Mao-chan (TV)

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Related anime:
    Mao-chan (manga) (adaptation)

Alternative title:
Earth Defender Mao-chan
Ground Defense Force Mao-chan
Rikujō Bōeitai Mao-chan (Japanese)
陸上防衛隊まおちゃん (Japanese)
Themes: military
Objectionable content: None
Plot Summary: Mao Onigawara is a happy 8-year-old grade-schooler and the granddaughter of Chief of Staff of Ground Defense Force. Equipped with her cloverleaf-shaped badge which enables her to transform (but gives her no special power whatsoever), Mao and her best friends (granddaughters of Chief of Staff of Air and Marine Defense Force, respectively) will defend Japan against the invasion from "cute aliens," who are way too cute to be dealt with regular armed forces.
User Ratings: 156 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 3 votes (sub:2, dub:1)
 Excellent: 6 votes (dub:3, sub:3)
 Very good: 19 votes (sub:12, dub:5, raw:1, others:1
1 French subtitled
)
 Good: 44 votes (sub:30, dub:14)
 Decent: 24 votes (sub:20, dub:3, others:1
1 French subtitled
)
 So-so: 24 votes (sub:19, dub:5)
 Not really good: 8 votes (sub:5, dub:2, raw:1)
 Weak: 13 votes (sub:12, dub:1)
 Bad: 11 votes (sub:9, dub:1, others:1
1 Spanish subtitled
)
 Awful: 1 vote (dub:1)
 Worst ever: 3 votes (dub:2, sub:1)
Seen in part or in whole by 390 users, rank: #1949 (of 6020)
Median rating: Decent
Arithmetic mean: 5.782 (Decent−), std. dev.: 2.1131, rank: #4759 (of 6015)
Weighted mean: 5.806 (Decent−), rank: #4745 (of 6015) (seen all: 6.56 / seen some: 5.51 / won't finish: 2.93)
Bayesian estimate: 5.939 (Decent), rank: #4006 (of 4523)
Running time: 12 minutes per episode
Number of episodes: 26
Episode titles: We have 26
Vintage: 2002-07-03 to 2002-12-25 (Japan)
Release dates: We have 7
Opening Theme:
"All My Love" by Yui Horie
#2: "Brand new day" by Aice5
Ending Theme:
"It's My Style" by Yui Horie
#2: "Eternity" by Aice5
Links: We have 1
Trivia: We have 4
Comment:
New opening and ending themes, Brand new day and Eternity, respectively, are introduced in reruns in April 2007.
Review:
Mao-chan DVD 1 (Jan 14, 2004)
News: Show:
Del Rey Manga (Dec 7, 2007)
New Anime Dubs (Jul 3, 2003)
A-Kon News (Jun 1, 2003)
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DVD (Region 1)
    Mao-chan - I Will Protect the Peace of Japan (DVD 1) 2003-10-28 (from $5.00)
    Mao-chan - Go! Unified Defense Force (DVD 2) 2004-01-06 (from $5.00)
    Mao-chan - Song of Defense (DVD 3) 2004-02-24 (from $4.80)
    Mao-chan - Let's Defend Happiness! (DVD 4) 2004-04-20 (from $23.98)

Japanese staff
Japanese companies
Director: Yoshiaki Iwasaki
Series Composition: Yousuke Kuroda
Screenplay: Yousuke Kuroda
Storyboard: Hideaki Oba
Original Concept: Ken Akamatsu
Character Design: Masahide Yanagisawa
Art Director: Chitose Asakura
Animation Director: Yoshio Suzuki
Art design: Junko Nagasawa
Sound Director: Hiromi Kikuta

Color design: Mitsuko Sekimoto
Digital Photography: Kenichi Dai (eps 2-26 even)
Key Animation: Tetsuya Takeuchi (eps 4, 8)
Program Contact: Tomoko Gushima (TV Tokyo)
Program Publicity:
Shouko Morimura (eps 5-26)
Tatsuya Yamaga (TV Tokyo; eps 1-4)
Theme Song Composition:
Chika Itô (OP)
Yuki Matsuura (ED)
Theme Song Lyrics:
Chika Itô (OP)
Yuki Matsuura (ED)
Theme Song Performance: Yui Horie (OP/ED)
Animation Production: Xebec
Backgrounds: Production AI
Broadcaster:
Chiba TV (2007-04-08)
KBS Kyoto (2007-04-11)
Sun TV (2007-04-09)
Tokyo MX TV (2007-04-09)
TV Aichi (2007-04-09)
TV Kanagawa (2007-04-07)
TV Saitama (2007-04-08)
TV Tokyo
Digital Photography: Trans Arts Co.
In-Between Animation:
Actas (eps 3-4, 6, 23)
APPP (5 episodes
eps 2, 7, 10, 13, 23
)

Buyu (eps 8-9)
Delta Peak (eps 21-22)
Hal Film Maker (eps 1-2)
K Production (12 episodes
eps 1-3, 7, 16-19, 23-26
)

Last House (eps 13, 21)
Light House (11 episodes
eps 1, 4-8, 12, 19-20, 25-26
)

Magic Bus (6 episodes
eps 1, 5, 15, 21, 25-26
)

MI (ep 2)
Mouse (6 episodes
eps 5, 10, 13-14, 19, 21
)

MSC (eps 5-6)
Noside (ep 24)
Production I.G (eps 6, 23)
Production IG Niigata (eps 17-18)
Seigasha (8 episodes
eps 11-13, 15-17, 22, 25
)

Studio Boomerang (5 episodes
eps 1-2, 13, 20, 22
)

Studio Cockpit (ep 22)
STUDIO KAGURA (eps 9-10)
Studio Mark (eps 16, 22)
Studio Takuranke (4 episodes
eps 3, 21, 25-26
)

Studio Zaendou (eps 16-17, 22)
Sunshine Corporation (ep 16)
Tamazawa Dogasha (4 episodes
eps 10, 13, 15, 24
)

Tanto (6 episodes
eps 14-15, 21, 23, 25-26
)

Tokyo Animation Centre (4 episodes
eps 6, 8, 12, 25
)

Uni Animation (11 episodes
eps 1-3, 7, 9-11, 13-15, 24
)

Key Animation:
Anime R (ep 4)
Production I.G (4 episodes
eps 14-15, 20, 24
)

Production IG Niigata (eps 14-15)
Seigasha (eps 17, 21)
Studio Wanpack (5 episodes
eps 3, 6, 10, 17, 19
)

Tsuburaya Production (ep 26)
Uni Animation (9 episodes
eps 5, 7-10, 12, 14-16
)

Windou (eps 18, 22, 25)
Music Cooperation: TV Tokyo Music
Music Production: Starchild Records
Paint:
K Production (9 episodes
eps 1-3, 19-20, 23-26
)

Mouse (6 episodes
eps 3-5, 19, 25-26
)

MSC (eps 3-5, 21, 25)
Studio Elle (eps 1-20, 23-26)
STUDIO KAGURA (ep 10)
Studio Peacock (5 episodes
eps 6, 11, 17-18, 23
)

Studio Step (16 episodes
eps 5-8, 11-13, 16-18, 20-21, 23-26
)

Sunshine Digital (11 episodes
eps 2-4, 9-10, 13, 15-16, 19, 21-22
)

Tamazawa Dogasha (4 episodes
eps 10, 13, 15, 24
)

Tanto (6 episodes
eps 4, 14-15, 23, 25-26
)

Uni Animation (10 episodes
eps 1-3, 9-11, 13-15, 24
)

Production:
Kodansha
Xebec
Japanese cast
Kimiko Koyama as Mao Onigawara
Yui Horie as Silvia Maruyama
Yuuya Yoshikawa as Misora Tsukishima

Ai Iura as Chinami Noki
Akio Nojima as Rikushirou Onigawara
Kiyonobu Suzuki as Sorajirou Tsukishima
Machiko Toyoshima as
Emi Uehara
Shouko Akasaka
Masayo Kurata as Carol Cameron(ep 21)
Miki Nagasawa as Kagome Mishima
Takashi Taniguchi as Adalbert von Maruyama
Yukiko Mannaka as Yuriko Oozora

Akira Tomisaka as
Kangaroo alien
Maiko Mita
Chiaki Takahashi as
Mio Nanba
Officer(eps 2, 5)
Junichi Sugawara as Prime Minister
Kanako Hattori as
Class representative(4 episodes
eps 5, 15-16, 25
)

Female student C(ep 5)
Keiichi Sonobe as Galaxy the Great
Keiji Hirai as Politician
Kouji Haramaki as Rikukichi Onigawara
Machiko Toyoshima as Operator(eps 1-10, 12)
Naoki Bandou as Tokusaburo Tokugawa
Satoshi Katougi as Ground crew
Satsuki Yukino as Kuniko Onigawara
Tomoe Hanba as Kuko Tsukishima
Yui Horie as Naru Narusegawa (unnamed)(ep 20)
Yuji Ueda as Keinosuke Urashima
Yuri Shiratori as Kiku Ichimonji the Third
English staff
English cast
Julie Maddalena as Silvia Maruyama
Kay Jensen as Misora Tsukishima
Sandy Fox as Mao Onigawara

Anthony Mozdy as Sorajirou Tsukishima
Dorothy Elias-Fahn as Kagome Mishima
Kay Jensen as Chinami Noki
Michael McConnohie as Rikushirou Onigawara
Michelle Ruff as Carol Cameron
Ron Allen as Adalbert von Maruyama
Wendee Lee as Yuriko Ozora

David Orosco as
Galaxy the Great
Prime Minister
David Umansky as Ichiro Suteki(ep 22)
Dorothy Elias-Fahn as Naru Narusegawa
Julie Ann Taylor as Operator
English companies
Chinese (Taiwan) staff
Chinese (Taiwan) companies
(none)
Licensed by: Mighty Media Co., Ltd.
Chinese (Taiwan) cast
(none)
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