This TV series is about a boy named Sharaku who is an innocent child when the third eye on his forehead is covered with a patch. But once the patch comes off, he is transformed into a member of the evil three-eyed tribe, who possesses supernatural powers and had once built an ancient civilization. While the original Manga included Tezuka Osamu's studies on highly sophisticated ancient civilizations and a great number of sexual scenes involving Wato, the partner of Sharaku, these elements were subdued for the TV version in consideration of a younger audience. This was the first animated work based on Tezuka Osamu's Manga that was planned following his death.
Original Story: Tezuka Osamu Planning: Gotoda Susumu (Nikkeisha Inc.), Furuoka Hideki (Gakushu Kenkyu Sha), Matsuya Takamasa (Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd.) Producers: Konaga Mitsunobu (Television Tokyo Channel 12, Ltd.), Arai Toshishige (Nikkeisha Inc.), Ohnishi Kuniaki (Gakushu Kenkyu Sha) Director: Ueda Hidehito Character Design and Picture Director: Udagawa Kazuhiko Picture Director: Matsumoto Tomoaki, Shishikura Satoshi, Udagawa Kazuhiko, Handa Teruo, Uemura Eiji, Kon Shinosuke Storyboard: Ueda Hidehito, Serizawa Tsuyoshi, Aota Kenjiro, Mochizuki Keiichiro, Yokoyama Hiroyuki, Saotome Yusaku, Shinoda Yoshino, Kise Akinori, Matsumi Shinichi, Ishiyama Takaaki, Fuji Mineo Original pictures: Kawai Yuya, Kano Kaoru, Kigawa Junichi, Nishida Masayoshi, Miura Atsuya, Kawaguchi Toshio, Kato Shigeru, Noma Toshi, Tanabe Yoshinori, Kobayashi Junji, Yoshimura Masaki, Seya Shinji, Ito Yoshiyuki, Mochizuki Keiichiro, Watanabe Koji, Takeuchi Shinji, Ogata Yasuhiko, Chatani Yoshio, Takahashi Kazunori, Yamakubo Midori and others Motion: Zenho Koyo, Ito Yoshiyuki, Kawaguchi Tomoko, Saito Norikazu, Kazamaki Toshio, Sugihara Nobuko, Nagashima Tetsuhiko, Misawa Yukiko, Nakajima Keiko, Sato Mie, Kiguchi Jun, Toyonaga Michiru, Miyawaki Kazuhiro, Fujimoto Atsushi, Higaki Akiko, Fujiwara Michiko, Ujihara Miki, Ogawa Norikatsu, Fujishima Ryuichi, Kimura Etsuko and others Picture Checkers: Takeda Yoshihiro, Kitamura Naoko, Ishikawa Seki, Suzuki Yuichi, Takai Hironobu Art Director: Okada Kazuo Mechanics Design: Yamane Kimitoshi Backgrounds: Iwasaki Kiyohiro, Kanno Takanobu, Shimoide Kazuyoshi, Maeda Tomoko, Tsuchikata Mayumi, Wada Izumi, Ogata Yumiko, Saito Yuko, Watabe Takashi, Watanabe Tsuyoshi, Akashi Teiichi, Imamura Tatsuo, Shibata Masato, Akashi Eriko, Raijo Hiromi, Watanabe Mina, Yamamoto Takemasa, Miyamoto Seiji, Sawai Yuji and others Color Design: Sakuma Kumiko Color Designation: Fujikawa Chinami, Nishimura Tatsunori, Ikeda Kiyoe, Seki Mieko, Nakamura Shinobu, Tanaka Fumiko, Murai Satomi Editing: Sakamoto Masaki Rendition Assistant: Takada Jun Effects: Yokoyama Masakazu Production Desk: Noda Yukio, Okazaki Shigeru, Iguchi Noriaki, Udagawa Sumio Production Managers: Hattori Mitsuo, Ono Tetsuji, Kuwabara Satoshi, Koide Katsuhiko, Noda Yukio, Iguchi Noriaki, Sasaki Yukinari, Saito Tsunenori, Nagauchi Kazuhisa, Fukino Toshiyuki, Murata Shigeru Music: Watanabe Toshiyuki Theme Songs:
"Mysterious Boomerang": Lyrics by Tokugaki Tomoko, song by Kosugi Yasuo, Arrangement by Shinoda Kazuo, and vocals by Tokugaki Tomoko
"Chotto Maho de Bansoko (Sticky Patch with a Little Magic)" : Lyrics by Huyumori Kayoko, song by Tsuno Koji, arrangement by Shinoda Kazuo, and vocals by Tokugaki Tomoko Production Producer: Kitami Koichiro (Nikkeisha Inc.), Hasegawa Tohru (Gakushu Kenkyu Sha), Yui Masatoshi (Tezuka Production Co., Ltd.) Produced by: Television Tokyo Channel 12, Ltd., Nikkeisha Inc., Gakushu Kenkyu Sha, Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd.
(C) Gakushu Kenkyu Sha / Nikkeisha Inc. / Television Tokyo Channel 12, Ltd. / Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd.
Broadcast on Television Tokyo Channel 12 network / 25 minutes / In color / 48 episodes
Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd. / October 18, 1990 - September 26, 1991, Thursdays 7:00-7:30
1st Episode: Debut of the Three-eyed Boy: I am SharakuOctober 18, 1990Screenplay: Yamashita Kuniaki Director: Ueda Hideto
While his big bandage is on his forehead, Sharaku Hosuke is a coward and is always being bullied by everyone in the class. But he has changed ever since he saw an image of God with a cross on its forehead at the museum. A secret seems to be hidden under that big bandage.
Sharaku, who works part-time at a ramen shop, is instigated by Kido and a gang who regard him with enmity. Wato, who finds Sharaku mysteriously charming, helps him get out of the situation, but the gang takes the bandage from Sharaku's forehead. With his third eye uncovered, his superhuman power is fully revealed.
3rd Episode: The Cute Little Baby is an InvaderNovember 1, 1990Screenplay: Naka Hiroko Director: Ueda Hideto
Wato and Sharaku go to the hospital to see a baby born to their friend's family. At the hospital, babies are fully taken care of by computers. In the presence of Sharaku and Wato, a computer with a will of its own starts to take over babies' minds.
4th Episode: Looking for the Missing UFONovember 8, 1990Screenplay: Arakawa Naruhisa Director: Ueda Hideto
Sharaku, working part-time at a ramen shop, happens to see his classmates getting excited about the discovery of a small UFO. Sharaku takes the tiny UFO home with him. He seems to have been able to identify the small UFO at first sight. From the next day on, unusual phenomena are observed in volcanoes and power plants.
Dr. Kenmochi, who is taking care of Sharaku, finds a necklace in ancient ruins. Ever since Sharaku took it away without the doctor's permission, he has totally changed. The necklace was made by an ancient three-eyed family, and Sharaku apparently is awakened to the secrets of his ancient s bloodlines.
8th Episode: A Three-eyed Dog is BornDecember 6, 1990Screenplay: Kageyama Yumi Director: Ueda Hideto
A puppy named Hokusai has a bandage on his forehead. Sharaku becomes interested in this dog, and declares that he will make this dog with a little scar on its forehead into a three-eyed dog.
9th Episode: The Secret of the Three-Rock MountainDecember 13, 1990Screenplay: Yamashita Kuniaki Director: Ueda Hideto
Sharaku, who is just like a little kid while the bandage is on his forehead, gives a bouquet to pretty Wato. Wato is delighted, as she is somewhat in love with Sharaku. But when Wato and Sharaku are forced to join the Judo Club as a punishment; it is revealed that Sharaku has stolen the flowers from the flowerbed that the Judo Club keeps. An unimaginable discovery awaits them at the three-rock mountain when they go there for training camp.
10th Episode: No Kidding? Sharaku is a Devil?December 20, 1990Screenplay: Kishima Satoshi Director: Ueda Hideto
Sharaku is expelled from school on the grounds that he has been hanging around at nightclubs with a boss of the underground world. Unable to believe it, Wato starts to look into the truth.
Dr. Kenmochi is planning to remove Sharaku's third eye to deprive him of his super powers, thinking that he would be better off without it. But sensing danger, Sharaku starts to dig a hole in the ground to hide his treasure. Under the ground, there is a cavity housing ancient ruins.
12th Episode: Protect the Underground Capital! (Capital in Underground Part 2)January 10, 1991Screenplay: Hayakawa Tadashi Director: Ueda Hideto
An archeologist named Kusai appears and says he wants to investigate the ancient ruins that Sharaku has discovered. Sharaku and the party go on digging the ruins, and suddenly discover an underground capital. There even seem to be some residents.
13th Episode: Protecting the Third Eye (Capital in Underground Part 3)January 17, 1991Screenplay: Sekijima Mayori Director: Ueda Hideto
The archeologist named Kusai was in fact a ruins robber. Not knowing this, Dr. Kenmochi gets upset with Sharaku for messing up his research on the ruins. Declaring that he will forcibly perform an operation on Sharaku's forehead so that he will never make any trouble, Dr. Kenmochi takes him to the hospital.
14th Episode: Space Power Explodes!January 24, 1991Screenplay: Naka Hiroko Director: Ueda Hideto
Do you know anything about pyramid power? Pyramids all over the world may be means of gathering cosmic energies. A group of three men try to monopolize the massive pyramid energy by using Sharaku.
15th Episode: Psychic Power vs. Super MagicJanuary 31, 1991Screenplay: Arakawa Naruhisa Director: Ueda Hideto
Sharaku goes to Garanputta's super magic show with Wato. Garanputta performs magnificent magic capitalizing on his "mysterious three-eye" power. What if those eyes are real ..... Sharaku tries to meet him to confirm whether or not he is three-eyed.
16th Episode: The Legendary Monster is Discovered!February 7, 1991Screenplay: Kageyama Yumi Director: Ueda Hideto
Sharaku goes on a hot-spring trip with Wato and other friends. Although they expect it to be a countrified place, they find it very crowded with people. They hear that a dinosaur has been spotted in a nearby swamp. Sharaku and the others start out to capture the dinosaur.
17th Episode: School Entrance Examinations and Peace?February 14, 1991Screenplay: Yamashita Kuniaki Director: Ueda Hideto
Sharaku is like a little kid while he has his bandage on. That's why he does so poorly at school. Teachers start to threaten him that if he gets a "zero" on the upcoming test, he will be transferred to a different school.
18th Episode: The Mysterious Bird called MoaFebruary 21, 1991Screenplay: Kishima Nobuaki Director: Ueda Hideto
Sharaku goes to the sea with Wato, and they come upon a mysterious bird. It is a great big bird that makes a sound like a jet plane when it flies. They examine the egg they receive from the bird, and discover that it is an egg of the legendary bird Moa, a species that should have been extinct for more than 100 years.
19th Episode: The Ancient Devil AwakenedFebruary 28, 1991Screenplay: Hayakawa Tadashi Director: Ueda Hideto
Metal pieces are excavated from different ruins. Dr. Kenmochi perceives them to be over 8,000 years old. When the pieces are put together, it becomes a giant devil image. Sharaku puts the last missing piece to its forehead, and then, .....
20th Episode: Open your Mind, Ancient DevilMarch 7, 1991Screenplay: Naka Hiroko Director: Ueda Hideto
The awakened Devil Garon is a robot that the ancient three-eyed family had invented. It cannot stop destroying unless the consciousness of Garon (a bullet ball) is set into its chest. Sharaku and his friends start to look for his consciousness after coming to know that the whole world will be set on fire if they leave him alone.
Sharaku and his friends find a strange jar while they are excavating the ruins. It is a device that corrects the wicked ones of the three-eyed family, and it explodes if you think something bad three times. The jar sticks to Sharaku and the others, and won't go away!
22nd Episode: Challenge of the Mysterious Thief OzumaMarch 21, 1991Screenplay: Hayakawa Tadashi Director: Ueda Hideto
A mysterious thief named Ozuma, who is always after swords and armor of medieval times, appears in Japan. The museums are on strict guard in anticipation of his appearance. Then, a battle starts between Sharaku and Ozuma, who can produce illusions.
23rd Episode: Messenger from the Ancient Times (Mystery of the Three-Eyed Family)March 28, 1991Screenplay: Naka Hiroko Director: Ueda Hideto
The moment Sharaku recognizes the ancient script of the three-eyed family inscribed on a mysterious ball sent from Baron Goblin, he revives a "heavenly bird" from inside. The bird attacks anyone who tries to contain the power of the three-eyed ones.
24th Episode: Secret under the Bottom of the Lake (Mystery of the Three-Eyed Family)April 11, 1991Screenplay: Arakawa Naruhisa Director: Ueda Hideto
After narrowly escaping the attack of the heavenly bird, Wato and Sharaku start to look for the treasure of the three-eyed family. Baron Goblin follows them, also hoping to make the treasure his own.
25th Episode: Search for the Treasure (Mystery of the Three-Eyed Family)April 11, 1991Screenplay: Arakawa Naruhisa Director: Ueda Hideto
It was a descendent of the Lake Biwa guard named Kuge who saved Sharaku and Wato from Baron Goblin. Sharaku, Wato, and Kuge open the door of the ruins, and go into the underground labyrinth where the treasures of the three-eyed family are kept.
26th Episode: Secret Mission (Mystery of the Three-Eyed Family)April 18, 1991Screenplay: Kageyama Yumi Director: Ueda Hideto
The only thing they find of the treasures of the three-eyed family is a plain sheet of metal. But the very moment they expose it to the sunlight, it explodes. Sharaku's third eye sheds tears as he starts to read the letters of the three-eyed people inscribed on the burnt wall. It is the will of the three-eyed family.
Sharaku and his friends visit an antique shop that Wato's uncle is running. As soon as they find a uniquely shaped jar in the warehouse, Sharaku is swallowed into it. When Wato peeps inside, Sharaku disappears like smoke.
A mysterious man named Bumpuku appears in front of Sharaku. He has created a spider-shaped machine based on a design sketch that Sharaku drew three years ago. It is a terrible machine that bites and steals the intellect of human beings.
29th Episode: Another Sharaku (Ancient Prince Godal)May 9, 1991Screenplay: Yamashita Kuniaki Director: Ueda Hideto
Three-eyed Prince Godal has had his soul encapsulated in a jar for 4,500 years. The moment Wato peeps into the jar at a museum they visit on a school trip, she is taken over by Godal's spirit. In return, Wato's spirit possesses a cat.
30th Episode: Look for the Ultimate Weapon! (Ancient Prince Godal)May 16, 1991Screenplay: Naka Hiroko Director: Ueda Hideto
Wato's body is still possessed by Godal's spirit. Sharaku conspires to revive the three-eyed empire in cooperation with Godal.
Godal discovers the ultimate weapon, Gomora, from underground by using Sharaku. Gomora was a weapon that can freeze the vapor in the air, turn it into huge hailstones, and make them fall from the sky.
32nd Episode: Earth Hijacking Plan (Ancient Prince Godal)May 30, 1991Screenplay: Kishima Nobuaki Director: Ueda Hideto
After activating Gomora, Godal and Sharaku set their heads to conquering the world. Their scheme is to kidnap all leaders of the world, who are to gather at a summit meeting, and replace their souls by using the power of Godal's jar! Moreover, Godal is even trying to deceive Sharaku!
33rd Episode: Get back the Soul! (The Ancient Prince Godal)June 6, 1991Screenplay: Naka Hiroko Director: Ueda Hideto
Godal, still in possession of Wato's body, takes Sharaku hostage by covering his third eye. He demands that a jar be brought to Mt. Kurama so that he can use it to replace his soul. It now seems that he plans to possess Sharaku's body so that he can conquer the world.
A series of burglaries happens, and as a result of police inspector Unmei's investigation, the criminal is proven to be Bumpuku based on fingerprints left at the site. But Bumpuku is still serving a prison term. Sharaku and Wato set out to capture the criminal who is serving time.
A mysterious stone circle appears following an earthquake that hits a village. Dr. Kenmochi and the boys discover ruins in a cave at the center of a group of pillars lined up in a circle. A notebook discovered there contains the mysterious records of Dr. Tejima, Japan's first researcher on the three-eyed family.
Sharaku and Wato are rescued by a mysterious girl from mud that moves like a creature. Sharaku and his friends enter the mysterious limestone cave with a monument of the ancient three-eyed family as a clue. There, they find a mysterious bulb, Bolbocc, which has the intellect to manipulate other plants.
37th Episode: Shadow Lurking Under the Ground (Wearied Plant Bolbocc)July 11, 1991Screenplay: Kishima Nobuaki Director: Ueda Hideto
The girl who saves Sharaku and Wato is named Moegi, and she is the one who was growing Bolbocc. She is also three-eyed! For trying to win Bolbocc over to his side, Sharaku's third eye is sealed by Bolbocc, who became violent.
38th Episode: The Land Starts to Move (Wearied Plant Bolbocc)July 18, 1991Screenplay: Arakawa Naruhisa Director: Ueda Hideto
Bolbocc finally starts to cover the ground and take revenge on human beings. In the midst of big earthquakes and landslides, the slate that Moegi points to bears an inscription stating that the three-eyed family was ruined by Bolbocc.
Bolbocc's weakness is finally identified: it is salt water. Sharaku discharges salt water by using an underground tank. But Bolbocc turns salt water into fresh water with the terrible power of his aura. At the end of their rope, Sharaku and the others finally find an unexpected hint in the stone circle.
40th Episode: The Monkey Speaks! (Easter Island Voyage)August 1, 1991Screenplay: Yamashita Kuniaki Director: Ueda Hideto
A big group of monkeys starts to rage about in the zoo, and take Sharaku away. The leader of the monkeys seems to speak human language. Wato follows the monkey, who hijacks a bus and flees by boat kidnapping Sharaku.
41st Episode: Landing on Devil Island (Easter Island Voyage)August 8, 1991Screenplay: Yamashita Kuniaki Director: Ueda Hideto
The talking monkey is named Pogo. Wato and the others, who get on an unmanned boat, discover a mummy. A mysterious voice is heard from the mummy.
42nd Episode: Marriage of Pogo and Sharaku? (Easter Island Voyage)August 15, 1991Screenplay: Arakawa Naruhisa Director: Ueda Hideto
The speaking monkey is named Pogo. She has been trained to speak by a mysterious organization planning to take control of the entire world. The group performs an operation on monkeys living on Easter Island and turns them into soldiers in order to make Sharaku cooperate.
Sharaku leaves for the Easter Island with Pogo. The mysterious organization also departs for the island following Sharaku. They intend to have Sharaku reveal the secret of the moai. Sharaku believes that the moai, the giant statues on Easter Island, could have been made by the three-eyed family.
Having grown as big as 6 meters in length, Moa goes out to town every time he is hungry. A mysterious organization that has been watching Moa's behavior dispatches a group of three men to capture Moa alive.
45th Episode: Big Battle over the Mexican SkySeptember 5, 1991Screenplay: Naka Hiroko Director: Ueda Hideto
Sharaku has been captured alive and taken to Mexico together with Moa. Sharaku breaks out of the cage, and in the desert he meets a girl who looks identical to Wato.
46th Episode: Assassination Plan Against MoaSeptember 12, 1991Screenplay: Kishima Nobuaki Director: Ueda Hideto
The ultimate technology of the three-eyed family is hidden in the pyramid remains on the Yucatan. The evil organization has been after Moa because the bird holds the keys to opening the door of the remains. It is then revealed that only some blood of Moa can serve as the key. Once again, Moa faces danger.
47th Episode: Super Bolbocc is Revived!September 19, 1991Screenplay: Hayakawa Tadashi Director: Ueda Hideto
The evil organization has finally obtained the legacy of the three-eyed family, a cell strengthening virus, and sent the mightiest weapon--Super Bolbocc--to Tokyo Bay. In the meantime, Sharaku is in Mexico still with a bandage on. If things don't change, Tokyo will be ruined.
It is the three-eyed girl Moegi who has been manipulating Super Bolbocc. Her true objective is to ruin the human race in order to protect all nature of the earth. Sharaku and Wato take up the challenge of a last battle with the firm belief in the future and values of human beings.