Cybersix

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

Cybersix is an Argentine comic book series published in 1991, 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. It follows Cybersix (Cyber-6), an eponymous leather-clad genetic engineering survivor, who disguises herself as a male high school literature teacher by day, and battles monstrous biological weapons of her creator by night.

The series was adapted into a 1995 live-action television series,[1] and an animated miniseries by TMS/NOA, with positive critical reception from sources like the Pulcinella Awards.[2]

Plot[edit]

Dr. Von Reichter is a member of Schutzstaffel and Nazi Party genetic engineer, who works at concentration camps in World War II, implanting cybernetic organs on prisoners and attempting to resurrect Adolf Hitler's army. However, Reichter continues to use experiments in South America after the war.

From one of the experiments emerged the Cyber Series, artificial humanoids with superhuman strength and agility. The 5000 original Cybers became servants, mimicked human emotions and making free will of their own. When they disobey orders from Reichter, he orders all of the Cyber Series to be destroyed. After the death of Cyber-29 (Data-7), Reichter transfers his brain into the body of a panther. Cyber-6 is one of the survivors, who escapes and arrives in the city of Meridiana. After Reichter kills the black slave, Cybersix disguises herself as a male school teacher Adrian Seidelman, after the real one is killed in a car wreck.

While saving the city from Reichter's creations, Cybersix defeats Frankenstein-like monsters called "Fixed Ideas" ("Technos") and drinks a green life-giving fluid called "Sustenance", in order to survive. Along the way, she meets a young orphaned boy named Julian, Reichter's cloned son José, and high school teacher Lucas Amato.[3]

Production history[edit]

Comics[edit]

The Cybersix comics were originally published in Italy on the magazine Skorpio in 113 weekly 12-pages installments from May 1991 to July 1994, followed by 45 96-pages comic books between November 1994 and January 1999. Material parts were 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 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
GenreAction, Adventure, Mystery, Comedy
Created byChu Takara
Carlos Meglia
Carlos Trillo
Directed byMasuda Toshihiko
Voices ofCathy Weseluck
Michael Dobson
Alex Doduk
Janyse Jaud
Andrew Francis
Terry Klassen
Brian Drummond
L. Harvey Gold
Chantal Strand
Opening themeLyrics by Robert Olivier
Sung by Coral Egan
Music by Robbi Finkel
Composer(s)Robbi Finkel
Country of originCanada
Argentina
Japan (overseas animation)
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Production
Producer(s)Koji Takeuchi
Herve Bedard
Toshihiko Masuda
Running time23 minutes
Production company(s)Discotek Media
Release
Original networkTeletoon (Canada)
Fox Kids (U.S.)
Kids Station (Japan)
Telefe (Argentina)
Original release6 September –
23 October 1999

The series debuted in Canada and Argentina on 6 September 1999, and was subsequently dubbed for French, Polish, Japanese, Malaysian and Thai.[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 Tomonaga, 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 were originally planned, 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 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
11"Mysterious Shadow"6 September 1999
21"Data-7 & Julian"12 September 1999
31"Terra"18 September 1999
41"Yashimoto, Private Eye"19 September 1999
51"Lori is Missing"25 September 1999
61"Blue Birds of Horror"26 September 1999
71"Brainwashed"2 October 1999
81"Gone with the Wings"3 October 1999
91"The Eye"10 October 1999
101"Full Moon Fascination"9 October 1999
111"The Greatest Show in Meridiana"16 October 1999
121"Daylight Devil"17 October 1999
131"The Final Confrontation"23 October 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 drinks.

Cybersix's outfit was taken from a Techno prostitute in the comics, while the origin is not mentioned in the animated series.

Some of the more mature story elements, such as José's sexuality (despite being a child), Von Reichter's past, or specific events of Cybersix's youth, are not 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 15 May 2007.
  3. ^ http://cybersix.smackjeeves.com/comics/1514611/page-42-43/
  4. ^ "Cybersix.it". Retrieved 15 May 2007.
  5. ^ "Cybersix.it". Retrieved 15 May 2007.
  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 15 May 2007.
  9. ^ RobbiFinkel. "Robbi Finkel's website". Retrieved 19 January 2008.
  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 ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
  13. ^ Cybersix vs. Dark Angel: A court battle Archived 2 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine 2001-11-26, Axxon.com.ar ‹See Tfd›(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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