Cybersix

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Cybersix as she appears in TMS/NOA's 1999 animated series.

Cybersix is a series of Argentine comics first published in 1992, drawn by Carlos Meglia and written by Carlos Trillo for the Italian comics magazine Skorpio (Eura Editoriale). The series first appeared in Spanish in November 1993. The heroine of the series is the eponymous character, Cybersix (more properly Cyber-6), a leather-clad genetically-engineered superhero, who disguises herself as a male high school literature teacher by day, and battles the monstrous biological weapons of her creator by night.

In 1995, the comics were adapted into a live-action television series,[1] and again in 1999 into a thirteen-episode animated series by TMS/NOA, with positive critical reception from sources like the Pulcinella Awards.[2]

Plot[edit]

Dr. Von Reichter is a member of the SS and Nazi Party genetic engineer, who works at the concentration camps during World War II, implanting cybernetic organs in the bodies of dead prisoners in an attempt to resurrect them as one of Führer's army. However, after the Allied forces defeated the Nazis, Reichter continues to use experiments at South America.

From one of his experiments emerged the Cyber Series – artificial humanoids possessing superhuman strength and agility. But something was amiss: The 5000[3] original Cybers, engineered to be the perfect servants, mimicked human emotions too closely, displaying free will of their own. When they disobey orders from Reichter, he orders all of the Cyber Series to be destroyed. After Cyber-29 died falling from a cliff, Reichter transfers his brain into the body of a panther and names him Data-7. Cyber-6 was the only true Cyber to survive the massacre, escaping with the help of a black slave who hid her away in a fishing village. When Reichter interrogates to kill the slave, Cybersix arrives at the city of Meridiana, where she battles Reichter and his minions, and disguises herself as fellow teacher Adrian Seidelman after the real one is killed in a car wreck.

Like all of Reichter's creations, Cybersix depends on a mysterious life-giving fluid called "Sustenance". When the supply ran out, she manages to take and drink it to survive, defeating Frankenstein's-monster-like "Fixed Ideas" or the more human-like "Technos". As a heroine, she saves the people of the city from Reichter and his cloned son José. Along the way, she meets the resurrected Data-7, a young orphaned boy named Julian, and high school teacher Lucas Amato.

Production history[edit]

Comics[edit]

The Cybersix comics were originally published in Italy on the magazine Skorpio in 113 weekly 12-pages installments between May 1992 and July 1994, followed by 45 96-pages comic books between November 1994 and January 1999. Part of this material was later translated in Spanish and published in Argentina (since 1993 by El Globo Editor) and in Spain (since 1995 by Planeta De Agostini).[4] Collections were released in French, with twelve volumes distributed by Editions Vents d'Ouest between 1994 and 1998.[5]

Live-action series[edit]

The Cybersix live-action series debuted in Argentina on 15 March 1995. It was produced by Luis Gandulfo, Sebastián Parrotta, Fernando Rascovsky, and Andre Ronco, and written by Ricardo Rodríguez, Carlos Meglia, and Carlos Trillo. The series aired on Telefé, but was cancelled after only a few episodes due to low ratings. Cybersix was played by former model and actress Carolina Peleritti, José was played by Rodrigo de la Serna, and Doguyy was played by Mario Moscoso.[6][7]

Animated series[edit]

Cybersix
Genre Action, Adventure, Mystery, Comedy
Created by Chu Takara
Carlos Meglia
Carlos Trillo
Directed by Masuda Toshihiko
Voices of Michael Dobson
Cathy Weseluck
Alex Doduk
Janyse Jaud
Andrew Francis
Terry Klassen
Brian Drummond
L. Harvey Gold
Chantal Strand
Opening theme Lyrics by Robert Olivier
Sung by Coral Egan
Music by Robbi Finkel
Country of origin Canada
Argentina
Japan (overseas animation)
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Production
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Discotek Media
Release
Original network Teletoon (Canada)
Fox Kids (U.S.)
Kids Station (Japan)
Telefe (Argentina)
Original release 6 September – 29 November 1999

The Cybersix animated series debuted in Canada and Argentina on 6 September 1999, and was subsequently dubbed for French, Polish, Japanese, Malaysian, and Taiwanese.[8] It was animated by Tokyo Movie Shinsha and NOA; produced by Herve Bedard, Toshihiko Masuda, and Koji Takeuchi; with storyboards by Atsuko Tanaka, Hiroyuki Aoyama, Nabuo Tomizawa, and Kazuhide Tomonag; and written by Catherine Girczyc, Carlos Meglia, and Carlos Trillo. Original music was composed by Robbi Finkel,[8][9] and character designs were overseen by Teiichi Takiguchi. The show was aimed at children by toning down the comics' darker themes. Two seasons of 13 episodes were originally supposed to be made but it was cancelled after the first season due to conflicts between production studios.[10]

The title sequence and closing credits featured music composed by Robbi Finkel and lyrics written by Robert Olivier, which were sung by jazz vocalist Coral Egan.[8]

On 28 April 2001, Cybersix won "Special Mention for the Best Science Fiction Program" at the Pulcinella Awards in Italy for that year's competition.[2]

The series was licensed to DVD by Discotek Media on 26 August 2014. The box set features commentary by Cathy Weseluck and Brady Hartel on episodes 1 and 13.[11]

Voice cast[edit]

Additional voices were provided by Brian Drummond and Chantal Strand.

Episode list[edit]

Cybersix season 1 episodes
Series # Season # Title Original airdate
1 1 "The Mysterious Shadow" 6 September 1999
2 2 "Data 7 & Julian" 13 September 1999
3 3 "Terra" 20 September 1999
4 4 "Yashimoto, Private Eye" 27 September 1999
5 5 "Lori Is Missing" 4 October 1999
6 6 "Blue Birds of Horror" 11 October 1999
7 7 "Brainwashed" 18 October 1999
8 8 "Gone with the Wings" 25 October 1999
9 9 "The Eye" 1 November 1999
10 10 "Full Moon Fascination" 8 November 1999
11 11 "The Greatest Show in Meridiana" 15 November 1999
12 12 "Daylight Devil" 22 November 1999
13 13 "The Final Confrontation" 29 November 1999

Differences between media[edit]

The method by which Cybersix obtains sustenance is different among the series' incarnations. In the comic book, Cybersix sucks sustenance directly from the neck of those she hunts as if she were a vampire; however, she does not have fangs, instead simply making a wound in the victim's neck with her teeth, then drinking the Sustenance that bleeds from it instead of blood. Conversely, in the animated series, Von Reichter's creations carry glowing vials of Sustenance with them, which Cybersix would open and drink.

Cybersix's outfit of black bodysuit, high heels, hat, cropped gloves, and cape with red lining was taken from a Techno prostitute in the comics, while its origin is never explained in the animated series.

Some of the more mature story elements, such as José engaging in sexual intercourse (despite appearing to be a little boy), Von Reichter's Nazi background, or the specific events of Cybersix's youth, are not openly revealed in the animated series, but some of these elements are suggested through dialogue, flashbacks, or visual clues, such as the military-style Goose-Stepping that both José and Von Reichter engage in, and José's Hitler Youth style of clothing.

Controversy with Dark Angel and lawsuit[edit]

Meglia and Trillo filed a lawsuit against James Cameron and Fox Broadcasting Company, claiming that Cameron's 2000 television series Dark Angel plagiarized Cybersix.[12] Trillo and Meglia accused the show of stealing most of the plot from the comic and its most recognizable elements.[13] In a 2007 interview, Trillo stated that he and Meglia weren't able to carry on with the lawsuit due to lack of financial resources, so they dropped it, although the issue is still a matter of controversy.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ TV Live-action series Cybersix
  2. ^ a b Telecom. "CYBERSIX won a prize at the PULCINELLA AWARDS". Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 2007-05-15. 
  3. ^ http://cybersix.smackjeeves.com/comics/1514611/page-42-43/
  4. ^ "Cybersix.it". Retrieved 2007-05-15. 
  5. ^ "Cybersix.it". Retrieved 2007-05-15. 
  6. ^ http://www.swikat.com/Movie/47815/Cybersix
  7. ^ Cybersix (1995) TV movie – superheroeslives.com
  8. ^ a b c Telecom. "Cybersix FAQ". Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 2007-05-15. 
  9. ^ RobbiFinkel. "Robbi Finkel's website". Retrieved 2008-01-19. 
  10. ^ Cybersix The Complete Series DVD
  11. ^ "Discotek Media - Timeline - Facebook". Retrieved 14 September 2016. 
  12. ^ "Cameron always steals ideas" Archived 26 June 2015 at the Wayback Machine., 2002-02-06, Pagina/12 (in Spanish)
  13. ^ Cybersix vs. Dark Angel: A court battle Archived 2 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine. 2001-11-26, Axxon.com.ar (in Spanish)
  14. ^ "New profile. Interview with Carlos Trillo" (in Spanish). Tebeosfera.com. 20 September 2007. Archived from the original on 3 April 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 

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