(?? ??? Kawai Ritsuko
; born March 3, 1964 in Toyonaka, Osaka) is the creator of the anime television show Hamtaro
. Kawai originally created Hamtaro as storybooks for children first published in 1997 and then the anime came to Japan in July 2000.Hamtaro
is about a little hamster and his friends. Hamtaro
has gained great popularity and has been made into an anime series and a line of merchandising. However, the animated show has since been canceled in the United States and now its popularity has fallen.
Kawai has had a say in the message that Hamtaro
should keep promoting, which is non-violence, teamwork, cooperation and sharing. Hamtaro has also been made into many different games for Nintendo hand held systems such as the Game Boy Advance.
Other than Hamtaro
, Ritsuko Kawai has created other sh?jo manga, serialized in Ciao
magazine. Some of her other series can range from different genres, including Horror, Comedy, and Science fiction.