Mitsubachi Maya no Boken

Japanese name: Mitsubachi Maya no Boken Mitsubachi Maya no Boken TV Series image
Japanese name: みつばちマーヤの冒険
English name: Adventures of Maya the Honeybee; Maya the Bee
German name: Die Biene Maja
Italian name: L'Apemaia
Spanish name: La abeja Maya
Czech name: Vèelka Mája
Dates: April 1, 1975-April 20, 1976
September 9, 1976-September 1977 (Federal Republic of Germany)
January 1, 1990-December 1990 (United States)
February 1980 (Italy)
Broadcast time: Tuesday, 19:30-20:00 (7:30-8:00)
Number of episodes: 52
Animation Studio: Zuiyo and Nippon Animation
Production Company:
Broadcaster: Asahi Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen) (Federal Republic of Germany)
Nickelodeon (United States)
Prima TV (Czech Republic)
RaiDue (Italy)
Creator(s): Waldemar Bonsels (novel: Die Biene Maja und ihre Abenteuer ("The Adventures of Maya the Honeybee"))
Series Director: Hiroshi Saito, Mitsuo Kaminashi, Seiji Endo
Episode Director(s): Hiroshi Saito
Planning: Fumi Takahashi (series composition)
Writer(s): Fumi Takahashi
Art Director: Kitao Masahiro
Art Design:
Character Designer(s): Susumu Shiraume
Animator(s): Susumu Shiraume (director), Hayao Nobe (director), Takao Ogawa (director)
Music: Takashi Ogaki
Sound: Yasuo Urakami (director)
Voice Actors
(regular characters):
Michiko Nomura (Maya), Masako Nozawa, Ichiro Nagai (Phillip)
Genre(s): adventure, animal characters (insects)
Home Video
Japan: DVD (BIBA 3151-3163)
Note(s): This series was continued by the 1982 series, Shin Mitsubachi Maya no Boken.

To see what other animated programs were out at the same time as Mitsubachi Maya no Boken 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.

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Last update: June 26, 2010
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