Manga: Dash! Yonkuro
Dash! Yonkuro (ダッシュ!四駆郎) is a shonen manga series created by Zaurus Tokuda started in 1987 as a series of comic strips in Coro Coro Comic magazine. The series has a purpose to promote Tamitya's Mini 4WD toyline. It got a 25-episode TV adaption by Shogakukan Productions Co., Ltd. Both manga and anime didn't get an export to many countries, but the anime series of Dash! Yonkuro was very popular in Italy, Philipines and Malaysia. The story adds knowledge about tips and tricks in modifying and racing with mini 4WD, including track racing and street racing. The mini 4WD trend began and have stayed strong in these few contries after the anime was aired.A young boy named Yonkuro Hinomaru, the owner of a minicar "the Emperor", which is left to him by his deceased father, leads a mini 4wd racing team called "Dash Warriors", consisting of a Five-Man Band. They enter a series of a mini 4WD racing competition. The story follows the Dash Warriors races through the tournament while facing racers from the Death Corp, which has both moral and immoral characters.Compare Bakusou Kyoudai! Let's & Go!! for a Spiritual Successor.
Dash! Yonkuro provide examples of the following tropes:
- Author Avatar: Genta
- Cool Car
- Dark Is Not Evil: Some characters in the Death Corp aren't truly bad. They even become friends after races.
- Defeat Means Friendship
- Diabolus Ex Machina: Episode 16, The Emperor is destroyed by lightning.
- Evil Laugh: Gale
- Foreshadowing: The dream sequence in the very first episode hints of Yonkuro's father's machine, Dash-00 Horizon.
- Letting Her Hair Down: Rinko, normally spots an Odango, lets her hair down more and more often.
- Mid-Season Upgrade
- No Export for You
- Tournament Arc
- Wacky Racing