Yep, it was aired in Poland, but not sure if it was popular. I think "Silver Rider and Star Sheriffs" ("Star Musketeer Bismarck" as known in Japan) was more known everywhere (besides Italy and Spain where the Ulysses 31 was more known)
I love those Japanese TV show names Ran. How on earth do they come up with them!
Random cool sounding English/German words, and most often they are 3 to 4 words longI am a fan of mecha series- Galactic Drifter Vifam - Fang of the Sun Dougram (later Battletech/Mechawarrior took its designs and used in theirs game)- Armored Trooper Votoms (Australian's Pod 9 studios used the ide in theirs Heavy Gear series)- Blue Comet SPT Layzner- Aura Battler Dunbine- Panzer World Galient- Heavy Metal L-Gaim- Metal Armor DragonarMost of those series had the same animation studios/mecha designers
Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs was the actual English name and it was quite cringe inducing regarding the character names, almost as bad as G-Force, the second English dubbing of Science Ninja Team Gatchaman. Ulysses 31 was insanely popular world wide. Kind of like how UFO Robot Grendier (Goldrake/Goldorak) and Saber Rider were. Dunbine and L-Gaim have always been some of my favorite series. I think it was Layzber that started to turn me off from mech shows because the second series of it the character designs seriously changed and went giant muscle bound Hokuto No Ken style.If you ever heard a rumor that Harmony Gold was buying L-Gaim and Dunbine to make a new series called Fairy Fighter, that was the doing of myself and my roommate. Both shows did share fairies (Lilas Faw for Dunbine and Chum Hau for L-Gaim) and giant mechs fighting civil wars. HG had taken 3 different series and made Robotech (fairly decent job given how varied they were from each other) and then did a butcher job on Queen Millenia and Captain Harlock to make those 2 series into the creatively named Captain Harlock and the Queen of a Thousand Years.
Lance, you are a really fine person, do you have any blog or something like that?
Thank you Ranalcus. At this moment I just have my knowledge that I share here but that will be changing in the near future. I'm slowly putting together my thoughts to bring a blog online.
Hear hear! Look forward to it Lance. I hope you still drop into Moonbase now and again!
Ulysses 31 was a sci fi anime take on the greek myth of Ulysses. Travelling with his son Telemachus and an alien child, plus the obligatory comedy relief robot Nono, Ulysses travelled the galaxy on a quest that brought him up against modern versions of the mythical characters - Circe the Seer, Scylla and Charybdis, the Lotus Eaters and many more. The Osyssey was a giant eye shaped vessel and the show spawned some brilliant die cast toys by Popy.
Great summary, thanks Bill. I think I have it on VHS in the attic come to think of it. Not big box though worst luck. I'm interested your name The Lotus Eaters. I'm sure my Parents watched a TV show called that in the Sixties. Could that be right?
Good memory Woodsy. The Lotus Eater starred Ian Hendry looking for something to do after leaving The Avengers and being helped by Steed. Also Wanda Ventham marking time before being mother to the future Sherlock Holmes, Benedict Cumberbatch. The whole plot was rather silly and was based around a version of The Rovers Return in the sun.Personally I should have watched it for clues on how to act as an expatriate as I was to become a few years later.
Glad someone else remembers it too Terran. Ian Hendry was in everything back then. My fave Hendry films are Tales from the Crypt [or is it Vault of Horror?] and Get carter.
yes, i seem to recall it. basically eating the leaves of the lotus induces a state of pleasant apathy and indolence. Ulysses men were all content to ship their oars and stay on the island forever until the Big U snapped them out of their trance and escaped. The idea has been used endlessly, i think theres an episode of Space 1999 that uses the same idea.
Fascinating. Ulysses is the same as Odysseus isn't he?