(loosely translated as "Hakushon 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 a genie (the titular Hakushon Daimaō) who is brought out and grants wishes whenever somebody sneezes nearby. Unfortunately, Hakushon is very dopey, and combined with Kan-chan's occasional selfishness, Hilarity Ensues
. Yup, for once, it does actually
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 West. It's still very popular in Japan, 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.
This show provides examples of:
- A Boy and His Wish-Granting Sneeze Genie
- Bratty Half-Pint: Hakushon's daughter Akubi, who lives with her father in the bottle. She responds to yawning the same way her father responds to sneezing.
- Bully Bulldog: Bullko, a dog who always chases Kan-chan.
- Cinderella Circumstances: One episode was a Cinderella parody.
- The Ditz: Hakushon.
- Fat Idiot: Also Hakushon.
- Gag Series: Ostensibly.
- Genie in a Bottle
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Kan-chan was voiced by Sazae-san (Midori Kato).
- Speaking of which, Sazae's son, Tara-chan, voiced Akubi.
- In the English dub, Sonja Ball was the voice of Kan-chan/Joey.
- Jerkass: The bulldog that loves to pick on Kan-chan.
- Literal Genie: Hakushon is this sometimes, but other times he just outright messes up.
- Meaningful Name: “Hakushon” is Japanese onomatopoeia for sneezing, while "Akubi" means yawn.
- Thus they were renamed Achoo and Yawn in the Sneezing Magician dub.
- Spin-Off: Akubi got two, one in 2001 and the other one in 2006, called Yobarete, Tobidete! Akubi-chan and Akubi Girl respectively, they both had remarkably similar premises about Akubi brefiending a young girl, though the second had a romantic subplot the first one didn't have.
- Sudden Downer Ending / Drama Bomb Finale: Hakushon and Akubi are forced to leave the earth for 100 years.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Hakushon loves Salisbury steak. Hamburgers in the Western version.
- Wicked Stepmother: On par with Lady Tremaine.