Mamegoma

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Mamegoma peeking out of a shopping bag after being rescued from an UFO catcher

Mamegoma (まめゴマ) is a series of seal characters created by the Japanese company San-X. The prefix mame, meaning bean in Japanese, is used to refer to miniature versions of things; the suffix goma is an abbreviation of gomafuazarashi, or sesame seed-mottled seal, which is the Japanese name for the spotted seal.

Mamegoma are available in a variety of different colors including, white, blue, pink, yellow, and black. The seals are often depicted as being small enough (12 cm, weighing around 200 g) to live in a common goldfish bowl, usually with a few ice cubes to keep the water nice and cool. They are also shown in advertisements and merchandise in bath tubs and relaxing on a wheel in a hamster cage among other activities.

The mamegoma characters are available as plush toys from UFO catcher machines. There are also many different products with the Mamegoma seals as a decoration, like stationery, calendars etc.

Media

The 2009 anime Kupū~!! Mamegoma! (クプ~!!まめゴマ!) is based on Mamegoma, revolving around 'Mameta' the Shiro-goma and some other seals going by Soda-kun, Cherry-chan, Candy-chan, Samantha-chan, Daigorou-kun, and Lemon-chan.

Four Nintendo DS games have been released in Japan featuring Mamegoma: Mamegoma: Honobono Nikki (ja:まめゴマほのぼの日記), Mamegoma 2: Uchi no Ko ga Ichiban!, Qupu!! Mamegoma!, and Mamegoma 3: Kawaii ga Ippai!. Two 3DS games featuring Mamegoma have been added: "Mamegoma: Yoiko Maruko Genkinako!" and "Mamegoma: Happy Sweets Farm". [1][2][3]

Several Mamegoma-themed picture books have also been released in Japan.

References

  1. ^ Qupu!! Mame Goma! for DS. GameFAQs (2009-07-16). Retrieved on 2012-03-10.
  2. ^ Mame Goma 2: Uchi no Ko ga Ichiban! for DS. GameFAQs (2008-07-31). Retrieved on 2012-03-10.
  3. ^ Mame Goma: Honobo no Nikki for DS. GameFAQs (2007-07-26). Retrieved on 2012-03-10.

External links

  • San-X's official site (in Japanese)
  • Kupū~!! Mamegoma! (anime) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
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