Trivia / Spider Riders

  • Adaptation Displacement: The first novel actually came out before the anime. But good luck finding people who know about the book version when the anime is obscure enough.
  • All-Star Cast: In the Japanese version. Most of the actors used were very popular at the time, if not famous veteran seiyuu. The main exception being Magma's seiyuu, who has no other anime roles but is notable for performing both OP themes to Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle.
  • Channel Hop: In Japan, From TV Tokyo to its cable TV channel, Kids Station after the first season ended. It took 6 months to get to new content, because they started the show again from the beginning. Thus, episodes 27-52 premiered in Canada first.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Hunter and Lumen both have female seiyuu (while Hunter also has a female VO in the English dub, Lumen was voiced by then 14-year-old Cameron Ansell, who is male). On the other hand, Grasshop's wife is voiced by a man, who also voiced Grasshop himself.
  • Executive Meddling: There was such hope that Spider Riders would get renewed for a second season that the much more conclusive plans for the second half were drastically changed. This would leave opening to continue in season two. Regretfully, ratings were terrible and this never happened. See the What Could Have Been entry to learn more.
  • Fan Nickname: Iggy for Igneous.
    • Mantid's Fortress for Mantid's castle. In the show it's actually referred to as a citadel, but due to "Mantid's Fortress" being the name of a popular fan forum, it stuck. Additionally, the room in the castle where Aqune chants is sometimes called Aqune's parlor by fans, in reference to a line she used in the dub. It really has no particular name.
    • The Ultimate Machine-Sector/Dark Opal is referred to as "Providence" by some Japanese fans, as a seiyuu gag.
  • Feelies: The Japanese DVD sets came with some cool stuff. The first set came with a booklet which included a lengthy staff interview as well as unused concept art. Plus, a set of stickers. The second season came with a mousepad.
  • Invisible Advertising: Hit with this in both the US and Japan. The former shoved it on Kids WB and kept pulling it and adding it back without warning, making it impossible to follow. In the latter's case, well, it never even made the TV guide sections in magazines like Newtype. It was so obscure that the first episode got incredibly low ratings when it aired, meaning few people bothered to try it in the first place.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Although the dub is legally available online, it never got a full DVD release. The Japanese version was released completely in Japan on DVD, but if you want it subbed, fansubs are your only option.
  • Talking to Himself: Grasshop and his wife in English and Japanese; also in the English dub, Hunter shares a voice actress with the Oracle, Lilly and Queen Illuma. And yes, there's times when one or both women are talking with him.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: There is a rumor that Spider Riders has a second season which was only released in Japan. This is false, and likely spread just because Spider Riders was aired as two separate "seasons" of 26 episodes each in Japan, as a result of terrible ratings when the first half aired.
  • What Could Have Been: An original press release which was shown on Teletoon's site and later pulled revealed plans for an older version of the show. Some notable differences include Aqune being the reincarnated Spirit Oracle, exploration of her actual past (she was exiled from her home for helping Buguese, who was injured), Buguese's origins as an artificially created Insector, Corona seemingly being the daughter of Queen Elma/Illuma, Hunter getting a chance to return home (he chooses to stay) Mantid actually being defeated, and possible resolution to Hunter and Corona's romantic relationship.
    • The Directors Book, which came with the Japanese DVD release, also showed some cut ideas. Most interestingly, Sparkle had a very boyish appearance, and the writers admitted to changing her age around quite a bit. She went from being an infant to more mature and beautiful to her current 8-year-old self. The book also stated that they considered rendering the Spiders in CG, but ultimately chose to use traditional animation.
    • Initially, Magma and Igneous' names were to be switched.

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