Cyborg Kuro-chan "Episodes 61-64" (found original Japanese audio of anime series episodes; 2000)
The title cards for the episodes.
Date found: Mar 2016
Found by: キッズボンボン for Children, and MONDO WORLD ASIA / JP CN KR
Cyborg Kuro-chan is an anime series based on the manga series of the same name by Naoki Yokouchi that aired from 1999-2001. The series is about a cat who must look after his elderly parents but has to deal with the fact that he has been turned into a cyborg by a scientist.
The anime had a total of 66 episodes, 1-60 can be found online in Japanese as well as 65, but episodes 61-64 were nowhere to be found online in Japanese until 2016.
Episode 61 (Muscular Beauty-Large Battle!?) originally aired on November 25th, 2000, and is about a fitness competition that Kuro and his friends attend. In the episode, Grandma, Megumi, and Nana take part in the competition, and they try to complete various challenges in hopes of winning a prize. Kuro steps in to help stop 2 bad guys who are trying to distract one of the competitors.
Episode 62 (Gift Strategy of Suzuki) aired on December 2nd, 2000 and is about Suzuki trying to find a gift for Megumi. Kotaro and Suzuki find an object in Dr. Go's home which they use to make a necklace for her, but there's trouble when Go and Mi find out that the necklace can freeze things.
Episode 63 (Scrap King Appearance) aired on December 9th, 2000 and is about Mi being swept into the sea and Go and Kotaro's quest to try and find him. They later find out that the rubbish dump near their home has transformed into a giant monster.
Episode 64 (Courier From Space) aired on December 16th, 2000 and is about a mysterious item that turns up at Kuro's home and he and his friends must find out what it is.
These 4 episodes are impossible to find in their original format online, only the Russian, Thai, Mandarin, Cantonese and Arabic versions exist, and episodes 63 and 64 also exist in Vietnamese. These are the only versions of the episodes that have surfaced on the internet. The episodes haven't aired on Japanese TV in over a decade, and it is possible that nobody taped them or that they were taped and the tapes became corrupted over time.
The 4 episodes can now be found on Youtube in Japanese, all of which were recordings of the AT-X broadcasts from March 2016.
On December 15th, 2016, a Japanese kids-oriented YouTube channel called キッズボンボン for Children uploaded the entire series, including episodes 61-64. All the episodes were later set to private, but have been mirrored to Internet Archive.
On February 17th, 2018, a YouTube channel called "MONDO WORLD ASIA / JP CN KR" uploaded the entire series. The episodes & playlist are incorrectly labelled as Korean dubbed episodes. The labels have since been corrected to Japanese.
User DavoDoss (aka Luke Davidson) has the entire series uploaded on his Dailymotion account (Cyborg Kuro-chan Archive). The video sources for these episodes are AT-X recordings.
- Cyborg Kuro-chan "Episode 66" (found episode of anime series; early 2000s)
- Cyborg Kuro-chan (partially found Malaysian English dub of anime series; early 2000s)
- Cyborg Kuro-chan (lost production material of cancelled/unaired episodes of anime series; 2001)
- Google Drive download links containing episodes 61-64, ripped from "キッズボンボン for Children" and "MONDO WORLD ASIA / JP CN KR".
- Archive.org page containing all the episodes of Cyborg Kuro-chan, mirrored from the "キッズボンボン for Children" YouTube channel.
- The list of episodes & metadata archived from "キッズボンボン for Children". (File names are messed up due to the system not rendering Japanese characters properly.)
- A playlist containing episodes 61-64 in Japanese audio. Retrieved 11 Aug '18