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Hello Jadoo (안녕 자두야) is a 2011 South Korean animated series, adapted from a series of comics starting all the way from 1997-1998. The show stars the eponymous protagonist, Choi Jadoo and centers around her adventures usually involving mischief. Other characters that usually get in the action include her friends and her family (mostly her mom to the most extreme of hijinks).

The show aired on Disney Channel Asia and is thus, given an English dub (albeit quite terribly).


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  • Abusive Parents: Downplayed and Played for Laughs. Jadoo's mom will not hesitate in disciplining her children (though it happens off-screen).
    • Her grandmother is arguably worse, making her work all day and if she messes up, would get severely punished which was revealed in the end, at the insistence of Jadoo's mom and she was originally calmer it seemed which was why Jadoo was curious that she was acting different.
  • The Alcoholic: Jadoo's dad, which doesn't settle well with his overbearing, hardworking wife.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents
  • Amusing Injuries
  • Animesque: Considering that it's Korean anyway.
  • Art Evolution: Season 2 had more color, backgrounds and shadows but doesn't change much in character design, except the change from Four-Fingered Hands to regular five fingered ones.
  • Broke Episode: An episode when Jadoo's dad apparently quit his job and her mother worries over how it would affect them. Turns out that he's just too ashamed to go to work after making a drunk scene in front of the boss and his wife then forces him back to work.
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  • Cranial Eruption: Whenever Jadoo's mom would hit her on the head other than it's the most common injury.
  • Dead All Along: In one episode, a janitor working at the school in a Saturday night escorted Jadoo and her friends outside after retrieving Minji's notebook. On the day they get to school and ask the ordinary janitor where the old janitor was so they could thank him, he simply answered that he's the only janitor there and no one works at the school on the weekends. It ends with the kids completely petrified.
  • Faceless Masses: Overused at some points.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: In one episode, with who else? Her best friend, Minji. Voices Are Mental is averted, however.
  • Henpecked Husband: Jadoo's dad. Justified since despite being supposed to be the main supporter of his family with his job, he comes home late, drunk.
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  • I Was Quite a Looker: Jadoo's parents. In a flashback when their grandmother was telling the first time they met, are shown to be rather good-looking youths. Jadoo's dad especially, even if a little lecherous.
  • Slasher Smile:On one episode in season 1 and a episode in season 2,Jadoo and her family has appeared an oddly smile and laughing maniacally cause hunger by some special reasons.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Jadoo's mom. She is often portrayed as a cheapskate and very demanding but she is very helpful to those who are in need and seems to not expect anything in return. Jadoo is baffled with this odd personality in a specific episode.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Jadoo's bullies (who are also her friends especially Doldol, the fat kid). Oh, and Jadoo herself. Whenever a kid is at their worst, presently.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: At many points in the dub, the voices do get confused how to pronounce certain Korean names that aren't as easy to read as "Jadoo".
  • Perpetual Poverty: The Choi family, supposedly.
  • Protagonist Title
  • Setting Update: The original manhwa was set somewhere between the year 1978-1980. The animation is apparently set in a more modern time since a computer (though not an advanced looking model) can be seen in the opening.
  • Slice of Life
  • Spoiled Brat: Jadoo. Though her family is constantly reminded that they don't have enough money for most stuff, she somehow tends to have endless cash that she could use to buy from street vendors.
  • Super-Deformed
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Jadoo and Minji respectively.


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