Japanese name: Sazae-san
Japanese name: サザエさん
English name: Mrs. Sazae
Dates: October 5, 1969-
Broadcast time: Sunday, 6:30-7:00 pm (18:30-19:00)
Number of episodes: 2000+
Animation Studio: Eiken (known as Tele-Cartoon Japan when the show began)
Production Company:
Broadcaster: Fuji Television (CX)
Creator(s): Machiko Hasegawa (newspaper comic strip (1946-1974))
Series Director: Hiroshi Yamagishi
Episode Director(s):
Planning: Eiichi Kubota
Writer(s): Shun-ichi Yukimuro
Art Director: Toshihiro Osumi
Art Design: Takashi Ozaki (color director), Kunio Nakasawa (color director)
Character Designer(s): Hideshige Tsukikawa, Isao Katano
Voice Actors
(regular characters):
Midori Kato (Sazae), Miyoko Asou (Fune), Issei Futamata (Saburou), Eken Mine (Isasaka), Ichirou Nagai (Namihei Isono), Takako Sasuga (Taro-chan), Sumiko Shirakawa (Nakajima-kun), Kazue Takahashi (Katsuo)
Genre(s): comedy, family life, modern life, women's rights
Home Video

Note(s): With three short cartoons per episode, this understated television show is the largest body of animation that has ever been created in a single series.

This series has been the top-rated animated television program as well as one of the top-rated programs of all Japanese television for many years.

To see what other animated programs were out at the same time as Sazae-san 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.

Last update: June 13, 2009
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