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, ?:1, raw: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 1147 users, rank: #957 (of 6325)
Median rating: Decent
Arithmetic mean: 6.046 (Decent), std. dev.: 2.2345, rank: #4524 (of 6328)
Weighted mean: 5.953 (Decent), rank: #4815 (of 6328) (seen all: 6.36 / seen some: 5.44 / won't finish: 3.57)
Bayesian estimate: 5.998 (Decent), rank: #4194 (of 4834)
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 
Art: Ariaki Okada 
Animation Director:
Iwao Teraoka (ep 3)  (7 episodes
eps 6, 9, 12, 14, 17, 20, 23
)
 
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 
Sound: Sadayoshi Fujino 
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) 
Yusaku 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 
Colleen Blackmore as Kaede 
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) 
Dubbing Studio: Intertrack S.A. de C.V. Mexico 
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