Salamander (OAV)

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Alternative title:
Life Force
沙羅曼蛇 (Japanese)
사라만다 (Korean)
Objectionable content: Mild
Based on: Based on "Salamander"/"Gradius"/"Gradius II: Gofer no Yabō" (VG) by Konami (eps 1, 2, & 3, resp.)
Plot Summary: The planet Latis is under attack by the Space Dragon Salamander, its war planet, and the Bacterian horde, which is destroying everything in sight; Latis's defenses are ineffective, and its people are losing all hope. Three heroes from the planet Gradius join Lord British in defense of his beloved planet Latis. Then, in a prequel, a girl from a distant planet brings an ominous warning to the planet Gradius, concerning the Bacterium, which the three heroes must investigate. The third episode jumps to the future: after the signing of a peace treaty, one of our heroes is captured by the Bacterians. The military of Gradius and the remaining heroes must save the prisoner from a fate worse than death.
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Seen in part or in whole by 38 users, rank: #5674 (of 7673)
Median rating: Decent
Arithmetic mean: 6.000 (Decent), std. dev.: 1.6803, rank: #5528 (of 7700)
Weighted mean: 6.172 (Decent+), rank: #5232 (of 7700) (seen all: 6.57 / seen some: 5.46 / won't finish: 3.00)
Bayesian estimate: 6.750 (Good−), rank: #3378 (of 5823)
Running time: 50 minutes per episode
Number of episodes: 3
Episode titles: We have 3
Vintage: 1987-02-25 to 1989-02-25
Release dates: We have 6
Ending Theme:
"I Remember You" by Yasuhiko Shigemura
Trivia: We have 4
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Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Director: Hisayuki Toriumi
Screenplay: Kazuhito Hisajima
Character Design: Haruhiko Mikimoto
Animation Director: Toshiyasu Okada
Mecha design: Yasuhiro Moriki
Yūji Nunokawa (Studio Pierrot)
Yumiko Takanashi (Konami)

Assistant Director: Harumi Tamano
Key Animation: Toshiyuki Tsuru (ep 2)
Original "Gradius II" Game Music:
Kenichi Matsubara (ep 3)
Motoaki Furukawa (ep 3)
Seiichi Fukami (ep 3)
Shinji Tasaka (ep 3)
Original "Gradius"/"Salamander" Game Mus: Miki Higashino (eps 1-2)
Paint: Sun Deok Kim
Recording Adjustment: Kunio Kuwabara
Sound Effects: Kazutoshi Sato
Special Effects:
Gō Abe
Shinji Teraoka
Theme Song Performance: Yasuhiko Shigemura (ED)
Hirotaka Suzuoki as Ike Lord British
Kazuhiko Inoue as Eddie Evan
Noriko Hidaka as Stephanie McBain

Shigezou Sasaoka as Gofer
Sumi Shimamoto as Paula

Akira Murayama as Starbuck (eps 2-3)
Daiki Nakamura as Pilot B (ep 3)
Fumihiko Tachiki as Cabinet Member B (ep 3)
Houchu Ohtsuka as Latis Pilot B (ep 1)
Ikuya Sawaki as Latis Pilot A (ep 1)
Jouji Yanami as Latis Cabinet Minister A (eps 1, 3)
Jun Hazumi as Lee McBain (eps 2-3)
Kyonosuke Kami as Minister of Defense (ep 3)
Masashi Sugawara as Pilot A (ep 3)
Seizo Katou as Doromo
Shinji Nomura as Cabinet Member A (ep 3)
Shōzō Iizuka as Cyber Brain (ep 2)
Takehito Koyasu as Technical Official (ep 3)
Takuzou Kamiyama as
Gradius Commander (ep 2)
Latis Cabinet Minister B (eps 1, 3)
Toshihiko Nakajima as HQ (ep 3)
Yoshiko Sakakibara as Stephanie's Mother (ep 3)

Banjou Ginga (ep 1)
Masato Kubota (ep 1)
Sachiko Sawai (ep 2)
Yuji Mikimoto (ep 2)
Japanese companies
English staff
English companies
Distributor: Western Connection (UK)
English cast

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