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Tatsunoku has to have the most… adventurous approval board of any media company. We got the uber-nihilistic CASSHERN revival with SINS a couple years. Last year, they let the smartphone hipsters take GATCHAMAN and turn it into CROWDS. Now, they’ve pressed a NIGHT subtitle on YATTERMAN and made probably the most obfuscating reinvention of it.
I’m not going to act like I was overly familiar with YATTERMAN prior to this. I remember him from the CAPCOM VS. TATSUNOKU combatant roster. I remember him being rather daring for fighting in a fashionable denim jumpsuit. A little searching makes it look like the series had more in common with the PERILS OF PENELOPE PIT STOP than the SUPER FRIENDS. In other words, it focused on the villains (Doronjo and her lackeys) and the humor lied in how they were constantly being foiled by these not-so-bright do-gooders.
That’s all easy to grasp. What’s harder to picture, though, is a revival series about Dick Dastardly’s young son growing up in isolated island sanctuary, in a world where the Ant Hill Gang has re-written history, and he's trying to live up to his family legacy by becoming a hero. Because that's what YATTERMAN NIGHT. I’d be the last guy to poo-poo but… it just seems very, very meta for the franchise.
Then again, around the time CROWDS came out, there was also a live-action GATCHMAN movie that was truer to the spirit of the original. Same goes for CASSHERN SINS, come to think of it. So maybe there is some method to this madness. My searching reveals that there was a live-action YATTERMAN movie a little while back that was similarly orthodox. I guess, by the sheer volume of material that’s “on message,” they can afford to get a little weird with NIGHT.
Watch this pilot and decide for yourself.