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Yatterman
ヤッターマン
(Yattāman)
Genre Comedy, Mecha
TV anime
Time Bokan Series Yatterman
Director Hiroshi Sasagawa
Studio Tatsunoko Productions
Network Fuji TV
Original run January 1, 1977January 27, 1979
Episodes 108[1]
TV anime
Licensor Japan Shochiku
Network YTV
Original run January 14, 2008September 27, 2009
Episodes 60 (List of episodes)
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Yatterman (ヤッターマン Yattāman?) is a Japanese anime television series broadcast from January 1, 1977 to January 27, 1979, comprising 108 episodes. It is the second and longest show in the Time Bokan series by Tatsunoko Productions. The series succeeded Time Bokan and preceded Zenderman; it was the final series to be produced by company founder Tatsuo Yoshida prior to his death.

A remake of Yatterman has been airing on NTV and Yomiuri TV since January 2008, with the original voice actors for the Dorongo gang. A live-action adaptation was released theatrically in March 2009.

Contents

Plot

A mysterious stone known as Skull Stone (ドクロストーン Dokurosutōn?) is scattered across the planet, it holds the power to reveal the location of the largest deposit of gold in the world. A trio of villains, the "Dorombō (ドロンボー Dorombō?) Gang, who look suspiciously familiar to the villains in the previous Time Bokan series is on pursuit of fame, power and wealth as they search for the Skull Stone. The "Yatterman", a duo of heroes who suspiciously look like the heroes from the previous Time Bokan series, try and block the Doronbo every chance they get.

Unlike the previous series, Yatterman does not cover any specific time/space travel. Instead, the places the characters travel to and the individuals they meet are either an homage or parody. The fictional characters or places are usually represented by purposely misspelled names or familiar actions. For example, a revolution leader is named "Yashington" as a homage to George Washington; and a place resembling ancient Japan is named "Yametai", as a spoof of Yamatai.

Characters

Heroes

  • Gan-chan (ガンちゃん?): Voiced by Yoshiko Ohta (1977-1979), Hiroyuki Yoshino (2008). Gan Takada is a 13-year-old boy whose father is a famous toy designer who failed to complete the "Yatter-Wan", a dog-shaped all-terrain rescue robot. Gan is an expert in mechanics, and he helps fix his father's dream design. He forms a fighting team with his girlfriend Ai, and names himself "Yatterman No. 1". His weapon of choice is a kendama, which he uses as a flail and grappling hook as well as for his special attack "Kenda-Magic". [2]
  • Ai-chan (アイちゃん?): Voiced by Mari Okamoto[3] (1977-1979), Shizuka Itō (2008). Ai Kaminari is Gan's girlfriend, and the only daughter of a shopkeeper who sells electrical appliances. She is Gan's loyal follower. She is often seen constructing and modifying machines with Gan. She is "Yatterman No. 2", and uses a telescoping baton to emit electric currents to shock opponents, as well as for her special attack "Electric Stick".[3]
  • Omotchama (オモッチャマ Omocchama?): Voiced by Reiko Katsura (1977-1979), Chiaki Takahashi (2008). Omotchama is Gan's robot. It is the mascot of Gan's father's toy shop. It is shaped like a large die, and is known for its catchphrase "-da-koron" at the end of each sentence.

Villains

  • Doronjo (ドロンジョ Doronjo?): Voiced by Noriko Ohara. Doronjo is an attractive blonde who leads the Dorombo Gang in locating the Dokuro Stone. She is known for her vanity, intelligence and leadership, just like her counterpart from Time Bokan, Marjo.[3]
  • Boyacky (ボヤッキー Boyakkī?): Voiced by Jōji Yanami. He is a tall skinny man with a large nose and moustache, just like his counterpart Grocky in Time Bokan.[3] He is largely responsible for the creation of the giant mechas used by the Dorombo Gang.
  • Tonzura (トンズラー Tonzurā?): Voiced by Kazuya Tatekabe. A short, squat man with a severe overbite and facial stubble, just like his counterpart Walther in Time Bokan.[3] Tonzura is the strong man of the group and does most of the heavy lifting, though he's usually quick to run away when threatened.
  • Dokurobei (ドクロベエ Dokurobē?): Voiced by Junpei Takiguchi. He is the elusive boss of the Dorombo Gang. He gives orders regarding the location of the Dokuro Stone to his subordinates in unusual ways, such as through a talking hamburger or the image of a red skull on a TV screen. Even when his leads are revealed to be inaccurate, Dokurobei is always quick to punish the Dorombo Gang when they fail.

The Machines

  • Yatter-Wan (ヤッターワン Yattā-Wan?) Voiced by Masaru Ikeda (1977-1979), Kōichi Yamadera (2008). The dog-shaped robot was designed by Gan's father as a prototype rescue robot. It is fitted with a siren and a bell, similar to other rescue vehicles, and a joystick to control the other features. Its nostrils fire iron pellets, and holds two firehoses on its back. A bone-shaped power pack, known as "Mecha-Tonic", is fed to the dog robot to allow a sudden outburst of strength to ward off a deadly blow. The robot's special attack is a large group of miniature robots, usually taking the shape of land-based animals, exit the robots mouth. The mini-robots use their weapons on the enemy, causing the Doronbo's robots to explode and create a skull-shaped explosion cloud.
  • Yatter-King (ヤッターキング Yattā-Kingu?): Voiced by Masaru Ikeda. Yatter-King was built using the damaged remains of Yatter-Wan. It is a much larger machine, resembling a crossover of a fire engine with a dachshound. It comes with a complete series of new features, including a tail that serves as a firehose, a projectile launcher on its rear body and a body that serves as a mecha-carrier for a series of smaller robots. In the 2009 version, it has a design with a more fighting ability and a "king" like robot design.
  • Yatter-Pelican (ヤッターペリカン Yattā-Perikan?): Voiced by Masaru Ikeda (1977-1979), Kōichi Yamadera (2008). Yatter-Pelican is a pelican robot. It appeared in the 14th episode. It is constructed by Gan as an airborne mecha for the Yatterman duo. Pelican has a braggard, loud-mouthed personality. It feeds on a fish-shaped Mecha-Tonic for a power boost, and the mini-robots it releases are shaped like various birds.
  • Yatter-Angler (ヤッターアンコウ Yattā-Ankō?): Voiced by Masaru Ikeda (1977-1979), Kōichi Yamadera (2008). Angler is a goosefish robot, it appeared in the 27th episode. It is constructed as the only all-terrain mecha for the Yatterman, and is equipped with a cockpit for underwater travels. The Mecha-Tonic is in the shape of a fish-roe, and releases mini-robots shaped like marine creatures. It has a funny, constantly gurgling voice as if it talks underwater.
  • Yatter-Phant (ヤッターゾウ Yattā-Zō?): Voiced by Masaru Ikeda. Phant is an elephant robot. The machine is introduced in the 92nd episode as an alternate mecha-carrier alongside Yatter-King. Its most noticeable feature is its ears, which flap to allow flight, and its trunk serves as a water-hose/flamethrower.
  • Yatter-Bull (ヤッターブル Yattā-Buru?): Voiced by Masaru Ikeda. It is a bulldog robot. It is one of the three "Action Mechas" introduced in the 58th episode and carried by Yatter-King.
  • Yatter-Dozilla (ヤッタードジラ Yattā-Dojira?): Voiced by Masaru Tanaka; A dinosaur robot.
  • Yatter-Panda (ヤッターパンダ Yattā-Panda?) & Little Panda (コパンダ Ko-Panda?): Voiced by Masaru Ikeda & Kumiko Takizawa.

The Villains' Machines

The shape and function of their machines is fully dependent on the theme of the scam-business they run at the beginning of each episode. Their machines usually feature a familiar interior with Boyacky and Tonzura sitting at the sides, and Doronjo sitting in the middle bossing the two. The villains' machines are often seen packing a lot of weaponry and usually temporarily defeat Yatterman's mechas at the beginning of each fight. Later in the show, the villains start to deploy their own armies of miniature robots to counter those of Yatterman's.

2008 remake

See also: List of Yatterman episodes (2008).

In January 2008, nearly 31 years after the original series, a remake started airing on Yomiuri TV. It is a retelling of the original story, updated to fit the tastes of the modern public. It has the following changes:

  • The Skull Stone (ドクロストーン Dokurosutōn?) is replaced with a series of "Dokuro Rings" ("Skull Rings"), able to grant wishes.
  • Gan is given the personality of a slacker, easily distracted and a foil for the more serious, reliable and responsible Ai.
  • New Yatter-Mechas are introduced, such as Yatter-Mogurea, a digging robot.
  • Several new characters, such as Dokurobei's grandson Dokubon and a new villain group, the Dokuro Ring Hunters, appear specifically for this new series.

Live-action movie

Logo for the new Yatterman movie

On April 10, 2007, Nikkatsu Corporation agreed to produce two live-action movies based on two popular 1970's anime series: Yatterman and Gatchaman.

Filming began on March 27, 2008[4], and concluded at the end of May 2008.[4] It is directed by Takashi Miike. Character and mechanical designs were handled by Katsuya Terada, who has worked on Blood: The Last Vampire and Cutie Honey. The film opened on March 7, 2009, and became Japan's top movie at the box office on its first week.[5][6]

Appearances in other media

Yatterman-1 and Doronjo (who is assisted by Boyacky and Tonzura) are playable characters in Capcom's Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Cross Generation of Heroes, which was released in Japan for the Wii in December 2008. The Western localization of the game, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All Stars, released in North America, Europe and Japan in January 2010, also features Yatterman-2 as a playable character. Doronjo and her crew retain the same seiyūs, whilst Yatterman-1 and Yatterman-2 are voiced by Eri Kitamura and Emiri Katō respectively.

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