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Blue Blink

Story

  • "Hunchback Pony," a famous Russian animated film, is known as a source of inspiration for "The Phoenix," which was to become one of Tezuka Osamu's life works. He must have been really attracted to the story of "Hunchback Pony" to plan its modern version. Based on a friendship between a boy and a mysterious blue pony from outer space, this work tells children about the wondrous power of dreaming. Although Tezuka Osamu hoped to continue with this series, he died suddenly after finishing a synopsis of just 5 episodes. However, all 39 episodes were put on the air by the staff, who continued on with the series as he had wished.
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Preview

Characters

  • Blink Kakeru Tanba Nitch Satch
    Princess Kirara Shiki Haruhiko      

STAFF

  • Original Planning and Overall Direction: Tezuka Osamu
    Director: Hara Shotaro
    Animation Directors: Udagawa Kazuhiko, Saijo Takashi, Shishikura Satoshi, Endo Seiji, Suzuki Yasuhiko, Oka Yutaka, Hayashi Kazuo, Dobashi Hiroshi, Mizoroki Hiroaki, Ishiguro Megumu, Ichikawa Takahisa, Abe Masami, Kuhara Shigeki, Seya Shinji
    Storyboard: Yazawa Norio, Tonogachi Hideki, Yamatani Mitsukazu, Yamazaki Kazuo, Mashita Koichi, Aoki Yasunao, Asada Yuji, Takada Saburo, Nishimaki Hideo, Satsukime Yusaku, Suzuki Yukio, Fujimori Kazuma, Misawa Noboru, Takagi Shinji, Suzuki Takuo, Kubo Tamiko, Ishiguro Megumu, Maeda Mizuho
    Original Pictures: Ogata Yasuhiko, Kato Shigeru, Tanabe Yoshinori, Kikuchi Akira, Imagawa Yoshimi, Shinbo Akiyuki, Koizumi Kenzo, Saga Toshio, Tsuchida Koichi, Ishiodori Hiroshi, Suda Masaru, Fukuda Shin, Endo Seiji, Takahashi Yuji, Fukumoto Masaru, Narita Tatsuji, Yasuda Koji, Kano Uchitaka, Kobayashi Yoshiteru, Kikawa Junichi, Yoshimura Masaki, Seya Shinji, Shimada Hideaki and others
    Animation: Udagawa Sumio, Nishida Masayoshi, Miura Atsuya, Suzuki Mariko, Maba Hideaki, Mochida Takeshi, Kitamura Naoko and others
    Animation Check: Kano Kaoru
    Sub-Character Design: Seya Shinji
    Art Director: Okada Kazuo
    Backgrounds: Matsudaira So, Kuribayashi Masashi, Kamikubo Yoshihiro and others
    Recording Director: Shimizu Katsunori
    Color Design: Fujita Rika
    Editing: Ogata Harutoshi
    Music: Serizawa Hiroaki
    Theme songs:
    "The Future in Your Eyes"
    lyrics by Taguchi Shun, music by Ueda Chika, arrangement by Ogita Mitsuo and vocals by Minamino Yoko
    "Don't give in, have courage"
    lyrics by Mori Yukinojo, music by Goto Tsugutoshi, arrangement by Sato Jun and vocals by Nakayama Shinobu
    Animation Producer: Yui Masatoshi

Descriptions

  • (C)NHK/NHK/EP/ Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd.

    Broadcast via Satellite Channel 2 / 22 minutes and 30 seconds / In Color / 39 episodes
    Tezuka Production Co., Ltd. / April 7, 1989 - March 16, 1990, Fridays 7:00 - 7:30 PM, NHK Television
    April 8, 1989 - March 18, 1990 (Time, irregular)

Episodes

  • 1st Episode: A departure toward the faraway future April 7, 1989 Screenplay: Yanagawa Shigeru  Director: Hara Seitaro

    One day during the summer vacation, Kakeru saves a weakening blue pony on his way to visit his father. This creature is actually a mystery animal called a "thunder beast." It says, "Thank you, my name is Blink. Please call my name when you have a problem!" This is their encounter and the beginning of a big adventure for Kakeru.

    2nd Episode: The secret of "Gray Farm" April 14,1989 Screenplay: Yamada Takashi  Director: Hara Seitaro

    A mysterious group abducts Kakeru's father, so Kakeru and Blink set out on a journey to find him. Then they see a girl surrounded by people in "Gray Town," and save her. Her name is Nelly and her father is a rich farmer who is selling expensive meat to the people in the town. Kakeru and Blink head for the Grey Farm to find a clue to the whereabouts of his missing father.

    3rd Episode: The hostage in Rose Mansion April 21, 1989 Screenplay: Mizuide Koichi  Director: Hara Seitaro

    Kakeru and Blink save the injured Prince Sharaku. Then the prince tells them that he has experienced a narrow escape from Rose Mansion after failing a quiz there. They say that a pretty but spoiled princess called Kirara lives in Rose Mansion, and that she has declared that she will marry whoever can answer a seven-point quiz about the mansion...

    4th Episode: The Tilted Ivory Castle April 28, 1989 Screenplay: Yamada Takashi  Director: Hara Seitaro

    Somehow, Princess Kirara ends up traveling with Kakeru and Blink, but they become tired of taking care of such a spoiled princess. On their way to the next country, they see a truck being chased by a patrol car and get to know a boy called Toby. They hear a rumor that Kakeru's father may be confined in the high tower in Ivory Town.

    5th Episode: Monster Dogizura in Yellow Fortress May 5, 1989 Screenplay: Harada Naoko  Director: Hara Seitaro

    Kakeru's journey to find his father continues. They arrive at Yellow Town, which is governed by Princess Kirara's uncle. Once a beautiful country, it now lays completely in ruins. Kakeru learns from the townspeople that his father has been taken to Yellow Fortress. When Kakeru arrives at the fortress, its owner, the Duke of Yellow Stone, promises to give his father back if Kakeru kills the monster Dogizura that lives on the ground that was once a mine. However...

    6th Episode: Strange Fruit in Blue Town May 19, 1989 Screenplay: Yanagawa Shigeru  Director: Hara Seitaro

    During their journey, the stubborn Princess Kirara demands a strange fruit that she sees growing on a tree, going against the will of the other people. When Nitch and Satch obey her order and pick the fruit from the tree, a child jumps out of the fruit. The child has the mysterious power to make everybody feel at ease. Kakeru and the others are suddenly freed from their desperate need to find his father...

    7th Episode: Crash! Moss Green car race May 26, 1989 Screenplay: Yamada Takashi  Director: Hara Seitaro

    The Baron Moss Green's estate is jammed with cars that are going to participate in the great annual motorcar race. It is said that the baron will grant any wish that the winner might have....

    8th Episode: The tempting island: Cobalt June 9, 1989 Screenplay: Harada Naoko  Director: Hara Seitaro

    All wishes are granted on the dreamlike Cobalt Island. Nitch and Satch get very rich, and Kirara gets a gorgeous dress there. Then Kakeru finally finds his father. Overjoyed, Kakeru follows his father, Haruhiko, only to discover the terrible secret that this island harbors....

    9th Episode: A country of fighters: Red ball June 16, 1989 Screenplay: Mizuide Koichi  Director: Hara Seitaro

    Red ball, Desert Country. Power means everything here. Kakeru meets a boy named Chippi and learns that Chippi was abandoned by his father, Red the 3rd, just because the father thought he was a sissy...

    10th Episode: The mysterious forest Sepia June 23, 1989 Screenplay: Yamada Takashi  Director: Hara Seitaro

    Kakeru's party runs into a pretty girl named Poron. She is on her way to get a "life-saving mushroom" from the Sepia forest in order to cure her mother's disease. Then Kakeru is told that his father Haruhiko had also been taken to the same forest. So they venture deep into the wood...

    11th Episode: The city of the three primary colors: Terrace June 30, 1989 Screenplay: Yanagawa Shigeru  Director: Hara Seitaro

    A mechanical hill myna suddenly appears before Kakeru's party and takes them to Terrace town. There are red, blue, and yellow suns there, and everybody is very kind and nice. The people, however, suddenly become suspicious and violent. This probably has something to do with the suns...

    12th Episode: Heart Stealers of Purple Town July 7, 1989 Screenplay: Yanagawa Shigeru  Director: Hara Seitaro

    Kakeru's party arrives in Amber Town, said to be a town of villains, but it turns out to be a beautiful place inhabited by good people. The town's name has actually been changed to "Purple Town," and Kusuneru, who had once been regarded master of thieves, is now a gentle old man. What has happened to all the villains?

    13th Episode: The fortress train in Brown Town July 14, 1989 Screenplay: Mizuide Koichi  Director: Hara Seitaro

    Kakeru's party arrives in Brown Town in search of his father. This once lively town is dead silent now. It is said that the town is going to be presented to the niece of Emperor Gross, so the townspeople have been sent away to build a castle and trains as part of the present. Kakeru and the others learn that many people here are forced to work for the princess...

    14th Episode: Children's town, Rainbow Town July 21, 1989 Screenplay: Yamada Takashi  Director: Hara Seitaro

    In Rainbow Town, a town of children, even the president and teachers are all children. School is a place for play. All the food tastes sweet. The town is full of playgrounds. It is literally a paradise for children. But for adults, it is a hellish place....

    15th Episode: The light ark of Gold Valley July 28, 1989 Screenplay: Yamada Takashi  Director: Hara Seitaro

    Robert, an adventurer, is looking for the legendary "luminous ship." When Kakeru and the others come upon Robert, he tells them of a certain legend. Long ago, a young man, whose lover had been taken away on a dark ship, went to save her in a luminous one. Only the luminous ship can find the dark one on the dark river. And now, Emperor Gross has the dark ship, and he is going to force Kakeru's father Haruhiko on board!

    16th Episode: The town of fortune-telling: Mint Green August 9, 1989 Screenplay: Mizuide Koichi  Director: Hara Seitaro

    Kakeru's party comes to a town of fortune-telling, Mint Green. Kakeru asks some fortune-tellers about his father's whereabouts, but nobody tells him anything. Emperor Gross has already used his influence on the town. Taking the boy Garoto's advice, Kakeru decides to visit the great astrologer of the Mint Valley.

    17th Episode: Milky White: the secret of the temple in the air August 25, 1989 Screenplay: Sugihara Megumi  Director: Hara Seitaro

    "The dark ship will appear on a full-moon night," a fortune-teller tells Kakeru. So they come to Milky White. Because Nitch and Satch have stolen the "floating sand" from the temple in the air, all of them are ordered to work in the temple...

    18th Episode: Will it bloom? : The flower of dark in Emerald Forest September 1, 1989 Screenplay: Yanagawa Shigeru  Director: Hara Seitaro

    Kakeru and the others come to Emerald Town in search of his father Haruhiko, who had been sent down the dark river. This town is filled with flowers. "If you look for the seeds of the flower of darkness, you will reach the dark river," says a girl named Fula, who becomes friends with Kakeru. So they head for Emerald Forest.

    19th Episode: To the dark river! The mysterious Ultra-marine Plain!! September 8, 1989 Screenplay: Yanagawa Shigeru  Director: Hara Seitaro

    Kakeru and the others look for the Ultra-marine Plain. It is said that the tapir of the dark that lives there will lead them to the dark river. The plain, however, moves away every time they approach to it. Here, Kakeru meets a hunter called Pazu who tells him that his son had died "because the tapir of the dark had eaten his good dreams."

    20th Episode: Animal paradise: Harpy Green September 15, 1989 Screenplay: Yamada Takashi  Director: Hara Seitaro

    When Kakeru's party reaches the edge of Harpy Town, a cute animal called Tiki-Tiki rushes out in front of their bus. Kakeru saves Tiki-Tiki's life. Then some fans of Tiki-tiki appear, and Kakeru is going to receive a commendation...

    21st Episode: Yellow Oaker: the town with no greenery or flowers September 23, 1989 Screenplay: Yanagawa Shigeru  Director: Hara Seitaro

    Kakeru and others meet Yozakku during their journey. He is a plant doctor who takes care of withering flowers and trees. They begin helping the doctor and head for the town Yellow Oaker, where plants have been withered for more than six months.

    22nd Episode: The plane of love! Fly in the Persian blue!! October 6, 1989 Screenplay: Shiroyama Noboru  Director: Hara Seitaro

    Emperor Gross' prison, from which no one can escape, is in the Blue City of Persia. Kakeru thinks that his father might be there, and goes to the entrance of the city...

    23rd Episode: The legend of Davies Gray! Blink turns into a fossil!! October 13, 1989 Screenplay: Mizuide Koichi  Director: Hara Seitaro

    Four boys rush out in front of the bus. They are going to the village of Davies Gray to look for a luminous stone statue. Kakeru and the others join them. They come to the cave of the statue, but because of a landslide they are forced to leave the cave separately.

    24th Episode: Submarine city: The mermaid princess of Pearl Muu October 20, 1989 Screenplay: Sugihara Megumi  Director: Hara Seitaro

    Kakeru's party arrives at Pearl Muu bus stop on the beach. According to legend, there was an island called Pearl Muu here long ago. The island sank into the sea because of a big earthquake, but people on the island built a submarine city and still live there. When Kakeru and Blink approach the sea, one of Gross's men Dasaro suddenly fires a gun at them.

    25th Episode: Blink disappears in Opera Town October 27, 1989 Screenplay: Yamada Takashi  Director: Hara Seitaro

    Suddenly a tiger comes onto the bus and everyone panics. Then Black, the leader of Black Circus, appears. He has the power to handle animals easily. The tiger is part of the circus. Black apologizes to Tanba, then strokes Blink's head and leaves the bus. That night, Blink disappears. Black has cast a spell on Blink.

    26th Episode: Revive! The Hotaru Butterflies of Scarlet River November 3, 1989 Screenplay: Yanagawa Shigeru  Director: Hara Seitaro

    A strange butterfly flies into the bus. It is a "Hotaru" butterfly, depicted in Haruhiko's books for children. Kakeru and Blink follow the butterfly to get a clue as to his father's whereabouts, but end up in a strange place. Here they find Emperor Gross's villa, and an ex-entomologist called Nana who is planning to use Hotaru butterflies to take revenge on Emperor Gross.

    27th Episode: Mystery! The castle of adventures, Indigo November 10, 1989 Screenplay: Shiroyama Noboru  Director: Hara Seitaro

    A mysterious black knight kidnaps Princess Kirara. Kakeru and the others follow them and arrive at an old castle. There is only a wall painting of Don Quixote inside the castle. Kakeru and the others enter the world of the wall painting, and hear an announcement that whoever wins the duel with the black knight wins the Princess Kirara.

    28th Episode: Love again! Fierce fight in the Wine Red Sea November 17, 1989 Screenplay: Yamada Takashi  Director: Hara Seitaro

    Emperor Gross puts Kakeru and the others on the wanted list, so they run away to a town called "Wine Red." The lord of the town, Baron Pasteur, invites Kakeru and the others to his palace. When he sees the little whale that Princess Kirara had found in the sea, however, his face changes color...

    29th Episode: Enemy or friend? The detective of Orange Stone December 1, 1989 Screenplay: Yanagawa Shigeru  Director: Hara Seitaro

    Kakeru and the others help a detective called Frisbee. He tells Kakeru that his father will appear in a place called "Orange Stone." However, Frisbee is an impersonator manipulated by Emperor Gross's men. He impersonates Kakeru's fellows in Orange Stone and creates friction among them by abusing everyone. Kakeru loses his fellows' support.

    30th Episode: Find the key of truth! The remains of Dark Purple Lake December 8, 1989 Screenplay: Yamada Takashi  Director: Hara Seitaro

    They learn that Kakeru's father is being held in the Dark Castle, but they do not know how to get there. Luckily, they meet the adventurer Robert again, and obtain a clue to the way to the castle. "The key of truth" in the remains of Dark Purple Lake will lead them to the road to the castle.

    31st Episode: Gold Amber Valley December 15, 1989 Screenplay: Yanagawa Shigeru  Director: Hara Seitaro

    Kakeru and the others obtain "the key of truth" and head for Gold Amber Valley. On their way, however, Nitch and Satch break the key. They ask the alchemist called Mahamaha to repair it, but Mahamaha steals the key from them.

    32nd Episode: The upside down city, Sky blue January 19, 1990 Screenplay: Sugihara Megumi  Director: Hara Seitaro

    The people of Sky Blue City worship Emperor Gross as a hero, and fear Kakeru's father as a terrible villain. So Kakeru and his fellows are arrested here. Only Princess Kirara is treated well by the lord of the city, Prince Karara, who is her cousin. When Kakeru and the others escape from jail, they decide to leave Kirara in the castle for her own happiness...

    33rd Episode: Meeting again! Mother and child in the Dark Jail February 2, 1990 Screenplay: Yanagawa Shigeru  Director: Hara Seitaro

    Kakeru and others are heading for the Dark Castle on a bus. Suddenly a strange sphere swallows them. It is the "Dark Jail" where people against Emperor Gross are confined. There, they meet an alchemist called Rinjida who has made a machine to break the walls. But the machine needs an extraordinary amount of energy to run.

    34th Episode: Lonely Kakeru! The nightmare of the Dark Sea!! February 9, 1990 Screenplay: Yanagawa Shigeru  Director: Hara Seitaro

    The Dark Castle is beyond the Dark Sea. Kakeru and his friends get on a golden boat steered by a ferryman. Then a mysterious fog engulfs the boat on the sea, and they find themselves in a gorgeous city. Suddenly Tanba and the others begin to attack Kakeru.

    35th Episode: The strongest soldier: Black Warrior February 16, 1990 Screenplay: Shiroyama Noboru  Director: Hara Seitaro

    Kakeru and his friends walk through the desert and finally reach a big gate. Suddenly Kakeru hears his dear father's voice... No sooner had Kakeru felt great happiness in seeing his father again than a black knight appears after Haruhiko.

    36th Episode: To the Dark Castle! Face up with courage February 23, 1990 Screenplay: Nakata Yuko  Director: Hara Seitaro

    Kakeru and his friends reach the Dark Castle. They go inside in high spirits, but find themselves showered with various deadly attacks by Prince Horo. There is a room that spews out fluid that dissolves anything, a maze that leads to bottomless darkness, and a door leading to eternal darkness... What's more, Kirara seems to be on Prince Horo's side.

    37th Episode: Prince Horo: The Bronze trap March 2, 1990 Screenplay: Sugihara Megumi  Director: Hara Seitaro

    Kakeru's friends are captured. Blink tries to save them with his electric shock, but he gets all his energy taken away instead. Finally, Blink is also captured!

    38th Episode: Gross Castle in light and darkness March 9, 1990 Screenplay: Yanagawa Shigeru  Director: Hara Seitaro

    Kakeru and his friends fall into Emperor Gross' clutches. A staircase turns into a huge snake, and Gross's men, whom Kakeru had defeated, become zombies and attack Kakeru and his friends. Haruhiko is watching from the jail in growing frustration because he can do nothing.

    39th Episode: Goodbye to the endless journey and Blink March 16, 1990 Screenplay: Yanagawa Shigeru  Director: Hara Seitaro

    Emperor Gross is actually Kakeru's father Haruhiko. Gross was born from Haruhiko's evil mind. Kakeru becomes upset and very depressed. His friends tell him to consider his father's feelings, and leave on a bus. The journey to look for his father ends. This also means the end of their adventures, and time to say goodbye to Blink.

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