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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 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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Trivia

The original Japanese title "Mach GoGoGo", is a rather elaborate pun:
  • it is the name of the hero Go Mifune (as Speed Racer was known in Japan)


  • it contains the car's name "Mach-go", or Mach 5 ("Go" is Japanese for the number five)


  • it contains the English word "go", a staple of racing (multilingual puns were becoming vogue back then)


  • and "Go-Go-Go" is the Japanese sound effect for the rumbling of tyres on a racetrack.


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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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[Spanish theme song]
Chorus: Here he comes, here comes Meteor / with his fast car! / An arrow on wheels, a fabulous racer! / Get in your racing car and start up the engine / He's a magnificent driver and fighter / The Mach Five roars like a lion, as it accelerates / He takes off like lightning, he will be the winner / Meteor, Meteor, he's a winner! / He's ready to respond for action / Flooring it like he's never coming back / From the adventure and action! / Meteor, Meteor, he's a winner!
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The series title spins out of the wheel of the Mach 5. 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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