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SF Saiyuki: Starzinger

Japanese name: SF Saiyuki: Starzinger SF Saiyuki: Starzinger TV Series image
Japanese name: SF西遊記スタージンガー
English name: SF Journey to the West: Starzinger; Force Five: Spaceketeers
Dates: April 2, 1978-June 24, 1979
1980 (United States)
Broadcast time: Sunday, 19:00-19:30 (7:00-7:30 pm)
Number of episodes: 64
Animation Studio: Toei Doga
Production Company:
Broadcaster: Fuji Television (CX)
Jim Terry Productions (syndicator) (United States)
Creator(s): Leiji Matsumoto
Series Director: Yugo Serikawa
Episode Director(s): Yugo Serikawa, Kozo Morishita, Kazumi Fukushima, Tsunekiyo Otani
Planning: Tatsuo Tamura (series composition)
Writer(s): Tatsuo Tamura, Sukehiro Tomita
Art Director: Iwamitsu Ito, Fumihiro Ichikawa, Teiichi Akashi, Kazuo Ebisawa
Art Design:
Character Designer(s): Masami Suda
Animator(s): Masami Suda (director), Ken Hakucho (director), Yasuhiko Suzuki (director), Koromo Masakichi (director)
Music: Shunsuke Kikuchi
Voice Actors
(regular characters):
Hiroya Ishimaru (Jan Kugo), Kasuko Sugiyama (Princess Aurora), Eiko Masuyama (Empress/Professor Kitty), Kousei Tomita (Don Hakka)
Genre(s): science fiction, space travel, cyborgs, mutations, robots, adventure
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Note(s): This series is based on concepts from Wu Cheng'en's novel Xiyouji (Journey to the West (Saiyuki in Japanese), with names borrowed from Alexandre Dumas' The Three Musketeers.

Spaceketeers was part of the Force Five program. Only 26 of the original episodes were used.

This series is continued by SF Saiyuki: Starzinger II.

To see what other animated programs were out at the same time as SF Saiyuki: Starzinger go to the Chronology of Animation.

Note on finding copies of programs:
Unfortunately I lack the time or resources to help people find copies of anime television programs. I have put together a web List of Online Video and Book Stores that will be useful to find copies in the United States, some other countries, and one Japanese store. There are other similar stores on the Internet around the world that might be able to supply the DVDs, LDs, VCDs, or video tapes that are desired. Check my Japanese Animation Information page for links to Internet resources that may have further information. I am not involved in trading materials from my own collection. I am still waiting to see most of the programs in this List of Anime Television Series and would be happy to find sources for many of them.

Because of these circumstances I will not respond to requests for help to find these types of materials.

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