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Title (English) Kiko-chan's Smile
Title (Japanese) Kiko-chan Smile

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Fantasy Novel

Notes 7mins x 51 eps?
From manga by Tsubasa Yoshiura
Classification -
Synopsis About a four-year old girl. Kiko is an odd child, very quiet and uncommunicative but diligent and clearly very bright. She is a trial to her parents and to her kindergarten teacher. She has a cat, which just happens to be an apprentice angel from outer space.
Review The kind of anime that refreshes a jaded fan's interest in the medium. Though ostensibly aimed at the young, this should appeal to all ages and intellects. Each episode has three sub-sections, the middle one usually starring the cat. The humour centres on Kiko's strange personality.
Best of the early bits is the episode where Kiko makes a 6-hour round trip to the beach by herself, unknown to her parents, and manages it all perfectly except for forgetting how to open a cubicle door. It's hilarious.
Only in a Japanese series would one find such a celebration of intellectual ability.
Credits Dir: Setsuko Shibunnoichi
Episodes 51
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Date 1996 October 5 - 1997 September 27
Production Eiken
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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