Mirai Keisatsu Urashiman

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Mirai Keisatsu Urashiman
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未来警察ウラシマン =
Genre Science fiction/Cop Drama
Manga
Written by Hirohisa Soda
Illustrated by Noboru Akashi
Published by Akita Shoten
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Champion
Volumes 4
Anime television series
Directed by Seiji Okuda
Written by Haruya Yamazaki
Hirohisa Soda
Kenji Terada
Sukehiro Tomita
Music by Shinsuke Kazato
Studio Tatsunoko Productions
Licensed by
Network Fuji TV, Tokyo Metropolitan Television
Original run January 9, 1983December 24, 1983[1]
Episodes 50
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Mirai Keisatsu Urashiman (未来警察ウラシマン?, lit. Future Policeman Urashiman) is a Japanese science fiction manga series written by Hirohisa Soda, illustrated by Noboru Akashi and published by Akita Shoten. It was adapted into a 1983 anime television series produced by Tatsunoko Productions and ran from January 9 to December 24, 1983 on Fuji TV. It was later released in Germany and Sweden as Rock'n Cop, in France as Super Durand (roughly, "Super Jones" or "Super Smith"), and in Italy as Ryo, un ragazzo contro un impero ("Ryo, a boy against an empire").

Saban Entertainment planned to release the series in the United States as Rockin' Cops but did not do so.[2] A film version was in the works, but was also abandoned.[3]

Plot[edit]

The story tells of a young man and his cat who are being pursued by the police during a particularly stormy night in a city in 1983. The young man suddenly drives his car right into the middle of a cyclone and is caught in a space/time anomaly. As a result they end up in the year 2050.

Suffering from complete memory loss, he soon finds that he is being pursued by the army-like forces of Necrime, a top criminal organization led by Ludovich. Taking the name Ryū Urashima, the young man joins the police force and fights back against Necrime.[4] He is joined in the fight by Sophia, a happy-go-lucky ex-nun, and Claude, a fellow officer. The unit is run by Inspector Gondo Toru. He is also joined by his cat, Myaa, whom made the time journey with him and is one of the few links to his past that he remembers.

Characters[edit]

Police Division 38 (Magna Police Force)

Necrime[edit]

  • Adolf von Ludovich (アドルフ・フォン・ルードヴィッヒ?): Voiced by: Kaneto Shiozawa.
  • Marlene Saberiewa (ミレーヌ・サベリーエワ?): Voiced by: Haruko Kitahama.
  • Jitanda Funda (ジタンダ・フンダ?)/Yetander: Voiced by: Mayumi Tanaka.
  • Stinger Wolf (スティンガー・ウルフ?): Voiced by: Tesshō Genda.
  • Stinger Cat (スティンガー・キャット?): Voiced by: Yuri Nashiwa.
  • Stinger Hawk (スティンガー・ホーク?): Voiced by: Shinya Ōtaki.
  • Stinger Shark (スティンガー・シャーク?): Voiced by: Issei Futamata.
  • Stinger Bear (スティンガー・ベアー?): Voiced by: Yū Shimaka.
  • Führer (総統フューラー?): Voiced by: Eiji Maruyama, Kazuyuki Sogabe (young)
  • Josephine Cattsburg (ジョセフィーヌ・キャッツバーグ?): Voiced by: Yoshiko Sakakibara.

Reception[edit]

Future Police Urashiman was a big hit for Tatsunoko Studios when it was released, which it desperately needed, since the studio was in a slump. This series pulled the studio out from bankruptcy and was a big hit at the time in Japan.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "作品データベース". Tatsunoko.co.jp. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  2. ^ "Future Police Urashiman". Tatsunokousa.com. Archived from the original on 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  3. ^ "Classic | Journey | Reo | Sugar Daddies | Beatles | Alice Wonderland | Vertige at". Anime-classic.net. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  4. ^ "Tatsunoko Pro". Tatsunoko.co.jp. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 

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