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Super Atragon (1995)

Shin kaitei gunkan (original title)
In 1932, the Japanese Army investigates a mysterious meteorite crash in Manchuria, and discovers a strange material that produces a previously unknown kind of energy. The mineral is later ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Krohn ...
Go Arisaka / Masashi Hyuga (voice)
Amanda Winn Lee ...
Annette / Additional Voices (voice) (as Amanda Winn)
Avatar / Young Go / Additional Voices (voice)
Rob Mungle ...
Magane Hyuga (voice)
Rick Peeples ...
Mitsugu Kageyama / Doc / Chief / Additional Voices (voice) (as Robert Peeples and Richard Peeples and Rick Peeples)
Brett Weaver ...
Young Kageyama / Adjutant / Additional Voices (voice)
Jason Lee ...
Stoner / Additional Voices (voice)
Tristan MacAvery ...
Elder Tachibana / Admiral Bogart / Additional Voices (voice)
Marcy Rae ...
Shino Arisaka / Additional Voices (voice)
Allison Keith ...
Sabra / Additional Voices (voice)
Doug Smith ...
Hino / Additional Voices (voice)
Kurt Stoll ...
Yoshioka / Takano (voice)
UN Recruit 1 / Additional Voices (voice)
Jeff Gardner ...
UN Recruit 2 / Additional Voices (voice)
Todd Greenfield ...
Daniel Hamada (voice)


In 1932, the Japanese Army investigates a mysterious meteorite crash in Manchuria, and discovers a strange material that produces a previously unknown kind of energy. The mineral is later used during the Second World War to power a massive submersible battleship Ra, which is built to revitalize the war effort. Shortly before the launch, a young woman named Annette approaches the officers of the Ra and implores them not to use the battlesub. She says the material was sent by subterranean humans to test the surface dwellers right to live, and by using it as a weapon of war they are sealing the human race's fate. The Ra is launched in the twilight days of the war, and shortly after the bombing of Hiroshima the Ra encounters the American battlesub Liberty, whose crew has been tricked into fighting the Ra by Annette's former partner and friend Avatar, whose appraisal of the human race is much more negative than her counterpart. Annette stops Avatar with a blast of mental energy, but the Ra... Written by Anonymous

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Our Armed Forces Are Helpless, The World's Navies Destroyed!Now, Our Only Hope Is The Secret Weapon Never Used In World War II!


Animation | Sci-Fi | War





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18 December 1995 (Japan)  »

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1.85 : 1
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Engage the bow drill! Full speed ahead!
4 August 1999 | by (Texas, USA) – See all my reviews

I loved Shin Kaitei Gunkan (or "Super Atragon" as it is here in the states). How much cooler can you get than a submersible super-battleship with a big drill on the front, except maybe an 80-foot tall steam-powered tarantula?

The animation was superb, the plot was great, and the action was truly spectacular. I've seen it in both Japanese and English, and as much as I hate dubbing, the dubbed version was actually pretty watchable; plus, how about the musical score, huh? I guess we Poles have something else to contribute after all...

I give Super Atragon an 8 of 10 - a must-see for any fans of Star Blazers/Space Battleship Yamato.

Incidentally, does anybody besides me remember seeing a live-action version of Kaitei Gunkan? It just seems so familiar...

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