Monster Rancher (anime)

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Monster Rancher
Monsterranchera.jpg
モンスターファーム
(Monster Farm)
Genre Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Comedy
Anime television series
Directed by Hiroyuki Yano
Studio TMS Entertainment
Licensed by
Network TBS
English network Canada YTV
United Kingdom Jetix
United States first-run syndication, Fox Kids,
Original run 17 April 199930 September 2001
Episodes 73 (List of episodes)
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Monster Rancher, known in Japan as Monster Farm (モンスターファーム Monsutā Fāmu?), is a 73-episode anime series based on Tecmo's Monster Rancher video game franchise.[1] It originally aired on Japanese television on TBS from April 17, 1999 to September 30, 2001. An English-language version by Bohbot Entertainment aired in North America on Fox Kids. In Japan, the program existed as two separate series; Enbanseki no Himitsu (円盤石の秘密 The Secret of the Stone Disk?) for episodes 1-48 and Densetsu e no Michi (伝説への道 The Legendary Path?) for episodes 49-73.

Story[edit]

The story follows a boy named Genki Sakura, who is a keen player of the Monster Rancher video games. After winning a tournament hosted by the game's creators, Genki wins a special CD that he can use to unlock a special monster in his game at home. However, upon using this disk in his game console, he finds himself transported to a world of monsters that, much like Genki's game, are given life by scanning special stone disks within temples. There, he meets a girl named Holly, who is seeking a stone disk containing a legendary Phoenix that will save the land from the tyranny of an evil ruler named Moo. Upon attempting to use the disk Genki had won to try and release the monster, they bring forth a different sort of monster, which Genki names Mocchi. Wanting to free the land from Moo's rule, Genki, Holly, Mocchi and their other monster companions go on a quest to find the stone disk that contains the Phoenix.

Changes made in the English-language version[edit]

The U.S. version, localized and originally syndicated by Bohbot Entertainment (later BKN), had several parts modified to make it suitable for viewing on American television. The character Hare had his "Gas" attack removed. "Gas" is an attack where Hare turns around and flatulates on his enemy. The flatulence stinks so badly, it stuns enemies, knocks them out, as seen in Hare's Trick; he also used Gas to keep the Iron Bird afloat in the Iron Bird episode.

A couple of scenes were also removed from the episode "My Name is Pixie". At one point during the episode, Genki rescues Pixie from quicksand. After he hauls her out, the mud on her face makes her look as if she has a beard (why that was cut out is not known). There is also a later scene in the same episode where Genki lifts Pixie "bride over the threshold" style in his arms and skates away with her while she kicks and yells in protest. For reasons unknown, a few frames were cut from that scene as well.

Several key episodes of Season 2 were skipped by some networks that aired Monster Rancher in the U.S. "Battle with the Big Bad Four" and "Tiger's Battle with Destiny" only aired once when the series was rerun on Fox Kids. These episode were pivotal battles for Holly and Tiger respectively.

By contrast, some of the darker scenes of the anime were not removed nor edited in the dub, such as the villain Naga's suicide, and Tiger being forced to kill his own brother Gray Wolf.

In the Spanish[which?] version as well as the English version, an original opening song was recorded, produced, and vocalized by Anthony Lopez.

While unrelated to the English-language version, in the Japanese version's opening for Episode 1, there is a different opening animation from other episodes. The changes include:

  • A fade in shot into the title logo rather than a camera scroll through some building to the logo.
  • The first two close up shots of Mocchi and Holly spinning around are not present.
  • After the pan up the group that are sitting on a pile of misc. objects, there is a shot of Genki's face, with the wind blowing.
  • The shot of Tiger latched onto the Monster's neck and ripping part of the skin off, as well as being thrown off of him, is instead a shot of Genki jumping over some of the Dinos from episode 1.
  • The shot of Genki being chased by the Dinos and one of them falls on a rock, is instead a shot from episode 1 where Genki is roller blading on the ground towards Holly.
  • The shot of Holly, Hare, and Golem on a dragon, in which the shot pans out to Mocchi and Genki is instead a shot from episode 1, which shows the scene where Genki decides on Mocchi's name.
  • Hare has a mistake on this version. Originally, his eyes had black pupils with a white background for the rest of his eyes. (Although the scene where punching some plant monsters has his normal eyes.)
  • The dragons flying into the sunset are removed from the end shot.

There are also many other additional details added onto the animation.

Monster Rancher on DVD and VHS[edit]

ADV Films licensed the home video rights to the first 12 episodes, which the company released on DVD. ADV also released the entire first season of Monster Rancher on VHS. The series was brought to the US by BKN and dubbed by Ocean Studios. After Monster Rancher went off the air in the US, ADV halted its release of the series on home video and DVD. In 2005, BKN International A.G. licensed the DVD rights for 73 episodes of the Monster Rancher anime series to Digiview Productions LLC for US and Canadian mass retail market distribution. Digiview only released one DVD containing episodes 1 through 5 at select Wal-Marts and other select places that sell $1 DVDs in February 2006. Eventually, this DVD was reissued to include up to episode 8. The Digiview releases were canceled after this release. The series was later made available to watch on Hulu.[2] Discotek Media will release the series in three English-dubbed DVD boxsets in December 2013, followed by a single subtitled boxset of the Japanese version in 2014.[3]

Voice roles[edit]

Character Japanese VA English VA
Genki Sakura Chisa Yokoyama Andrew Francis
Holly Mariko Kōda Maggie Blue O'Hara
Mocchi Yuri Shiratori Janyse Jaud
Suezo Wataru Takagi Scott McNeil
Gōlem Naoya Uchida Richard Newman (1999–2000)
Doc Harris (2000–2001)
Tiger Kazuki Yao Brian Drummond
Hare Nozomu Sasaki Samuel Vincent
Moo Jūrōta Kosugi Paul Dobson
Pixie Kotono Mitsuishi Janyse Jaud
Gali Kaneto Shiozawa (Season 1-2)
Tsutomu Kashiwakura (Season 3)
Scott McNeil
Gray Wolf Daiki Nakamura Scott McNeil
Undine Hiromi Tsuru Kelly Sheridan
Naga Kazuya Kobayashi Scott McNeil
Big Blue Hiroyuki Yokō Ward Perry
General Durahan Kenyū Horiuchi Lee Tockar
Lilim Haruko Takahagi Janyse Jaud
Poison Miki Nagasawa Janyse Jaud
Mum Mew Keiko Han Pauline Newstone
Gobi Jūrōta Kosugi Paul Dobson
Allan Ryō Naitō Matt Smith
Eddy Issei Futamata Terry Klassen
Captain Jim Akio Ōtsuka Michael Dobson
Colt Fumiko Orikasa Kelly Sheridan

Japanese openings and endings[edit]

Openings[edit]

  1. Kaze ga Soyogu Basho (Miho Komatsu)
  2. Picnic (Rumania Montevideo)
  3. Close to Your Heart (Rina Aiuchi)
  4. NAME (Takahashi Utsonomiya) (Episode 49 only)
  5. FLUSH (Takahashi Utsunomiya)

Endings[edit]

  1. Flame of Love (Sweet Velvet)
  2. Digital Music Power (Rumania Montevideo)
  3. Wonderin Hands (4D JAM)
  4. Be Truth (Takashi Utsunomiya)

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Watch Monster Rancher online | Free | Hulu
  3. ^ Discotek Media Adds Monster Rancher TV Anime Series

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