Kure Kure Takora - Amazing Japanese Kids Show from the '70s

Delightful sets, characters, and music in this 1970s Japanese kids' show, Kure Kure Takora.

From Wikipedia:

Kure Kure Takora (クレクレタコラ, Kure Kure Takora? unofficial translation: "Gimme Gimme Octopus") is a tokusatsu children's comedy show from Japan. Produced by Toho Company Ltd., the show aired on Fuji TV and its subsidiaries from October 1, 1973 to September 27, 1974 with a total of 260 episodes.

However, Episodes 223, 252 and 255 never materialised. The show was rebroadcast over CS digital satellite television, except for episode 220, which was censored due to problematic show content. The reason behind the censorship being that the main character, Takora is beaten by his neighbors to the point of being brain damaged, and it was considered much too violent to be rebroadcast. Laserdisc and VHS versions were sold, but currently only the DVD version (which includes episode 220) is on Japanese market.

It was a new type of program for children. TAKORA, a central character coveted for everything saying "KURE! (I want it)" all the time. Each episode was absurd, strange, violent, surreal, indescribable, and ran exactly 2 minutes and 41 seconds.

More excerpts available at Mt. Holly Mayor's Office: Kure Kure Takora - Amazing Japanese Kids Show from the '70s

UPDATE: Jack found banned episode #220. He said it "Looks like a cartoon version of COPS."


  1. The character and set design remind me quite a bit of YO GABBA GABBA. I wonder if Christian and Scott have seen this; it certainly seems to spring from a similar aesthetic.

    In any case, looks fun. Kind of wish I understood what the heck was going on, but maybe half the joy is in the confusion.

  2. This episode explains the Bernie Madoff scandal perfectly. First they put money in the machine. Then the machine tells them to get some squash. Then the machine keeps on doing that. And when all is said and done some homeless creature took all of what they put into the machine and is making some squash stew for himself.

  3. I was introduced to the show by a friend in college. It’s… trippy. And hilarious. My favourite part is when he holds hands with a girl, which results in them having a baby in the next episode.

  4. Quimby’s in Chicago used to have every episode on DVD, which I watched from start to finish. Unfortunately, it had no subtitles, either. I’m not sure it would matter too much, anyway.

    Another equally deranged children’s show is Pingu, a claymation series that follows the adventures of a school-age penguin, his mother and father, and his best friend, Robby the seal. And since all of the dialogue is imaginary animal-speak, no subs necessary.

  5. can you say Sid and Marty Croft (ie. HR Puffinstuff, Sigmond the Sea Monster, the Buggaloos, Far Out Space Nuts, Lost Saucer, etc.)

  6. Dafoink said it before me, but it is hard to believe that Sid & Marty didn’t see this stuff before they got busy with either Puffnstuff or the McDonald’s characters. Or perhaps that the Japanese creators hadn’t seen the American stuff? Is this an example of a simultaneous, yet independent evolution?

    Puffnstuff (however you spell it) always repelled me, as did the burger characters. Yet I found this Japanese stuff cute. I have no idea why…

  7. Actually, I’d like to request someone translate what is happening in this specific video posted here on Boing, Boing. Request submitted…. NOW!

  8. @15 Jack

    Your request is so strong that you’ve made this long time lurker a first time poster!

    Quick and dirty:

    Octopus and Gord want to eat some Nabe (Japanese stew) so they go to the Vending machine that sells everything. But when they pay, it is sold out. The machine asks for some onions, they bring them, put some more money in, but then it asks for potatoes. They bring them. Then it says turn right, turn left, and bring some soy sauce. They do, and finally the green light turns on. But behind the machine is a creature (sorry- I don’t know what this is called exactly) and he says get in the pot! “Give give me octopus is going to become boiled octopus is going to become dead octopus!”

    Or something like that.

  9. This show is amazing. The range of craziness achieved within 2 minute segments using those crappy costumes and sets is to be commended. Must have been hell to shoot under hot lights.

    Thanks! I really wish more kids shows had psychotic knife wielding homeless monsters chasing the main character.

    This episode stayed in, but 220 was banned? Now I want to watch them all!

  11. I remember reading about this a couple of years ago on gPod:

    From WFMU’s Beware of the Blog: …Kure Kure Takora, aka Gimme Gimme Octopus, an insane 60s Japanese TV show for kids, starring an octopus and a peanut who are in love with the same walrus. However, love stories are notoriously boring, so the creators of this series made the wise decision to drop copious amounts of acid, and to infuse the series with lots of crime, gratuitous violence, and insect repellent. The music is already great, but the episodes themselves are unbelievable. Here are two of them, teaching the kids about private property, violence, and use of mind enhancing substances: Stealing The Dragon’s Mosquito Repellent Which Is Not At All Psychoactive and Fighting With The Dragon to Steal His Book (both approximately 11 meg MP4 files).

    Thanks for the reminder, Mark!

  12. My 18 month old was intrigued by it and started
    speaking Japanese. She seemed to get it better than me, and the knife wielding puddle of splooge didn’t raise an eyebrow.

  13. Ia! Ia! Gojira! Ia! Ia! Yog-Sothoth! Ia! Ia! Nyarlathotep! Ia! Ia! Shub-Nigurath! Ia! Ia! Great Cthulhu! Ia Ia Cthulhu F’thagn! Ph’nglui Mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn!

  14. One of the problems in that “banned” episode is that they keep saying kichigai — “crazy” / “crazy person” — which is now a taboo un-PC word in Japanese.

    This may also interest fans of Japanese kids’ TV shows: Curriculumachine. It’s like the Electric Company unironically scattered with Wonder Showzen gags.

  15. This is the show Yo Gabba Gabba could be if the creators had BALLS and cut out all the ‘educational’ stuff. Kids TV is so earnest these days, I’m almost ashamed to shove my kids in front of it for hour after hour.

  16. @5 Jack

    I loved Pingu back in the day. It makes you wonder when it’ll get picked up by the internet meme scene with hilarious out-of-context subtitles or dubbing, GI Joe style.

    Also, is there a reason that the ghost sounds similar to Boo in Mario Land? Is this some sort of traditional Japanese ghoulish language?

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