Cover of early English translation, featuring Gon
|Written by||Masashi Tanaka|
|Original run||1991 – 2002|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Kim Gil-Tae (Chief Director)|
|Written by||Isao Murayama|
|Music by||Kim Tae-hoon|
|Studio||Kodansha, Daewon Media|
|Original network||TXN (TV Tokyo) (Japan), AT-X (Japan), Kidz TV (Turkey)|
|Original run||April 2, 2012 – September 26, 2015|
|Gon: Baku Baku Baku Baku Adventure|
|Developer||Namco Bandai Games|
Gon (Japanese: ゴン) is a tiny fictional dinosaur and the title character of a Japanese manga series created by Masashi Tanaka. The Gon series features the completely wordless adventures of the irascible title character as he interacts with the natural world, depicted by Tanaka in lush, realistic detail. Gon somehow survived the extinction of his fellow dinosaurs and interacts with paleolithic animals.
Gon was most notable outside Japan for his appearance in the PlayStation version of Tekken 3. An animated TV series began airing in Japan on April 2, 2012. In 1998, the manga received an Excellence Prize at the Japan Media Arts Festival. The TV series is on Netflix.
Gon's exact saurian species is never delved into. He vaguely resembles an outdated depiction of a generic carnosaur in a tripod stance, only about the size of a small dog. He is an omnivore with an enormous appetite. He possesses enormous power and endurance for his or any size, his feats of strength including supporting his own weight with his jaws, to being able to lift a fully grown African Elephant. His scaly hide is almost impenetrable, being able to shrug off the bites of larger predators.
Gon's intelligence seems to fluctuate in each adventure, ranging from total cluelessness (such as failing to notice a bird nest on his head for weeks), to strategic cunning (using a lion as a beast of burden to capture prey).
Masashi Tanaka (Gon's creator) has said, "This work contains no dialog or onomatopoetic words. People always ask me why I have done this. From the beginning, I didn't think it was necessary. Manga should be without grammar. I also think that it is strange to give animals human language and make them talk. What I set out to do with Gon was to draw something that was more interesting than anything you could say in words. Manga still has great potential that does not exist in other media. I plan to continue developing the art of expression."
Gon's adventures are usually comedic with environmental connotations. There is very little continuity within the series, with Gon appearing in different countries and interacting with their respective fauna in almost every issue. He is often portrayed as being a short-tempered yet good-hearted creature, offering his help to the various animal friends he encounters in each issue.
The first English editions of the manga were published by Mandarin Publishing (UK, 1994) and Paradox Press (USA, 1996–2000). The single Mandarin volume contains the eight stories that were in the first two Japanese Gon collections. The eight Paradox Press volumes contain all the published Gon stories: six eight-page full-color stories in the Gon Color Spectacular, and twenty-one black-and-white stories, of varying length, in the other seven volumes.
- Gon (1996): ISBN 1-56389-296-0
- Gon Again! (1996): ISBN 1-56389-297-9
- Here Today, Gon Tomorrow! (1996): ISBN 1-56389-298-7
- Going, Going...Gon (1996): ISBN 1-56389-299-5
- Gon Swimmin′ (1997): ISBN 1-56389-380-0
- Gon Color Spectacular! (1998): ISBN 1-56389-381-9
- Gon Underground (1999): ISBN 1-56389-591-9
- Gon on Safari (2000): ISBN 1-56389-669-9
The first two Paradox Press books (Gon and Gon Again) were later reissued in an omnibus volume:
The third and fourth Paradox Press books (Here Today, Gon Tomorrow and Going, Going...Gon) were also reissued in an omnibus volume:
From 2007 to 2009 CMX, a subset of DC Comics, reissued the black-and-white Gon stories in a seven-volume series. These did not have volume titles, but were simply numbered. Unlike the Paradox Press versions which were reversed for western readers, these stories are printed in the original sequence, and in their original right-to-left format. CMX had closed their doors in early 2010. Kodansha Comics reprinted the seven-volume series in 2011 and 2012.
Gon made his first video game appearance in the SNES platform game of the same name. The game was developed by Tose and released in Japan by Bandai on November 11, 1994. A new platformer, Gon: Baku Baku Baku Baku Adventure, developed for the Nintendo 3DS and was released in Japan on June 14, 2012 by Namco Bandai Games.
Gon is a licensed character appearing in Tekken 3. He is unlockable by defeating him in the Tekken Ball mode or by achieving a high score in Survival mode and inputing the name "GON". He is one of the two special hidden playable characters, along with Doctor Boskonovitch. It is unknown if Gon's appearance in Tekken 3 is canon or not. His appearance seems purely ornamental, considering no motive is given for him participating in the third King of Iron Fist Tournament. Gon's ending is the only ending in Tekken 3 that goes in a continuous loop. Gon's alternate costume for this game shows him with a turtle shell and blue gloves (the turtle shell being a reference to the time when Gon decided to wear a turtle shell that he found). Gon is the only character in Tekken 3 who is barely affected by True Ogre's fire blast. It only does 1 damage point to Gon and only flinches him as opposed to stunning him like all of the other characters in the game.
Theatrical movie release
Sprite Animation Studios has announced that Moto Sakakibara, co-director of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, will direct a theatrical CG Animation based on the Gon manga. The movie was due for release in 2009 but has yet to materialise.
- English version
- Uru: Terrence Scammel
- Reed: Marcel Jeannin
- Meta K: Arthur Holden
- Choro: Rick Jones
- Chief Squirrel: Richard M. Dumont
- Suuku: Eleanor Noble
- Alpo: Arthur Holden
- Dande: Terrence Scammel
- Doodie: Mark Camacho
- Kumarin: Holly Gauthier Frankel
- Jack: Richard M. Dumont
- Yan: Daniel Brochu
- Kitsu: Jennifer Seguin
- Ollie: Susan Glover
- Penny: Sarah Camacho
- Adeni: Michael Rudder
- Dunpa: Michel Perron
- Additional Voices: Maria Bircher, Wyatt Bowen, Dawn Ford, Simon Peacock
- Executive Producers: Wook Jung / Yoshio Irie
- Producers: Hyun-Dong Ahn / Wook-Ho Ham / Osamu Yoshiba
- Animation Producers: Bul-Kyung Kim / Chun-Woo Lee / Wolf Kim / Chang-Ki Lee / Masato Sekiya / Miwa Shindoh
- Original Comic: Masashi Tanaka
- Chief Director: Gil-Tae Kim
- Screenplay: Isao Murayama (credited as Murayama Isao)
- Assistant Director: Hira Lee
- Script: Ji-Hyo Oh / Ye-Lim Ahn
- Storyboard & Direct: Jun-Won Lee / Young-Gyo Sim /Song-Ei Lee
- Line Producers: Dong-Woo Lee / Su-Hyun Kim
- Pre Set Supervisor: Jang-Young Lee
- Character & Background Design Leader: Hyoung-Min Roh
- Character & Background Designers: So-Eun Park / Jung-Soep Kim / Min-Suk Choi
- Modeling Leader: Phil-Bong Choi
- Modelers: Kyu-Ho Shin / Sung-Su Han / Hye-Ri Hwang
- Rigging Leader: Su-Il Park
- Rigging: Kye-Seok Kim / Gyu-Chul Shin
- Facial: Jin-Young Lee
- Animation Supervisor: Soon Lee
- Animation Leaders: Sung-Yeon Hwang / Min Kim
- Animators: Ji-Hoon You / Hyun-Woo Baek / Won-Seok Oh / Joon-Young Lee / Tae-Yoon Kim / Gyu-Bo Choi / Sang-Hyun Park / Boo-Keun Park / Dan-Wook Kim / In-Cheol Park / Jeong-Soo Kim / Youn-Ju Nam / Jung-Suk Park / Ah-Rang Jang / Hee-Jip Na / Taek-Sung Nam / Mi-Suk Yu / Dae-Ho Kang / Jung-Mi Na / Hyo-Sil Kang
- Visual Supervisor: Kyung-Suk Jung
- Lighting Leader: Jong-In Na
- Lighting: In-Seok Seo / Jin-Hwan Yu / An-Na Jang / Jong-Cheol Kim / Tai-Kyoung Hong / Ji-Hye Choi
- Shading Leader: Hae-Won Lee
- Shading: Yoon-Jung Choi / Yong-Heon Lee / Jae-Min Suh
- FX Leaders: Sang-Beom Hong / Eun-Jeong Seo
- FX: Doo-Hwan Park / Woo-Ram Chae
- Composite Chiefs: Chan-Woo Han / Young-Hun Jung
- Composite: Ji-Na Jung
- Technical Director: Jung-Sup Han
- R&D Leader: Young-Rae Lee
- R&D: Gil-Hwan Na / Dong-Ho Kang
- Editing: Jun-Won Lee / Young-Gyo Sim
- Digital Recording: Jee-Chan Kim / Se-Eun Jeong / Sein Jang
- Production: DAEWON MEDIA CO., LTD.
- Assistant Production: From EAST Digital Animation / Independence / Sunwoo Entertainment / Poporo Media / FunnyFlux / Film Fabrik
- International Marketing: Youn-Joo Kim / hoyoung Jung / Yang-Il Kim / Lena Ha / Susie Lee / Hyuk-min Ma
- Script Translation: Sunny Lee
- Japanese Translation: Bethel Global Media Contents & Education
- Guide Dubbing: Dream Act / Doico Post Production
- Music & Composition: Tae-hoon Kim
- Opening Song Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
- Opening Song Writing & Arrangement: Koji Miyashita
- Opening Song Producer: Takaki Kitagawa
- Opening Song Production: Avex Entertainment Inc.
- Ending Song Lyrics & Writing: Myung-Geun Song
- Ending Song Arrangement: Myung-Geun Song / Jae-Yoon Jung
- Effect & Recording & Mixing: Live Tone
- GON voice: Eun-Kyung Song
- English Dubbing: Cinélume (credited as Cinelume)
- English Dubbing Director: Mark Camacho
- Rough Translator: Naomi Shinohara Wong
- English Adaptation: Pauline Little
- English Dubbing Mix: Live Ton / Proworks
- Developed and Produced by: DAEWON MEDIA
- Special Thanks to: KOCCA (Korea Creative Contents Agency) / EBS
- Presented by DAEWON MEDIA & KODANSHA
- ©MASASHI TANAKA/KODANSHA, DAEWON MEDIA All Rights Reserved.
Titles in other languages
- Arabic: الديناصور العنيد
- Chinese: 小恐龙阿贡 (China; manga version) / 小恐龙阿冈 (China; manga version) / 阿贡 (China; anime version) / 岡GON (Hong Kong) / 龍吼GON (Taiwan; manga version) / 大尾小岡 (Taiwan; anime version)
- Korean: 곤
- Russian: Гон
- Thai: ก๊อง ไอ้แสบดึกดำบรรพ์
- Vietnamese: Khủng Long Gon
- Age of Reptiles (comics) − another silent comic featuring dinosaurs
- "Gon, The TV Series". Daewon Media. Daewon Media. Retrieved May 31, 2016.
- Zahed, Ramin. "Second Season of Daewon's 'GON' Is a Go!". Animation Magazine. Animation Magazine. Retrieved May 31, 2016.