Force Five

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For the 1981 film, see Force: Five.
Force Five
Written by Mike Haller
Lynn Garrison
Collins Walker
Directed by Jim Terry
Collins Walker
Country of origin United States
Japan
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 130 (286 in original versions)
Production
Producer(s) Jim Terry
Running time 20-25 minutes
Production company(s) Jim Terry Productions
Toei Animation
Broadcast
Original channel first-run syndication
Picture format NTSC
Original run 1979 – 1989

Force Five was an American adaptation of five different anime television series. In the United States, this series was primarily shown only in New England, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, though it did make brief appearances in other markets, such as Dallas, Texas and San Jose, California on KICU-TV 36. It was also shown in Toronto, Canada on CFMT channel 47. It was produced by Jim Terry and his company American Way, and it consisted of five imported Japanese giant robot serials (originally produced in the mid-1970s by Toei Animation) in response to the popularity of the Shogun Warriors toy collection. In fact, Mattel was one of the sponsors of the series.

In an anthology style, the five shows were broadcast simultaneously with one episode of each serial assigned a specific weekday. Additionally, all of the shows were edited into two-hour movies and marketed on video tape by Family Home Entertainment. In the UK, the video company Krypton Force released several of these cartoons but under different series titles.

Force Five series[edit]

Force Five consisted of the following five series:

Great Mazinger was supposed to be among the five shows, but the deal to pick up the series fell through, so Starzinger (Spaceketeers) was picked up instead. Gaiking '​s instrumental version of its theme song was actually re-used to be the ending song for the series, rather than using an original song.

Airing dates[edit]

The regular airing dates for the different series were:

  • Dangard Ace aired on Mondays
  • The Starvengers aired on Tuesdays
  • The Spaceketeers aired on Wednesdays
  • Grandizer aired on Thursdays
  • Gaiking aired on Fridays

However, when the series was aired in the early 1990s in India on the channel Star Plus (when it was still an English-language channel) the order was slightly different:

  • Gaiking aired on Mondays
  • Dangard Ace aired on Tuesdays
  • The Starvengers aired on Wednesdays
  • Grandizer aired on Thursdays
  • The Spacekeeters aired on Fridays

In the Philippines, on Star TV, the order was:

  • Gaiking aired on Mondays
  • Dangard Ace aired on Tuesdays
  • The Starvengers aired on Wednesdays
  • Grandizer aired on Thursdays
  • The Spacekeeters aired on Fridays

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Danguard Ace: The Movie Collection: DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video". Dvdtalk.com. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 

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