?) (also Binchō-tan) is a mascot character, created by mangaka Takahito Ekusa (江草天仁, Ekusa Takahito
?) and produced by game goods company Alchemist.
The name is a play on words: binchōtan
?) is a kind of charcoal, which is mainly used for cooking. However, -tan
is a suffix created by the mispronunciation of chan. Relating to this dajare
, the main cast is the moe anthropomorphic representations of different types of charcoal.
An anime began airing in February 2006 that was produced by Studio Deen. Animax, who have also broadcasted all episodes within respective networks across Southeast Asia, South Asia, East Asia, translating and dubbing the series into English and other languages. The anime is set in Minabe, Wakayama, a location that is the largest producer of binchōtan charcoal in Japan.