Chibi Maruko-chan (partially found English dubs of anime series; 1990s-2000s)
Chibi Maruko-chan (ちびまる子ちゃん) is a popular multimedia franchise from Japan. It's about the simple life of a girl named Momoko Sakura and her family living in Shimizu (suburban Japan) in the year 1974. The franchise began as a manga series for girls, but quickly became popular among all audiences. The manga was first adapted into a 142-episode anime series, airing from January 7th, 1990 to September 27th, 1992. A new series was created in 1995, and has been on the air ever since. As of December 2021, over 1300 episodes of the second series have been produced.
Over the years, numerous English dubs have been made of both the first and the second Chibi Maruko-chan anime adaptations. However, due to various reasons, these dubs remain either partially found or completely lost.
Nickelodeon India[edit | edit source]
The 1995 Chibi Maruko-chan series was broadcasted in both English and in Hindi by the channel Nick India. In November of 2017, the subbing group ATTKC would upload numerous episodes of the Nick India English dub onto their blog. These would later be reuploaded by the official Chibi Maruko-chan YouTube channel. The episodes can be found below:
Voicebox Productions (Canada)/Pioneer Entertainment)[edit | edit source]
The dubbing studio Voicebox Productions, located in Vancouver, Canada, has listed a Chibi Maruko-chan direct-to-video release by Pioneer Entertainment and Studio B Productions on their website since the early 2000s. On their website, they list the Chibi Maruko-chan dub as a pilot episode, though none the other series that they've worked on have this distinction. In addition, Teryl Rothery has written about her involvement with a Vancouver dub of the series, though instead of Voicebox, she credits the dubbing company Ocean Studios. No trace of this English dub has surfaced online.
Animax Asia[edit | edit source]
The 1990 anime series was dubbed by Omni Productions and aired on Animax Asia. In November of 2017, ATTKC would post a short clip from the Animax Asia dub. As of December 2021, this is the only footage that's surfaced.
Voice Cast (Animax Asia)[edit | edit source]
- Russell Wait as The Narrator
- Sarah Hauser as Momoko Sakura (Maruko-chan), Mrs. Maruo (Maruo's mother)
- Emily Woo Zeller and Andrea Kwan as Sumire Sakura (Maruko's mother)
- Candice Moore as Sakiko Sakura (Maruko's sister)
- Richard Magarey as Tomozo Sakura (Maruko's grandfather)
- Michael Pizzuto as Shigeru Fujiki and Noritaka Hamazaki (Hamaji)
Japan Foundation[edit | edit source]
Starting in late 2018, some episodes of the 1995 series were dubbed into English by the Japan Foundation, and posted on YouTube by two of the official Chibi Maruko-chan channels. These can be found on both of the dedicated English language channel and the general dub channel.
Voice Cast (Japan Foundation)[edit | edit source]
- Michael Szuc as The Narrator
- Catherine Fu as Momoko Sakura (Maruko-chan)
- Jack Murphy as Hiroshi Sakura (Maruko's father)
- Muriel Hofmann as Sumire Sakura (Maruko's mother)
- Lily Troncale as Sakiko Sakura (Maruko's sister)
- Simon Broad as Tomozo Sakura (Maruko's grandfather)
- Candiace Moore as Kotake Sakura (Maruko's grandmother)
- Muriel Hofmann as Tamae Honami (Tama-chan)
- David McKinney as Sueo Maruo
- Hunter Purvis as Kazuhiko Hanawa
- Jamie Anderson and Dave Bridge as Additional Voices
External Link[edit | edit source]
- A short clip of the Animax Asia English dub, provided by ATTKC and reuploaded onto VidLii. Retrieved 09 Dec '21
References[edit | edit source]
- A blog post by the group ATTKC about the different Chibi Maruko-chan English dubbed episodes and clips they'd discovered. Retrieved 9 Dec '21
- An archived link to Voicebox Productions' official website. Retrieved 09 Dec '21
- Teryl Rothery's official filmography, containing information about an English dub by Ocean Studios. Retrieved 9 Dec '21.
- The Anime News Network page on Chibi Maruko-chan, which contains English casting and dubbing information. Retrieved 9 Dec '21
- The Anime News Network page on the second Chibi Maruko-chan series, which contains English casting and dubbing information. Retrieved 9 Dec '21