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Sgt. Keroro (Sgt. Frog)

Sgt. Keroro
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Genre: Comedy, Science Fiction, Shounen, Drama
Original run: 3 April 2004 – present
No. of episodes: 162(ongoing in Japan)

Sgt. Frog (ケロロ軍曹, Keroro Gunsō?, Sergeant Keroro) is a manga series by Mine Yoshizaki, and a TV anime series based on the manga and directed by Junichi Sato. Both the anime and manga are comedies that follow the attempts of a platoon of frog-like alien invaders to conquer Earth. Sergeant Keroro, the titular character, is the leader of the platoon, but is at the mercy of a human family of three. In both the manga and anime, Keroro is forced to do meaningless chores and errands for the family after his army abandons his platoon on Earth.

The series takes its comedy from a combination of wordplay (particularly puns and homophones), physical humor, situational humor, and numerous pop culture references (especially to Gundam). Various anime, games, manga, and other aspects of pop culture are parodied/referenced throughout the series, making it difficult for younger audiences to appreciate. Both the manga and the anime are laden with pop-culture references, and even in the same story the references often vary wildly. In particular, the anime does not explicitly refer to Evangelion and other animations to which Bandai does not hold the copyrights, and only recreates the "feel" of famous scenes from other anime. The anime is instead much more detailed and direct in its Gundam references, since Bandai does hold rights to the Gundam franchise.

Sgt. Frog is published in Japan by Kadokawa Shoten, serialized in the magazine Shonen Ace, and published in English by TOKYOPOP. The anime is produced by Sunrise, has aired on Animax, TV Tokyo, and TXN at 10:00 A.M. until 10:30 A.M. every Saturday since April 2004, and is currently at episode 162. In addition, around August of 2005 it was announced that a "Keroro Gunsō" theatrical movie was to be directed by Junichi Sato, produced by Sunrise, and set for release summer of 2006. A second movie has been announced for March 2007. The English manga releases amount to 14 volumes in total. ADV has announced they have acquired exclusive rights to the English dub of Sgt. Frog. Currently, volume one of the DVD is slated for release in the United States around late 2007.

Both the manga and the anime focus on the steadily deteriorating ordeal of the Keroro Platoon, a group of two-foot-tall frog-like invaders, who try, but fail miserably to conquer the world and sell useless merchandise to the citizens of Japan. Its leader, Sergeant Keroro, is easily distracted, and would rather spend his time making plastic Gundam models and surfing the Internet than destroying Earth, much to the chagrin of their bellicose corporal, Giroro. Aside from Keroro's laziness, what most stands in the way of their mission is the Hinata Family, a trio of rather benign humans who keep Keroro busy with ridiculous demands and constant abuse, primarily from the family daughter Natsumi.

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