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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 8, 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, Boys LoveBoys Love, ComedyComedy
Demographic: ShoujoShoujo
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.291 (scored by 15841,584 users)
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Ranked: #28062
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Popularity: #6795
Members: 8,556
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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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Characters & Voice Actors


Nishio, Daisuke
Director, Episode Director
Nishizawa, Nobutaka
Suenaga, Mitsuyo
Script, Series Composition
Shiraishi, Fuyumi
Theme Song Performance


Opening Theme

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"Patalliro!" by Fusako Fujimoto

Ending Theme

1: "Utsukushisa wa Tsumi" by Eri Takeda (eps 1-20,48-49)
2: "Cock Robin Ondo" by Fuyumi Shiraishi & Slapstick (eps 21-47)


Sep 29, 2022
Let me preface this review with one thing that resounded in my mind the entirety of the period I was watching this whole show: this series is clearly not pro-LGBT in the slightest, this is 10000% rooted in the hetero-leaning, pro-male gender ideas typical of other japanese medias, being those animes or mangas (Yaoi is, de facto, mostly made for HETERO women, not with LGBT people in mind). So, don't let some of the quasi-sexual scenes that don't end in nothing explicit anyway fool you in that sense, there is no intentional pro-LGBT messagge of any kind here. That said, as an HETERO MAN myself, ...
Aug 13, 2022
PAPAN-GAPAN! 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 ...
Aug 9, 2019
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (11/49 eps)
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 ...

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