Immortal Grand Prix


IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix Japanese: IGPX インモータル・グランプリ, Hepburn: Ai Jī Pī Ekkusu Inmōtaru Guranpuri refers to two anime series co-produced simultaneously by Cartoon Network and Production IG The first is a "microseries" consisting of five 5-minute episodes, and the second is a 26-episode animated series loosely related to the first

Koichi Mashimo co-wrote and directed the microseries, while Bee Train Animation and Production IG animated it, and Bandai Entertainment acted as the North American distributor The full-length anime series was handled by director and writer Mitsuru Hongo and was animated by Production IG, with Bee Train returning for in-between animation Production IG president Mitsuhisa Ishikawa joined on as producer for the series It was the first time he had worked on a joint US Japanese production, due to the Pokémon companion franchise1

The series' English dub was produced by Williams Street in Atlanta, Georgia and Bang Zoom! Entertainment in Burbank, California Both studios collaborated on the English script and casting, Bang Zoom directed and recorded the actors, and Williams Street handled the final mixing for the dub IGPX was commended for being the first original series on Toonami

An IGPX video game was released on September 12, 2006, for the PlayStation 2

The program returned to the Toonami block April 28, 2013 at 2am/1c on Adult Swim On November 21, 2014, anime distributor Discotek Media announced their license to the TV series and re-released both cuts of the series on DVD in 20162

Contents

  • 1 IGPX microseries
    • 11 Cast
  • 2 IGPX TV series
    • 21 Rules of the IGPX
    • 22 Characters
    • 23 Episodes
    • 24 Team Satomi race record
    • 25 Cast
    • 26 Music
    • 27 IGPX promotions
    • 28 Allusions
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

IGPX microseriesedit

The Immortal Grand Prix is a tournament between teams of gun-wielding mechs As Team Velshtein is injured, the random drawing chooses Team Suzaku, led by pilot Takeshi Noa, as the one to face Team Sledge Mamma, a trio of cybernetically-enhanced cyborgs At first, Team Suzaku does not have weapons because their mechanic U-Matsu forgot them Amy delivers weapons from Velshtein, but Team Suzaku has a hard time controlling them Amy's cat co-pilot Luca takes control and knocks Timmer out of his mech Liz, out of ammo, uses her capoeira image training She is eventually at the mercy of an opposing pilot and surrenders The Sledge Mamma mechs shoot at Takeshi, but Amy jumps in to save him and is knocked out of the game After being kicked around by the Sledge Mamma mechs, Takeshi reveals his plan Using his ninjatō and shuriken, he knocks Dimmer and Yammer out of their mechs and wins However, the series ends on a bitter note as Velshtein's owner Hamgra blackmails Team Suzaku to merge their teams and allow him to add cybernetic enhancements to their pilots, or else he will make them pay for the weapons they borrowed This conflict is never resolved due to the end of the microseries

Castedit

  • Beau Billingslea – Yammer
  • Steven Blum – Cunningham
  • Sandy Fox – Amy
  • Steve Kramer – Timmer
  • Lex Lang – Metoo
  • Wendee Lee – BT
  • Julie Maddalena – Luca
  • Michael McConnohie – Dimmer
  • Jamieson Price – Hamgra
  • Michelle Ruff – Suzaku
  • Joshua Seth – Takeshi Noa
  • Julie Ann Taylor – PA
  • Kirk Thornton – Umatsu
  • Kari Wahlgren – Liz

IGPX TV seriesedit

The IGPX TV series made its hour-long premiere on November 5, 2005, at 10/9c The series is set in 2049 and revolves around the Immortal Grand Prix, or IGPX, which is a mecha racing/battle circuit The sport is so popular that an entire city has been built for the racing industry, where competitions take place on a huge 60-mile 97 km track In the IGPX, two teams of three mechs, high-tech fighting machines driven by humans, race at speeds greater than 350 mph 560 km/h The IGPX also contains fighting elements; attacking the opposing team to disable their mechs thus preventing them from winning the race is not only legal, but also expected Team Satomi, a crew of amateur pilots, has just won a minor-league championship, the IG-2, vaulting them into the sport’s highest level, the IG-1 Now, the untested rookies of Team Satomi must overcome impossible odds and beat the world’s most skilled and ruthless pilots

The series was Toonami's first original series

Rules of the IGPXedit

An IGPX race consists of two teams of three pilots: a forward usually places first or second, a midfielder usually places third or fourth, and a defender usually places fifth or sixth They compete on a 60-mile 97 km track, going at speeds upwards of 400 mph 640 km/h The overall objective is to make it to the finish line and accumulate more points than the opponent 1st place receives 15 points; 2nd receives 7 points; 3rd gets 5 points; 4th gets 3 points; 5th gets 2 points and 6th gets 1 point No points are awarded to pilots who are unable to finish the race

Lap one is basically a "setup" lap Teams set up their positions on the track and troubleshoot any problems that the mechs may be having In the second lap, also known as the "battle round", the teams now fight their way to the finish line The pit machines, also known as the "running skeletons", are only employed during this lap Each skeleton is designed to hold two people, one being the mechanic that fixes the mech, and has an open center that allows the mech to be held between the two cockpits while the parts for each mech are stored along the sides for quick replacement However, the running skeleton can only be called on once for each team throughout the race In the third lap, pilots are allowed to set their mechs into speed mode Speed mode allows the mech to achieve maximum speed, and make a quick sprint to the finish line

Each IGPX season has the champion of the IG-2 brought in to replace the lowest ranking team in the standings Which team Team Satomi replaced is unclear, but at the end of the first half of the series, Team Black Egg was demoted from IG-1 to IG-2 as they were last in the IG-1 standings Team White Snow was the team that replaced Team Black Egg in the second half of the show

Charactersedit

Main article: List of Immortal Grand Prix characters

The pilots making up Team Satomi are forward Takeshi Jin, defender Liz Ricarro, and midfielder Amy Stapleton The other members of Team Satomi include team owner Michiru Satomi and coach Andrei Rublev The other teams in the IGPX are Black Egg, Edgeraid, Skylark, Sledge Mamma, Velshtein, and White Snow Benjamin Bright is the announcer for the IGPX races

Episodesedit

Episode # Season 1 Season 2
1 Time to Shine A New Challenge
2 Win or Lose Feeling Lost
3 Black Egg Vulnerable Mind
4 The Ghost White Snow
5 Come Together Puzzled
6 Cat Vs Dog Moving On
7 Spring Has Come Comeback
8 I Like You, I Like You, I Love You Decision
9 Holiday Function, Not Fashion
10 Showdown Fate
11 And Then Winner's Circle
12 The Final Battle Hostile Contradiction
13 Into Tomorrow The End and the Beginning

Team Satomi race recordedit

In both seasons, Team Satomi begins with a 1–1–1 record and finishes with four victories, including a win in the final against the team that they previously lost to and tied with

Season 1 2049
Race Winner
Satomi v Sledge Mamma Tie
Satomi v Black Egg Satomi
Satomi v Velshtein Velshtein
Satomi v Edgeraid Satomi
Satomi v Skylark Satomi
Satomi v Sledge Mamma Satomi
Satomi v Velshtein Satomi
Season 2 2050
Race Winner
Satomi v Edgeraid Satomi
Satomi v White Snow White Snow
Satomi v Velshtein Tie
Satomi v Skylark Satomi
Satomi v Sledge Mamma Satomi
Satomi v Velshtein Satomi
Satomi v White Snow Satomi

Castedit

  • Haley Joel Osment – Takeshi Jin
  • Michelle Rodriguez – Liz Riccaro
  • Steven Blum – Alex Cunningham
  • Louise Chamis – Jane Rublev
  • Peter Cullen – Opening Narration
  • Erik Davies – Ricardo Montazio
  • Doug Erholtz – Zanak Strauss
  • Michael Forest – Hans
  • Crispin Freeman – Bjorn Johassen
  • Barbara Goodson – Misaki
  • Mark Hamill – Yamma
  • Lance Henriksen – Andrei Rublev
  • Kate Higgins – Jessica Darling
  • Megan Hollingshead – Judy Ballasteros
  • Tom Kenny – Benjamin Bright
  • William Frederick Knight – Ichi
  • Lex Lang – Dew
  • Mela Lee – Max Erlich
  • Wendee Lee – Sola
  • Julie Maddalena – Jesse Martin
  • Dave Mallow – Glass Jones, MC
  • Tony Oliver – Edgeraid Coach
  • Michelle Ruff – Elisa Doolittle
  • Stephanie Sheh – Bella Demarco, Yuri Jinn
  • Brianne Siddall – Johnny Lipkin
  • Steve Staley – River Marque
  • Karen Strassman – Fantine Valjean
  • Kim Strauss – Sir Hamgra
  • Julie Ann Taylor – Boy A
  • Kirk Thornton – Mark Ramsay
  • Cristina Vee – Sage Rublev
  • Kari Wahlgren – Luca, Michiru Satomi
  • Hynden Walch – Amy Stapleton
  • Andre Ware – Dimma
  • Dave Wittenberg – Frank Bullitt, Jan Michael, Timma

Musicedit

Opening theme
  • "Go for It!" by GRAN RODEO
Ending theme
  • "Believe Yourself" by Exige
  • "Strings" by Tommy Guerrero Toonami version

IGPX promotionsedit

  • A promotional DVD featuring the Comic-Con early cut of episode 1 "Time to Shine", the IGPX trailer, music, and a screensaver was distributed with Anime Insider v 26 November 2005
  • The same was released with Nintendo Power v 198 which was the December 2005 issue
  • Special editions of the US DVD volume 1 release came with a puff pack artbox, a Team Satomi T-shirt, the first episode from the microseries and team stickers, one for each of the teams from season one

Allusionsedit

  • Fantine Valjean's name is an allusion to the characters Fantine and Jean Valjean in the book Les Miserables by Victor Hugo Likewise, Team Skylark member Elisa has the same name as the main character of Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw and as the leading lady in My Fair Lady
  • Andrei Rublev bears the name of a Russian iconographer
  • In the episode "Cat vs Dog", the owner of Team Edgeraid bears a striking resemblance to Gendo Ikari from Neon Genesis Evangelion The man also sits with his hands crossed over his face, which was notably done by Gendo and has since been done in many other anime series This character insertion was probably due to Production IG working on both IGPX and the Evangelion movies
  • The leader of Team Velshtein, Sir Hamgra, is an exact lookalike of Kira Yamato from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED
  • In "Cat vs Dog", the mecha of Team Edge Raid have GITS painted on their arms This is a reference to Ghost in the Shell, a franchise animated by Production IG, who also animated IGPX Team Satomi's mechs have the word Absolute painted on their arms
  • In the final episode of IGPX, Team Black Egg's symbol is shown on the TV located on one of the triple towers that surround the track, which only shows team emblems for IG-1 This suggests that Black Egg has regained their spot in IG-1, replacing Team Skylark after they are demoted to IG-2
  • In the eighth episode of Reideen, a banner titled "Satomi" hangs in the city that Saiga Junki the main protagonist lives in Production IG's studio created both the IGPX and Reideen anime series Both series were directed by Mitsuru Hongo

Referencesedit

  1. ^ "Mitsuhisa Ishikawa 石川光久 President, Production IG" US-Japan Innovators Network Retrieved 2009-07-27 
  2. ^ "Discotek Adds Rayearth TV, Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas, Descendants of Darkness, IGPX, Lupin III: Bank of Liberty" Anime News Network 2014-11-21 

External linksedit

  • Production IG official English website IGPX page
  • Japanese Production IG official Japanese website IGPX page
  • Japanese Japanese IGPX official website
  • Japanese TV Asahi's IGPX website
  • IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix fan site
  • Immortal Grand Prix at TVcom
  • Immortal Grand Prix at the Internet Movie Database
  • Immortal Grand Prix microseries at the Internet Movie Database
  • Immortal Grand Prix at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
  • Immortal Grand Prix microseries at Anime News Network's encyclopedia


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