Calimero (partially found original Japanese version of anime series; 1974-1975)

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Calimero and Priscilla in the series.

Status: Partially Found

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, 1974, to September 30, 1975.

Episodes dubbed in European languages as well as in Arabic can be found online, but the series' original Japanese version is much harder to find. Unlike the second anime series made in 1992, there are no known VHS or DVD releases of the 1974 series in Japanese. There were 45 episodes made for the show. In September 2018, a user known as "Yuriko o" uploaded episodes 17-19 in Japanese on YouTube. None of the other episodes have surfaced yet, however.

Found Episodes

Strange Marathon/Vision of a Hundred Points (Episode 17)
Your Me, Your Me/Kidnapping Magenru (Episode 18)
Spring is Nowhere to Be Found/Dad Has Insomnia (Episode 19)

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