[[caption-width-right:200:This Book is fun!]]

''Super Book,'' or ''Anime Oyako Gekijō'' ("Animated Parent and Child Theater") in the original Japanese, was a Japanese-American tag-team effort to try to show stories from the Old and New Testament of [[Literature/TheBible the Judeo-Christian Bible]] to Japanese children. Released from 1981 to 1983, and produced by Creator/TatsunokoProduction for Creator/TVTokyo although it was aired on affiliates of all of Japan's major television networks. Originally, it was for Japan only (no one thought anime was marketable in the U.S. back then), but a positive response at a French convention led to an English dub in the United States of America and dubs in many other languages, becoming perhaps (due to its use as an evangelistic tool) one of the most widely distributed Japanese animated series ever, even if it isn't generally thought of as "anime" despite its origins.

The set-up went something like this:

The series focuses on the adventures of Christopher (Chris) Peeper and his best friend Joy. During the first episode, Christopher's father, an eccentric college professor who seems to specialize in Biblical archaeology, tells Christopher to clean out the attic, as it has gotten severely cluttered and messy. While Chris and Joy are working on the attic, some boxes fall over, and a strange book falls out of one of them.

Taking the book to Chris's bedroom and failing to open it on their own, Christopher and Joy are startled to see a blinding light coming from it as it opens itself. Things then get even stranger; the book starts talking to them, identifying itself as the eponymous Super Book. The book explains that it contains many stories inside, and that they need only peer into it to experience them.

Thus begin Chris and Joy's adventurers. OnceAnEpisode, they travel within Super Book to experience one of the Biblical stories it contains, accompanied by Chris's toy robot Gizmo, who becomes a fully functioning robot during their adventures. Though they often interact with the Biblical characters themselves (at one point, they even try to stop Abraham from sacrificing Isaac), they primarily observe the stories, learning from them the lessons each tale has to teach.

Surprisingly, it was good. The creators did their best to keep true to the original stories as best as they could while still keeping it appropriate for kids. The Biblical characters, while often one-shots, were still given good characterization. And, importantly, the producers tried to illustrate the stories that showcased God's love and mercy, rather than focusing exclusively on the judgment and wrath part. And surprisingly in a nation where Christianity is a minority religion then as now, the show was popular: the two ''Superbook'' series as well as sister series ''Anime/FlyingHouse'' attracted high ratings during their original broadcast runs and were rerun on TV Tokyo continuously through 1986.

The second series (''Superbook II,'' or ''Pasokon Travel Tanteidan'') took place two years after the first and had Super Book accidentally fall on a computer keyboard. This somehow transferred Super Book's powers to the computer, allowing anyone who wanted to see into the past. Unfortunately, Chris' dog Ruffles accidentally gets lost in time in the process. To find her, Chris' cousin Uriah (Uri for short; Yuu in Japanese) and Gizmo (now a fully functioning robot even outside Super Book, with a built-in computer for recall purposes) regularly travel back in time to find her, adding an overarching plot arc to the second series.

There was also a third, separate series called ''Anime/FlyingHouse'' that focused more on stories from the New Testament, primarily the ministry of Jesus Christ.

Most of the tropes that apply are tropes from Literature/TheBible. The ones listed here focus primarily on the original cast, the series, its premise, and any other characterization tropes not on Literature/TheBible page.

In 2011, a computer-animated reboot of the series was produced. The remake is notable for being the first animated series to air on Creator/ABCFamily (who aired the original back when they were known as CBN Cable in the early 80's) since around 2005. Meanwhile, the original series can still be found on the Christian kids' channel Smile Of A Child (but in the wee morning hours - better prepare your DVR![[note]]Only if you live in parts of the US and have AT&T U-Verse TV.[[/note]]).
!!This series provides examples of:

* AdultsAreUseless: In the case of Chris' parents.
* AdventuresInTheBible: The premise.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The Japanese versions of both series have an [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xjtoqi_yyyyyyy-op-ed_music#.UTPr01dv4SY opening and ending theme]] different from the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRSEUKLkJcU English opening.]] For series one, the Japanese opening song was adapted for the English version as the closing. Most other foreign language versions were adapted from the English dub and use either the English language themes or adaptations thereof, an exception being the Italian dub, which has a completely original song (and keeps the Japanese opening and closing animation).
* BibleTimes
* ChestInsignia: The letter U on Uri's shirt.
** And in the Japanese version his name is Yuu, which is pronounced like the English letter U.
* ClarkKenting: After Uri and Gizmo go to the computer and never went back for days, Chris and Joy have to make excuses to Chris' mother before she gets worried.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Joy/Azusa seems to have budding feelings for Chris/Sho, which she doesn't try to hide all that well, even telling him outright in one episode that she expects him to marry her when they grow up. Thus she gets mad when Chris doesn't seem to reciprocate and shows signs of jealousy whenever Chris looks upon beautiful women like Eve and Queen of Sheba. (In reply to Chris's comment that Sheba is the most beautiful woman he's ever seen, Joy huffs, "I thought you liked blondes!" Of course, Joy herself is blonde.)
** In addition, in the Queen Esther episode, Joy got all huffy when she learned that Chris was thinking of voting for another girl in their school's beauty contest (only the promise of Joy's home-baked cookies got Chris to change his mind).
* ClockworkCreature: Gizmo is a robot version of this, as when he runs down on power he explicitly needs the key on his back wound back up for him to even move again (he can still talk just fine).
* DerangedAnimation: Occurs whenever the kids travel through time
* GardenHoseSquirtSurprise: This happens to Chris in the Job episode.
* GodIsGood
* HerCodeNameWasMarySue: Refreshingly averted with Joy/Azusa. She's portrayed similar to Shizuka from ''{{Manga/Doraemon}}'' in that although she seems to be somewhat of a goody-goody at first glance, she has her own character flaws, including jealousy and a tendency to lose her temper whenever Chris teases her.
* HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct: Despite their attempts to, something always happens that prevents the kids and Gizmo from preventing any of the bad things from happening, thereby ensuring events play out as they did.
** One example was Gizmo running towards Eve to stop her from eating from the Forbidden Fruit. And he would have succeeded, if not for his gears winding down at exactly that moment, immobilizing him as the Fall from the Garden happened. Chris then tried to stop Eve - but the snake lunged at him and blocked his passage.
** Somewhat of an inversion happened in the "First Christmas" episode - Gizmo managed to push two soldiers, who were looking to hunt down and kill the baby Jesus at King Herod's order (and threatened Chris when Chris tried to stop them), off a cliff.
* IWillFindYou: Uri and Gizmo's quest is to find Ruffles.
* MeaningfulName: Christopher Peeper - His last name is rooted in peeping, essentially getting a quick look at something.
** "Christopher" means "bearing Christ."
** In the German version his name is actually Christian, and Azusa/Joy is known as Maria, or Ri for short, which seems fairly obviously a reference to the Mother of Christ.
* MyGrandsonMyself: How Chris and Joy explain looking the same when they meet the same person decades apart.
* {{Narrator}}: Superbook, who knew.
* OurTimeTravelIsDifferent: Both the Videocassette and Wormhole kind, depending on which direction they're headed.
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: Azusa/Joy wears a pink shirt, and Sho/Christopher wears a blue jacket and blue jeans. The show's character designer, Akiko Shimomoto, was apparently fond of this trope as she used it in several other Tatsunoko series.
* PortalBook
* PowersAsPrograms: In Season 2, the Super Book's information are transferred to Chris' computer.
* RobotBuddy: Gizmo, in Season 2.
* ShonenHair: Christopher
* SiblingRivalry: Fred (Chris' father) and his younger brother (Uri's father).
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: Gizmo's wind-up function generally lasts until the plot requires him to break down. In the first episode this results in the Fall of Man.
* YearInsideHourOutside: The kids and Gizmo literally experience days, if not weeks as the stories play out, but once they're done they are returned to their time, with no more than a minute, possibly five tops having passed.
** The Noah's Flood episode drops them into the story before the flood, and pulls them out after everyone emerges from the ark over a year later. When they get home it takes Christopher a moment to realize why his dad wasn't freaked out.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: Many episodes of the second series feature Gizmo and Uri following up on a promising lead as to Ruffles' whereabouts, only to end up disappointed.