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Pop Star

Love Love Attack

Episode Number: 54

First Airdates

July 13, 2001
North America
April 13, 2003


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Pop Star (とっとこアイドル!くるりんちゃん) is the fifty-fourth episode of the series.


A young pop star named Glitter has just enrolled in Laura's school. What's more, Glitter and her accompanying pop-star hamster, Sparkle, are scheduled to perform a live concert in town! The Ham-Hams invite Sparkle to come hang out with them at the clubhouse. But despite all the Ham-Ham's efforts to befriend Sparkle, she's a tough nut to crack. Meanwhile, the glamorous Glitter has her eyes on Travis, and Laura is sad and jealous. Will Glitter and Sparkle find a way to fit in?


There's a new pop star in town: Glitter! Laura and her friends love to listen and sing along to her songs. Not only that, but she's going to be attending their school! Laura can't wait to meet her. But when Glitter comes down the hallways of their school, Glitter says that she doesn't have time to sign their "silly books." Not only that, but her producer says that she only should be signing copies of her brand new CD. She gives them all the cold shoulder, until she sees Laura's crush: Travis. She asks Laura who he is and then heads after him. She follows him into class and starts grilling him about what his e-mail address is, whether he likes to hang out on "chatlines," whether he has his own website (she does) and more. Travis doesn't know what to make of all of this, but Glitter doesn't care. She hands him a backstage pass to her upcoming free concert. The other kids start bugging her for free passes, but she won't give them any. The day of the concert comes. Laura and Kana are there, as is Travis. Travis seems very bored and not at all interested in going "backstage." In fact, he's so bored, he falls asleep. In the hamster plot, an accident causes Glitter's hamster, Sparkle, to fall to the ground. The Ham-Hams, in attendance, worry that she might be hurt and rush her into the clubhouse. When Sparkle seems less than thankful for their help, Howdy tries to drive the message home to her that she's "just been rescued." The hamsters introduce themselves as the "amazing Ham-Ham gang" and do a series of parodies and routines, including a spoof of the Power Rangers that completely fail to have a positive effect on Sparkle. She makes a break to get back to Glitter - quick! Meanwhile, back at the park where the concert is being held, Travis, while falling asleep, ends up spilling his drink on Laura's shorts. So they go off alone to see if something can be done about it. Laura says that it's no problem, her Mom's an expert at getting out stains. As they continue to talk, Glitter sees them, alone. She decides not to stand for this and goes over to claim Travis for herself. She comes over and asks to speak to Laura privately. Then, she tells Laura to leave the park, or she's going to call security. When Laura doesn't immediately move to leave, Glitter immediately starts to yell for security. So Laura says no and Glitter says that maybe she can stick around after all. She could see the "backstage." Well, the backstage for Laura happens to be a box, which Glitter stuffs Laura into. Having done that, she goes and makes her move for Travis. Meanwhile, Laura escapes out of the box, which doesn't even have a back end. Glitter now, having Travis to herself, kisses him. As the does so, a pink heart labeled "Kiss" appears over the kiss. Afterwards, Glitter fantasizes about her dominance over Travis while Laura, the "weak, pathetic angel," cowers in a corner. Then, she has Travis close his eyes and count to ten. She motions to kiss him again, but instead ends up falling into a paper construct dragon along with her hamster, Sparkle. Travis reaches ten and opens his eyes. Seeing that Glitter seems to have disappeared, he heads back towards the seating area. As Glitter bumbles around in the paper construct dragon, a panic ensues on stage. Glitter's supposed to be performing soon, but there's no one to be found. So her staff starts searching for a replacement act. Travis volunteers Laura and her friends, since they're so good at singing Glitter's songs. So they go on and put on an amazing performance, while Glitter, having finally escaped from the dragon construct, watches and whines. The hamsters, all together, comment that they hope to see Sparkle again sometime. They think their time with her went well. That evening, Laura's family throws a party for her. But they party so much that Laura gets tired. She reminds them that it's past her bedtime. As she writes about the day's events. She says that if she sees Glitter again, she's going to tell her that she doesn't have to try so hard to get people to like her.

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  • There are two scenes after Laura writes in her diary that were cut out in a few of the Hamtaro dubs. The first scene shows Sparkle complaining about the Ham-Hams. The second scene is Glitter tearing down the transition from Sparkle's scene, swearing revenge on Laura Haruna for the events that occurred in the episode. The English, Spanish, and European Portuguese versions are missing this scene, but the German and Italian dubs retain it.
  • Boss, Howdy and Dexter went and dress up as the Ham-Rangers. Reference to the GBA Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak Ham-Rangers. Except with only Boss as the Red Ranger, Howdy as the Yellow Ranger and Dexter as the Blue Ranger.
  • Glitter reveals to be four foot two inches tall when she introduces herself to Travis.


  • Laura was seen with a wet stain on her shorts after Travis accidentally spilled a drink on her. However, when Glitter takes Laura away from Travis and threatens to call security if she doesn't leave the park, the stain on her shorts disappears all of a sudden.


See also: Pop Star/Gallery

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!