Anime / Hakushon Daimao

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Hakushon Daimaō (loosely translated as "Achoo the Demon King", also known as The Genie Family) is an old comedy anime made by Tatsunoko Production (known in the west for Speed Racer). It ran from October 5, 1969, to September 27, 1970, and it lasted 52 episodes.

It tells the story of a modern-day Japanese boy called Kan-chan who finds an ancient bottle that contains two genies (the titular Hakushon Daimaō and his daughter Akubi) who are brought out and grant wishes whenever somebody sneezes or yawns nearby. Unfortunately, Hakushon is very dopey, and combined with Kan-chan's occasional selfishness plus Akubi's tendence to cause mischief, Hilarity Ensues. Yup, for once, it does actually ensue.

It got an English dub by Saban called Bob in a Bottle, but unfortunately it never caught on, and this series is now incredibly obscure in the U.S. It's still very popular in Japan, Mexico and Europe though. Another English dub called The Sneezing Magician was made for Cartoon Network's Asian feed in the late 90s.

The main character appeared in the Japanese version of Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, but unfortunately, he had to be removed from the international version due to licensing issues.

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