YAT Anshin! Uchū Ryokō

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YAT Anshin! Luxury Space Tours
YAT安心!宇宙旅行
(YAT Anshin! Uchū Ryokō)
Genre Adventure, Comedy, Science fiction
Anime television series
Directed by Shinji Nishikawa
Studio Group TAC
Network NHK
Original run October 5, 1996October 3, 1998
Episodes 75
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YAT Anshin! Luxury Space Tours (YAT安心!宇宙旅行 YAT Anshin! Uchū Ryokō?) is an anime series produced by Group TAC. It aired on NHK in Japan from October 5, 1996, to September 27, 1997; a second series aired from April 11, 1998, to October 3, 1998. The show has also aired in Thailand, Singapore, Spain, Mexico, Israel, The Philippines, Indonesia and Peru, and despite its large North American fanbase,[citation needed] there are no plans to release an English version.

First Season[edit]

Plot[edit]

The human civilization has taken gigantic steps in the conquest of the space. For 15 years, with the creation of the three-dimensional Tunnel, they can travel to any Galaxy in the universe.“The Gentleman of the Cosmos” is the company that manages the three-dimensional tunnel and dominates organizes the trips. Many companies follow ahead. One of those small companies is YAT (“Yamamoto Anshin Travel”), commanded by Yamamoto, and his beautiful daughter Katsura, her foreign pet lizard Bucky who is the mascot of the company, the robot, Kanabe who navigates and Utchi, the extraterrestrial pilot, and Goro Hoshiwatari, an adolescent who has left his home to travel by the space and to find the whereabouts of his father, who disappeared fifteen years ago during the explosion of the main transporting center of the three-dimensional Tunnel that he created. Goro falls in love with Katsura, and becomes the YAT mechanic/janitor after an accident that he was responsible for, so he tags along to pay for the damage, as well to find his father. But to find his father will not be his only problem, since Kanea, a young lady whose mother is the owner of “the Gentleman of the Cosmos”, is in love with him. In addition, Kanea’s mother had a mysterious and conflicting past with Yamamoto.

Characters[edit]

  • Goro Hoshiwatari (星渡 ゴロー Hoshiwatari Gorō?): Protagonist of the series. He works in YAT to clear off damage costs he had inadvertently caused for the company. Like many shounen heroes, Goro is very brave and has an innate sense of righteousness, along with his longstanding goal of searching for his missing father. He's bossed around by Kaoru for the majority of the series, while he has a deep crush on his daughter Katsura.
  • Katsura Tenjoin (天上院 桂 Tenjōin Katsura?): Kaoru's adopted daughter. She is sweet and affectionate, but she instinctively defends herself with martial arts whenever she feels in danger. She is a cheerful girl all round and it often rubs off on other people, regardless of their mood. She has some unique paranormal abilities that complement her skills in fighting.
  • Kaoru Yamamoto (ヤマモト カオル Yamamoto Kaoru?): Director of YAT and captain of the YAT Dove. Considered an old wolf of space, he was a pirate who was feared by all until he retired. He's very ambitious and egoistic, and organizes trips to cheap destinies. Despite his grumpy personality,he has a good heart. He devotes much of his life to his beloved daughter Katsura.
  • Ucchi (ウッチー Utchī?): The Pilot of the YAT ship who dreams about having his own ride. Although a sensible person, he is easily depressed. He has the ability to change his appearance or impersonate people, regardless of their gender. He has solved problems for Goro and Katsura, which reflects his good side.
  • Kanabi (カナビー Kanabī?): The navigator of the YAT ship. Although the tours rely on his skills, the ship sometimes arrives at unexpected destinations. While clearly a robot, he has displayed various emotions, although much of it in seemingly pointless arguments with Ucchi.
  • Bukki (ブッキー Bukkī?): Mascot of the company and apparently Katsura's pet, although many people are scared of its mean appearance.

Others (Associated with YAT)[edit]

  • Daigo Hoshiwatari: He is Goro's father. He invented the 3D tunnel and created the "Daigo System". While working on the prototype of the tunnel, he was absorbed by the gravitational energy which came from the tunnel, leaving him in a different dimension for 15 years, although he is still 30, because in his world the accident occurred only 20 days before.
  • Haruka Hoshiwatari: She is Goro's mother. She drives a big truck and has a very strong personality. She had raised her only son, Goro, alone since her husband,Daigo, disappeared 15 years before. She has put on weight since then.
  • Mr And Mrs Toukichi: they are an old couple and they love travelling with YAT, so they appear in nearly all episodes of the first series. They are hoping that something will happen, because it's a tradition in YAT travels.

Captain Rock group[edit]

  • Captain Rock: He is the leader of the pirates. When he appears, he always sings the same song, with the rest of his crew. He likes heavy metal, but everybody who listen to him tell that he sings ballads, and this makes him depressed. Long ago, he was part of Yamamoto crew and he is still in Yamamoto's old ship, Nevermore. He is a parody of Captain Harlock.
  • Nanako: She is part of the crew of Captain Rock. She plays electric guitar and is very good at controlling computers on Nevermore. She was also, part of Yamamoto crew in the past. She is a parody of Yuki, in the Captain Harlock 1978's series.
  • Hachibee: He is part of the crew of Captain Rock. He plays a digital piano. He loves mechanics and is a parody of Yattaran Captain Harlock. Him and Nanako became a couple.

Marigold family/other[edit]

  • Ann Marigold: President of the "Gentleman of the Cosmos". She was part of Yamamoto's crew 15 years ago. In the accident of the prototype she stole data about it and used them to became rich and powerful. She married Danzu Marigold, who was a mate of Goro's father and had a daughter with him.
  • Danzu Marigold: He was the husband of Ann Marigold, founder of "the gentleman of the Cosmos", which was a very weak company at the time. He was a mate of Goro's father, Daigo. He died 10 years before the start of the first series, when he was only 34 years old.
  • Kanea Marigold: She is the daughter of Danzu and Ann Marigold. She is hyperactive, rich, bad-tempered. She is in love with Goro, although he is not interested on her. She leaders her own ship, which resembles an enormous cruiser.
  • Daniel: He is responsible of taking care of Kanea Marigold, because her mother is always working and does not have much time to spend with her.
  • MAM: It is the most important computer in Kanea's ship. It had feelings, because it was designed to take care of Kanea. It has substituted Ann Marigold's role.

Second season[edit]

Plot[edit]

6 months have passed since the 50 episode. YAT ships and crew are transported to a very far universe. Soon, they discover that the person responsible is Professor Nota, a scientific who is working on a teletransportation device, helped by a cat-like girl with psychic powers called "Pinky". Then, the professor is kidnapped by Emperor Ganon, who wants to use the device to rule the universe. The aim of the YAT crew is finding the kidnapped professor and come back to Earth.

Episode list[edit]

Season one (1996–1997)[edit]

  1. Leave it to YAT! (YATにおまかせ!) 1996-10-05
  2. Good place known to few people in space! The hot-spring tour (宇宙の穴場! 温泉ツアー) 1996-10-12
  3. The ice planet, large pinch! (氷の星で大ピンチ!) 1996-10-19
  4. Katsura's prophecy! (桂さんの大予言!) 1996-10-26
  5. Girl from outer space! (宇宙一のお嬢様!) 1996-11-02
  6. The cosmopolitan success!? (コスモロードで大出世!?) 1996-11-09
  7. Survival! Wild Kanea (サバイバル! 野生のカネア) 1996-11-16
  8. Delicious explosion! The Gourmet tour (うまさ爆発! グルメツアー) 1996-11-23
  9. Useless Couple (いかんともしがたい二人!) 1996-11-30
  10. Meet the space pirate, Rock! (宇宙海賊ロック参上!) 1996-12-04
  11. Fighting spirit! The decisive battle for the king of space (闘魂! 宇宙王者決定戦) 1996-12-14
  12. The terrifying planet Daikyokuten! (恐怖の惑星 ダイキョクテン!) 1996-12-21
  13. Surprise! The man who knows YAT? (ビックリ! YATを知る男?) 1996-12-28
  14. Super Express! Transport the Princess (超特急! プリンセスを運べ) 1997-01-11
  15. Rock’s rescue mission! (ロック救出大作戦!) 1997-01-18
  16. President Yamamoto!? (ミイラれたヤマモト社長!?) 1997-01-25
  17. Intensive training tour for preparatory students! (予備校生 涙の特訓ツアー!) 1997-02-01
  18. Holiday for YAT! (YATの休日!) 1997-02-08
  19. Reunion! Father appears? (再会! オヤジあらわる?) 1997-02-15
  20. Secret treasure of Captain Kid! (キャプテン・キッドの秘宝!) 1997-02-22
  21. Big shock! The President is captured (大ショック! 社長つかまる) 1997-03-01
  22. 8 friendly customers! (8人のやさしい客たち!) 1997-03-08
  23. Out of control! No. Queen Marigold (大暴走! クイーンマリーゴールド号) 1997-03-15
  24. Fierceness! Mother’s distinctive road (モーレツ! かあちゃん珍道中) 1997-03-22
  25. The mysterious father! (まぼろしのオヤジ!) 1997-03-29 (controversial)
  26. Crack, break, the puzzle is unraveled! (われて砕けて謎を解け!) 1997-04-05
  27. Absolute desperation, tour for the unrequited love!? (失恋ツアーで絶体絶命!?) 1997-04-12
  28. Kanea leaves home! (カネアの家出!) 1997-04-19
  29. Goro and little Goro! (ゴローとコゴロー!) 1997-04-26
  30. The lovely Kaoru-chan!? (麗しのカオルちゃん!?) 1997-05-03
  31. The talkative Bukki! (おしゃべりブッキー!) 1997-05-10
  32. Kanopi’s first love! (カナビーの初恋!) 1997-05-17
  33. Kanea is taken away!? (さらわれたカネア!?) 1997-05-24
  34. Ucchi’s date! (ウッチーのお見合い!) 1997-05-31
  35. Defeat the villainous extraterrestrial! (凶悪宇宙人をやっつけろ!) 1997-06-07
  36. Dimensional tunnel SOS! (次元トンネルSOS!) 1997-06-14
  37. Ann Marigold’s ambition! (アン・マリーゴールドの野望!) 1997-06-21
  38. Daniel’s love strategy!? (ダニエルのラブラブ大作戦!?) 1997-06-28
  39. Reclaim Katsura-san! (桂さんを取り返せ!) 1997-07-05
  40. Captain Rock stops being a pirate! (海賊をやめたキャプテン・ロック!) 1997-07-12
  41. Goodbye, regular customer! (常連客よ さようなら!) 1997-07-19
  42. Big escape! The blazing spaceship (大脱出! 燃える宇宙船) 1997-07-26
  43. The mysterious ancient ruins! (謎の古代遺跡!) 1997-08-02
  44. Long, long ago, in space…! (昔、むかし、宇宙で…!) 1997-08-16
  45. Clear! The ‘Mother’ dimensional tunnel (開通! マザー次元トンネル) 1997-08-23
  46. The encounter that transcends time! (時を越えた出会い!) 1997-08-30
  47. The truth of the 15th year! (15年目の真実!) 1997-09-06
  48. Contain the reckless "Mother" (暴走マザーをくい止めろ) 1997-09-13
  49. Self-sacrificing ‘Mother’-halting strategy (捨て身のマザー停止作戦!) 1997-09-20
  50. Separation of the moment!(しばしのおわかれ!) 1997-09-27

Season two (1998)[edit]

  1. Sailing off to a New Journey! (新たなる船出!) 1998-04-11
  2. Protect Maron! (マロンを守れ!) 1998-04-18
  3. Search for Food, Large Pinch! (食料さがしで大ピンチ!) 1998-04-25
  4. Monica becomes Small! (モニカ 小さくなる!) 1998-05-02
  5. Goodbye, Maron!? (さよならマロン!?) 1998-05-09
  6. Reclaim YAT Dove! (YATダブを取り返せ!) 1998-05-16
  7. The 3 people who were Caught!(とらわれた3人!) 1998-05-23
  8. Talk of such a Night! (こんな夜のはなし!) 1998-05-30
  9. Everyone Katamarl!? (みんなカタマール!?) 1998-06-06
  10. Monica in Love!? (恋するモニカ!?) 1998-06-13
  11. Small Companions! (小さな仲間たち!) 1998-06-20
  12. Duel! YAT Jumbo (決戦! YATジャンボ) 1998-06-27
  13. Come back, Mr President! (帰ってきて 社長!) 1998-07-04
  14. The President who becomes the Enemy!? (敵になった社長!?) 1998-07-11
  15. Who is the Leader!? (リーダーは誰だ!?) 1998-07-18
  16. Mysterious Pyramid! (謎のピラミッド!) 1998-07-25
  17. Large Strife from the Bottom of the Hotspring! (底ぬけ温泉大騒動!) 1998-08-01
  18. Queen of Planet Molfas! (惑星モルファスの女王!) 1998-08-08
  19. Three Wishes! (三つのお願い!) 1998-08-22
  20. Monarch Ganon's Conspiracy! (帝王ガノンの陰謀!) 1998-08-29
  21. YAT Jumbo Blast?! (YATジャンボ大爆破!?) 1998-09-05
  22. YAT Desperation! (YAT絶体絶命!) 1998-09-12
  23. Time to Strike! (反撃のとき!) 1998-09-19
  24. The Last Battle! (最後の戦い!) 1998-09-26
  25. Aiming toward Home! (故郷をめざして!) 1998-10-03

Theme music[edit]

First series[edit]

Opening theme
  • "Heaven"
Performed by: HIM
Ending theme
  • "Dame yo! Dame yo! Dame yo!" (だめよ!だめよ!だめよ!!?) (1–25)
Performed by: Hekiru Shiina
  • "Moonlight" (26–50)
Performed by: Hekiru Shiina

Second series[edit]

Opening theme
  • "Everlasting Loop" (エヴァーラスティング・ループ Evārasutingu Rūpu?)
Performed by: Supersonic Float
Ending theme
  • "Jun" ( Jun?)
Performed by: Hekiru Shiina

Controversy[edit]

On March 29, 1997, there was an incident involving the episode "The Mysterious Father" (まぼろしのオヤジ Maboroshi No Oyaji?) in which four children were taken to hospitals by ambulance after reportedly watching a scene in the episode with rapidly flashing red and white colors.[1] Later broadcasts of this episode were edited so that the flashes were not so fast, unlike the infamous "Electric Soldier Porygon" episode of Pokemon, which was completely banned.[2] Similar incidents were also reported following the "Pokémon Shock" incident.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Policy Reports/Study Group/Broadcasting Bureau". Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. April 1998. Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  2. ^ a b "『YAT安心!宇宙旅行』第25話を検証する" (in Japanese). TVアニメ資料館. Archived from the original on 20 April 2012. Retrieved 2008-11-21. 

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