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Princess Comet (コメットさん, Kometto-san) is a Japanese TV drama and manga series created and illustrated by Mitsuteru Yokoyama, the creator of Tetsujin 28-go and Giant Robo. The TV drama tells the story of Comet, one of the princesses of the Triangle Nebula who came to Earth in search for the missing prince. The manga is first serialized in Shueisha's monthly Margaret magazine from July to November 1967, marking as one of Japan's first Magical girl series produced.
Cover of the Original Manga Adaptation serialized in Margaret
|Written by||Mitsuteru Yokoyama|
|Original run||June 10, 1967 – November 11, 1967|
|Directed by||Mitsuteru Yokoyama|
|Music by||Joji Yuasa|
|Original network||Tokyo Broadcasting System|
|Original run||July 3, 1967 – December 30, 1968|
|Princess Comet: Season 2|
|Directed by||Noriaki Yuasa|
|Music by||Masaaki Hirao|
|Original network||Tokyo Broadcasting System|
|Original run||June 12, 1978 – September 24, 1979|
|Anime television series|
|Cosmic Baton Girl Princess Comet|
|Directed by||Mamoru Kanbe|
|Written by||Akira Okeya|
|Original network||TV Osaka|
|Original run||April 1, 2001 – January 27, 2002|
The story revolves around Princess Comet, a twelve-year-old girl who is also the princess of the Harmonica Star country of the Triangle Nebula. She was meant to meet the prince of the Tambourine Star country at a ball, but the prince ran away to Earth instead. As it turned out, Comet is sent to Earth to find him, though she has no idea what he looks like. "He will be known by the twinkling in his eyes" is the only clue she was given to the prince's identity. Once she travels to Earth, Comet falls in love with the people she meets there as well as the planet itself, quickly becoming attached to life on Earth. Meanwhile, Princess Meteor learns of Comet's plans to find the prince and to marry him and she arrive on Earth in search of the prince as well, planning to marry him before Comet gets the chance. Both princesses are sent to Earth along with a companion. Comet's companion is a little puppy with a star at the end of his tail named Rubba Ball (ラバボウ, Rababou). Meteor's companion is a round, purple bird named Mook (ムウク, Muuku).
Unbeknownst to Comet, her Aunt Spica also lives on Earth and had visited Earth before, deciding to stay there and get married herself. Aunt Spica's pet is Rabapyon (ラバピョン), a white rabbit with a tiny heart on her tail. The main plot is Comet's tale about her journey to Earth, the people she meets, and her journey to find the prince.
- Comet (voiced by Aki Maeda in the anime adaptation)
The original Japanese live-action drama was broadcast by Tokyo Broadcasting System in two seasons. The first season aired from July 3, 1967 to December 30, 1968 with a total of 79 episodes. The second season aired from June 12, 1978 to September 24, 1979 with a total of 68 episodes. Both seasons were dubbed into Spanish and broadcast within Mexico, Venezuela, Costa Rica and other Spanish-speaking countries, in the 1970s. In Spanish, the titular character was known as Señorita Cometa.
Additionally, actors from the dramas appear in the later anime adaptation like Yumiko Kokonoe and Kumiko Ohba. Bundled with the anime version, the TV drama provides various modules of daily life-related scenarios for the audience, especially the fans of the two actresses that played the main character.
An anime adaptation of the drama series titled Cosmic Baton Girl Princess Comet (Cosmic Baton Girl コメットさん☆, Cosmic Baton Girl Kometto-san) was animated by Nippon Animation, directed by Mamoru Kanbe of Cardcaptor Sakura and written by Akira Okeya of Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team. Character designs were done by Kazuaki Makida, who later contributed to the characters designs of Mermaid Melody: Pichi Pichi Pitch. The series premiered on TV Osaka and TV Tokyo from April 1, 2001 to January 27, 2002, with a total of 43 episodes. It was also later aired by Animax, which translated and dubbed the series into English and other languages for broadcast across its network in Hong Kong, Taiwan, South and Southeast Asia. The Anime adapts both the live-action dramas closely with close involvement with Yokoyama himself in redesigning the characters and including new concepts.
The anime has four theme songs. The first opening song is titled Smile For You (君にスマイル, Kimi ni sumairu) by Nayu Nibori and the second is Miracle Power ~Stardust Version~ (ミラクルパワー 〜スターダスト・バージョン〜, Mirakuru pawā 〜 sutādasuto bājon 〜) by Shizuka Nakayama. The first ending theme is titled Twinkle☆Star (トゥインクル☆スター, Touinkuru ☆ sutā) by Saeko Chiba and the second ending titled Parade of Stars☆ (星のパレード☆, Hoshi no parēdo☆) by Sayuri Tanaka. The music is composed by Moka, who later composed the soundtrack of Elfen Lied.