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|Immortal Grand Prix|
(Ai Jī Pī Ekkusu Inmōtaru Guranpuri)
|Genre||Action, sports, racing, mecha|
|Created by||Production I.G|
|Anime television series|
|Immortal Grand Prix (microseries)|
|Directed by||Koichi Mashimo|
|Produced by||Maki Terashima-Furuta |
Eric P. Sherman
|Written by||Koichi Mashimo|
Eric P. Sherman
|Original network||TV Asahi|
|Original run||September 15, 2003 – September 19, 2003|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Mitsuru Hongo|
|Produced by||Hidekazu Terakawa|
|Written by||Mitsuru Hongo|
|Music by||Ninja Tune|
|Original network||TV Asahi|
|Original run||November 5, 2005 – August 26, 2006|
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 by Cartoon Network and Production I.G. 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 and Production I.G 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 I.G, with Bee Train returning for in-between animation. Production I.G president Mitsuhisa Ishikawa joined on as producer for the series. It was the first time he had worked on a joint U.S. Japanese production, due to the Pokémon companion franchise.
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 the first ever Toonami original anime series.
The program returned to the Toonami block on April 28, 2013 at 2 a.m. ET on Adult Swim. On November 21, 2014, anime distributor Discotek Media announced their license to the TV series and re-released both cuts (including Toonami cut and Production I.G cut) of the series on DVD on February 9, 2016.
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.
- 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 series
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.
- 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 Jin
- 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
- 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) and Nintendo Power v. 198 (December 2005).
- Special editions of the U.S. 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.
- 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 I.G working on both IGPX and the Evangelion movies.
- 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 I.G, who also animated IGPX. Team Satomi's mechs have the word Absolute painted on their arms, a nod to the "Absolution" spaceship featured in the Toonami commercial bumpers.
- 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 I.G's studio created both the IGPX and Reideen anime series. Both series were directed by Mitsuru Hongo.
- "Mitsuhisa Ishikawa (石川光久) President, Production I.G." U.S.-Japan Innovators Network. Retrieved 2009-07-27.
- "Discotek Adds Rayearth TV, Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas, Descendants of Darkness, IGPX, Lupin III: Bank of Liberty". Anime News Network. 2014-11-21.
- Production I.G official English website IGPX page
- (in Japanese) Production I.G official Japanese website IGPX page
- (in Japanese) Japanese IGPX official website
- (in Japanese) TV Asahi's IGPX website
- IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix fan site
- Immortal Grand Prix at TV.com
- Immortal Grand Prix at IMDb
- Immortal Grand Prix microseries at IMDb
- Immortal Grand Prix at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
- Immortal Grand Prix microseries at Anime News Network's encyclopedia