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Japanese name: Bikkuriman Bikkuriman TV Series image
Japanese name: ビックリマン
English name: Surprise Man
French name: Le Prince Hercule
Dates: October 11, 1987-April 2, 1989
October 24, 1990 (France)
Broadcast time: Sunday 8:45-9:00 am (original broadcast time, program later extended to half-hour)
Number of episodes: 75
Animation Studio: Toei Doga
Production Company: Asahi Broadcasting Company, Asatsu, Toei Doga
Broadcaster: Asahi National Broadcasting (ANB)
TF1 (France)
Series Director: Yukio Kaizawa
Episode Director(s): Yukio Kaizawa, Yoshikata Nitta, Hiroyuki Kakudo
Producer(s): Yoshitaka Nabeshima, Azuma Kasuga, Yasuo Kameyama
Planning: Sukehiro Tomita (series composition), Yasuo Yamaguchi
Writer(s): Sukehiro Tomita, Shigeru Yanagawa
Art Director: Mataji Urata
Art Design: Mataji Urata, Tomoko Eritachi
Character Designer(s): Mitsuru Aoyama
Animator(s): Mitsuru Aoyama (director), Takao Ozone (director), Setsuko Mitani (director)
Music: Arisawa Takanori
Sound: Nobuteru Ikegami
Voice Actors
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Genre(s): comedy, fantasy, superhero, children
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Note(s): This series was followed by Shin Bikkuriman (1989), Super Bikkuriman (1992), Bikkuriman 2000 (1999), and Happy Lucky Bikkuriman (2006).

The French broadcast of this series only broadcast 13 of the earlier short episodes.

To see what other animated programs were out at the same time as Bikkuriman go to the Chronology of Animation.

Note on finding copies of programs:
Unfortunately I lack the time or resources to help people find copies of anime television programs. I have put together a web List of Online Video and Book Stores that will be useful to find copies in the United States, some other countries, and one Japanese store. There are other similar stores on the Internet around the world that might be able to supply the DVDs, LDs, VCDs, or video tapes that are desired. Check my Japanese Animation Information page for links to Internet resources that may have further information. I am not involved in trading materials from my own collection. I am still waiting to see most of the programs in this List of Anime Television Series and would be happy to find sources for many of them.

Because of these circumstances I will not respond to requests for help to find these types of materials.

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