Game Center Arashi

Game Center Arashi

Cover of the 2000 reprint of first manga volume
(Geimu Sentā Arashi)
Genre Action
Written by Mitsuru Sugaya
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Children
Magazine CoroCoro Comic
Original run 19781984
Volumes 17
Anime television series
Directed by Tameo Ogawa
Studio Shin-Ei Animation
Network NTV
Original run April 5, 1982 September 27, 1982
Episodes 26

Game Center Arashi (ゲームセンターあらし Geimu Sentā Arashi) is a Japanese manga by Mitsuru Sugaya, which ran in CoroCoro Comic from 1978 to 1984. It sold over 5 million copies and won the 1983 Shogakukan Manga Award for children's manga.[1] The series was adapted as a popular anime television show that aired in 1982 in Japan on Mondays from 7:00pm to 7:30pm.; and in Hong Kong.

In Japanese, the word "Arashi" means "storm". In Hong Kong, the show aired under the title 電子神童, which translates to "Electronic Prodigy". The series was considered iconic in Asia , since it came at a time when the public was being exposed to video games for the first time. The manga and TV series opened the imagination and possibilities of what gaming entertainment was about, while boosting its popularity as a new phenomenon.


The story is about a young boy named Arashi Ishino who is obsessed with video games. He would spend all his time trying to beat the games and conquer the local arcades. He would meet competitors like Satoru Daimonji and Ishii, who would try to out match him with higher scores. At a certain point in each episode, he would display his special skill of unleashing a top which will spin so fast that both the top and his hands would catch on fire. On release, the spin would land on or near the cabinet panels, turning the ordinary button into a turbo button thus giving him a major advantage. His appearance is known for being bucktoothed, and he always wears a hat labeled "Arashi" with a picture of a sprited alien.

Game Center Arashi was the first animation with a gamer as the lead character and have the plot revolve around life with competitive gaming. Some of the games featured in the show include Space Invaders, Breakout, Galaxian, though they were not explicitly named. Some of Arashi's gaming techniques even have special names like "Blazed Top", "Vacuum Hurricane Shot", "Fish Stance".[2]


Arashi Ishino (石野あらし Ishino Arashi) Voiced by: Satomi Mashima
Satoru Daimonji (大文字さとる Daimonji Satoru) Voiced by: Eiko Yamada
Ippeita Tsukikage (月影一平太 Tsukikage Ippeita) Voiced by: Kenichi Ogata



Function Names
Director Tameo Ogawa
Screenwriter Soji Yoshikawa
Character Design Mitsuru Sugi-yama
Animator Kazuyuki Okaseko
Song Writer Koji Makaino
Opening Theme Song Performer Ichirou Mizuki
Ending Theme Song Performer Satomi Mashima

Original broadcast

Broadcast day Episodes
1982/4/5 1. Defeat the big computer!!
1982/4/12 2. Super secret skill!! Scene of flame
1982/4/19 3. It came out!! Necessary shooting munsaruto
1982/4/26 4. The heart of love burns in the game
1982/5/3 5. Decisive battle!! Guarantee comb un
1982/5/10 6. Destruction!! Alien of fear
1982/5/17 7. Intense it is painful!! Carious tooth alien
1982/5/24 8. It is game of the man!! Eye Kawahara of rhinoceros
1982/5/31 9. Certain Victory! TV Game Heaven
1982/6/7 10. Dracula who reanimates
1982/6/14 11. To withstand the super intensive training of death and be able to pull out!!
1982/6/21 12. TV game spy large maneuvers
1982/6/28 13. Why super boin becomes matter of concern
1982/7/5 14. Unexpected!! Ton men Daio puzzle
1982/7/12 15. Sneak away from the black hole!!
1982/7/19 16. The coming out of Arashi's tooth!!
1982/7/26 17. The younger brother was born!
1982/8/2 18. High treason point!! Surfing game!!
1982/8/9 19. The hamburger already the large quantity
1982/8/16 20. Mystery! Slow residence
1982/8/23 21. It is Summer! It is the game! It is lodging together!
1982/8/30 22. Good-bye you take!?
1982/9/6 23. Fight!! Game soldier Arashi
1982/9/13 24. SOS from heaven Part-I
1982/9/20 25. SOS from heaven Part-II
1982/9/27 26. Arashi's enemy is Arashi?!

Additional versions and appearances

In 1999, the series spawned a PlayStation novel called Game Center Arashi R. In 2004 Microsoft Tokyo used the character of Arashi as a mascot to boost Xbox sales and image.

While the 2002 manga Arcade Gamer Fubuki reused the concept of a powerful gamer in the arcades, and also spawned a TV series of the same name, that show used entirely different characters and plots, modernizing while separating itself from the 1982 counterpart.

In 2006 the Let's TV Play Classic series of Plug and Plays used Arashi as a mascot.


  1. 小学館漫画賞: 歴代受賞者 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2007-08-19.
  2. Clements, Jonathan. McCarthy Helen. [2006] (2006). The Anime Encyclopedia: Revised & Expanded Edition. Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge Press. ISBN 978-1-933330-10-5

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