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Cyber Desesperado (1993)
"8 Man After" (original title)

Unrated  |  Video  |   |  Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi  |  27 November 2001 (USA)
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A police officer that nearly meets a violent death is turned into a cyborg with superhuman strength, speed and reflexes.

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Credited cast:
Mari Devon ...
Sachiko Yokogawa (voice)
Steve Bulen ...
Hazama Itsuru (voice)
Mike Reynolds ...
Chief Tanaka (voice)
Richard Allen ...
Mr. O'Conner (voice)
Catherine Battistone ...
Sam O'Conner / Stadium Announcer (voice)
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Tani / Mayor (voice) (as Daniel Woren)
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Ichiro (voice)
Jeff Winkless ...
Tony Gleck (voice)
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Cop / Anchor (voice)
Ardwight Chamberlain ...
Chen (voice)
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Max / Security 1 / Blonde Junkie 2 (voice) (as Steve Apostolina)
Kirk Thornton ...
Eddie / Council (voice)
Barry Stigler ...
Boris Daigo (voice)
Art Kimbro ...
Walla (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mika Doi ...
Sachiko (voice)
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Whatever happened to 8-Man? Why did he suddenly disappear, never to be seen again? This was the question on Sachiko's mind, as she couldn't forget about that fateful day when she learned the truth. When she found out Rachiro Azuma (whom she called Azuma-san) was the 8-Man, Azuma disappeared, never to be seen again...it seemed. She went on with her life, working in Public Relations for the Biotechno Corporation. Times have changed. Crime has a new face and a new mode. Newer technology has become part of the game, but the number one player is still power. Power is what high crime is looking for. So what do you do when the criminals turn into near-invincible cyborgs? The answer: bring back an old cyborg crime fighter, one capable of combatting this new threat. 8-Man returns to the scene, but he (like the scene) has changed. His mind is different, as he has a new host with a different set of priorities. 8-Man's new host is private detective Hazama Itsuru, a hard-nosed, sometimes violent ... Written by Kinnikuman12195@yahoo.com

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Part of the legend and tradition of animated SciFi
17 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Perfect Collection brings to one "film" all the episodes of this story, and I was glad to find this VHS when I did. I grew up with the original "8th" Man TV series in black and white, during the same TV era as Astro Boy, Ultra Man and continued with Speed Racer. Even though those productions were somewhat raw, the underlying themes and cultural sensibilities spoke to me at the gut level.

This is not a "modernized" version of the original. It stands alone as the retelling of the story by new writers and artists, making their choices and giving it their style.

No character is flat. None of them is without some sort of flaw or inconsistency. This is story and character development at its finest, even with the production flaws when compared to more modern efforts. On my copy of the video tape, the major flaw was in the audio tracks, but it's still watchable and enjoyable. The poor audio is the only reason I took my rating down a peg from a 9 out of 10.

I do have one complaint: the character of 8 man seriously pre-dates Robocop, and while it is speculative to say that Robocop was directly based on 8 man, it is totally wrong to say that 8 man was based on Robocop. Please, do your research before making such claims.


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