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

It tells the story of a 20th-century Japanese boy named Kan 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 clumsy, and is often combined with Kan-chan's occasional selfishness as well as Akubi's tendency to cause mischief. As a result, Hilarity Ensues.

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.

This show provides examples of:

  • A Boy and His Wish-Granting Sneeze Genie
  • Benevolent Genie: Hakushon tries to be this, but he usually messes up due to his own extreme clumsiness.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Hakushon's daughter Akubi, who lives with her father in the bottle.
  • Bully Bulldog: Bullko, a dog who always chases Kan-chan.
  • Cinderella Circumstances: One episode was a Cinderella parody.
  • The Ditz: Hakushon.
  • Dub Name Change: In Bob in a Bottle, Hakushon, Akubi and Kan-chan were renamed Bob, Ilana and Joey respectively.
  • Ending Theme: Starting with episode 14, the opening and ending themes switched places (The original ending theme became the opening theme, and vice versa)
  • Fat Idiot: Hakushon.
  • Gag Series
  • Genie in a Bottle: Two, actually. They're summoned depending on whether the nearest person sneezes (Hakushon) or yawns (Akubi).
  • Jackass Genie: Akubi may not be evil, but she is mischievous and so deliberately twists people's wishes to mess with them.
  • 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 Spring: 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 befriending a young girl, though the second had a romantic subplot while the first one was free of romance.
  • 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.