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Rainbow Parakeet


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  • "Rainbow Parakeet" is a criminal action Manga featuring a unique character: the parakeet is a genius actor whose specialty is mimicry, but he is also a thief. He accepts any role as a mimic, and performs it very well on the condition that the theater and the company overlook his stealing from the audience.
    A woman detective Senri Mariko follows him around in an attempt to arrest him, although she loves him. Then, Tamasaburo, a dog capable of performing as wonderfully as Rainbow Parakeet, joins the company.

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  • From March 20, 1981 to May 28, 1983
    Appeared serially in "Weekly Shonen Champion" (Akita Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd.)

    The story is based on a range of famous plays. "Rainbow Parakeet" is a work that only Tezuka Osamu, an authority on drama, could create. He developed the story to include bits and pieces of many famous plays ranging from Shakespeare to Kabuki. Since Tezuka Osamu was a big fan of movies as well as drama, he creatively borrowed many famous names from such plays and movies. For example, Lawrence Olivier and John Gielgud, who appear in the first episode "Hamlet," appear as famous movie stars in Japan rather than as actors of Shakespearian plays.


  • 1. Hamlet      March 20, 1981

    Two days before the opening of the play of "Hamlet," the popular actor who is going to play the leading part is away in the United States, where he has been arrested by the FBI on the charge of involvement in drug smuggling. Just when the parties concerned become all upset, one of the staff members hears about a talented actor who specializes in mimicry. He is the one who goes by the name of "Rainbow Parakeet." With his outstanding ability to disguise himself, his acting skill is as good as classic actors. Testing him for the role of Hamlet, the stage director is amazed at his performance. When the director pleads with him to substitute for the arrested actor, however, Parakeet whispers to him, "You don't need to pay me for acting, but I want you to allow me to steal precious metals from one person in the audience." His professional ability to steal is actually as exceptional as his acting skill. In the meantime, Senri Mariko, a police detective, is ordered to catch Rainbow Parakeet red-handed in the act of committing a theft. Although she is a strong-minded woman, she has a terrible allergy to birds. Will it be possible for her to catch the great thief Rainbow Parakeet?
    Guest Dr. Dokata / Dr. Kani    Kuwagata's guardman / Chikara Aritake    Target No.1 at the firing range / Marukubi Boon    Target No.2 at the firing range / Acetylene Lamp    Target No.3 at the firing range / Skunk Kusai

    2. The Lower Depths      April 3, 1981

    Kusumoto Isao is a prodigious actor who gives a marvelous performance in playing the role of Pepel, the character of a fallen actor in "The Lower Depths," which is a famous work by Gorky. Wishing to get closer to the character, Kusumoto leaves the theatrical company and starts living in a slum. He takes up his abode in a cheap apartment house where the residents are only the down-and-out. Among the residents, there is a man who pockets a cut of the money earned by other residents and changes all the money into jewels. At the command of this man, Kusumoto becomes an automobile accident faker. One day, Rainbow Parakeet hits a man by car. Seeing that the man is Kusumoto, who is that prodigious actor, Rainbow Parakeet manipulates the company into staging "Bottom" in the hope that it will help encourage Kusumoto to make a comeback. Rainbow Parakeet believes that the role of Pepel will kindle the passion of Kusumoto for acting once again.
    Guest Car accident faker / Ham Egg

    3. A Doll's House      April 10, 1981

    "A Doll's House" by Ibsen depicts the absence of love and understanding between a married couple and the process of a woman becoming independent. In the story, Nora, the wife, is an extravagant woman who has her own way like a child and her husband treats her as if she were only a doll.
    Now, Nora Benton is a talented actress who has been a hit in the part of Nora of "A Doll's House." In her actual life, however, she treats her husband, Jimmy, who is also a co-player on the stage, as if he were only her pet or doll. He pleads with her to treat him more like her husband, but she reproaches him, saying, "You, only a ham, don't you dare sauce me!" In the hope to remind Nora of the warmth she had in her school days, Jimmy contacts Rainbow Parakeet, asking him to play the role of "Jimmy" on the stage to overwhelm Nora with a magnificent performance. Rainbow Parakeet is happy to accept the request because he can be on the stage with the famous actress. On the closing day of "A Doll's House," Rainbow Parakeet overwhelms Nora, and the audience gives a storm of applause not to her but to Parakeet in the disguise of her husband. With her pride being hurt, she takes it out on Jimmy, and finally loses his love.
    Guest Harold / Butamo Makeru    Tezuka Osamu / Tezuka Osamu

    4. Shuzenji Story      April 17, 1981

    An old painter is suffering from a delusion. As long as 20 years ago, he was requested to paint a portrait of the then Prime Minister in one month. However many times he tried, there was always the shadow of death on the face of the Prime Minister in the portrait. Without being able to show the painting to the Prime Minister, he started all over again and again, and wasted the 20 years, the period which otherwise should have been the most fulfilling in his life as a painter. He has two daughters, and one of them has been hoping to make a large profit by selling her father's paintings. To that end, she thinks that it is necessary for him to come to his senses and stop being obsessed with the portrait of the Prime Minister who has been dead for ten years now. Her fiance, an art dealer, asks Rainbow Parakeet to play the role of the deceased Prime Minister and tell the painter that he does not want the portrait anymore. The request interests Rainbow Parakeet because it sounds exactly like "Shuzenji Story" written by Okamoto Kido. In the end of "Shuzenji Story," the old sculptor's daughter dies. What fates await the old painter and his daughters?
    Guest Fujita Tsugihagi / Higeoyaji    Prime Minister Hattori / Red    Kaede / Melmo

    5. Glass Menagerie      April 24, 1981

    Laura is a girl with a leg handicap who avoids contact with the world outside, shutting herself up in her room. Her mother gives her anything in blind love for her daughter, finding meaning in life by controlling her daughter's life in the name of love. Such is the story of the drama titled "The Glass Menagerie" written by Tennessee Williams. Rainbow Parakeet feels that the boy he tutors is also like a glass doll contained in a cage of love, like Laura in the drama. He gives his student an outline of the story of "The Glass Menagerie" and recommends that he go to see the play with his mother, believing that this one play will change the relationship between mother and son for the better.

    6. The Inspector-General      May 1, 1981

    A group of gangsters led by a suspicious woman capture Rainbow Parakeet, asking him to use his prodigious talent for acting and substitute for the man who is going to inherit a huge fortune. They say that the man has got burned too seriously to attend the meeting for the inheritance. Rainbow Parakeet accepts the request on the condition that he will receive one third of the fortune. Although the man's brother is only a boy yet, he is the only one who knows where the fortune is hidden. The boy says, "It's the money our father made in the war, dirty money which he got at the sacrifice of many people's lives. So we should use it all for those who died." Moved by his words, Rainbow Parakeet decides to outwit the gang by using the plot of the drama titled "The Inspector-General" by Gogol: here, a man disguised as a public prosecutor extorts money from the gang.
    Guest Matilda / Mrs. Hell    Bosco / Frankenstein    Jose Garcia / Marukubi Boon

    7. Telephone      May 15, 1981

    Rainbow Parakeet has just demonstrated his outstanding talent for acting on another stage. Having been moved by his performance, Toshiko, a high school girl, starts to follow him around, pleading with him to take her as his disciple. Giving in to her persistence, Rainbow Parakeet decides to evaluate her performance at her home on the condition that she should give up her hope to become his disciple unless she passes the test. When he makes her read "The Cherry Orchard" by Chekhov aloud, however, Toshiko gives a splendid performance. Rainbow Parakeet decides that she has the talent to become a good actress in the future if she is given proper training. But her parents are strongly against her going into show business. Thrown into despair by her parents trying to crush her dream, Toshiko jumps out of the window. As a result of this, she loses her eyesight. When she feels that her dream to become an actress has been shattered now, Rainbow Parakeet whispers to her: there are many roles that a blind actress can play; she should never have to give up all hope. He chooses the drama titled "Telephone" written by Menotti to help her to get over her distress. Her part is only to talk into the telephone, sitting in a chair, and Rainbow Parakeet takes the part of the person on the other end. The play ends in a great success, and when the curtain falls in thunderous applause, the curtain for Toshiko's new life has opened.
    Guest The face of Rainbow Parakeet / Hyotantsugi    Toshiko's father / Dr. Tenma    Medical doctor / Dr. Hanamaru    The nurse / Spider

    8. While Waiting for Godot      May 22, 1981

    Rainbow Parakeet takes shelter from the rain in front of a store where a woman-shaped robot is standing. It is named Olga and she keeps asking, "Where is Godot?" Parakeet learns that the owner of the robot is the owner of a coffee shop in the neighborhood. The robot was made for an exposition held in Kobe, and the coffee shop owner bought it and is now using it to promote his shop. Rainbow Parakeet gets interested in the robot that keeps asking on the street, "Where is Godot?" So he checks about Godot, and learns that he was the engineer who developed Olga, and that he is already dead. Without knowing of his death, Olga keeps waiting patiently for Godot as if he were her real father. Being reminded of the drama titled "Waiting for Godot" written by Beckett, Rainbow Parakeet decides to steal Olga to give her a better job than advertising a shop.
    Guest Olga / Olga ("Phoenix 2772" - The Movie)    The owner of the coffee shop "Kantera" / Dr. Fooler    What falls from the sky / Hyotantsugi

    9. Alto Heidelberg      May 29, 1981

    "Alto Heidelberg: Young Prince," which is a sad love story, is scheduled for staging at the foreign student graduation festival at International University. Right before the stage, however, the student who was supposed to play the part of the prince goes back to his home country because he has heard that a religious conflict has occurred, and that many people who belong to his denomination have been massacred. The student who is to play the part of the prince's lover is actually a princess of the same country, and the play has to be staged at any cost for a good memory of her school life. Those close to the princess put pressure on the Ministry of International Trade and Industry to find a substitute for the student who has gone home. Even though they know that he is actually a thief, the officials of the ministry decide that they have no other means than relying on the ability of Rainbow Parakeet. Seeing that there are Arab important figures in the audience, he accepts the request because he can steal their jewelry. During an intermission of the play on which he performs with the princess, however, he learns that a serious problem has occurred in the country of the princess: a coup d' etat has been carried out and the denomination opposing the royal family has come to power. The princess would be executed if she goes home now. Rainbow Parakeet tries to let her seek refuge in another country, but...
    Guest The face of Omar / Hyotantsugi

    10. Misunderstanding      June 5, 1981

    Rainbow Parakeet is caught in the rain with his car out of gas in the middle of night on the road near Mt. Aso far from town. He wanted to run away quickly because he had just stolen a diamond ring from someone among the audience of a play. Giving up driving, he decides to take a night's lodging at a guesthouse nearby. But he notices that the house has an uncanny atmosphere. It appears to be run by a weird old woman and a young woman, and an eerie voice like groaning can be heard from the basement. The situation reminds Rainbow Parakeet of the drama titled "Misunderstanding" written by Camus. In the drama, a mother and a daughter run a hotel, killing travelers to take their money and articles. Fearing that he will be killed as in the story of the drama, Rainbow Parakeet tries to escape from the house, but the milk served seems to have contained a sleeping drug, and he finds he cannot move his body. The situation develops into one more like the famous horror film titled "Psycho" by Hitchcock rather than Camus' drama.
    Guest A filthy creature / Hyotantsugi

    11. Peter Pan      June 12, 1981

    Police detective Senri receives an order to lie in ambush in the park where some drug smuggling gang members are to make a deal. The only way to deceive the gangsters is to be disguised as one of the actors in the play for children to be staged in the park. Detective Senri is obliged to take the leading part of "Peter Pan," but she detests dramas, and does not even know the story of "Peter Pan." Having no other choice, she asks Rainbow Parakeet to teach her acting. On the day the gangsters are supposed to make a deal, several police detectives take to the stage, disguising themselves in their respective parts of the play. Thanks to the guidance of Rainbow Parakeet who is disguised in Captain Hook, Detective Senri also receives applause from the children who are there to see the play. At that time, however, the gangsters start doing their business. Realizing that the police are trying to arrest them red-handed, the gangsters take the children hostage. The children cry, "Peter Pan, help!" Responding to the cry of the children, Detective Senri attacks the gangsters just like Peter Pan fighting against Captain Hook when he kidnaps children. The only difference from the play is that Captain Hook supports Peter Pan.
    Guest Senri's father / Police Inspector Geta    The leader of the smuggling gang / Monsieur Anpere    Gangster No.1 / Heck Ben    Gangster No.2 / Issen Hage    Gangster No.3 / Skunk Kusai    A subordinate of Senri / Odawara Chochin    A police detective / Chikara Aritake

    12. Virginia Wolf Is Not Scary      June 19, 1981

    In order to relieve the weariness of their married life, a couple without children pretend in front of their guests that they had children who have grown up but died. Such is the story of the drama titled "Virginia Wolf Is Not Scary" written by Allby. Rainbow Parakeet has been playing a part in the play staged in New York, and one night he hears on TV a critic disparaging his performance so badly that he gets angry. The critic actually speaks ill of any actor who does not bribe him. In order to teach him a lesson, Rainbow Parakeet disguises himself and visits the critic's house. He tells the critic about a wolf man, which does not even exist, making up a story to scare him to death.
    Guest Mr. Fooler / Dr. Fooler    Young Frankenstein / Frankenstein    The police detective / Mason

    13. Interval      June 26, 1981

    Rainbow Parakeet takes money from the yakuza, but as he carelessly throws away the bag that contained the money, the yakuza are chasing him persistently with dogs that can detect the smell of Rainbow Parakeet on the bag. When he is trying desperately to run away to a hideout, an unexpected rescuer arrives: it is a puppy with outstanding acting skill. He manages to throw the pursuer off the track thanks to the puppy, but he cannot bear the dog as it tries to stay with him. Having seen the puppy stealing the jewelry he was hiding, Rainbow Parakeet follows it in order to find out who is maneuvering the dog. Then he sees the dog go into a prefab on a construction site, and a gaunt old man lying in the house--a man who used to be a prominent figure in theater. The old man confides that he is obliged to live in this place to hide from debt collectors after he failed to successfully operate his own theatrical company, and having shouldered a large amount of debt. Knowing that he has but a few days to live, the old man asks Rainbow Parakeet to take care of the dog, Tamasaburo, to which he has taught the art of pantomime.

    14. Forest of Fossils      July 3, 1981

    Rainbow Parakeet gets caught by gangsters because he has stolen their money. Trying to make him confess where he has hidden the money, Asechi, the gang leader, takes Rainbow Parakeet to a cave in his own hometown. The cave is near the house of Suzuki, who is Asechi's close friend since elementary school. At around the same time, Suzuki is scolding his son, who says he wants to become a robot engineer. He shouts at his son, "You will become a politician!" Suzuki's son and daughter are fed up with the high-handed attitude of their father. There appears Asechi, lying that he is a member of the special investigation department of the police, but Suzuki's children know instantly that it's not true. Now that Suzuki and his children know what he is doing, Asechi takes them to the cave, threatening them with a gun, and tries to kill them there. In the cave, however, a mechanical doll that Suzuki's son has made, is hidden.
    Guest Asechi / Acetylene Lamp    A subordinate of Asechi / Kinsankaku    Suzuki / Magoo    Astro Boy / Astro Boy

    15. The Taming of the Shrew      July 10, 1981

    Rainbow Parakeet travels to a ranch in the mountains by train on a local line run in the red. Following him is Police Detective Senri, who has just escaped from Tokyo, where she was about to be formally introduced to a prospective marriage partner. Rainbow Parakeet sighs to know that he is being followed. He has been requested to check on the horse entrusted to the ranch. When he gets to the ranch, however, he is told that the horse has run away but comes back every night, calling his wife. Rainbow Parakeet and Senri follow the horse to see where he is going. What Parakeet and Senri find there is a dead body of a horse. Is it the ghost of a horse that has been coming back to his wife every night?
    Guest The waitress of the inn / Tetsu no Ossan    The ranch owner / Kelligan

    16. Story of Hikoichi      July 24, 1981

    Yame Nishiro, a dishonest politician, plans to stage a drama for children, gathering mothers and children of fatherless families. It is not for charity: he arranges to hand an envelope with a 10,000-yen note in it to each mother who comes to see the play, conspiring to make them promise to vote for him in the coming election. In short, he is trying to buy their votes. Knowing of the conspiracy, Rainbow Parakeet plans to pocket all the money to be distributed at the venue for the event. Setting himself up as the person to play the leading part of the folktale play to be staged, he steals the bundle of notes successfully. But the lesson taught in the story of the play is that the character called Hikoichi, who is a liar, loses everything after he has made money by deceiving people. Rainbow Parakeet is to learn the same lesson.
    Guest The businessman in the town / Noracura    The lord / Lord Hyoroku in Okesa

    17. Cyrano de Bergerac      July 31, 1981

    Kozuki, a drama critic who used to be an actor, strongly criticizes the stage of "Cyrano de Bergerac," the stage on which Rainbow Parakeet is substituting for the leading part. Nevertheless, Kozuki comes to see the play almost every day. Being unable to bear it any longer, Rainbow Parakeet asks him angrily, "Is my performance so bad?" Kozuki answers, "You are clever at mimicking, but you lack individuality." Parakeet says to him, "Then, let me see your performance," and persuades him into playing the part of Cyrano only once on the last day. Right before the play, however, Kozuki is hit by a car and injured seriously. Nevertheless, he sneaks out of the hospital to go on the stage, and demonstrates an overwhelmingly skillful performance in front of Rainbow Parakeet. There is real individuality in his performance. Knowing that he has been defeated for the first time, Rainbow Parakeet pleads with Kozuki to take him as his disciple, but...
    Guest Kozuki Mawashi / Saruta    The man selling Oden / Notaarin    Intern / Sasaki Kojiro    The theater owner / Kuttah    A patient in the hospital / Tezuka Osamu

    18. Bluebird      August 7, 1981

    A bright blue car runs away after hitting Sacchan, a little girl who lives next door to Detective Senri. Promising to take revenge for Sacchan, Senri forces Rainbow Parakeet to cooperate with her. The two of them finally find the car and chase it. The car seems to be a test car that an automaker has made as an experimental vehicle. Rainbow Parakeet and Senri finds out that the company has been developing a computer-controlled car. When its computer goes out of order, the blue car turns into a killer machine and attacks Detective Senri. In order to save Senri, Rainbow Parakeet makes a desperate effort to stop the wildly running car.
    Guest Senri's father / Police Inspector Geta    An old mechanic service man / Kelligan    A guest at the party / Tonanshapei    A guest at the party / Tetsu no Ossan    A group of customers at the night club / Hyotantsugi

    19. Legend of Satomi Hakken      September 4, 1981

    Tamasaburo falls in love with a dog on the street, but soon the dog gets captured in a roundup of ownerless dogs and taken to an animal center. Being worried about the dog he loves, Tamasaburo looks very restless. Sympathizing with Tamasaburo, Rainbow Parakeet decides to rescue the dog from the center by gathering homeless dogs to make them play the drama of "The Legend of Satomi Hakken," and steals the dog while they are performing it.
    Guest The face of a homeless dog / Hyotantsugi

    20. Ondine      September 11, 1981

    Rainbow Parakeet owns an isolated small island that he visits once in a while to practice acting or to relax by thinking of scenes depicted in dramas. One day, he comes to the island with Tamasaburo and finds a girl in the nude in his hideout where there should be nobody. She introduces herself as the water nymph Ondine. Looking at her plump body, Rainbow Parakeet laughs off her being a water nymph as ridiculous. The girl is serious, however, and says that she will get married to Rainbow Parakeet just like the first Ondine, who fell in love with a human and married him. As the story of Ondine, in which she falls in love with a human and that ends in tragedy, is only an imaginary one, Rainbow Parakeet does not believe her at all. On that day, a storm hits the island. Ondine says that it is being caused by the anger of her father, who is the king of water. As his house is about to be swallowed up by the waves of the storm, Rainbow Parakeet and Tamasaburo escape, but the girl refuses firmly to move from there. Coming back to his completely collapsed house, Rainbow Parakeet finds the girl dead under the debris of the house, and knows for the first time that she was truly a water nymph.
    Guest The face of Rainbow Parakeet / Hyotantsugi    Ondine's father / Poseidon

    21. Twelve Angry Men      September 18, 1981

    In a local city of the United States, an old woman is robbed of her purse that contained all of her possessions. She remembers the face of the robber vividly, and says that it was the son of Mr. Myway. Mr. Myway is an influential person in the town, and everyone appeals to him for the benefit of his financial power. The trial begins, complete with twelve jurors, and Rainbow Parakeet is one of them. When the jury hurries to reach a verdict of guilty or not guilty, Rainbow Parakeet is the only one who says that the son of Mr. Myway is guilty. Knowing that all the other jurors want to give him a verdict of not guilty because they are indebted to his father, Rainbow Parakeet dares to raise an objection. Unless every juror agrees to a verdict, they would not be released from their duty. The eleven other jurors blame him and say, "Do you want to give the son of Mr. Myway a guilty verdict?" The scene is exactly like that of the famous drama titled "Twelve angry men." In the drama, as a result of the fact that only one juror insists on the innocence of the defendant, the other jurors, who had been convinced of his guilt, begin to waver in their decision. Is it possible for Rainbow Parakeet to make 11 other jurors change their minds, as in the drama?
    Guest Chairman / Nolse Nuketol    Mr. Myway's son / Rock Home    The presiding judge / Butamo Makeru    One of the jurors / The mascot of "Mad," an American parody magazine

    22. The Devil's Disciple      September 25, 1981

    Don Carlo, a famous American actor, makes a request directly to Rainbow Parakeet. He gets excited to be able see the great actor who he admires so much, but Carlo's request is that Parakeet play the role of Don Carlo not only on stage but also in his private life. Although Parakeet tells him that this would be impossible, Carlo is persistent. He is obliged to accept the request in the end, but finds it strange that even Carlo's wife who comes to Japan with him does not notice the switch. Then Parakeet gets the information that Don Carlo is leading the anti-government militia in his native country. Knowing about the movement to assassinate him, Carlo may want Parakeet to be targeted in place of him. When he realizes it, however, the curtain of the stage has already been raised, and it is too late to cancel.
    Guest The face of Carlo / Hyotantsugi    Senri's subordinate / Odawara Chochin

    23. A Man Who Became a Stick      October 2, 1981

    A strange old bag follows Rainbow Parakeet about. However many times he puts it away, the uncanny bag never fails to come back to him. When he is really fed up with it, he is requested to play the role of a bag in the drama titled "The man who has become a stick" written by Abe Kobo. The part consists only of crouching on the stage. Rainbow Parakeet turns it down, saying that he does not want to do such a part. But the bag following him about begins to whisper to him: "Accept the part." He begins to understand that the bag is actually a medium that tells what he really wants to do at heart. Although he is reluctant, Rainbow Parakeet decides to accept the part. On the stage, however, he is to suffer the biggest disgrace of his life.
    Guest The man on the crosswalk / Kuttah    The manager of Haiyakuza / Lord Hyoroku of Okesa    Parakeet's real intention / Mamah

    24. Tartuffe      October 9, 1981

    A young lady of a rich family is crazy about a good-looking guy who loves dramas. She believes that he is an intellectual, thinking that he is well versed in drama. But Inoue, her driver, suspects secretly that the good-looking guy is actually a shameless impostor. In order to reveal the superficiality of the guy's knowledge, Inoue begins to study drama, and gets acquainted with Rainbow Parakeet. Disliking the man who seems to be cheating the young lady, Rainbow Parakeet tells Inoue to invite the lady and the guy to the play of "Tartuffe" written by Moliere. In the story, an impostor of a priest cheats a rich man out of his money.
    Guest Mori Komichi / Kisaragi Kei    The driver / Kenichi    A busybody at the airport / Notaarin

    25. Pygmalion      October 16, 1981

    A princess comes to Japan from Europe. Police Detective Senri receives the order to escort the princess, and her father tells her to acquire lady-like manners before she attends the princess. The person who gets appointed to the post of instructor to teach her manners is Otokodani Mamoru, who was once formally introduced to her as a candidate for her fiance. Mamoru teaches her the gestures, speech, and manners of the upper-class society from scratch. After her arrival in Japan, the princess goes to see the play of "Pygmalion." In the theater, however, someone who is attempting to assassinate the princess is hiding. Is it possible for Detective Senri, who has acquired perfectly lady-like manners, to guard the princess to the end?
    Guest Senri's father / Police Inspector Geta    Senri's subordinate / Odawara Chochin    Waiters in the coffee shop / Lamune and Calpis

    26. Monkey      October 23, 1981

    Tamasaburo is a big fan of Onoe Senjuro, a Kabuki actor who plays female roles. Noticing that Tamasaburo is looking at the actor on TV admiringly, Rainbow Parakeet decides to show him a real play, and take him to the Kabuki Theater. Before Rainbow Parakeet knows it, however, Tamasaburo slips out of the bag, and starts dancing in the aisle, mimicking Senjuro and making the audience burst out laughing. As a result, Senjuro sues Rainbow Parakeet as the owner of the dog for obstruction of business and defamation of character, demanding more than 500 million yen in damages. Senjuro orders Rainbow Parakeet to kill the dog if he cannot pay the money. Rainbow Parakeet is obliged to entrust the life of Tamasaburo to the hands of Senjuro...

    27. The Forest is Alive      October 30, 1981

    The children's theatrical company's stage of "The Forest is Alive," a heart warming musical, is about to be spoilt by the stupid son of the sponsoring company's chairman. The son is trying to change the musical into something like an avant-garde drama or a strip show. Being unable to stand it, the actors quit one after another. As the stage director has already received a large amount of contract money, however, he cannot cancel the play. He is obliged to ask Rainbow Parakeet to substitute for the leading actor who has left. Rainbow Parakeet advises the director to stage the drama exactly as told by the son so that the sponsoring company's chairman can see what is going on with his own eyes. Seeing that the play they have thrown a lot of money into has turned into a disgraceful thing, the father of the stupid son is flabbergasted.
    Guest The sponsor of the children theatrical company / Satan

    28. Death of a Salesman      November 6, 1981

    Rainbow Parakeet is again tormented by "his real intentions" which are known only to him. They make him fluff his lines on the stages so often that he becomes unemployed. The doctor he consults tells him that his self has begun to be split because he plays individuals other than himself all the time, and prescribes a medicine. Then an old friend asks Rainbow Parakeet if he wants to substitute for the leading part in "The Death of a Salesman." The story of the drama is that a man, who used to be an able salesman, loses his job after bad performance, and kills himself in a bout of insanity. It is just the part for the current Rainbow Parakeet to play. He goes on the stage, hoping to recover his former self.
    Guest Rainbow Parakeet's real intentions: Mamah    Theater staff No.1 / Ossan    Theater staff No.2 / Lamune    Mental pictures of Rainbow Parakeet / Hyotantsugi

    29. The Three-penny Opera      November 13, 1981

    Momozumi, a delinquent high school boy, and Chika, his classmate, are in love with each other. Momozumi is maneuvering to stage a drama at the school festival for Chika who aspires to become an actress, and asks Rainbow Parakeet to direct. Although he turns down the request, thinking that assisting a drama played by students is silly, he gets interested in the relationship between Momozumi and Chika because it is just like that of the lovers in the drama titled "The Three-penny Opera" written by Brecht. In the drama, the parents of a girl who has fallen in love with a thief inform the chief police inspector about the thief in an effort to make their daughter come to her senses, and as a result the thief gets caught and sentenced to death. As in the drama, Chika's parents object to the relationship between their daughter and Momozumi, and the boy gets kicked out of the school. Rainbow Parakeet decides to lend the two young lovers a helping hand for the sake of their genuine love.
    Guest A customer at the bar / Tezuka Osamu    Chika's mother - Ishikawa Jun / Ishikawa Jun    The principal of the high school - Ajima Shideo / Azuma Hideo    The teacher / Tonanshapei

    30. Princess Media      November 20, 1981

    A famous actor gets burned to death in Paris in his dressing room. It appears to be a murder case. While the Paris Metropolitan Police Department starts investigating, "Media," the play being run, must be continued. The drama depicts the story of a woman seeking a hateful vengeance on the man who has betrayed her. The husband of the dead actor's daughter is supposed to substitute for his father-in-law. Being aware of his own poor acting skill, however, he knows that it is impossible for him to play in place of such a great actor. Then Rainbow Parakeet proposes to substitute for him. As soon as he disguises himself as the husband of the actor's daughter, however, a gang of suspicious Arabs starts trying to kill him. It appears that an ex-girl friend of the husband is behind them, conspiring on behalf of her to take revenge on him for his betrayal. Rainbow Parakeet tries desperately to escape from the gang chasing him so tenaciously, but a marvelous unexpected twist is waiting at the end.
    Guest Someone in the audience at the theater / Tezuka Osamu    Police Inspector Eroica / Police Detective Kumona

    31. Rhino      December 11, 1981

    Tamasaburo is a puppy that is a prodigious pantomime artist, but Rainbow Parakeet is at a loss as to what to do about his habit of heavy drinking. When he is walking Tamasaburo with drowsy drunken eyes one day, several men come to take pictures of Tamasaburo. They work for a company that develops novelties, and they plan to develop an eye makeup product for pets suggested by the sleepy sidelong glance of Tamasaburo. The product is named "A Cat with a Flirtatious Glance," and becomes a great hit on the market, creating many cats walking with sidelong glances in town. The boom of the sidelong-glance eye makeup goes beyond cats to other animals and even people. Rainbow Parakeet sighs at people being taken by such a foolish thing, being reminded of the drama titled "Rhino" written by Iyonesco, which makes fun of the insanity called a "boom."
    Guest The stage director of the theatrical company / Eizo    A child in the supermarket / Pinoco

    32. R/U/R      December 18, 1981

    Rainbow Parakeet is chased by the police because he has stolen a diamond. Trying to hide the diamond, he sneaks into the storage room of a puppet show troupe on the way. He hides the diamond inside a puppet that would never be used. When he comes back to the room on a later day, however, the puppet is just about to be burned. Rainbow Parakeet hurries to ask the old puppeteer to sell it to him, but he says, "I would never give it to anyone unless he loves the puppet." Rainbow Parakeet shows him "R/U/R," a Czech satirical drama, using the worn-out puppet. In the drama, robots rebel against humans who have been exploiting them, changing places in the end to rule humans. Moved by his skillful way of working the puppet, the old man decides to give it to Rainbow Parakeet. When Rainbow Parakeet is delighted that he can get the diamond back, however, the worn-out puppet demonstrates unexpected power, rising in revolt against "being a mere puppet to be exploited by humans."
    Guest The leader of the puppet show troupe / Kuttah    The old puppeteer / Higeoyaji    Senri's subordinate / Odawara Chochin    A police detective / Chikara Aritake    Rainbow Parakeet's real intentions / Mamah

    33. A Marriage Proposal      January 1, 1982

    While Police Detective Senri keeps watching Rainbow Parakeet every day, waiting for a chance to arrest him, she receives requests at the same time from both the Unites States and the Soviet Union to become an instructor of female police officers of their countries. But Senri is so tenacious in her purpose to capture Rainbow Parakeet that she has no intention to go abroad whether it be the United States or the Soviet Union. As she is ordered directly by the Prime Minister, however, she cannot flatly decline the requests either. Feeling at a loss as to what to do, Senri bears the shame to ask Rainbow Parakeet himself for help. Having a soft spot for her, he suggests her to borrow an idea from the drama titled "A Marriage Proposal" written by Chekhov. In the drama, a little quarrel between a young man proposing marriage and the young woman he proposed to develops into a big fight. Rainbow Parakeet advises her that in the same way as in the drama Senri can make both the United States and the Soviet Union angry with her so that they will cancel their requests. Following his advice, Senri tries to enrage the diplomats of the United States and the Soviet Union.
    Guest Senri's father / Police Inspector Geta    Senri's subordinate / Odawara Chochin    Mizubukureitch Debucchov / Debun    Geralmin - FBI Far East Division Chief / Geralmin

    34. We Are Not Angels      January 8, 1982

    Gangsters are planning to steal famous paintings by Cezanne and Gogh owned by a local art museum. To that end, they have to dig a tunnel under the museum. Having decided to dig from the backyard of a house below the museum, they kidnap the owner of the house and contact Rainbow Parakeet to ask him to set himself up as the owner until the tunnel is completed. Rainbow Parakeet accepts the requests on the condition that he be paid a large amount of money. When the little girl of the house comes home, however, she penetrates his disguise instantly. But as she is happy with his nice attitude toward her, she takes to him, knowing that he is not her father. As Rainbow Parakeet and the gang keep company with the innocent girl, they come to sincerely wish for her happiness. Yes, it is just like the same state of mind of the three gangsters in the famous drama titled "We are not angels."
    Guest Lamp / Acetylene Lamp    Dojiemon / Dojiemon    The mayor of the town / Eizo

    35. The Merchant of Venice      January 15, 1982

    Tamasaburo notices an advertisement in front of a restaurant, which says, "Get 100,000 yen for eating a jumbo steak!" He decides to try, but the steak comes with a huge amount of mashed potatoes and salad. It is obviously impossible to eat it all. Being unable to finish the meal, Tamasaburo is told to pay 21,000 yen, and threatened that he will be sent to a safari park to be eaten by lions unless he can pay it. Learning about the threat, Rainbow Parakeet decides to borrow an idea from the story of "The Merchant of Venice" in order to teach a lesson to the restaurant owner. In the story, a greedy moneylender, Shylock, demands the borrower a pound of flesh from his body in place of the debt, but the judge talks him down with his wit in the end. Using the same wit, Rainbow Parakeet beats the restaurant owner and saves Tamasaburo.
    Guest Shylock / Duke of Red

    36. Chushingura      January 22, 1982

    One day, a group of cats come and stand in front of Rainbow Parakeet, and he gets robbed of his oval gold coins and killed. Despite his vow to take revenge on the enemies, Tamasaburo drinks and plays around as if he has forgotten the obligation to his master. It is just a fake to throw his enemies off guard, however. When they are completely unprepared, Tamasaburo carries out his revenge in one stroke. --- Such is the story of the play script Rainbow Parakeet is handed. He gets angry that his part is so short. Even considering that it has been revised for a child audience, he is not happy to give up the leading part to Tamasaburo. After he has declined the part, however, he learns that the play is going to be staged on a luxury liner. He greatly regrets for having turned it down because he would have been able to give full play to his talent in theft.
    Guest The waiter in the coffee shop / Lamune and Calpis    Theatrical troupe official No.1 / Tonanshapei    Theatrical troupe official No.2 / Lord Nylon

    37. Interval      January 29, 1982

    Rainbow Parakeet steals money from the political funds of a dishonest politician. As a result, however, the politician's secretary is going to commit suicide. Although his instincts tell him, "You don't really want to give the money back," Rainbow Parakeet heads to rescue the secretary.
    Guest Rainbow Parakeet's real intentions / Mamah

    38. The Bell of Colnevel      February 5, 1982

    Rainbow Parakeet is requested to come to an old castle to play the role of a ghost haunting it. The castle has a lot of old armor and art objects, and many fellows are waiting for a chance to steal them. The role of Rainbow Parakeet is to dispel such thieves, being disguised as a ghost. Although he is reluctant first, he accepts the request, being offered a reward of a million yen per month. When Rainbow Parakeet is suspecting that there should be some secret and unimaginable treasures hidden in the castle, an enigmatic old man who knows the secret of the castle appears in front of him.
    Guest The caretaker of the castle / Magoo

    39. A Cure for Love Sickness      February 12, 1982

    Detective Senri visits her alma mater after a long time. It is not for a class reunion, however. She plans to order a tough female student at the school to be on the watch at the theater where Rainbow Parakeet is to commit theft. Senri asks Mozuku, the leader of a student gang, for her cooperation, but Mozuku does not like the high-handed manners of Senri. The defiant attitude of Mozuku reminds Senri of herself when she was in school. The two of them go on a watch at the theater where Rainbow Parakeet is on stage, substituting for someone else. He is keeping the gorgeous diamond necklace of Mrs. Billionaire. Around her, however, professional killers are placed to guard her. Knowing that the life of Rainbow Parakeet will be endangered if he attempts to steal the diamond, Senri tries hard to prevent his crime. Meanwhile, Mozuku falls in love with Rainbow Parakeet at first sight. He says that there is no fulfillment in life without something to live for. These words of his are deeply engraved on her mind.
    Guest The creature which makes fun of Rainbow Parakeet / Lololulu    The receptionist of the theater / Nonki Megane    Senri's subordinate / Odawara Chochin

    40. Salome      March 5, 1982

    Mrs. Saint-Germain is involved an airplane accident. At her death she confides that the fox she has kept as a pet knows where her fortune of 50 million francs is hidden. Having heard about it, Rainbow Parakeet makes Tamasaburo follow the smell of the fox, and now he is standing on the shore of Normandy, France. The fox appears to have run into a booth that sells souvenirs. When Rainbow Parakeet goes into the booth, however, a greedy family that has already caught the fox ties him with rope. They are thinking about killing Tamasaburo when a priest appears to preach to them that they must not kill for the sake of a small desire, quoting a line from "Salome," a drama written by Oscar Wild. Bowing their heads low to the words of the priest, the family entrusts the fox to him. Needless to say, the priest is Rainbow Parakeet in disguise.
    Guest The fox / Kuromimi-chan

    41. A Streetcar Named Desire      March 12, 1982

    Rainbow Parakeet travels in the blue train called "Desire," sitting next to a boy holding a trunk that he says contains 30 million yen. The boy says that he is going to the concert of a popular singer, and that he wants to be a disciple of the singer. Rainbow Parakeet accidentally finds out that what is actually in the boy's suitcase is not bundles of money but scrapbooks of clippings and photographs of the popular singer. That his talent for singing has been given recognition seems to be a lie, and he is apparently only a runaway boy. Rainbow Parakeet has actually signed a contract to substitute for the singer to play a part in the drama to be staged in the second part of his show. Now Rainbow Parakeet has another purpose: he needs to send the boy back to his home.

    42. The Six Characters Who Look for the Author      March 19, 1982

    During the performance on stage, Rainbow Parakeet suddenly feels his both arms paralyzed, because of which the play results in a disastrous failure. He is depressed by the trouble, but more shocking to him is the fact that his arms have been paralyzed. His doctor diagnoses his condition as psychosomatic disease, saying that heavy mental stress is causing the paralysis. In an effort to find the cause of the disease, his doctor tries to give him hypnotherapy, but Rainbow Parakeet knows that nothing would be found in the past that would suggest the cause since he is only a character in the Manga titled "Rainbow Parakeet." Deciding therefore that it will be the quickest to ask the author why he has made him ill, Rainbow Parakeet under hypnosis goes to see Tezuka Osamu.
    Guest A member of the audience at the theater / Police Inspector Tawashi    Psychiatrist / Decone    The author / Tezuka Osamu

    43. Othello      March 26, 1982

    There is a mysterious island at the extremity of Polynesia. It is filled with rare animals and plants that inhabit only that island. Borokeere, an accomplished dancer from the island, is making news, having demonstrated his masterful performance on stage in New York and Paris. Rainbow Parakeet has also been moved by his expressive dancing, and leaves for the island in the hope of receiving lessons from him. On the ship to the island, however, there are gangsters, who know that the island has a plant from which a drug can be extracted. They approach Borokeere, trying to learn how to grow the drug plant. Knowing of their conspiracy, Rainbow Parakeet tries to guard Mr. and Mrs. Borokeere against the gang. But...

    44. Eleven Cats      April 2, 1982

    In the third year of the Mansei Period, the Enshin Temple in the mountains covered with deep snow was burned under the accusation that the temple was plotting to revolt against the feudal lord. The war funds kept in the temple for the planned uprising were hidden in a wood block and thrown into the mountains, being narrowly saved from the fire. Knowing this historic fact, Rainbow Parakeet comes to the village in the mountains, conspiring to find the wood block and pocket the money. The residents of the village are very cautious, however, and refuse to talk to strangers. A new teacher at the elementary school, who has come outside the village, is also feeling at a loss because his students will not talk to him. Rainbow Parakeet happens to be at the school when the teacher is trying to make them play roles in a drama in an effort to have a chance to talk with them. Hearing a little rumor that one of the children knows where the wood block is hidden, Rainbow Parakeet agrees to teach acting in hopes of getting the information about it. As it turns out, however, the new teacher is conspiring in the same way as Rainbow Parakeet. The teacher forces the children to go into the mountain in a snowstorm.
    Guest The official who burns the temple / Satan    The face of the chief priest / Hyotantsugi    The village doctor / The Lord (from the 7th episode "Hyoroku of Okesa" of "Metamorphose")

    45. Detective (Sleuth)      April 16, 1982

    46. The Final Act      May 21, 1982

    Having discovered the hideout of Rainbow Parakeet, Police Detective Senri enters the basement of the house where she finds his memoirs. --- In spite of his recognized talent for acting, his father, a businessman, did not understand his aspirations. Also, his father objected to his relationship with his first girlfriend because she was a daughter of the journalist who accused the father of corruption. Furthermore, the father is suspected to have attempted to kill the entire family of the journalist, causing the daughter to become a vegetable. Despairing of the future relationship with his own father, Rainbow Parakeet went to the United States where he set out on a wandering journey. One day, when he was almost dying from starvation, a clown saved him. It was from this clown that Rainbow Parakeet learned the ABCs of the art of acting for the first time. He came to know the pleasure of the life on stage when he began to perform with the clown. But there was just one reason for the clown to keep acting: it was for his revenge on the man who ordered him to massacre the residents of one village during the Vietnam War. --- As she keeps reading the memoirs of Rainbow Parakeet, Detective Senri discovers a surprising bond between herself and him. It is a shocking fact that would change their relationship completely. Rainbow Parakeet is now about to mount the stage to carry out the final revenge on the man who has ruined his future.
    Guest Rainbow Parakeet's stepmother / Mrs. Hell    Rainbow Parakeet's father, Kuwagata's subordinate / Tonanshapei    The housekeeper of the Kuwagata family / Mittsun    The detective in New York / Police Inspector Tawashi    A passerby / Ham Egg    Officers of the customs / Lamune and Calpis    The psychiatrist / Dr. Fooler    Senri's father (only in back view) / Police Inspector Geta

    47. The Adventures of Tamasaburo      June 4, 1982

    Tamasaburo is floating down a river without Rainbow Parakeet. With the close of the final performance of Rainbow Parakeet, Tamasaburo may have become independent from his owner, searching for his own stage. This is the story of Tamasaburo's wandering journey and the checkered adventures he goes through until he finally gets married to his dearest female dog (a popular TV star). The love story of a stray dog and a well-bred female dog, the story that is reminiscent of "Lady and the Tramp," develops into an unprecedented adventure in which they accomplish the brilliant feat of helping animals escape from an isolated island where a hydrogen-bomb experiment is to be carried out.
    Guest A janitor / Nolse Nuketole    Commentator on the scenes / Hyotantsugi    A worker at the site where stray dogs are killed / Tetsu no Ossan    The two people on the balloon / Lamune and Calpis    The captain of the luxury liner / Butamo Makeru



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