Unfortunate Animals Return for Short Educational Children’s TV Anime

A polar bear cub and an adult polar bear look befuddled as they float away on an ice-drift in a scene from the Zannen na Ikimono Jiten TV anime.


It’s never too soon to learn awkward facts about the animal kingdom, and so Zannen na Ikimono Jiten (“The Unfortunate Animal Encyclopedia”), a short form educational TV anime based on the series of popular children’s books by Tadaaki Imaizumi, is returning to NHK E TV on January 31, 2021, with new episodes filled with unfortunate information.


Much of the main staff from previous episodes is returning, including:


  • Original work: “Zannen na Ikimono Jiten” series (Takahashi Shoten)
  • Director: Jun Aoki
  • Direction: Yuuji Uchiyama, Tomoya Takashima, Asami Ike
  • Music: Yuri Habuka
  • Production work: NHK, Fanworks
  • Production: NHK Enterprises
  • Voice performance: Tesshō Genda, Noriko Hidaka


A banner image for the Zannen na Ikimono Jiten TV anime, featuring a collage of unfortunate animals including a T-rex, a koala bear, a frilled lizard, an elephant, a chamelion, an armadillo, a sting ray, an oar fish, a sugar glider, a shoe bill, an ant eater, a capybara, a frog, two crayfish, a blue whale, a king penguin, three clown fish, a giraffe, and a sun fish.


Episodes 21 – 25 will broadcast on NHK E TV on Sundays during the 19:23 time slot (7:23pm JST) beginning on January 31, 2021. The new episodes will also include facts on unfortunate plants (such as tomatoes and strawberries) for the first time.


Source: Comic Natalie


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