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Nickelodeon Japan (ニコロデオン, Nikorodeon) was a Japanese television station operated by Viacom International, and served as the official Japanese counterpart of the famous Nickelodeon channel in the United States. Nick Japan launched on November 15, 1998 as a cable channel on DirectTV Japan, and was later added as a satellite network on Sky Perfect TV in 2000. In addition, the channel was later made available on broadband services like EntaMiel, Hikari One, BBTV, and 4th Media[1]. The channel shutdown at midnight on September 30, 2009, but has recently returned to Japan in February, 2018 in the form of a OTT channel.

List of Programs Broadcast by Nickelodeon Japan

Original Title Japanese Title and Translation Original Premiere Date Premiere on Nick Japan
Doug ダグ (same meaning) August 11th, 1991 Sometime between April and June, 2004
Rugrats ラグラッツ (same meaning) August 11th, 1991 Unknown, possibly at launch
The Ren & Stimpy Show レンとスティンピー (Ren and Stimpy) August 11th, 1991 Unknown, possibly at launch
Rocko's Modern Life ロッコーのモダンライフ (same meaning) September 18th, 1993 Unknown, possibly at launch
AAAHH!!! Real Monsters! ぎゃあ!!!リアル・モンスターズ (same meaning) October 29th, 1994 Unknown, possibly at launch
Hey Arnold! ヘイ・アーノルド! (same meaning) October 7th, 1996 Unknown, possibly at launch
KaBlam! カブラーム! (same meaning) October 11th, 1996 Unknown, possibly at launch
The Angry Beavers アングリー・ビーバーズ (same meaning) April 19th, 1997 Unknown, possibly at launch
CatDog キャットドッグ (same meaning) April 4th, 1998 (sneak peak)

October 5th, 1998 (official premiere)

Unknown, possibly at launch
Oh Yeah! Cartoons! オーイェイ・カートゥーンズ (Oh Yay Cartoons) July 18th, 1998 Unknown
The Wild Thornberrys ワイルド・ソーンベリーズ (same meaning) September 1st, 1998 Unknown, possibly at launch
SpongeBob SquarePants スポンジ・ボブ (Sponge Bob) May 1st, 1999 (sneak peak)

July 17th, 1999 (official premiere)

Sometime in 2000
Rocket Power ロケット・パワー (same meaning) August 16th, 1999 Unknown
As Told by Ginger ジンジャーの青春日記 (Ginger's Youth Diary) October 25th, 2000 Unknown
The Fairly OddParents! Oops! フェアリー・ペアレンツ (Oops! Fairy Parents) March 30th, 2001 July 7th, 2006[2]
Invader Zim インベーダー・ジム (same meaning) March 30th, 2001 Sometime between February and August, 2005
ChalkZone チョーク・ゾーン (same meaning) March 22nd, 2002 June 19th, 2004[3]
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius ジミー・ニュートロン 僕は天才発明家! (Jimmy Neutron - I am a Genius Inventor July 20th, 2002 Either September 30th or October 1st, 2005[4]
All Grown Up! ラグラッツ・ザ・ティーンズ (Rugrats the Teens) April 12th, 2003 (sneak peak)

November 29th, 2003 (official premiere)

June 5th, 2004 (sneak peak)[5]

June 19th, 2004 (official premiere)[6]

My Life as a Teenage Robot ジェニーはティーン☆ロボット (Jenny the Teen Robot) August 1st, 2003 December 29th, 2004 (sneak peak)[7]

January 5th, 2005 (official premiere)[8]

Avatar: The Last Airbender アバター:伝説の少年アン (Avatar: The Legend of Young Aang) February 21st, 2005 January 12th, 2007[9]

It seems that Danny Phantom was originally also going to air on Nick Japan at some point, due to its inclusion on a special sticker sheet that was given out to the lucky winner of a contest they held[10], but it never came out.

Nick Jr. Programming
Original Title Japanese Title and Translation Original Premiere Date Premiere on Nick Japan
Eureeka's Castle ユリーカのお城 (same meaning) September 4th, 1989 Unknown, possibly at launch
Allegra's Window アレグラのとびら (Allegra's Doorway) October 24th, 1994 Unknown, possibly at launch
Blue's Clues ブルーズ・クルーズ (same meaning) September 8th, 1996 April 3rd, 2004[11]
Little Bill リトル・ビル (same meaning) November 28th, 1999 (sneak peak)

December 5th, 1999 (official premiere)

Dora the Explorer ドーラといっしょに大冒険 (Big Adventures with Dora) August 14th, 2000 Sometime in 2002
The Backyardigans Sing×3 ぼくら、バックヤーディガンズ (Singx3 We're the Backyardigans) October 11th, 2004 April 29th, 2006[12]
Wonder Pets! ワンダー・ペッツ (same meaning) March 3rd, 2006 April 2nd, 2007[13]
Live Action Programming
Original Title Japanese Title and Translation Original Premiere Date Premiere on Nick Japan
Clarissa Explains It All クラリッサ (Clarissa) March 23rd, 1991 Unknown, possibly at launch
Are You Afraid of the Dark? アー・ユー・アフレイド・オブ・ザ・ダーク? (same meaning) August 15th, 1992 Unknown, possibly at launch
The Adventures of Pete & Pete ピートとピートの冒険 (same meaning) November 27th, 1993 Unknown, possibly at launch
The Secret World of Alex Mack おまかせアレックス (Leave it to Alex) October 8th, 1994 Unknown, possibly at launch
All That オール・ザット (same meaning) January 21st, 1995 Unknown, possibly at launch
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo シェルビーの事件ファイル (Shelby's Case Files) March 16th, 1996 Unknown, possibly at launch
Kenan & Kel キーナン&ケル (same meaning) August 17th, 1996 (sneak peak)

October 12th, 1996 (official premiere)

Unknown, possibly at launch
The Journey of Allen Strange アレン・ストレンジの不思議な旅 (The Mysterious Journey of Allen Strange) November 8th, 1997 Unknown, possibly at launch
Cousin Skeeter いとこのスキーター (same meaning) September 1st, 1998 Unknown
The Amanda Show アマンダ・ショー (same meaning) October 16th, 1999 Sometime between February and August, 2005
100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd ワンだー・エディ(Eddie the Wonder Dog) October 16th, 1999 February 1st, 2005[14]
Caitlin's Way 私はケイトリン (I am Caitlin) March 11th, 2000 February 1st, 2005[15]
Romeo! ロメオ!(same meaning) September 13th, 2003 November 5th, 2005[16]
Drake & Josh ドレイク&ジョシュ (same meaning) January 11th, 2004 Sometime in 2007, possibly January 22nd[17]
The Naked Brothers Band ネイキッド・ブラザーズ・バンド (same meaning) February 23rd, 2007 Unknown
Game Shows
Original Title Japanese Title and Translation Original Premiere Date Premiere on Nick Japan
Legends of the Hidden Temple レジェンド~隠れ寺の伝説 (LEGEND ~ The Legends of the Hidden Temple) September 11th, 1993 Unknown, possibly at launch
Global Guts グローバル・ガッツ (same meaning) September 5th, 1995 Unknown, possibly at launch

List of non-Nickelodeon programs broadcast by Nickelodeon Japan

Original Title and Country of Origin Translated Title Original Premiere Date Premiere on Nick Japan
まんが日本昔ばなし (Japan) Roughly translates to "Animated Japanese Folktales" January 7th, 1975 on NET (now TV Asahi) Unknown
Muppets Tonight (USA) マペット放送局 (Muppets Broadcasting Station) March 8th, 1996 on ABC Unknown
The Adventures of Shirley Holmes (Canada) シャーリー・ホームズの冒険 (same meaning) May 7th, 1997 on YTV September 5th, 2004[18]
ぶぶチャチャ (Japan) Bubu Chacha (same meani April 8th, 1999 on NHK Sometime in April, 2005[19]
Yvon of the Yukon (Canada) ぼんじゅール?!イボン (Bounjour?! Yvon) April 28th, 2001 on YTV Either September 30th or October 1st, 2005[20]
Pic-Me (Ireland) ぴっくみー (same meaning) September 4th, 2004 on RTÉ Sometime in March, 2008[21]
Naturally, Sadie (Canada) セイディ my ダイアリー (Sadie My Diary) June 24th, 2005 on the Family Channel November 5th, 2005[22]
Trollz (USA) トロールス☆ (same meaning) October 3rd, 2005 in syndication April 7th, 2006[23]
Growing Up Creepie (USA) クリーピー (Creepie) September 9th, 2006 on Discovery Kids Unknown

Programming Blocks

The following is a list of known programming blocks that were featured on Nickelodeon Japan throughout the years:

  • Nick Jr. (ニック・ジュニア) - Much like the Nick Jr. block in the United States (and elsewhere, for that matter), Nick Japan's Nick Jr. block aired programming geared towards children ages 2-5, such as the popular Dora the Explorer and Blue's Clues.
  • Mystery Zone (ミステリー・ゾーン) - This is a block that seems to have been exclusive to the Japanese Nickelodeon channel. This was an hour-long block that would air The Secret World of Alex Mack and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo, with the latter sometimes being swapped out for The Adventures of Shirley Holmes.

Channel Shut-Down

On September 30th, 2009, Nickelodeon Japan aired for the final time on Japanese cable television. The exact reason for the shutdown is unknown, but it was most likely due to a lack of viewers. According to a blog post documenting the channel's closure[24], the final four programs to air on the channel were two Nicktoons, AAAHH!!! Real Monsters! and My Life as a Teenage Robot, and two short interstitial programs, Those Scurvy Pirates and Bull & Red. The final thing that was shown on the channel before shutting down was a bumper of a green dinosaur eating a cookie or cracker near a glass of water.

The Return of Nickelodeon Japan

In late 2017, it was confirmed that Nickelodeon would return to Japan after nearly a decade of being off the air. In February, 2018, it was relaunched as an OTT channel, available to watch on dTV, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video. As of 2021, the channel is still being broadcasted. Starting in 2021, a Nickelodeon streaming service "Nick+" was launched on RakutenTV in Japan.

Lost Dubs of Nickelodeon Programming

Since a lot of Nickelodeon's programs haven't aired in Japan since the channel closed, a lot of them have rare and/or lost Japanese dubbings. Please keep in mind that the following list only contains programs with completely lost Japanese dubs. This does not include shows such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Rugrats, and Avatar: The Last Airbender, in which their Japanese dubs can all be viewed on streaming services and home media. This list also does not include dubs of shows like The Ren & Stimpy Show and My Life as a Teenage Robot, in which some episodes of their Japanese dubs have been uploaded to websites like Nico Nico, despite not being made officially available in Japan.

  • Eureeka's Castle
  • Doug
  • Rocko's Modern Life (not counting the Netflix movie Static Cling)
  • AAAHH!!! Real Monsters!
  • Allegra's Window
  • The Angry Beavers
  • Little Bill
  • As Told by Ginger
  • ChalkZone
  • Wonder Pets!

All of Nickelodeon's live-action programming that aired on Nick Japan, from Clarissa Explains It All to The Naked Brothers Band, have lost Japanese dubs as well. This includes game shows such as The Legends of the Hidden Temple. This does not however include shows such as iCarly, The Thundermans, and Game Shakers, which are all available on streaming services, and did not even air on Nick Japan to begin with.


  1. https://web.archive.org/web/20070505031953/http://www.nickjapan.com:80/watch/index.html
  2. https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oops!%E3%83%95%E3%82%A7%E3%82%A2%E3%83%AA%E3%83%BC%E3%83%9A%E3%82%A2%E3%83%AC%E3%83%B3%E3%83%84
  3. https://web.archive.org/web/20040602190928/http://www.nickjapan.com:80/nick_news.html
  4. https://web.archive.org/web/20051018053814/http://www.nickjapan.com:80/tv_schedule.html
  5. https://web.archive.org/web/20040602190928/http://www.nickjapan.com:80/nick_news.html
  6. https://web.archive.org/web/20040602190928/http://www.nickjapan.com:80/nick_news.html
  7. https://web.archive.org/web/20050107033129/http://www.nickjapan.com/nick_news.html
  8. https://web.archive.org/web/20050107033129/http://www.nickjapan.com/nick_news.html
  9. https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%82%A2%E3%83%90%E3%82%BF%E3%83%BC_%E4%BC%9D%E8%AA%AC%E3%81%AE%E5%B0%91%E5%B9%B4%E3%82%A2%E3%83%B3
  10. http://candy-bubbles.jugem.jp/?eid=520.
  11. https://web.archive.org/web/20040416024905/http://www.nickjapan.com/nick_news.html
  12. https://web.archive.org/web/20060415155404/http://www.nickjapan.com/nick_news.html
  13. https://web.archive.org/web/20130609041423/http://www.nickjapan.com/news/index_2007.html
  14. https://web.archive.org/web/20050207065258/http://www.nickjapan.com:80/nick_news.html
  15. https://web.archive.org/web/20050207065258/http://www.nickjapan.com:80/nick_news.html
  16. https://web.archive.org/web/20051122041500/http://www.nickjapan.com/nick_news.html
  17. https://web.archive.org/web/20070221094506/http://www.nickjapan.com/press/
  18. https://web.archive.org/web/20040925052018/http://www.nickjapan.com:80/nick_news.html
  19. http://bubuchacha.com/e/index.html
  20. https://web.archive.org/web/20051018053814/http://www.nickjapan.com:80/tv_schedule.html
  21. https://web.archive.org/web/20120513123121/http://www.nickjapan.com/news/index_2008.html
  22. https://web.archive.org/web/20051122041319/http://www.nickjapan.com:80/tv_schedule.html
  23. https://web.archive.org/web/20060415155404/http://www.nickjapan.com/nick_news.html
  24. http://ppgcom.blog12.fc2.com/blog-date-200909.html