Konchu Monogatari Minashigo Hutch was an anime that ran from April 7, 1970 to September 8, 1971 on Fuji Television for 91 episodes. A 26-episode sequel, with character designs by a young Yoshitaka Amano, aired in 1974 on NET (now TV Asahi), followed by a reboot on Nippon TV in 1989, with some details changed, and a film adaptation in 2010. It was produced by Tatsunoko Production, and is a very well-remembered anime in Japan.
The story was about Hutch, a honeybee who was separated from his mother, a queen bee, when her hive was attacked by a swarm of hornets. The series followed him as he searched for his mother, meeting many insects along the way. The sequel four years later began with Hutch and his sister Aya being forced to journey in search of the Beautiful Hill, on which their kingdom may be reborn.
This anime provides examples of:
- Alternative Foreign Theme Song: Compare the original theme to the dub's theme.
- Artistic License Biology: As expected due to the fantasy-ish setting and heavy anthromorphization; for one, bee children look nothing like their adult forms, and all worker honeybees, and therefore most honeybees, are in fact female. Also, almost everyone is drawn with four legs. And in the first series, the species of Hatch's adopted family isn't even a real type of bee.
- Coming-of-Age Story
- Conveniently an Orphan: Hatch. It's even in the title.
- Dub Name Change: Happened to a few characters in Saban's dub. In particular, Hutch's sister Aya became "Haley". Also, in the earlier (non-Saban) Spanish-language dub, Hutch is known as "Jose Miel" ("miel" being the Spanish word for "honey").
- Lighter and Softer: The 1989 series, compared to the rather dark 1970 series.
- Lost Orphaned Royalty: Hatch is technically a prince.
- Moses in the Bulrushes: Hatch is left in the bushes before being found by his adoptive mother.
- Non-Mammal Mammaries: Used quite often.
- 65-Episode Cartoon: When Saban got through with dubbing it.
- Sky Face: In the 1974 sequel series OP, Hutch and Aya see the face of their mother, who is killed in episode two in the sky.