Eagle Talon (anime)

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Eagle Talon
秘密結社鷹の爪
(Himitsu Kessha Taka no Tsume)
Genre comedy
Anime television series
The Frogman Show
Directed by Ryo Ono
Studio DLE
Network TV Asahi
Original run April 6, 2006June 15, 2006
Episodes 11
Anime television series
Eagle Talon The Countdown
Directed by Ryo Ono
Studio DLE
Network TV Asahi, MBS
Original run October 7, 2009December 23, 2009
Episodes 12
Anime television series
Eagle Talon Neo
Directed by Ryo Ono
Studio DLE
Network NHK-E
Original run April 6, 2012February 15, 2013
Episodes 39
Anime television series
Eagle Talon Max
Directed by Ryo Ono
Studio DLE
Network NHK-E
Original run April 5, 2013 – ongoing
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Eagle Talon (秘密結社 鷹の爪 Himitsu Kessha Taka no Tsume?, lit. Secret Society Eagle Talon) is a Japanese Flash animation created by former Shimane Prefecture resident Ryo Ono (FROGMAN) and produced by DLE.[1] The series turns the classic superhero formula on its head, making the ostensibly “evil” team of villains the protagonists of the story, and the traditional superhero of the series, Deluxe Fighter, a narcissistic and largely incapable bully.

Plot[edit]

Eagle Talon is a secret society based in Kojimachi, Tokyo.[2] Each episode follows Eagle Talon's attempts (and subsequent failures) to take over the world.

Characters[edit]

Chancellor (総統 Sōtō?)
The leader of Secret Society Eagle Talon. The Chancellor is the 55 year-old straight man of the team, and created Eagle Talon hoping to conquer the world and bring about lasting, global peace.
Yoshida (吉田君 Yoshida-kun?)
Yoshida is the 24 year-old Lieutenant of Eagle Talon, although he is depicted as perpetually looking and sounding like a small boy. Yoshida is kind-hearted but irresponsible and childish, and he is frequently the reason the group’s plans fail.
Phillip (フィリップ Firippu?)
Phillip is a former heavy metal vocalist and a surprisingly savvy businessman who joins Eagle Talon as a contract employee. Despite his ferocious appearance, he is, in fact, the group’s most timid member.
Doctor Leonardo (レオナルド博士 Reonarudo-hakase?)
Doctor Leonardo is a genius scientist and inventor that looks like a teddy bear and is responsible for building most of the tools Eagle Talon employs in its plans for world domination. Doctor Leonardo invented the Monster Machine, a device introduced early in the series that combines living beings and everyday items to create various monsters. The Monster Machine frequently makes recurring appearances in the series.
Creepy Kid (菩薩峠君 Bosatsutōge-kun?)
Creepy Kid is a small, purple-skinned boy. Little is known about his origins, but when threatened, the usually timid Creepy Kid can summon earth-shattering psychic powers.
Deluxe Fighter (デラックスファイター Derakkusu Faitaa?)
Ostensibly a superhero, Deluxe Fighter is the super-powered nemesis of Eagle Talon. Narcissistic and cowardly, Deluxe Fighter is largely devoid of heroic traits. His special move is the “Deluxe Bomber,” an energy beam that Deluxe Fighter can shoot from the palm of his hand.
Many episodes in the series end with Deluxe Fighter decimating the Eagle Talon team with the Deluxe Bomber, causing a comically large explosion in the middle of Tokyo.

Reception[edit]

Secret Society Eagle Talon’s popularity in its native Japan is well documented.[3] Originally conceived in 2006 as part of Frogman’s “The Frogman Show” animation block on TV Asahi,[4] the Eagle Talon franchise has expanded into a nationally recognized property, spanning six seasons, one spinoff film, two spinoff series, four feature length films (with a fifth forthcoming), a number of mobile games hosted on the popular Gree and Mobage platforms, merchandise and more.[5] Additionally, Eagle Talon’s characters have been licensed for promotional campaigns. Japan Rail, Toho Cinemas, Toys ‘R’ Us, Capcom, Sanrio, NTT Docomo, Hulu Japan[6] and a number of other Japanese and International businesses have promoted their products and services with Eagle Talon’s characters.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Japan Goes for Animation in a Flash
  2. ^ Crunchyroll - Anime - Eagle Talon
  3. ^ http://matome.naver.jp/odai/2136851091930800101
  4. ^ http://www.dle.jp/jp/property/takanotsume.html
  5. ^ ja:秘密結社鷹の爪
  6. ^ ja:秘密結社鷹の爪

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