Anime: Anpanman (アンパンマン)

Anpanman (アンパンマン) is a Japanese picture book series written by Yanase Takashi (やなせ たかし), running from 1973 until 2013 following his death.

The anime adaptation Soreike! Anpanman (それいけ!アンパンマン, Let’s Go! Anpanman) is one of the most popular anime series amongst young children in Japan. The show has been broadcasting in Japan continuously since October 1988. On August 28, 2009 the show had aired 1000 episodes.

According to a research by Bandai, the show was originally going to end with 24 episodes, but it became so popular that it went much more farther than that!

Although the series is popular in its country of origin, the franchise is not well known outside of Japan.

Heavily merchandised, the Anpanman characters appear on virtually every imaginable children’s product, from clothes to video games to toys to snack foods. The Anpanman books have collectively sold over 50 million copies in Japan.

As for how this character was born, it has quite an interesting story. Many times during the Second World War, Yanase became faced with the prospect of starvation, which made him dream about eating anpan (a bean-jam filled pastry).

In each episode, Anpanman fights with Baikinman and helps the people of the town. He always goes on patrol in the area around the house of Uncle Jam. He is a symbol of justice, fighting for the cause of justice every day.

Anpanman has a long history and new characters are frequently introduced, keeping the series fresh. In 2009, Anpanman was verified as a Guinness World Record Holder for the highest number of characters in an animated franchise; as of March 27, 1,768 characters have appeared in the first 980 episodes of the TV series and the first 20 Anpanman films!
Listen to the Anpanman March below!

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