(河井 リツ子 Kawai Ritsuko
; born March 3
) is the creator of the anime
television show Hamtaro
. Kawai originally created Hamtaro as storybooks for children first published in 1997 and then the anime came to Japan in July 2000.
Hamtaro is about a little hamster and its friends. Hamtaro has gained great popularity and has been made into a cartoon series and a line of merchandising. Kawai has had a say in the message that Hamtaro should keep promoting, which is non-violence, teamwork, cooperation and sharing.
Other than Hamtaro, Ritsuko Kawai has created other shōjo manga, serialized in Ciao magazine.