Let's Go! Tamagotchi is a 2007 Japanese webtoon consisting of 12 episodes based on Bandai's Tamagotchi series of virtual pet toys. It is the first in a string of animated adaptations of Tamagotchi that were animated by OLM Incorporated, and was followed by a movie simply titled Tamagotchi: The Movie.
Let's Go! Tamagotchi is a pretty basic Slice of Life series showcasing the daily lives of Mametchi, Memetchi, Kuchipatchi, and their friends on Tamagotchi Planet.
Let's Go! Tamagotchi contains the following tropes:
- 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: There are two versions of the intro, both of which use this trope. In the Japanese version, the camera spins around Tamagotchi Planet for a few seconds before stopping right in front of it; in the English version, the camera pans up behind Tamagotchi planet for a few seconds and then pans to the front of it.
- Accidental Pun: In episode 10, the Gotchi King, a giant egg who can't laugh without it breaking his shell, assures Mametchi and his friends that he's taken steps to make sure he doesn't crack up. Ironically, that's what makes him laugh in the first place since he then realizes the pun about "cracking" up he just made by accident.
- All Just a Dream: Mametchi's little sister Chamametchi turns into a superhero to fight off a giant monster attacking the town. This turns out to be nothing more than a dream she was having.
- Art Shift: Some still shots have more shading and detail than the regular animation.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Chamametchi transforms into a magical girl superhero to save the day from a giant bear-like monster.
- Birthday Episode: Episode 11 is about Ms. Perfect's birthday.
- "Blind Idiot" Translation: The English dub of episode 10 luckily manages to avert this, being that the original version has Japanese puns that couldn't directly be translated to English.
- Bowdlerise: The last episode has a scene cut out in the English dub where an elderly Tamagotchi stumbles through the streets while drunk.
- Company Cross References: One episode has Chamametchi transforming into a superhero with a costume based on Cure Dream from Yes! Pretty Cure 5, another Bandai series.
- Early-Installment Weirdness: Some things are a bit different compared to the later installments in the franchise:
- Tosakatchi is a member of Hinotamatchi's band, and the latter plays the guitar. In the later installments, Hinotamatchi sings.
- Zukyutchi is a student in Ms. Perfect's class. This series is the only time he is in her class, as Tamagotchi: The Movie onward completely reduced him down to cameo appearances.
- The basketball hoop in said class is used by Kuchipatchi, ShimaShimatchi, Zukyutchi (who manages to shoot the ball into it), and later Mametchi in episode 1. It is reduced to a background prop after this.
- Excited Title! Two-Part Episode Name!: Both inverted and played straight at the same time, as the title of the show is this, and 5 episodes have titles like this in the Japanese version, but only 2 of them do in the English dub.
- Extremely Short Intro Sequence: The intro is only 15 seconds long.
- Freeze-Frame Ending: A few episodes end on a freeze-frame of a character. For example, one episode ends on a freeze-frame of Memetchi and Flowertchi.
- Hong Kong Dub: The original Japanese version of episode 11 flubs up the lip sync at two points, one where Mametchi explains to Memetchi about Chamametchi not listening to him about staying home and another when Mametchi gets everybody to quiet down. The English dub fixes both of these.
- Hot Springs Episode: Episode 4 is about Kuchipatchi taking a bath in one of Patchi Forest's hot springs. He goes almost the whole episode without being distracted by the Tamagotchis doing stuff around him (including one dealing with a ghost).
- Pointless Band-Aid: In one episode, Mametchi has a bandage on his cheek which is never explained.
- Scenery Censor: At the beginning of episode 3, when Memetchi wakes up, a table in her room briefly blocks her hair curl from view before it's revealed that it's standing straight up.
- She's a Man in Japan: In the Japanese version, all of the talking buildings are male. The English dub makes a few of these talking buildings female.
- Shout-Out: The episode of Chamametchi becoming a superhero is a homage to many famous Magical Girl anime, with her costume drawing inspiration from Cure Dream, the heroine of fellow Bandai show Yes! Pretty Cure 5 (which was popular at the time).
- Superhero Episode: One episode is about Chamametchi transforming into a superhero to defend the town from a giant monster resembling a bear.
- Title Scream: In the intro, Mametchi and his friends scream "LET'S GO! TAMAGOTCHI!".
- Whole Episode Flashback: Episode 7 is a flashback to how Memetchi and Flowertchi became friends when the former saved the latter from being hit by a soccer ball and later helped her to fix the flower garden the ball messed up.