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Pokonyan! (ポコニャン), known in English as Rocky Rackat!, is a manga made by the well-known Fujiko F. Fujio (the creator of Doraemon) which was adapted into an anime (though it was rather different from the source material) and aired on NHK for 170 episodes from 1993 to 1996.

  • Pokonyan (ポコニャン) / Rocky Rackat: A mix between a cat and a raccoon.
  • Miki Konoha (木の葉 ミキ Konoha Miki) / Amy: A young girl who is Pokonyan's friend.
  • Midori Konoha (木の葉 ミドリ Konoha Midori): Miki's mother
  • Shigeru Konoha (木の葉 シゲル Konoha Shigeru): Miki's father

Tropes used by the series:

  • Alliterative Title: The English title, Rocky Rackat!, repeats the letter "R".
  • A Girl and Her X: Rocky is much like a brother/pet to Amy.
  • Christmas Episode: Episodes 104 and 115, which both have Santa Claus as a main character. The former even reveals that he's not the only Santa in the show's universe; he works at a business named Santaland along with many other Santas.
  • Magical Incantation: Whenever Rocky is about to use one of his powers, he says "Ponpokopon no, henpokorin no, nyan!" before saying the name of the power he wants to use.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Rocky is a combination of a cat and a raccoon.
  • Scary Stinging Swarm: Episode 80 is entirely devoted to this trope. When Rocky finds a beehive in his backyard, he carries it around the town trying to find a suitable spot to hang it. After bringing it to the flower shop, beauty salon, and even a wedding, swollen faces abound.
  • Shapeshifter: This is one of Rocky's many powers, as revealed in the first episode.
  • Sizeshifter: Another one of Rocky's powers. This leads to a consequence in the first episode; he ends up in Kikunosuke's backpack when he and the other boys decide to take him to the zoo. Amy eventually rescues him, though.
  • The Song Remains the Same: The Indonesian and Slovenian dubs both leave the opening theme (as well as "Oyaji to Hanasu" (the first ending theme) for the former) undubbed.
    • Double Subverted in the Serbian dub, which has the opening theme dubbed but "Pokonyara Ondo" (the fifth ending theme) undubbed.
  • Verbal Tic: Rocky ends his sentences with "nyan", which is justified by his cat similarities.
  • What Song Was This Again?: The opening theme, which was originally about going forward in life despite the bad things that happen in it, has completely different lyrics in the European Portuguese dub in which the singer is impressed by Rocky's abilities but hardly knows about and doesn't know what to call him.