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Ahiru no Quack

Alternate title : Alfred J. Kwak

Studio : Telescreen

Length : 52 Episodes

Year : 1989

Genre : Adventure - Drama - Comedy

Synopsis :
Alfred is the oldest duck of his siblings. Even before he was born, Alfred went through many adventures. Unfortunately, Alfred's parents and siblings perished in an accident when he was very young. Alfred is taken under the care of his late father's friend, Hank, a mole. His adventuresome personality brings him through many hardships, while helping many others along the way.

Added : 2007-11-03
Synopsis by : Himitsu
Last update : 2007-12-01
Last update details : Song added
Score : 10
Number of reviews : 1

Link(s) :

Official #1 : Telescreen's Alfred J. Kwak Website (English)

Song(s) :

OP1 : Megumi Hayashibara - Yakusoku Da yo

ED1 : Megumi Hayashibara - Happy Happy ~ Alfred's Walk

Release(s) :

2008-03-25 -- Episode(s) 6 by Hari-no-Ito. BT Link
2008-03-24 -- Episode(s) 5 by Hari-no-Ito. BT Link
2007-11-16 -- Episode(s) 4 by Hari-no-Ito. BT Link

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Posted by : GTChris
Posted on : 2007-11-05        

Ahiru no Quack or Alfred Jodocus Kwak as it is called in The Netherlands is the idea of Herman Veen a well known Dutch Artist in many ways of the word. He got his idea for the show in the 70's when he was on his way home and suddenly ran into a male duck. He was so sorry but there was nothing more he could do for the duck.
The next day he saw a female duck and her baby's wandering his garden. Could it be that they where searching for the male duck he had killed the day before. These chains of events would give him the inspiration to write a story about a young duck named Alfred.

I watched this show every morning before going to school when I was younger. The setting is very Dutch and the show is a mix of not too cute and educational. If you listen to the original Dutch audio you are treated with some of the best in Dutch voice acting. No voice sounds the same. For the Japanese audio dub I must say it's ok but I miss the warm sound of Herman Veen's voice in the intro. At the time of me writing this review only the first two episodes are available from Fan sub Hari-no-Ito (thank you for subbing this beauty ;) These two episodes are great but are in no way a representation of the entire series. From beginning to end a lot of moral subjects are put in front of Alfred’s beak. Like racism and afterlife. With Napoleon, Hitler, Cleopatra and many more historical characters played out. Just like mythical places and creatures: Atlantis, the end of a rainbow and Dragons are just some of them. This is Dutch storytelling at its best.

With every character looking like an animal you would think it get's too cute at times. But that's not the case. With an animal look, some characters can still make a very serious statement especially near the ending of the series. You'll see Alfred and his friends grow up and gain knowledge and understanding. There are some episodes that bring you back in time but never will they use flashbacks. Everything you see is new and adds to the semi-fantasy world of Alfred.

If your kid speaks Dutch or Japanese or Alfred is on your local television channel in your language I recommend this for your kids. If you like a few year old anime that sometimes grabs (dare I say) the Ghibli feeling then this is your show.

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