Dub the Tamagotchi anime Internationally!
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One of the gadgets many recall from the 90's is Tamagotchi. It's an egg-shaped digital pet that is known worldwide, sold more than 70 million copies, and is essentially the reason why Digimon exists, but Tamagotchi's fame is at it's peak in Japan, with an abundance of merchandise such as color-screen releases, toys, video games, a whole department store, and more notably, an anime.
The Tamagotchi anime premiered in Japan on October 12th, 2009 and ended on March 26th, 2015. It was directed by Joji Shimura (Blade of the Phantom, The Animal Crossing Movie), written by Aya Matsui (Boys over Flowers), and was animated by OLM (Oriental Light & Magic). It has 271 episodes and is divided into 4 sagas. Those sagas are known as Tamagotchi!(2009-2012), Tamagotchi! Yume Kira Dreams (2012-2013), Tamagotchi! Miracle Friends (2013-2014), and GO-GO Tamagotchi! (2014-2015). It is a slice-of-life anime that stars Tamagotchi favorites, lead by the intelligent Mametchi, the fashion-forward Memetchi, and the gluttonous Kuchipatchi. The three and their friends live their lives in a clean environment, form resolutions to any potential problems, and make time for activities. While this plot seems basic and simple, when you dwell into the anime, you'll find it has adventurous, life-risking, tear-jerking moments, interesting plot-twists, and not to mention, each and every character is adorable beyond words. It's a gem of an anime, and it gave animes like Hamtaro & Doraemon a run for their yen.
Outside Japan, however, the anime is quite underrated. It isn't a stranger to dubs, but the dubs it has gotten were very minimal and often leave cliffhangers. For instance, in Australia, only the first 26 episodes [Season 1 and the first episode of Season 2] aired on 9GO! from 2010-2014. Also, The Tamagotchi Friends webisodes are nothing more than cut-up 3-4 minute variants of the first 7 Yume Kira Dream episodes. This is quite odd considering the Tamagotchi virtual pets were a fad back in the 90's.
Tamagotchi has slowly been climbing back to global fame, with the re-releases of the classic virtual pets and the success of the My Tamagotchi Forever phone application. Furthermore, Power Rangers, which have been Bandai America's priority brand for 25 years, will move to Hasbro starting in Spring 2019. If there was ever a time to dub this beautiful anime, the time is now!
Air it on television (Cartoon Network, Universal Kids, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, etc.), release it on a streaming service (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon), we don't care. Just give this precious anime the dub it's been yearning nearly a decade for.
If you prefer an English Sub, A group of dedicated Tamagotchi fans have started a campaign called "Animetchi" https://www.animetchiproject.org/
Sub or Dub, Official or Fanmade, we need this anime to be translated!
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