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(Tottoko Hamutarō[1])
Genre Adventure, comedy
Written by Ritsuko Kawai
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Ciao
Original run 19972000
Volumes 3
Anime television series
Directed by Osamu Nabeshima
Studio ShoPro Entertainment
TMS Entertainment
Licensed by
Viz Media
Network TV Tokyo (2000–2006)
English network
Cartoon Network (2003)
Nick Jr (2004–2006)
YTV (2002–2005)
TV3 (2003)
GMA Network
TV5 Philippines (2009–2010)
BEAM Channel 31 (Episode 1 only, 2011)
Jetix (2004-2009)
Boing (2015-present)
MediaCorp Channel 8 (2002-2006)
Fox Kids (2002–2004)
Jetix (2005)
Cartoon Network (2002–2004)
Original run July 7, 2000March 31, 2006
Episodes 296 (Japanese), 105 (English)

Hamtaro (とっとこハム太郎 Tottoko Hamutarō, "Trotting Hamtaro") is a Japanese children's manga and storybook series created and illustrated by Ritsuko Kawai. The manga is serialized in Shogakukan's all girl's magazine Ciao in 1997, focusing on a hamster named Hamtaro who has a variety of adventures with other hamsters, known as "Ham-Hams" ("Hamuchans" in the Japanese version). VIZ Media published the manga adaptations and storybooks in English.[2][3]

Multiple anime adaptations were produced by TMS Entertainment and aired on TV Tokyo. The first series was dubbed in English by The Ocean Group.


  • Plot 1
  • Characters 2
  • Reception 3
  • Licensed products 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The series revolves around an anthropomorphic hamster named Hamtaro, who is owned by a 10-year-old girl named Laura Haruna (Hiroko Haruna or "Roko-chan" in the Japanese version). Curious by nature, he ventures out each day to make friends and go on adventures with a clan of fellow hamster friends known as The Ham-Hams. The Ham-Hams meet at a special clubhouse built by Boss ("Taisho").


See List of Hamtaro characters


People magazine named this show "[the] Hottest new thing in Hollywood!" due to its rise in popularity among audiences of all ages.

In Japan, Hamtaro aired five anime series, released four movies, several specials, many video game/DVD releases and merchandise. The success was not paralleled in the United States, however, with only the first series, some special episodes, three video games (though two others were released in Europe), and limited merchandise. In 2004, Hamtaro was cancelled in the United States to air the new Gundam series and Dragon Ball Z. On 23 February 2011, it was announced that Hamtaro would be receiving a series titled Tottoko Hamutaro Dechu.[4] However, upon airing on 2 April 2011 at 9 a.m., it was found to be the original show rehashed with a new intro and new borders. "Tottoko Hamutaro Dechu" was broadcast for the final time in Japan on Saturday, 30 March 2013.

Licensed products

Hamtaro plush from Hasbro


  1. ^ Clements, Jonathan; McCarthy, Helen (2006). The Anime Encyclopedia. California: Stone Bridge Press.  
  2. ^ Hamtaro Gets Lost and Other Stories (The Adventures of Hamtaro, Vol. 2)
  3. ^ The Adventures of Hamtaro, Vol. 3: Jealous Hamtaro and Other Stories
  4. ^ "Tottoko Hamtarō Dechu TV Anime to Premiere in April". 

External links

  • Hamtaro Official Japanese site (Japanese)
  • TV Tokyo Hamtaro Website (Japanese)
  • TV Tokyo Tottoko Hamutaro Dechu Website (Japanese)
  • YTV Website Archived 19 February 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  • Hamtaro (anime) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
  • Hamtaro at the Internet Movie Database
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