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Dokonjō Gaeru
Genre Comedy, Slice of life story
Author Yasumi Yoshizawa
Publisher Shueisha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump
Original run July 27, 1970June 14, 1976
TV anime
Director Tadao Nagahama
Studio Tokyo Movie Shinsa
Original run October 7, 1972September 28, 1974
Episodes 103
TV anime
New Dokonjō Gaeru
Director Tadao Nagahama
Studio Tokyo Movie Shinsa
Network Nippon Television
Original run September 7, 1981March 29, 1982
Episodes 30
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Dokonjō Gaeru (ど根性ガエル lit. Gutsy Frog ?) is a manga and anime series created by Yasumi Yoshizawa.


While frog Pyonkichi is hopping in an empty lot in Nerima, Tokyo's Shakujii Park, middle schooler Hiroshi trips over a rock and squashes him. However, Pyonkichi is reborn as an imprint on the front of Hiroshi's shirt and now gives him advice and commentary on his life.


  • Pyonkichi (ピョン吉 ?): Voiced by: Sachiko Chijimatsu. A frog who is crushed by Hiroshi, but his spirit lives on as a talking frog on his shirt, becoming a Flat Surface Frog (平面ガエル Heimen Gaeru ?). Because said shirt is Hiroshi's only good shirt, he is always forced to travel around and interact with Hiroshi. They are equally obstinate and gluttonous and are always arguing like siblings. He is capable of jumping around and forcing Hiroshi to come along with him.
  • Hiroshi (ひろし ?): Voiced by: Masako Nozawa. The middle schooler who fell on Pyonkichi. He is quite gutsy and won't back down against Goriraimo, but is deathly afraid of Kaa-chan. His trademark is the sunglasses he wears on his head. Though his school has a uniform policy, he is for some reason allowed to wear his regular shirt.
  • Kyoko Yoshizawa (吉沢 京子 Yoshizawa Kyouko ?): Voiced by: Yōko Kuri, New: Atsushi Tomii→Kaoru Kurosu, CM: Chinami Nishimura. Hiroshi's girlfriend. She is the daughter of a rather wealthy family, yet is a strong minded girl who will stand up for herself and participate in pranks. She initially pretends to dislike Hiroshi but becomes friends with him after he meets Pyonkichi, whom she believes is a cute shirt design.
  • Gorou (五郎 ?): Voiced by: Kazue Takahashi, New: Junko Hori
  • Imotaro Gorira (五利良 イモ太郎 Gorira Imotarou ?): Voiced by: Kazuya Tatekabe, New: Kyūji Aozora
  • Yujiro Nomura (野村 裕次郎 Nomura Yuujirou ?): Voiced by: Tetsuo Mizutori→Isao Sakuma, New: Kōji Aozora
  • Umesaburo Sagawa (佐川 梅三郎 Sagawa Umesaburou ?): Voiced by: Kazuo Harada, New: Keiichi Nanba
  • Shinpachi Goto (後藤 新八 Gotou Shinpachi ?): Voiced by: Keiko Yamamoto
  • Sakura ( ?): Voiced by: Kaneta Kimotsuki
  • Yoshiko Yamanaka (山中 ヨシ子 Yamanaka Yoshiko ?): Voiced by: Reiko Mutō, New: Keiko Toda
  • Kuniko Obayashi (大林 くに子 Oobayashi Kuniko ?): Voiced by: Eiko Masuyama
  • Machida (町田 ?): Voiced by: Ichirō Nagai
  • Yoshio Minami (南 よし雄 Minami Yoshio ?): Voiced by: Shūsei Nakamura, New: Hideyuki Tanaka
  • Misako Watanabe (渡辺 みさ子 Watanabe Misako ?): Voiced by: Kazuko Sawada
  • Kaa-chan (母ちゃん ?): Voiced by: Noriko Ohara, New: Shō Saitō
  • Pyonko (ピョン子 ?): Voiced by: Eiko Masuyama
  • Sushi Restaurant Owner: Voiced by: Masashi AmenomoriOsamu Kobayashi, New: Kenichi Ogata
  • Sankakubei (三角兵衛 ?): Voiced by: Kei Tomiyama

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