Rampoo (partially found anime series; 1984)
Rampoo (らんぽう Ranpou) is a Japanese gag manga created by Masatoshi Uchizaki and serialized in Weekly Shonen Champion magazine from 1978 to 1987, for total of 37 volumes. It is about a short, perverted middle-school boy named Rampoo who goes on crazy misadventures with Chutaro, a talking mouse genius who invents things for the two to mess around with.
An anime series adaptation of Rampoo aired from April 5th, 1984 to September 27th, 1984 on Fuji TV, for a total of 21 episodes. The production started at Tsuchida Productions and was originally planned to be aired on TV Tokyo in 1983, but it was cancelled due to the change of the organization policy on TV Tokyo's side. Captain Tsubasa instead replaced Rampoo and broadcast on TV Tokyo. The production resumed after changing the broadcast station to Fuji TV.
The show allegedly received bad ratings because it was airing against a baseball game in some areas. Due to the meager ratings, the last episode was wired on few stations.
The show never had a home video release, and only a small amount of footage has resurfaced online.
- Cartoon Research blog about Rampoo. Retrieved 21 Feb '17.