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Tensai Bakabon
Tensaibakabon.jpg
The cover of Tensai Bakabon volume 2.
天才バカボン
Genre Comedy
Manga
Author Fujio Akatsuka
Publisher Kodansha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Magazine (April 9th, 1967- (?) 1969, June 27th, 1971-January (?), 1975, October 26th, 1975-December (?) 1976)
Monthly Shōnen Magazine (August 1967-January 1969, August 1974-December 1978)
Weekly Shōnen Sunday (August 24th, 1969-April 5th, 1970)
Shōnen Sunday Deluxe (September 1969-June 1970)
Weekly Bokura Magazine (May 10th, 1971-May 31st, 1971)
Monthly TV Magazine (December 1971-August 1977)
Comic Bom Bom (October 1987-October 1991)
Hero Magazine (October 1989-January 1991)
Bom Bom Deluxe (November 1991-December 1992)
Original run April 9, 19671976 (Shōnen Magazine version)
Volumes 38
TV anime
Director Hiroshi Saito
Studio Tokyo Movie Shinsha
Network Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation
Original run September 25, 1971June 24, 1972
Episodes 40
TV anime
Ganso Tensai Bakabon
Director Hiroshi Saito (?)
Studio Tokyo Movie Shinsha
Network Nippon Television
Original run October 6, 1975September 26, 1977
Episodes 103
TV anime
Heisei Genius Bakabon
Director Hiroshi Sasagawa
Studio Studio Pierrot
Network Fuji Television
Original run January 06, 1990December 29, 1990
Episodes 46
TV anime
Rerere no Tensai Bakabon
Director Hayato Date
Studio Studio Pierrot
Network TV Tokyo
Original run October 19, 1999March 21, 2000
Episodes 24
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Tensai Bakabon (天才バカボン Genius Bakabon ?) is a manga and anime series created by Fujio Akatsuka which began publication on April 9, 1967 in Weekly Shōnen Magazine. It is about the misadventures of a dim-witted boy (Bakabon) and his insane father, the latter of whom eventually becomes the central character. Tensai Bakabon's style and themes influenced the animated American sitcom, The Simpsons.

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Characters

Bakabon's Papa (バカボンのパパ Bakabon no Papa ?)
Bakabon's troublemaker father who eventually steals the show and becomes the central character. Voiced by: Masashi Amenomori (1st-2nd series), Kōsei Tomita (3rd series, pachinko games), Hisahiro Ogura (4th series).
Bakabon (バカボン ?)
A young boy who enjoys causing mischief, especially with his Papa. On the inside, though, he is a kind boy and works a part-time job as a shoeshine in order to buy his mother a birthday present. He is known for wearing pants underneath his kimono. At the beginning of the series he attends Bōmō Eggplant Elementary School (坊毛茄子小学校 Bōmō Nasubi Shōgakkō ?), but by the fourth anime it has been renamed Bakada Elementary School (バカ田小学校 Bakada Shōgakkō ?). Voiced by: Keiko Yamamoto (1st-2nd series, pachinko), Megumi Hayashibara (3rd series), Yoshiko Kamei (4th series).
Hajime-chan (ハジメちゃん ?)
Bakabon's younger brother. He is a child prodigy, understanding words almost immediately after his birth and being capable of explaining the Pythagorean theorem and Kepler's laws of planetary motion. His name means "beginning". Voiced by: Takako Sasuga (1st-2nd series, pachinko), Chika Sakamoto (3rd series), Yukiji (4th series).
Bakabon's Mama (バカボンのママ Bakabon no Mama ?)
Bakabon's mother and a graduate of Kuroyuri Women's University (黒百合女子大学 Kuroyuri Joshi Daigaku ?) (a parody of Shirayuri Women's University). Despite how much trouble and mischief Papa and Bakabon cause, she is a good wife and mother. She is the only family member to have the same seiyū throughout the entire series. Voiced by: Eiko Masuyama
Old Man Rerere (レレレのおじさん Rerere no Oji-san ?)
The Bakabon family's nutty neighbor. Almost always seen with a broom. Voiced by: Ryūji Saikachi (1st-2nd series), Shigeru Chiba (3rd-4th series, pachinko).
Honkan-san (本官さん ?)
The local beat cop, usually referred to as Omawari-san (お巡りさん ?, lit. "Mr. Policeman"). He is just as dumb and nutty as Papa. Voiced by: Isamu Tanonaka (1st series), Kaneta Kimotsuki (2nd series), Shigeru Chiba (3rd-4th series, pachinko).
Unagi-Inu (ウナギイヌ Eel-dog ?)
An unusual animal from the neighborhood who is a cross between an eel and a dog. Voiced by: Michihiro Ikemizu (2nd series), Aruno Tahara (3rd series), Kōzō Shioya (4th series).
Dog of the Night (夜のいぬ Yoru no Inu ?)
A goofy dog who shows up during scene changes.
Honda-sensei (凡田先生 ?)
Bakabon's headmaster. Only appears in the first anime. Voiced by: Kōichi Kitamura
Nakamura-kun (中村くん ?)
Bakabon's ill-tempered classmate. Only appears in the first anime. Voiced by: Kaneta Kimotsuki

Media

Manga

Anime

Four anime series have been produced, with the first two series produced by Tokyo Movie Shinsha and the second two produced by Studio Pierrot. Tensai Bakabon (天才バカボン ?, lit. "Genius Bakabon") aired for 40 episodes on Yomiuri TV from September 25, 1971 to June 24, 1972. Three years later, Ganso Tensai Bakabon (元祖天才バカボン ?, lit. "Original Genius Bakabon") aired for 103 episodes on NTV from October 6, 1975 to September 26, 1977.

The two Studio Pierrot series aired nearly nine years apart, with Heisei Tensai Bakabon (平成天才バカボン ?, lit. "Heisei period Genius Bakabon") airing on Fuji TV for 46 episodes from January 6 to December 29, 1990, and Rerere no Tensai Bakabon (レレレの天才バカボン ?, lit. "Rerere's Genius Bakabon") airing on TV Tokyo from October 19, 1999 to March 21, 2000 for 24 episodes.

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