, written by Takashi Yanase, a Japanese writer of children's stories, is one of the most popular anime cartoon series in Japan. It is produced by Nippon Television Network Corporation. Each animated cartoon is approximately 24 minutes long split into 2 episodes of approximately 12 minutes each.
Yanase became inspired by the idea of Anpanman while struggling to survive as a soldier in World War II. He many times became faced with the prospect of starvation which made him dream about eating a bean-jam filled pastry called Anpan.
In each episode, Anpanman fights with Baikinman and helps the people of the town. He always goes on patrol in the area around the house of Jam Ojisan. He is a symbol of justice, fighting for the cause of justice every day. Anpanman has a long history and new characters are frequently introduced, keeping the series fresh. According to the 2005 Anpanman Large Catalog (アンパンマン大図鑑), there have been 1500 characters that are either unique or a variation of an existing character introduced up to this point.
|Name||Japanese name||Voice actor||Description||Techniques/Abilities|
|Anpanman||アンパンマン||Keiko Toda||He is the main character of the anime, whose head is a bun made by Jam Ojisan. His name comes from the fact that he is a man with a head made of bread (Japanese: pan, a loanword from the Portuguese word meaning "bread") that is filled with bean jam (Japanese: an) called an anpan. His weakness is water or anything that makes his head dirty. He regains his health and strength when Jam Ojisan bakes him a new head and it is placed on his shoulders. Anpanman's damaged head, with Xs in his eyes, flies off his shoulders once a new baked head lands. He was created when a shooting star landed in Jam Ojisan's oven while he was baking.||He has two special attacks called: An-punch and An-kick (with stronger variations of both). When Anpanman comes across a starving creature or person, he lets the unfortunate creature or person eat part of his head. He also has super hearing in that he can respond to anyone that calls his name out in distress from anywhere in the world.|
|Jam Ojisan||ジャムおじさん||Hiroshi Masuoka||The father of Anpanman, and a very kind baker. His name means "Uncle Jam".||A skilled cook with knowledge of nearly everything in the world.|
|Batako||バタコ||Rei Sakuma||Assistant to Jam Ojisan. She's dedicated and hard working, but sometimes forgetful. Her name means "Butter Girl".||She makes and mends the capes Anpanman and the other heroes use to fly with.|
|Baikinman||ばいきんまん||Ryūsei Nakao||The villain in the story, coming from "Germ World" (ばいきん星), he is the leader of the Viruses. His name means "Germ Man". His ambition is to destroy Anpanman and turn the planet into another "Germ World", yet he is perfectly content to play tricks, steal, and bully those weaker than him. He and Anpanman were born at the same time, which can be taken to mean the embodiment of the dichotomy of Good and Evil. He has a weakness to soap, which shrinks him to the size of a fly.||Has a genius level intellect which allows him to construct machines and think of intricate plans to counteract Anpanman's strength.|
|Dokin(-chan)||ドキンちゃん||Hiromi Tsuru||Baikinman's female partner in crime. She is selfish, childish, and greedy, but sometimes shows kindness. She has a crush on Shokupanman. Her name is a combination of the onomatopoeia for a quickly beating heart, "Doki", and the diminutive/affectionate suffix "-chan". When she was first introduced to the show, her name was simply "Dokin", but over the course of the show, the "-chan" suffix became a permanent and official part of her name.|
|Kabirunrun||かびるんるん||unknown||These are Baikinman's little henchmen.||They can rot Anpanman's head with mildew/mold (Japanese: kabi).|
|Cheese||チーズ||Kōichi Yamadera||Jam Ojisan's dog. He became a loyal friend after Anpanman saved his life in the manga. In the anime, a young Anpanman feeds Cheese, who is starving, a part of his head as a part of his very first patrol and became inseparable afterwards.|
|Shokupanman||しょくぱんまん||Sumi Shimamoto||A friend of Anpanman. His head is made from sliced white bread (Japanese: shoku pan). He is level-headed and kind, but narcissistic. Tends to be the thinker of the trio. His job when not helping Anpanman is serving lunch to the schoolchildren.||Wields the Shoku-punch and Shoku-kick, which are similar to Anpanman's fighting techniques.|
|Currypanman||カレーパンマン||Michiyo Yanagisawa||Another of Anpanman's friends. His head is made from curry filled bread. He is quick tempered and hot-headed on the surface, but gives way to a kind and sentimental interior. Tends to be the strongman of the trio.||Wields the Curry-punch and Curry-kick, which are similar to Anpanman's fighting techniques. He can also use the hot curry concealed in his head as a weapon, using it to burn the bad guys' eyes.|
|Melonpanna||メロンパンナ||Mika Kanai||Anpanman's friend. Her head is made from melon bread. Sometimes she likes hanging out with Cheese.||Her special attack, the Melo-Melo Punch, makes bad guys woozy with affection.|
|Rollpanna||ロールパンナ||Miina Tominaga||Melonpanna's sister who has two hearts: A red one of goodness, and thanks to Baikinman, a black one of evil. The sight of Anpanman can trigger her evil heart while the sight of Melonpanna can trigger her good one. She started out in the series as a loner at Baikinman's beck and call, but she broke from his power and wanders the world doing good deeds, but stays away from others for fear of what she would do if her black heart is triggered. Her nickname is "The tragic heroine".||Uses a gymnastics ribbon as her main weapon. She can use it to wrap up her enemies or cause tornadoes.|