Media

Bomberman wasn't just the star of a hundred-odd video games, but also a multimedia icon - in Japan, at least! With one hundred and fifty episodes of anime to his name and over a dozen serialised manga, there's no shortage of stories about the block-headed bomber.

Because every dang thing here is in Japanese and mostly untranslated, the best I can offer for now is basic notes and observations. If you're qualified to translate stuff and want to help (I'm willing to commission!), give me a shout!

TITLE

EPISODES

DATE

Thanks For The Courage, Bomberman: I Will Hear
ボンバーマン勇気をありがとう〜私が耳になる
n/a 03-1995
* BB-Daman Bakugaiden
Bビーダマン爆外伝
48 02-1998 ~ 01-1999
* BB-Daman Bakugaiden V
Bビーダマン爆外伝V
50 02-1999 ~ 01-2000
Bomberman Jetters
ボンバーマン ジェッターズ
52 10-2002 ~ 09-2003

BB-Daman Bakugaiden / Bビーダマン爆外伝

A tie-in to the Bomberman B-Daman Bakugaiden toy franchise, and partial adaptation of the B-Daman Bakugaiden manga, following the adventures of Shirobom and company in their battle against the Dark B-Da and everyday exploits. Ran on TV Asoya from February 1998 to January 1999.

BB-Daman Bakugaiden V / Bビーダマン爆外伝V

Sequel series to Bakugaiden, repurposing the characters as members of the B-DaCop space police. Ran on TV Asoya from February 1999 to January 2000.

TITLE

EPISODES

DATE

* Bomberman
ボンバーマン
1993?
Super Bomberman
スーパーボンバーマン
03-1993 ~ 10-2005
Owarai Bakudan Super Bomberman
おわらいばくだん スーパーボンバーマン
? 05-1995 ~ 03-1998
* Bomberman Returns
ボンバーマンリターンズ
8 ??-1994 ~ ??-1995
Minasaaan! Bomberman desuyo!!
みなさ~ん! ボンバーマンですヨ!!
31 09-1995 ~ 03-1998
Saturn Bomberman
サターンボンバーマン
2 07-1996 ~ 08-1996
Bomberman B-Daman Bakugaiden
ボンバーマン・ビーダマン爆外伝
21 10-1996 ~ 12-1999
Bomberman B-Daman Bakushoden
Bビーダマン爆笑伝
57 ??-1998 ~ ??-1999
Bomberman Bakuretsu School Wars
ボンバーマンバクレツ学校大戦争
7 11-1998 ~ 05-1999
Bakuretsu!! Bomberman Jetters
爆裂!! ボンバーマンジェッターズ
7 09-2002 ~ 03-2003
Soreike!! Bomberman Jetters
それいけ!!ボンバーマンジェッターズ
9 04-2003 ~ 11-2003
Ba-Ba-Ba-Ba-Bakuretsu Bomberman
ば・ば・ば・ば爆熱ボンバーマン
36 09-2008 ~ 08-2011


Bomberman / ボンバーマン


[if anybody knows anything about this...!]

Authored by Goro Yamada (山田ゴロ) and serialised in the educational children's magazine Gakken (学習, literally "Learning") in 1993 [src]... I think? Or is it one of the magazines by Gakken Holdings (学習研究社)? It's a nightmare to research with a name that generic.

Bomberman Returns / ボンバーマンリターンズ

A serialised manga by Fukuhara-kun (福原君, the pen-name of Kojiki Oji / 古事記王子), serialised in Famicom Kingdom (ファミコン王国 / ファミ王) [src] from January 1994 [src] and August 1994 [src].

An offbeat adventure series starring friendly rivals/unsteady allies Shirobon and Kurobon, the latter of whom speaks in a Kansai dialect, partaking in adventures alongside and against a variety of human characters unique to this series. A few elements appear loosely based on Super Bomberman, including the heroes' feuds and the top hat-wearing, Mechabomber-commanding enemy, Carat (カラット), though a Louie does appear in one strip. Although full of strange characters and amusing antics, it apparently wasn't shy from telling dramatic stories when it needed to.

The series was collected in Bomberman 4-Koma Manga Kingdom volumes 1 and 2.

TITLE

DATE

Bomberman: Hidden Character Discovery Technique
ボンバーマン かくれキャラ発見テクニック
10-1985
Bomberman Bakuhatsu Family
ボンバーマン爆発家族
01-1986
Famicom Rocky
ファミコンロッキー
07-1986
* Bomber King
ボンバーキング
10-1987
Super Bomberman Hudson Official Guide Book
スーパーボンバーマンハドソン公式ガイドブック
05-1993
* Super Bomberman 2 Hudson Official Guide Book
スーパーボンバーマン2ハドソン公式ガイドブック
05-1993
* Bomberman Game Book
ボンバーマンゲームブック
* Club Nintendo
* Bomberman Hero
ボンバーマン ヒーロー
05-1998
Bomberman Story: An Omen of Conflict!!
ボンバーマンストーリー 新たなる激闘の予感!!
05-2001
Touch! Bomberman Land: Star Bomber's Miracle World
タッチ!ボンバーマンランド スターボンバーのミラクル★ワールド
08-2008


Bomber King / ボンバーキング

A one-off manga based off the game of the same name, published in the October 1987 issue of Shogaku Ninensei (小学二年生). Part of the "Famicom Manga" series of comic-style tie-ins and guidebooks, illustrated by Daisuke Inoue (井上大助). [src]

Another manga based off the game also ran in the October 1987 issue of Shogaku Ichinensei (小学一年生), illustrated by Michiaki Tanaka (田中道明). [src]


(src: retromag1970)

Super Bomberman Hudson Official Guide Book
スーパーボンバーマンハドソン公式ガイドブック

The game's prologue is recapped in a slapstick-heavy seven-page comic by Uorya Ohashi (うおーりぉ大橋). See the book's page for more information.

Super Bomberman 2 Hudson Official Guide Book
スーパーボンバーマン2ハドソン公式ガイドブック

The game's prologue is recapped in a slapstick-heavy seven-page comic by Uorya Ohashi (うおーりぉ大橋). See the book's page for more information.

Bomberman Game Book (ボンバーマンゲームブック) series


Panels from Bomberman Game Book #2:
Professor Bagura's Ambition

A series of four hardback books published by Futabasha as part of their Comic Game Book series.

Written by Kusunoki Saito [?] (斎藤 楠卜) and illustrated by Masahiro Fujii (藤井 昌浩), these are game books that read like traditional manga pages, but present choices that can lead Bomberman and allies down different story paths (pointing you to the numbered page to skip to next) - or to a Game over! The image on the left shows one such choice: will Bomberman and Louie read the hentai mag? Restraining their libido progresses the story, while reading it will reveal it's an explosive booby trap that kills them instantly. Game over!
Similar to activity books, there are puzzle pages that require the reader to solve a problem before they can continue, sometimes with a variety of different paths. These are often variants of maze games, but come in other flavours.

Four Game Books were released. (other Bomberman game books exist, but are not manga)

Club Nintendo


Panels from Sag niemals Holerö
(image from Retrodox)

A German Nintendo subscription magazine with unique comics starring a smorgasbord of Nintendo characters. Bomberman appeared in three of the comics from 1995 to 1999:
Warios Weihnachtsmärchen: A pastiche of A Christmas Carol. Bomberman is Wario's overworked bomb salesman, but is fired for daring to ask for a Christmas break.
Sag niemals Holerö: An alien disguising itself as a spoof of German folk singer Heino is transforming the populace into food with an enchanted song; Super Mario, Diddy Kong Racing's T.T. and Bomberman team up to defeat the menace.
Freeze Frame: The video game world is being frozen over by King K.Rool, villain of Donkey Kong Country, and Bomberman is among the heroes who set out to foil his scheme.

See the Super Mario Wiki for more information and links to other resources.

Bomberman Hero / ボンバーマン ヒーロー


[have you any information on this series?]

A one-off manga by Takeshi Tamai (玉井たけし), published in the May 1998 volume of Shogaku Ninensei (小学二年生) [src]. Possibly part of the Owarai Bakudan Super Bomberman series? No other information!

TITLE

DATE

Game Player Comics
ゲームプレイヤーコミックス
09-1991 ~ 10-1992
Hudson Makyou
ハドソン魔境
01-1992 ~ 12-1992
PC Comic World
PCコミックワールド
10-1992 ~ 02-1993
Super Bomberman Secret File
スーパーボンバーマン シークレットファイル
04-1993
Super Bomberman 2 Surefire Victory Strategy Guide
スーパーボンバーマン2 絶対勝てる攻略ガイド
05-1994
Bomberman 4-Koma Manga Kingdom
ボンバーマン4コマまんが王国
06-1994 ~ 02-1998
Super Bomberman 3 Perfect Destruction Manual
スーパーボンバーマン3完全爆破マニュアル
05-1995
Super Bomberman 4-Koma Gag Battle
スーパーボンバーマン 4コマギャグバトル
07-1995 ~ 01-1998
Touch! Bomberman Land: Star Bomber's Miracle World
タッチ!ボンバーマンランド スターボンバーのミラクル★ワールド
07-2007 ~ 08-2007

TITLE

DATE

* DiGi-mation 2: Bon! Bomberman
凡! ボンバーマン
12-1990
* Hudson Legend '96
ハドソン伝説'96
??-1996
* Totally Bomberman!! Bomberman Hero Introduction Volume
まるごと!!
??-1998
* GameCenter CX DVD Box 4
ゲームセンターCX DVD-BOX4
12-2007

DiGi-mation 2: Bon! / Bomberman (凡! / ボンバーマン)

One of Hudson's first live-action dramas, released on Christmas 1990. Advertised in PC-Engine games around that time, including Bomberman, natch.

Hudson Legend '96 / ハドソン伝説'96

A promotional video given out at Hudson Caravan sites. The live-action sequences feature a basic story where Shirobon, Kurobon, Honey and Kotetsu interact with characters from the Momotaro Densetsu series for the purposes of promoting upcoming Hudson games and merchandise.
Products highlighted include: Saturn Bomberman, Super Bomberman 4, Baku Bomberman, the SBOM Multi Tap and Joycard for SEGA Saturn, and the HuBee Official Speed Checker (for measuring the speed of marbles shot by Bomberman B-Daman toys).
The video ends on the "Hudson CM Caravan", featuring a sampling of live-action commercials for Hudson games, including Super Bomberman 3, 4 and Saturn Bomberman.
View it on YouTube!

Totally Bomberman!! Bomberman Hero Introduction Volume
まるごと!!ボンバーマン ボンバーマンヒーロー紹介編

A rental-only tips and tricks video for Bomberman Hero. It's over an hour long, though, so does that mean there's something interesting on it?

GameCenter CX DVD Box 4 / ゲームセンターCX DVD-BOX4

Japanese comic Shinya Arino plays terrible old games you've probably never heard of. This box set features an exclusive episode never broadcast on televison, of Bomberman on the Famicom.

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