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: 7.451 (scored by 2231622,316 users)
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Ranked: #22352
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Popularity: #2939
Members: 56,556
Favorites: 612

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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
Watanabe, Kenichirou
Episode Director


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 ...
May 24, 2010
Mixed Feelings
I enjoyed this anime for the first 20-30 episodes, however after that I felt it went downhill. The story line was repetitive and unimaginative, the silly twist at the end, which turns out not to be a twist, seemed like a pointless desperate attempt to salvage what was left of the plot. The characters experience that same problems over and over again, without any change or development. At first I found the characters lovable and amusing, but as the anime progresses, they become more and more tired and frustrating. I unfortunately couldn't find many subbed episodes, and I'm not a massive fan of Michelle Ruff's ...
Aug 24, 2009
For a lot of people when they think “shoujo” they think of Full Moon wo Sagashite, Boys Over Flowers, Fruits Basket and of course, Marmalade Boy. That's why I picked the title.....Buuuuuuuuut while I DO love shoujo but I could barely tolerate Marmalade Boy mainly there is too much unnecessary angst and most of the drama is self-inflicted. This show did not touch me neither on an emotional nor intellectual level.
It has a very dated look, very 80's with flat coloring as well as stiff unnatural movements that's predictably associated with anime from that era.
Out of the whole series I the song I loved most ...

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