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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.[1]

Overview

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.

Characters

  • Yūta Akikawa (秋川 勇太 Akikawa Yūta?) Voiced by: Rina Satō
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 Sofue (祖父江 ひかる Sofue Hikaru?) Voiced by: Sayuri Yahagi
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 Enoshima (江ノ島 カズシゲ?) Voiced by: Takashi Mito
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 (ネットヴィーナス Netto Vīnasu?) Voiced by: Kaori Shimizu
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.
  • Yūko Akikawa (秋川 優子 Akikawa Yūko?) Voiced by: Saori Seto
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.
  • Azusa Sakamoto (坂本 あずさ Sakamoto Azusa?) Voiced by: Ayahi Takagaki
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.
  • Doctor Forest (ドクターフォレスト Dokutā Foresuto?) Voiced by: Hajime Iijima
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.
  • Divine Forest (ディバイン・フォレスト Dibain Foresuto?) Voiced by: Yūichi Nakamura
A person who forcibly became the leader of the Dream Future Big Four. He has the ability to turn net ghosts into net monsters.

Theme songs

Opening songs
  1. "Password@PiPoPa" (パスワード@PIPOPA Pasuwādo Pipopa?) by Atsuko Bungo (episodes 2-4)
  2. "Get On Up" by Sugimoto Shimai (5-26)
  3. "Password@PiPoPa" (パスワード@PIPOPA Pasuwādo Pipopa?) by COON (27-50)
Ending songs
  1. "Hoshi Kirari" (星キラリ?) by COON (1-26)
  2. "Virtual Love" (ヴァーチャル☆ラブ Vācharu Rabu?) by Sugimoto Shimai (27-50)

References

  1. Anime News Network

External links


zh:光速大冒險PIPOPA

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