My Neighbors the Yamadas

My Neighbors the Yamadas is an anime series
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The Yamada family comprises retired couple Yoshio and Ine, their daughter Yoneko and her husband Komugi, eternal retake student Shigeru (who has failed to pass his university entrance exams three times), hapless high school baseball player Noboru, early teen Minoru, and toddler Sanae. In addition, the house is often visited by the occupants of the family's dormitory, several university students, and the local doctor-and soon the stork brings Yoneko and Komugi a new baby of their own. Designer Hisaichi Ishii, who also created Go for It, Tabuchi and Fabled Underground People, deliberately used flat, two-dimensional artwork for Meet the Yamadas (1980, Ojamanga Yamada-kun). Scheduled straight after Sazae-san, the show continued the slot of gentle humor, although leavened in this case with chunks of satire, parody, and even science-fiction adventures. Later remade for theaters as My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999, Hohokekyo Tonari no Yamada-kun) in a deliberately washed-out sketch style. This version was released in Japan with English subtitles on the DVD.

In 1997, Ishii began serializing Nono-chan, a follow-up to the original manga. Featuring very similar comic situations but concentrating this time on the misadventures of a cheeky third-grader, Nono-chan was picked up for TV broadcast late in 2001. It was directed for Toei Animation by Nobutaka Nishizawa, using fully digital animation in imitation of the Yamadas movie, and shown on TV Asahi in 61 episodes.

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Name My Neighbors the Yamadas
Romaji: Ojamanga Yamada-kun; Hohokekyo Tonari no Yamada-kun
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Start Year 1980
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Aliases Troublesome Manga Yamadas
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