90’s Anime were Cool! Volume 1 ‘Chibi Maruko-chan’


Volume 1 ‘Chibi Maruko-chan’

1990 January started
“Chibi Maruko-chan”

映画ちびまる子ちゃん イタリアから来た少年 [Blu-ray]

A nationally popular anime “Chibi Maruko-chan” has started airing from January 7, 1990, which is really the beginning of 1990s. There were 3 years of breaks in the past, but still continuing airing at Fuji Television Network every Sunday 6:00pm.

The anime was about thinking back 70’s fashion and TV such as Hideki, Goro and Momoe (famous Japanese idols) with protagonist Maruko and her motto to live life peacefully and lazily. We had fun watching her everyday life with individualistic classmates. It recorded program rating of 39.8% in October 28, 1990, which is still the highest record within TV anime in Japan.

Opening and ending themes also became very popular. The striking phrases were sung in ending theme ‘Odoru Pompokolin’ performed by B.B.Queens and sold more than 1.9 million CDs. They also performed same song in 1990’s ‘Kōhaku Uta Gassen (Year-end song festival)’. After that, the opening and ending themes were performed by many famous artists, including Hideki Saijo, KinKi Kids, Eiichi Ohtaki, Hitoshi Ueki, Tama, Keigo Oyamada, Kaela Kimura, Kiyoshiro Imawano, Sakurako Ohara and Mayo Okamoto. Now, the opening theme is performed by Golden Bomber and ending theme by Keisuke Kuwata.

By the way, Maruko’s best friend Tama-chan was modeled on Momoko Sakura the original manga artist’s friend who went to America to study abroad after entering same high-school (referred on Momoko Sakura’s autobiography “Hitori Zumou”).

There were some other anime which started in January, 1990:
“Heisei Tensai Bakabon”
“Tsuru Hime ja”
“My Daddy Long Legs”
“Kyatto Ninden Teyandee”
“Brave Exkaiser”
“Mashin Hero Wataru2”


*This column was written in October 9, 2016.