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11:56 am - 08/19/2013

Chibi Maruko-chan Gets 1st Live-Action Remake in 5.5 Years


The first live-action adaptation of Momoko Sakura's Chibi Maruko-chan manga and anime in five and a half years will air this fall on Fuji TV. The family comedy follows a third-grade girl named Maruko in her daily life among her family and friends.

The first live-action television adaptation aired in April 2006 with Ei Morisako in the title role. It earned a 22.8% rating and spawned a sequel that earned a 17.7% rating that October. The following year, Ayaka Itou became the second live-action actress to assume the role in a full-fledged television series.

For the upcoming new adaptation, eight-year-old Maki Shinta — an actual third grader like Maruko — will play the lead role. The new version will be an omnibus of four stories, with some stories selected from the original manga and some brand-new plots.

Sakura serialized the original manga in Shueisha's Ribon shōjo manga magazine from 1986 to 1996. She launched a four-panel version in Japanese newspaper in 2007, and she ended that version in 2011.

The original manga inspired the Chibi Maruko-chan television anime that is consistently the #2 rated anime series after Sazae-san. The first anime series ran from 1990 to 1992, and the ongoing second series premiered in 1995. The 1,000th television anime episode aired last year.


rainbow_yarn 19th-Aug-2013 02:56 pm (UTC)

Chibi Maruko-chan is cute and funny because all the characters have ridiculous adult voices. Live action would ruin the charm, imo
ichigo_kurimu 19th-Aug-2013 10:20 pm (UTC)
Ooo ~ New Maruko.

Morisako Ei was great as Maruko.
very_pinku 20th-Aug-2013 07:12 am (UTC)
I miss Morisako Ei as Chibimaruko, she was so perfect in it<3. Can't wait though!
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