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| type = ova | director = Osamu Nabeshima | producer = | writer = | music = | studio = Shogakukan, TMS | first = August 6, 2001 | last = August 6, 2004 | runtime = | episodes = 4 | episode_list = List of Hamtaro episodes#OVAs }} {{Infobox animanga/F The Adventures of Hamtaro (とっとこハム太郎 Tottoko Hamutarō?, literally Trotting Hamtaro) is a Japanese children's storybook series by Ritsuko Kawai. The main character is a brave hamster named Hamtaro who goes on adventures and makes friends. The books include A Home for Hamtaro and Other Stories[1], Hamtaro Gets Lost and Other Stories,[2] and Jealous Hamtaro and Other Stories.[3] VIZ Media publishes the storybooks in English. A toy, Hamusuta the Happy Hamster, which is very similar to the Zhu Zhu Pet was based on this series.


The anime, Hamtaro (とっとこハム太郎 Tottoko Hamutarō?, literally Trotting Hamtaro), is based on the storybook series, and features original character designs by Case Closed creator Gosho Aoyama. Hamtaro is owned by a 10 year-old girl named Laura Haruna (Hiroko Haruna or "Roko-chan" in Japanese version). Hamtaro leads an exciting life for a small hamster. 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. Hamtaro is licensed by Viz Media in North America, which dubbed it in a format aimed at a younger audience. People Magazine named this show, "Hottest new thing in Hollywood!" due to its rise in popularity among small children and older ones alike. The original version of Hamtaro debuted in Tokyo in the spring of 1990, and Hamtaro was cancelled in America in 2007.


See List of Hamtaro characters

Licensed products


Hamtaro plush from Hasbro

  • Shogakukan: Ritsuko Kawai's books, other Hamtaro related titles, Japanese videos/DVDs
  • Toho (Toho Co., Ltd.): Distribution of all 4 movies
  • Columbia Music Entertainment: Japanese music CDs
  • Anime Video Comics: Launched in 2008 and it does not have a website. Summit Entertainment, an owner company of Anime Video Comics releases some episodes.
  • Epoch Co., Ltd.: Plushes, collectible toy line, talking toys, musical toys, standalone electronic games (for the Japanese/Asian market only, but can also be found in some import stores in North America and Europe)
  • Hasbro: plushies, collectible toy line
  • The Learning Company: Hamtaro: Wake Up Snoozer! for the IBM PC/PC compatibles/Apple Macintosh
  • Nintendo: video games -
  • Sega: Arcade painting game, Sega Pico titles (Japanese market only), Cocopad titles (Japanese market only)
  • Natsume: Tottoko Hamtaro Ham Ham Challenge Atsumare Hai Nintendo DS game (Released as Hi! Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Challenge! in the US/Europe)
  • Banpresto: Arcade kiddie ride
  • Smuckers: Smucker's Snacker's
  • VIZ Media (North America): books, English-language comics, videos/DVDs
  • Chuang Yi (Singapore): books, English-language comics
  • Seiko: Limited Edition watches
  • Daewon Media: All market character products from Japan and United States


External links

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