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とっとこ ハム太郎
(Tottoko Hamutarō)
Genre Comedy, Kodomo
TV anime
Director Osamu Nabeshima
Studio Shogakukan, TMS
Network Japan TV Tokyo
Original run 7 July 200031 March 2006
Episodes 296 in Japanese, 104 in English (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Director Osamu Nabeshima
Studio Shogakukan, TMS
Episodes 4 (List of episodes)
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The Adventures of Hamtaro (とっとこハム太郎 Tottoko Hamutarō?, literally Trotting Hamtaro) is a Japanese children's storybook series by Ritsuko Kawai. The main character is a brave hamster named Hamtaro who goes on adventures and makes friends. The books include A Home for Hamtaro and Other Stories[1], Hamtaro Gets Lost and Other Stories,[2] and Jealous Hamtaro and Other Stories.[3] VIZ Media publishes the storybooks in English.



The anime, Hamtaro (とっとこハム太郎 Tottoko Hamutarō?, literally Trotting Hamtaro), is based on the storybook series, and features original character designs by Case Closed creator Gosho Aoyama. Hamtaro is owned by a 10 year-old girl named Laura Haruna (Hiroko Haruna or "Roko-chan" in Japanese version). Hamtaro leads an exciting life for a small hamster. Curiosity in his nature, he ventures out each day to make friends and go on adventures with a clan of fellow hamster friends known as The Ham-Hams. Hamtaro is licensed by Viz Media in North America, which dubbed it in a format aimed at a younger audience. People Magazine named this show, "Hottest new thing in Hollywood!" due to its rise in popularity among small children and older ones alike.


See List of Hamtaro characters

Licensed products

Hamtaro plush from Hasbro
  • Shogakukan: Ritsuko Kawai's books, other Hamtaro related titles, Japanese videos/DVDs
  • Toho (Toho Co., Ltd.): Distribution of all 4 movies
  • Columbia Music Entertainment: Japanese music CDs
  • Anime Video Comics: Launched in 2008 and it does not have a website. Summit Entertainment, an owner company of Anime Video Comics releases some episodes.
  • Epoch Co., Ltd.: Plushes, collectible toy line, talking toys, musical toys, standalone electronic games (for the Japanese/Asian market only, but can also be found in some import stores in North America and Europe)
  • Hasbro: plushies, collectible toy line
  • The Learning Company: Hamtaro: Wake Up Snoozer! for the IBM PC/PC compatibles/Apple Macintosh
  • Nintendo: video games -
    • For the Game Boy Color: Hamtaro (released in the US/Rest of the World), Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite!
    • For the Game Boy Advance: Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak, Hamtaro: Rainbow Rescue, Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Games, Hamtaro E-Cards for the E-Card reader (Japanese market only).
    • For the Nintendo DS: Hamtaro: Nazo Nazo Q (Unreleased in the US/Rest of the World)
  • Sega: Arcade painting game, Sega Pico titles (Japanese market only), Cocopad titles (Japanese market only)
  • Natsume: Tottoko Hamtaro Ham Ham Challenge Atsumare Hai Nintendo DS game (Released as Hi! Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Challenge! in the US/Europe)
  • Banpresto: Arcade kiddie ride
  • Smuckers: Smucker's Snacker's
  • VIZ Media (North America): books, English-language comics, videos/DVDs
  • Chuang Yi (Singapore): books, English-language comics
  • Seiko: Limited Edition watches
  • Daewon Media: All market character products from Japan and United States

In other Media

  • In the Final episode of FLCL Hamtaro is referenced as being a hamster that Naota's dad had accidentally killed in Elementary School
  • Hamtaro was spoofed as an anime idea called Sheeptaro on an episode of Hoshi no Kirby
  • In the 16th episode of InuYasha, Kagome says 'heke?' which could be a reference to what most of the characters say when they are confused. Ironically, Moneca Stori provided the English voice for Hamtaro's owner, Hiroko Haruna (Laura Haruna in the English Dub), as well as Kagome's


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Developer(s) Nintendo, Shogakukan, AlphaDream
Publisher(s) Nintendo, Marvelous Interactive, Natsume, 505 Games
Japanese title とっとこハム太郎
Designer(s) Ritsuko Kawai
Years active 2000
Genre(s) Adventure, Puzzle
System(s) GBC, GBA, DS, Windows, Macintosh
Mode(s) Single Player, Multiplayer
Website http://hamtaro.com

The Adventures of Hamtaro (とっとこハム太郎 Tottoko Hamutarō ?, literally Trotting Hamtaro) is a children's storybook series by Ritsuko Kawai. The main character is a hamster named Hamtaro. The books include A Home for Hamtaro and Other Stories, Hamtaro Gets Lost and Other Stories, and Jealous Hamtaro and Other Stories. VIZ Media publishes the storybooks in English. A popular anime series has been made based off of these stories.

There are several Hamtaro games, mostly released for various Nintendo handheld and for Windows/Macintosh.

  • Tottoko Hamtaro: Tomodachi Daisakusen Dechu (Game Boy Color): This is the first Hamtaro game, and was not released anywhere outside of Japan. It is a virtual pet simulation. The fully unofficial translated name is Hamtaro: The Great Friendship Plan.
  • Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite! (Game Boy Color): The second game released in Japan, but it is the first game released in the United States. Taking place in a full hamster world, Hamtaro is tasked with finding all the Ham-Hams and bringing them together in the clubhouse. The game introduced the use of the ham chat. While it is simply the Ham-Ham language in the game, the ham chat in the game allows different uses of each expression. This was the final Game Boy Color game released in Europe.
  • Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak (Game Boy Advance): The second game in America (third in Japan). Hamtaro has a nightmare one day about an evil Ham-Ham in a devil costume, who runs around and tears apart any couple he sees. However, this nightmare turns out to be a vision of his upcoming struggle against the evil Ham-Ham, Spat. Luckily, he's not alone, for Bijou is going to help him set things right. More of an enhancement of the first game, Ham-Ham Heartbreak slightly improves Ham-Hams Unite's graphics and colors and adds an interesting story, more ham chat vocabulary, and Bijou as Hamtaro's partner.
  • Hamtaro: Rainbow Rescue (Game Boy Advance): A game released in Japan and was translated for an American release, but it did not actually get released in America. It was released in Europe however, fully playable in English and several other languages. Prince Bo was happily crossing the rainbow, when suddenly, the rainbow disappeared and he soon fell from sky. Luckily, he happened to "bump" into Boss. Prince Bo wanted to return home, but without the colors of the rainbow, he was unable to return. Willing to help the prince, the Ham-Hams set out to find the seven colors of the rainbow. Rainbow Rescue improved on almost every aspect over its predecessors. It is graphically superior to the other two games, however, unlike the previous games, the gameplay relies more on multiple mini games. It is also currently the only Hamtaro game that allows usage of all the Ham-Hams (with the exception of Snoozer and Jingle).
  • Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Games (Game Boy Advance): The third Hamtaro game in America (fifth in Japan). Prince Bo has invited many Ham-Hams to compete in a tournament known as the Ham-Ham Games. The Ham-Hams wish to win the tournament, but they must face fierce competition from their three rival teams. Focuses on story the least, but its graphics are slightly superior to Rainbow Rescue's. The game relies on mini games, but is less heavy on them than Rainbow Rescue. However, the mini games in Ham-Ham Games tend to be slightly more challenging than some of the games in Rainbow Rescue.
  • Wake Up Snoozer!: A Learning Adventure (CD-ROM,Windows/Macintosh): Was released mainly in the United States by Riverdeep and The Learning Company in the Fall of 2003. The game is based around five learning activities including simple addition and subtraction, geometric shapes, phonics, letter recognition and more. Hamtaro, Boss, Bijou and the others are searching for the youngest ham-ham, Penelope and help save the day. The game also includes multiple levels of difficulty, auto-leveling and printable activities. This game is aimed at children ages 4-7.
  • Hamtaro: Nazo Nazo Q (Nintendo DS): This was only released in Japan. It is a Quiz/RPG.
  • Hi Hamtaro! Little Hamsters Big Adventure (Nintendo DS): A game released in Japan in March 2007, dedicated to the new series. It was released in Europe by 505 Games under the name "Hi Hamtaro! Little Hamsters Big Adventure" and will be released in the United States by Natsume under the name "Hi Hamtaro Ham Ham Challenge! Little Hamsters Big Adventure".

Pages in category "Hamtaro"

The following 3 pages are in this category, out of 3 total.


  • Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Games
  • Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak
  • Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite!

Simple English

The Adventures of Hamtaro (とっとこハム太郎, Tottoko Hamutarō, literally Trotting Hamtaro) is a children's storybook series by Ritsuko Kawai. The main character is a hamster named Hamtaro.

Plot Summary

After moving into a new town, Hamtaro finds that he's in the company of lots of different hamsters, making up a group of hamster friends that go on crazy adventures through the city. Before they save Laura and other humans from nasty predicaments, however, they have to learn how to save themselves.

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