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Kochikame (こち亀) is a manga by Osamu Akimoto, serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump. The full title is "Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen Mae Hashutsujo" (こちら葛飾区亀有公園前派出所), which translates as "This is the police station in front of Kameari Park in Katsushika ward". In continuous publication since 1976 with over 1200 episodes, Kochikame is the longest-running manga series in history (only Golgo 13 has been around longer, having been made since 1968). Rurouni Kenshin manga, volume 1 (English version) Manga (漫画) is the Japanese word for comics; outside of Japan, it usually refers specifically to Japanese comics. ... Weekly Shonen Jump, issue 40 (Japanese version) Weekly Shonen Jump (週刊少年ジャンプ ShÅ«kan Shōnen Janpu), with a circulation of over 3 million, is one of the longest-running, weekly manga compilations in Japan. ... Katsushika (葛飾区; ku) is a special ward located in northeast Tokyo, Japan. ... 1976 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... Golgo 13 (ゴルゴ13, also known under the psudeonymn Duke Togo) is a fictional assassin and is the lead protagonist in his own manga series, also titled Golgo 13, created by Japanese mangaka Takao Saito. ... 1968 was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ...


Kochikame takes place in the present day, in and around a neighborhood police station (koban) in the old part of Tokyo, and revolves around the misadventures of a middle-aged cop, Kankichi Ryotsu. The main characters are as follows: The modern skyline of Tokyo is highly decentralized. ...


[== Characters ==]


Kankichi Ryotsu (両津勘吉 Ryōtsu Kankichi)- "Ryo-san" is a thirty-six year old policeman with the personality of a twelve-year old. His laziness when it comes to work is matched only by his zeal and cleverness in hatching money-making schemes, the fruits of which are invariably squandered on toys, gadgets, and cheap entertainment. He is the stereotypical street-smart "shitamachi" type, sporting a crew-cut and stomping about in ratty sandals (even in uniform), and parochial towards the outside world, as he makes his rounds on a creaky old bicycle. At the same time, he is a super-otaku, up on all the latest fads in popular culture and consumer technology. While most of his interests are of the juvenile sort (such as videogames and collectibles), he also indulges in more typically salaryman-type pastimes such as drinking, pachinko, and gambling (especially horse-racing). Despite his undisciplined lifestyle, he possesses superhuman strength and stamina, which he is forced to depend on at times. Ryotsu is a bachelor and seems relatively uninterested in women, yet occasionally attracts the attention of naïve young female acquaintances, though never with any eventual success. Kochikame (こち亀) is a manga by Osamu Akimoto, serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump. ... Fat, unshaven, wearing glasses, a ponytail and fantasizing with an anime girl doll, a popular stereotype of an otaku. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... Salaryman (Japanese: サラリーマン, sararÄ«man) is a Japanese term for a white-collar worker. ... Pachinko parlor Pachinko players Pachinko (パチンコ) is a device used for gambling and is related to pinball machines. ...


Kei-ichi Nakagawa (中川圭一 Nakagawa Kei'ichi) - A young, handsome cop who serves as Ryo-san's comic foil. While holding down a day job in the police station, Nakagawa is the son of a wealthy industrial magnate, and often has to zip off to board meetings in his exotic sports cars and private helicopters. His policeman's uniform is an expensive yellow pinstripe suit. Though constantly surrounded by beautiful women throughout his duties, Nakagawa appears indifferent, and his tendencies are somewhat ambiguous.


Reiko Akimoto (秋本麗子 Akimoto Reiko) - A female counterpart to Nakagawa, Reiko's wealth is inherited from European nobility, and she juggles her commitments to the police job with those of high society. Reiko is half French, raised in the U.S., and is fluent in numerous languages. With her flowing blonde hair and stunningly large breasts, Reiko is often courted by the rich and famous, but has never found the right man. ...


Several secondary characters appear in most episodes:


Daijiro Ohara (大原 大次郎 Ōhara Daijirō), usually called "Bucho" or "Division Head" (部長) - Ryotsu's boss, a typical grizzled middle manager senior cop. Sporting a small trimmed mustache, Bucho is often out of touch or exasperated with his younger staff, but always ready to mete out punishment to Ryo-san for his laziness.


Honda (本田) - The station's motorcycle policeman, and Ryotsu's underling, often reluctantly dragged into his schemes. A shy young man who still sports a pompadour from his teenage motorcycle gang days, Honda's father runs a garage specializing in Kawasaki cycles. His brother-in-law Kawasaki rides only Honda cycles. Honda Motor Co. ... A motorcycle (or motorbike) is a two-wheeled vehicle powered by an engine. ... James Dean on a United States postage stamp sporting a pompadour The Pompadour is a hair style named after the Marquise de Pompadour, who introduced it. ... Kawasaki is one of the worlds major manufacturers of motorcycles with an extensive product line. ... Honda Motor Co. ...


Saotome (早乙女) - One of the many young policewomen of the district, and Ryotsu's arch-enemy. Saotome thinks Ryotsu is a disgusting boorish lout, Ryotsu thinks Saotome and her colleagues are pampered weaklings and a waste of the force's budget. Saotome and her fellow bachelorettes live in a luxury dormitory resembling a French chateau. A château ( French for castle; plural châteaux) is a manor house or residence of the lord of the manor or a country house of gentry, usually French, with or without fortifications. ...


Maria – Reiko’s occasional partner on the force. Like Reiko, Maria is tall, sexy, and buxom. Unlike Reiko, Maria is a) a brunette, and b) a man. He is in love with Ryotsu and becomes jealous whenever another girl comes near him. Maria may refer to: Mary in Danish, Dutch, German, Italian, Norwegian, Romanian and Swedish. ...


Other recurring characters include transvestite cops from other districts, martial-arts masters, and Ryo-san's various shady business acquaintances.


Matoi Giboshi (擬宝珠 纏) - It works in a traffic division. The grandchild of Geparuto. It is Ryotsu and a cousin is asked. A birthday is on April 30. A quarrel is strong in manlike character. Moreover, in girlhood, baseball and their school days were giving the softball. On the other hand, it also has the whole surface that Japanese dance was being taught by the mother from childhood. Age is 20 years old.


Haya Isowashi (磯鷲早矢)- It works in a traffic division. It was born as the eldest daughter of the distinguished family Bushido house in Kyoto, and is well versed in all Bushido. Especially kyudo has ability to the extent that the victory is won in a national conference (however, Hidaka Sakyo mentioned later is supposed to have been lost). In addition, the name of "Haya" originates in a kyudo term . Since Ryotsu resembles a father and Kennosuke, it takes to the thing of Ryotsu, and it has applied for relations.Age is 21 years old. A birthday is on January 3.


Haru Mido (御堂春) - It works in the Osaka Prefectural-Police Tsuten-kaku station traffic division. A parents' home is a spitted cutlet store. The thing of Ryotsu calls it "TOKYOMON" and the thing of Nakagawa calls "the direction in Tokyo." (Incidentally Tokyo dislike) It is unyielding again. Height is 145cm and a but splendid adult short in stature. Although height was not meeting the standard of policeman adoption regulation, by consideration of the Tsuten-kaku station chief, it became "policeman apprenticeship of the track record evaluation added to height actual whenever it arrests a criminal one person 1cm", cleared the standard splendidly, and formal adoption was carried out. (Seemingly, incidentally he is a 4m giant now.) The bronze medal has been gained by the shooting game of the Olympic Games. (It is unnatural to have taken the bronze medal.) A birthday is on January 1 and age is 20 years old. There are six younger brothers.


Plot

The typical Kochikame plot involves Ryo-san coming up with a money-making scheme by inventing a new gadget or capitalizing on a fad, achieving great success, calling on Nakagawa's help as thing turn sour, and finally losing it all as the fad runs out of steam or out of control. While the plots are gag-driven, much of the humor comes from the juxtaposition of mundane characters with the bizarrely incongruous (Nakagawa's wealth, Maria's sex, everyone's lack of actual police work), most of which is never explained or rationalized in the slightest.


Kochikame has a broad audience, ranging from adolescent boys to middle-aged salarymen. Much like Homer Simpson, Ryo-san’s antics appeal to children who can laugh at an old buffoon and to men fearing that they are becoming old buffoons themselves. The stories are generally innocent in content, and what little violence appears is comical, while the occasional risqué subjects are included strictly for laughs rather than to titillate. In another parallel to the Simpsons, Kochikame’s immense popularity has lead to guest appearances in the strip by Japanese celebrities such as Tetsuya Komuro. Homer Simpson Homer Jay Simpson (voiced by Dan Castellaneta) is one of the main characters in the animated television series The Simpsons. ... The Simpsons. ... Tetsuya Komuro (小室哲哉 Komuro Tetsuya, born November 27, 1958 in Fuchu, Tokyo Japan) is a popular Japanese keyboard player, songwriter and music producer. ...


For creator Osamu Akimoto, Kochikame is an ongoing homage to the working-class people and districts of old Tokyo, and most episodes open with an elaborate full-page illustration of a shitamachi street scene, typically with old wooden buildings and boys playing in the streets. The modern skyline of Tokyo is highly decentralized. ...


The manga has spawned an animated television series, two animated movies, a live-action movie, and several stage adaptations. In addition, various toys and collectibles have been created, including some items that first appeared in the manga as creations of Ryo-san.


Kameari Koen is an actual park in Tokyo's Katsushika ward; the police box is fictional but modeled after a real one located on the north side of Kameari railway station. The manga has brought considerable fame to the neighborhood, and draws sightseers from all over Japan to a (usually vacant) police box in a nondescript residential neighborhood. There is only a vacant lot where the police station is actually supposed to be located. The modern skyline of Tokyo is highly decentralized. ... Katsushika (葛飾区; ku) is a special ward located in northeast Tokyo, Japan. ...


External links

  • Japanese Kochikame website
  • Shueisha Kochikame website
  • Fuji TV Kochikame website
  • Kochikame Movie website

 
 

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