Amin Abbas Dubai
The Chibi Maruko-chan series, or Little Maruko in Arabic, that was broadcasted in the Middle East in the early 1990’s is coming back with new Arabic dubbed episodes including most of the original cast.
Saqr Al Humoud, General Manager and owner of Media Marketing and Production Est. in Jordan, spoke exclusively to Arab News Japan, sharing how he is very excited for the new episodes of the Chibi Maruko-chan series.
Chibi Maruko-chan had touched many generations in Middle East region after its release almost thirty years ago.
“I believe many TV programmers were so young when the first season was launched since three decades, and some of them were interested to see the second part we dubbed upon request of a TV programmer. The rumors and demands that spread on social media from lovers of the old first series of Little Maruko, concentrated to see the same Arabic sound actors of the first series.”
“This situation put a heavy burden on us to search for those actors who played the roles of the main characters in the first series of Chibi Maruko-chan as well being fit and willing to reprise their roles again after nearly thirty years in the second series,” the process was hampered by the restriction that came with the COVID-19 pandemic, he shared.
Many actors including Eman Hayel (Maruko in the first series) and other main actors: Nabil Najm, Suhair Fahed, Reem Saadeh and Abdul Karim Al Qawasmi took part in the revival, participating in creating the new 77 episodes of the second series. Other cast members were included, such as: Rania Fahed, Wafa Abdullah, Daood Ufaishat, Ayman Idrees, and Diana Rahmeh.
“I believe that we created a new Arabic version for Maruko 2 with better standard and new technical aspects to face the demand and request of the general audience and viewers in MENA territory to satisfy the memories” of the old generation, he told Arab News Japan.
The second season of Chibi Maruko-chan will be broadcasted in the Middle East region in 2021.
Media Marketing and Production Est, entered the world of TV production, dubbing, and distribution activities almost 40 years ago. The company handled dubbing of different animations, documentaries, and both drama, and TV series from Asia, Europe, Australia and the Americas for the Middle East region.
Their list of Japanese media contents dubbed to Arabic include titles like: “Escape from Jupiter” which was a joint production of NHK and Film Australia. Also, “Space Brothers” and “Ninja Hattori-kun” from YTVE, and recently the Sinbad film series and the second part of the first Chibi Maruko-chan series from Nippon Animation.