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Season 1 The Ham-Ham Clubhouse (episode)

Hamtaro (episode)

Ep.1 - Title

Alternate Titles: 안녕! 나 햄토리야!
Episode Number: 1

First Airdates

Japan
July 7, 2000
North America
June 3, 2002
South Korea
July 11, 2001

Credits

Animation studio
TMS Entertainment
Screenplay
Shinzo Fujita
Storyboard
Osamu Nabeshima
Assistant director
Osamu Nabeshima
Animation directors
Junko Yamanaka

Masatomo Sudo

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Hamtaro (とっとこ登場!ハム太郎) is the first episode of the Hamtaro anime series.

A 10-year-old girl named Laura Haruna, along with her parents, her dog Brandy and hamster Hamtaro, moves into their new house. Hamtaro gets out of his cage and goes outside, where he meets a hamster named Oxnard. They fall underground, meeting up with Boss who shows them his house. He says he needs help telling a girl how he feels. Meanwhile, Laura meets Kana Iwata and buys a journal that she updates every night.

Plot Summary[]

Hamtaro, the curious pet hamster of 5th grader Laura Haruna, sets out to meet the neighbors after they move to a new town. While Laura enjoys a snack with her parents, Hamtaro sneaks out of his cage and down the drainpipe. Once outside, he meets his hamster neighbor Oxnard, who is looking for his missing sunflower seed. Hamtaro helps him find it and they declare each other friends afterwards.

Both Hamtaro and Oxnard fall underground, only to meet a hamster named Boss and his house. After showing off his hideout, he says he is having girl troubles and needs help. He takes them to meet the enchanting hamster, Bijou. Boss gets tongue-tied while trying to sing for her until the quick-thinking Hamtaro helps him out by breaking into a much less ear-shattering song. Bijou winks at Hamtaro after the performance, signalling her crush on him.

That night, Laura shares her day with Hamtaro. She tells him about her new friend Kana Iwata whom she met while buying hamster stationary at the store. Then Laura writes in her diary, never imagining that her cuddly Hamtaro has some new friends of his own.

Characters[]

Ham-Hams[]

Humans[]

Animals[]

Differences in the English dub[]

For more information on this subject, see Scenes cut/edited in the English dub.

The following notable differences are present in the English-dubbed version of the episode compared to the Japanese original:

  • Many lines are altered to sound better in English, and/or have subtle aspects of humor added. However, these lines are careful to retain the meaning of the original Japanese script (with two strange exceptions regarding Laura's parents).
  • For unknown reasons, a brief scene of Hamtaro gnawing on a pencil is cut. Ironically, stock artwork based on this scene was used on many pieces of English merchandise (including the back of the VHS/DVD covers).
  • In the Japanese version, Laura and Marian give Forrest a cup of tea, who thanks Marian for preparing it. Laura then states that she is the one who poured it, leading to Forrest bashfully laughing and apologizing. The dub makes several bizarre alterations to this scene; most inexplicably, the tea is referred to as "hot chocolate". Forrest and Marian's further dialogue imply that Forrest has hidden distaste for Laura's "hot chocolate", which the Japanese version does not.
  • When "singing" to Bijou, Boss makes raspy spitting noises in the Japanese version. In the English dub, this is changed to Boss repeating "I am your ham" in an off-key tone.
  • In the dub, when Laura wishes her mom and dad goodnight, Marian (the mother) replies "Goodnight, Brandy"; Laura replies "Brandy's the dog, mom". In the Japanese version, Forrest and Marian just reply "goodnight".

Gallery[]

Main article: Hamtaro (episode)/Gallery

Video[]

Episode[]

Names in other languages[]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese とっとこ登場!ハム太郎
Tottoko Toujou! Hamutaro
Hamtaro is Here!
Chinese 第1集 TOTTOKO 哈姆太郎登場!
Dì 1 jí TOTTOKO hā mǔ tàiláng dēngchǎng!
Episode 1: TOTTOKO Hamtaro Appears!

Trivia[]

  • This episode is tied with Jingle, the Wanderer for the second lowest number of defined Ham-Hams in an episode (the first being Oxnard's Big Crush).
  • This is the episode with the shortest title, and also the only episode with a single-word title (though the Japanese title translates to "Hamtaro Appears!").
v - e - d Hamtaro Episodes
Season 1
Hamtaro | The Ham-Ham Clubhouse | Calling All Ham-Hams! | Come Out, Bijou! | Diamonds of Sugar! | First Time at the Beach | A Summer Festival Adventure | The Sunflower Field | Much Ado About School! | Jingle, the Wanderer | The Wise, Elder Ham | Bijou's in Danger! | Let's Dance, Sandy! | The Search for Sandy's Brother | Bijou's Favorite Ribbon | Get Well, Laura | Hamtaro, the Super Sleuth! | The Slipper Chase | Panda's Ham-Ham Fun Park! | The Snoozer Mystery! | Courage, Cappy! | Pashmina's Present | Maxwell's Big Scoop! | Hamtaro, Please Come Home! | Merry Christmas! | The Legend of the Courageous Hamtaro!
Season 2
The Snowball Fight! | The Amazing Auntie Viv | The Search for Dad's Glasses! | Brandy's Big Race | Boss is a Mom! | Valentine's Day! | Let's Cross the Rainbow! | Watching Over Cute Penelope | Midnight Celebration | Farewell, Bijou! | Oxnard's Big Crush | The Precious Letter! | The Flying Ham-Hams! | The Blossom of Friendship! | The Scary Museum! | Welcome Pepper! | The Great Chicken Chase | I Love My Grandpa! | Ham-Ham Gang at the Aquarium! | The Sports Festival! | Romancing the Roosters | Ham-Ham Clubhouse in Danger! | In Search of the Pendant | Even the Ham-Hams Get Seasick! | Stan and Sandy Make Up | It's Robin-Ham!
Season 3
Pepper's Visit! | Pop Star | Laura is Really Gone! | Boss, the Cool Ham of the Sea! | Ghost Mountain! | The Fresh Summer Breeze! | In A Pinch A Rival Appears! | The Chicken Contest | Treasure Hunting | Penelope Makes a Friend | The Scary Principal! | The Reconciliation! | Mimi's Dream Park! | The Sunflower Ferris Wheel | The Zoo Date | The Haunting | A Fortune Comes True! | The Baby Goat | The Animal Hospital | The Knitting Craze | A Breath of Autumn! | Welcome Home Penelope! | The Abominable Snow Woman | Laura and the Seven Hamsters | A Wonderful Santa Claus! | The Little Bandits!
Season 4
The New Year's Kite Adventure | Sunset Proposal | Stucky's Tunnel | Ham-Romance | Laura's Valentine | Roberto's Ally | Super Hamster Robo-Joe | Maria's Birthday Party | Nin-Ham the Ninja! | The Search for Spring! | Hamtaro and the Space Ship! | Boss Runs Away | Auntie Viv and Elder Ham | Hannah is in Love! | Doctor Lion | Dance, Chef Ham! | The Flying Carp | The Ham-Ham Express | Who Stole My Shoe? | Keeping Promises | The Very Best Present | How to Rescue a Wedding! | Office Adventures | Clubhouse Intruders | The Tale of Princess Bijou | The Milky Way
Season 5
Lovestruck Stucky | Rolling, Big Egg! | The House at the Sea! | Do Your Best, Robo-Joe! | Let's Dance, Ham-Hams! | S-S-Scary! Bravery Test! | Tightrope Walking Together! | Sparkle's Vacances | Knight Hamtaro | Groovy Robo-Joe | Return of the Rooster Trio | Penelope's Dream | Our Ham-Ham Castle | Oxnard Shows True Love | Where Are You, Cappy? | It's a Duel, Boss! | There's Really a Wolf! | What Will Become of the Clubhouse? | Autumn, Mom's Style | Troublesome Nin-Ham | Kind Flora | Brandy and the Rescue Team | Sparkle's Crush | Mimi's Christmas | Rin Rin! Harmony!
Season 6
Happy New Year, Ham-Hams! | Bijou's Memorable Picture Book | Knitting Barrette | Laugh, Hillary! | Hamtaro of the Wind | Come On, Stan! | Hamtaro is Gone! | Pepper, Empress of Spring! | Yume, Tell Us a Story! | Cheerful Ook-Ook! | Someone Likes Hamtaro | Cherry Blossoms, Please Fall! | The Three Hambini | Duel at the Flower Ranch | Boss's New Room | Our Biggest Memories! | Leave it to Us, the Ham-Ham Nurse Team! | Mother Viv | Sparkle's Scandal | A Big Change for Robo-Joe! | Snoozer and Turtly | Finding the Flower in the Rain | Taking Care of Our Greeny | A Trip of Hunger | Young Girl Thieves of Justice!
Season 7
A Little Love Story! | Danger! Chicken Trio! | Sparkle is a Star! | Tater's Warm Love | Lost at the Amusement Park | Let's Swim, Seamore! | The Ghost Stories of Summer! | Summer Color, Solara! | Nin-Ham and his Home of Iga-Iga | Tomy-T and Eggy-P! | Pi-hyoro, Ham-Hams! | The Baby's Big Adventure | I Want To See You, Bijou! | You're Arrested, Robo-Joe! | Mimi's Fun Sports Day | Seamore and the Dolphin | Marron's Autumn Festival | Ham-Ham Halloween! | The Ham-Ham Explorers and the Romance Story! | Where Did You Go, Brandy? | The Ham-Ham Nurse Team Returns! | Shiny, Shooting Star! | Dad's Great Chase! | Run, Pepper! | The Mysterious Gift | Bo and the Mammoth
Season 8
Happy Ook-Ook | Marron's Winter Festival | I'm Dad, Hambini! | Scatter the Ogres, Yamato! | The Knitting Girl and Seamore | Mystery of the Valentine Chocolate! | Pashmina's Transformation! | I'm Worried About My Sister! | Bonjour, Oshare! | Marron's Little Secret | Sparkle in Hollywood | I'm Parting, Clubhouse! | Lapis and Lazuli | Sweet Paradise | A Mysterious Seed Experiment! | Bijou's Love Rival! | Zuzuzu, Inside the Dream! | It's Your Turn, Hero-Ham! | Bear in Trouble! | Flower Power! | It's Art, Otome's Crew! | A Mischievous Unicorn! | Appearance of the Muha-Muha Alien! | Sweet Worm Surprise | Here I Am, Clubhouse!
Season 9
The Sweet Milky Way! | Cupid Sparkle! | We're Upset! Lapis and Lazuli | Our Trip to the Sunflowers | Here Come the Djungarians! | Searching for the Treasure! | Become King of the Jungle! | Let's Do It, Otome! | The Changing Mirror | I Want to See You, Wan! | Sparkling Fashion! | Dashing, Robin-Ham! | Big Penelope | The Little Cheering Team! | I'm Going, Ham-Hams! | Eternal Hero | Djungarian's Halloween | Troublesome Magical Seeds | Flora's Wedding | The Talking Dog Cookies | Being a Dad Can Be Painful | Sparkle's Art | The Fortunetelling Lessons | Arriving to Your Smile! | It's Santa, Merry Christmas!
Season 10
Auspicious Angels! | See You Again, Snowman! | Non Non, Oshare! | The Ogre Hamster | Thick Rainbow Girls | Love Love, Valentine! | The Sweet Paradise Disappears | You're Late, Prince! | Hyper Robo-Joe! | Nice To See You, Pepper! | Let's Travel, Ham-Ham Train! | Devi! Big Panic! | Snoozer Disappears! | Laura's Exciting Date | Elder-Ham and the Cherry Blossoms | My Best Friend | The First Love Letter | Zack and Goldie | Oh No, Hamtaro! | Fluffy Gelato | A Piping Hot Battle! | Can You Trade It? | Smell Strongly, Marron! | A Lost Thing of Smiles | Space Hams
Season 11
Go Go, Ham-Hams! | Start, Ham-Hams! | Crossing the Sky, Skyham! | Okini the Seedgatherer | Fortunetelling, Atarinchu! | Pitter-Patter, Hamha Tree! | Let's Dance, Ham-Ham Ondo! | Let's Enjoy the Sunflower Field! | Holiday with Broski! | Don't Give Up, Laura! | Ice and Lolly | Satisfied Bijou | Dig, Dig, Mole! | Hamha-Man the Justice Hero | Fired Up! Sports Day | It's Art, Sandy! | Why Nande | Showtime, Okini! | Boss is so Popular! | Lady Lapis! | Nande Returns! | A Miracle, Magical! | Peron! Chestnut Alien | Tux and Salia | There's a Monster in School! | A Christmas Ride!
Season 12
Happy Dream, Ham-Ham Train! | Oxnard and Pepper | Skyham in Love | A Crow Problem! | Mom! Okini! | A Valentine Battle! | Skyham is a Hero! | Super Digger Robo-Joe | Be Cautious, Nin-Ham! | Setting Off, Spring's Wind! | A Picnic Date! | The Lovable Brandy | Happy Ham-Ham Wedding!
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