World Events Productions is mostly known for, of course, the Voltron franchise. However, it’s not the only anime they’ve brought to US TV. Saber Rider And The Star Sheriffs, a translation of the anime Star Musketeer Bismarck, is one of three sci-fi westerns, including Adventures Of The Galaxy Rangers and Bravestarr. (The only other one for kids would be the 90s series Wild West C.O.W.boys of Moo Mesa, but only in the origin.) The show features four heroes chosen to protect the frontier from bad guys from another dimension. Tonight we’ll take a look at the first episode…because they’re only two on WEP’s official YouTube channel, which frankly doesn’t have a lot on it.
“Vapor beings who get sent back after being shot”. Right. Even Bravestarr committing murder skirted with the idea of death, and they had an episode that involved Bravestarr’s mentor . Personally I would have saved the reveal of the Ramrod’s robot mode until the transformation. And of course that’s Peter Cullen (who also did voice work on the original Voltron) as the robot with a John Wayne voice. It was an inspiration for Optimus Prime’s voice originally, although this was later.
In the original anime, the characters that became Fireball and April are also childhood friends and would later start a romance. Six extra episodes were produced by World Events to enforce the changes made for a US kids show and boosting the Western feel they were going for. The Ramrod was called Bismarck in the Japanese version, making it the title character rather than Saber Rider, who wasn’t even the main hero of the show. That was Fireball’s counterpart, but I guess the British soldier on the flying robo-horse seemed more appealing.
The series is now available through WEP’s online store if you want to see more. There’s also a comic. I wouldn’t mind reading that.