The Tao of Maruko


Chibi Maruko-chan is a Japanese children’s TV show full of pathos. For example, here’s the episode I’m watching now, starring Momoko Sakura (“Maruko”) and her best friend Tomo-chan:

Tomo-chan: (to herself) If Momoko becomes a movie star, she won’t be friends with me anymore!

Momoko: Tomo-chan, what’s wrong?

Tomo-chan: Oh, nothing! Good luck with your audition!

This show is targeted at 3 to 8 year olds.

Here are some Sayings of Maruko:

Maruko: “I always forget what I have to do for other people, but I never forget what other people have to do for me.”

Hiroshi: “To live is to forget. If we humans remembered everything, we’d be so sad that we couldn’t go on living. That’s why God lets us forget.”

Noguchi-san: “Heh heh heh. People who laugh quietly to themselves are so much deeper than cheerful people, cause we don’t let our feelings out. Even if you think it’s a defect of mine, it’s really my strong point… heh heh heh…”

Maruko: “If only we had a Cold Bank. On days when you don’t want to catch cold, put it in the bank, and take it out when you really need it.”

Maruko: “Who needs Christmas cards? People who would get angry if you don’t send them cards aren’t good friends anyway.”

Fujiki: “I may be a coward, but I never lie to myself!”

Posted: February 3rd, 2013 | Japan 4 Comments »

4 Comments on “The Tao of Maruko”

  1. 1 lewdev said at 11:20 am on February 3rd, 2013:

    Nice post! I haven’t really noticed these things, probably since I watched maybe a dozen episodes of this show when I was little. Have you thought of writing similar posts for Sazae-san or Doraemon?

  2. 2 Avery said at 1:46 pm on February 3rd, 2013:

    I absolutely adore Chibi Maruko-chan. The show makes me cry almost every time I watch it, and I feel like if it were broadcast in America we’d have a generation of wonderful children. The other two family standards are funny, but I don’t get the same message from them.

  3. 3 Name said at 3:32 am on February 11th, 2013:

    Could you be any more pretentious?

  4. 4 Avery said at 1:01 pm on February 12th, 2013:

    Certainly. Why do you ask?