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Popotan (TV)

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Alternative title:
ぽぽたん (Japanese)
Genres: comedy, drama, magic
Objectionable content: Significant
Plot Summary: Sisters Ai, Mai, Mii, and their housekeeper android Mea inhabit in a mysterious house that transports them through time and space. Following leads obtained from dandelions (or "popotan"), the sisters attempt to locate a certain someone believed to hold the answers to their questions. Their peculiar method of transport, however, does not come without its own set of painful drawbacks...
User Ratings: 640 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 15 votes (sub:9, dub:6)
 Excellent: 60 votes (sub:40, dub:16, raw:1, others:3
3 Spanish subtitled
 Very good: 130 votes (sub:92, dub:35, raw:2, edit.dub:1)
 Good: 163 votes (sub:105, dub:52, edit.dub:1, ?:1, others:4
3 Spanish subtitled
1 French subtitled
 Decent: 112 votes (sub:74, dub:35, raw:1, others:2
1 Italian subtitled
1 French subtitled
 So-so: 43 votes (sub:35, dub:5, others:3
2 Spanish subtitled
1 French subtitled
 Not really good: 34 votes (sub:20, dub:14)
 Weak: 42 votes (sub:31, dub:10, ?:1)
 Bad: 26 votes (sub:15, dub:10, ?:1)
 Awful: 8 votes (dub:5, sub:3)
 Worst ever: 7 votes (sub:3, ?:2, dub:1, others:1
1 Spanish subtitled
Seen in part or in whole by 1199 users, rank: #1007 (of 9210)
Median rating: Good
Arithmetic mean: 6.375 (Decent+), std. dev.: 2.0909, rank: #5824 (of 9302)
Weighted mean: 6.283 (Decent+), rank: #6058 (of 9302) (seen all: 6.51 / seen some: 5.49 / won't finish: 3.71)
Bayesian estimate: 6.309 (Decent+), rank: #5514 (of 6983)
Running time: 24 minutes per episode
Number of episodes: 12
Episode titles: We have 12
Vintage: 2003-07-17 to 2003-10-02
Release dates: We have 10
Opening Theme:
"Popotan Batake de Tsukamaete" by Under17
Ending Theme:
"S-U-K-I" by Funta
Official website:
ぽぽたん (Japanese)
Trivia: We have 2
DVD Easter Eggs: We have 8
Based on the PC game Popotan
Popotan DVD (Nov 1, 2009)
Popotan DVD 2 (Apr 27, 2005)
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DVD (Region 1)
    Popotan - Complete Collection (DVD) 2009-10-27 (from $107.00)
    Popotan - Vanishing House (DVD 1) 2004-12-07 (from $9.99)
    Popotan - Enigma (DVD 2) 2005-02-22 (from $8.50)
    Popotan - Decisions of the Heart (DVD 3) 2005-04-26 (from $4.99)
    Popotan - Complete Collection (DVD 1-3) 2007-08-14

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Director: Shinichiro Kimura
Jukki Hanada (eps 1, 7, 12)
Noboru Kimura (eps 3, 5, 8)
Tomoyasu Okubo (eps 4, 6, 10)
Tsuyoshi Tamai (eps 2, 9, 11)
Storyboard: Shinichiro Kimura
Music: Osamu Tezuka
Character Design: Rondo Mizukami
Art Director: Satoru Kuwabara
Character Conceptual Design: Poyoyon Rock
Sound Director: Yota Tsuruoka
Director of Photography: Tsuguo Ozawa
Animation: Haruka Sakurai
Color design: Jin Hibino
Composite: Chie Nakamura
Design: Haruka Sakurai
Editing: Takeshi Seyama
In-Between Animation: Kazuma Ueno (Shaft; eps 1-3)
Key Animation:
Ryuji Tsuzuku (Studio Mark; ep 6)
Takaaki Fukuyo (ep 8)
Music producer: Yoshiyuki Inoue
Orchestra Conductor: Katsuaki Nakatani
Series Story Editor: Jukki Hanada
Theme Song Performance:
Funta (ED)
Halko Momoi (OP)
Masaya Koike (OP)
Halko Momoi as Mii
Masumi Asano as Mai
Sayaka Ohara as Ai

Ayako Kawasumi as Unagi
Mai Kadowaki as Meah
Rumi Shishido as Shizuku
Yuuji Takada as Keith

Ai Nonaka as Yumi (ep 2)
Akira Kosaka as Clerk (ep 12)
Chiwa Saito as Magical Girl Lilo-chan (ep 3)
Eri Mizuhara as Student D (ep 9)
Eriko Nakamura as Boy student (ep 1)
Fumi Morisawa as Nurse 1 (ep 3)
Hideyuki Hori as Miyuki's Dad (ep 3)
Hiroki Shimowada as Younger brother (ep 10)
Hisayo Mochizuki as Ghost Girl (ep 4)
Kanako Hattori as Boy student (ep 1)
Katsuhiro Harasawa as Customer A (ep 7)
Katsuya Shiga as Shopkeep A (ep 5)
Ken Takeuchi as Young Man (ep 5)
Kenichi Suzumura as Adult Daichi (ep 7)
Kousuke Toriumi as Older Brother (ep 10)
Kōzō Shioya as Guard (ep 6)
Mai Nakahara as
Asuka (eps 1, 7, 12)
Asuka's daughter (ep 7)
Mariko Suzuki as Girl B (ep 6)
Mikako Takahashi as Miyuki (ep 3)
Miwa Sugihara as
Boy student (ep 1)
Girl A (ep 6)
Schoolgirl (ep 12)
Shopkeep B (ep 5)
Student A (ep 9)
Teacher (ep 2)
Noriko Shitaya as Girl A (ep 1)
Rina Satou as
Nurse 2 (ep 3)
Student B (ep 9)
Risa Hayamizu as Girl B (ep 1)
Ryou Hirohashi as Chiyo (ep 2)
Sakura Nogawa as Nono (eps 8, 12)
Sawa Ishige as Student C (ep 9)
Shinji Kawada as Customer B (ep 7)
Susumu Chiba as MC (ep 5)
Takeshi Koyama as Tractor guy (ep 1)
Tarou Masuoka as Customer C (ep 7)
Tomoko Kawakami as
Konami (eps 2, 9, 12)
Mai (Konami's Daughter; eps 9, 12)
Tomomichi Nishimura as Grandpa (eps 8, 12)
Yasuhiko Kawazu as Doctor (ep 3)
Yoshizato Mizuhara as Cellphone Voice (ep 9)
Yui Itsuki as Girl (ep 3)
Yuki Kaida as
Chris (ep 12)
Young Daichi (eps 1, 7, 12)
Yurika Ochiai as Male student (ep 1)
Japanese companies
Background Art: Studio TENJIN
Bandai Channel
Key Animation:
Anime Roman (ep 1)
Frontline (ep 3)
Garan (eps 4, 10)
ingres (ep 1)
Nakamura Production (ep 3)
Studio Mark (eps 2, 6)
Studio Wanpack (eps 1-2, 6)
Original Creator: Petit Ferret
Production Cooperation:
A.C.G.T (ep 8)
Animaruya (eps 4, 10)
Satelight (ep 7)
Studio DEEN (eps 4, 10)
Tama Production (eps 5, 11)
Production Studio: SHAFT
English cast
English staff
Executive producer:
Eiichi Takahashi (Sentai Filmworks)
Hideki 'Henry' Goto
John Ledford (Sentai Filmworks)
Producer: Kevin Chu

Adaptation: Robin Sutherland
Dialogue Editing:
Chris Cleator
Cisco McLaren
DVD Authoring: Neal Barnes (Sentai re-release)
Media Coordinator: Janice Williams (Sentai re-release)
Packaging Design: Larry Koteff (Sentai re-release)
Production Coordination: Dennis Hrehoriac
Production manager: Joey Goubeaud (Sentai re-release)
Re-Recording Mixing: Jan Deny
Recording engineer: Ryan Olszewski
Subtitle Coordinator: Warren Opheim
Subtitling: Kevin McKeown
Video Post-Production:
Keith Crosley
Michael Hey
Voice Direction: Rob Bakewell (1-12)
Nicole Bouma as Mai (1-12)
Nicole Oliver as Ai (1-12)

Anna Cummer as Mea
Brian Drummond as Keith
Kirby Morrow as Adult Daichi (ep 7)
Nicole Leroux as Shizuku

Alexandra Carter as
Clerk A
School Girl A
Andrew Toth as
Candy Vendor
Pagent Scout
Brenna O'Brien as
Chantal Strand as Girl
Colin Murdock as Man at Beach
French Tickner as Grandpa
Kelly Sheridan as
Helpfull Classmate
Phone Message
Maggie Blue O'Hara as
Mai's Friend
Matthew Erickson as Elder Brother
Michael Dobson as
Nicole Leroux as
Mai's Friend
Nicole Oliver as Candy Vendor
Peter New as
Tractor Guy
Rebecca Shoichet as
School Girl B
Reece Thompson as
Sharon Alexander as Teacher
Tabitha St. Germain as
Clerk B
Magical Girl Lilo
Ted Cole as Ojisan
Vanessa Morley as Classmate
English companies
ADR Production: The Ocean Group
Distributor: Section23 Films (North America; 2009)
DVD Authoring: DIVITEK
DVD Production: Seraphim Digital (Sentai Re-release)
Internet Streaming:
Anime News Network
HIDIVE (Subtitled & Dubbed)
The Anime Network
Licensed by:
Geneon Entertainment Inc. (Expired)
Sentai Filmworks (2009)
Recording Studio: Westwood Studios

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