Kiseki no Dobutsuen

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Kiseki no Doubutsuen


  • Title: 奇跡の動物園
  • Title (romaji): Kiseki no Dobutsuen
  • Tagline: 旭山動物園物語
  • Tagline (romaji): Asashiyama Dobutsuen Monogatari
  • Format: Tanpatsu
  • Genre: Human drama
  • Broadcast network: Fuji TV

Tanpatsu 2006

  • Viewership ratings: 21.8
  • Broadcast date: 2006-May-13
  • Air time: Saturday 21:00-22:54


An inspirational true story of ordinary people who dedicated themselves to preserving a small zoo in Hokkaido. Asahiyama Zoo faces a crisis when their annual visitor count hits rock bottom. On the verge of losing its business, the zookeepers of Asahiyama Zoo come together in hopes of finding a way to salvage their failing operations. Determined to keep their beloved zoo running, the staff endeavors to find ways to make their animal habitat as unique as possible. The introduction of their unconventional animal viewing facilities becomes an instant hit, making Asahiyama Zoo the top zoo in Japan. --groink

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Tanpatsu 2007

  • Viewership ratings: 17.2
  • Broadcast date: 2007-May-11
  • Air time: Friday 21:00-22:52
  • Theme song: Asahi no Chikai by Kumaki Anri (熊木杏里)


The success of the Asahiyama Zoo has brought on new challenges to those who strive to keep the zoo's top ranking status. While the zoo continues to have the highest number of visitors in Japan, the zookeepers struggle to accommodate them all; a newly assigned veterinarian finds a flaw in the operation of the zoo; and the installment of a new animal display is delayed as Sakauchi, the dedicated animal caretaker and designer of the display, becomes involved in an accident. --groink


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Tanpatsu 2008

  • Viewership ratings: 10.1
  • Broadcast date: 2008-May-16
  • Air time: Friday 19:57 - 21:49
  • Opening theme: Orange by Takahashi Mariko (高橋真梨子)
  • Ending theme: Hanataba by Tokunaga Hideaki


The third sequel depicting life at Asahiyama Zoo in Hokkaido. Once on the verge of closing down, Asahiyama Zoo was resurrected by the dedicated staff and has now become the number one zoo in Japan. Despite its popularity and flourishing business, the zookeepers strive to explore new possibilities while also improving their humble beginnings.

In this new episode, young intern Kitajima joins the Asahiyama Zoo to gain experience in the field of veterinary medicine. Kitajima's high hopes of putting his knowledge into practice are quickly shunned when he is ordered to handle mediocre tasks, such as feeding the animals. He is met with further disappointment and even a slight sense of bewilderment when he is given advice by the veteran zookeeper Bannai that their job is to "face and learn from each animal." Will Kitajima be able to adjust to life at Asahiyama? In the meantime, other zookeepers are facing new challenges of their own: Sawako struggles to make peace with her ill-stricken father while other zookeepers must come up with fresh ideas on creating a unique display area for the wolves. --groink


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