Genesis Climber MOSPEADA
|Genesis Climber MOSPEADA|
Promotional art showing the Legioss transformable mecha, the MOSPEADA transformable motorcycle, Yellow Belmont, Houquet et Rose, Ray and Mint Laboulaye.
(Kikō Sōseiki Mosupīda)
|Genre||Adventure, Mecha anime, Military science fiction|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Katsuhisa Yamada|
|Written by||Sukehiro Tomita|
|Studio||Artmic & Tatsunoko|
|Original run||2 October 1983 – 23 March 1984|
|Original video animation|
|Genesis Climber MOSPEADA: Love Live Alive|
|Directed by||Katsuhisa Yamada|
|Written by||Sukehiro Tomita|
|Music by||Joe Hisaishi|
|Studio||Artmic & Tatsunoko|
|Released||21 September 1985|
Genesis Climber MOSPEADA (機甲創世記モスピーダ Kikō Sōseiki Mosupīda) (literally "Armored Genesis MOSPEADA") is an anime science fiction series created by Shinji Aramaki and Hideki Kakinuma. The 25-episode television series ran from late 1983 to early 1984 in Japan. MOSPEADA stands for Military Operation Soldier Protection Emergency Aviation Dive Armor, one of the transformable motorcycle-armors the series features. The other primary mecha featured in the show is the three-form transformable fighter called the Armo-Fighter AFC-01 Legioss, which is somewhat similar in design to the VF-1 Valkyrie variable fighter from The Super Dimension Fortress Macross.
In the 21st century, Earth's pollution problems result in the development of a new hydrogen fuel called "HBT" as an alternative to fossil fuels, while mankind colonizes Mars. In 2050, a mysterious alien race called the Invid invades Earth. Unable to fight off the Invids, Earth becomes desolate with only a few pockets of human beings scattered throughout the planet. Many of the refugees escape aboard a few remaining shuttles to seek shelter on the Moon. The Invids set up their main base of operations on Earth, called "Reflex Point", in the Great Lakes area of North America.
However, the Mars colony, dubbed the Mars Base, does not forget about the plight of Earth. Troops are sent in to fight the Invids from the Moon, only to fail miserably. The Invids do not attack Mars and show no interest towards the other planets. Surprisingly, the aliens show no hostility towards humans unless they are directly provoked. The Invids can also sense the presence of HBT and use of the fuel is limited under their supervision, as HBT is a common component in weapons technology. Mars Base becomes a gigantic military factory, producing vast amounts of advanced weaponry and trained troops. In 2080, Mars Base sends in the next wave of troops called the Earth Recapture Force - but it is virtually destroyed despite a technological advantage including the deployment of transformable mecha.
Mars Base deploys the Second Earth Recapture Force three years later but suffers a similar fate as the first fleet. Legioss pilot Stikh Bernardo turns out to be the only survivor as he crashlands in South America, but his fiancée, Marlene, is killed in the chaos. A holographic recording of Marlene given to Stikh just before the operation began gives him the strength to move on and avenge her death. In his quest to reach Reflex Point, he meets the other main characters of the show, forming a group of ragtag freedom fighters in a quest to rid the planet of the Invid.
As the plot unravels, the purpose of the Invid invasion is revealed: to find a suitable place to evolve into more complex beings. However, the Invid do not know that their endeavor actually threatens to cause the extinction of both humans and Invids and thus, it is up to Stikh and his group, with the help of human-like Invids (Aisha and Solzie), to convince the supreme ruler of the Invid, the Refless, to flee from Earth.
The Robotech-adapted names are in brackets: [ ].
- Stikh Bernardo (スティック・バーナード Sutikku Bānādo) (Scott Bernard) (Bin Shimada): A 20-year-old Mars Base lieutenant that becomes stranded on Earth as the Inbit obliterate the defenses of the Second Earth Recapture Force. As a result of the overwhelming force of the Inbit, Stikh's fiancée, Marlene (マリーン Marīn), is killed when her ship attempts to land on the planet surface, leaving Stikh angry and bitter. Even after he gathers his freedom fighters together, he often allows his hatred and blind fury towards the Inbit to distract him from the responsible decision-making his friends know he is capable of. In the end, however, he finds his peace again as he becomes aware of his growing feelings for Aisha, despite her Inbit background.
- Ray (レイ Rei) (Rand) (Hisao Ōyama): 17-year-old scavenger. He is the historian, optimist, and wisecracker of the group. Originally, Ray was a loner who actually enjoyed teasing the Inbit as they chased him around the territory, but he joins Stikh in order to deal a serious blow to the invaders. Extremely resourceful and with a good intuition, Ray is the first in the group who gradually manages to figure out important facts about the Inbits' plans and procedures. He is a huge fan of Yellow Belmont until he learns that the female singer is actually a man. Over the course of the series, he develops deep feelings for Houquet, but she has trouble openly reciprocating them.
- Mint Laboulaye (ミント・ラブル Minto Raburu) (Annie "Mint" La Belle) (Miyuki Sanae (credited as Miyuki Muroi)) : A spirited and precocious 13-year-old girl who was abandoned by her parents. She tags along with the group in order to find a husband, but ends up becoming part of the team. Often considered an annoyance to the rest of the group, Mint is nonetheless loved by her fellow freedom fighters, and proves herself valuable to the mission on several occasions. Her trademark attire is the E.T. cap that she wears. It is not known whether the E.T. stands for the science fantasy movie of the same name or something else.
- Houquet et Rose (フーケ・エローズ Fūke Erōzu) (Rook Bartley) (Mika Doi): A 16-year-old former motorcycle gang member and girlfriend to gang leader, Romy. She was severely beaten and taken advantage of by a rival gang when they cornered her away from her group. Houquet initially fights for the helpless and refuses an alliance with Stikh, but joins the team after realizing that she would be stronger with them than without them. Eventually she comes to respect her companions enough that she offers to sacrifice herself in order to save the others. Falls in love with Ray, but is unable to open her heart and express her affection to him.
- Jim Warstone (ジム・ウォーストン Jimu Wōsuton) (Jim "Lunk" Austin) (Tomomichi Nishimura): A 32-year-old maintenance mechanic. Jim initially comes off as the "stupid lunk" of the group, but is soon revealed to be quite intelligent. Jim was once a member of the Mars Base forces, but deserted after failing to save a friend from the Inbit. Though he labeled himself a coward and often sees himself as a liability to Stikh's team, the team is quick to object to this, noting Jim's courage and dependability during their repeated encounters with Inbit forces.
- Yellow Belmont (イエロー・ベルモント Ierō Berumonto) (Lance "Lancer" Belmont) (Mine Matsuki)/(Hirotaka Suzuoki): A 22-year-old soldier from the Second Earth Recapture Force. Now disguised as a female singer (thanks to his bishōnen appearance) in order to hide from the Inbit and certain locals, Yellow has made quite a name for him/herself as an entertainer, but upon meeting Stikh and his friends, Yellow decides to help free Earth from the Inbit. His ability to completely change both his physical appearance and personality (in the Japanese version, this also included his voice) adds to the team's ability to infiltrate towns and cities in order to gather supplies or complete missions. His stage name in Robotech was Yellow Dancer.
- Aisha (アイシャ Aisha) (Ariel/Marlene) (Miki Takahashi): A female Inbit changed into humanoid form. (In Robotech, she was given the name Marlene by Scott (Stikh) and the others, named after his old fiancée, because when they first met her, they were unaware of her real name.) Suffering from amnesia when Stikh's group finds her, she gradually develop human feelings and sympathies, and ends up falling in love with Stikh.
- Refless (レフレス Refuresu) (Regess) (Noriko Ohara): Supreme ruler of the Inbit. Her only goal is to terraform the Earth in order for her race to take it over. Considers humans to be genetically and socially worthless.
- Solzie (ソルジィ Sorujī) (Sera) (Waka Kanda): Second female Inbit to be transformed into humanoid form. Accidentally encounters Yellow as he is bathing in a waterfall, and the encounter leaves her resolve shaken as she slowly begins to fall in love with him. Eventually, she becomes the first Inbit to independently sympathize with the human cause.
- Battlar (バットラー Battorā) (Corg) (Hōchū Ōtsuka): Third Inbit to be changed into humanoid form. Unlike Aisha and Solzie, Battlar's experiences with Stikh's team leaves him angry and insulted. His repeated defeat in combat to Stikh causes Battlar to make his mission of stopping Stikh's group a personal revenge.
The English-subtitled MOSPEADA DVD released by Harmony Gold and ADV Films uses the inaccurate names (such as "Stig Bernard", Mint "Rubble", Houquet "Emrose", and Jim "Austin") derived from fans on Robotech.com and the Robotech Art I book.
| Original Japanese
| Genesis Climber MOSPEADA
| Robotech: The New Generation|
|October 2, 1983||1. Prelude to the Offensive (襲撃のプレリュード Shūgeki no Pureryūdo)||61. The Invid Invasion|
|October 9, 1983||2. The Broken-Hearted Girl's March (失恋少女のマーチ Shitsuren Shōjo no Māchi)||62. The Lost City|
|October 16, 1983||3. Showdown Concert at High Noon (真昼の決闘コンサート Mahiru no Kettou Konsāto)||63. Lonely Soldier Boy|
|October 23, 1983||4. Survival Song Feeling (気分はサバイバル・ソング Kibun wa Sabaibaru Songu)||64. Survival|
|October 30, 1983||5. Live Inn Plunder Operation (ライブ・イン・強奪作戦 Raibu In Gōdatsu Sakusen)||65. Curtain Call|
|November 6, 1983||6. Support Girl Blues (突ッ張り少女ブルース Tsuppari Shōjo Burūsu)||66. Hard Times|
|November 13, 1983||7. Fallen Hero's Ragtime (亡き勇者のラグタイム Naki Yūsha no Ragutaimu)||67. Paper Hero|
|November 20, 1983||8. Jonathan's Elegy (ジョナサンのエレジー Jonasan no Erejī)||68. Eulogy|
|November 27, 1983||9. Lost World Fugue (ロスト・ワールド遁走曲 Rosuto Wārudo Tonsōkyoku)||69. The Genesis Pit|
|December 4, 1983||10. Requiem of the Battlefield (戦場のレクイエム Senjō no Rekuiemu)||70. Enter Marlene|
|December 11, 1983||11. Lullaby of Distant Hope (遠い希望のララバイ Tōi Kibō no Rarabai)||71. The Secret Route|
|December 18, 1983||12. Fortress Breakthrough Boogie (要塞突破ブギ Yōsai Toppa Bugi)||72. The Fortress|
|December 25, 1983||13. Sandstorm Playback (砂嵐プレイバック Suna-arashi Pureibakku)||73. Sandstorm|
|January 8, 1984||14. Mint's Wedding March (ミントの結婚行進曲 Minto no Kekkonkōshinkyoku)||74. Annie's Wedding|
|January 15, 1984||15. The Ballad of Breaking Up (仲間割れのバラード Nakamaware no Barādo)||75. Separate Ways|
|January 22, 1984||16. Trap Reggae (トラップ・レゲエ Torappu Regē)||76. Metamorphosis|
|January 29, 1984||17. White Night Serenade (白夜のセレナーデ Hakuya no Serenāde)||77. The Midnight Sun|
|February 5, 1984||18. The Nature of Old Soldier's Polka (老兵たちのポルカ Rōhei-tachi no Poruka)||78. Ghost Town|
|February 12, 1984||19. Forte of the Glacier City (氷河都市のフォルテ Hyōga Toshi no Forute)||79. Frost Bite|
|February 19, 1984||20. Birthday Song of the Night Sky (夜空のバースディ・ソング Yozora no Bāsudi Songu)||80. Birthday Blues|
|February 26, 1984||21. Arpeggio of Murder (殺しのアルペジオ Koroshi no Arupejio)||81. Hired Gun|
|March 4, 1984||22. New York Bebop (ニューヨーク・ビーバップ Nyū Yōku Bībappu)||82. The Big Apple|
|March 11, 1984||23. Black Hair's Partita (黒髪のパルティータ Kokuhatsu no Parutīta)||83. Reflex Point|
|March 18, 1984||24. The Dark Finale (闇のフィナーレ Yami no Fināre)||84. Dark Finale|
|March 25, 1984||25. Symphony of Light (光のシンフォニー Hikari no Shinfonī)||85. Symphony of Light|
- Opening theme
- "Ushinawareta Yume o Motomete" (失われた伝説(ゆめ)をもとめて, "In Search of Lost Dreams")
- Ending theme
- "Blue Rain" (ブルー・レイン Burū Rein)
The incidental music was composed by Joe Hisaishi, who would later gain renown for incidental music for the movies of Hayao Miyazaki, though it is accidentally credited, because of a misreading of the name characters, to a "Yuzuru Hisaishi." MOSPEADA is the first anime series to have a jazz-based theme song (Blue Rain).
Malaysian indie band Hujan made a cover of the opening song, with the same title Lonely Soldier Boy. The lyrics are translated from Japanese into Malay (except for the chorus, which was preserved) and was included in the band's album.
The original working titles for MOSPEADA were: Kouka Kihei Vector ("Descent Machine Soldier Vector"), Chou Fumetsu Yousai Reflex Point ("Super Immortal Fortress Reflex Point") and AD Patrol: the story of city police where the main character rides a transformable bike that changes into his partner. The main character designs were created by Yoshitaka Amano, who would later gain renown for his character artwork for the Final Fantasy series.
Each of the Japanese episode titles contains a musical reference. This style of titling would later be used by Cowboy Bebop.
Mechanical designer Shinji Aramaki came up with the transformable motorcycle-powered exoskeleton design while working on the Diaclone series (which later became part of Transformers). When riding his Honda VT250 250 cc motorbike he thought to himself that it was the right size for a person to wear. The bike design was inspired by the Suzuki Katana. The black and white stripes on the Legioss and VR ride armor are a tribute to the Allied invasion stripes in World War II.
Adaptation for the Robotech series
Most of MOSPEADA's animation (with edited content and revised dialogue) was adapted for American audiences as Robotech: The New Generation, the third saga of the Robotech compilation series. In Robotech, the Inbit became the "Invid" of the "Third Generation" (also featured in Robotech II: The Sentinels) and the advanced space forces are the returning Robotech Expeditionary Force (REF) that left before the "Second Generation" of Robotech on Earth. Earth's Defense Forces were decimated in the previous saga. Unlike the Invid in the adapted Robotech, the Inbit in MOSPEADA had nothing to do with the Robotech Masters (their sworn enemies in Robotech) and they were just looking for a good planet on which to evolve and reach perfection. Likewise, the REF forces under Admiral Hunter's command that Bernard frequently referred to were troops from the Mars and Jupiter bases which harassed the Inbit, though they were playing a "leave alone" system with humans on Earth.
The show's transformable mecha were also renamed; the Armor Cycles as Veritech Cyclones motorcycles; the AFC-01 Legioss became the VF/A-6 Alpha Veritech; the AB-01 Tlead became the VFB-9 Beta Veritech. Like Macross and The Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross, Genesis Climber MOSPEADA was cut and fitted to be part of the Robotech continuum by Harmony Gold and Carl Macek. Character names were generally altered without major changes in characterization, making MOSPEADA the least altered series of the three. Incidentally, it is also the series that has seen the most usage in the expanded universe of Robotech II: The Sentinels and Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles, especially in terms of character, mecha, and ship designs. Unlike Macross, which is owned by Big West, Harmony Gold is free to utilize elements from the Tatsunoko-owned MOSPEADA.
Love Live Alive
After the original run of the television series, an OVA music video titled Genesis Climber MOSPEADA: Love Live Alive was exclusively released in Japan in September 1985. The music video consisted of both old and new footage. The story of Love Live Alive chronicled the events after the ending of MOSPEADA, featuring Yellow Belmont as the main character. The music video focused on Yellow's concert and his flashbacks of past events. In 2013, it was adapted by Harmony Gold into Robotech: Love Live Alive.
- MOSPEADA Complete Art Works. Shinkigensha, 2009.
- MOSPEADA.com at the Internet Archive
- The Ultimate Genesis Climber MOSPEADA Home Page
- Genesis Climber MOSPEADA at Gears Online
- Genesis Climber MOSPEADA (anime) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
- Genesis Climber MOSPEADA at the Internet Movie Database
- Genesis Climber MOSPEADA: Love Live Alive (OVA) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
- Genesis Climber MOSPEADA: Love Live Alive at the Internet Movie Database