Kouchuu Ouja Mushiking: Mori no Tami no Densetsu

Mushiking: The Guardians of the Forest

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Japanese: 甲虫王者ムシキング ~森の民の伝説~
English: Mushiking: The Guardians of the Forest
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Type: TV
Episodes: 52
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2005 to Mar 29, 2006
Premiered: Spring 2005
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 18:00 (JST)
Licensors: None found, add some
Source: Card game
Genre: FantasyFantasy
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 6.811 (scored by 17811,781 users)
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Ranked: #50852
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Popularity: #8966
Members: 4,356
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The story begins with a spaceship struggling to return to its home world, which crash lands onto a dying planet, triggering an explosion of pure energy, generated by the powerful and mysterious life forms that are piloting the craft. This outburst of energy infuses the dying planet with a life-generating force.

Popo, the main character of the story, lives happily with his mother on this planet in a remote part of the forest that is populated with praying mantises, ladybugs, beetles and many other insects.

Popos greatest desire is to grow up and become stronger, so that he can search for his father who left the family several years before and has not been heard from since. His father was known as the Guardian of the Forest, as he was passionately dedicated to his research on the planet and on the forest in which his family lives.

One day, while walking through the forest, Popo witnesses an ominous event. A strange flowing mist appears, completely covering the forest. A mysterious and sinister character, Passer, also appears, condemning Popos father as an enemy of the forest people and the source of all their trouble. Popo races home only to find to his shock and amazement that his mother has been transformed into a half-plant, half human creature.

Confused and dismayed over what he has seen, Popo decides that only his father will be able to restore his mother to her human self and rescue the forest from harm. He decides to leave his home in search for his father.

However, the evil Adder and his henchmen plot to prevent Popo from achieving his goal with the help of giant beetles who attack the young boy at every turn. Fortunately, Popo has an ally, Mushiking: The King of Beetles! With his overwhelming strength and overpowering fighting style, Mushiking always comes through at the nick of time to save the young boy from defeat and to set him back on his quest.

Is Popo able to find his father and to save his mother and the forest? Discovering his destiny as the next Guardian of the Forest, and protected and guided on his journey by Mushiking, Popo's epic quest to reunite with his father now begins!

(Source: Official Site)

Characters & Voice Actors


Shishido, Rumi




Miyahara, Nami




Nojima, Kenji


Minaguchi, Yuko


Bifu, Hitoshi


Kiuchi, Reiko


Yamauchi, Shigeyasu
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Kawaguchi, Keiichirou
Episode Director, Storyboard, Animation Director, Key Animation


Opening Theme

Apple Music
Amazon Music
Youtube Music
"Ikitekoso" by Kiroro (eps 1-52)

Ending Theme

1: "Let's HappiecE Life!" by Kiroro (eps 1-12)
2: "Mushiking Samba" by Kaori & Mushiking Amigos (eps 13-26)
3: "think twice" by FUZZY CONTROL (eps 27-39)
4: "Hikaru Stage" by 80_pan (eps 40-52)


Feb 24, 2015
I really love Mushiking. Love the game & the anime. Because I love beetles since I was a kid. I love Nami Miyahara's voice. She is one of my fav voice actress. It is very excting to watch the 3D beetles fighting their enemies. I hope this anime can be more popular. I am really a big fan of it.
Aug 25, 2017
Ah, Mushiking The legend of the Forest inhabitants, this is one of the shows that you'd wish the main fighting element actually doesn't exist at all.

Do not get me wrong - Mushiking is one of the best, if not the best show for children, for its well-written storyboard and its simple yet fascinating music, especially because it's a show for selling the Mushiking card game in 2005 and yet the director decided to play some crazy stuff with it. But the beetle element in the story is kinda off and doesn't match with the story very well, for example Mushiking itself seems to be a ...

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