Bikkuriman

(Redirected from Bikkuriman 2000)

Bikkuriman (ビックリマン) is a line of wafer snacks produced by Lotte, made notable for the randomly assorted bonus stickers included inside each snack. First released in 1977, Bikkuriman (ビックリマン, “Surprise Man”) became wildly popular in Japan with the introduction of the Akuma vs Tenshi Seal (悪魔VS天使シール, "Devil VS Angel Seal") series of stickers, leading to a prolific number of media tie-ins.

Bikkuriman
ビックリマン
Anime television series
Directed byYukio Kaizawa
Written bySukehiro Tomita
Music byTakanori Arisawa
StudioToei Animation
Original networkTV Asahi
Original run October 11, 1987 April 2, 1989
Episodes75
Anime film
Bikkuriman: Taiichiji Seima Taisen
Directed byHiroyuki Kakudo
Written bySukehiro Tomita
StudioToei Animation
ReleasedMarch 12, 1988
Runtime30 minutes
Anime film
Bikkuriman: Moen Zone no Himitsu
Directed byJunichi Sato
Written bySukehiro Tomita
Music byTakanori Arisawa
StudioToei Animation
ReleasedJuly 9, 1988
Runtime45 minutes
Anime television series
Shin Bikkuriman
Directed byYukio Kaizawa
Written bySukehiro Tomita
Music byShunsuke Kikuchi
StudioToei Animation
Original networkTV Asahi
Original run April 19, 1989 August 26, 1990
Episodes72
Anime television series
Super Bikkuriman
Directed byYukio Kaizawa
Written byAya Matsui
Music byTakanori Arisawa
StudioToei Animation
Original networkAsahi Broadcasting
Original run May 17, 1992 April 4, 1993
Episodes44
Anime television series
Bikkuriman 2000
Directed byYusuke Yamamoto
Written byAtsuhiro Tomioka
StudioStudio Comet, NAS
Original networkTV Tokyo
Original run November 1, 1999 February 26, 2001
Episodes68
Anime television series
Happy Lucky Bikkuriman
Directed byGo Koga
Produced byYasuhiko Nukaga
Written byKatsuyuki Sumisawa (eps 1-19)
Riku Sanjo (eps 20-46)
Music byYoshichika Inomata
Yoichiro Honda
StudioToei Animation
Original networkBS Asahi, TV Asahi
Original run October 15, 2006 September 30, 2007
Episodes46
Game
Bikkuriman
DeveloperDrecom
PublisherDrecom
GenreSocial card battle
PlatformAndroid, GREE, mixi
ReleasedApril 18, 2011 (GREE, mixi), December 17, 2012 (Android)

HistoryEdit

Bikkuriman is a chocolate and peanut wafer snack made by Lotte that sold for 30 yen at the time of its introduction. Originally, the pack-in stickers were called “Dokkiri Seal” (どっきりシール, “Shocking Seal). Each Seal featured a realistic image on a clear background, with the intention of using them for pranks or gags (broken glass, clothing tears, fake wall switches, etc.) By the 1980s, the Seals began featuring individual gag-based characters with a theme that united a particular set of Seals. These style of stickers would remain for the first 9 sets of Seal releases.

In August of 1985, Lotte released the first of the Akuma vs Tenshi Seal series. While maintaining the same humorous art style of the earlier series, the Akuma vs Tenshi Seals featured characters based on assorted mythological, folklore, and even metaphorical sources engaging in an overarching story-line. Akin to the Mars Attacks trading card series from America, the battle between the Tenshi and Akuma is told on the back of each sticker, with the plot progressing with each new set. Each set was divided into several themed tiers featuring a Tenshi, Akuma, and an Omamori (お守り, "Protector"), with an ultra-rare "Head" Seal that serves as the main character of its particular set. The Head Seals were typically printed with a prism or holographic holofoil to set them apart from the Tenshi's metallic silver or gold backing, the clear backgrounds of the Omamori and the multi-colored backgrounds of the Akuma. The rarity of the early Akuma vs Tenshi Seals were, in order: Head, Tenshi, Omamori, Akuma.

Unfortunately, the popularity of the stickers led to trouble for the series. The zeal to try to obtain Head Seals would lead children to buy Bikkuriman in mass quantities, retrieve the stickers inside, and simply throw away the snack. This, along with the fact that children and collectors were willing to pay high amounts of money for the rarer cards, led to parent groups expressing concern of possible gambling implications for the stickers. This led to action by the Japanese Fair Trade Commission, and the number of Head Seals per pack was increased from the average 4 to 24 individual Seals.

Licensed collaborationsEdit

Various media properties have run collaboration seal series with Bikkuriman, including Monster Hunter,[1] Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba,[2],Dragon Ball Super,[3] GeGeGe no Kitaro[4],Jujutsu Kaisen,[5]Dragon Quest: Dai no Daibouken,[6] Hatsune Miku,[7] Star Wars,[8] One Piece, Mobile Suit Gundam[9],and Persona 3.[10]

Some have featured celebrities, such as AKB48 members[11] and Vtubers including Hikakin.[12]

There have also been figurine collaborations, featuring properties including Neon Genesis Evangelion.[13]

There was even a Bikkuriman edition of the Game of Life.[14]

AnimeEdit

These stickers were a huge success, leading to a multitude of media tie-ins. The original Bikkuriman anime series, created by Toei Animation, aired from October 11, 1987, to April 2, 1989.[15] Sequels include Shin Bikkuriman, Super Bikkuriman, Bikkuriman 2000 and Happy Lucky Bikkuriman.

MangaEdit

Video gamesEdit

Two Bikkuriman video games were made for the PC Engine console in Japan. One of which is a reskin of Wonder Boy in Monster Land. Other games were also made for the Famicom, Game Boy, Super Famicom, Dreamcast, Neo Geo Pocket, Game Boy Color, Nintendo DS, mobile phones and Nintendo 3DS.

  • Bikkuriman World (1987, PC Engine) - Hudson Soft
  • Bikkuriman World ~Gekitō hijiri senshi~ (ビックリマンワールド~激闘聖戦士~)(1990, Famicom) - an RPG by Hudson Soft
  • Super Bikkuriman ~Densetsu no Sekiban~ (スーパービックリマン~伝説の石板~)(Game Boy) - by Yutaka
  • Super Bikkuriman (スーパービックリマン)(Super Famicom) - Interbec
  • Bikkuriman Daijikai (ビックリマン大事界) (PC CD-ROM)
  • Bikkuriman 2000 Charging Card GB (ビックリマン2000チャージングカードGB) (2000, Game Boy Color)
  • Bikkuriman 2000 Viva! Festiva! (ビックリマン2000 ビバ!フェスチバァ!) (Sega Dreamcast)
  • Bikkuriman (April 18, 2011 GREE/mixi, December 17, 2012 Android) - Drecom
  • Bikkuriman Collectors' Battle (DeNA)
  • Bikkuriman Daijiten (ビックリマン大事典) (2007, Nintendo DS)

Heads ListEdit

  • 1st Dan Head - Super Zeus
  • 2nd Dan Head - Shaman Kahn
  • 3rd Dan Head - Super Devil
  • 4th Dan Head - Satan Maria
  • 5th Dan Head - St. Phoenix
  • 6th Dan Head - Shiso Jura, Black Zues
  • 7th Dan Head - Herachrist
  • 8th Dan Head - Masho Nero
  • 9th Dan Head - Headrococo
  • 10th Dan Head - Mataiden Noa
  • 11th Dan Head - Wander Maria, Ghost Alibaba
  • 12th Dan Head - Yasei Erusa M, Master P, St. Bon Miroku
  • 13th Dan Head - Yamato Bakushin
  • 14th Dan Head - Seishin Nadia
  • 15th Dan Head - St. Bon Indust
  • 16th Dan Head - Andrococo

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ""ビッ狩りマンチョコ"をはじめ、『モンスターハンター』10周年記念グッズがいよいよ発売間近!" (in Japanese). Famitsu. Retrieved 2022-12-28.
  2. ^ "『鬼滅の刃マンチョコ』3弾"遊郭編"シリーズが10/11に発売。テーマは"ド派手"、第2弾から約1年ぶりのコラボ商品が登場" (in Japanese). Famitsu. 2022-10-05. Retrieved 2022-12-28.
  3. ^ "『ドラゴンボールマンチョコ超』第2弾が5月24日より東日本で先行発売。シールは新作映画のキャラを書き下ろした全24種で、シークレットはビックリマンとのコラボVer" (in Japanese). Famitsu. 2022-05-19. Retrieved 2022-12-28.
  4. ^ "『ゲゲゲの鬼太郎』×『ビックリマン』コラボ企画が4月23日より開催。⻤太郎茶屋などでオリジナルシールがもらえる企画やグッズ販売、コラボメニュー提供などが実施" (in Japanese). Famitsu. 2022-04-06. Retrieved 2022-12-28.
  5. ^ "『呪術廻戦』×『ビックリマン』がコラボした"呪術廻戦マンチョコ"が3月29日に発売。ビックリマンイラスト風になった虎杖たちのフィギュア付き" (in Japanese). Famitsu. 2022-03-22. Retrieved 2022-12-28.
  6. ^ "『ドラゴンクエスト ダイの大冒険』と『ビックリマンチョコ』がコラボした"ダイの大冒険マンチョコ"が11月3日より発売" (in Japanese). Famitsu. 2020-10-27. Retrieved 2022-12-28.
  7. ^ "初音ミクxビックリマン"ミックリマン ~ミクと奇妙な仲間たち編~"が発売決定!" (in Japanese). Famitsu. 2013-08-01. Retrieved 2022-12-28.
  8. ^ "『スター・ウォーズ』がビックリマンチョコに! エピソード1~6のキャラクターがビックリマンイラストレーター描き下ろしで登場" (in Japanese). Famitsu. 2015-04-30. Retrieved 2022-12-28.
  9. ^ "「機動戦士ガンダムマン チョコ<スペシャルエディション>」1年8か月ぶりコラボ!全24種シール入り" (in Japanese). Entabe. 2021-06-16. Retrieved 2022-12-28.
  10. ^ "劇場版『ペルソナ3』第2章の来場者特典が決定 第1章に続き、描き下ろしの"スーパーP3シール"が先着・週替わりでプレゼント!" (in Japanese). Famitsu. 2014-05-15. Retrieved 2022-12-28.
  11. ^ "「ビックリマンチョコ」が世代を超えて愛される理由とは?ロッテの担当者を直撃してみた" (in Japanese). Hot Pepper. 2017-08-21. Retrieved 2022-12-28.
  12. ^ "「Bチューバーマン チョコ」HIKAKIN はじめしゃちょーがビックリマンチョコに!動画クリエイター19組イラスト化" (in Japanese). Entabe. 2021-06-15. Retrieved 2022-12-28.
  13. ^ "『エヴァックリマン海洋堂フィギュア付きチョコ』が12月22日に発売! ビックリマン風の初号機やアスカが食玩フィギュアに" (in Japanese). Famitsu. 2020-12-04. Retrieved 2022-12-28.
  14. ^ "「ビックリマンチョコ」が世代を超えて愛される理由とは?ロッテの担当者を直撃してみた" (in Japanese). Hot Pepper. 2017-08-21. Retrieved 2022-12-28.
  15. ^ "Bikkuriman." Toei Animation. Retrieved on April 2, 2009.

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