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Mashin Hero Wataru
SpiritHeroWataru1.jpg
魔神英雄伝ワタル
(Mashin Eiyūden Wataru)
Genre Mecha, Comedy, Fantasy
TV anime
Director Shūji Iuchi
Studio Sunrise
Network NTV, Bandai Channel
Original run April 15, 1988March 31, 1989
Episodes 45
Original video animation
Wataru Majinzan
Studio Sunrise
Released August 5, 1989
Episodes 2
TV anime
Mashin Hero Wataru 2
Studio Sunrise
Network NTV, Bandai Channel
Original run March 3, 1990March 8, 1991
Episodes 46
Original video animation
Mashin Hero Wataru: Warinaki Toki no Monogatari
Studio Sunrise
Released October 1, 1993
Episodes 3
TV anime
Cho Mashin Hero Wataru
Studio Sunrise
Network TX
Original run October 2, 1997September 24, 1998
Episodes 51
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Mashin Hero Wataru (魔神英雄伝ワタル Mashin Eiyūden Wataru ?) is a comedy/adventure Super Robot 45 episode anime series created by Sunrise first aired on April 15, 1988. Sunrise credited "Hajime Yatate" for the storyline and Shuji Iuchi directed the series.[1]

Contents

Story

The story is about a 9-year old boy named Wataru Ikusabe (戦部 ワタル Ikusabe Wataru ?) who is magically transported to a magical realm of the gods called Sokaizan which he is supposed to save. The series incorporated many elements of RPG games including dungeon levels and quests for mystical objects. Soukaizan itself is represented as a series of tiered platforms each floating above the one beneath it in a rough pyramid shape. In order to progress to the next tier, the show's heroes must complete some task on the one beneath where he will meet the series' ultimate villain. In his quest to save the realm, he manages to transform a clay sculpture into a somewhat autonomous (small) Super Robot. He also befriends many of the Soukaizan natives, and forms some very strong friendship bonds. The term Sou-kai-zan can be broken down to its 3 parts. Sou meaning creation.| Kai meaning realm, space, world, or universe.| Zan meaning hill or mountain. which is repersented by the pyramid shape of the world's level.

Interpretations

The title of the show is a pun. The super-formed mecha of the series are called "mashin." While written with the kanji for "demon" and "god", "mashin" is also the Japanese word for "machine."

Wataru and his friends Shibaraku and Himiko each represent different elements of ancient Japan: Wataru with his mitama and association with dragons represents the pre-Yamato Watari clan. Shibaraku represents samurai. Himiko represents ninja. There are a lot of episodes in which Wataru is being tickled.

Cultural Impact beyond Japan

The anime series was a huge hit in Japan, later being imported into Taiwan and Mainland China. Chinese translations were provided. The show became one of the most famous Japanese anime shows in China during the mid 1990s. Even till today, on popular Chinese websites like Baidu.com, one can still find very active forums discussing the show.

Cast

Spinoffs

The franchise has spawned three TV series (Mashin Eiyuuden Wataru, Mashin Eiyuuden Wataru 2, Chou Mashin Eiyuuden Wataru), four radio shows, five OVAs, five novels, five video games, and assorted other merchandise. The most notable video game was renamed in the U.S as Keith Courage in Alpha Zones for the TurboGrafx-16.

Wataru's success prompted Bandai to copy the super-deformed mecha and multi-tiered world concepts in a science fiction setting with Bandai's 1989 Mado King Granzort TV series.

In the premise of the Japanese anime, Brave Story is a novel created more than a decade later featuring a young boy named Wataru, who is transported to an RPG-like mystical realm. However that novel is not based or to be confused with this series.

Staff

Director: Hideharu Iuchi

Additional Directors: Michio Fukuda, Masamitsu Hidaka, Nobuhiro Kondo, Katsuoshi Yatabe, Yutaka Kagawa

Screenwriter: Yoshiaki Takahashi, Ryosuke Takahashi, Hiroyuki Kawasaki, Takao Koyama, Hiroko Naka

Design: Toyoo Ashida, Kazunori Nakazawa

Animator: Toyoo Ashida

Music: Junichi Kanezaki, Satoshi Kadokura

Soundtrack

Wataru
Opening: "Step" by achi-achi
Ending: "Achi-achi Adventure" by achi-achi

Wataru 2:
Opening 1: "Step by Step" by Takahashi Yumiko
Ending 1: "Kimi ni Tomaranai - MY GIRL, MY LOVE" by Takahashi Yumiko
Opening 2: "Fight" by Takahashi Yumiko
Ending 2: "Niji no Kanata" by Takahashi Yumiko

Wataru (3rd TV Series: Super Demon Warrior)
Opening 1: "Hitotsu no Haato de; With One Heart" by Hitomi Mieno
Ending 1: "BOYS BE AMBITIOUS" by Hitomi Mieno
Opening 2: "POWER OF DREAM" by Hitomi Mieno
Ending 2: "Ganbatte" by Hitomi Mieno

References

  1. ^ "Majin Hero Wataru." [sic] Sunrise Animation. Retrieved on January 20, 2009.

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