Seasonal Anime

TV (New)
Jan 9, 1972 52 eps, 25 min

A remake of the 1969-70 Moomin series. This version is more closely based on the books by the Finnish illustrator and writer Tove Jansson.

Jan 4, 1972 52 eps, 24 min

This version of Pinocchio tells a story of an extremely gullible, naive and morally confused wooden doll brought to life by a mystical blue fairy. Pinocchio (Mokku) is characterized as having many character faults which he must learn to overcome in order to be worthy of being granted humanity. Some of these character faults include selfishness, rudeness, insensitivity, indolence, obstinacy, over- trusting, self-pity, stupidity, disobedience, compulsive lying, arrogance, greed, cowardice, recklessness, cruelty, foolishness and an inability to learn from mistakes. Throughout the entire series Pinocchio (Mokku), partly due to his own delinquency and repetitive disobedience, must undergo other costly ordeals of hardship and pain in which he is continuously tormented, persecuted, bullied, humiliated, tricked, ridiculed, ostracised, beaten, downtrodden and subjected to degrading and inhumane treatment. Its plain depiction of the austere reality of what it would be like to be literally subhuman growing up in a world of danger and hardship, makes this another good example of traditional Japanese stories, which teach moral observance through tough endurance. (Source: Wikipedia)

Jan 10, 1972 39 eps, 25 min

Moonlight Mask's identity has always been a mystery (which is why the Moonlight Mask persona is credited as being played by "?" in the original series). Decked out in white tights, white & red cape, white scarf, yellow gloves & boots, dark glasses, face cloth and Indian-style turban (pinned with a "moon" ornament), Moonlight Mask is armed with a whip, two six-shooters, shuriken and moon-shaped boomerangs. He also rides a motorcycle. However, only audiences know that Moonlight Mask could very well be detective Juurou Iwai who seems to disappear from his friends before the caped crusader rides to the rescue in his motorcycle! Even his comical assistant Gorohachi Fukuro, his friend Inspector Matsuda, and children Shigeru, Kaboko and Fujiko are oblivious to Iwai's secret identity. (Source: Wikipedia)

TV (Continuing)
Oct 24, 1971 23 eps, 25 min

Arsène Lupin III is the grandson of world-famous thief Arsène Lupin, and he's living up to his grandfather's memory as a high-profile thief himself. Due to his infamy, Lupin III attracts the attention of the persistent Inspector Zenigata of the ICPO, as well as rival criminals. Lupin III's criminal lifestyle even seeps into his love life. The main woman in Lupin III's world is femme fatale Fujiko Mine, who Lupin III can never tell is working with or against him. Follow Lupin and his gunman partner Daisuke Jigen on their quest to own the world-or at least the valuable bits!



Mrs. Sazae

Oct 5, 1969 ? eps, 24 min

The main character is a mother named Sazae-san. She lives in a house with her husband, her kids and her parents. The show is the ultimate family program and tends to follow traditional themes. Think of this show as the Japanese equivalent to "The Partridge Family" and you'll get a good feel for this show's atmosphere. Don't expect to see things like violence, swearing, kung-fu action or magical girls. The plots are more like "Today, Sazae-san goes to the new mall and gets lost". Such "boring" plotlines and the simplistic art are often a turn-off to non-Japanese audiences, but most Japanese find the show incredibly good. As a result, it continues to be one of the top ratings grabbers on TV and is one of the few anime that is considered "acceptable" by adults. (Source: AniDB)

Source4-koma manga
Oct 7, 1971 45 eps, 24 min

Kitarou, a ghost, spends his afterlife helping humans in need of his skills. He thwarts the plans of evil spirits who live to torment humanity.


Genshi Shounen Ryuu

Ryu the Primitive Boy

Oct 30, 1971 22 eps, 25 min

When Ryuu is born his tribe tries to sacrifice him to a Tyrannosaurus named Shirano because of the color of his skin. He is however saved by a monkey who raises him as her own son. Meanwhile Ryuu's mother has left the tribe and is out on a quest to find Ryuu. 16 years later Ryuu meets a girl named Ran who was sold to the tribe Ryuu originaly came from. The tribe is not happy to see Ryuu alive and tries to sacrifice him again, this time by burning him alive. Before they can get the deed done the tribe is massacred along with Ryuu's adoptive mother by Shirano. Ryuu then sets out on a quest together with Ran to find his mother and Ran's brother Don.


Fushigi na Melmo

Marvelous Melmo

Oct 3, 1971 26 eps, 24 min

After losing her mother in a tragic car accident, nine-year-old Melmo Watari now faces a big challenge: taking care of her two younger brothers, the preschooler Totoo and baby Touch. Watching from Heaven and concerned about her kids' terrible situation, their mother decides to appear in their lives one last time as a ghost and give Melmo a jar full of magical candies. The candies have the power to make her 10 years older or younger, as well as turn her into any animal she wants. Using her newfound abilities, Melmo wears various disguises as a 19-year-old woman and looks after her brothers, all while still trying to lead a normal life. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

Sep 25, 1971 40 eps, 30 min

Tensai Bakabon is the tale of a child prodigy and his "philosophical" father. Bakabon‘s father has his own philosophy and he leaves no stone unturned in his quest for answers. Despite his ability to trouble Trouble, for some reason, Papa Bakabon is regarded as "The Great Philosopher," and is sought after for advice, which of course ends up in disastrous results. Tensai Bakabon joins his father in his philosophical quests which drives the people in their town crazy. (Source: Animation Xpress)

ThemeGag Humor
Oct 4, 1971 26 eps, 25 min

A strange girl transfers to Mitsuba Elementary School. At first glance, she is a normal student. However, she is a great athlete, and can talk to animals. According to her, she is the 33rd descendant of the great ninja, Sarutobi Sasuke. Furthermore, her dog, Puku, can talk. Because she doesn’t live in any house, she spends the night at Miko-chan’s room. She is turned out of the room once. However, because they thank her for putting out the fire, they let her stay at their house. After that, she makes a name at school. (Source: AnimeNfo)


Inakappe Taishou

General Inakappe

Oct 4, 1970 104 eps, 24 min

A comedy about a country boy that travels to the city to study judo. He ends up meeting the daughter of a prominent dojo and her judo skilled cat. Each episode features 2 stories. (Source: AniDB)


Apache Yakyuugun

Apache Baseball Team

Oct 6, 1971 26 eps, 25 min

A former baseball star who suffered a career crippling injury takes over as coach of a team of misfits in a poor village high school. (Source: AniDB)



Hippo and Thomas

Jan 1, 1971 300 eps, 5 min

Thomas is a cunning bird who sponges on Hyppo, the good-natured hippopotamus. Although Thomas is a dependent, living in Hyppo's big mouth, he always acts lordly and tries to outsmart his simpleminded host. However, their basic friendship and cooperation endures despite their frequent quarrels. The two play a prime role in this comic series, short yet full of originality. (Source: Tatsunoko website)

Sep 1, 1971 70 eps, 25 min

New misadventures of the dimwitted ghost Q-Tarou. (Source: AniDB)

Oct 1, 1971 1006 eps, 5 min

An educational documentary series that depicts a variety of real life places around the world in short 5 minute segments. The series aired Monday through Saturday. (Source: AniDB)

Oct 6, 1971 46 eps, 22 min

A comedy about a group of kids forming a school baseball team, with the leader being very stubborn and argumentative. (Source: AniDB)

Oct 14, 1971 25 eps, 25 min

A science fiction action series about the future battles between a planetary police force and an international crime syndicate. The series is sometimes denoted with 26 episodes, in such a case episode 1 is a colored version of the original monochrome episode 1 of Skyers 5. No changes to dialogue and story were made. As such this episode will be accounted for in its original entry. (Source: AniDB, edited)


Nagagutsu Sanjuushi

Return of Pero

Mar 18, 1972 1 ep, 52 min

Once upon a time, near the ruins of an old castle, there lived the King of Cats. He was famous for his violent temper and now he is lashing out at his three gunmen, who had been ordered to bring back Pero, but had returned empty-handed. Pero, a former subject of the angry King, had lived in Cat Country once but he had dared to save a mouse from death. Now, as everyone knows, the mouse is the mortal enemy of all cats, so the King orders his three gunmen to go to the ends of the earth, if necessary, to find Pero. Pero is a happy-go-lucky sort of feline and very hip for a cat. Fleeing from the wrath of the King, he decides to seek his fortune in the wild and wooly west. On the way, he encounters the King’s gunmen hot on his trail but he foils them and blithely goes on his way. On the stagecoach to Go Go Town, he meets Annie, a pretty girl who is returning after finishing her education in the East, and Jimmy, a boy with sleepy eyes and slow movements. They are attacked suddenly by holdups who are after the new sheriff but since he does not seem to be on the coach, they ride off. Sad news awaits Annie in town. Her father had been killed by the Big Bad Boss for finding out about the bogus money he was making to get rich fast. The Big Bad Boss also kills each new sheriff who arrives to keep law and order in town. He is determined to keep the whole place under his thumb. The Big Bad Boss tries to scare Annie into leaving town but she is her father’s daughter and cannot be frightened away by threats. With the help of Pero and Jimmy, she opens a restaurant in the building her father owned. Once again, Pero happens to save a little Indian mouse caught in a trap. The little mouse’s father, the Chieftain of the Indian mice, promises to help Pero and Annie. The sleepy-eyed Jimmy is really the new sheriff. They all join forces and expose the Big Boss’ villainy and his secret bogus money factory. The Big Bad Boss gets his comeuppance and all ends well. (Source: Toei Animation)

Mar 1972 1 ep, 5 min

This work, the title of which refers to a species of venomous snake, focuses on interactions between troops and sex workers near Naval Air Facility Atsugi (Kanagawa Prefecture), animated from a child’s perspective. Aihara’s works of this period often incorporate a documentary viewpoint of Japanese society at the time of his childhood. (Source: Collaborative Cataloging Japan)