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Title (English) Tico & Nanami
Title (Japanese) nanatsu no umi no tiko

book cover

Fantasy Novel

Notes Ger. ="Ein Toller Freund"
English name: Tico of the Seven Seas or Tico and Nanami
Dates: January 16, 1994-December 18, 1994; Number of episodes: 48
Production Company: Nippon Animation; Broadcaster: Fuji TV
Creator(s): Akira Hiro
A title in Fuji TV & Nippon Animation's World Masterpiece Theater (meisaku)TV anime series of adaptations of classic children's books.
Classification WMT
Synopsis Tico is a whale, and Nanami is a small girl who lives with her father on a little old tugboat. Also in the series are the boat's engineer, an attractive young woman, Cheryl, and other oddly assorted characters. Some of the early episodes cover a story segment, set in South America, in which a photographer photographs a massacre of seals, and some powerful and unscrupulous interests try to have the information suppressed.
Review This is the only WMT (World Masterpiece Theater) anime series to be made with an original script.
(I have a fair amount of information about this series, in an illustrated booklet, but it's in Japanese).
To be frank, this is the WMT series I have liked the least, and its lurid farrago of implausible sub-aquatic stunts, powerboat chases, shootings, kidnappings, thugs with metal hands, fights, etc, grates very badly when viewed alongside the gentler charms of the other series with their wealth of realistic and everyday detail. It's a clash of two utterly different cultures: what was formerly thought to be suitable reading for the young, and what they are now served up on television. I'd much rather have Katri the farm girl and her multiplication tables, than a lot of identikit gunmen in expensive power boats.
Credits Series Director: Jun Takagi
Character Designer(s): Satoko Morikawa
Data from Ben Ettinger
Episodes 48
Release Jap:VHS, Jap:DVD, Jap:LD
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Date 1994 January 16 - 1994 December 18
Production Nippon Animation
Broadcaster Fuji TV
References & Help Look up the latest data on this title at:
Richard Llewellyn's Animated Divots, or
Anime News Network (see Encyclopedia section) ,
or in "The Anime Encyclopedia" (Clements & McCarthy, Stone Bridge Press, 2001).
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