Tottoko Hamutaro: Anime Dechu! (lost "Hamtaro" anime series; 1999)


Tottoko Hamutaro: Anime Dechu!
Magazine ad for VHS of the anime
Magazine ad for VHS of the anime
Status Lost

Most anime fans probably know the series Hamtaro, the anime about the cute little hamster owned by a 5th-grade girl named Laura/Hiroko and who goes on adventures with his hamster friends. However, before the actual series premiered in Japan in 2000, there was a short series that was released on VHS in 1999 called Tottoko Hamutaro Anime Dechu! (とっとこ ハム太郎 ヤニメ でちゆ), (not to be confused with the 2011 Hamtaro re-airing known as Tottoko Hamutaro Dechu).

All that is known about this anime is as follows:

  • It is based on the original manga by Ritsuko Kawai and has no relation to the final series (in other words, it is not considered a pilot).
  • Hamtaro is owned by a girl named Natsumi and not Laura/Hiroko.
  • The VHS release contains 4 episodes of the anime, and it's unknown if any others were produced or not.
  • The VHS was apparently not publicly available and was only given/sold to members of the production team at Shogakukan, the company who created Hamtaro, which makes it especially rare. The original cost was apparently 1200 yen (approx. $10).
  • The episodes used songs that would be used later in the final series, including “Let’s Draw Hamtaro”, “Let’s Play Again Tomorrow” and “Techitechi March” .

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Insultingiguana

2 months ago
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More info https://medi..._series/7049

this is all i could find about it, besides the op.
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KristoHam

2 months ago
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Thanks!

What is that penguin show in your avatar? It looks so familiar...
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Insultingiguana

1 months ago
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Paz, the USA got live puppet segments before the cartoon shorts. Most of them and the show is still missing.
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