YAT Anshin! Uchū Ryokō
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|YAT Anshin! Luxury Space Tours|
(YAT Anshin! Uchū Ryokō)
|Genre||Adventure, Comedy, Science fiction|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Shinji Nishikawa|
|Original run||October 5, 1996 – October 3, 1998|
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.
The series is set in the year 5808. The human civilization has taken gigantic steps in the conquest of the space, and with the creation of the three-dimensional tunnel, people can travel to any Galaxy in the universe. "The Gentleman of the Cosmos" is a company that manages the tunnel and dominates organizes the trips.
The main characters of the series are part of Yamamoto Anshin Travel (YAT), with the plot revolving around 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, the commander's daughter; 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. Finding his father turns out not to 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.
The second series takes place six months after the first. YAT ships and crew are transported to a very far universe. They soon 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 going back to Earth.
- 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 is 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 she is in danger. She is a cheerful girl all around 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 is very ambitious and egoistic, and organizes trips to cheap destinations. 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 lizard, although many people are scared of its mean appearance.
Captain Rock's crew
- Captain Rock (キャプテン・ロック Kyaputen Rokku): Leader of the pirates. When he appears, he always sings the same song with the rest of his crew. 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 (ナナコ): Pirate crewmember. 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 series.
- Hachibee (ハチベー Hachibē): Pirate crewmember. He plays a digital piano. He loves mechanics and is a parody of Yattaran Captain Harlock. He and Nanako became a couple.
- Ann Marigold (アン・マリーゴールド An Marīgōrudo): President of the "Gentleman of the Cosmos". She was part of Yamamoto's crew 15 years ago. She stole data about a prototype and used it to become rich and powerful. She married Donzu Marigold, who was a friend of Goro's father, and had a daughter with him.
- Donzu Marigold (ドンズ・マリーゴールド Donzu Marīgōrudo): Late husband of Ann Marigold. He was a friend 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 (カネア・マリーゴールド Kanea Marīgōrudo): Daughter of Donzu and Ann Marigold. She is hyperactive, rich, and bad-tempered. She is in love with Goro, although he is not interested in her. She leads her own ship, which resembles an enormous cruiser.
- Daniel (ダニエル Danieru): Caretaker of Kanea Marigold, whose her mother is always working and does not have much time to spend with her.
- MAM: The most important computer in Kanea's ship. It has feelings, because it was designed to take care of Kanea. It has substituted Ann Marigold's role.
- Daigo Hoshiwatari (星渡 ダイゴ Hoshiwatari Daigo): 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 (星渡 ハルカ Hoshiwatari Haruka): 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 disappeared 15 years before.
- Mr And Mrs Toukichi (藤吉 Tōkichi): An elderly couple who love travelling with YAT and 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.
Season one (1996–1997)
- Leave it to YAT! (ＹＡＴにおまかせ!) 1996-10-05
- 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
- The ice planet, large pinch! (氷の星で大ピンチ!) 1996-10-19
- Katsura's prophecy! (桂さんの大予言!) 1996-10-26
- Girl from outer space! (宇宙一のお嬢様!) 1996-11-02
- The cosmopolitan success!? (コスモロードで大出世!?) 1996-11-09
- Survival! Wild Kanea (サバイバル! 野生のカネア) 1996-11-16
- Delicious explosion! The Gourmet tour (うまさ爆発! グルメツアー) 1996-11-23
- Useless Couple (いかんともしがたい二人!) 1996-11-30
- Meet the space pirate, Rock! (宇宙海賊ロック参上!) 1996-12-04
- Fighting spirit! The decisive battle for the king of space (闘魂! 宇宙王者決定戦) 1996-12-14
- The terrifying planet Daikyokuten! (恐怖の惑星 ダイキョクテン!) 1996-12-21
- Surprise! The man who knows YAT? (ビックリ! ＹＡＴを知る男?) 1996-12-28
- Super Express! Transport the Princess (超特急! プリンセスを運べ) 1997-01-11
- Rock’s rescue mission! (ロック救出大作戦!) 1997-01-18
- President Yamamoto!? (ミイラれたヤマモト社長!?) 1997-01-25
- Intensive training tour for preparatory students! (予備校生 涙の特訓ツアー!) 1997-02-01
- Holiday for YAT! (ＹＡＴの休日!) 1997-02-08
- Reunion! Father appears? (再会! オヤジあらわる?) 1997-02-15
- Secret treasure of Captain Kid! (キャプテン・キッドの秘宝!) 1997-02-22
- Big shock! The President is captured (大ショック! 社長つかまる) 1997-03-01
- 8 friendly customers! (８人のやさしい客たち!) 1997-03-08
- Out of control! No. Queen Marigold (大暴走! クイーンマリーゴールド号) 1997-03-15
- Fierceness! Mother’s distinctive road (モーレツ! かあちゃん珍道中) 1997-03-22
- The mysterious father! (まぼろしのオヤジ!) 1997-03-29 (controversial)
- Crack, break, the puzzle is unraveled! (われて砕けて謎を解け!) 1997-04-05
- Absolute desperation, tour for the unrequited love!? (失恋ツアーで絶体絶命!?) 1997-04-12
- Kanea leaves home! (カネアの家出!) 1997-04-19
- Goro and little Goro! (ゴローとコゴロー!) 1997-04-26
- The lovely Kaoru-chan!? (麗しのカオルちゃん!?) 1997-05-03
- The talkative Bukki! (おしゃべりブッキー!) 1997-05-10
- Kanopi’s first love! (カナビーの初恋!) 1997-05-17
- Kanea is taken away!? (さらわれたカネア!?) 1997-05-24
- Ucchi’s date! (ウッチーのお見合い!) 1997-05-31
- Defeat the villainous extraterrestrial! (凶悪宇宙人をやっつけろ!) 1997-06-07
- Dimensional tunnel SOS! (次元トンネルＳＯＳ!) 1997-06-14
- Ann Marigold’s ambition! (アン・マリーゴールドの野望!) 1997-06-21
- Daniel’s love strategy!? (ダニエルのラブラブ大作戦!?) 1997-06-28
- Reclaim Katsura-san! (桂さんを取り返せ!) 1997-07-05
- Captain Rock stops being a pirate! (海賊をやめたキャプテン・ロック!) 1997-07-12
- Goodbye, regular customer! (常連客よ さようなら!) 1997-07-19
- Big escape! The blazing spaceship (大脱出! 燃える宇宙船) 1997-07-26
- The mysterious ancient ruins! (謎の古代遺跡!) 1997-08-02
- Long, long ago, in space...! (昔、むかし、宇宙で...!) 1997-08-16
- Clear! The ‘Mother’ dimensional tunnel (開通! マザー次元トンネル) 1997-08-23
- The encounter that transcends time! (時を越えた出会い!) 1997-08-30
- The truth of the 15th year! (１５年目の真実!) 1997-09-06
- Contain the reckless "Mother" (暴走マザーをくい止めろ) 1997-09-13
- Self-sacrificing ‘Mother’-halting strategy (捨て身のマザー停止作戦!) 1997-09-20
- Separation of the moment!(しばしのおわかれ!) 1997-09-27
Season two (1998)
- Sailing off to a New Journey! (新たなる船出!) 1998-04-11
- Protect Maron! (マロンを守れ!) 1998-04-18
- Search for Food, Large Pinch! (食料さがしで大ピンチ!) 1998-04-25
- Monica becomes Small! (モニカ 小さくなる!) 1998-05-02
- Goodbye, Maron!? (さよならマロン!?) 1998-05-09
- Reclaim YAT Dove! (ＹＡＴダブを取り返せ!) 1998-05-16
- The 3 people who were Caught!(とらわれた３人!) 1998-05-23
- Talk of such a Night! (こんな夜のはなし!) 1998-05-30
- Everyone Katamarl!? (みんなカタマール!?) 1998-06-06
- Monica in Love!? (恋するモニカ!?) 1998-06-13
- Small Companions! (小さな仲間たち!) 1998-06-20
- Duel! YAT Jumbo (決戦! ＹＡＴジャンボ) 1998-06-27
- Come back, Mr President! (帰ってきて 社長!) 1998-07-04
- The President who becomes the Enemy!? (敵になった社長!?) 1998-07-11
- Who is the Leader!? (リーダーは誰だ!?) 1998-07-18
- Mysterious Pyramid! (謎のピラミッド!) 1998-07-25
- Large Strife from the Bottom of the Hotspring! (底ぬけ温泉大騒動!) 1998-08-01
- Queen of Planet Molfas! (惑星モルファスの女王!) 1998-08-08
- Three Wishes! (三つのお願い!) 1998-08-22
- Monarch Ganon's Conspiracy! (帝王ガノンの陰謀!) 1998-08-29
- YAT Jumbo Blast?! (ＹＡＴジャンボ大爆破!?) 1998-09-05
- YAT Desperation! (ＹＡＴ絶体絶命!) 1998-09-12
- Time to Strike! (反撃のとき!) 1998-09-19
- The Last Battle! (最後の戦い!) 1998-09-26
- Aiming toward Home! (故郷をめざして!) 1998-10-03
- Opening theme
- 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
- 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" (純 Jun)
- Performed by: Hekiru Shiina
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 after reportedly watching a scene in the episode with rapidly flashing red and white colors. Later broadcasts of this episode were edited so that the flashes were not as fast, unlike the infamous "Electric Soldier Porygon" episode of the Pokémon anime, which was completely banned. Similar incidents were also reported following the "Pokémon Shock" incident.