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  • TV-MA
  • 2003
  • 1 Season
  • 6.3  (136)

Popotan is a Japanese anime series that premiered in 2003 in Japan, and then was released later in North America by Bandai. The story follows the lives of three sisters, Ai, Mai, and Mii, who are time travelers. They travel through time in a house built above time and space known as the Daichi. The sisters are on a journey to learn about life, love, and what it means to be human.

The three sisters are not like regular humans; they have the ability to move through time and space. They do not age and are immortal, making them very different from normal humans. They are seen as magical beings who travel from one place and time to another, taking on different forms and identities, such as schoolgirls or waitresses.

Throughout the series, the sisters become attached to a young boy named Daichi who becomes a close friend and companion as they travel through time. They also meet other individuals who they become close to, such as a young girl named Mea who they rescue from a life of abuse and neglect, and a woman named Nono who they help find love again.

One of the main themes of Popotan is the sense of loss that is felt when one is immortal. The sisters have lived for centuries, and while they have seen and experienced many amazing things, they have also witnessed the deaths of countless loved ones. This has left them feeling lonely and isolated, even though they have each other.

However, despite the challenges that come with immortality, the sisters continue to search for happiness and meaning in their lives. They learn to appreciate the small moments and pleasures of life, such as spending time with friends and family, and they come to realize that even though they are different from regular humans, they still have the same emotions and desires.

Another important aspect of the show is the relationships between the characters. The bond between the sisters is incredibly strong, and they rely on each other for support and comfort. Daichi becomes an important part of their lives and they become very protective of him. The relationships between the characters are portrayed beautifully, and it is clear that they all care deeply for each other.

The animation is a mix of 2D and 3D animation, which gives the show a unique and visually stunning look. The colors are bright and cheerful, which reflects the overall tone of the show. The music is also a standout element of the series, with a catchy and upbeat theme song and a beautiful soundtrack.

Overall, Popotan is a heartwarming and poignant series that explores the meaning of life, love, and the human experience. It is a show that will make you laugh, cry, and think deeply about what it means to be alive. The characters are lovable and relatable, and the story is engaging and emotional. If you are a fan of anime, or just looking for a touching and enjoyable series to watch, then Popotan is definitely worth checking out.

Popotan is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (12 episodes). The series first aired on July 17, 2003.

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12. Popotan
October 2, 2003
Mea is tending the mansion's Christmas Goods Store when a sweet young girl comes in. Mea tries to convince her that it is not a toy store. The girl mentions that she is from the nearby village and then vanishes when the others come home. Mea, at first annoyed by the girl, becomes curious when Ai tells her that the village has been abandoned for years.
11. Separation
September 25, 2003
The girls have reached the end of their journey and are ready for answers. At Shizuku's place, they are given a choice: stay together, or continue in their travels.
10. Gift
September 18, 2003
As more clues and hints are discovered, the sisters believe that they may be close to finding what they have been looking for. Mea also is finding new things when she remembers how she once worked for some brothers before joining the Popotan sisters.
Once more
9. Once more
September 11, 2003
Mai, who has always had a hard time saying goodbye, thinks she has been given a second chance, when she sees her best friend, Konami. It turns out the the girl is not Konami, but rather her daughter. Mai tries her best to befriend the girl.
8. Christmas
September 4, 2003
The girls' next stop is an old village, where they park the mansion next door to a Shinto priest. The priest's grand-daughter, Nono, is intrigued with the mansion and falls in love with the Christmas store. Her grandfather, however, is very strict and is less than welcoming to his new neighbors.
Things I can't say
7. Things I can't say
August 28, 2003
The sisters head to the beach, arriving near a popular resort. Almost immediately, Ai runs into Daichi only now he's all grown up. Ai is spared from having to try to explain the fact that she has not aged by a mysterious stranger. The man steps in and covers for Ai, so that Daichi thinks he's mistaken her for someone else.
I'm Home
6. I'm Home
August 21, 2003
Ai and Mii become separated in time and space from Mai and Mea. When they travel back to their last location, they realize that they arrived five years in the future from when they had left. Ai and Mii have to explore the hot spring resort and town to find if Mai and Mea are still there, or where they might be.
Hot Springs
5. Hot Springs
August 14, 2003
The sisters travel to a hot spring resort. Soon, Ai meets a Popotan that may have clues for where they can find what they are looking for. There is a catch, however. The Popotan will only tell them if they all participate in all of the activities the resort offers.
All Alone
4. All Alone
August 7, 2003
Mea is tending the mansion's Christmas Goods Store when a sweet young girl comes in. Mea tries to convince her that it is not a toy store. The girl mentions that she is from the nearby village and then vanishes when the others come home. Mea, at first annoyed by the girl, becomes curious when Ai tells her that the village has been abandoned for years.
3. Magic
July 31, 2003
Mii's favorite TV show and obsession is about a magical girl named Lilo. Ai takes her into town to buy a magical costume and Mii runs around, offering assistance to everyone she sees. One such person is a father whose daughter is in the hospital. When Mii learns that she does not have any friends and is fan of Lilo, she pays her a visit. The two become close friends and their antics cause all kinds of chaos throughout the hospital.
2. Friends
July 24, 2003
Since the sisters move from place to place, they have to say a lot of goodbyes. This has become very hard for Mai, so when they arrive in a new town, she is determined to not get attached to anyone. Of course, she can't control the fact that someone else has already become attached to her.
Secret House
1. Secret House
July 17, 2003
Daichi goes to a haunted mansion to get pictures of real ghosts, but instead finds himself face-to-face with a real girl! Ai, Mai, and Mii are touched by Daichi's devotion to his friend and agree to help him stage some ghost pictures.
Where to Watch Popotan
Popotan is available for streaming on the Bandai website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Popotan on demand at Amazon Prime.
  • Premiere Date
    July 17, 2003
  • IMDB Rating
    6.3  (136)