Marmalade Boy

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Japanese: ママレード・ボーイ
English: Marmalade Boy
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Type: TV
Episodes: 76
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 13, 1994 to Sep 3, 1995
Premiered: Spring 1994
Broadcast: Sundays at 08:30 (JST)
Producers: Asahi Broadcasting
Licensors: Discotek Media, Tokyopop
Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Manga
Genres: ComedyComedy, DramaDrama, RomanceRomance
Demographic: ShoujoShoujo
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.441 (scored by 2120021,200 users)
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Ranked: #19312
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Popularity: #2789
Members: 53,589
Favorites: 586

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Miki Koishikawa is a high school student who enjoys a very simple life. However, her ordinary life is about to be turned upside down, and she may not be able to handle everything that is coming her way.

After a very "fun" holiday in Hawaii, her parents have decided to get a divorce. As if this wasn’t enough of a shock for the poor girl, she also discovers that they will soon be re-marrying and swapping partners with another couple who they met on holiday. In order to include Miki in this shocking turn of events, they ask her to give the new couple a chance, and set up a dinner date with everyone. Miki may have tried to be emotionally prepared for her new parents, but what she was not expecting was their handsome son Matsuura Yuu.

Miki develops an instant crush for Yuu. What starts off as a lovely friendship between them soon develops into romantic feelings which they are both finding hard to control. But more trouble is ahead in their relationship, as both Miki and Yuu have admirers of their own who are trying very hard to keep them separated.


Marmalade Boy received a Taiwanese 30-episode live-action television series (called Júzǐjiāng Nánhái). The series starred pop star Stella as Miki and F4 member Ken Zhu as Yuu. Although the basic premise was the same, it did not feature many of the characters of the anime, and the love triangles were considerably simplified.

It also received a dating simulation video game was released by Bandai Entertainment for the Nintendo Game Boy system in Japan on January 1, 1995. It was released for the Super Famicom (Super Nintendo) system on April 21, 1995. The game puts players in the role of Miki, who must try to win the heart of one of her three potential suitors from the series: Yuu, Ginta, or Kei.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Yabe, Akinori
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Yamayoshi, Yasuo
Episode Director, Storyboard
Oka, Yoshihiro
Episode Director, Storyboard
Umezawa, Atsutoshi
Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

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"Egao ni Aitai" by Rie Hamada

Ending Theme

1: "Suteki na Serenade" by Miho Fujiwara (eps 1-31)
2: "Kareha Iro no Crescendo" by Yasuhiro Mizushima (eps 32-53)
3: "Yoake no Etude" by Yoko Ichikawa (eps 54-76)

Oct 13, 2010
Shoujo stories honestly are very hit or miss with me, and not just because I'm a guy! But they tend to be much too sweet, too fluffy and indulgent for it's own good. Catering to the daydream love fantasies of both young girls and middle aged women alike, I heard the name Marmalade Boy for a few years, and even considered picking it up at one point when I read an article about the series on another site. But a critical opinion of the show, given to me by a friend made me lose any interest in pursuing this one.

About 2 years later, I took ...
Sep 27, 2007
"Marmalade Boy" is one of the sweet shoujo anime in the world, maybe even the sweetest. It is one of my favorite anime, and I can watch it over and over again and not get bored. I can even cry in sone scenes every time... T___T

The story was written by Wataru Yushizumi (Ultra Maniac belongs to her too).
The art is very nice, but the animation is actually not that good (an anime from 1995, what do you expect?) but you can live with that.

The OST of the anime is very good. In some ways it is very childish (the opening theme, for an example), but ...
Nov 3, 2008

Miki Koshikawa is a high-school girl looking for a change of pace in her life. Little did she know that as soon as she had entertained this thought her parents were downstairs conspiring to reveal something that she would not have expected in her wildest dreams. They had met another couple and are going to switch partners with them.

Yes, you heard me, switch partners.

Miki is entirely against this and will not stand for it. Hearing that they have a son of their own a new hope emerges. She will have someone to assist her who disagrees with this situation entirely.

Boy, was she wrong.

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