Speed Racer X
新・マッハGoGoGo
(Shin Mahha GōGōGō)
GenreAction, Racing
Anime television series
Directed byHiroshi Sasagawa (chief)
Hiroyuki Fukushima (1-21)
Tsuneo Tominaga (22-34)
Produced byYumi Murase → Makiko Iwata (TV Tokyo)
Minoru Ohno (Yomiko Advertising)
Masatoshi Yui (Tatsunoko Pro)
Written byMasaaki Sakurai
Music byMichiru Ōshima
StudioTatsunoko Productions
Licensed by
DIC Entertainment Corporation (2002-2003)
Funimation (2017-present)
Original networkTV Tokyo
English network
Original run January 9, 1997 September 25, 1997
Episodes34[1] (List of episodes)
 Anime and manga portal

Speed Racer X, known in Japan as Mach GoGoGo (マッハGoGoGo, Mahha GōGōGō) and sometimes referred to as New Mach GoGoGo (新・マッハGoGoGo, Shin Mahha GōGōGō), is a 1997 remake of the original 1967 series Speed Racer by Tatsunoko Productions, the original producers. The show originally aired in Japan in 1997 on TV Tokyo and lasted only 34 episodes of a planned 52.

In 1998, Speed Racer Enterprises planned to release an English dub of the series in the United States as Speed Racer Y2K, though the project did not succeed and only the third episode, "Silver Phantom", was dubbed.[2]

Another English adaptation, Speed Racer X, was later produced by DIC Entertainment Corporation and aired in the United States on Nickelodeon's short-lived action block, "SLAM!", in 2002.[3] Unfortunately, this show was quickly taken off the air (with only 13 episodes dubbed) due to a lawsuit between DiC Entertainment and the Santa Monica-based Speed Racer Enterprises, the company which owned the American rights to the franchise at the time.[4]

The series got a Blu-ray release in Japan on April 21, 2017.[5] Funimation released the series under the name Mach Go Go Go: Restart with English subtitles.[6]

Differences from the original series

In this version, Rex Racer does not run away, but is presumed dead after an accident while testing out the Mach 5. His father, Pops, later rebuilds the Mach 5 with a new safety system called "Safety Seven", seven functions built into the car to protect the driver, marked by the letters A through G on the steering wheel. Rex's younger brother and Pops' second son, Speed, decides to follow up on his brother's footsteps. Trixie appears in this series as a reporter who befriends Speed, with Spritle being her younger brother (as opposed to being Speed's younger brother in the original).[7]

There are also differences that exist even in the original Japanese version. Aside from Gō's different surname (Hibiki), other characters were replaced entirely, but have similar roles. For instance, Mai Kazami is the "Michi Shimura" (the original Trixie) of this series, with her younger brother Wataru representing "Kurio Mifune" (the original Spritle). Although Pops is still called Daisuke, Mom Racer (Aya Mifune in the original) is now known as Misuzu. In Episode 20, a baby gorilla named Rocky joins the cast, taking the role that in the original series was held by Sanpei, or Chim-Chim in the English dub. Sabu, Pops' apprentice mechanic and friend to Go in the original series has been replaced by Takumi, who has the same role. The English dub uses the same names from the original Speed Racer English dub, though the family's team is still called "Hibiki Motors".

The first 21 episodes form a story arc focusing on the Earth Grand Prix and the events leading up to it. The next 13 episodes formed a new story arc involving time traveling. When the Mach 5 hits 555 km/h, it sends Speed and his friends to the year 2555 where the world is ruled by a blue-skinned alien named Handler, who plans to use a device called the Ezekiel Wheel to rule time.[2]

Voice cast

Japanese

English

Episodes

# Title Written by Original airdate (Japan) Original airdate (U.S.)
1"Its Name is Mach 5!!" / "Race to the Start"
"Sono Na wa Mahha-gō!!" (その名はマッハ号!!)
Kuniaki Yamashita9 January 1997 (1997-01-09)25 August 2002
Rookie racer Go Hibiki competes in the World Battle Grand Prix in the Mach 5, while aspiring photographer Mai Kazami and her brother Wataru befriend Daisuke "Pops" Hibiki and other members of the Mach 5 team.
2"Dead Heat Pursuit" / "Race to the Finish"
"Tsuigeki no Deddo Hīto" (追撃のデッドヒート)
Masashi Kubota16 January 1997 (1997-01-16)1 September 2002
Go must endure stiff competition and dirty tricks to survive the World Battle Grand Prix.
3"Ghost Lurking on the Highway" / "Silver Phantom"
"Haiuei ni Hisomu Bōrei" (ハイウェイに潜む亡霊)
Kuniaki Yamashita23 January 1997 (1997-01-23)8 September 2002
A masked man calling himself the Silver Phantom has been attacking professional racing drivers and has now set his sights on Go and the Mach 5. Meanwhile, Go tells Mai the story of how his older brother, Kenichi, died while testing the Mach 5.
4"The Deep Sea Express Train Rescue Mission"
"Shinkai Tokkyū Kyūshutsu Dai Sakusen" (深海特急・救出大作戦)
Nobuaki Kishima30 January 1997 (1997-01-30)-
Wataru and his friend Jun find themselves aboard a train, the Dolphin Express, when it becomes hijacked. Go and Mai race to rescue them.
5"A Challenge from the Champion" / "Rivals" 
"Chanpion kara no Chōsen-jō" (チャンピオンからの挑戦状)
Masashi Kubota6 February 1997 (1997-02-06)15 September 2002
Manipulated by Cecile Hazuki, Go and new world champion Jetson race against each other.
6"Friend or Foe? The Mysterious Racer X" / "The Mysterious Racer X"
"Teki ka Mikata ka? Nazo no Rēsā Ekkusu" (敵か味方か?謎のレーサー・X)
Hiroyuki Fukushima13 February 1997 (1997-02-13)22 September 2002
As Go and other racers prepare for the Earth Grand Prix, Exelion sends their agent, Hessler, to prevent Go from competing. Their confrontation is stopped by the mysterious Racer X.
7"Assault! Mephistopheles" / "The Terminizer"
"Kyōshū! Mefisutoferesu" (強襲!メフィストフェレス)
Masashi Kubota20 February 1997 (1997-02-20)29 September 2002
Go faces off against Exelion's agent, Hessler, in his first preliminary round of the Earth Grand Prix.
8"Mai's Getting Married?! A Young Racer Causes a Stir" / "Crasher Kid"
"Mai ga Kekkon!? Arashi wo Yobu Shōnen Rēsā" (舞が結婚!?嵐を呼ぶ少年レーサー)
Kuniaki Yamashita27 February 1997 (1997-02-27)6 October 2002
In his second preliminary round of the Earth Grand Prix, Go faces off against 14 year old racing prodigy the Crusher Kid, who insists that Mai marry him should he win.
9"Ninja of Light! Uncover the Secret of the Shadow!!"
"Hikari no Ninja! Shadō no Himitsu wo Abake!!" (光の忍者!シャドウの秘密を暴け!!)
Manabu Nakamura6 March 1997 (1997-03-06)-
Go helps UNPO Detective Cathy catch a dangerous criminal known as Shadow.
10"Face-Off! Masked Racer X" / "Race Against X"
"Taiketsu! Fukumen Rēsā Ekkusu" (対決!覆面レーサーX)
Hidemi Kamata13 March 1997 (1997-03-13)13 October 2002
In his third preliminary round of the Earth Grand Prix, Go faces off against Racer X.
11"Rise Again! The Glorious Pegasus's Return Stake" / "Good Sport"
"Yomigaere! Fukkatsu ni Kaketa Eikō no Pegasasu" (蘇れ!復活に賭けた栄光のペガサス)
Koichi Mizuide20 March 1997 (1997-03-20)20 October 2002
In his fourth preliminary round of the Earth Grand Prix, Go races against Alfred Hyman, an experienced veern racer and driver of the White Pegasus.
12"A Mysterious Assault?! Jetson is Targeted!"
"Nazo no Shūgeki!? Nerawareta Jettoson!" (謎の襲撃!?狙われたジェットソン!)
Masashi Kubota27 March 1997 (1997-03-27)-
Prior to his race with Cido Lopes, Jetson is abducted by Exelion and Go races to rescue him.
13"Enter the Warp! The Ingenious Professor's Strange Love" / "The Big Test"
"Wāpu-gō Tōjō! Tensai Kyōju no Ijō na Aijō" (ワープ号登場!天才教授の異常な愛情)
Nobuaki Kishima3 April 1997 (1997-04-03)27 October 2002
Professor Denki Akihabara, who Cathy suspects of stealing gold bullion, challenges Go and the Mach 5 to a race against his car, the Warp.
14"Running Wild with the Devil! The Gargoyle Awakens" / "Terminal Velocity"
"Akuma to Bōsō! Gāgoiru no Mezame" (悪魔と暴走!ガーゴイルのめざめ)
Hidemi Kamata10 April 1997 (1997-04-10)3 November 2002
Hoping to defeat Go in a race, Exelion recruits Ryo, a childhood friend of Mai, to drive the Gargoyle, a machine said to be possessed by an evil spirit.
15"Mai Kazami's On-the-Spot Report: Who is X?!" / "The Jinx of Racer X"
"Kazami Mai no Totsugeki Repōto Ekkusu wa Dare da!?" (風見舞の突撃レポートXは誰だ!?)
Kuniaki Yamashita17 April 1997 (1997-04-17)10 November 2002
Mai, determined to uncover the identity of Racer X, gets caught in the struggle between him and the vengeance seeking Wilsum brothers.
16"Big City Terror! The Serial Blast Notice of Vengeance"
"Dai Tokai no Senritsu! Fukushū no Renzoku Bakuha Yokoku" (大都会の戦慄!復讐の連続爆破予告)
Koichi Mizuide24 April 1997 (1997-04-24)-
Escaped criminal Kreuz begins his reign of terror, threatening both Detective Cathy and the Mach 5.
17"The Shadow Mach 5, Albatross" / "Race to the Finals"
"Kage no Mahha-gō Arubatorosu" (影のマッハ号・アルバトロス)
Hiroyuki Fukushima1 May 1997 (1997-05-01)17 November 2002
In his final preliminary heat, Go races against the Albatross, a car made by Exelion with uncanny similarities to the Mach 5.
18"The Amazon Grand Prix Story: Professor Akihabara's Trap"
"Amazon Guran Puri-hen: Akihabara Kyōju no Wana" (アマゾングランプリ編 秋葉原教授の罠)
Masaaki Sakurai8 May 1997 (1997-05-08)-
At the Amazon Grand Prix, Professor Akihabara returns with unknown motives. During the competition, the racers are attacked by a group of locals protecting ancient ruins.
19"The Amazon Grand Prix Story: The Reposed Golden Statue"
"Amazon Guran Puri-hen: Nemureru Kogane zō" (アマゾングランプリ編 眠れる黄金像)
Masaaki Sakurai15 May 1997 (1997-05-15)-
Go races to stop Professor Akihabara from claiming the golden statue hidden in the ruins of Azco.
20"The Swift Animal Soldier, Cheetah King"
"Saisoku no Yajū Heishi: Chītā Kingu" (最速の野獣兵士 チーターキング)
Masaaki Sakurai22 May 1997 (1997-05-22)-
While training under Pop's college Aaron, Go enounters scientists who have been experimenting on a wild cheetah. Wataru adopts a baby gorilla named Rocky.
21"Earth Grand Prix: The Desperate Mirage Shot"
"Āsu Guran Puri Kesshi no Mirāju Shūto" (アースグランプリ決死のミラージュシュート)
Kuniaki Yamashita
Hidemi Kamata
29 May 1997 (1997-05-29)-
The Earth Grand Prix Final is held, starting in New York, moving west over 30,000 km, and finishing in Athens.
22"Mach 5: A New Journey"
"Mahha Gō Arata Naru Tabidachi" (マッハ号新たなる旅立ち)
Masaaki Sakurai8 June 1997 (1997-06-08)-
While running from a tornado, Go, Mai, Wataru, Rocky and the Mach 5 hit 555 km/h and are transported 555 years into the future. They are met by Dr. Geppetto, who warns of Handler, a despot who rules over a dystopian future on the verge of running out of energy. Geppetto then gives Go a device that will allow him to control his time jumps and asks him to locate the four Ezekiel Wheels, alien devices of incredibe power which have been scattered through time.
23"Scramble! The Mysterious Disc in the Old West"
"Sōdatsu-sen! Seibu ni Nemuru Nazo no Enban" (争奪戦!西部に眠る謎の円盤)
Kuniaki Yamashita15 June 1997 (1997-06-15)-
In the old west, Go befriends a girl named Cindy and helps rescue her father, who has been forced to work in a gold mine where an Ezekiel Wheel has been located.
24"Dinosaur Paradise: Safeguard the Ancient Lives!"
"Kyōryū no Rakuen Taiko no Inochi wo Mamore!" (恐竜の楽園太古の命を守れ!)
Koichi Mizuide22 June 1997 (1997-06-22)-
Go and the others arrive in the time of dinosuars where they meet time-traveller Joanna, who is there to study the prehistoric beasts. Together they work to keep an Ezekiel Wheel out of the hands of Handler's minions.
25"Fierce Fight in the Near Future - A Life-or-Death Battle Race"
"Gekitō no Kin Mirai - Seishi wo Kaketa Batoru Rēsu" (激闘の近未来 生死を賭けたバトルレース)
Hidemi Kamata29 June 1997 (1997-06-29)-
In the year 2252, Go is arrested and forced to enter a battle race to avoid execution.
26"The Soul of Franke, the Medieval Knight"
"Chūsei no Kishi Furanke no Tamashī" (中世の騎士フランケの魂)
Kuniaki Yamashita6 July 1997 (1997-07-06)-
Go and the others, now joined by Takumi, look for an Ezekiel Wheel in medieval Europe. There they meet Dr Stein and his mechanical son Franke who may have some connection to the Ezekiel Wheel.
27"The Mysterious Sun God: Race to the Pyramid!"
"Shinpi no Taiyō Shin Piramiddo e Hashire!" (神秘の太陽神ピラミッドへ走れ!)
Koichi Mizuide13 July 1997 (1997-07-13)-
Go and the others search for an Ezekiel Wheel in ancient Egypt, which is about to be moved inside a pyramid. Mai is mistaken for an Egyptian princess and the two switch places.
28"The Legend on the Ocean Floor: Atlantis"
"Kaitei ni Shizunda Densetsu Atorantisu" (海底に沈んだ伝説アトランティス)
Hidemi Kamata20 July 1997 (1997-07-20)-
Go and friends travel 12,000 years into the past hoping to find an Ezekiel Wheel on the sunken continent of Atlantis before Handler's men do.
29"X Returns! Dash Handler's Aspirations"
"Ekkusu Futatabi! Handorā no Yabō wo Kudake" (Xふたたび!ハンドラーの野望を砕け)
Koichi Mizuide27 July 1997 (1997-07-27)-
Clutch delivers the fourth Ezekiel Wheel to Handler in the future. Go and the others arrive in the future, and when they are attacked by Clutch, are rescued by Racer X. During the battle, one of the Ezekiel Wheels escapes Handler's grasp and vanishes.
30"A Sun Hidden in a Glacier: Follow the Giant Mammoth!"
"Hyōga ni kakureta Taiyō Kyodai Manmosu wo Oe!" (氷河に隠れた太陽巨大マンモスを追え!)
Kuniaki Yamashita4 August 1997 (1997-08-04)-
Go and company travel 20,000 years into the past to search for an Ezekiel Wheel in the Stone Age.
31"A Mesage to Heaven: The Mach 5 Draws a Geoglyph!"
"Ten e no Messēji Mahha-gō, Chijō Ewokaku!" (天へのメッセージマッハ号、地上絵を描く!)
Koichi Mizuide11 August 1997 (1997-08-11)-
Go and the others search for an Ezekiel wheel during the reign of the Nazco civilization.
32"Temptation from the Afterlife: Love-Starved Memories"
"Meikai Kara no Yūwaku Ai ni Ueta Omoide-tachi" (冥界からの誘惑愛にうえた思い出たち)
Hidemi Kamata18 August 1997 (1997-08-18)-
Go and the others arrive in 2036, where the ghost of a female driver keeps challenging other drivers to races, races that tend to end with her opponents crashing.
33"Friendships Reborn: The Strongest of Rivals Assemble"
"Yomigaeru Yūjō Shūketsu, Saikyō no Saibaru" (蘇る友情集結、最強のライバル)
Hidemi Kamata25 August 1997 (1997-08-25)-
In the present year of 2001, an Ezekiel Wheel crashes to Earth in the Amazon Rainforest. Go calls on the aid of his rivals from the World Grand Prix to help retrieve it before Handler's minions.
34"A Showdown for the Future: The Fall of Handler Castle"
"Mirai wo Kaketa Kessen Hōkai, Handorā-jō" (未来を賭けた決戦崩壊、ハンドラー城)
Masaaki Sakurai24 September 1997 (1997-09-24)-
Go and his allies travel to the year 2555 to stop Handler from using the Ezekiel Wheels and defeat the tyrant for good.

Other media

A two-volume manga adaptation was published on CoroCoro Comic in 1997. It is a kodomo manga aimed at a younger audience.[8]

A video game based on the series was developed by TOSE and published by Tomy Corporation, exclusively in Japan for the Game Boy. The game also has Super Game Boy support.[9]

References

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  3. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 774–776. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  4. ^ Kroll, Justin (2003-04-23). "DIC takes 'Speed' to court". Variety. Retrieved 2013-09-06.
  5. ^ "'Mach GoGoGo' 1997 Anime Series Gets Blu-ray Release". The Fandom Post. Retrieved 2017-05-23.
  6. ^ "Announced at Otakon 2017! - Funimation - Blog!". FUNimation. 2017-08-12. Retrieved 2017-08-24.
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  8. ^ "MachGoGoGo! (Speed Racer)". Mangaland.es. 11 May 2008. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Mach Go Go Go for Game Boy - GameFAQs". Gamefaqs.com. Retrieved 22 May 2017.