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Perman is a manga and anime series created by Fujiko F. Fujio. The original manga was published from 1967 to 1968, and later from 1983 to 1986. A black-and-white anime TV show aired from 1967 to 1968, and was followed by another anime, this time in color, from 1983 to 1987. Several Perman movies also exist.

Mitsuo Suwa, an ordinary 11-year-old boy, is recruited by an alien named Birdman to become a superhero called a Perman, along with Booby the monkey, Sumire Hoshino the idol star, Hozen Oyama the Buddhist monk, and Koichi Yamada, the youngest of the team.


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Perman contains the following tropes:

  • 1 Million B.C.: In one episode, Mitsuo has an Imagine Spot how life would be if he and his friends lived in the Stone Age. The imagine spot takes up nearly the whole episode.
  • Animated Adaptation: Two. A black-and-white anime TV show aired from 1967 to 1968, and was followed by another anime, this time in color, from 1983 to 1987.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Koichi Yamada is the youngest member of the Perman team.
  • Baseball Episode: The episode "A Baseball Match in the Sky" is about the characters playing baseball. And yes, they play it in the sky.
  • Big Ball of Violence: In "Perman 3's a Real Witch", Perman and Booby attack the mysterious witch and kick up a cloud of smoke that has their heads popping out and moving around.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": Birdman's shirt has a B.
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  • Celebrity Masquerade: Sumire Hoshino's non-superhero identity is that of a young idol star. She feels that she has more freedom as a superhero than as an idol.
  • Circling Birdies: In "Lift Just Two of Us", Perman gets a halo of circling stars and planets above his head after he lands on the cactus in the elevator.
  • Crossover: It's had several with other Fujiko Fujio works, such as Ninja Hattori.
  • Excited Show Title!: The first episode has two exclamation marks at the end of its title.
  • Eye Pop: In "Perman 3's a Real Witch", Mitsuo is hit on the back of the head by a soccer ball, causing his eyes to pop for a split-second.
  • Flying Broomstick: The mysterious witch in "Perman 3's a Real Witch" flies around on a broomstick.
  • Imagine Spot: One episode almost entirely comprises Mitsuo imagining what life would be like if he lived and did work as a Perman in the Stone Age.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: The other Permans have no trouble understanding what Booby the monkey says.
  • Kid Hero: Mitsuo Suwa is an ordinary 11-year-old boy and the main protagonist.
  • Licensed Game: There are at least two of them, which were both released on the Nintendo Entertainment System in the early 90's.
  • The Movie: Has some.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Booby, a monkey, serves as Perman 2.
  • Robot Me: The people chosen to be Permans are given robotic replacements called "copy-bots" that take their place while they're out and about in their Perman forms.
  • Shout-Out: Birdman was originally named Superman.
  • Spoiler Title: One episode's title is "Perman 3's a Real Witch", which explicitly gives away its big plot twist.
  • Sudden Name Change: Birdman was originally named Superman. The name change was presumably to avoid any run-ins with DC for using one of their superhero's names without permission.
  • Super Speed: The Permans have a cape which allows them to run at fast speeds.
  • Superhero: The main heroes.
  • Superheroes Wear Capes: All of the Permans wear a cape.
  • The Team: The superhero team is composed of Perman, Booby the monkey, Sumire Hoshino the idol star, Hozen Oyama the Buddhist monk, and Koichi Yamada, the youngest of the team.

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