Thunderbirds 2086 (1982– )

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In the year 2086, a new generation of Thunderbirds braves earth and space to answer distress calls, resolve crises and disasters, and save lives.

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Series cast summary:
Takeshi Aono ...
 Grant Hansen (24 episodes, 1982)
Manami Ito ...
 Catharine Heyward (24 episodes, 1982)
Kiyoshi Kobayashi ...
 Gerald Simpson (24 episodes, 1982)
Yûko Maruyama ...
 Paul (24 episodes, 1982)
Ryûsei Nakao ...
 Sammy Edkins Jr (24 episodes, 1982)
Junichi Takeoka ...
 Hidaka Raiji (24 episodes, 1982)
Takashi Toyama ...
 Eric Jones (24 episodes, 1982)


2086 AD: Although the 21st century is the space age, mankind is ever expanding the frontiers of technical superiority into unknown and uncharted areas. Each such quest promises marvelous discoveries, but also brings potential danger. In direct response to such dangers birthed from advanced technology, the Thunderbird rescue squad stands ready to mobilize in response to any distress calls arriving at any time from any disaster scene on or off Earth. Five of the squad's finest cadets - Dylan Beyda, Kallen James, Jesse Rigel, Jonathan Jordan Jr and Grant Hanson - undergo exciting adventures as they brave impossible and incredible dangers to rescue lives. Written by Q. Leo Rahman

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September 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kagaku Kyujo Tai Tekunoboija  »

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Though based on Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds (1965), the series uses sound effects from Anderson's shows Stingray (1964) and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1967), as well as the original series. See more »


Spun-off from Thunderbirds (1965) See more »

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My first ever anime. Obscure, but compelling.
2 March 2014 | by (Zambia) – See all my reviews

THUNDERBIRDS 2086, an anime adaptation of the 1960s show, was my first ever introduction to anime, or Japanese animation. I could have done better considering all the wonderful shows the genre has to offer, but this show makes for a great starting point and years later I still have a soft spot for it.

The premise is pretty much the same as the original show: an elite rescue force commandeers a fleet of special vehicles to disaster areas. Any updates made are fairly typical: as back in the 1970s-80s space operas were the rage, the show not only features perils from space (a critical space station reactor, a mutated plant, an explorer ship returning after nine decades), but also alien encounters (notably the recurring antagonist Star Crusher, an unseen but near-omnipresent being who can control peoples' minds). Fortunately the Thunderbird vehicles are suitably upgraded and made into awesome mecha: a shuttle that merges with two other ships to create a juggernaut carrier, a submarine, a space station, and a collection of other awesome mech, that the series puts to use in various episodes.

A word of warning though: despite the various adventures the cast experience, they aren't too well characterized - a young hero, his love interest, a veteran, a Texas cowboy and a token black cadet and their commander and that's about it. These aren't the cast from the original show, so that could put TB fans off (and ironically at the time of its first airing in Japan anime viewers were put off because it wasn't Japanese enough – no giant robots or alien invaders). Still, the episode stories are fairly good and more interesting (more dramatic and tense, as befits anime) to my mind than what the original show had.

The series boasts some spectacular space visuals, fairly good dubbing by anime veteran Peter Fernandez (SPEED RACER, STAR BLAZERS) and a stirring musical score from Kentaro Haneda (one of Japan's finest composers and piano players). It makes for a great compelling watch.

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