Samurai Pizza Cats is an American animated television adaptation of the anime series Kyatto Ninden Teyandee (Cat Ninja Legend Teyandee), produced by Tatsunoko Productions and Sotsu Agency. Saban picked up the North American rights to the series, which originally aired in Japan on TV Tokyo from 1 February 1990 to 12 February 1991 for a total of 54 episodes, in 1991, and produced an English adaption for a total of 52 episodes. The English version of the series first aired on YTV in Canada (1993) and on first-run syndication in the United States (1994). The English version became a cult hit among anime fans due to its rapid-fire pop culture references and more farcical nature.
Saban's rights to the series expired in 2002. Discotek Media currently holds the North American home video license to the series.
Yattarō (ヤッ太郎?) / Speedy Cerviche (pronounced "ser-vee-chay")
Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi (Japanese), Rick Jones (English)
Speedy is the leader of the Pizza Cats. As his name implies, he is nimble and fast on his toes, a trait which comes in handy both when delivering pizzas and when fighting crime. He wields the magical Ginzu sword (Masamasa), whose power is unleashed in almost every episode as Speedy's special attack, the Cat's Eye Slash.
Speedy is very self-confident and loves to pose for the camera after each victory. He has a sharp sense of humor and often provides sarcastic and witty dialogue but remains very committed to his duties. He has green eyes and wears white armor. Speedy has a crush on Lucielle and later, Polly, towards the final episodes.
There has been controversy over the spelling of his English name. Initially it was thought that Speedy's surname was spelled "Service" ("service" pronounced with Italian phonics sounds like "ser-vee-chay," making the name "Speedy Service" a tidy pun). However, most official packaging (such as the VHS box for the movie) spells his name "Cerviche," making it the de facto spelling. Ceviche (also spelled as cebiche or seviche) is actually a seafood dish prepared not by cooking but by using citrus to treat the meat.
Pururun (プルルン?) / Polly Esther
Voiced by: Ai Orikasa (Japanese), Sonja Ball (English)
Polly is the only female on the team. Although Speedy is the leader, Polly does her fair share of bossing her teammates around. She has a dynamic, independent personality, but a dangerously short and violent temper. Polly battles evil with the power of love: she plays a flute when going into battle, her projectile weapons are heart-shaped, she has a sword with hearts on the handle (Kirakira) with Heart Breaker as the hidden power of it, additionally can charm foes to make them move in the range of her razor-sharp claws. She has blue eyes and wears red and pink armor. While Guido and Speedy never remove most of their armour even at work, Polly removes her armor on two occasions, during which she is shown with short red hair and a hairband upon which her ears sit. Polly has romantic feelings for Speedy, previously seen as a love/hate relationship earlier in the show, which appeared during the final episodes.
Her English name is a play on the word polyester.
Sukashī (スカシー?) / Guido Anchovy
Voiced by: Juurouta Kosugi (Japanese), Terrence Scammell (English)
Guido is the resident cool dude of the group. Tall, dark-furred, and a smooth talker, he is often seen chasing after girls, although he has little success in romance. Guido's weapon of choice is the Samurai Sunspot Umbrella, which can fire rings, fire a heat beam, be spun to hypnotize enemies, and be used as a club (when closed) or a shield (when open). Its handle conceals Guido's sword (Pikapika) whose power is Ichimonji´s Fire. He has red eyes and wears blue armor.
His English name is a reference to the anchovy fish, and Guido is common Italian given name, and is also used as a slang term for a young, male Italian-American in New York.
The series is set in Little Tokyo, a mechanical city which fuses feudal Japanese culture with contemporary culture, and is populated by cybernetic anthropomorphic animals. The city is notionally led by Emperor Fred, a doddering eccentric. The city's actual leadership lies in the hands of his daughter Princess Violet and a city council. The council is headed by the ambitious prime minister Seymour "The Big" Cheese, a rat, who constantly plots to overthrow the Emperor. He is aided by his inept minions: trusted adviser Jerry Atric and Bad Bird, the leader of an army of ninja crows.
Unknown to the prime minister, council member "Big Al" Dente the commander of the Palace Guard, learns of his designs on leadership, but is unable to prosecute him for treason because of the plausible deniability he maintains. Instead, Al Dente enlists the services of Speedy Ceviche, Polly Esther, and Guido Anchovy, three cyborg cat samurai who work in the city's pizzeria, along with their operator Francine. Known collectively as the Samurai Pizza Cats, they are assigned to stop Big Cheese and his evil henchmen's plans to take over Little Tokyo.
In 1991, Tecmo published a platform video game based on the Samurai Pizza Cats original Japanese version, Kyatto Ninden Teyandee, for the Famicom (NES) released only in Japan, despite the series' popularity in the west. Although the game was never officially released in the west, three complete English translations are available via a fan-made ROM patch. one of the patches is directly based on the English version, with Michael Airington's opening theme, comedic dialogue, pop-culture references and breaking the fourth wall moments.
The main characters of the series were also intended at one point to appear in the Wii fighting game Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars. The game's producer, Ryota Niitsuma, was quoted in an interview as saying: "One of the main anime we got more requests for than any others was Samurai Pizza Cats... I wanted to see that, but we couldn't reach an agreemen
Watch the original Japanese series here or look up the Americanized version. Whatever you like. It's super ridiculous and cute. Oh, and OH SO 90'S! for those of us 80's kids who watched this stuff in the 90's. lmao. Enjoy!
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