In April 1967, the anime premiered in Japan Maha Go Go Go (Speed Racer) by Tatsunoko Production, created by Tatsuo Yoshida. The anime tells the story of a young man racing driver eighteen year old who runs the Mach 5 car, created by your father. The production had a very limited budget, but even so, with a great story, good characters and an unforgettable soundtrack, until today and considered one of the most remarkable anime.
The races shown in the anime were always striking and enthusiastic. They were full of accidents, overtaking, strategies and cheating. In addition to many teams like “Mammoth Car" and the ”Acrobatic Team”, races were held in jungles, volcanoes, deserts and more. and as many races were dangerous and on rough terrain, they were always designed accessories to help runners.
As soon as it launched, the anime became quite popular, but nothing comparable to the reception it would find on the western side. When it was exported to the United States in 1967, the title and names of many characters had to be changed. It was then that the phenomenon was born Speed Racer, which became successful worldwide and mainly in Brazil.
Speed Racer in Brazil
The anime had its premiere on Brazilian TV on Rede Globo in 1969, remaining on the station until 1971. Years later its name was even changed to Capitão Meteoro, perhaps in reference to the letter “M” printed on the Mach 5 car. in 1975, it was presented in the extinct TV Tupi in the Clube do Capitão Aza program. There he became the high-profile audience of the program, remaining on the channel until 1979.
It just showed up again on Brazilian programming in Record TV in 1981, but staying on the air for a few months. In 1994, it was broadcast in the early MTV, only fully subtitled. All of the original Brazilian dubbing by Telecine was lost in the TV Record fire. But in 1996, the cartoon Network he transmitted it for two years in a row. Bringing a new dubbing, considered until today as one of the best ones ever made at that time.
In 1993 an animated series was produced called The New Adventures of Speed Racer, created to be an update of the anime. But this American version did not please fans, did not achieve the expected success, lasting only one season with 13 episodes. In 1997 another anime of the franchise was released in Japan, but it did not reach the success of the classic series. 52 episodes were screened, but canceled after 34. Even so, it was released in the United States under the name Speed Racer X, and later in Brazil.
The memorable Speed Racer
In 2008, the Wachowski brothers, creators of the Matrix trilogy, directed a movie based on the anime. Even without the participation of the original study of the work, the film even got a good reception from the public. Since Speed Racer is even more popular in the West than in its country of origin. But the film ended up with results well below the studio’s expectations, receiving some criticism and raising little more than 130 million dollars.
Even over the years Speed Racer will always be remembered as one of the first anime to be broadcast and to be successful on Brazilian TV. Many only remember Dragon Ball, Knights of the Zodiac or Yu Yu Hakusho, but they forget the enormous importance and influence that Speed Racer had at the time. Opening the door to all subsequent Japanese anime and series.
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