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Shotaro Ishinomori's "Cyborg " is back with an all-new . ] Joe and [ Cyborg ] Francoise that helped develop their relationship and hint . for Joe's first test of his powers as well as the cyborg's looks and style. Françoise Arnoul (フランソワーズ·アルヌール Furansowazu Arunuru) aka is a French She also began to be more open with her relationship with Name:Joe Shimamura Codename: Cyborg Nickname: "The Super and afraid, Joe's skills were put to the test and after passes many obstacles, he has developed a romantic relationship with Cyborg , he fights.
It was an honor to be a part of such an amazing project with very talented teammates. Once Marcus shared his initial drawings with me I went looking for more material to better understand the series. They say the third time is the charm and it certainly was—this book is nothing short of incredible. The revelation of this book is the combo of Marcus To and Ian Herring on art duties. For each of the cyborg characters, we wanted to create an individual backstory that was deeply rooted in the original manga, yet also updated slightly to fit within our modern-day approach to the overall story.
For this page I really wanted to let Ian shine. This was the last of the three flashback pages I worked on. The idea behind them was to give a good contrast between the past and present. Mostly I played with lighting and a more monotone approach to push this difference. The character bio page was a little tricky. I wanted to make the lettering fit with the rest of the book, but also have a special look for the each of the captions.
For the voice-overs, I sampled the red of the costumes and used a pixelized effect around the edges. Astute readers will notice that each number has the same amount of pixels immediately surrounding it! I wanted the font here to feel more like a computerized readout, so I opted to go with a more block-like font. Throughout the story we wanted to create some nice, private moments between [Cyborg ] Joe and [Cyborg ] Francoise that helped develop their relationship and hint at a possible love interest.
For this particular scene, we liked getting Joe and Francoise out of the bunker and above ground so we could see them against the military boneyard spread out in the background—the juxtaposition of the future weapons of war versus the rusting, decaying ones of the past.
Before we even started drawing, I spoke with [editor] Stephen [Christy] and [co-writer] F.
This was the first scene where we pushed the star paintings that appear further into the book. Marcus left the backgrounds open for me to play with and generally I wanted to have more color than a typical night scene to help push the mood. For the backgrounds I pictured old sci-fi novel covers and various gaming concept art.
They always created fantastic scenes by pushing the colors of the stars and galaxies. In general, I took my lettering cues from my work in manga.
For localization projects, letterers usually have all of the artwork, SFX, and ballooning already in place from the foreign publisher. I wanted to mimic that tradition, so I chose to hand-draw each of the balloons and sound effects.
I only left the actual dialogue to digital lettering. The funny part about it is that it almost looks like a totally different font in this book than it does in the source material. I wanted to add all of these little touches to stay true to the original, but also define the piece in its own way.
This is one of my favorite pages in the book and this really shows how much Marcus gets not only the characters but also all of the emotion that goes into this scene. Joe is the brooding young kid in all of us, and Francoise is kindness personified. This is an example of the broad-strokes, pop storytelling that FJ and Brad brought to the book that makes it read so well.
Joe returns to Tokyo, hoping escape the horrible things that have happened to him. The falling cherry blossoms which we also see in the opening scene of the book triggers a lost memory that would perhaps give him the opportunity to reconnect with someone from his past.
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This was a tricky page, since there are no panels. When I read what F. The scene is further bowdlerized in the dub, which cuts Von Bogoot shooting the sisters, as well as making snippets to the rest of their death sequence.
Before the dub of "Legend of the Super Galaxy" was available in its original full cut, fans had to make do with a shortened 92 minute version that trimmed the violence, as well as scenes and dialogue relating to the team members' backstories. This trope also hit when Jo Onodera adapted "Conclusion: God's War" from light novel format to manga for Club Sunday: In the light novel, is stated to have lost his ENTIRE lower half in the climactic battle, just before the moment where he asks to leave him to self-destruct.
In the manga, his legs are stomped on and he's rendered crippled. The novel also had not only get bisected, but also lose both arms.
In the manga, Jet is still torn in half, but retains his arms although one is crushed. A key point in the manga version of the "Underground Empire" arc as well as in the equivalent moment in the anime has him internally pleading that although he's never believed in a God, that now he's praying to them that he can save An earlier moment in the anime in episode 4 also has Jet angrily state "I don't even believe in God! As far as the English adaptations went?
Tokyopop toned down Jet's lack of faith to have him state that he needed "luck", while the dub changed Jet's line in episode 4 to be "I couldn't even trust my parents!
In final episode of Call of Justice the Emperor states he will become God. The English dub alters this to him more generically stating he will become a god. Brought Down to Normal: Francoise once loses her powers while in the mountains, and under certain conditions as well. Happens to Albert at the end of "Legend of the Super Galaxy", when he's brought back to life- but it's then quickly averted when he requests that Dr. Gilmore turn him back into a cyborg.
But Not Too Foreign: Averted with a passion. The Numbers are explicitly all non-Japanese, to the point that they come from eras and backgrounds that largely prevent them from even traveling out of their home countries.
Joe is the exception, being half-Japanese and having a father of an unspecified ethnicity, but he was born and raised in Japan - and got bullied and ostracized by society for being biracial and a bastard. Ishinomori himself did not consider "Empty War", "The Man with the Expensive Castle", or the retconned origin in the prologue to the Underground Empire to be canon. The first is due to the fact that he re-wrote it as "A New Type of Bomb" most manga releases include both versions alongside each otherand the latter two examples have to do with his distaste for having to rewrite into being a child to tie into the changes that were made in the first film adaptation.
There's also a visual discrepancy within that origin; while the narration mentions Joe having been captured on his escape from Kurihama, the artwork depicts an ambulance carrying him off much like the one in the film, that carried him off after his racing accident. The manga version of "God's War" essentially overwrites the unfinished "Angel" and "Battle with the Gods" arcs, which were the first and second prototypes of Ishinomori's concept for the "last Cyborg story".
A whole episode focuses on the Cyborgs trying to stop the Villains Of The Week who were trying to use biological bombs to get people sick and then sell them the antidote.
Kozumi's mustache is in the shape of this. Once you see it, you can't unsee it. All of the Cyborgs escaped the Ethnic Scrappy label thanks to their pretty good backstories, specially in the anime. As the manga went on and was developed into various anime series, the characters changed drastically. Some of the more obvious examples: In the '79 series, he even had to remind Joe that he didn't have to be The Hero taking on the world alone and that his friends were more than just 'something to protect'.
The series, on the other hand, starts him off as a Hot-Blooded Jerkass desperately searching for targets to lash out at and wary of the other cyborgs, then having him grow from there into a loyal Boisterous Bruiser who is revealed to carry the pain of not having been able to be the Big Brother Mentor to the New York kids from the sixties.
There were hints of his original personality in the flashback episode, though, as he rescues a confused and panicking from the battlefield she's been thrown into and manages to calm her down before they met up with and and develop a strategy to save their lives.
Albert, on the flip side, mixed a bit of Blood Knight with a hint of Death Seeker and a lot of Black Humor about his situation. He had no illusions about the fact they were meant to be weaponswas cold and pragmatic The version, meanwhile, was more of a thoughtful Sugar-and-Ice Personality who openly grappled with the question of whether or not his enhancements made him less humanalso taking up the Big Brother Mentor role towardsand To complicate this somewhat; while Albert definitely had stayed more on the serious and cold side, the '80s run of the manga has the two display traits that would seem to be the seeds for their rivalry and personality reversal in the version.
Albert becomes more introspective about his humanity, while Jet becomes a little more jaded in light of realizing the drawbacks of being a cyborg, as well as showcasing a bit more of a hot and belligerent temper when pissed off such as the argument over holiday traditions in the story "Cyborg Soldier, For Whom Do You Fight?
His football playing in the manga is referenced in the vs. Helena and Helen tended to be merged into one character in some media, such as the film "Monster Wars", as well as the Sega CD video game.
This was probably part of why Helena was changed to "Artemis" in the anime. Tokyopop's translation of the manga even changed one of Joe's lines to hang a lampshade on Helen's resemblance to Helena, with him saying "Hey, I remember you! Helena was also given the title of "Cyborg " in the aforementioned film, while the character known as in the manga became "Cyborg " along with his twin brother.
There's also a SF Roman light novel fromwritten by Akiyoshi Sakai and illustrated by Ishinomori, which included yet another Helena - this time as a long-haired girl who asks the Cyborgs for help to find her older brother Petrov, a Russian pilot kidnapped by Black Ghost to spark a conflict between USA and the Soviet Union. When she arrives to the group, mysterious things begin to happen like and being way too harsh to her, becoming a huge Clingy Jealous Girl or being wounded Helena turns out to have been turned into a Cyborg, with Petrov as a mix between and Apollo, and was less jealous and more like Brainwashed and Crazy and she was the one who hurt under said brainwashing.
Ultimately Helena dies fighting Petrov to saveand de-brainwashes The Japanese fans weren't too happyapparently accusing Sakai of changing the story too much and relaying a lot on Idiot Balls. As with all Shotaro Ishinomori works, extreme reverence towards Christianity is shown.
The "church" in the movie isn't corrupt so much as completely off its goddamn rocker. In the series Joe is sent forward in time, lands into this apocalyptic Alternate Future, and when he finds out the truth he's this close to cross the Despair Event Horizon.
Unfortunately for the Cyborgs, they're the first enemies they have to fight after escaping Black Ghost. During the final battle between and Scarl, Scarl spends most of the battle beating the crap out ofbut then he stupidly taunts Gilmore about how he'll "make him watch as I burn them in the furnace"causing poor Gilmore who is Ambiguously Jewish to break free and turn the anti cyborg weapon on him. Scarl becomes distracted by the pain, allowing to tackle him and knock him into the reactor, where the explosives kill him The manga version of "Conclusion: God's War" has this when the cyborgs are overwhelmed by the gods and creatures that they have to fight.
Even with their upgrades from Gilmore that came about due to them being attacked in the earlier fight, they're still unable to defeat the hordes, and the giant Buddha makes quick work of, andas well as killing off Dr. Gilmore with a quick squish of his foot. The Tokyopop translation of volumes took quite the liberties with the original source material at times, with some dialogue being far from what Ishinomori originally wrote.
Gilmore and gave himself up willingly to him after the accident. The rest of the dialogue in the ending sequence also underwent revision, with it being a key point in the original that nobody referred to as "Joe" up until his fall to Earth. In Tokyopop's translation, he's called "Joe" by and others beforehand, which loses the impact. The film, as well as the manga and light novel adaptations of "God's War".
Dark and Troubled Past: All of the Cyborgs have rather shitty pasts. Gamo Whisky, who either attempted to unlock the secrets of the human mind through his son mangaor drove himself to insanity trying to find a cure for 's terminal illness anime, Archaia novel.
In the manga, he also lost his mother, who was murdered by Gamo before 's eyes when she tried to stop the experiments. The anime also reveals that saw other street children being bullied by criminals yet he did nothing to help them, and the guilt from his inaction stayed with him for many years. From the same series, the episode "Black Ghost Lives" shows Jet during his days as a prototype Cyborg, and it's implied that out of the the nine people who became 00 Cyborgs, Jet stayed with Black Ghost the longest.
No wonder the poor guy's so messed up. In addition, earlier adaptations depicted him as becoming a gang leader while still a teenager, which brings up more implications about his home life.
The anime also revealed that Black Ghost's cybernetic modifications to her eyes and ears caused her to suffer from extreme Sensory Overloadand she was thrown into a battlefield without warning where she panicked even at the slightest sounds. The anime cranked that part Up to Eleven by having lie to Hilda about successfully escaping so her heart wouldn't be broken over the fact they failed.
The Archaia novel, however, switched it up by having being unable to legally Hilda due to her being a foreigner, so he tried to smuggle her into country by plane. It went as well as you'd expect.
The anime also revealed that Black Ghost's extensive cybernetic modifications were extremely painful, to the point where he was immediately put out of commission after using them for the first time. It's a wonder he didn't commit suicide after all that crap. In the manga, the only job he found turned his people into humorous stereotypes, which found incredibly offensive to his heritage.
Later adaptations depicted him as a restaurant owner who either burned down his own restaurant with a botched fire-breathing trick anime or was forced to close it down Archaia novel. In addition, the Archaia novel depicted as a formerly married man whose wife left him after his business failed. The anime expands on this by depicting him as a small-time actor who abandoned his girlfriend Sophie and his friends once he let his own fame get to his head, and when he was disgraced, he was too ashamed to make amends and turned to the bottle.
The '79 anime reveals how became a homeless drunk - he was friends with a fellow actor Henry, whom he also competed with for a lead role in a major production. Henry was eventually chosen, but they never lost their friendship. One day, and Henry went on a hiking trip when equipment failure caused Henry to fall to his death. Because of the timing of the accident, people believed killed his friend, and his inability to clear his name caused him to lose his job and everything else.
The anime and Archaia novel depicted as a guerrilla fighter, with the former expanding on his backstory and giving him a comrade-in-arms who was turned into an evil cyborg by Black Ghost and had to be killed by to save himself and his friends. The anime depicted him as an orphan who was Happily Adopted by a Catholic priest who was indirectly involved in a child trafficking ring created by Black Ghost, and was killed to prevent exposure of their secrets only to come home one day and find both the priest murdered and his church on fire.
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The police thought was the culprit due to being the only one there at the crime scene, so they arrestedonly for the truck transporting him to get into an accident, allowing to escape. The trope is played straight in the manga and the older series, but subverted in the one and averted entirely in the movie.
The cyborg team all of a sudden gets to go to outer space in the film Cyborg Legend of the Super Galaxy. This may be attributed the success of of Star Wars and Space Battleship Yamato which at the time popularized Space Opera further evidenced by the fact that the Galaxy Express director Rintaro was originally attached to the film.Anime Voice Comparison- Francoise Arnoul/Cyborg 003 (Cyborg 009)
However, the film quickly downplayed the Space Opera elements in favor of a more subdued story that focused more on cosmic existentialism and our place in the universe. There's a scene describing how the kindly priest found him as a baby, alongside his dying mother, on the stairs to his church. In the vs.
Devilman OVA, is able to wield two blasters at once. While the dub of the anime mostly kept characters' names, there were a few changes. Gamo Whisky had his surname changed to "Asimov", thus making Ivan have that surname as well. Von Bogoot has his name romanized as "Van Bogoot" though the spelling seems to give a lot of trouble.
The Pu'Awak sister Dinah had what appeared to be pronounciation trouble with being called "Deena" in one episode and by "Dinah" in the following one. The 00 Cyborgs were also referred to as "The Galaxy Legion", perhaps to better explain why they'd be going out into outer space. The Spanish dub of Super Galaxy also had its own name changes in store: These same name changes carried over to the French dub, although Jet was now called "Poil de Carrote" "carrot head".
Gilmore tended to have his eyes shadowed out a lot early on even after escaping Black Ghost, to mark him as shady and ambiguous. This effect would come and go throughout the early manga.