Cybersix

Cybersix

Cybersix is a series of Argentine comic books created by writers Carlos Meglia and Carlos Trillo. The series first appeared in Spanish in November, 1993.

The heroine of the series is the eponymous character, Cybersix, a leather-clad artificial human superhero who by day operates behind the guise of a male high school literature teacher, and by night battles the monstrous biological weapons of her creator. She is aided in her adventures by her younger brother Cyber-29, who is reborn in the body of a black panther known as Data 7. The extended cast includes Cybersix's colleague and love interest Lucas Amato, as well as other supporting characters.

In 1995, the comics were adapted into a poorly-received live-action television series, and again in 1999 into a much more successful thirteen-episode animated series by TMS, with positive critical reception from sources like the Pulcinella Awards, which first aired in Canada on Teletoon and was later dubbed in several other countries.

Story

Dr. Von Reichter, a member of the SS and the Nazi party, is an expert in genetic engineering. He initially began his work in concentration camps during World War II, implanting cybernetic organs in the bodies of dead prisoners in an attempt to bring them back to life to serve in the Führer's army. However, the Allied forces intervened to defeat the Nazis, so he fled to South America where he once again continued his sinister experiments.

From one of his experiments emerged the Cyber Series — artificial humanoids possessing superhuman strength and agility. But something was amiss: The 5000 original Cybers, engineered to be the perfect servants, mimicked human emotions too closely, displaying free will of their own. When they began disobeying their creator, Von Reichter ordered all of the Cyber Series to be destroyed. By this time, Cyber-29 had already died in a playtime accident when he fell from a cliff, but Von Reichter managed to transfer the dead child's brain into the body of a panther to be reborn as Data 7. Cybersix was the only true Cyber to survive the massacre, escaping with the help of a black slave who hid her away in a fishing village. When the slave was later interrogated and killed by Von Reichter, Cybersix escaped once again and made her way to the fictitious city of Meridiana, where she adopted the identity of a boy killed in a car wreck, Adrian Seidelman, and now battles her evil creator and his minions.

Like all of Von Reichter's creations, Cybersix depends on a mysterious life-giving fluid called "sustenance". When her supply ran out, she was forced to prowl the city in search of other creatures of Von Reichter's making, such as Frankenstein-like Fixed Ideas or the more human-like Technos, to kill them and take their sustenance to survive. Almost by accident, she became a superhero by defending the people of her city from Von Reichter's malevolent plans, often carried out by his cloned "son" José. Along the way, she meets the resurrected Data 7, as well as a young boy named Julian, and falls in love with biology teacher/reporter Lucas Amato.

Production history

Comics

The Cybersix comics were originally published in Argentina and written in Spanish between November, 1993 and 1999, and spanned six volumes. Collections were released in French and Italian, with twelve volumes distributed by Editions Vents d'Ouest for the former and forty-five volumes for the latter, but no English or Japanese versions were ever made available.

Four special-edition Italian Cybersix issues were also released, in addition to another six documenting Volumes 1 to 18. The first book of the special edition comics had two possible cover designs.

Live-action television series

The Cybersix live-action television series debuted in Argentina on March 15, 1995. It was produced by Luis Gandulfo, Sebastián Parrotta, Fernando Rascovsky, and Andre Ronco, and written by Ricardo Rodríguez, Carlos Meglia, and Carlos Trillo. The series aired on Telefé, but was cancelled after only a few episodes due to low ratings.

Cybersix was played by model Carolina Peleritti, José was played by Rodrigo de la Serna and Doguyy was played by Mario Moscoso

Animated television series

The Cybersix animated television series debuted in Canada on September 6, 1999, and was subsequently dubbed for French, Japanese, Malaysian, Polish, South American, and Thai viewers. It was animated by Tokyo Movie Shinsha, produced by Herve Bedard, Toshihiko Masuda, and Koji Takeuchi, directed by Atsuko Tanaka, Hiroyuki Aoyama, Nabuo Tomizawa, and Kazuhide Tomonaga, and written by Catherine Girczyc Carlos Meglia, and Carlos Trillo. Original music was composed by Robbi Finkel, and character designs were overseen by Teiichi Takiguchi.

The title sequence and closing credits featured lyrics written by Robert Olivier, which were sung by jazz vocalist Coral Egan.

There were five main cast members who voiced Cybersix. Cathy Weseluck performed the dual role of Adrian Seidelman and Cybersix. Michael Dobson performed the voice of Lucas Amato. Andrew Francis played Julian, while Alex Doduk and Terry Klassen voiced José and Von Reichter, respectively. Additional voices were provided by Janyse Jaud, Brian Drummond, Chantal Strand, and L. Harvey Gold.

Along with the background music, several elements of the cartoon's visual design hint that Meridiana is modeled after Buenos Aires, teeming with decorative sculpture throughout the metropolis, numerous outdoor markets and open-air cafés.

On April 28, 2000 Cybersix won "Special Mention for the Best Science Fiction Program" at the Pulcinella Awards in Italy for that year's competition.

Episode list

Ep# Total Title Original airdate

Differences between media

The method by which Cybersix obtains sustenance is different among the series' incarnations. In the comic book, Cybersix sucks sustenance directly from the neck of those she hunts as if she were a vampire; however, she does not have fangs, instead simply making a wound in the victim's neck with her teeth, then drinking the sustenance that bleeds from it. Conversely, in the animated series, Von Reichter's creations leave glowing vials of sustenance after being killed, which Cybersix would open and consume.

Cybersix's outfit of black bodysuit, high heels, hat, cropped gloves, and cape with red lining was taken from a Techno prostitute in the comics, while its origin is never fully explained in the animated television series.

Some of the more mature story elements, such as José and Von Reichter's Nazi background or Cybersix's youth, are not openly revealed in the animated series, but are suggested through dialogue, flashbacks, or visual clues, such as the military-style goose-stepping that both José and Von Reichter engage in.

The live-action series was heavily toned-down from the comics. Violence was reduced, and mentions of sex and drugs were absent.

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