Betterman (TV)

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Alternative title:
ベターマン (Japanese)
Themes: mecha
Objectionable content: Significant
Plot Summary: A deadly virus known as "Algernon" has attacked humanity with vicious meaning. At the forefront of the battle is the mystifying Akamatsu Industries – disguised as a heavy machine factory in Tokyo, this undercover organization uses neural enhanced weapons known as NeuroNoids to battle Algernon. Also helping with their secret efforts is the mysterious mutant who is only known as "Betterman".
User Ratings: 409 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 12 votes (dub:8, sub:3, edit.dub:1)
 Excellent: 34 votes (sub:16, dub:15, edit.dub:2, ?:1)
 Very good: 59 votes (dub:35, sub:20, edit.dub:2, raw:1, ?:1)
 Good: 105 votes (dub:67, sub:32, edit.dub:3, raw:1, ?:1, others:1
1 Spanish subtitled
)
 Decent: 61 votes (dub:39, sub:20, edit.dub:2)
 So-so: 42 votes (dub:23, sub:17, raw:1, ?:1)
 Not really good: 32 votes (dub:18, sub:12, edit.dub:2)
 Weak: 33 votes (dub:18, sub:12, edit.dub:3)
 Bad: 14 votes (dub:8, edit.dub:4, ?:1, sub:1)
 Awful: 9 votes (dub:7, sub:2)
 Worst ever: 8 votes (dub:3, sub:3, ?:1, edit.dub:1)
Seen in part or in whole by 1144 users, rank: #948 (of 6174)
Median rating: Decent
Arithmetic mean: 6.046 (Decent), std. dev.: 2.2345, rank: #4416 (of 6167)
Weighted mean: 5.953 (Decent), rank: #4684 (of 6167) (seen all: 6.36 / seen some: 5.44 / won't finish: 3.57)
Bayesian estimate: 6.002 (Decent), rank: #4044 (of 4648)
Running time: half hour per episode
Number of episodes: 26
Episode titles: We have 26
Vintage: 1999-04-01 to 1999-09-30
Opening Theme:
"Yume no Kakera" by Uyontana
Ending Theme:
#1: "Chin~requiem~" by *~mai~ (eps 1-25)
#2: "Dou~revelation~" by *~mai~ (ep 26)
Official website:
Links: We have 2
Trivia: We have 1
Reviews:
Betterman DVD 3 (Apr 3, 2003)
News: Show:
Tech TV Staff Laid Off (May 7, 2004)
Yet More Anime at Metreon (Mar 26, 2003)
A-Kon loses Guest (Apr 24, 2002)
New Guests for A-Kon (Apr 8, 2002)
Lots of Bandai News (Apr 5, 2001)
Otakon 2000 Report (Aug 8, 2000)
Anime Expo 2000 Day 2/3 (Jul 8, 2000)
Upcoming Bandai Releases (Jun 29, 2000)
May TV and OAV roundup (May 10, 1999)
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DVD (Region 1)
    Betterman - The Awakening (DVD 1) 2002-06-04 (from $23.99)
    Betterman - The Awakening (DVD 1) 2004-04-13 (from $37.20)
    Betterman - Metamorphosis (DVD 2) 2002-08-06 (from $23.99)
    Betterman - Metamorphosis (DVD 2) 2004-04-13 (from $14.39)
    Betterman - Seeds of Death (DVD 3) 2002-10-08 (from $23.99)
    Betterman - Seeds of Death (DVD 3) 2004-04-13
    Betterman - Inhuman Nature (DVD 4) 2002-12-03 (from $23.99)
    Betterman - Inhuman Nature (DVD 4) 2004-04-13
    Betterman - Despair (DVD 5) 2003-02-04 (from $23.99)
    Betterman - Despair (DVD 5) 2004-04-13
    Betterman - Finality (DVD 6) 2003-04-01
    Betterman - Finality (DVD 6) 2004-04-13
    Betterman - Complete Collection (DVD 1-6) 2004-09-28
    Betterman - Complete Collection [Anime Legends] (DVD 1-6) 2006-10-17

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Series Director: Yoshitomo Kometani
Script:
Hiroaki Kitajima (6 episodes
eps 9, 13-14, 18, 23-24
)

Hiroshi Yamaguchi (12 episodes
eps 1-3, 6-7, 10, 15-16, 19-20, 25-26
)

Yuichiro Takeda (8 episodes
eps 4-5, 8, 11-12, 17, 21-22
)

Storyboard:
Akira Kusune (ep 5)
Hiroshi Nishikiori (ep 3)
Kazuyoshi Katayama (ep 6)
Koji Masunari (ep 9)
Kunihisa Sugishima (ep 4)
Mamoru Hamatsu (ep 17)
Masamitsu Hidaka (eps 7, 12, 14)
Shinichi Watanabe (ep 10)
Shinichiro Watanabe (ep 23)
Shinji Higuchi (ep 24)
Sumio Watanabe (ep 19)
Takeshi Yoshimoto (eps 8, 13)
Umanosuke Iida (ep 22)
Yasuchika Nagaoka (ep 18)
Yoshitomo Yonetani (7 episodes
eps 1-2, 11, 15, 20, 25-26
)

Yukio Nishimoto (eps 16, 21)
Episode Director:
Akihiko Nishiyama (ep 14)
Akira Yoshimura (6 episodes
eps 3, 7, 12, 15, 20, 25
)

Hirokazu Yamada (eps 10, 16, 22)
Ikuro Sato (5 episodes
eps 6, 9, 11, 17, 21
)

Jun Takada (eps 18, 23)
Kunihisa Sugishima (ep 4)
Sumio Watanabe (eps 13, 19, 24)
Takeshi Yoshimoto (eps 2, 8)
Yasuhiro Minami (ep 5)
Yoshitomo Yonetani (eps 1, 26)
Music: Kouhei Tanaka
Original creator: Hajime Yatate
Character Design: Takahiro Kimura
Animation Director:
Iwao Teraoka (ep 3)
Michinori Chiba (ep 11)
Toru Yoshida (worms; ep 10)
Mechanical design: Kunio Okawara
Assistant producer: Takashi Kochiyama
Character Animation Director:
Masahiko Itojima (5 episodes
eps 2, 7, 13, 19, 24
)

Megumi Kadonosono (ep 25)
Takahiro Kimura (5 episodes
eps 1, 5, 15, 21, 26
)

Takeyuki Yanase (ep 22)
Tetsuya Yanagisawa (eps 4, 8, 16)
Chief Writer: Hiroshi Yamaguchi
Color setting: Akiko Shibata
Creature Design: Takayuki Taketani
Design: Rei Nakahara
Mechanical animation Director:
Masahiro Yamane (5 episodes
eps 2, 7, 16, 22, 26
)

Seiichi Nakatani (5 episodes
eps 4, 8, 13, 19, 24
)

Toru Yoshida (6 episodes
eps 1, 5, 10, 15, 21, 25
)

Music producer: Shiro Sasaki
Planning Chief: Koutaro Nakayama
Special Concept: Toru Nozaki
Theme Song Performance:
Wuyontana (OP)
Yoshitomo Yonetani (ED1 & ED2, credited as "*~mai~")
Kappei Yamaguchi as Keita Aono
Kyoko Hikami as Hinoki Sai
Takehito Koyasu as Betterman Lamia

Chafurin as Shigeru Akamatsu
Houko Kuwashima as
Chandy
Miyako Asami
Junko Iwao as Sakura
Shinichiro Miki as Shou Yanagi
Tomoko Kawakami as Seeme
Yuko Minaguchi as
Kaede 
Kaede Kurenai

Hiroaki Ishikawa as Tsuguo "Usshi" Ushiyama
Hiroki Takahashi as Cactus Prickle
Hiroomi Sugino as Drang(ep 12)
Hitoshi Bifu as
flight crewmember(ep 3)
male voice(ep 5)
Man(eps 19-21)
Houko Kuwashima as Kazuho Heichi
Katsumi Suzuki as Chika-chan
Kazuhiko Nishimatsu as
principal(ep 1)
Professor(ep 11)
Kazuhiro Nakata as Pakila
Kazuki Yao as Bodaiju
Kazuo Oka as Dr. Mikio Sai
Kazuyuki Baba as Hinoki's father(ep 7)
Kenji Nojima as man(ep 4)
Konami Yoshida as
Announcer(ep 23)
Reporter(eps 1, 21)
Kyōko Kaneko as
Doctor(ep 8)
illusion's voice(ep 5)
Laurier Noir
teacher(ep 4)
Maiko Itou as Mako "Hasechin" Hasegawa
Masaya Takatsuka as
Detective(eps 1-2, 21)
man(eps 15-16)
Shin-chan(ep 10)
Sturm(ep 12)
Miho Yamada as Kei
Mugihito as
Brahman
Mugito Mamon
Naoki Bandou as
Employee(ep 2)
Guide(eps 6-8)
Officer(eps 17, 23-25)
Narumi Tsunoda as Nurse(ep 8)
Nobuyuki Tanaka as Mario Sai
Osamu Ichikawa as Umezaki
Sayuri as Woman(eps 15, 17)
Takehito Koyasu as Yamajii
Takurou Kitagawa as Man(ep 18)
Tarou Masuoka as
Crewmember(ep 12)
flight crewmember(ep 3)
Tomoko Kawakami as
Li-Chan 
Ritsuko "Li-Chan" Fuchu
Umi Tenjin as
Itoshino Kaori-chan 17-sai(ep 10)
Yoko "Yaanto" Yamamoto
Yuki Kaida as Hinoki's mother(ep 7)
Yuusaku Yara as Yakusugi
Japanese companies
Broadcaster: Bandai Channel
Key Animation:
AD Cosmo (8 episodes
eps 3, 6, 9, 12, 14, 20, 23, 26
)

Anime R (5 episodes
eps 5, 10, 15, 21, 26
)

Nakamura Production (11 episodes
eps 1-2, 6, 16, 18-19, 21-22, 24-26
)

Studio Dub (eps 18, 25)
Studio Mu (eps 4, 24)
Studio Wanpack (eps 6, 16)
Music Cooperation: TV Tokyo Music
Photography: Trans Arts Co.
special effects: Marix
Titles: Maki Production
English staff
English cast
Executive producer: Ken Iyadomi
Producer: Charles McCarter

Engineering Assistant:
Cam Desmond
Conor Whiteley
Production Coordination:
Diana Gage
Patricia Murray
Warren Opheim
Production Support/Translation: Tatsuhiro Nishiuchi
Re-Recording Mixing:
Jan Deny
Mark M. Pinder
Recording engineer:
Brad Belden
Ryan Manning
Voice Direction: Teri Snelgrove
Jonathan Love as Betterman Lamia
Mariette Sluyter as Sakura
Matthew Erickson as Keita Aona
Onalea Gilbertson as Hinoki Sai

Dave Pettitt as Shigeru Akamatsu
David Kelly as Yakusugi
Jonathan Love as Shou Yanagi
Onalea Gilbertson as Chandy

Byron Close as Mode Warp Officer
Carol-Anne Day as
Hinoki's Friend
Kaori Sweet Seventeen
Christy Greene as Li-chan
Doug McKeag as Dr. Mamon
M.J. McCann as Seeme/Lume
Mark Gatha as Cactus
Steve Olson as Dr. Umezaki

English companies
Adaptation: The Ocean Group
Broadcaster: TechTV (Anime Unleashed)
Distributor: Bandai Entertainment
Recording Studio: Blue Water Studios
Spanish staff
Spanish cast
Dubbing Director: Mariana Gómez
Benjamin Rivera as Keita Aono

Mariana Gómez as Seeme
Martha Ceceña as Miyako Asami
Mayra Arellano as Sakura
Spanish companies
Broadcaster: Televisa Canal 5 (Mexico)
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