Monster School (lost Japanese puppet TV series; 2003)
Monster School (バケルノ小学校ヒュードロ組; Bakeruno shōgakkō hyūdoro-gumi) was a Japanese educational puppet show created by NHK. It originally ran from 2001 to 2006 and aired 54 episodes. The setting and characters were based on Japanese folklore and the series primarily focused on teaching children the importance of communication.
The series is about Nobiro, a normal boy in second grade, whose parents had to travel to Africa for work, leaving him with to live with a family of Tengus named Otengu (the husband) and Metengu (the wife). They live on floor 305 of an apartment called "Monster Heights" and Nobiro goes to a school on the 101st floor of the same apartment, which is the titular "Monster School". He ends up befriending various other mythological Japanese monsters at the school including Santa (a water goblin), Miiko (a magical cat creature), Byakko (a fox), the Yukinki Brothers (twin yetis), and Mush (a magical mushroom), all with special powers.
Very little aside from the plot and an episode list are known about the show as there is no footage online and little documentation of it. Based on the episode titles (found below), it seems that there would have been another character in the Tengu family (possibly a girl) named Kotengu, who would be Nobiro's sister, as well as a nanny character. The only other info available is that one of the actresses on the show was Eiko Hisamura (who played Metengu), the episodes were 15 minutes long, it aired in Brazil in 2006, and the two low-quality screenshots of the show to the right.
On June 25, 2017, a user named Dadistalon uploaded the second episode on YouTube, but it was later blocked By NHK.
- I Love Monster School
- Metengu Lays an Egg
- Miiko and Byakko's Contest
- Why Isn't Ms. Okiku Angry?
- Kotengu is Born
- Nighttime at the Monster Market
- Nobiro's School Project
- The Haunted Bathroom
- My Cute Little Sister
- Midnight Marathon
- My Magic Pencil Crayons
- Nanny Knows Best
- Monster School Cinderella