Momoko Sakura is an elementary school student who likes popular idol Momoe Yamaguchi and mangas. She is often called "Chibi Maruko-chan" due to her young age and small size. She lives together with her parents, her grandparents and her elder sister in a little town. In school, she has many friends with whom she studies and plays together everyday, including her close pal, Tama-chan; the student committee members, Maruo-kun and Migiwa-san; and the B-class trio: 'little master' Hanawa-kun, Hamaji-Bu Taro and Sekiguchi-kun. This is a fun-loving and enjoyable anime that portrays the simple things in life.
#01: "Ureshii Yokan" by Marina Watanabe (eps 1-???) #02: "Humming ga Kikoeru" by Kahimi Karie (???) #03: "Odoru Ponpokorin" by ManaKana & Shigeru Izumiya (eps 180-253) #04: "KinKi no Yaru Ki Man Man Song" by KinKi Kids (eps 254-294) #05: "Odoru Ponpokorin" by B.B.Queens (eps 295-)
#01: "Hari-kiri Jiisan no Rock 'n' Roll" by Hitoshi Ueki (eps 1-???) #02: "Akke ni torareta toki no uta" by Tama (???) #03: "Jaga Buttercorn-san" by ManaKana (eps 180-230) #04: "Chibi Maruko Ondo" by ManaKana (eps 231-340) #05: "Kyuujitsu no Uta (Viva La Viva)" by Delighted Mint (eps 341-416) #06: "Uchuu Dai Shuffle" by Love Jets (eps 417-481) #07: "Arara no Jumon" by Chibi Maruko-chan with Bakuchu Mondai (eps 482- )
If you grew up in the 70's or 80's and need a blast from the past then here is the series for you.
There is no grand plan for this series. No end goal or gimmick. The whole thing is a nostalgia bomb as every episode centers around the day to day things we associate with not childhood but childhood during that time period.
From a school trip to a candy factory where they show off biscuits and little prize candy I haven't seen for over 20 years (and probably loved back then though they tasted like chalk!) to simply learning to say goodbye to your favorite
teacher when you were in the 2nd grade.
The anime never leaves the realm of reality and the characters all have distinct personality that will remind you of someone you know in RL.
The art is stylized to give off a 70's vibe and is very charming. The characters are what keep you interested from beginning to end.
Is this a masterpiece?
Looking at the art style you'd laugh and say no but honestly...Maybe it is. It's still on the air 20 years later and yet never goes stale. The characters distinct and memorable. The story-lines simple yet unforgettable.
Will it change your views or leave a mark?
No. it was never meant to. A simple slice of life anime that deals with every day issues from a simpler time. It targets children yet doesn't insult them by talking down to them and offers adults a smile and that fuzzy feeling inside. It's easy to see why it's lasted for so long.
I bet many anime fans think that One Piece has been airing forever. But it isn't anything compared to the classics on this list! Come learn about the 15 longest running anime series in Japan, very few of which have been released overseas!