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Spirit of Wonder (スピリットオブワンダー Supiritto Obu Wandā?) is a manga series authored by Kenji Tsuruta, originally serialized from 1986 in Kodansha's Morning seinen manga magazine, and later in Afternoon, until 1996.

It was later adapted into a one-episode OVA in 1992, entitled Chaina-san no Yūutsu (チャイナさんの憂鬱?, lit. Melancholy of Chaina-san), animated by Ajia-do Animation Works and released by Toshiba-EMI. It was later followed in 2001 by a new OVA series, produced and released by Bandai Visual, which included two arcs, Shōnen Kagaku Kurabu (少年科學倶楽部?, lit. Scientific Boys Club) and Chaina-san: Tanpenshū (チャイナさん 短編集?, lit. Chaina-san: Short Stories). In 2004, Bandai Visual released a complete DVD boxset release of the entire series in Japan, entitled WONDERBOX, which included the 2001 sequel it produced as well as the earlier 1992 episode.

The complete OVA series has also been broadcast worldwide by the anime TV network Animax, including its English language networks in Southeast Asia and South Asia.

The earlier OVA was released in North America by AnimEigo. The newer OVA series was released in North America by Bandai, it is also available in Australia from MadMan Entertainment.


1992 OVA

Chaina-san no Yūutsu
  • Chief Director, Storyboards: Mitsuru Hongō
  • Music: Kōhei Tanaka
  • Script: Mitsuru Shimada
  • Character Design and Animation Director: Yoshiaki Yanagida

2001 OVA

Shōnen Kagaku Kurabu
  • Chief Director, Screenplay, Storyboards, Episode Supervision: Takashi Annō
  • Character Design and Animation Director: Yoshiaki Yanagida
  • Music: Hayato Matsuo
Chaina-san Tanpenshū
  • Chief Director, Storyboards, Animation Director: Masaya Fujimori
  • Script: Hiroki Negishi

External links

tl:Spirit of Wonder