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 (birthday April 2, year unknown) is a popular Japanese television character who appeared in the children's program Hirake! Ponkikki on Fuji TVmarker. He is a dinosaur boy, born on a southern island and has a green body. He is 5 years old and he never ages. He is 165 cm tall and weighs 80 kg. He is usually accompanied by his friend Mukku, a red Yeti.


Jōji Katakiri (Japan Software Video Club President) was the original designer and modeled the character of on the always sleepy somber face of Masahiro Nomura, the President of JAPAN TELEVISION WORKSHOP CO.,LTD who also worked on the program. There was a rumor that the character was based on Paul McCartney of The Beatles but this was publicly confirmed as untrue. Gachapin uses the same phrase to introduce himself which is “Gacha, Gachapin pin, I am Gachapin.”The original narrator for Gachapin’s voice was Kunie Yasawa and the current voice is performed by Kuniko Amemiya.

The first season of “Hirake! Ponkiki” had the setting in which the Captain traveled to a southern island and brought back an egg from which Gachapin hatched. Gachapin had quite a shy and easy going personality at first. Then he became quite an adventurous character and went on to attempt such sports as skiing, rock climbing, hang-gliding, scuba diving, karate (1st dan in kyokushinkai), gymnastics, bowling, figure skating and even an adventure in a space craft. Each story was triggered by his interest in environmental problems and enthusiasm for space crafts. On each wrist, Gachapin has seven energy balls that are the source of his bravery and power. It was said that the reason for Gachapin's phenomenal reflexes was due to the carbohydrates inside these balls.

The theme tune to the program “Year 2100 Gachapin kid” showed the transformation of the hero “Gachapin kid” whenever earth was in danger. And in 2006, on BS Fuji channel, the hero Gachapin fought against Pierre Kasher in Ike ike Gachapin (Go go Gachapin).

In the show “Gacha Gachapon”, the character Gachapan appeared in the role of a bar manager and was called “Shisho” or master.


Guest appearances

Gachapin along with Mukku sometimes appears as a guest on TV and radio shows run by Fuji TV.

  • On May 5, 1992, Gachapin appeared with Mukku as a guest on the NHK program “Along with mother” (おかあさんといっしょ). A character called Nikonikopun also appeared in this show.

  • In episode 35 of Digimon Adventure, Mukku and P-chan fight evil Digimon which appear in Tokyo.

  • In 1998, Gachapin and Mukku appeared in the story “Angry rock, scissors, paper squad“ (おごってジャンケン隊) in Big Comic Spirits written by Yoko Gendai. It was mentioned that he receives 50 yen each month as pocket money.

  • On August 30, 2006, Gachapin and Mukku worked for “Shadow Nare” on “Tropia fountain ~ Wonderful wasteful knowledge” (トリビアの泉 ~素晴らしきムダ知識~). Also, on May 12, 2007, they took up the challenge of working in a lunch box factory, a convenience store, as firefighters and fishing for skipjack tuna from a boat as well as performing stunts on a special of the same show.

  • On October 23, 2006, they participated in roulette bowling using specially made balls on the SMAPxSMAP show.

  • On November 9, 2006, Gachapin appeared on The best house 123 (ザ・ベストハウス123) show as a guest and organized the top three Gachapin challenges.

  • On January 2007, Gachapin appeared as a guest, his drama program debut, in “Kirakira medical intern" (きらきら研修医) which aired on TBS and whose main character was played by Manami Konishi.

  • He has also appeared as a guest on various radio shows in Japan such as TBS radio, Culture broadcasts, TOKYO-FM and J-WAVE.

  • In 2007, Gachapin appeared in the music video “Read My Mind” by the Killers, the American rock band. The scene showed Gachapin inside a capsule hotel in Tokyo with a member from the band.

  • On August 12, 2007, he appeared in the Air Guitar 2007 Japan final held at Makuhari hall in 2007. B’z “girigiri chop” performed in the background. He received 3rd prize for his performance. His dialogue with Souichi Negishi (Johan Klaus II), one of the judges, evoke a great deal of laughter. At the same show, Shin Nohara from Crayon Shin-chan also appeared as a guest.

  • He appeared as a guest of the dream team in “Tamori's Super Vocabulary Heaven” (タモリの超ボキャブラ天国).

Exposure outside of Japan

Gachapin is best known in America and Europe for his role in the "Read My Mind" music video by The Killers.

The Japanese rock band Mucc takes its name from the character Mukku.



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