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Cyborg Kuro-chan
A black cat standing on two legs with a Gatling gun in his arm. The logo is in Japanese, and the author's name (also in Japanese) is seen.
Cover of the first manga volume
Quick facts for kids
サイボーグクロちゃん
(Saibōgu Kurochan)
Genre Comedy
Manga
Written by Naoki Yokouchi
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Children
Magazine Comic BomBom
Original run September 1997December 2001
Volumes 11
Manga
Cyborg Kuro-chan: Extra Battle
Written by Naoki Yokouchi
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Children
Magazine Comic BomBom
Original run December 2002December 2005
Volumes 2
Anime television series
Directed by Yoshihiro Takamoto
Produced by Akifumi Takayanagi
Kouki Matsuura
Written by Yū Yamamoto
Takao Yotsuji
Music by Kei Wakakusa
Toshiyuki Arakawa
Studio Studio Bogey
Network TV Aichi
Original run 2 October 19996 January 2001
Episodes 66
Game
Cyborg Kuro-chan: Devil Fukkatsu!!
Publisher Konami
Genre Shoot 'em up
Platform Game Boy Color
Released 23 March 2000
Game
Cyborg Kuro-chan 2: White Woods no Gyakushū
Publisher Konami
Genre Shoot 'em up
Platform Game Boy Color
Released 19 October 2000
Game
Kaettekita Cyborg Kuro-Chan
Publisher Konami
Genre Shoot 'em up
Platform PlayStation
Released 28 November 2002

Cyborg Kuro-chan (サイボーグクロちゃん Saibōgu Kuro-chan) is a Japanese children's manga series created by Naoki Yokouchi [ja], serialized in Kodansha's Comic BomBom magazine. Eleven volumes of the manga were released between 1998 and 2002. It centers on the titular character, a housecat who is kidnapped and modified by a mad scientist to be a part of a cyborg army bent on world domination. Kuro breaks his control chip, escapes and becomes a vigilante. Kuro has many allies, who help him out during instances such as urban destruction, parallel universes, outer space, and battles between other cats and cyborgs.

Cyborg Kuro-chan was adapted into an anime series produced by Studio Bogey for TV Tokyo. The anime aired from 2 October 1999 to 6 January 2001 for 66 episodes. The manga and anime have been exported to several countries in Asia, Europe, and Africa. An English dub aired on Animax Asia and the first 14 episodes of the dub were released on VCD. A large number of merchandise has been made based on the manga and anime, and two additional volumes, entitled Cyborg Kuro-chan: Extra Battle, were published. Reviews for the series note the simplistic and cartoonish art style, and a thin storyline which is mainly centered on gags and comedic violence.

Story

Kuro is a housecat for an old couple who cannot defend themselves and are in frequent danger. They rely on him to keep burglars from invading their house, at which he is skilled. Despite his courage, he is in love with the neighborhood dog, Pooly, and he sets out to confess this one day. While heading to see her, he and Pooly are ambushed and injured. Kuro is then kidnapped by Dr. Go, a mad scientist, and transformed into a cyborg with invincible steel frames and unlimited strength, the latest in a line of robot cats used for world domination, called the "Nyan-Nyan Army". He somehow, though, breaks a chip supposedly used to control him, and he escapes Go's laboratory as well as destroying it, while he now realizes that he is now bipedal and can speak human language. He comes to terms with his predicament, while maintaining his lifestyle as an average housecat. However, Go feels that Kuro is ungrateful to him, and he and the Nyan-Nyan Army, including the most well-known Mi, set out to find and kill him, though they eventually surrender and decide to live a more peaceful life.

Often, Kuro will save his owners and the city from trouble. He has multiple adversaries, including Go's Nyan-Nyan Army. Dr. Go and Mi help Kuro out in the toughest situations. Throughout the course of the series, there are phantasmal and extraordinary predicaments that Kuro and his friends must solve.

Characters

Cyborgkurochan
Promotional image of the characters of the series. Slapstick humor is combined with action, while accompanied by Yokouchi's distinctive style of drawing.

Main

Kuro (クロちゃん Kuro-chan) - The main character who was kidnapped by Dr. Go and turned into a cyborg cat, along with various features and weapons. He has a horrible temper, and gets angry and out of control easily, but he is noble and good-hearted. He uses a Gatling gun as a signature weapon. Kuro is voiced by Chika Sakamoto.

Grandparents - The elderly couple who treat Kuro as a companion. They are not immune to trouble, never learn much, and are in need of Kuro's rescue frequently. However, they have no idea that Kuro is now a cyborg, though he intends to keep this secret.

Dr. Go (剛くん Gō-kun) - The main antagonist and a major antihero, an eccentric inventor who wishes world domination by creating cyborg cats as weapons of mass destruction. His plan completely backfired when Kuro was created with a full will of his own. He later stops from his plans in world domination and decides to live in a more peaceful way of living with Mi and later Kotaro. He maintains a friendly rivalry with Kuro. His real name is Mantaro Go (剛万太郎 Gō Mantarō) Dr. Go is voiced by Tōru Furusawa.

Mi (ミーくん Mī-kun) - A cyborg cat created by Dr. Go to exterminate Kuro. He appears as a frequent "goon" of his but is in fact kind-hearted and noble. At a later part of the story where Go accepts defeat and turns down on his conquest to world domination, he is now often seen helping him and in times helping Kuro too. They are seen training together which often leads to them fighting for real which is to be stopped by Nana. Opposite to Kuro, Mi prefers a sword as his standard weapon. He can add himself to any weapon and additional items to them. Mi is voiced by Chiharu Tezuka.,

Matatabi (マタタビ Matatabi)- An antihero, a regular cat who wears a red tattered "cloak" and has an eyepatch over his right eye, indicating injury. He was a childhood friend of Kuro, but he declared himself his enemy after assuming the cause of his problems was him. His main weapon is a wooden boomerang which he can use to hit targets at great distances. Whenever he is not fighting, he is seen hanging around on top of houses. He is skilled in craftsmanship and an experienced carpenter. Matatabi is voiced by Makiko Ohmoto.

Kotaro (コタロー Kotarō)- A boy genius dressed in a cat suit who helps Dr. Go and Mi out by assisting in their inventions or building his own. He has an obsession over Kuro, and tries to prove to be as powerful as him. This idea of his was the result of being an outcast. He is experienced in technology, with an IQ of 200. The reviewer for Manga-News describes Kotaro as walling himself into his world of video games, but also regards Kotaro as an author surrogate. Kotaro is voiced by Rika Komatsu.

Nana (ナナちゃん Nana-chan)- A female android with a rabbit-like appearance that was created by Kotaro from a table lamp. She develops a love interest in Kuro, who denies her; she accepts his rejection after numerous attempts to win his heart, though it is shown that he does care for her. Nana is voiced by Hiromi Tsunakake.

Secondary

Ichiro Suzuki (鈴木 一郎 Suzuki Ichirō) - A schoolteacher who also admires Kuro. He is an avid otaku, and often gets himself involved into Kuro's shenanigans. Suzuki is portrayed by Toshiyuki Morikawa.

Megumi (めぐみ Megumi) - A female firefighter who is Suzuki's secret crush. She is a quick thinker in most situations, such as putting out even the least dangerous of fires in her debut appearance in the anime. Megumi is portrayed by Sayuri Yoshida.

Romeo (ロミオ Romeo) and Juliet (ジュリエット Jūrietto) - A duo of alien lovers. They are very optimistic, no matter what happens. They later marry and have a child together. Romeo is voiced by Kosuke Okano, while Juliet is voiced by Sayuri Yoshida.

Chieko Okada (岡田チエコ Okada Chieko) - A girl with a deep hatred for Kuro and very powerful supernatural abilities, including ESP and telekinesis. Another notable feature of hers is her voluminous hair.

Dunk (ダンク Danku) - Kotaro's robot friend. He was an ordinary lion, but he was involved in a near-death experience. Dr. Go successfully revived him in his current cyborg form. Later on in the series Dunk gets modified by Kotaro's farther who gives him the ability to make text boxes appear out of his head. Dunk is quite timid, gentle, and pure. He is voiced by Isshin Chiba.

YaYaYa aliens (ヤーヤーヤー星人 Yāyāyā boshijin) - A trio of friendly aliens that boast incredibly dangerous weapons. They are often also seen wearing special bracelets that can enlarge or shrink their targets. Their names are Yai (ヤーイ Yāi), Yasu (ヤースー Yāsū), and Yachi (ヤーチー Yāchī); Yai is the leader. The aliens are anime-original characters.

Goro Nagase (長瀬 五郎 Nagase Gōrō) - A boy Chieko met once. Goro came from an abusive household. He is a big dreamer, but he is a loser. He boasts a large scar from his abuse. He ends up being temporarily turned into a cyborg after being seriously injured. Goro only appeared in the manga.

Prince Malo (マロ王子 Maro-ōji) - An alien prince of the YaYaYa group. He bears a striking resemblance to Kuro. Malo is supposed to be courteous and he has the opposite personality from Kuro, but he eats like a vampire, and he also boasts offensive British gas, he only appears in the anime and is voiced by Chika Sakamoto

Princess Mimi (ミミ姫 Mimi-hime) - An alien princess who closely resembles Nana. Malo was supposed to marry her, but she refused and ran away. Despite her ladylike looks, she is actually quite selfish, she only appears in the anime and is voiced by Hiromi Tsunakake.

Yo (よくん Yokun) - A caricature of the manga's creator, Naoki Yokouchi. He makes fleeting appearances in some anime episodes. He is depicted wearing a purple trenchcoat with a similarly-colored hat.

Nyan Nyan Army (ニャンニャンアーミー Nyannyanāmī) - A squadron of cyborg cats created by Dr. Go. Mi is the first in the line, created by Go from the remains of his pet kitten. There are four other members - #2, nicknamed Spyder, who can expand his arms, legs, and neck, #3, who also fights with his own sword and boasts a panda disguise, #4, who also has a bad temper and is the most frequently encountered, and #5, who is seen with a robot companion, Lassie, and also uses a Gatling gun. #2 is voiced by Yuko Sasamoto, #3 is voiced by Rika Komatsu, #4 is voiced by Sayuri Yoshida and #5 is voiced by Mami Nakajima

Tendou (天道 tendo) - The main enemy and rival of Doctor Go, and the guy responsible for the demise of Mi's mother. Unlike Go who's allies are cats, Tendou prefers to use dogs, he is voiced by Naoki Tatsuta

Pooly (プーリィ Pūryi) - A stray pink poodle who was Kuro's crush in the beginning of the series. In the anime version, she lived in a house. She is voiced by Yuko Sasamoto.

Lily (リリィ Riryi) - Mi's first love. She was abandoned by her owner and lived as a stray for a brief time before being adopted by a girl she had saved from an accident. She is voiced by Yuko Sasamoto.

Marie (マリー Marī) - A stray dog in Kuro's past with a similar appearance to Pooly, but with pointed ears. She had been a surrogate mother to Kuro as a baby for a brief time before he was taken. She is in the manga only.

True Wild Kuro (真 暴走クロちゃん Shin Bousou Kuro-chan) - An alternate form of Kuro which can be triggered by one of Dr. Go's machines or from extreme rage. He is a red and yellow more aggressive version of Kuro with large claws and teeth, he can also run much faster than Kuro but can also run out of fuel like his regular form, Kuro also seems to use a rocket launcher a lot in this form despite the gatling gun being his main weapon. He does not speak like normal Kuro, instead he angrily growls. This character was only featured in the anime and is voiced by Chika Sakamoto.

Media

Manga

The manga was originally released in issues of Comic BomBom from September 1997 until December 2001 with a total of 56 chapters. The chapters were then released across eleven volumes by Kodansha between 1998 and 2002. In Germany, Egmont Manga & Anime published the first three volumes. In France, Pika Édition published the entire series. It has been published in Indonesia by M&C Comics.

A sequel series, Cyborg Kuro-chan: Extra Battle (サイボーグクロちゃん 番外バトル Saibōgu Kurochan Bangai Batoru) was published from 2005 to 2006. Like the original, it has been published in Indonesia by M&C Comics.

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
01 6 February 1998 ISBN: 978-4-06-321832-9
02 7 May 1998 ISBN: 978-4-06-321839-8
03 4 September 1998 ISBN: 978-4-06-321848-0
04 5 February 1999 ISBN: 978-4-06-323861-7
05 4 June 1999 ISBN: 978-4-06-323873-0
06 5 November 1999 ISBN: 978-4-06-323884-6
07 6 April 2000 ISBN: 978-4-06-323894-5
08 4 August 2000 ISBN: 978-4-06-323904-1
09 6 February 2001 ISBN: 978-4-06-323912-6
10 6 August 2001 ISBN: 978-4-06-323926-3
11 5 January 2002 ISBN: 978-4-06-323937-9

Anime

Cyborg Kuro-chan was adapted into an anime series produced by Studio Bogey for TV Tokyo. The anime aired at 8:00am on Saturdays from 2 October 1999 to 6 January 2001 for 66 episodes. A total of 26 episodes were to be made but production was extended until the end of March 2001, meaning that 78 episodes would be made instead. Only 66 of them were finished and aired as the producers Studio Bogey and Public & Basic declared bankruptcy in December 2001. Episode 66 was finished and aired after the bankruptcy and episodes 67-71 were promoted in Japan's Telemaga magazine despite never airing. Episodes 67-78 were replaced with rebroadcasts of older episodes.

The opening theme is Guruguru Kuro-chan by Lady Q, who also sung Damedame no Uta for Crayon Shin-chan. Two closing themes were created, those being Positive Vibration by Sister K, and Parapara Kuro-chan by Kyuu. The anime has been exported to several countries in Asia, Europe, and Africa. It has been broadcast on such channels including Spacetoon and Italia 1. The Italian opening was sung by regular contributor Cristina D'Avena and Giorgio Vanni. In India it aired titled Auto Cat. Naoki Tatsuta was the narrator, a characture of the creator of the manga.

In Japan the anime was released on VHS by Media Factory and Public & Basic (PIBI). The first series was of tapes were episodes 1-26. a 2nd series was released but was rental only. only the first 53 episodes were released after Public & Basic shut down. The series was later released in Japan on several video streaming services such as Amazon Video and U-NEXT. No DVDs or Blu-rays have been released in Japan, likely due to licensing issues regarding the defunct production companies. Other countries like Indonesia and China got the episodes released on VCD. Episodes have been uploaded onto YouTube worldwide by Mondo World, owned by Grupa BB Media Ltd., in multiple languages.

There were also two Kuro-chan CDs released, the first one (Cyborg Kuro-chan: strongest Uchimakuri Music Encyclopedia TV - Original Soundtrack) was released on 21 June 2000 and contained most of the tracks from the anime. The second one (Cyborg Kuro-chan Gatling mix) was released on 18 November 2000 but unlike the other CD, the content of this CD mainly consists of remixes of tracks from the first CD. There was also a single which contained the opening and ending and their instrumental versions.

Episodes

Ep No. Title Original air date
01 "The Strongest Cat is Born!" 2 October 1999 (1999-10-02)
Kuro wakes up in Dr. Go's lab after being kidnapped and repaired to become a cyborg. However, Kuro manages to break his control chip, and he sets off to return to his owners' home.
02 "Meow Meow Armu" 9 October 1999 (1999-10-09)
Kuro and his owners are invited to a contest at a local store. Kuro, however, realizes this as a ruse set up by Dr. Go and his army of robot cats.
03 "Hell Highway" 16 October 1999 (1999-10-16)
Dr. Go creates a chip that allows Mi to penetrate metal objects and transform them at will. Mi goes out of control with this and eventually becomes a mechanically engineered automobile, which Kuro cannot defeat alone.
04 "Appearance of the Flying Robot Family!" 23 October 1999 (1999-10-23)
Dr. Go constructs two robots: Big Sam and Little Sam. He accidentally sets off a self-destruct bomb and is trapped inside. Kuro and Mi work together to try to deactivate the bomb and save the doctor, who, by that time, has already escaped.
05 "Mi's First Love" 30 October 1999 (1999-10-30)
Mi falls in love with one of the dogs in the neighborhood, but he does not have the courage to speak to her, and he disguises himself as a dog to try to do so. Meanwhile, another of Dr. Go's inventions causes chaos, and endangers the dog.
06 "Mi Gets Kidnapped" 6 November 1999 (1999-11-06)
The alien robot Romeo abducts Mi and heads for the South Pole, with Kuro and Dr. Go giving chase. They find a UFO in the ice while looking for him, and fix it, though this leads to a troupe of aliens attempting to conquer Earth.
07 "The Greatest Game of Tag" 13 November 1999 (1999-11-13)
Romeo finds life on Earth to be boring, and he shuts Kuro's owners and Dr. Go inside a bomb-filled dome, leaving Kuro and Mi to play cops and robbers with him. Mi discards the bomb, but unintentionally releases the "prisoners".
08 "Kuro and Mi Fame Game" 20 November 1999 (1999-11-20)
Kuro goes along with Suzuki on a school trip with his students, but he encounters Mi, and the two begin a fierce battle. The fight leads to an accident from which they both decide to work together to save the children.
09 "The School Legend" 27 November 1999 (1999-11-27)
Suzuki has been down in the dumps lately, so Kuro, Mi, Dr. Go, Romeo and two of his students (Yoshino and Kazuma) pay him a visit to cheer him up. Go-kun stumbles upon a treasure map, and he leads the group on a trek up a nearby mountain, with dire obstacles to overcome.
10 "The One Eyed People Behind the Mountain" 4 December 1999 (1999-12-04)
During the trek, Kuro and the gang fight against one-eyed aliens, and they get themselves surrounded. They find the treasure, but also another alien named Juliet, who takes a liking to Romeo, with the latter returning his feelings for her. Romeo accidentally activates a bomb, but the group makes an escape amid the explosion.
11 "Genius Boy Kotaro Appears" 11 December 1999 (1999-12-11)
Kuro is on the lam after boy genius Kotaro, who idolizes him, makes mischief around a fleet of army ships. Along with Mi, he helps rescue Kotaro and themselves from a deranged pilot, while he learns he threatened to kill himself.
12 "Evil Devil Mi" 18 December 1999 (1999-12-18)
Dr Go. finds a relic that possesses Mi and transforms him into a demon. He and Kuro must work together to save him. They succeed, but the three of them are eventually on the run from a giant chef's uniform-clad being.
13 "Fight in the Cage" 25 December 1999 (1999-12-25)
Kotaro tries to help his "friend", a lion named Dunk, escape from a zoo. Kuro and Mi find out about this and try to hide Dunk but he is later found which leads to a chaotic battle, Dunk is also nearly killed in an accident. Dr. Go revives Dunk in a cyborg form.
14 "Go and Kotaro's Large Experiment" 29 December 1999 (1999-12-29)
Dr. Go and Kotaro construct a cyborg mouse out of the remains of his former self. The mouse proceeds to invade the city with other mice, while Kuro and his friends are forced to fend them off. This episode aired on a Wednesday at 7:30am possibly because the following Saturday would be new years day.
15 "Matatabi Visits!" 8 January 2000 (2000-01-08)
Kuro is visited by an old friend, Matatabi, who knew him as "Kid". The tiger cat had asked Go-kun and Kotaro where "Kid" was, but they misinterpret it as Kuro's demise. The two begin a battle, but after Matatabi finds out who Kuro now is, they call a truce and help repair a decaying house.
16 "Kuro Runs Away" 15 January 2000 (2000-01-15)
Kotaro recycles a lamp into a compact robot, whom he calls Nana, in order to help around his untidy home. Nana, however, refuses to listen, and she, instead, chases after Kuro.
17 "A Big Duel in the snow!" 22 January 2000 (2000-01-22)
Gotch a cat from Kuro and Matatabi's past, and his gang make a surprise attack at Kuro's house during a Christmas party and kidnap the owners. Both of them engage in another fight, subsequently.
18 "Beautiful Firefighter! Megumi" 29 January 2000 (2000-01-29)
Kuro and Suzuki meet the firefighter Megumi, who is willing to put out any fire, literally. Suzuki begins to like her, and he seeks Dr. Go's help in attracting her. The robot he constructs, though, also falls in love with her!
19 "Roaring! Battleborg" 5 February 2000 (2000-02-05)
Dr. Go and Kotaro build a car with a tremendous flaw that tries to conquer the world. Mi then constructs two vehicles which he and Kuro use to stop Go's creation.
20 "Kuro becomes a father!?" 12 February 2000 (2000-02-12)
Nana wants to attract Kuro once again, so she decides that Dr. Go should build them a baby. The robot kitten in question has a bomb installed.
21 "The Incoherent Battle" 19 February 2000 (2000-02-19)
A cat from Hawaii visits Kuro. She then steals Kuro's costume which leads to Kuro and some of his allies having to stop her.
22 "Suzuki's First Date" 26 February 2000 (2000-02-26)
Suzuki invites Megumi out, and he agrees to take her on a rollercoaster ride. However, he is afraid of heights, so Dr. Go creates a pair of glasses that make it seem like that he does not get off the ground. Their day goes well until the amusement park is ambushed by a troupe of villains.
23 "Evil Hebibinga" 4 March 2000 (2000-03-04)
The grandparents have not gone out in a long time, so they agree to go see the great Buddha, and they trust the ever-reliable Kuro to keep the house safe. However, he is reluctant to let them be by themselves even outside the home, so he secretly follows them, with Go, Mi, and Kotaro in pursuit. Eventually, the plane they board is hijacked, and they are skyrocketed into South America, where Kuro is eventually on the run from a giant, two-legged snake.
24 "Save Kotaro!" 11 March 2000 (2000-03-11)
Kotaro finds a bottle containing a zombie virus that make its way into him and begins to eat his flesh slowly. Kuro, Dr. Go, and Mi must find Hebibinga from the previous episode and get its tooth in order to cure him.
25 "Father of Kotaro" 18 March 2000 (2000-03-18)
Kotaro's dad finds him after a long search, but he wants nothing to do with him.
26 "World Domination Plan Begins?!" 25 March 2000 (2000-03-25)
Dr. Go has disappeared, and his robot cat army need Kuro's help in finding him, thinking they still are seeking world domination when the doctor had decided not to.
27 "Beginning of a New World" 1 April 2000 (2000-04-01)
Matatabi needs everyone's help in clearing snow off a roof, but Kuro and Nana refuse. Meanwhile, Dr. Go presents his new invention to everyone, but it unintentionally sends them to an alternate dimension.
28 "City in the Desert" 8 April 2000 (2000-04-08)
Still stranded, Kotaro meets a traveler, Fox and her companion Gurnee. Kuro meets Vice, a cyborg who tries to help him find Nana and Juliet.
29 "The New World Collapses" 15 April 2000 (2000-04-15)
Remaining stranded in the other world, Nana is kidnapped by Vice, and Kuro tries to find her. While does this he regroups with Juliet, Matatabi and Dr. Go.
30 "The End of the New World" 22 April 2000 (2000-04-22)
After coming to Nana's rescue, Kuro and the others find out that the alternate universe is merely a giant dome hidden underground.
31 "Mi's Secret Birth" 29 April 2000 (2000-04-29)
Mi remembers when he first met Dr. Go as a normal kitten who was separated from his mother, who sacrificed her life to save him. The two became fast friends, and, along with an incompetent robot companion, survived by attracting people who donated cash and food. Mi saved Dr. Go's life one day by defeating the dog who killed his mother, owned by a cat-torturing popular student at his school; they have since become closer than ever.
32 "Honeymoon War?!" 6 May 2000 (2000-05-06)
Nana wins resort tickets in a contest, much to her delight. Kuro is eventually dragged into her honeymoon idea, but Dr. Go and Mi steal the tickets, leaving him to fight them.
33 "School Ghost Extermination" 13 May 2000 (2000-05-13)
The school where Suzuki works at is plagued by various paranormal events. Kuro, Dr. Go and Mi help him find out the cause of these events, but they later find out this was all set up by one Kuro's friends.
34 "Large Lottery Battle Race" 20 May 2000 (2000-05-20)
The grandparents stumble upon a special ticket, and they discover its grand prize - ¥300,000,000. When they lose the ticket, however, Kuro and M must retrieve it. Along with Dr. Go, Kotaro, and a local soldier, they eventually race for the ticket.
35 "Matatabi's Great Training?!" 27 May 2000 (2000-05-27)
In a fit of rage, Kuro destroys his home. Matatabi retaliates, then informs Kuro that he will not rebuild it, instead he would be doing serious training. Matatabi unexpectedly runs into a young boy who takes Matatabi in as his own. Matatabi soon discovers that his new family is incredibly wealthy, and becomes accustomed to this until he comes to a big realization...
36 "Protect the Little Cats!" 3 June 2000 (2000-06-03)
Kuro befriends a kitten called Butch and his younger siblings, and they inform him that they are under constant ambush from a pack of cyborg dogs. The dogs happen to be under the control of an American scientist, Big, or Whitewoods in the manga, and when he ambushes them, the kittens then get mechanized and ready to help Kuro battle the deranged doctor.
37 "The Non-Stop Bus Trip" 10 June 2000 (2000-06-10)
The grandparents receive bus tickets. Kuro joins them, but Dr. Go, Mi, Kotaro, Romeo, Juliet, and even Nana follow. The bus ride leads to trouble when Kuro and the others discover a bomb and they realize that the bus trip is a set up,
38 "Battle Against a White Monster" 17 June 2000 (2000-06-17)
The grandparents have decided to see the ocean. With the help of two new friends, they board a small boat, with Kuro joining. They are eventually ambushed by a sea monster. Meanwhile, Dr. Go, Mi, and Kotaro try to follow.
39 "Mi #2 Appears!" 24 June 2000 (2000-06-24)
After they run out of ramen ingredients, Mi, Dr. Go, and Kotaro plan a bank heist. Two robbers, however, have already beat them to the punch, and take the former two hostage. A small version of Mi turns up at Kuro's and the two begin fighting.
40 "Nana Tries Her Best!" 1 July 2000 (2000-07-01)
After Kuro has a falling-out with Nana, she storms off in anger and tries various jobs to impress him. She fails at all of them however, but she finds solace in a group of robbers.
41 "Revival! the Devil Returns" 8 July 2000 (2000-07-08)
The chef devil that possessed Mi returns, and he stirs up more trouble. He engulfs the entire city in darkness and kidnaps Nana. Kuro, Dr. Go, and Kotaro team up to fight him a second time.
42 "Battle! Kuro vs Devil" 15 July 2000 (2000-07-15)
Barely escaping from collapsing ruins, Kuro and the others face off with the demon, Who possesses Hebibinga, the Sam Robots and Mi in hopes of defeating Kuro. He fails, but the devil collects a heap of scrap into a gigantic entity, and Kuro and Mi combine to finally destroy him.
43 "Kuro Moves House" 22 July 2000 (2000-07-22)
The family's home is remodeled, and everyone joins in on the action. The remodeled house becomes the site of yet another heist.
44 "Where is Kotaro ?" 29 July 2000 (2000-07-29)
On a hot day, Kotaro and his friend, Dunk, are invited by a mysterious man to his own house, where he has his own goods, and even a personalized organizer. But they later find out that they guy is a scientist called Tendou, the rival of doctor Go. Tendou then sends out a cyborg dog that Kuro and Mi must destroy.
45 "Fear of the Great Virus!!" 5 August 2000 (2000-08-05)
Nana notices that Kuro is sick! Distraught, she rushes to Dr. Go for help. He discovers that Kuro has been infected by a cyborg virus! Kotaro creates an antibody to help fight it, but he accidentally injects it into another robot. Both of them try to solve the problem by going inside the robot to find the antibody. Meanwhile, Mi, Dunk, and Nana are on the run from the injected robot as Kuro slowly becomes worse.
46 "Encounter With Matatabi" 12 August 2000 (2000-08-12)
Kuro is on life support after the events of the last episode. He begins to have a flashback of when he was a young kitten, meeting Matatabi for the first time.
47 "Fight With the Crows!!" 19 August 2000 (2000-08-19)
Still in his flashback, Kuro remembers himself and Matatabi fighting oncoming crows. The crows ambush the kittens, and our two heroes must end the conquest with some help from the other stray cats.
48 "Kid's Final Fight!!" 26 August 2000 (2000-08-26)
Nana takes off with Kuro just as he is recovering. While so, he dreams again about his past. This time, two groups of cats plan a battle with Kuro and Matatabi getting into a battle of their own.
49 "Meow Meow Land" 2 September 2000 (2000-09-02)
Kuro has now been fully healed. While he checks on himself, he receives flyers to a new amusement park. Dr. Go's group, Nana, Suzuki, Romeo, and Juliet are also invited. They soon realize this as a ruse set up by the Meow Meow Army who attempt to hold the group captave
50 "True Wild Kuro-chan!" 9 September 2000 (2000-09-09)
In the previous episode, #4 and #5 transformed Kuro into a reckless fighting machine. He storms off to the city and causes major damage. Mi, Go, Kotaro, Nana, Suzuki, Romeo and Juliet all have to try and stop him.
51 "Kuro and Mi Game Showdown" 16 September 2000 (2000-09-16)
The home of Go, Mi and Kotaro is destroyed and Matatabi decides to build them a new home. Kuro and Mi compete in a showdown along with Suzuki's students, featuring gigantic robot suits, Which eventually goes out of hand.
52 "A Transfer Student with Psychic Abilities?!" 23 September 2000 (2000-09-23)
Chieko Okada is the new kid in town. She boasts incredible psychic abilities, which she uses to overcome her problems. Megumi, Kazuma and Yoshino introduce her to Kuro's friends, but Chieko recognizes him as the one who ruined her relationship, as he was in his Rampage state at that time. This leads to an utter battle between the two.
53 "A Message From Space" 30 September 2000 (2000-09-30)
Suzuki receives a message from an alien trio. He and his class go on an unexpected field trip to find out the cause of the situation. Kuro believes this to be trouble, and he shoots at their ship. Suzuki, having wanted to talk to them, pilots a rocket to try to find them. Amidst the hubbub, Chieko becomes aware of that.
54 "The YaYaYa Aliens Attack" 7 October 2000 (2000-10-07)
In a continuation of last week's debacle, Suzuki befriends the aliens and they quickly warm up to him. Amid their getting along, their ship is under ambush. This was the first episode to be digitally animated.
55 "Doomsday is Coming!" 14 October 2000 (2000-10-14)
Megumi comes to Suzuki's aid when the aliens begin to tire out. They set out to obtain bananas for them. Meanwhile, Kuro and Mi attack their ship, unaware of the current situation.
56 "The Baby of terror is born!" 21 October 2000 (2000-10-21)
Romeo and Juliet have got married! The newlyweds decide to take their friends out on a ride through the town, and they show off their newborn to them. The reception, however, soon turns to panic.
57 "Fight Between Kuro and Nana" 28 October 2000 (2000-10-28)
Kuro and Nana have a falling-out. Dr. Go, Mi, and the rest of their friends try to help them out, but their argument only escalates. It eventually goes out of hand when they start fighting in large groups.
58 "The YaYaYa Return" 4 November 2000 (2000-11-04)
One of the YaYaYa aliens shows Megumi a device of his, which can be used to shrink things. The grandparents stumble upon it and accidentally shrink themselves. They head underneath their home. Kuro, Mi, Suzuki, and Megumi go on a rescue mission.
59 "Nana Becomes a Princess?" 11 November 2000 (2000-11-11)
Nana is upset after Kuro rejects her. After meating up with Megumi they meet Prince Malo, an alien who resembles Kuro. He decides to make Nana into a princess, swapping roles with their current princess, Princess Mimi, who resembles Nana. After hearing about what happened, Kuro heads down to their lair to save Nana.
60 "Challenge of Matatabi" 18 November 2000 (2000-11-18)
Kuro is attacked at his home. He finds out it was Matatabi so he goes out to find him. The two battle, with Kuro finding out that he is being controlled by someone. He and his friends eventually run into the evil doctor Tendou, who proceeds to attack Kuro with his army of mutant dogs.
61 "Muscular Beauty Battle!?" 25 November 2000 (2000-11-25)
There is a huge festival in town! Nana, Megumi, and Grandma take part. Also competing is a young blond who is being followed by two men who Kuro must stop.
62 "Suzuki's Present Strategy" 2 December 2000 (2000-12-02)
Suzuki needs advice in finding Megumi the perfect gift. After running into Kotaro, they decide on a necklace Dr. Go made. Little do either of them know, part of it was built to freeze terrains, sending Go and Mi into a state of panic. Using its tracking device, Kuro and his friends set out to save Megumi.
63 "The Scrap King Appears" 9 December 2000 (2000-12-09)
During a fishing trip, Mi is swept into sea. Dr. Go and Kotaro set out to find him with some help from Jonathan (the guy from episode 38) but end up shipwrecked, and Kuro ends up on the same island after a house ambush. There is eventually a battle between Kuro and a giant junk monster.
64 "Courier From Space" 16 December 2000 (2000-12-16)
There is a delivery with Romeo's name on it. Kuro and the others cannot find out what it is. Romeo explains to Kuro and Nana that the device is capable of exploding sending everyone into a state of panic.
65 "Kotaro's Christmas" 23 December 2000 (2000-12-23)
Kotaro sees an elderly man and woman are asking for money and decides to help them. He is later stopped by a police man who tells him that they are scammers. Kotaro does not believe this however and runs away. Nana and Kuro see Kotaro running and inform Dr Go and Mi who decide to try to help him.
66 "Big Shopping Date Duel! TranslitTitle = Kaimono dēto dai kettō!" 6 January 2001 (2001-01-06)

Princess Mimi shrinks down Nana and then orders Kuro to take her shopping. Everything goes well until Kuro gets into a battle with Matatabi. The two begin fighting, resulting in large amounts of damage to the town.

  • This episode was not broadcast anywhere else outside Japan. It was not meant to be the final episode as 78 were to be made, but the studio that animated the anime, Studio Bogey, along with the producers "PIBI" (Public and Basic) declared bankruptcy before the remaining episodes could be finished and aired.

Other merchandise

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The cover of Cyborg Kuro-chan: Devil Fukkatsu!! for Game Boy Color.

Takara Tomy made toys based on the characters. In 1999 the company released posable figures of the characters which included bendable limbs and detachable weapons, they also made trading cards and figures of Kuro and Mi with action features. In 2000 the company release 4 vehicle toys based on the Battleborgs from episode 19 of the anime, Matatabi, Kuro, Mi and Cyborg Kuro were released. Tomy also made special boxed figures which contained many accessories including weapons. These were the last Kuro-chan toys released by Tomy.

Konami published video games based on the series. Kaettekita Cyborg Kuro-Chan (帰ってきた サイボーグクロちゃん Cyborg Kuro-chan Came Back), a shoot 'em up, was released for the PlayStation on 28 November 2002. Two Game Boy Color games were also released: Cyborg Kuro-chan: Devil Fukkatsu!! (サイボーグクロちゃん デビル復活!! Cyborg Kuro-chan: Devil's Revival) on 23 March 2000, and Cyborg Kuro-chan 2: White Woods no Gyakushū (サイボーグクロちゃん2 ホワイトウッズの逆襲 Cyborg Kuro-chan: White Woods' Counterattack!!) on 19 October 2000. Official game guides were released for the Game Boy Color games. Taiwanese developer Lonaisoft also published a Windows game in 2002 under the title Pīlì Kù Yuè Māo (霹靂酷樂貓); this was a 2D platform shooter loosely inspired by Mega Man.

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