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Anime: Yatterman
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Yatterman is the second show in the Time Bokan anime series by Tatsunoko Production (the unrelated Flint The Time Detective uses a similar concept). Running from 1977 to 1979, the series stars Gan-chan, the son of a toy designer, and Ai-chan, his girlfriend, fighting crime as "Yatterman", using inventions and riding on large robots constructed by Gan. Their most regular enemy is the Doronbo Gang (Skull Gang), consisting of Doronjo, Boyacky and Tonzler, who are out to collect Dokuro Stones (Skull Stones), for their boss, Dokurobei.

The show was hugely popular in its time, and fondly remembered by many Japanese adults today. Oddly enough, the key to its popularity wasn't the titular heroes, but rather the terrible trio they fought every week, who were hilarious rather than threatening, and ended up with many viewers rooting for them.

Received a remake series in 2008, and a live-action movie directed by Takashi Miike (yes, of Audition fame) in 2009. Yatterman-1, Doronjo and Yatterman-2 also make appearances as playable characters in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom.

Both the original series and the 2008 remake are legally available to watch on Anime Sols, where you can also pledge money to keep both series afloat in the United States and Canada in exchange for physical goods such as stickers, posters and DVD box sets. However, both have failed to meet the funding criteria since then.

This show provides examples of:

  • All Men Are Perverts: In one episode of the original series, Boyacky fantasizes about Ai-chan's butt inflating.
  • Animal Mecha: Obviously.
  • Animal Motifs - Doronjo is a bat, Tonzra's a pig and Boyacky's a rat. The last two are emphasized in the live-action movie.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The film has fun with how the heroes ride on the outside of their mecha. A newspaper hits Yatterman-2 in the face on the highway, the girl they take with them can barely hold on, and traveling over the ocean just plain sucks.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The 70s series. When Doronjo and her lackeys discover that Dokurobei is the Dokuro Stone (see The Reveal below), they decide to leave their life of crimes, sadly greet each other one last time and take, literally, different paths. The director pans the image to show us that the three paths later will turn into one single road.
  • Callback: The final episode of the 2008 series uses the original 1977 opening.
    • Each episode also has its title card done in exactly the same style as the original series, complete with each episode including "da koron" (Omotchama's Verbal Tic) as part of the title.
    • Early in the live-action film, the Doronbo Gang does the same song they did in the first episode of the '70s version.
    • Even better: the first mecha built by the Doronbo Gang in the film is the same one from the very first episode of the 1977 series, and the film ends (not including The Stinger) exactly like the final episode of that series (see Bittersweet Ending above).
  • Death of a Thousand Cuts: What Yatterwan's mini-mecha inflict on Doronbo Gang's mecha.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The 70's series didn't just get crap past the radar, it practically delivered a sledgehammer smash to the radar long before Ren and Stimpy got to break it.
    • The 2008 remake actually lampshades this in the very first episode when Tonzra obscures Doronjo's exposed chest.
      Tonzra: Safe!
      Boyacky: You know, if it was back then they would've just boldly shown it...
  • Gosh Hornet: Both episode 7 and 33 of the original anime have the Doronbo trio getting attacked by bees. Once as a punishment and once because the episode's Dokuro Stone was actually a beehive.
  • Irony: Despite being the most famous series of the franchise, Yatterman no feature time travel. The only exception is an episode that is a tribute to the first Time Bokan series. They also cover the Villain Song of villains.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: Tonzranote .
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Constantly.
  • Love Dodecahedron: In the live-action film.
  • MacGuffin: The Dokuro Stones, in almost every episode
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: Yatter Wan to Yatter King in both the series and film.
  • Nice Hat: Arguably, the hats Gan and Ai wear as their crime-fighting alter-egos.
  • Once an Episode: the Doronbo Gang making some sort of scam to raise funds for their "evil" plans, Dokurobei's self-destructing messages (see below), the Yattermen needing to power up their mechas in the middle of the battle, the minature "bikkuri-dokkiri" mechas Yatterwan produces each week, the Doronbo Gang's mechas exploding in a skull-shaped atomic mushroom, their escape on a triple bicycle, and Dokurobei cruelly punishing them for their failurenote ... The episodes of this show pretty much followed all the same scheme. Oh, and Doronjo's Clothing Damage, which happens at least twice an episode.
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: In the original series (but not the remake), if you hear the famous eight note opening to Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, it usually means that Dokurobei is going to punish the Doronbo Gang for their failure...
  • Rearrange the Song: Yatterman no Uta, the first OP theme for the show, would get rearranged quite a bit. There are six rearrangements in the 2008 series, a rearrangement in Tatsunoko VS Capcom, and in the The Movie. The song is just that famous; it will never leave!
  • Role Reprisal: The 2008 Yatterman Anime brought back Noriko Ohara as the voice of Doronjo from the original Yatterman anime. In addition, Jōji Yanami returned as lacky Boyakkii, and Kazuya Tatekabe returns as lacky Tonzura.
  • Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains
  • Shout-Out: In episode 3 of the 2008 anime, Boyacky suggests to Doronjo and Tonzra that they all should watch "DeathNeet".
  • Spell My Name with an S: Depending on the source, it may be Yatterman or Yattamannote , Tonzler, Tonzra, or Tonzura, Boyacky or Boyakki, (or Boyacchi), Doronbo or Drombo (or Dorombo) and Doronjo, or Dronjo. Oh, and both Doronbo and Doronjo are different entities, with Doronbo being the organization and Doronjo being the villainess.
    • According to Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, it's Yatterman, Boyacky, and Doronjo. The other names are still open to interpretation.
  • Spice Up the Subtitles: Despite the fact that it's a family show (Clothing Damage aside; see "What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?" in the YMMV section), the translation on Anime Sols has swearing in the first episode alone in the 1977 versionnote  (specifically, there are two lines that each have an instance of the "d" word).
  • They Fight Crime
  • 20% More Awesome: Ai does this all the time in the remake (but not the original series).
  • Verbal Tic: Omotchama's "da koron", and Dokurobei's "da bei", as well as Tonzura's "man-nen"note 
  • X-Ray Sparks

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