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Genre Comedy, Historical
TV anime
Director Hideo Furusawa
Kimio Yabuki
Tetsuo Imazawa
Studio Toei Animation
Network Japan TV Asahi, Animax
Original run 15 October 197528 June 1982
Episodes 296
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Ikkyū-san (一休さん ?) is an anime based on the historical Zen Buddhist monk Ikkyū that follows his mischievous adventures as a child during his stay at Ankoku Temple. In each episode, Ikkyū relies on his intelligence and wit to solve all types of problems, from distraught farmers to greedy merchants.

The anime was well-received by all ages in Japan and throughout Asia, as it didn't rely on violence. Even when violence appears, it is usually presented in a mild or necessary way (for example, there are occasional references to the Ōnin War).

A running gag of Ikkyū-san is that whenever Ikkyū is trying to think of a plan, he sits in a lotus position, wets his two index fingers, and rotates them above his head.

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