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Zoids Wild
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ZOIDS ゾイド ワイルド
(Zoido Wairudo)
GenreAdventure, Mecha
Manga
Written byMoricha
Published byShogakukan
MagazineCoroCoro Comic
DemographicShōnen
Original runApril 2018May 2019
Volumes3
Anime television series
Directed byNorihiko Sudō
Written byMitsutaka Hirota
Music byNoriyuki Asakura
StudioOLM
Licensed by
Allspark / Entertainment One (Hasbro)[1]
Netflix (streaming rights outside Asia)
Original networkMBS, TBS
Original run July 7, 2018 June 29, 2019
Episodes50
Game
Zoids Wild: King of Blast
DeveloperEighting
Publisher
GenreAction
EngineUnity
PlatformNintendo Switch
Released
  • JP: February 28, 2019
  • WW: October 16, 2020
Game
Zoids Wild: Infinity Blast
Publisher
  • JP: Takara Tomy
  • WW: Bandai Namco
GenreAction
PlatformNintendo Switch
Released
  • JP: November 26, 2020
Manga
Zoids Wild 2
Written byMoricha
Published byShogakukan
MagazineCoroCoro Comic
DemographicShōnen
Original runSeptember 2019October 2020
Volumes2
Anime television series
Zoids Wild Zero
Directed byTakao Kato
Written byKenichi Araki
Music byYoshihisa Hirano
StudioOLM
Original networkTXN (TV Tokyo, TV Osaka)
Original run October 4, 2019 October 16, 2020
Episodes50
Anime television series
Zoids Wild Senki
Original run October 17, 2020 – present
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Zoids Wild (ZOIDS ゾイド ワイルド, Zoido Wairudo) is an anime series based on the Zoids model kits produced by Takara Tomy. It is the 5th Zoids anime. It is part of a crossmedia relaunch of the franchise encompassing a new toy line, manga series, and video game for Nintendo Switch predominantly aimed at boys aged 10–12.[2][3]

Characters[edit]

Zoids Wild[edit]

Arashi (アラシ)
Voiced by: Kenshō Ono (Japanese); Cole Howard; Thomas Love (child) (English)
Arashi was a novice Zoid pilot. Although he can ride the Liger, a legendary Zoid, he starts off weaker than those around him using much more inferior Zoids. At the start of the series, he is briefly mentored by Quade, and gains considerable skill in a short period of time. By bonding with the Liger he quickly becomes able to use the Wild Blast effortlessly. As time goes on, his skills plateau. Using his "King Claw" (King of the Claw in Japanese) attack, he proves to be strong, but is defeated on occasion by powerful opponents such as Drake and Gigaboss. In the middle of the series, he is seen facing overwhelming defeat, and enters a raging Berserk mode. This mode is strong, but uncontrollable, even attacking teammates. It's not until he meets Quade's old master that he grows considerably in strength. Learning the "Ultra King Claw" (King of Claw Spiral in Japanese) attack, he manages to reach a potency consistently at or above the Four Dark Warriors. After the fall of the Dark Metal Empire, Arashi and Liger continue to travel alone.
Quade / Bacon (ベーコン, Bēkon)
Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese); Michael Adamthwaite (English)
Quade leads Team Supreme. He is well known as a famous, powerful, Zoid Seeker. Initially he seeks the Liger, before meeting Arashi. While not strictly a part of the resistance force, he and Team Supreme oppose the Dark Metal Empire. His goal was to search for the "Ancient Treasure Z". He is shown to have a deep bond with his Zoid, the Zaber Fang, as well as having met Arashi's Father in the past. In the past, Quade was shown to have met many of the major characters in the series. He trained under Master Bug, alongside Gigaboss. He proved to be the stronger of the two, constantly besting Gigaboss. This defeat caused Gigaboss to seek stronger and stronger Zoids, eventually reaching up to Demise. Quade's defiance of Gigaboss caused him to steal part of a Zoid Key from him. He entrusted the key fragment to Arashi before his death at the hands of Gigaboss and Demise. Quade had also met Arashi's father, Apex, and Mitsuba before the events of the series took place.
Battalia / Penne (ペンネ, Penne)
Voiced by: Mikako Komatsu (Japanese); Maryke Hendrikse (English)
Battalia has a sordid background. Her parents were killed when she was young by a group of bandits. This forced her to flee into an orphanage with her Zoid Needle. She looks after the other orphans like a big sister and provides them with funds. Being able to ride Zoids, she took up bounty hunting. She was quite successful, even capturing the Bandits that had attacked her parents. Eventually, she encounters Numb-lock, one of the Four Dark Warriors of the Dark Metal Empire. Impressed with her skill, he tasks her with taking down 100 bounties for the Empire in exchange for a fortune capable of looking after her orphanage. Due to the Numb-lock's overwhelming power, she had no choice but to take up the offer. After befriending Arashi, she is told her that he and Liger were to be her 100th bounty. She tried using her friendship to betray him, but Arashi's influence moved her to double-cross Numb-Lock. After turning on Numb-lock, Needle bestows her with its Zoid Key.
Analog / Onigiri (オニギリ, Onigiri)
Voiced by: Etsuko Kozakura (Japanese); Samuel Vincent (English)
Member of the Freedom Team and pilot of the Tortoise Zoid: Tanks. Analog's fanaticism is often used to introduce Zoids during the series. When a new Zoid appears, Analog explains its name, type and abilities. This can happen even when Analog is nowhere near the Zoid in question. Analog was initially a slave of the Dark Metal Empire: he was forced to perform Hacker Key experiments. For his own survival, he performed many of those experiments on Tanks, which filled him with guilt for a long time. After meeting Arashi, Analog summons the courage to revolt against his captors, which moves Tanks to give him its Zoid Key.
Bastion / Gyōza (ギョーザ)
Voiced by: Subaru Kimura (Japanese); Alex Barima (English)
Member of the Freedom Team and pilot of the Triceratops Zoid: Tryke. Bastion is a powerful pilot who uses his affinity for rap and dance to boost Tryke's fighting ability. His Zoid is relatively slow compared to the rest of the cast, but very effective at close range. Bastion started as a stingy pilot motivated only by money, which put him at odds with Arashi. It's later revealed that his desire for money is to buy expensive medicine from the Dark Metal Empire for his ailing sister. When he tries to steal medicine from Haxile of Dark Warriors, Bastion learns that he was being conned by the Empire. This makes him change his stingy ways, which earns him Tryke's Zoid Key and a place on Team Freedom.
Apex / Salt (ソルト, Soruto)
Voiced by: Yūma Uchida (Japanese); David A. Kaye (English)
Member of the Freedom Team and pilot of the Wolf Zoid: Alpha Shadow. After being accidentally abandoned as a child, Apex was found and raised by Alpha Shadow. He became determined to prove he was the best Zoid pilot in the world. Apex initially believed the friends were unnecessary, but his rivalry with Arashi slowly changed his views. Apex is a powerful pilot, and is the only one in the series to use the "Second Gear" ability of Wild Blast.
Snare / Yokan (ヨウカン, Youkan)
Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu (Japanese); Rhona Rhees (English)
Member of the Freedom Team and pilot of the Arachnid Zoid: Phobia. Snare is a mysterious treasure hunter with a keen eye.
Drake (ドレイク, Doreiku)
Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa (Japanese); Adrian Petriw (English)
One of the Four Dark Warriors of the Dark Metal Empire and pilot of the Deinonychus Zoid: Ruin. Drake was the child of two archeologists who taught him to love and respect Zoids. Seeking funding for their work, the couple took Drake, Ruin, and another Deinonychus Zoid with them to the Dark Metal Empire. When they realized their sponsors were evil, they sacrificed themselves so Drake could flee, but his escape failed. Gigaboss fed one of his Zoids to Demise, and then trained Drake to be a Dark Warrior. After numerous failures to capture Arashi, Drake acknowledges his bond with Ruin, earning a Zoid Key. After learning Wild Blast, he decides to abandon the Empire, but refuses to accept a spot on Team Freedom until after the Empire's defeat.
Dyna / Sauce (ソース, Sōsu)
Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu (Japanese); Chiara Zanni (English)
Member of the Supreme Team and pilot of Winghorn.
Shad / Candy (キャンディ, Kyandi)
Voiced by: Yōji Ikuta (Japanese); TBA (English)
Member of the Supreme Team and pilot of Flyhorn.
Scrapes / Avocado (アボカド, Abokado)
Voiced by: Hayato Kimura (Japanese); Andrew Cownden (English)
Member of the Supreme Team and pilot of Ankylosaurus Zoid: Knockz.
Pach / Garlic (ガーリック, Gārikku)
Voiced by: Kōtarō Nishiyama (Japanese); Gabe Khouth (episodes 1-19); James Higuchi (episodes 20-50) (English)
Member of the Supreme Team and pilot of the Pachycephhlosaurus Zoid: Rash.
Ikazuchi (イカヅチ, Ikazuchi)
Voiced by: Takuya Kirimoto (Japanese); Ian Hanlin (English)
Arashi's Father.
Gaffer / Taifu (タイフウ, Taifuu)
Voiced by: Hideyuki Umezu (Japanese); Ron Halder (English)
Arashi's Grandfather.
Malware / Caviar (キャビア, Kyabia)
Voiced by: Tōru Nara (Japanese); Peter New (English)
One of the Four Dark Warriors of the Dark Metal Empire and pilot of the Alligator Zoid: Overbyte.
Numb-Lock / Foie gras (フォアグラ, Foagura)
Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama (Japanese); Mark Gibbon (English)
One of the Four Dark Warriors of the Dark Metal Empire and pilot of the gorilla Zoid: Dragz.
Haxile / Truffle (トリュフ, Toryufu)
Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama (Japanese); Michael Dobson (English)
One of the Four Dark Warriors of the Dark Metal Empire, pilot of the Stegosaurus Zoid: Bonesaw, and the Dimetrodon Zoid: Dimomite.
Marcellus / Gallagar (ギャラガー, Gyaragar)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (Japanese); Andrew Cownden (English)
Before he became Emperor of the Dark Metal Empire, Marcellus was an eccentric man, but he tends to take things too far. He wanted a more powerful Zoid to ride, but Quade had to stop him, then he lost his mind and started breaking apart Zoids from riders one by one. Over time, he changed his name to Gigaboss and becomes the Dark Metal Empire overlord. He even dug up the Tyrannosaurus Rex Zoid: Demise, wanted to tame the mighty zoid, but Quade snatched a piece of the Hacker Key before he could accomplish his goal of capturing Liger.
Greta / Sanratan (サンラータン)
Voiced by: Suzuko Mimori (Japanese); Kazumi Evans (English)
Greta is a transporter, so does not participate in battle. However, she has an extremely strong bond with her Silkworm Zoid: Spineless.
Master Bug / Mushi Sennin (ムシ仙人)
Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi (Japanese); Richard Ian Cox (English)
Master Bug is a strange man, who makes up stories in his spare time. Due to his lack of contact with the outside world, he is largely oblivious to current events happening around him, and has an intense desire for books to fill the time. Master Bug is a master Zoid pilot. His skills are second to none. He is easily able to take on many Zoids at once, even fighting the three members of Team Freedom simultaneously, without any effort.

Zoids Wild Zero[edit]

Leo Conrad (レオ・コンラッド, Reo Konraddo)
Voiced by: Shō Nogami
Sally Land (サリー・ランド, Sarī Rando)
Voiced by: Hazuki Senda
Buzz Cunningham (バズ・カニンガム, Bazu Kaningamu)
Voiced by: Makoto Yasumura
Jo Aysel (ジョー・アイセル, Jō Aiseru)
Voiced by: Yōko Hikasa
Christopher Giller (クリストファー・ギレル, Kurisutofā Gireru)
Voiced by: Toshiki Masuda
Luc (リュック, Ryukku)
Voiced by: Daisuke Kishio
Clive Dias (クライブ・ディアス, Kuraibu Diasu)
Voiced by: Satoshi Mikami
Walter Borman (ウォルター・ボーマン, Worutā Bōman)
Voiced by: Yoshito Yasuhara
Electora Gate

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

A manga series by Moricha began monthly serialization in Shogakukan's CoroCoro Comic magazine from April 2018 to May 2019.[3]


No. Release date ISBN
1 August 28, 2018[4]978-4-09-142760-1
2 December 28, 2018[5]978-4-09-142838-7
3 June 28, 2019[6]978-4-09-142899-8


A sequel series, also by Moricha, began serialization from September 2019 to October 2020.[7][8]


No. Release date ISBN
1 December 27, 2019[9]978-4-09-143136-3
2 June 26, 2020[10]978-4-09-143203-2


Anime[edit]

Wild aired on Mainichi Broadcasting System and Tokyo Broadcasting System from July 7, 2018, to June 29, 2019 in addition to other networks.[11][12][13] Inspired by Moricha's manga, the series is produced by OLM, directed by Norihiko Sudō and written by Mitsutaka Hirota. On June 22, 2019, it was announced that Zoids Wild would end on June 29, 2019.[14]

On October 1, 2018, it was reported that Hasbro currently has plans to bring Zoids Wild to North America with Hasbro Studios (now Allspark) licensing the anime for an English dub, which was tentatively titled Zoids: Build Them to Life. before being retitled to just Zoids and then back to its original title.[1][15] The dub is produced by Ocean Productions. The first half was released on Netflix on August 14, 2020.[16][17] The second half was slated to be released on October 1, 2020 but was delayed to October 3, 2020.[18] A Hong Kong-produced English dub began airing on Cartoon Network in the Philippines on March 2, 2019. It also aired in Singapore on Okto on April 8, before moving to Channel 5 the following month due to Okto's closure.[19]

A second season, titled Zoids Wild Zero has been announced, featuring a brand-new story with new characters, directed by Takao Kato and written by Kenichi Araki.[20] The second season aired from October 4, 2019 to October 16, 2020, on TV Tokyo.[21] On May 22, 2020, it was announced further episodes would delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[22] On June 11, 2020, it was announced the anime would return on June 19, 2020.[23]

In September 2020, it was announced Zoids Wild Senki, a CG-animated series released on YouTube, on the CoroCoro's, Takara Tomy's YouTube channels, starting from October 17, 2020.[24][25]

Video games[edit]

An arcade game called Zoids Wild: Battle Card Hunter (ゾイドワイルド バトルカードハンター, Zoido Wairudo: Batoru Kādo Hantā) was released by Takara Tomy in Japan on January 24, 2019.[26] It was followed by the Nintendo Switch title, Zoids Wild: King of Blast (ゾイドワイルド キング オブ ブラスト, Zoido Wairudo: Kingu Obu Burasuto) action game developed by Eighting on February 28, 2019.[27] Outright Games released the title in Australia, Europe and North America as Zoids Wild: Blast Unleashed on October 16, 2020.[28] A third installment of the video game series is Zoids Wild: Infinity Blast. It is scheduled for release on November 26, 2020 in Japan.[29][30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hasbro Lists Zoids in MIPCOM Lineup". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  2. ^ "Zoids Model Toys Inspire Zoids Wild Summer Anime, April Manga, Switch Game". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Zoids Wild revives mech franchise with new anime, manga, games, models". ToonBarn. March 1, 2018. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  4. ^ ゾイド ワイルド 1 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. August 28, 2018. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  5. ^ ゾイド ワイルド 2 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. August 28, 2018. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  6. ^ ゾイド ワイルド 3 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. June 28, 2019. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  7. ^ "Zoids Franchise Gets New Manga in August". Anime News Network. June 23, 2019. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  8. ^ "Moricha's Zoids Wild 2 Manga Ends".
  9. ^ ゾイドワイルド2 1 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. December 27, 2019. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
  10. ^ ゾイドワイルド2 2 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. June 26, 2020. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  11. ^ Romano, Sal (February 26, 2018). "New Zoids series Zoids Wild announced, includes Switch game". Gematsu. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  12. ^ Chapman, Paul (February 27, 2018). "Zoids Wild TV Anime Runs Rampant in Summer of 2018". Crunchyroll. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  13. ^ Ressler, Karen (May 11, 2018). "Zoids Wild Anime Teaser Reveals July 7 Premiere". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  14. ^ "Zoids Wild Anime Ends on June 29". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  15. ^ "Screening Room".
  16. ^ "Zoids Wild | Netflix".
  17. ^ "Netflix Streams Zoids Wild Anime in U.S. on August 14". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 20, 2020.
  18. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: New ZOIDS Figures Revealed Ahead of Hasbro's Pulse Con".
  19. ^ "Zoids Wild gets English debut in the Philippines, Singapore". ToonBarn. March 13, 2019. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  20. ^ "Zoids Wild Zero Anime Reveals Cast, Staff, October 4 Premiere". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  21. ^ "Zoids Wild Anime Gets 2nd Season in October". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  22. ^ Mateo, Alex (May 22, 2020). "Zoids Wild Zero Anime Delays New Episodes Due to COVID-19". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
  23. ^ Mateo, Alex (June 11, 2020). "Zoids Wild Zero Anime Resumes on June 19 After COVID-19 Delay". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
  24. ^ "Zoids Wild Senki Net Anime Announced for Fall Premiere".
  25. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APOpDPgVqtE
  26. ^ Matsumoto, Ryuichi (December 15, 2018). =テレビアニメ「ゾイドワイルド」の新たなアミューズメントマシン「ゾイドワイルド バトルカードハンター」,2019年1月24日から順次展開予定. 4Gamer (in Japanese). Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  27. ^ Romano, Sal (November 12, 2018). "Zoids Wild: King of Blast for Switch launches February 28, 2019 in Japan". Gematsu. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  28. ^ Romano, Sal (July 9, 2020). "Zoids Wild: Blast Unleashed coming west on October 16". Gematsu. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
  29. ^ "New Zoids Wild game for Switch titled Zoids Wild: Infinity Blast". Gematsu. July 15, 2020. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  30. ^ "Zoids Wild: Infinity Blast launches November 26 in Japan". Gematsu. September 2020. Retrieved September 2, 2020.

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