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Synonyms: Boku Pataliro!, Boku, Patariro, I Pataliro!, Patarillo
Japanese: パタリロ!


Type: TV
Episodes: 49
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 9, 1982 to May 13, 1983
Premiered: Spring 1982
Broadcast: Thursdays at 19:00 (JST)
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Manga
Genres: AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy, RomanceRomance, ShoujoShoujo, Shounen AiShounen Ai
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.251 (scored by 845845 users)
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Ranked: #26052
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Members: 6,038
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Patarillo! is set in a society much like ours in most ways, with one decided twist. The manga on which it is based is one of the much-read works produced for adolescent Japanese girls that features a healthy proportion of gay men and beautiful teenagers aka bishounen (beautiful boys). Most of the action takes place in Marinera, the land of eternal spring, located somewhere in the South Seas. The country is a major producer of diamonds; they provide much of the basis of conflict in the anime series. They come from one of the most prolific mines in the world, owned by the king of Marinera, the vertically challenged but horizontally endowed boy-king Patarillo himself. The International Diamond Syndicate - a huge semi- criminal organization/ secret society dedicated to taking over the world`s entire diamond supply- wants that mine and will stop at nothing to get it. In the early episodes they send off a number of bishounen assassins to do in Patarillo, which necessitates his having a bodyguard, the English MI6 agent, Major Jack (`Bishounen-Killer`) Bancoran. Bancoran`s nickname doesn`t mean he shoots bishounen in cold blood. The soubriquet comes from the fact that no male under the age of 17 can resist his sexual fascination. This, to Bancoran`s eternal disgust, includes Patarillo himself. The action switches often from Marinera to MI6 headquarters in London (London seems to be an easy two hour`s flight from the South Seas) or Bancoran`s palatial condo in the suburbs of same. (MI6, be it noted, looks a lot like Fritz Lang`s Metropolis, while Jack`s `apartment` bears a passing resemblance to Randolph Hearst`s spread.) The action also goes into the past and future and out into space. Patarillo evidently gets around.



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Theme Song Performance


Opening Theme

"Patalliro!" by Fusako Fujimoto

Ending Theme

#1: "Utsukushisa wa Tsumi" by Eri Takeda (eps 1-20)
#2: "Cock Robin Ondo" by Fuyumi Shiraishi & Slapstick (eps 21-49)

Jun 20, 2020
horridhendy (All reviews)
In my opinion, Patalliro is a ‘grower’ not a ‘shower’. It’s an acquired taste but I think it’s one that’s worth acquiring because it really is a delightfully weird little gem that deserves more love.

Phew, it’s hard to even know where to begin with explaining Patalliro to those who haven't seen it. It was absolutely ground-breaking for its time for being the first ever shounen-ai on Japanese TV. I would say it's a psychedelic adventure involving a Japanese, gay James Bond and a wacky, time-travelling prankster dictator who solve diamond thefts and other mysteries. It has all the charm of those really classic shoujo read more
Jun 5, 2015
Haneken2086 (All reviews)
Mineo Maya's PATALLIRO, about the adventures of a young but hyperactive monarch, is one of the longest-running manga comics in history, having started in 1978. The series, released in 1982, adapts only a few of the adventures of the comic, but captures fully their psychedelic and vibrant tone.

The show has a surreal blend of drama and humour, to the point where debate is on about whether it's a comedy or espionage series. I would call it the former, since the show belongs to Patalliro. There is danger, drama, intrigue... and then Patalliro, this chubby goblin- like infant, drops in like a spanner in the read more
Jun 22, 2017
Kayn (All reviews)
I will forever recommend this to anyone who is into a good laugh, pretty boys, has a long hair fetish or wants to have some good fun with something easy to watch.

You might look at the year it has first aired, the episode count and the fact that it has shounen-ai listed as a genre and think this is not a show for you. To be honest, I had the exact same thoughts when I first discovered it. I haven't really watched old anime (at that time I think the oldest series in my list was Sailor Moon) but I wanted to give it a read more
Aug 9, 2019
mmmspicyboi (All reviews)
Writing: I really enjoyed the shounen-ai and espionage aspects. However, any part of the comedy mostly fell flat for me. I think this show might be too old and Japanese for me to fully appreciate. There are some parts that legitimately made me lol out of sheer WTF. The shounen-ai aspects are bizarre and fascinating when considering the context of the show.

Characters: The part of this show I disliked the most is the titular character. Which is extremely problematic, as he takes up most of the show's screen time and focus. Maybe this is a result of my expectations, but I would have much preferred read more

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