Bow
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First tankōbon volume cover
バウ
(Bau)
GenreComedy[1][2]
Manga
Written byTerry Yamamoto
Published byShogakukan
MagazineBig Comic Superior
DemographicSeinen
Original run19922000
Volumes11
Anime television series
Heisei Inu Monogatari Bow
Directed byTakeshi Kaga
Music byToshiyuki Watanabe
StudioNippon Animation
Original networkTV Asahi
Original run October 14, 1993 September 22, 1994
Episodes40 (80 segments)
Game
Heisei Inu Monogatari Bow Pop'n Smash!!
PublisherTakara
PlatformSuper Famicom
ReleasedApril 28, 1994
Anime film
Heisei Inu Monogatari Bow Genshi Inu Monogatari Bow
Directed byTakeshi Kaga
StudioNippon Animation
ReleasedAugust 20, 1994
Runtime22 minutes

Bow (Japanese: バウ, Hepburn: Bau), also known as Bow Wow, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Terry Yamamoto [ja]. It was serialized in Shogakukan's seinen manga magazine Big Comic Superior from 1992 to 2000, with its chapters collected in eleven tankōbon volumes. A forty-episode anime television series adaptation by Nippon Animation was broadcast on TV Asahi from 1993 to 1994; a short film was also released in 1994.

Synopsis

The series follows Bow, a bull terrier that, starting out as a stray dog, lounges in with a struggling manga artist for a while before being adopted by Sayaka, a third grader and the daughter of a yakuza family. Initially the father is unwilling to take the dog in, especially as he is extremely accident-prone, but changes his mind after Bow saves the life of his gang's boss.

The rest of the story follows Bow's mishaps with Sayaka, her family (particularly her father, who shares an antagonistic relationship with him) and pets, along with the rest of the neighborhood.

Media

Manga

Written and illustrated by Terry Yamamoto [ja], Bow was serialized in Shogakukan's seinen manga magazine Big Comic Superior from 1992 to 2000.[3] Shogakukan collected its chapters in eleven tankōbon volumes, released from March 30, 1993, to March 30, 2000.[4]

Anime

A forty-episode anime television series (containing two segments each), titled Heisei Inu Monogatari Bow (平成イヌ物語バウ, Heisei Inu Monogatari Bau, "Modern Dog Tales Bow"), was broadcast on TV Asahi from October 14, 1993, to September 22, 1994.[5][6] Lindberg performed the first opening theme song, "Daikirai!" (大キライ!), and the ending theme "Futarikiri de Ikōyo" (二人きりで行こうよ); the second ending theme is "Nengara Noutenki" (年がらノー天気) by Ed Yamaguchi and Bow.[7]

A 22-minute film, titled Heisei Inu Monogatari Bow: Genshi Inu Monogatari Bow (平成イヌ物語バウ 原始イヌ物語バウ, Heisei Inu Monogatari Bau Genshi Inu Monogatari Bau) was released on August 20, 1994.[8]

Video game

A video game developed by Takara, titled Heisei Inu Monogatari Bow Pop'n Smash!! (平成イヌ物語バウ ポップンスマッシュ!!, Heisei Inu Monogatari Bau Poppun Sumasshu!!) was release for the Super Famicom on April 28, 1994.[9]

References

  1. ^ "Bow". Nippon Animation. Archived from the original on May 29, 2004. Retrieved April 13, 2022.
  2. ^ Schodt, Frederik L. (1999). Dreamland Japan. Stone Bridge Press. p. 99. ISBN 978-1-880656-23-5. Retrieved April 13, 2022. a comedy titled Bow by Terry Yamamoto, featuring a silly dog reminiscent of the Budweiser mascot of a few years back.
  3. ^ "Bow by Terry Yamamoto". Mangajin. No. 65. Mangajin, Inc. 1997. p. 69.
  4. ^ バウ 11件中1~11件. s-book.com (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Archived from the original on September 4, 2003. Retrieved April 13, 2022.
  5. ^ Clements, Jonathan; McCarthy, Helen (2012). The Anime Encyclopedia. Stone Bridge Press. p. 422. ISBN 9781611725155. Retrieved November 11, 2014.
  6. ^ 平成イヌ物語 バウ. Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. April 13, 2022. Archived from the original on April 13, 2022. Retrieved April 13, 2022.
  7. ^ 平成イヌ物語 バウ (in Japanese). Nippon Animation. Archived from the original on April 15, 2021. Retrieved April 13, 2022.
  8. ^ 平成イヌ物語バウ. Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Archived from the original on April 13, 2022. Retrieved April 13, 2022.
  9. ^ 平成イヌ物語バウ ポップンスマッシュ!!. Famitsu (in Japanese). Retrieved April 13, 2022.