tokyo Shimbun" from July 1, 2007 to December 31, 2011.

The manga has a total of 17 episodes in a single volume, and has sold more than 32 million copies in total. [2]

One-liner

Number of volumes JPN Shueisha
Release Date ISBN
1 July 15, 1987 ISBN 4-08-853413-1
2 February 15, 1988 ISBN 4-08-853434-4
3 July 15, 1988 ISBN 4-08-853450-6
4 January 13, 1989 ISBN 4-08-853472-7
5 August 11, 1989 ISBN 4-08-853494-8
6 January 12, 1990 ISBN 4-08-853511-1
7 January 11, 1991 ISBN 4-08-853550-2
8 Oct 15, 1991 ISBN 4-08-853584-7
9 June 15, 1992 ISBN 4-08-853614-2
10 January 14, 1993 ISBN 4-08-853646-0
11 December 8, 1993 ISBN 4-08-853704-1
12 December 7, 1994 ISBN 4-08-853771-8
13 December 7, 1995 ISBN 4-08-853831-5
14 December 9, 1996 ISBN 4-08-853891-9
15 February 14, 2003 ISBN 4-08-856439-1
16 April 15, 2009 ISBN 978-4-08-856879-9
17 December 25, 2018 ISBN 978-4-08-867523-7
Library Edition
Number of episodes JPN Shueisha
Release Date ISBN
1 October 17, 2003 ISBN 4-08-618115-0
2 ISBN 4-08-618116-9
3 December 12, 2003 ISBN 4-08-618117-7
4 ISBN 4-08-618118-5
5 February 18, 2004 ISBN 4-08-618119-3
6 ISBN 4-08-618120-7
7 April 16, 2004 ISBN 4-08-618121-5
8 ISBN 4-08-618122-3
9 June 18, 2004 ISBN 4-08-618123-1

Movie comics

title JPN Shueisha
Release Date ISBN
Chibi Maruko-chan: My Favorite Song July 15, 1993 ISBN 978-4-08-853675-0
Chibi Maruko-chan: Ohno-kun and Sugiyama-kun June 13, 1997 ISBN 978-4-08-856023-6
Chibi Maruko-chan: I won't forget you December 25, 2015 ISBN 978-4-08-867401-8

TV animation

The first Chibi Maruko-chan anime was broadcast by Fuji TV from January 7, 1990 to September 27, 1992, with a total of 142 episodes. On October 28, 1990, it reached a rating of 39.9%, and on September 26, 1991, it became the highest-rated anime in Japanese history on record.

The second anime began on January 8, 1995, and it celebrated its 15th anniversary on January 9, 2005. It is still playing, and the total number of episodes has exceeded 1200.

STAFF

  • Production: Koichi Motohashi (-chapter 844) → Kazuko Ishikawa (SPECIAL16-)
  • Original work: Momoko Sakura (Shueisha)
  • Supervision: Shibayama Nu (Phase 1), Suda Yumiko → Takagi Jun
  • Production management: Takasang Chong・Nakajima Junzo (started halfway through) → Honhashi Shouichi
  • Music: Yoyuki Nakamura
  • Character design: Yuji Shigekuni (Episodes 1-113) → Hiroo Hanoi (Episodes 114-142) [S1]; Funakoshi Hideyuki, Nakahara Jiuwen (Episodes 1-130, 132) [S2]
  • Character design supplement: Kobayashi Tetsuya
  • Art Supervisor: Konanko Nomura
  • Art Supervisor Supplement: Naomi Sudo
  • Audio supervision: Honda Baozai
  • Sound effects: Akihiko Matsuda
  • Producer:
    • Fuji TV: Tachikawa Yoshihisa → Wada Mio → Kaneda Koji → Suzuki Senya → Suzuki Yoshihiro → Ishii Koji → Harada Fuyuhiko → Kawakami Daisuke → Haruna Kasei → Matsuzaki Yoshiko → Mizuno Ayako → Takagi Akira Su → Kano Yuta → Kano Yuta・Bridge Claw Junhui→Jianghua Pine Tree
    • Japanese animation company: Sato Akio → Endo Shigeo → Tanaka Mazumi → Ochiai Chi → Togawa Jun・Haafune Kenichiro → Togawa Jun → Tanaka Nobuaki
  • Color Design (S2): Rika Yotamata → Tomoko Komatsuhara → Makiko Nishikan → Yumi Asano
  • Audio production: 音响映像システム→サンオンキョー
  • Recording adjustment → Sounding: Sato Chiaki (S1), Aoki Masahiro → Ando Tokuya (S2)
  • A.E - Shinohara Mari → Deta Miho → Kawamura Takahiko
  • Recording studio: TAVAC (S1) → タクトスタジオ → STUDIO T&T → アバコスタジオ (S2)
  • Editorial: Tsurubu Yunshou → Onodera Kasumi, Meguro Hiroshi, Terano Go, Hama Utsu Taeko → Nato Shinichi, Nakano Ichiho → Kanimura Junmi, Watanabe Tomoko → Miyake Keiki → Kiimura Junmi, Miyazaki Yurina → Miyazaki Yurina
  • Video editing: Shigeru Murata, Yuto Komai → Yoshiaki Kanazawa, Kenichi Nomoto → Takaaki Matsue
  • Animation production: Nippon Animation
  • Production: Fuji TV, Nippon Animation, Yomiuri Advertising Agency

CAST

Characters Voice actor
Momoko Skaura TARAKO
Sakiko Sakura Yuko MizutaniMachiko Toyoshima
Hiroshi Sakura Susumu Kawabe
Sumire Sakura Teiyū Ichiryūsai
Tomozou Sakura Kei TomiyamaTakeshi AonoBin Shimada
Kotake Sakura Yuko Sasaki
Tamae Honami Nanako Watanabe
Mr. Togawa Hirohiko Kakegawa
Sueo Maruo Nobuo Tobita
Kazuhiko Hanawa Masami Kikuchi
Narrator Shunji Yamada

Episodes

Main article: Chibi Maruko-chan/Episodes

The title of each episode is basically composed of "The One Where Maruko ○○" ("Maruko, ○○" no maki, 「まる子、○○」の巻), which is read by Maruko. The BGM of the title is often changed.

Related Music

(to be completed)

Films

Stage show

It will be staged in the winter of 2022 and tells the high school life of the 3rd and 4th grade children who become high school students.

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Notes

  1. Synopsis
  2. -{zh;zh-hans;zh-hant|ちびまる子ちゃん、17卷で完结 集英社、25日发卖}-. Asahi Shimbun Digital. December 18, 2018 (-{日本語}-). 

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