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Zatch Bell!, known in Japan as Konjiki no Gasshu!! (金色のガッシュ!!, lit. "Golden Gash!!") is a shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Makoto Raiku. It was published in Shogakukan's Weekly Shōnen Sunday. The series follows Kiyo Takamine and his Mamodo (魔物, Mamono, lit. "demon") partner Zatch Bell as they try to win the tournament of Mamodo battles in order to make Zatch the king of the Mamodo world.
The manga was later adapted into a 150 episode anime TV series titled Konjiki no Gasshu Beru!! (金色のガッシュベル!!, lit. "Golden Gash Bell!!") by Toei Animation. The anime was directed by Tetsuji Nakamura. Konjiki no Gash Bell premiered on Fuji TV on April 6, 2003 and ran until March 23, 2006. The anime ranked 64th of the Top 100 anime in 2005 according to a web poll conducted by TV Asahi. In 2003, the manga won the Shogakukan Manga Award for best shōnen title of the year.
In addition to an array of licensed merchandise, the series also spawned a series of video games for the Game Boy Advance, PlayStation 2 and GameCube, and in the US and Japan a collectible card game was released by Bandai.
The story follows Kiyo Takamine, a 14-year-old boy in junior high school. His father, Seitaro Takamine, discovers an unconscious child named Zatch Bell while in a forest in England, and sends Zatch to live with Kiyo. Unlike the other Mamodo, Zatch lost his memory of the Mamodo world. Kiyo learns about the spell book when he reads a spell causing Zatch to fire lightning from his mouth (the spell is mentioned in the first episode). As Kiyo and Zatch begin to encounter different Mamodos and learn more about the Mamodo battles, they discover that there are those who do not wish to fight and there are those who fight for the wrong reasons.