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Created by Sony the now defunct Group TAC, Tama & Friends is a long running series of anime shorts, movies and occasional games.

Living on Third Street is Tama, an adorable kitty with a smiley face on his head and an incurable wanderlust. Often running off to explore the town, he's joined by his best friend, a cowardly pooch named Pochi. And various other third street pets like wayward stray Nora, sleep prone Beh, idol of Third Street Momo and the mean but secretly softhearted Bull.

Has received several anime adaptations:

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Adaptations

  • Tama & Friends: Third Street Story: A series of 7 15 minute shorts released between 1988 and 1990.
  • Tama of Third Street: Do You Know My Tama?: A 28 episode full series running from 1993 to 1994. Was licensed and dubbed by 4Kids Entertainment and briefly aired on Kids' WB! as Tama And Friends in 2001.
  • Tama of 3rd Street: Please! Search for Momo-chan!!: OVA film released in 1993.
  • Tama and Friends: Search For It! The Magic Puni-Puni Stone: 26 episode series released in 2006. Group TAC's last involvement with the franchise before going under.
  • Tama and Friends: Uchi no Tama Shirimasen ka?: A series of 1 minute web shorts, running from 2016 to 2018 with 104 shorts in total.
  • Uchitama?! Have you seen my Tama?: Anime adaptation from Studio MAPPA, released during the Winter 2020 anime season.

  • Free-Range Pets: The pets of Third Street freely wander without their owners.
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  • Furry Reminder: Have you seen my Tama? has the characters as kemonomimis when they're talking, but they retain their animal natures like the cats climbing on top of things or being distracted by passing butterflies and the dogs sniffing each other when they meet.
  • Intellectual Animal: The third street pets are smart enough to know proper etiquette for Japanese bathhouses and look up pictures on social media sites. On the other hand, none of them knows how to open a can.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Have you seen my Tama? switches up the usual Talking Animal formula, and portrays the Third Street pets as humans with animal ears and tails when they're talking.
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