Demetan Croaker, The Boy Frog


Kerokko Demetan (Japanese: けろっこデメタン, English Demetan Croaker, The Boy Frog also know as Demetan the Frog, The Brave Frog) is 39 episode anime series by Tatsunoko Productions first aired in 1973. The story is about Demetan poor young frog becomes friends with a girl frog named Ranatan and together they go through many life learning adventures. Like many other 1970s anime series such as Candy Candy series, Heidi, Girl of the Alps series, and Cat's Eye series, Kerokko Demetan was not officially translated in English and because of this it was unable to reach an English audience. Like Candy Candy and Heidi, Girl of the Alps series the only incarnation of the series to reach the English language was a dub of a 1973 feature-length movie adaptation of the TV series(the movie was made of scenes from the TV series), released on VHS in the United States in 1985 (the first two episodes of the Candy Candy series were also translated, but for unkown reasons the rest of the series was not translated)titled The Brave Frog. Recently the movie was released on DVD in 1999.

Despite the fact that the series was not officially translated in English, the series like the Candy and Heidi series became very popular in other continents such as: Asia, Europe (particularly in France where the entire series was recently was released on DVD), and Latin America were the series was dubbed in multiple languages such as Japanese, German, French, Dutch, Italian, Arabic, and Spanish.

Demetan Croaker, The Boy Frog is an anime series made of 39 episodes of thirty-minutes each. The story is about Demetan a young boy frog that comes from a poor family that he cannot even go to school in his woodland pond community. However, he becomes a friend of a girl frog named Ranatan, a lovely, gentle frog girl who is the daughter of the pond's rich ruler. Naturally her father is quite displeased by this relationship and he seeks to break it up. Nevertheless the young frogs continue with courage and confidence, not only to live their own lives but to guide the heartless leopard frog to a sense of justice and generosity. Gradually the pond community responds to their sincerity and joins them in a march toward a bright future.

Kerokko Demetan is one of the few anime series that does not have a specific English title. Some of the titles used to name this series are:Child Frog Demetan, Demetan Croaker, The Boy Frog, Demetan the Frog, and The Brave Frog.
There was a movie of Demetan released in the USA on DVD and VHS titled "The Brave Frog." The movie was a compilation movie made of scenes from the animated series.

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