Speed Racer (1967–1968)
"Mahha GoGoGo" (original title)

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Teenager Gô Mifune aspires to be the world's best race-car champion with the help of his friends, family and his father's high-tech race-car, the Mach 5.

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Katsuji Mori ...
 Gô Mifune (52 episodes, 1967-1968)
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 Speed Racer / ... (52 episodes, 1967-1968)
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 Mom Racer / ... (52 episodes, 1967-1968)
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Teenager Gô Mifune aspires to be the world's best race-car champion with the help of his friends, family and his father's high-tech race-car, the Mach 5.

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Faster, Speed!


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According to Peter Fernandez, he named Speed Racer's brother Spritle because he was "an energetic sprite." See more »

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In several episodes, Speed is wearing a helmet in the long shots when he driving the Mach 5,but not in the close-ups. See more »

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[Japanese theme song]
Chorus: Maha Go, Go, Go! / His wind shakes the hairpin curve / What a thrilling crossing, Go! Go, go! / The Mach Five with its white body / Strength is his inheritance / If he starts to race, he won't finish in behind / He'll keep going, till he reaches the finish line! / Maha Go Go! Maha Go Go! Maha Go Go Go! / He'll keep on the accelerator to the ends of the Earth / Young life, Go! Go, go! / Number Five of the Mach auto / Everybody come and watch his talent / A great fire burns ...
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Each episode title in the English dub is set against a red-yellow checkerboard background, similar to a racing flag. See more »

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Mmmmm . . . That's Good Cheese!!!
31 March 2004 | by (The World Of Tomorrow) – See all my reviews

Speed Racer "Mahha Go Go Go" (1967) is arguably the seminal anime of all time. The only thing in the states that predates it, aside from a feature film like, Alakazam The Great "Saiyu-Ki" (1960-61)and other Peter Fenadez efforts like Asto Boy, Marine Boy, Gigantor etc . . . is a series called 8-MAN "Eitoman" (1963). It was an excellent series about an android, who looks strangely similar to Racer X, that "powers-up" by reaching behind the 8 into his chest and smoking a "Power Cigarette". You can see why that series didn't make it out of the 60's. Speed Racer, however, is and remains a timeless classic. Everything is so over the top, on has to wonder if Peter Fenandez and crew even had a proper translation to work from. Maybe they didn't, but it doesn't matter. The have one of the coolest cars in the world! Right up there with the Batmobile, The Green Hornet's Black Beauty and Mad Max's Interceptor is the Mach 5. You can's drive it and not look cool in doing it, especially with Trixie by your side, not to mention Spridle and Chim Chim hiding in the trunk.

But Speed is impetuous. Always trying to win the race by leaping before he looks. But, luckily for him Kabala of Ka-pe-ta-pek (You have to say it that way or it's just not funny) is really Racer X, who is really Speed'solderbrotherRexwhoranawayfromhomeyearsago. (You have to say it that way too. In fact the stilted and slurred together English as the voice actors try to match the story elements to the Japanese lip movements is part of it's charm. That and the fact that the Mach 5 can drive straight up the side of a mountain with little or no problem at all.

And you can never get enough of all the "Joke Names", like Snake Oiler of the Car Acrobatic Team. Speed Racer maybe one of the few anime that's actually better than the original Japanese. As well as the most violent cartoons since the original Johnny Quest (1964). But only the baddies get killed in them. So there's always that rewarding sense of poetic justice, so it's okay. Sure, The Malange or anything equipped with the GR-X engine may be faster, but they're just too dangerous to drive. So strap yourself into the Mach 5 and hold on! OOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!


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