Thunderbirds 2086 title card
(Kagaku Ninja-tai TekunoBoijā)
|Genre||Action, Science fiction|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Kimio Ikeda|
|Original network||Fuji Television|
|Original run||17 April 1982 – 11 September 1982|
Thunderbirds 2086, is the English dubbed version of the Japanese anime series Scientific Rescue Team Techno Voyager (科学救助隊テクノボイジャー, Kagaku Kyūjo Tai Tekunoboijā), a Japanese anime series loosely inspired by the original Gerry Anderson Supermarionation series Thunderbirds . The series was dubbed in English by ITC Entertainment, the original company who produced Thunderbirds, but is not officially recognised as part of Thunderbirds canon, due to the non-involvement of either Gerry or Sylvia Anderson.
In addition to the English dub, the series contains music and sound effects from Anderson's series Stingray , Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons , Joe 90 , UFO and Space: 1999 .A total of 24 episodes were produced, but only 18 were shown on Fuji TV in 1982.
The series takes place in 2086 (with the dub setting being roughly twenty years after the original series with other dates seen on screen) and chronicles the adventures of TechnoBoyager (a portmanteau of "Technology", "Boy", and "Voyager") a rescue team portrayed in the dub as the "Thunderbirds" working for the International Rescue Organisation (in the Japanese version, the two entities are one and the same).
Unlike the original International Rescue, which was small-scale and family-run, TechnoBoyager is a vast organisation comprising numerous branches and overseen by the Federation, this series' equivalent of the United Nations. Although the dub is called Thunderbirds 2086, the Tracy family, who ran IR in the original series, is not mentioned. In the dub, the Thunderbirds name is used to refer to the team, while in the original series the name merely referred to their vehicles. The animated series otherwise has notable similarities to the original, with most episodes revolving around a natural or man-made disaster which the TechnoBoyager/Thunderbirds team must investigate and help resolve.
Unlike the original series, Thunderbirds 2086 also has an ongoing story arc, like many Japanese anime series. This one revolves around a breakaway independence group known as the Shadow Axis, led by the mysterious Star Crusher. There is a heavy intimation in the series that Star Crusher is not human and may be some kind of alien entity.
|Planned and Produced by||KIMIO IKEDA|
|Chief Director||YASUO HASEGAWA|
|Supervised by||NOBORU ISHIGURO|
|In Charge of Literature||HIDEKI SONODA|
|SF Examination||TSUKASA KANO|
|Title Design||YOSHIMITSU KIMURA, TETSUYA NAKAMURA|
|Character Design and Setting||MITSUSHIGE HAYATA|
|Mechanical Design||KUNIO AOI, KAZUTO ISHIZAWA|
|Director of Animation||KENZO KOIZUMI|
|Art Directors||MASARU AMUI, MITSURU ISHII, YASUSHI NAKAMURA|
|Music Director||SEIJI SUZUKI|
|Music||KENTARO HANEDA, BARRY GRAY|
|Performed by||COLUMBIA SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA|
|Theme Songs||"Technovoyager", "One Universe"|
|Sung by||NOBORU KIMURA|
|Production Producers||KAZUFUMI NOMURA, MITSUO SATO|
|Produced by||JIN PRODUCTIONS, FUJI TELEVISION, ITC ENTERTAINMENT, SHOWTIME|
Executive In Charge of Production Robert Mandell
Executive Producers Banjiro Uemura, Shinji Nakamura
Dialogue Recording Supervision PETER FERNARDEZ
Production Co-ordinator Eleanor Kearney
Sound Engineer John Quinn
Made in Association with ITC ENTERTAINMENT (JAPAN) LTD.
Animation Produced by GREEN BOX, ANIME INTERNATIONAL COMPANY
Similar to the original show, the team's headquarters is an island in the Pacific. Its main building is a huge pyramid containing an entire city inside. It is known as the Arcology. Like the original International Rescue, a space station in orbit is maintained to monitor mayday calls. TB-6 is the space station in this series, similar in concept to Thunderbird 5. Both the Arcology and TB6 are home to many thousands of people.
There are 17 vehicles, each with a different purpose and specialty. The craft are referred to using abbreviated designations containing "TB" (originally standing for "TechnoBoyager"; in the dub, it is portrayed as standing for "Thunderbird"), such as TB-1, TB-2, etc. Oddly, the introductory dialogue in the dub describes the characters as cadets, while all of the episodes give their rank as Captain, although Grant Hanson is the senior captain in charge of the group.
The vehicles are (with the exception of TB-8, 11, 14 (Mentioned Only), 15 and 16) described to a party of school children visiting Arcology in the episode "Child's Play" and the remaining vehicles are shown in the 1983 Annual.
Commander Jared Simpson (same name in the original) is the commanding officer of the team and gives the heroes their missions. He is the "Jeff Tracy" figure of the animated series. He has a nephew, Skipper Simpson (Paul in the Japanese original), a young boy who idolizes the Thunderbirds and hopes to one day join their ranks.
|No.||Title||Original air date||Prod.|
|1||"Shockwave"||17 April 1982||01|
|The thunderbirds must save a space bus full of children after an explosion at a power station, but problems arise when underwater missiles are launched for "Operation Shockwave", Leaving Dylan, Kallen, Jesse and Little John to use Thunderbirds 7 and 8 to disable the missiles.|
|2||"Cloudburst"||24 April 1982||02|
|After a meteor shower damages a weather satellite in the South Pacific, massive storms explode all over the ocean. There are heavily populated islands in the southern seas, and the Thunderbirds will have to act fast to evacuate and rescue the populations in peril.|
|3||"Firefall"||1 May 1982||03|
|International Rescue set out into space to rescue the captain of the space colony Rosa-Dante, but this puts Dylan through memories of when his friend once saved his life.|
|4||"Fear Factor"||8 May 1982||04|
|The Thunderbirds encounter a scientist and his alienated son, who suffers from fear of being in space.|
|5||"Fault Line"||15 May 1982||05|
|Dylan and Kallan must use Thunderbirds 1, 4 and 13 to rescue a friend of theirs as they become trapped in a fault line where magma is about to spill out into the ocean and right underneath an oil refinery.|
|6||"One of a Kind"||29 May 1982||06|
|Grant's mental conscience is put to test when the thunderbirds are sent to a severe forest fire, where a biologically engineered stag is on the loose.|
|7||"Child's Play"||5 June 1982||07|
|During a tour of IRO Headquarter, two young boys who idolize the Thunderbirds wreak havoc when they mistakenly launch Thunderbird-1 and crash into a building.|
|8||"Shadow Axis"||12 June 1982||08|
|Kallan is captured by the Shadow Axis, an organization who follow the orders of Star Crusher, leaving Thunderbirds 4 and 13 at the bottom of the ocean.|
|9||"Computer Madness"||19 June 1982||09|
|While Jesse and Little John handle repairs on Thunderbird 6, the remaining Thunderbird Team must travel to the moon to de-activate a super computer.|
|10||"Kudzilla"||3 July 1982||10|
|The thunderbirds must deal with a large acid spitting plant in space, Leaving Kallan in Thunderbird 9 to collect samples of the plant's DNA to create an antidote.|
|11||"Nightmare"||10 July 1982||11|
|Dylan and his brother Danny head out in Thunderbird 10 to a space station where all people are terminally ill and under the influence of Star Crusher.|
|12||"Snowbound"||17 July 1982||12|
|The thunderbirds head out to rescue a trapped monorail during a snow storm, leaving Dylan to get inside the buried area, and Grant removing the snow in Thunderbird 5.|
|13||"Big Deal"||24 July 1982||13|
|The solar system's largest company, Asteroid Mines Inc., has suffered a series of sabotages on its mining ships carrying the rare material cryolite. The Thunderbirds are sent to investigate and uncover a plot to take over the company itself.|
|14||"Thunderbolt"||31 July 1982||14|
|Star Crusher sabotages a huge atmospheric flying air carrier, the Thunderbolt, with an explosion aboard the vessel that disables its controls. With the 1 1⁄2-mile-long Thunderbolt never being designed to land, the Thunderbirds have to develop a safe runway for the ship in order to prevent it from crashing down into a heavily populated city.|
|15||"Guardian"||14 August 1982||15|
|The thunderbirds must use the help of a dying space traveller to stop a spaceship carrying the traveller's cryogenically frozen brother.|
|16||"Space Warriors"||28 August 1982||16|
|Dylan joins The space patrol to track down a renegade rider who is on the run.|
|17||"Sunburn"||4 September 1982||17|
|This episode is based on the original Thunderbirds episode "Sun Probe". The space observatory Sunbeam is on a failing orbit into the sun, The Thunderbirds race there to repair the booster rockets, While Grant is aboard the Sunbeam, Kallan attaches the new rocket to the hull in Thunderbird 1, Jesse and Little John in Thunderbird 2 to clear the damaged areas but this leaves Dylan on a dangerous task by flying Thunderbird 17 into the sun itself to release a massive amount of energy from a large solar flare.|
|18||"Star Crusher"||11 September 1982||18|
|Star Crusher lures the Thunderbirds to a construction site where the Prototype Engine For The newly built Thunderbird 18 is undergoing final tests, but trouble ensares when Thunderbird 2 is Hijacked and heading towards the waterfall, Jesse uses Thunderbird 12 to lift Thunderbird 2 out of the water.|
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