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Tekkaman Blade (宇宙の騎士テッカマンブレード Uchū no Kishi Tekkaman Burēdo), titled Teknoman in the English dub, is a 1992 Japanese anime television series produced by Tatsunoko Production and Sotsu Agency. The series was directed by Hiroshi Negishi and written by Mayori Sekijima and Satoru Akahori.

Synopsis

The year is 2087 when the Venomoids invade Earth. Though human technology has built an orbital ring around the planet, they are no match for the hordes of Spider-Crabs besieging them. Incredibly powerful Teknomen lead the monstrosities and soon the orbital ring has fallen into enemy hands. Death rains down upon human cities and the military is hopelessly ineffective. Only the Space Knights, an autonomous military think-tank, are Earth's final hope with their advanced weaponry and cool heads.

Blade, a renegade Teknoman, appears and battles the Venomoid hordes and their lieutenant, Dagger. He bears an all-consuming hatred for the Venomoids and their leader Darkon. After crash landing on Earth he is taken in by the Space Knights. Blade's single-minded mission of revenge makes him a difficult ally and he regards the Space Knights with cold indifference despite his obvious need for human companionship.

Now humanity has a chance against the Venomoids with Blade and the Space Knights on their side. Too bad Blade isn't the only Teknoman and soon a group of them show up to kick him and the other Space Knights around. Why are the Teknomen human and how did they gain their terrible powers? We learn all of the chilling secrets of Darkon and the Venomoids as Blade travels his road to vengeance. Can he save the Earth, but at what cost to himself?


Dubbing History

The series was aired, dubbed in English, in the United States and Australia under the name Teknoman by Saban Entertainment. Two versions of the dub were made; one referred to as the International Dub was done first and aired overseas, the other is known as the UPN dub, which aired in America, and featured various changes and more content edits. The UPN edit featured various other changes, including referring to Blade as "Slade" and changing Blade and Ringo's voice actors. The International version was the one released on Media Blasters' 2006 DVD release. Both English versions were heavily cut compared to the original Japanese version and shortened from 49 episodes to 43.

The character names were altered for the English-dub: Blade's "D-Boy" nickname was dropped in favor of "Blade" and his full name "Takaya Aiba" became "Nick Carter". Similarly, "Commander Heinrich von Freeman" became "Commander Jamison", "Noal" became "Ringo Richards", "Aki" became "Star Summers", "Milly" became "Tina Corman", "Levin" (an effeminate male in the original Japanese version) became the female "Maggie Matheson" and "Honda" became "Mack". The "Radam" were now called "Venemoids" and their leader "Omega" became "Darkon". As typical of all Saban dubs, a new music score by Haim Saban and Shuki Levy replaced the original score.

Cast

Image Character Original Name Seiyū Dub Actor
International UPN TV Edit
TB Blade.png Teknoman Blade / Nick Carter Tekkaman Blade / Takaya Aiba Toshiyuki Morikawa David A. Thomas Bob Bergen
TB Blade Teknoman.png
TB Star Summers.png Star Summers Aki Kisaragi Megumi Hayashibara Barbara Goodson
TB Ringo Richards.png Ringo Richards Noal Vereuse Yasunori Matsumoto Kerrigan Mahan Michael McConnohie
TB Commander Jamison.png Commander Jamison Heinrich Van Freeman Hirotaka Suzuoki Michael Forest
TB Tina Corman.png Tina Corman Milly Chisa Yokoyama Julie Maddalena
TB Maggie Matherson.png Maggie Matherson Levin Shigeru Nakahara Mari Devon
TB Mac Mackleroy.png Mac Mackleroy Honda Shōzō Iizuka Richard Epcar
TB Balzac St. Jacques.png Balzac St. Jacques Balzac Asimov Kenyū Horiuchi Steve Bulen
TB Balzac without beard.png
TB General Xerxes Galt.png General Xerxes Galt General Colbert Shinya Ōtaki Mike Reynolds
TB Pegas.png Pegas Nobuo Tobita Tom Wyner
TB Dagger.png Teknoman Dagger Fritz Von Braun John Vickery
TB Dagger as Teknoman.png
TB Sabre.png Teknoman Saber / Cain Carter Shinya Aiba Takehito Koyasu Paul Schrier
TB Sabre as Teknoman.png
TB Shara.png Teknoman Rapier / Shara Carter Miyuki Aiba Yūko Mizutani Wendee Lee
TB Shara as Teknoman.png
TB Axe.png Teknoman Axe Goddard Yutaka Shimaka Richard Epcar
TB Axe as Teknoman.png
TB Lance.png Teknoman Lance Molotov Jūrōta Kosugi Michael McConnohie
TB Lance as Teknoman.png
TB Sword.png Teknoman Sword Feng Li Mari Yokoo Melodee Spevack
TB Sword as Teknoman.png
TB Darkon.png Teknoman Omega (Darkon) Kengo Aiba Norio Wakamoto Simon Prescott
TB Miles.png Sargent Miles O'Rourke Barnard O'Toole Masaru Ikeda Bryan Cranston
TB Title.png Narration N/A Tom Wyner

Additional Voices

Notes

  • Episodes 11, 26, 34, and 38-40 were the episodes cut from the dub.
  • UPN's dub was less polished, having many edit problems such as accidental occurrences of "Slade" still being referred to as "Blade" and pieces of the original voice actors for Blade/Slade and Ringo slipping in.

Transmission

Date(s) Channel Country
1995 Network Ten Australia Australia
1995-1996 UPN

(UPN Kids)

United States United States

Video Releases

Distributor Year Format Contents Region Country
Media Blasters 2006 DVD.jpg The Complete Series 1
NTSC
United States United States
3 Volumes
2008 The Complete Series
6 Discs

See Also

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