Mitsubachi Maya no Bouken

Maya the Bee

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Synonyms: Adventures of Maya the Honeybee
Japanese: みつばちマーヤの冒険
English: Maya the Bee
German: Die Biene Maja - Ihre schönsten Abenteuer
Spanish: La Abeja Maya
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Type: TV
Episodes: 52
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 1, 1975 to Apr 20, 1976
Premiered: Spring 1975
Broadcast: Tuesdays at 19:30 (JST)
Producers: Zuiyo
Licensors: Saban Entertainment
Studios: Nippon Animation
Source: Book
Genres: AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy
Demographic: KidsKids
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: G - All Ages


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Popularity: #6263
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Maya, a newborn honeybee, brims with curiosity about the world around her. From the time she is born, she is brought up to be a worker bee, but it is difficult for her to understand and follow the strict rules of the hive because of her individuality and strong desire for independence.

Having collected all the honey around the honeycomb, Maya decides to set out on an adventure to find a flower garden in order to collect more honey for the hive. Her intentions are noble, but because she leaves the hive without permission, the Queen sends Maya's friend Willy to search for the little troublemaker. Willy joins Maya in her quest, and together, beyond the familiar hive, the two friends marvel at the sheer beauty that nature has to offer.

Through many experiences—sometimes enjoyable, sometimes terrible or sad—and encounters with various insects, Maya matures into a strong and wise honeybee.

(Source: Nipponanimation)


The series was based on the German children’s book Maya the Bee, originally published in 1912. Mitsubachi Maya no Bouken was notably in English twice, once for British with British voice actors and again for the United States with Canadian voice actors.

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Opening Theme

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"Mitsubachi Maya no Bouken (みつばちマーヤの冒険)" by Cheetah and the Honey Bee Choir

Ending Theme

1: "Oyasumi Maya (おやすみマーヤ)" by Cheetah and the Honey Bee Choir
2: "Shinjuiro no Waltz (真珠色のワルツ)" by Cheetah and the Honey Bee Choir


Apr 26, 2023
The true OG anime. It's the beezneez of cinema. The intro song slaps ASS and it made me cry, especially the part where she looks at the moon all melancholic like. Ya know "5月、誰もがこの5月が好き".

The art style of the classic renaissance era of the 1970s ages like fine wine in an oak barrel (or whatever the best barrel wood is). Not like the shit modern 3D art that they use in the movies and show (I spit on them).
My favourite character is the Spider.

So if you're in a mood for a thrilling adventure and a unforgettable experience give this a watch.
Oct 3, 2021
Preliminary (34/52 eps)
First of all I wanted to state that I know this anime from when I was a child growing up in Poland. Back then none of the kids knew what an anime was unless it was something of the sort of Sailor Moon or DragonballZ. I had basically grown up thinking it was a Polish production or European at most, complete with Polish dubbing and a Polish intro so realising it's actually an anime based on Waldemar Bonsels's stories about Maya the Bee has been quite a journey.

I decided to rewatch the full series afraid it'd be too boring and childish for me to ...

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