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Megazone 23 (メガゾーン23 Megazōn Tsū Surī) is a three-part original video animation created by AIC and written by Hiroyuki Hoshiyama. The series debuted in 1985.

Megazone 23 - Part I

Megazone 23 - Part I (メガゾーン23 Megazōn Tsū Surī) is the first part of the Megazone 23 series, and was directed by Noboru Ishiguro. It was originally released in Japan on March 9, 1985.

Synopsis

Motorcycle enthusiast Shogo Yahagi is given ownership of a strange experimental bike by an old friend of his. Pursued by ruthless government agents he plans to save himself by exposing the bike to the public on a live TV show hosted by a popular singing star. But, even the lovely Eve has secrets of her own and the government has much more to hide than just a transforming military motorcycle. As Shogo begins to unravel the mystery of the bike, he discovers a reality-shattering secret about the city and the world he thought he knew.


Dubbing History

Robotech: The Movie

Main article: Robotech: The Movie

The film was first adapted as Robotech: The Movie by Carl Macek and Harmony Gold after Macek failed to negotiate the rights to adapt Macross: Do You Remember Love? as the subject for the film. The storyline of Megazone 23 was altered as a sidestory to the second season of Robotech, splicing footage from its source anime Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross. Macek's choice of Megazone 23 mostly stemmed from it sharing similar character designs as Macross, due to them sharing character designers.

Streamline / ADV Dubs

Later, Carl Macek would return to Megazone 23 under Streamline Pictures, giving the film a straight dub. The Streamline dub featured many of the same voice actors utilized in Robotech: The Movie and the International dub of Part II. Only 3 voice actors retained the same roles from Robotech: the Movie (Edie Mirman as Tomomi, Gregory Snegoff as B.D. and Daniel Woren as Shinji) and 2 from Part II (Barbara Goodson as Yui and Michael Forest as Eigen).

Streamline's dub of Part I was released on VHS on July 25, 1995. Macek and Streamline intended on doing Parts 2 and 3 as well, but Orion Pictures' corporate problems resulted in all Streamline releases being halted. There's a rumor that a Streamline dub for Part 2 was produced and screened at a convention, but this has yet to be proven.

Like many items in Streamline's catalogue, the Megazone series was picked up by ADV Films, which dubbed the entire trilogy to completion with a consistent cast. Part I was released on DVD on June 1, 2004. The series has since gone out of print with ADV's collapse in 2009.

Cast

Image Character Seiyū Streamline Dub ADV Dub
Shogo Yahagi MZ23.jpg Shogo Yahagi Masato Kubota Bob Bergen Vic Mignogna
Eve Tokimatsuri MZ23.jpg Eve Tokimatsuri Kumi Miyasato Iona Morris Monica Rial
B.D. MZ23.jpg B.D. Kaneto Shiozawa Gregory Snegoff Andy McAvin
Yui Takanaka MZ23.jpg Yui Takanaka Maria Kawamura Barbara Goodson Allison Keith
Tomomi Murashita MZ23.jpg Tomomi Murashita Miina Tominaga Edie Mirman Hilary Haag
Mai Yumekano MZ23.jpg Mai Yumekano Mayumi Shō Lia Sargent Sasha Paysinger
Mori MZ23.jpg Hiroki 'Morley' Mori Yūji Mitsuya Kerrigan Mahan Kurt Stoll
Chombo MZ23.jpg Shigeru 'Chombo' Tomota Katsumi Toriumi Kirk Thornton Mark X. Laskowski
Coco MZ23.jpg Coco Hitoshi Takagi Mike Reynolds John Swasey
Shinji Nakagawa MZ23.jpg Shinji Nakagawa Kōichi Yamadera Daniel Woren Illich Guardiola
Eigen Yumekano MZ23.jpg Eigen Yumekano Kiyoshi Kobayashi Michael Forest John Tyson

Additional Voices

ADV Dub

Video Releases

Distributor Year Format Dub Region Country
Streamline Pictures 1995 VHS.jpg Streamline NTSC United States United States
Image Entertainment 1999 DVD.jpg 1
NTSC
ADV Films 2004 ADV
2007*

*Complete Collection

External Links

Megazone 23 - Part II

Megazone 23 - Part II (メガゾーン23 PART II Megazōn Tsū Surī) is the second part of the Megazone 23 series, and was directed by Ichiro Itano. It was originally released in Japan on May 30, 1986.

Synopsis

The Dezalg have returned with a new, horrible weapon and unleash it on Megazone 23's defenses. Believing their salvation is also in new weapons, B.D. is again bent on breaking the EVE's final protection level. Full control of Megazone 23 would mean unfettered weapons development. Shogo, meanwhile, has tried to return to a 'normal' life; Hanging out with his biker gang, "Trash" and his girlfriend, Yui. But, his convictions about the Megazone's shadow government policies haven't changed and when EVE calls for his help, he discovers where the Garland bike has been hidden. It's showdown time for Shogo and B.D., Trash and the military, as well as the Dezalg and Megazone. However, EVE's final secret, A.D.A.M., may mean no one will survive.


Dubbing History

An English dub of Part II was provided by Harmony Gold in 1987 for International markets as a "teaching tool" to assist Japanese speakers learn English, and was included with the Japanese laserdisc release. It was directed by Tom Wyner and utilized some of the same cast members used for the Robotech: The Movie dub of Part I (Kerrigan Mahan as Shogo and Diane Michelle as Eve). Certain casting choices would later be retained for Streamline's dub of Part I (Barbara Goodson as Yui and Michael Forest as Eigen). This dub was edited so scenes of graphic violence and sex were cut out, and the opening scene splices in footage from the "retooled" ending of Robotech: The Movie as well.

Part II was later picked up and redubbed by ADV Films, using their same cast from Part I and was first released on DVD on July 13, 2004.

Cast

Image Character Seiyū International Dub ADV Dub
Shogo Yahagi Kazuki Yao Kerrigan Mahan Vic Mignogna
Yui Takanaka Maria Kawamura Barbara Goodson Allison Keith
Eve Tokimatsuri Kumi Miyasato Diane Michelle Monica Rial
B.D. Kaneto Shiozawa Michael McConnohie Andy McAvin
Lightning Shigeru Chiba Tom Wyner Jason Douglas
Gutz Kōzō Shioya Jeff Winkless George Manley
Cindy Akari Hibino Melora Harte Tiffany Grant
Lieutenant Shiratori Shō Hayami Gregory Snegoff John Gremillion
Dump Chika Sakamoto Arlene Banas Christine Auten
Eigen Yumekano Kiyoshi Kobayashi Michael Forest John Tyson

Additional Voices

ADV Dub

Notes

  • The characters name changes in the International Dub were as follows
    • Shogo Yahagi - Johnny Winters
    • Yui Takanaka - Sue
    • Lieutenant Shiratori - Lieutenant Richard Armstrong
    • Eigen Yumekano - Richland
  • Yui's rename in the International dub creates a continuity error, as the name that appears on her bike helmet remains unchanged.

Video Releases

Distributor Year Format Dub Region Country
ADV Films 2004 DVD.jpg ADV 1
NTSC
United States United States
2007*

*Complete Collection

External Links

Megazone 23 - Part III

Megazone 23 - Part III (メガゾーン23 PART III Megazōn Tsū Surī) is the third part of the Megazone 23 series, and was directed by Shinji Aramaki and Kenichi Yatagai. It was originally released in Japan from September 28, 1989 to December 22, 1989.

Rather than being a movie OVA like the other two parts, it was released as a two-episode installment.

Synopsis

Years after the events of the first two films, the only city on Earth is the supposedly idyllic Eden. There lives Eiji Takanaka, a B Level hacker who has just been accepted into EX, the organization that controls Eden. However, before his first day on the job, he becomes embroiled in a network war, a legendary figure named EVE, and a plot to re-inhabit the Earth.


Dubbing History

The film was first dubbed by Manga Entertainment and released in the United Kingdom on VHS on June 5, 1995. As Part I and II were never released in the UK, Part III was retitled just to Megazone 23. It would later air on the British Sci-Fi Channel.

Part III was later picked up and redubbed by ADV Films and first released to DVD on August 24, 2004.

 

Cast

Image Character Seiyū Manga UK Dub ADV Dub
Eve Tokimatsuri Saki Takaoka Annemarie Lawless Monica Rial
Eiji Takanaka Takeshi Kusao Michael McGhee Jay Hickman
Ryo Narahara Hiroko Kasahara Larissa Murray Jessica Boone
Yacob Halm Makoto Ataka Adam Matalon Illich Guardiola
Lisa Maria Kawamura Jana Carpenter Anita Vasquez
Muller / Dr. Shimuka Mika Doi Laurel Lefkow Shelley Calene-Black
Sion Kōichi Yamadera Stuart Milligan Tommy Drake
Bud Nozomu Sasaki Walter Lewis Spike Spencer
Lester Kazuki Yao Alan Marriott Kevin Brown
Drakman Osamu Saka William Roberts John Swasey
Miki Yuriko Fuchizaki Julia Brahms Michelle Maulsby
Akira Mitsuo Iwata Martin McDougall Kevin Corn
Edoval Kiyoyuki Yanada Peter Woodward Victor Carsrud
Bishop Won Dai Kōji Nakata Robert Glenister Chris Patton
Clark Masato Kubota Ryan Worthington
Dominique Megumi Hayashibara Tiffany Grant
Narrator Yumi Tōma Peter Marinker

Additional Voices

Manga UK Dub

ADV Dub

  • Robert Anderson
  • Kevin Brown
  • Victor Carsrud
  • Dwight Clark
  • Kevin Corn
  • John Dukes Dunivin
  • James Faulkner
  • Tiffany Grant
  • Matt Greenfield
  • Mike MacRae
  • George Manley
  • Michelle Maulsby
  • Maureen McCullough
  • Nancy Novotny
  • Brooke Sinclair
  • Gene Tognacci
  • Anita Vasquez
  • Scott White

Transmission

Date(s) Channel Dub Country
1995 Sci-Fi Manga United Kingdom United Kingdom

Video Releases

Distributor Year Format Dub Region Country
Manga Entertainment 1995 VHS.jpg Manga PAL United Kingdom United Kingdom
ADV Films 2004 DVD.jpg ADV 1
NTSC
United States United States
2007*

*Complete Collection

External Links

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