Shinzo

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Shinzo
Mushrambo DVD complete collection.jpg
Japanese cover of Mushrambo Complete DVD
マシュランボー
(Mushurambo)
Anime television series
Directed by Tetsuo Imazawa
Studio Toei Animation
Licensed by
Network TV Asahi
English network
Original run February 5, 2000September 23, 2000
Episodes 32
Manga
Written by Yoshihiro Iwamoto
Published by Kodansha
Volumes 2
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Shinzo, known as Mushrambo (マシュランボー Mashuranbō?) in Japan, is an anime television series produced by Toei Animation. In the series, creatures known as Enterrans take over Earth and rename it in their own image: Enterra. Now three Enterrans have to protect the last human in order to restore the human race. The anime focuses primarily on the adventures they undergo while working to accomplish this task.

Plot[edit]

First Season (Episodes 1-21)[edit]

The Series takes place 300 years (500 in the English dub) after a war on Enterra (Earth) between Humans and mutants known as Enterrans/Matrixer. These mutants were created to combat a virus killing the human population, however they fought robots and humans to near extinction. Luckily, Dr. Daigo Tatsuro placed his daughter Yakumo in a sleep chamber in hopes that she would save the human race and find the human sanctuary Shinzo and bring peace back to Enterra. Upon waking up Yakumo Tatsuro stumbled upon her soon to be companion Mushra while he is strung above a waterfall, for impersonating a king. After Yakumo rescues Mushra they soon run into their other companions Sago and Kutal.

Mushra, Sago. and Kutal are then shown to be Hyper-Enterrans, Enterrans who can transform into stronger powered-up versions of themselves, these forms allow them to fight the various creatures that come after them. Throughout the first season the main characters fight a collection of Enterrans known as the Seven Kings/Generals, and various independent Enterrans. Each of these Kings rules a region that the gang travels through, which have different types of Enterrans, such as King Daku's land having a majority insect based Enterrans. The defeated Enterrans become encards, which are card-like structures that can be used to increase power, in both Enterrans and several machines such as Yakumo's vehicle Hakuba.

Second Season (22-32)[edit]

In the distant past, the Guardian of the Milky Way galaxy named Lanancuras began to harbor a desire for more power. Because of his connection to the galaxy, he was able to absorb parts of planets and add them to his strength. As a result, he began invading the worlds he was assigned to protect. In the wake of his destruction, a following of creatures from across the galaxy pledged allegiance to Lanancuras and became known as the Kadrians. Taking notice of his ever growing power and followers, the other Celestial Guardians confronted him; however, he had become too powerful, and they were defeated. Unable to subdue Lanancuras, the Celestial Guardians each gave up a part of their power and combined it into a single new Guardian, Mushra. In a final desperate attempt, they used Mushra's core by transforming it into a powerful card with which to seal Lanancuras in a prison. The prison was created from the remains of planets that had suffered under Lanancuras' tyranny. Because planets are themselves large beings, their combined strength- along with the power of the card- was able to restrain him. Thus Lanancuras was successfully sealed in a large meteorite.

The meteorite was sent off into the galaxy to be sealed forever. Meanwhile, the way Lanancuras had increased his strength had consequences on the planets of the Milky Way. On Earth, it was in the shape of a virus that merged with human DNA and destroyed the humans that way. In order to eliminate the virus, scientists worked on combining human DNA with the DNA of animals and other creatures immune to the effects. They succeeded and created a sentient race known as Enterrans (a race of engineered Earthlings) where the Enterrans are based on humans, insects, reptiles, birds, sea creatures, wild beasts, and phantom beasts. Eventually, a cure was found and the human race survived. This all took place around the 22nd century.

Meanwhile, the Kadrians had devised a plan to free their master: crashing the meteor into Earth would destroy the seal, thus allowing Lanancuras to escape. The Guardians eventually discovered this plan, but it was too late. With the meteorite already redirected and heading towards Earth, the Guardians held a vow that they would not directly intervene. They reasoned it was the duty of the planet and its inhabitants to defeat Lanancuras. In a stroke of luck, the Kadrians' plan was not a complete success. At impact, the seal holding Lanancuras merely ripped due to the impact; therefore, the Kadrian King was still trapped by the planetary pieces.

This also meant that in the second timeline Lanancuras never used up a lot of energy to control the war, and while he was completely dormant in the first timeline, he was about to break free in the second.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Anime[edit]

Season 1[edit]

No. Title Original air date English air date
01 "Awakening" / "The Explosive Roaring Soldier's Sudden Raging Transformation"
"todoroki baku senshi ikinari do henshin" (轟爆戦士いきなり怒変身) 
February 5, 2000 July 6, 2002
02 "Bee-Ware The Hunters" / "
"100 oku chikara da!! suggee zo do tekken!!" (100億力だ!!スッゲェぞ怒鉄拳!!) 
February 12, 2000 July 7, 2002
03 "Web of Evil" / "Raging Falling!! The Atrocious spider siblings: Gold and Silver"
"datō!! gokuaku kumo kyōdai. kin to gin" (怒倒!!極悪クモ兄弟・金と銀) 
February 19, 2000 July 13, 2002
04 "Day at the Park" / "Mushra, rampage at the amusement park!?"
"Mushra, Yūenchi de Ō Abare" (マシュラ、遊園地で大暴れ!?) 
February 26, 2000 July 14, 2002
05 "Kiri" / "He is Strong! Insect King Daku"
"tsuyosu giru! konchū ō dokkaku!!" (強すぎる!昆虫王ドッカク!!) 
March 4, 2000 July 20, 2002
Mushra stumbles into a young human girl named Kiri, who is terrified of Enterrans, but promises to show Yakumo Shinzo 
06 "Battling Daku" / "Final Battle! Mushra vs. the Insect King"
"saishūkessen! mashura vs konchū ō" (最終決戦!マシュラvs昆虫王) 
March 11, 2000 July 21, 2002
07 "Into the Jungle" / "Thrusted into a new World! The mysterious Figure hiding in the Jungle"
"shintairiku totsunyū! janguru nihisomu kaijin" (新大陸突入!ジャングルにひそむ怪人) 
March 18, 2000 July 27, 2002
08 "Reptiles" / "Mushra Clash! School Wars"
"Mushra Gekitō! Sukūruu Wōzu" (マシュラ激闘! スクールウォーズ!!) 
March 25, 2000 July 28, 2002
09 "Gyasa" / "Defeated! Kutal and Sago Dead!"
"haiboku! kutaru, sago shisu!" (敗北!クータル、サーゴ死す!) 
April 1, 2000 August 4, 2002
10 "Mushrambo, the Ultimate Samurai" / "The Invincible Super Warrior, Mushrambo"
"muteki no chōsenshi mashuranbo" (無敵の超戦士マシュランボー) 
April 8, 2000 August 5, 2002
11 "Clash of the Hyper-Enterrans" / "Threatening Power! Gyasa's Defeat"
"kyōi no chikara da! gyaza funsai!" (脅威のチカラだ!ギャザ粉砕!) 
April 15, 2000 August 10, 2002
12 "The Test" / "
"mashura. nazo no rōshi ni nyūmon ka!?" (マシュラ・謎の老師に入門か!?) 
April 29, 2000 August 11, 2002
13 "Ryuma, Lord of the Reptiles" / "Friend of Foe? Mushrambo the Destroyer"
"Teki ka Mikata ka? Hakaishin Mushrambo" (敵か味方か? 破壊神マシュランボー) 
May 6, 2000 August 17, 2002
14 "The Dark Spirit of Destruction" / "Nonstop Maddness! Black Destroyer"
"Nonsutoppu Bōsō! Kuroi Hakushin" (ノンストップ暴走! 黒い破壊神) 
May 13, 2000 August 18, 2002
15 "Mechano City" / "The Robot Sky-Kingdom of Mechano City"
"tenkū no robotto ōkoku mekanoshitei" (天空のロボット王国メカノシティ) 
May 20, 2000 August 24, 2002
16 "The Giant Robot" / "Giant Robot Launch! The Mysterious Card Factory"
"kyodai robo hasshin! nazo no kado kōjō" (巨大ロボ発進!謎のカード工場) 
May 27, 2000 August 25, 2002
17 "The Great War" / "Flawless!? The Fiendish EnCard is created"
"jakuten nashi!? akuma no hatsumei eggukado" (弱点なし!?悪魔の発明エッグカード) 
June 3, 2000 August 31, 2002
18 "The Secrets of the Seven" / "Secret of the Seven Enterran Generals!"
"7 daishōgun no himitsu!" (7大将軍の秘密!) 
June 10, 2000 September 1, 2002
19 "The Feathered Fiend" / "Defeat! The Strong Bird Queen Rusephine"
"Taose! Saikyo no Torijūō Rusephine" (倒せ!最強の鳥獣王ルシフェーヌ) 
June 17, 2000 September 7, 2002
20 "The Two Mushrambos" / "Big Crash! Mushra vs. Mushrambo"
"dai gekitotsu! Mashura vs Mashuranbo" (大激突!マシュラVSマシュランボー) 
June 24, 2000 September 8, 2002
21 "The Battle of One" / "In the End of the Fight..."
"tatakai no hate ni..." (戦いの果てに…) 
July 1, 2000 February 7, 2005

Season 2[edit]

No. Title Original air date English air date
22 "A New Beginning" / "
"ore ha saikyō ō. mashura samada!" (オレは最強王・マシュラさまだ!) 
July 8, 2000 March 1, 2005
23 "Bear Claws" / "Heroic Revival of the Hyper Forms!"
"yūsha fukkatsu no haipafomu!" (勇者復活のハイパーフォーム!) 
July 15, 2000 March 2, 2005
24 "Nightmare Dream Center" / "The Name of Hell's Emissary is Eilis!!"
"jigoku no shisha sono mei ha airisu!!" (地獄の使者その名はアイリス!!) 
July 22, 2000 March 3, 2005
25 "Eilis of the Storm" / "Awaken! Mushrambo"
"Mezame yo! Mushrambo" (目覚めよ!マシュランボー) 
July 29, 2000 March 4, 2005
26 "Reviving Yakumo" / "A Reunion That Came Too Late"
"Sore wa 'Ososugita Saikai" (遅すぎた再会) 
August 12, 2000 March 5, 2005
27 "Lanancuras Arises" / "Final Hope"
"Saigo no Kibou" (最後の希望) 
August 19, 2000 March 7, 2005
28 "Lanancuras Unbound" / "Yakumo Dies in the Setting Sun"
"yakumo rakujitsu ni shisu" (ヤクモ落日に死す) 
August 26, 2000 March 8, 2005
29 "Mushrambo Meets His Match" / "
"hate shinaki shitō" (果てしなき死闘) 
September 2, 2000 March 9, 2005
30 "Mushra's Mission" / "
"mashura no shimei" (マシュラの使命) 
September 9, 2000 March 10, 2005
31 "Soul Survivor" / "
"Shinaru Tatakai" (心ある戦い) 
September 16, 2000 March 11, 2005
32 "Long Live Yakumo" / "Farewell, Mushrambo"
"Saraba, Mushrambo" (さらばマシュランボー) 
September 23, 2000 March 12, 2005

Background[edit]

The series is an adaptation of the 16th-century Chinese novel Journey to the West by Wu Cheng'en, transplanting the events to a far-future science fiction setting. Xuanzang becomes Yakumo, a girl tasked with reviving the human race rather than retrieving sacred scriptures. Sha Wujing becomes Sago, Zhu Bajie becomes Kutal (who transforms into a lion), and Sun Wukong becomes Mushra (retaining the character's golden headband and telescoping staff).[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Toole, Michael (June 19, 2011). "Too Many Gokus!". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 12, 2015. 

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