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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.
User Ratings: 30 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 1 vote (sub:1)
 Excellent: 2 votes (sub:2)
 Very good: 4 votes (sub:4)
 Good: 9 votes (sub:8, raw:1)
 Decent: 8 votes (sub:8)
 So-so: 4 votes (sub:3, dub:1)
 Not really good: -
 Weak: 2 votes (sub:2)
 Bad: -
 Awful: -
 Worst ever: -
Seen in part or in whole by 53 users, rank: #6451 (of 9674)
Median rating: Good
Arithmetic mean: 6.567 (Good−), std. dev.: 1.5424, rank: #5553 (of 9803)
Weighted mean: 6.627 (Good−), rank: #5222 (of 9803) (seen all: 6.89 / seen some: 5.46 / won't finish: 3.00)
Bayesian estimate: 6.884 (Good), rank: #3912 (of 7426)
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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    Salamander [UK] (Sub.VHS 1) 1995-01-23
    Salamander [UK] (Sub.VHS 2) 1995-02-00
    Salamander [UK] (Sub.VHS 3) 1995-03-27

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Director: Hisayuki Toriumi
Screenplay: Kazuhito Hisajima
Character Design: Haruhiko Mikimoto
Art Director:
Kayoko Koitabashi (ep 3)
Masayoshi Banno (eps 1-2)
Animation Director: Toshiyasu Okada
Mecha design: Yasuhiro Moriki
Director of Photography:
Hirokata Takahashi (eps 1-2)
Hitoshi Kaneko (ep 3)
Yūji Nunokawa (Studio Pierrot)
Yumiko Takanashi (Konami)

Assistant Director: Harumi Tamano
Background Art:
Kayoko Koitabashi (eps 1-2)
Kyoko Hayashibara (ep 2)
Kyoko Uemura (ep 1)
Makiko Futami (eps 1, 3)
Masahiro Komine (ep 1)
Masahiro Mikami (eps 2-3)
Masao Kajitani (eps 1-3)
Masaru Ohta (eps 1, 3)
Mieko Ichihara (ep 1)
Mitsuo Shibamura (ep 1)
Ritsuko Murakami (eps 1-2)
Rumiko Minemura (eps 2-3)
Ryō Kōno (ep 2)
Saburo Kametani (ep 1)
Sanae Makino (eps 1-3)
Setsuko Ishizu (ep 1)
Yōko Ichihara (eps 2-3)
Color Check: Hideo Kamiya (eps 2-3)
Color Coordination: Michiko Nishimura (eps 1-3)
In-Between Check: Fumiyo Yoshikawa (eps 1-3)
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)
Production Desk:
Naoji Hounokidani (eps 1, 3)
Yuji Takae (ep 2)
Recording Adjustment: Kunio Kuwabara
Sound Effects: Kazutoshi Satō
Special Effects:
Gō Abe (ep 1)
Kiyoshi Asanuma (eps 2-3)
Shinji Teraoka (ep 1)
Theme Song Performance: Yasuhiko Shigemura (ED)
Titles: Hideki Sugisawa
Hirotaka Suzuoki as Ike Lord British
Kazuhiko Inoue as Eddie Evan
Noriko Hidaka as Stephanie McBain

Shigezō 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)
Hōchū 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)
Takuzō 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)

Banjō Ginga (ep 1)
Masato Kubota (ep 1)
Sachiko Sawai (ep 2)
Japanese companies
Studio CATS (eps 1-3)
Studio Kuma (ep 1)
Film Developing: Toei Chemical Industry
Music Production: King Records
Takahashi Production (eps 1-2)
Tokyo Animation Film (ep 3)
Production Assistance:
Artland (eps 1, 3)
Ashi Productions (ep 1)
Bebow (ep 2)
Daume (eps 1, 3)
Dragon Production (eps 1-2)
E&G Films (ep 2)
Easy World Pro (ep 1)
GAINAX (ep 3)
Group Linus (ep 1)
Hadashi Pro (ep 1)
Hitomi Production (ep 1)
I.G Tatsunoko (ep 2)
Kyoto Animation (ep 2)
Märchen-Sha (ep 3)
Miyuki Production (ep 1)
Mook Animation (ep 2)
Mushi Production (eps 1-3)
Samtack (ep 1)
SHAFT (ep 1)
Studio Add (ep 1)
Studio Angel (ep 3)
Studio Cockpit (ep 3)
Studio Dove (ep 2)
Studio Kuma (ep 3)
Studio Look (ep 2)
Studio Mark (eps 2-3)
studio Marmalade (ep 1)
Studio Onion (ep 1)
Studio Takuranke (eps 2-3)
Studio Wombat (ep 2)
T. Nishimura (eps 2-3)
Trans Arts Co. (ep 3)
Village (eps 1-2)
Whiskey Studio (ep 3)
Yamato Pro (eps 1-3)
Re-Recording: Tokyo TV Center
Recording Production: Omnibus Promotion
English cast
English staff
Script Consultant: Jonathan Clements
English companies
Licensed by: Western Connection (UK)

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