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Princess Comet
PrincessCometMangaCover.jpg
Cover of the Original Manga Adaptation serialized in Margaret
コメットさん
(Kometto-san)
GenreMagical girl
Manga
Written byMitsuteru Yokoyama
Published byShueisha
MagazineMargaret
DemographicShōjo
Original runJune 10, 1967November 11, 1967
Television drama
Princess Comet: Yumiko Kokonoe
Directed byMitsuteru Yokoyama
Ōtsuki Yoshikazu
Music byJoji Yuasa
Masashi Tashiro
Original networkTokyo Broadcasting System
Original run July 3, 1967 December 30, 1968
Episodes79
Television drama
Princess Comet: Kumiko Ohba
Directed byNoriaki Yuasa
Yoshiharu Tomita
Music byMasaaki Hirao
Hiroaki Hagiwara
Original networkTokyo Broadcasting System
Original run June 12, 1978 September 24, 1979
Episodes68
Anime television series
Cosmic Baton Girl Princess Comet
Directed byMamoru Kanbe
Written byAkira Okeya
Music byMoka
StudioNippon Animation
SynergySP
Original networkTV Osaka
TV Tokyo
Animax
Original run April 1, 2001 January 27, 2002
Episodes43

Princess Comet (コメットさん, Kometto-san) is a Japanese TV drama and manga series created and illustrated by Mitsuteru Yokoyama, the creator of Tetsujin 28-go and Giant Robo. The TV drama tells the story of Comet, one of the princesses of the Triangle Nebula who came to Earth in search for the missing prince. The manga is first serialized in Shueisha's monthly Margaret magazine from July to November 1967, marking as one of Japan's first Magical girl series produced.

Plot

The story revolves around Princess Comet, a twelve-year-old girl who is also the princess of the Harmonica Star country of the Triangle Nebula. She was meant to meet the prince of the Tambourine Star country at a ball, but the prince ran away to Earth instead. As it turned out, Comet is sent to Earth to find him, though she has no idea what he looks like. "He will be known by the twinkling in his eyes" is the only clue she was given to the prince's identity. Once she travels to Earth, Comet falls in love with the people she meets there as well as the planet itself, quickly becoming attached to life on Earth. Meanwhile, Princess Meteor learns of Comet's plans to find and marry the prince, so she arrives on Earth in search of the prince, planning to marry him before Comet gets the chance. Both princesses are sent to Earth along with a companion. Comet's companion is a little puppy with a star at the end of his tail named Rubba Ball (ラバボウ, Rababou). Meteor's companion is a round, purple bird named Mook (ムウク, Muuku).

Unbeknownst to Comet, her Aunt Spica also lives on Earth and had visited Earth before, deciding to stay there and get married herself. Aunt Spica's pet is Rabapyon (ラバピョン), a white rabbit with a tiny heart on her tail. The main plot is Comet's tale about her journey to Earth, the people she meets, and her journey to find the prince.

The series is set in Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan.

Characters

Media

TV Drama

The original Japanese live-action drama was broadcast by Tokyo Broadcasting System in two seasons. The first season aired from July 3, 1967, to December 30, 1968, with a total of 79 episodes. The second season aired from June 12, 1978, to September 24, 1979, with a total of 68 episodes. Both seasons were dubbed into Spanish and broadcast within Mexico, Venezuela, Costa Rica and other Spanish-speaking countries, first season in the 1970s and second season in the 2000s.

Additionally, two actresses (Yumiko Kokonoe and Kumiko Ohba) from the dramas appear in the later anime versions. Bundled with the anime version, the TV drama provides various modules of daily life-related scenarios for the audience, especially the fans of the two actresses that played the main character.

Manga

The Manga adaptation was serialized in Shueisha's monthly Margaret from July to November 1967, illustrated by Mitsuteru Yokoyama.[1]

Anime

An anime adaptation of the drama series titled Cosmic Baton Girl Princess Comet (Cosmic Baton Girl コメットさん☆, Cosmic Baton Girl Kometto-san) was animated by Nippon Animation, directed by Mamoru Kanbe of Cardcaptor Sakura and written by Akira Okeya of Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team. Character designs were done by Kazuaki Makida, who later contributed to the characters designs of Mermaid Melody: Pichi Pichi Pitch. The series premiered on TV Osaka and TV Tokyo from April 1, 2001, to January 27, 2002, with a total of 43 episodes. It was also later aired by Animax, which translated and dubbed the series into English and other languages for broadcast across its network in Hong Kong, Taiwan, South and Southeast Asia. The Anime adapts both the live-action dramas closely with close involvement with Yokoyama himself in redesigning the characters and including new concepts.

The anime has four theme songs. The first opening song is titled Smile For You (君にスマイル, Kimi ni sumairu) by Nayu Nibori and the second is Miracle Power ~Stardust Version~ (ミラクルパワー 〜スターダスト・バージョン〜, Mirakuru pawā 〜 sutādasuto bājon 〜) by Shizuka Nakayama. The first ending theme is titled Twinkle☆Star (トゥインクル☆スター, Touinkuru ☆ sutā) by Saeko Chiba and the second ending titled Parade of Stars☆ (星のパレード☆, Hoshi no parēdo☆) by Sayuri Tanaka.[2] The music is composed by Moka, who later composed the soundtrack of Elfen Lied.

Episode list

Cosmic Baton Girl Comet-san runs 24 minutes per episode and has 43 episodes.[3]

# Title Original air date
1"The One Who Carries the Shining of the Stars"
"Hoshi no kagayaki o motsu mono" (星の輝きを持つ者)
April 1, 2001 (2001-04-01)
2"New House"
"Atarashii ie" (新しい家)
April 8, 2001 (2001-04-08)
3"Tunnel of Stars"
"Hoshi no ton'neru" (星のトンネル)
April 15, 2001 (2001-04-15)
4"Exciting Zoo Trip"
"Wakuwaku dōbutsu-en" (わくわく動物園)
April 22, 2001 (2001-04-22)
5"Slow and Steady Kingdom-Making"
"Yukkuri ōkoku-zukuri" (ゆっくり王国づくり)
April 29, 2001 (2001-04-29)
6"Something to Put in the Store"
"O mise ni oku mono" (お店に置くもの)
May 6, 2001 (2001-05-06)
7"Faeries Living in Radiance"
"Kirakira ni sumu yōsei" (キラキラにすむ妖精)
May 13, 2001 (2001-05-13)
8"Wonderful Dress-Making"
"Sutekina doresu-zukuri" (素敵なドレスづくり)
May 20, 2001 (2001-05-20)
9"Cradle of Clouds"
"Kumo no yuri kago" (雲のゆりかご)
May 27, 2001 (2001-05-27)
10"First Affection"
"Hajimete no suki" (はじめての好き)
June 3, 2001 (2001-06-03)
11"The Power of the Baton"
"Baton no chikara" (バトンの力)
June 9, 2001 (2001-06-09)
12"Rababou's Kidnapping Incident"
"Rababō yuu kai jiken" (ラバボー ゆうかい事件)
June 17, 2001 (2001-06-17)
13"Night of the Sewing People"
"Nuibito-tachi no yoru" (ヌイビトたちの夜)
June 24, 2001 (2001-06-24)
14"The Star-Worlds' Tanabata Legend"
"Hoshi-koku no tanabata densetsu" (星国の七夕伝説)
July 1, 2001 (2001-07-01)
15"The Shadow-Person's Challenge"
"Kagebito no chōsen" (カゲビトの挑戦)
July 8, 2001 (2001-07-08)
16"Let's Search for the Palace of the Dragon King"
"Ryū Miyagi o sagasou" (竜宮城を探そう)
July 15, 2001 (2001-07-15)
17"Meteo-san's Tears"
"Meteo-san no namida" (メテオさんの涙)
July 22, 2001 (2001-07-22)
18"The Fighting Robot"
"Tatakau robo" (戦うロボ)
July 29, 2001 (2001-07-29)
19"Another Comet"
"Mō ichi-nin no Kometto" (もう一人のコメット)
August 5, 2001 (2001-08-05)
20"Rabapyon's Kiss"
"Rabapyon no kisu" (ラバピョンのキス)
August 12, 2001 (2001-08-12)
21"The Magical Power of Love"
"Mirakuru koi-ryoku" (ミラクル恋力)
August 19, 2001 (2001-08-19)
22"Rubbabou's desperation"
"Zetsubō no Rababō" (ゼツボーのラバボー)
August 26, 2001 (2001-08-26)
23"Glow of Higenoshita"
"Higenoshita no kagayaki" (ヒゲノシタの輝き)
September 2, 2001 (2001-09-02)
24"The Siblings from Tambourine Star Country"
"Tanbarin-boshi-koku no ane otōto" (タンバリン星国の姉弟)
September 9, 2001 (2001-09-09)
25"The Forgotten Brilliance"
"Wasure chatta kagayaki" (忘れちゃった輝き)
September 16, 2001 (2001-09-16)
26"Please give me Star Power"
"Hoshi-ryoku o kudasai" (星力をください)
August 23, 2001 (2001-08-23)
27"Can I help"
"Kēsuke no yume no mi" (ケースケの夢の実)
September 30, 2001 (2001-09-30)
28"Otetsudai dekiru koto" (お手伝いできること)October 7, 2001 (2001-10-07)
29"The Storm of Castanet"
"Kasutanetto-boshi-koku no arashi" (カスタネット星国の嵐)
October 14, 2001 (2001-10-14)
30"Clay-playing with Star Power"
"Hoshi-ryoku de nendo asobi" (星力で粘土あそび)
October 21, 2001 (2001-10-21)
31"There are many Manebito-san"
"Manebito-san ga ippai" (マネビトさんがいっぱい)
October 28, 2001 (2001-10-28)
32"Nokoshitao-bake arrives"
"Nokoshitaobake ga yattekuru" (ノコシタオバケがやってくる)
November 4, 2001 (2001-11-04)
33"Like a Princess at times"
"Tokiniwa ōjo no yō ni" (時には王女のように)
November 11, 2001 (2001-11-11)
34"Rubberbau's in court!"
"Hoshi no kizuna" (星の絆)
November 18, 2001 (2001-11-18)
35"The Snow Dance"
"Yuki no dansu" (雪のダンス)
November 25, 2001 (2001-11-25)
36"The Dance of Snow (Dansu no Yuki)"
"Min'na no ōji-sama" (みんなの王子さま)
December 2, 2001 (2001-12-02)
37"The Mischevious Cupid"
"Itazura Kyūpito" (いたずらキューピト)
December 9, 2001 (2001-12-09)
38"Misfortune of Feelings"
"Kimochi no sainan" (キモチの災難)
December 16, 2001 (2001-12-16)
39"The Christmas Starman"
"Santabito ni naritai" (サンタビトになりたい)
December 23, 2001 (2001-12-23)
40"The Casket that has lost its glow"
"Kagayaki o nakushita Kēsuke" (輝きをなくしたケースケ)
December 30, 2001 (2001-12-30)
41"Someone from Tambourine Star Country"
"Tanbarin-boshi-koku no dareka-san" (タンバリン星国の誰かさん)
January 6, 2002 (2002-01-06)
42"A Way to say Goodbye"
"Sayonara no shikata" (サヨナラの仕方)
January 13, 2002 (2002-01-13)
43"The Brilliance that shines through the Eyes"
"Ni utsuru kagayaki" (瞳に映る輝き)
January 20, 2002 (2002-01-20)

References

  1. ^ "Comet-san (manga)". Anime News Network. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  2. ^ "Cosmic Baton Girl Comet-san (TV)". Anime News Network. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  3. ^ "Cosmic Baton Girl Comet-san (TV) episode list". Anime News Network. Retrieved 28 February 2021.