So here's a question, how popular is Mach GoGoGoin Japan? I've always kind of figured it's not as important or culturally memorable to them as Speed Racer was to North America. I know it's kind of a legacy being part of Tatsunoko and it got a recent shout out in Yattaman, but otherwise it doesn't seem to come up much anymore.
The 90's series was pretty rad, but I think that's the last real time Japan had any love for Mach GoGoGo, whereas Speed Racer went down in pop culture largely due to timing and localization.
Speed Racer, Go Lion, FLCL and Panty & Stocking are all animes that are way more popular to American audiences and are either forgotten or flopped in Japan
Akira, GitS (first movie), Cowboy Bebop, Trigun and the first FMA anime are similar examples but not to the same degree.
But to answer OP's question: the live action Speed Racer movie was released in Japan without even changing the American title or character names.
>While Speed Racer is considered a pop-culture classic in America, it is barely remembered in its native country of Japan (where it was titled Mach GoGoGo) and is only known nowadays for being popular in America. In fact, the Japanese dub of the live-action film kept the American title and names of the characters.
I wonder if japan laughs at us for enjoying their bargain basement garbage shows.
Man, as a kid I remember them not being squeamish about killing people on Speed Racer. Even if they tried to cover a few deaths here and there, they still didn't pull punches what with cars going over cliffs and such.
It wasn't like Voltron where they out of their way to try and sweep away any death they could.
On the subject of Speed Racer, it really bugs me that every reboot or revival of Speed Racer thinks they need to "do better" than the Mach 5 and replace it with their own Mach 6. The movie did it, a few comics did it, that shittacular low budget sequel cartoon did it, it always come off feeling like the car equivalent of an ORIGINAL CHARACTER DO NOT STEEL. It's like, why bother trying to revive Speed Racer if you're only going to do so by shitting on one of it's key elements?
No, never. The 90's series had a newer Mach 5 with more gadgets, but it was still the Mach 5. They didn't blow it up for no raisin and say "lol oh well who cares here's the totally better MACH 420 BLAZE IT"
Eh, AKIRA was one of the biggest hits ever in Japan.
Cultural significance is debatable, but you can't really deny its massive influence on sci-fi genre. Even to this day Ootomo is revered by sci-fi artists and writers all over Japan.
I feel like even if the movie did this, they lampshade it with Pops coming in and saying "what's all this bullshit you added to it, you fucked up the design, you've thrown off the weight distribution, now it handles like shit" and he has to unfuck it
Yeah, it's not so much Akira's as Otomo's influence that was huge in Japan. His earlier short stories and Doumu, the psychic girl manga gave much more impact on the culture scene. So much so that there's even a word "Post Otomo generation".
You can really tell when some people are influenced by Otomo. Just recently I was having a discussion about Kon's manga and there was other manga that reminded me of him. But that's all Otomo. Akira is actually pretty standalone in my opinion, different than his other works and personally the manga is his least remarkable. I love his oneshots and parodies.
>his trade mark dry humour
Which I would've never known about until the scanlation community picked up his stuff sort of recently doing his oneshots. Hansel and Gretel is fucking amazing. He did a oneshot sort of recently I remember. But yeah, it is a shame.
Actually, I think Harmageddon was considered a bigger cultural impact in Japan than Akira. The only reason Harmageddon wasn't well remembered in the U.S. was it was released 10 years too late so it looks dated. Plus its depiction of black people in NYC was less than positive,
>Oh no Sven died!
>Wait no he didn't we got him to the hospital he's fine
>But let's put up a fake gravestone to fool Zarkon into thinking he's dead!
>But he's not cause we say so.
Get ready for a long stretches of boredom with a few moments of cool animations. It's NARMY as fuck though, at cringe inducing levels. Especially all the world stereotype characters.
I only just recently learned Peter Fernandez, the original voice of Speed Racer died in 2010. Man, I grew up watching Speed Racer, that is a huge bummer.
And to think, the last thing he did was cameo on that horrendous flash cartoon that was supposed to be a "sequel" to Speed Racer.
Japan alson don't give a fuck about the best Metal Hero.
I remember reading this one Speed Racer manga a while ago, it came out around the same time as the live movie but it wasn't a tie in to the movie. And they did the same thing with trying to replace the Mach 5 with a Mach 6, only they kinda reversed it by having Speed not like the Mach 6 much for one, and then the Mach 6 gets stolen by some dead racer who was brought back to life as an evil cyborg, and he uses it to attack people and do evil shit I guess, and Speed has to defeat the Mach 6 using the Mach 5.
It was honestly the only Speed Racer manga or comic I've ever read besides the original that genuinely felt like Speed Racer.