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Hamtaro cover.jpg
Cover of the first children's book featuring Hamtaro.
(Tottoko Hamutarō[1])
Genre Adventure, comedy, slice of life
Written by Ritsuko Kawai
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Ciao
Original run 19972000
Volumes 3
Anime television series
Directed by Osamu Nabeshima
Written by Yoshiyuki Suga
Music by Motoyoshi Iwasaki
Studio TMS Entertainment
Licensed by
Viz Media
Original network TV Tokyo
English network
YTV (2002–2005)
TV3 (2003)
GMA Network
TV5 (2009–2010)
Fox Kids (2002–2004)
Cartoon Network (2002–2004)
Original run 7 July 2000 31 March 2006
Episodes 296 (Japanese)
105 (English) (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Directed by Osamu Nabeshima
Music by Motoyoshi Iwasaki
Studio TMS Entertainment
Released August 6, 2001 August 6, 2004
Episodes 4 (List of episodes)
Anime film series
Directed by Osamu Nabeshima
Music by Motoyoshi Iwasaki
Studio TMS Entertainment
Released December 15, 2001 December 23, 2004
Runtime 50 minutes each
Films 4 (List of films)
Anime television series
Trotting Hamtaro Hai!
Directed by Osamu Dezaki
Written by Yoshiyuki Suga
Music by Motoyoshi Iwasaki
Studio TMS Entertainment
Original network TV Tokyo
Original run April 5, 2006 March 26, 2008
Episodes 77 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Trotting Hamtaro Dechu!
Directed by Osamu Nabeshima
Studio Shogakukan Music & Digital Entertainment
Original network TV Tokyo
Original run April 2, 2011 March 30, 2013
Episodes 103
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Hamtaro, known in Japan as Trotting Hamtaro (とっとこハム太郎, Tottoko Hamutarō), 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.


The series revolves around a talking hamster named Hamtaro, who is owned by a 10-year-old girl named Hiroko Haruna (Laura Haruna in the English dub). 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").

Original name
 United States
Gender Height Owner Debut
Hamutarō Hamtaro Male 8.6 cm Laura Haruna Episode 1
Ribon-chan Bijou Female 7.5 cm Maria Episode 1
Taishō-kun Boss Male 10 cm - Episode 1
Kōshi-kun Oxnard Male 10 cm Kana Iwata Episode 1
Mafurā-chan Pashmina Female 7.5cm June Episode 2
Chibimaru-chan Penelope Female 6.2cm Kylie Episode 2
Maido-kun Howdy Male 8.5cm Zack Episode 2
Megane-kun Dexter Male 8.7cm Curtis Episode 2
Neteru-kun Snoozer Male 8.5cm - Episode 2
Panda-kun Panda Male 8.8cm Mimi Episode 3
Noppo-kun Maxwell Male 10.5cm Melissa Episode 3
Torahamu-chan Sandy Female 7.5cm Hillary Episode 3
Kaburu-kun Cappy Male 7.0cm Kip and Sue Episode 3
Tongari-kun Jingle Male 8.5cm - Episode 10
Torahamu-kun Stan Male 7.5cm Noel Episode 14
Rapisu-chan Lapis Female 7.5cm Maggie O'Hara Episode 194
Razuri-chan Lazuli Female 7.5cm Maggie O'Hara Episode 194



There are three manga about Hamtaro, A Home for Hamtaro, Hamtaro Gets Lost, and Jealous Hamtaro. In the first two, Hamtaro's owner is named Yukari while in the latter, her name is Amy.


In Japan, Hamtaro aired three 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. On 23 February 2011, it was announced that Hamtaro would be receiving a series titled Tottoko Hamtaro Dechu.[4]


Main article: List of Hamtaro video games

The Hamtaro franchise has multiple video game titles with independent storylines. These titles include adventure and educational games that can be found for PC, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance (GBA), and the Nintendo DS consoles.

Title Platform Release Date
Tottoko Hamtaro: Tomodachi Daisakusen Dechu Game Boy Color[5] JP: September 8, 2000[5]
Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite! Game Boy Color JP: April 21, 2001

NA: October 28, 2002

Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak Game Boy Advance JP: May 3, 2002[6]

NA: April 8, 2003[6]

Hamtaro: Wake Up Snoozer PC/Mac October 1, 2003
Hamtaro: Rainbow Rescue Game Boy Advance May 22, 2003
Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Games Game Boy Advance July 26, 2004
Tottoko Hamtaro: Nazo Nazo Q Kumonoue no ? Jou Nintendo DS December 1, 2005
Hi Hamtaro! Little Hamsters Big Adventure Nintendo DS September 23, 2008


  1. ^ Clements, Jonathan; McCarthy, Helen (2006). The Anime Encyclopedia. California: Stone Bridge Press. ISBN 1-933330-10-4.
  2. ^ Hamtaro Gets Lost and Other Stories (The Adventures of Hamtaro, Vol. 2) Amazon.com
  3. ^ The Adventures of Hamtaro, Vol. 3: Jealous Hamtaro and Other Stories Amazon.com
  4. ^ "Tottoko Hamtarō Dechu TV Anime to Premiere in April".
  5. ^ a b "【GBC20周年企画(2)】いちばん売れたゲームボーイカラー専用ソフトは『遊☆戯☆王DM4』! では2位は? GBC専用ソフト販売ランキングTOP10! - ファミ通.com". ファミ通.com (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-11-16.
  6. ^ a b "Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak (2002) Game Boy Advance release dates - MobyGames". MobyGames. Retrieved 2018-11-16.

External links

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