Net Ghost PiPoPa (ネットゴーストPIPOPA(ピポパ) Netto Gōsuto Pipopa?) is a Japanese anime series by Studio Hibari. It premiered on TV Tokyo on April 6, 2008. A manga version is also serialized in Kerokero Ace. It is also released in America in subbed form from December 2008 on Crunchyroll as Web Ghost PiPoPa.
A spin-off game entitled Net Ghost PiPoPa: PiPoPa×DS@Big Adventure!!! (ネットゴーストPIPOPA ピポパ×DS@ダイボウケン!!! Netto Gōsuto PIPOPA Pipopa × DS Dai Bouken!!!?) was also released for the Nintendo DS.
Pipopa is an onomatopoeia of computer beeps.
The story is about a boy, Yūta Akikawa, who is afraid of computers. His family moves to Kamimai City, a technologically advanced city, where his mother works. The same day, he is transported into the Net World, meeting three Web Ghosts known at Pit, Pot, and Pat.
- Yūta is a school boy who is afraid of computers, but is fond of astronomy. One day, he was sucked inside his cellphone where he met Pit, Pot and Pat.
- Hikaru is the first person that Yūta met in Kamimai City. She is the one who mostly shows Yūta how things go around in Kamimai. They become classmates in school.
- Pit is a show-offy net ghost who can transform into a car, a plane and a UFO All of them hates to be called PiPoPa, but Pit is the one who hates it most.
- Pot is a net ghost who always likes to eat. He also has the most affection towards girls.
- Pat is the computer freak in the group.
- Project Seiren is a top secret project hidden inside the Dream Future facility in Kamimai. She escapes and becomes friends with the PiPoPa trio.
- Mamoru is one of the best friends of Yūta. He taught him the basics of computers, and he is a computer programming expert.
- Kazushige is a bully at school and one of Yūta's classmates. He has a crush on Hikaru and becomes frustrated when Yūta gets close to her.
- Shuzo Matsushita (松下 シュウゾウ Matsushita Shūzō?) Voiced by: Tsubasa Yonaga and Kosuke Kitayama (北山 コースケ Kitayama Kōsuke?) Voiced by: Asami Yaguchi
- Kazushige's friends and underlings.
- Net Venus is a very mysterious net ghost who frequently appears near Pit, Pot and Pat. Apparently, she defends peace in the Net World but works only by herself.
- A photographer, Kenta is Yūta's father.
- A programmer at Dream Future Japan, Yūko is Yūta's mother.
- Juzo is Hikaru's grandfather and is very protective of her granddaughter. He also specializes in the internet. He rejects the ideas of Dream Future.
- BiBoBa (ビボバ?) (Bit (ビット Bitto?) Voiced by: Takeshi Maruyama, Bot (ボット Botto?) Voiced by: Sayaka Kinoshita, and Bat (バット Batto?) Voiced by: Yūko Kibo)
- BiBoBa has been the mortal rivals of PiPoPa.
- Jin Kazama (風間 ジン Kazama Jin?)
- Kazama is the president of the Dream Future Japanese branch.
- Sakamoto works under Kazama as time manager. She remains faithful to Kazama even after he was fired.
- A no-good man, Hirame worked as a chief in Dream Future. After Kazama was fired, he was assigned as the president.
- Karin Yukitani (雪谷 花梨 Yukitani Karin?)
- She is a friend of Hikaru. In one episode, Hikaru and Yūta help her set-up the website for Karin's inn.
- Yuzuru Aizawa (相沢 譲 Aizawa Yuzuru?)
- A seemingly poor person looking for a permanent job. He seems to be a bit computer literate. Undercover, he is a member of the internet police.
- Ecolon (エコロン Ekoron?)
- An ecology focused net ghost. She is the net ghost of Hikaru's favorite website.
- Sayaka Erenkova (サヤカ・エレンコワ Sayaka Erenkowa?)
- A Russian transfer student.
- Seiko Erenkova (セイコ・エレンコワ Seiko Erenkowa?)
- Sayaka's mother who looks like Net Venus. She was a former assistant at Dream Future and a friend of Juzo in research.
- The Dream Future Big Four
- A special division in Dream Future made purely of data.
- Ash (アッシュ Asshu?) Voiced by: Tetsuya Motomura
- The head of the American branch, Ash specializes in throwing cards.
- Langa (ランガ Ranga?)
- The head of the Asian branch, Langa is able to hypnotize.
- François (フランソワ Furansowa?)
- The head of the European branch.
- Mohammad (モハンマド Mohamado?) Voiced by: Akira Harada
- The head of the North African branch.
- The founder of Dream Future and grandfather of Mamoru. After a mysterious accident, Doctor Forest went ill and was sent to the hospital and has never woken up since.
- A person who forcibly became the leader of the Dream Future Big Four. He has the ability to turn net ghosts into net monsters.
- Opening songs
- "Password@PiPoPa" (パスワード@PIPOPA Pasuwādo Pipopa?) by Atsuko Bungo (episodes 2-4)
- "Get On Up" by Sugimoto Shimai (5-26)
- "Password@PiPoPa" (パスワード@PIPOPA Pasuwādo Pipopa?) by COON (27-50)
- Ending songs
- "Hoshi Kirari" (星キラリ?) by COON (1-26)
- "Virtual Love" (ヴァーチャル☆ラブ Vācharu Rabu?) by Sugimoto Shimai (27-50)
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