AYYY! SPACE LANCE! (Or, The OTHER Winckler’s Anime Invasion)


Awhile back, I covered possible news of William Winckler Productions’ possible licensing of the 2005 Gaiking: Legend of Daiku-Maryu TV series. Recently, there’s been something of a follow-up that’s been driving the net crazy!


Check out the chaos after the jump!

Fanboy Review first revealed news of the company was working on dubs of Wakusei Robot Danguard Ace, Fist of the North Star, SF Saiyuki: Starzinger, Space Knight Tekkaman, Nadja, Captain Harlock,….and Gaiking. Initially, I thought that Starzinger and Danguard Ace might be carryovers from Force Five, and that we’d be getting a reissue of Tekkaman‘s original series. Also, hey, it’s the original frigging Tekkaman series and it’s actually slick! Meanwhile, Gaiking had been repeatedly mentioned at cons by Robert Axelrod, with further confusion as to whether or not this is the 2005 series or the original 70’s version:

The only cast member I’ve been able to confirm directly has been Robert Axelrod (most would know him as Lord Zedd from Power Rangers) who is playing ‘Darius’, the primary villain in Gaiking.

Axelrod, you megalomaniacal tease! Darius is the name of the villain in both incarnations! I’d still like to think it’s LoDM–Toei seemed to really want to get that series ‘Stateside during the year of its release. Regardless, it’s exciting news, right? Well, here’s where it starts to get scary. WWP recently unveiled their lineup, now apparently working with Toei and Rioloco Entertainment in Japan. Tekkaman seems to have been a mix-up but it seems like everything is is not only being released dubbed….but in newly-edited compilation movies.

Here’s the list via ANN:

  • Gaiking
  • Gaiking II
  • Gaiking III
  • Danguard Ace
  • Danguard Ace II
  • Danguard Ace III
  • Space Pirate Captain Harlock
  • Space Pirate Captain Harlock II
  • The Adventures of Nadja
  • The Adventures of Nadja II
  • Fist of the North Star – The Shin Saga
  • Fist of the North Star – The Ray Saga
  • Fist of the North Star – The Souther Saga
  • Fist of the North Star – The Toki Saga
  • Fist of the North Star – The Raul Saga
  • Fist of the North Star – The Kaioh Saga
  • Starzinger
  • Starzinger II
  • Starzinger III
  • Lun Lun The Flower Girl
  • Lun Lun The Flower Girl II
  • Kitaro’s Graveyard Gang
  • Kitaro’s Graveyard Gang II

….Go ahead, Fist of the North Star fans–get that rage out of your system over the naming. Otherwise, I think I’m going to have to wait and see these before I judge. Though now I’m really curious again about what Winckler has in mind here. I mean, it’s obvious that Kitaro’s Graveyard Gang is GeGeGe no Kitaro; which incarnation of the series are they using? My money’s on either the 80’s or 90’s version but they’d get points if they used the new series. Also, how will they edit down Danguard Ace? The first half of the series is filler! Even moreso, will we get censoring with Fist of the North Star? Will the original music be intact for both that and other releases in this lineup-GAH! Now it’s driving me nuts with all the questions that I want answered! It’s a mixture of curiosity and fear for what could be The Most Awesome Thing Ever or The Greatest Disaster Since This:

I should probably shut up now as to not ruin any chances of me getting review copies. What do you guys think?


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