Tottoko Hamutaro Anime Dechu!
September 15, 1999
This article is about the direct-to-video series. If you are looking for the 2011 re-airing of Hamtaro, please go to Tottoko Hamutaro Dechu.
Tottoko Hamutaro: Anime Dechu! (とっとこ ハム太郎 アニメ でちゆ!) is a direct-to-VHS OVA released on September 15, 1999. This was the first attempt at an animated adaptation of Hamtaro, and consists of four short episodes.
For reasons as of yet unknown, Tottoko Hamutaro: Anime Dechu was never made widely available for public viewing. There were only two known instances of the series being distributed. The first was that Hamtaro's licensor, Shogakukan, gave out free copies of the VHS to its employees who had children of elementary-school age. The VHS could also be purchased for 1200¥ (equivalent to about $10 USD) via mail-order only (from magazine page pictured right).
As a result, very little evidence of the series' existence can be found online today, save for a few listings in Japanese databases.
However, admins of the fansite "Ham-Ham Paradise" have bought a copy of the VHS from a Japanese auction site and posted it online: https://1drv.ms/v/s!AqsjLYEl7OKojVo1lii0MCchEqic
The plot is based off of Ritsuko Kawai's original manga chapters. Hamtaro is owned by a girl named Natsumi and spends his days frolicking with his friends. He is also notably the only hamster who speaks, and he is voiced by Naomi Nagasawa.
Crawling Around, Hamutaro (ドラマ ~ もぐりこんだら ハム太郎): Natsumi comes home and finds Hamtaro is missing from his cage. Shortly after, Hamtaro is revealed to be hiding under Natsumi's blanket, where he introduces himself to the viewer.
Hamuchanzu Corner ~ Biscuits in the Vase (ハムちゃんずコーナー ~ つぼの中のビスケット): Hamtaro and the Ham-Hams help Bijou retrieve a biscuit she had dropped while running on the roof posts. After multiple attempts to retrieve the cookie fail, Hamtaro suggests that he be lowered down into the vase, like a prize-catching crane machine. With this plan, Hamtaro is able to retrieve Bijou's biscuit. The vase wobbles and he begins to fall, but the dog wakes up and rescues the hamster by catching him with a pillow. With Hamtaro saved, Bijou hugs Hamtaro graciously and the episode ends as Hamtaro watches the dog slip away to go back to sleep.
I Love You, Natsumi-chan (ドラマ ~ 大好き、なつみちゃん): The episode opens with Hamtaro having a bit of a manly montage; he seems like he has something important to do. Before she leaves for school, Natsumi tells Hamtaro she likes him while petting him. In response, without her understanding, Hamtaro confesses to Natsumi that he loves her romantically, but knows that Natsumi only loves him as a companion. She then has to leave for school and meets her classmate, Shirohara, to walk with him. Hamtaro wishes to become rivals with the schoolboy, who he knows Natsumi has a crush on. He spends the day venting and whining to Wanta about how Shirohara has beaten him for Natsumi's affection, and eventually tires himself out. At the end of the day, however, Natsumi tells Hamtaro that she loves him very much, which makes him very happy.
Hamuchanzu Corner ~ Yellow Happiness (ハムちゃんずコーナー ~ 黄色いしあわせ): Hamtaro and the Ham-Hams appear to be on a scheme to get some sunflower seeds.
Differences with the Main Series
- Boss and Stan are not present, for their characters had not been created at the time of its release.
- Instead of Brandy, Natsumi owns a similarly-designed dog named "Wanta". He appears to be a sheepdog with white fur and blue-gray ears
- A dog accompanies the Ham-Hams in their adventures. Its name is unknown, but it is from the original manga.
- Snoozer can move around by hopping up and down in his sock
- Penelope is male, and their yellow blanket is shorter.
- A number of the hamsters wear clothes (or lack articles that they have in the main series):