Calimero (partially found original Japanese version of anime series; 1972-1975)
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Calimero (カリメロ Karimero?) is an Italian/Japanese cartoon about a charming, but hapless anthropomorphized cartoon chicken; the only black one in a family of yellow chickens. He wears half of his egg shell still on his head. Calimero originally appeared on the Italian television show Carosello on July 14, 1962, and soon became a popular icon in Italy.
The character has had multiple animated adaptations in Italy, France, and Japan, with one of the rarest being the first Japanese anime series made by Toei Animation, which ran from October 15, 1972, to September 30, 1975. Episodes dubbed in European languages as well as in Arabic can be found online, but none of the original Japanese episodes have surfaced, and only the opening and ending sequences are available. Unfortunately, unlike the second anime series made in 1992, there are no known VHS or DVD releases of the 1972 series in Japanese. There were 47 episodes made; a list of 45 of the episodes with Japanese titles can be found here.
Both openings and endings can be found here.