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Planet Hero is the origin of the superheroes we know. Not much is known about them, but their summer vacation is the equivalent of one full Earth year, which implies that their orbital period is at least six years, making for an interesting solar system. Retirees sometimes migrate back to Earth to live secluded lives and are perceived as gods or ghosts, while residents with “evil hearts” are stripped naked, rendered amnesiac and exiled to distant planets.

One such denizen of the planet is a young boy named Genji Agedama, a fourth grader and superhero-in-training (under the guise of "Agedaman") who happens to be on his summer break. Along with his floating computer companion Waprō and his love interest Heike Ibuki, he fights against Kuki Rei and her family's criminal organization that can turn humans into monsters of various types.

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Genji Tsuushin Agedama (ゲンジ通信あげだま) is an obscure (at least outside of Japan) anime from 1991 produced by Studio Gallop that, on top of being an obvious hero anime targeted at primary school kids, is also an Affectionate Parody of anime series that were popular at the time and of course contains many references to other popular media in Japan at the time.

A video game tie-in was made for the PC-Engine during the series' run.


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The series contains examples of:

  • Affectionate Parody: Of pretty much anything that was popular in Japan during the early 90's.
  • Animation Bump: The show's animation started off looking pretty average for anime at the time, but as the show went on the animation became more detailed.
  • But Now I Must Go: The series ends with Agedama and Wapro leaving the Earth.
  • Clark Kenting:
    • No one knows that Agedaman is Agedama in disguise at least until later on in the series.
    • No one realizes that Omyomiko is Rei either - if anything, this is more egregious because Omyomiko is unprofessional and will use the Monsters to get back at Rei's grudges. No one makes the connection anyway.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune:
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Ibuki has twintails in the first opening (and one manga adaptation), but she's always wearing her hair in a ponytail in the show.
  • Free-Range Children: Both Agedama and Ibuki are allowed to roam all over town, and even Kodama seems allowed quite a bit of freedom for his age.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • Subverted. Since it was already episode 39 (of 51), one may expect Rei to start growing, and when she learned about the value of work and money and that Ibuki is someone she can work with, one would expect this to last. But no - in episode 42 she'll blow up a regional jetnote  and in 43 she'll transform into a monster and throw Ibuki into an electric fence.
    • Think losing their mansion to the Greater-Scope Villain will make the Kukis treasure anybody still willing to stand with them? Well, think again on that one too.
  • In the Name of the Moon: Parodied like everything else in this show.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Ibuki's outfit is always a pink blouse, green tie, and a miniskirt in darker pink. Still, she's a bit luckier than the other two, since at least she has long and short sleeved blouses and a cardigan that she wears from mid November to mid July. Agedama and Rei each have one everyday outfit (Orange+Yellow shortsleeve polo shirt with shorts and pink longsleeve sailor blouse with dark blue kerchief and tight dark magenta mini skirt, respectively).
  • Love Interest: Ibuki Heike for Agedama. She ends up having feelings for him, as well.
  • Monster of the Week: Or at least a parody of it.
  • Slapstick Knows no Gender: ESPECIALLY if you're Rei Kuki.
  • Spoiler Opening: Mixed with Bait-and-Switch Credits. The 2nd opening implies Ibuki will become Agedama's Sidekick while there are still monsters of the week. Instead, she does not transform until Episode 49 (of 51) in time to fight the Greater-Scope Villain, and was being set up as the successor.
  • Theme Naming: Quite a few characters are named after electronic devices and computer programs.
  • Two Girls and a Guy: Agedama, Rei and Ibuki by the end of the series.
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