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Babel II
Babel II vol1 Cover.jpg
Cover of Babel II volume 1 as published by Akita Shoten
バビル2世
(Babiru Ni-Sei)
Genre Supernatural fiction
Manga
Author Mitsuteru Yokoyama
Publisher Japan Akita Shoten
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Champion
Volumes 12
TV anime
Director Shun-ichi Yukimuro
Studio Toei Animation
Network NET (now TV Asahi)
Original run January 1, 1973September 24, 1973
Episodes 39
Original video animation
Director Yoshihisa Matsumoto
Studio Hikari Productions
Released 1992
Runtime 30 minutes
Episodes 4
TV anime
Babel II 2 - Beyond Infinity
Director Ken Ushikusa
Studio Vega Entertainment
Network TV Tokyo
Original run October 6, 2001December 29, 2001
Episodes 13
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Babel II (バビル2世 Babiru Ni-Sei ?) is a 1971 manga series by Mitsuteru Yokoyama.

Yokoyama's manga has been animated three times. In 1973, as a television series. In 1992, as an original video animation series. And in 2001, as a 13 episode television series.

Yokoyama also wrote the sequel manga in the parallel universe, His name is 101 (その名は101 Sono Na wa 101(Wan-Zero-Wan) ?).

Contents

Common plot

The series follows Koichi, a Japanese schoolboy who learns he is the reincarnation of the alien entity "Babel". As such, Koichi is entrusted with Babel's powers and joined by three protectors: Rodem, a shape-shifting black panther; Ropross, a Pteradactyl-like flying creature; and Poseidon, a giant robot that always rises from the depth of the ocean when summoned. The boy hero commands his new found powers and companions to defend the Earth.

Babel II (Manga)

Characters

Babel II
His real name is Koichi Yamano (His family name is different respectively in the anime version like Furumi, Yamano, Kamiya). Koichi lives an ordinary junior high school life, but one day the computer of the Tower of Babel authorized him as a master of the tower. Koichi was actually a distant descendant of space alien Babel who cast ashore on the earth 5000 years ago, and he inherits his ability (superhuman intellect and physical strength, various supernatural powers). He confronts Yomi disturbing the world peace with letting the Tower of Babel and three manservants follow him.
Yomi
Yomi is a vicious monarch who conspires to rule over the world. He is a distant descendant of Babel like Babel II, and has supernatural power equivalent to Babel II. He owns secret bases in the many parts of the world, and is accompanied by miscellaneous subordinates, such as scientists, engineers, psychics, and cyborg agents. Because Yomi sends each country remodeled men as a VIP in the government, he can manipulate many nations at will. He produces various robot weapons to counter three servants and challenges Babel II to a fight. He had been invited to the Tower of Babel as a candidate for heir-apparent of the tower before. However, since the computer judged that he does not suit a successor, his memory was erased from him.
Yumiko Furumi
Yumiko is a daughter of Dr. Furumi and a classmate in Koichi's junior high school. In the anime version (1973), she is Koichi's cousin, and Koichi lost parents when he was young, and Dr. Furumi, his uncle, took in him.
Igarashi
He is a head of National Security Bureau. The supporter of Babel II.
Igano
He is a skilled investigator of National Security Bureau.

Three Servants

Lodem
Lodem is an intellectual living thing of the indeterminate form. It can transform itself into various form, but usually likes black panther's figure. It also often chooses the female figure.
Ropross
Ropross is a huge monster bird type robot. It flies in the sky at supersonic speed, and equips the rocket launcher and the supersonic wave generator in the mouth.
Poseidon
Poseidon is a huge human-shape robot. It equips a finger with a laser gun and equips the abdomen with a torpedo. Poseidon shows its ability most in the sea, but it can be active on the land.

Yomi's weapons

Baran
Combat robots swinging an iron ball with a chain around.

Sono Na wa 101 (Manga)

Plot

There was a boy called registration number "101" (one-zero-one) in the secret laboratory which CIA administered. The boy was Koichi Yamano who was once called Babel II and saved the world. Koichi was told that his blood makes the cure-all which saves dying sick persons and wounded persons, and he provided the laboratory with his blood after fighting with Yomi. But, he has noticed that the laboratory transfused his blood into subjects and produced supermen like him artificially. He escaped from the lab. He decided to exterminate supermen born by his blood scattered all over the world. However, the enemy sends espers to him one after another. Three servants for Babel II, Lodem, Ropross, and Poseidon, are confined in the underground nuclear test site by CIA, so Koichi is forced to a lonely fight.

TV anime (1973)

Cast

Character Japanese Voice actor English Voice actor
Koichi Furumi/Babel II Akira Kamiya
Babel I
Lodem (Black Panther) Keiichi Noda
Lodem (Woman type) Nana Yamaguchi
The computer of the Tower of Babel Kouji Yada
Yumiko Furumi Michiko Nomura
Furumi (Yumiko's father) Kunihiko Kitagawa
Furumi (Yumiko's mother) Akiko Tsuboi
Yomi Chikao Otsuka
Taro Watari Shingo Kanematsu
Yuki Watari Tamaki Taura
Chii-bou Keiko Yamamoto

OVA (1993)

Cast

Character Japanese Voice actor English Voice actor
Koichi Yamano/Babel II Takeshi Kusao
Babel I Hiroshi Naka
Emperor Yomi Akio Otsuka
Juju Kotono Mitsuishi
Wang Shinichi Ishihara
Yuka Ai Orikasa
Yamazaki Ikuya Sawaki
Hammer Kōji Tsujitani
Nicola Toshihiko Seki
LaShelle Kumiko Watanabe
Leah Kumiko Nishihara
Griffin Tomoyuki Morikawa
Psychists Wataru Takagi, Masaki Aizawa, Hikaru Midorikawa

Beyond Infinity (2001)

Cast

Character Japanese Voice actor English Voice actor
Koichi Kamiya/Babel II Kenichi Suzumura Dave Wittenberg
Babel I Hiroya Ishimaru Lex Lang
Lodem Kenyuu Horiuchi Lex Lang
Yumiko Furumi Shoko Kikuchi Michelle Ruff
Reika Saeki Satsuki Yukino Julie Pickering
Yomi Mugihito Abe Lasser
Hikari Homura/Leon Showtaro Morikubo Dave Mallow
Hikari Homura (child) Masayuki Kimura Brianne Siddall
Ryoko Kirishima Yurika Hino Karen Strassman

Influence

References

  1. ^ "Yu Suzuki: The Kikizo Interview". Kikizo Ltd. official page. Kikizo Ltd.. 2006-02-15. http://games.kikizo.com/features/sega_yu_suzuki_iv_feb06_p1.asp. Retrieved 3 January 2009.  







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