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Planetokio is an American animated television series based on the video game series of the same name. Produced by Gingo Animation and Universal Television Animation, the series premiered on UPN on November 24, 2002 and ended on May 18, 2003. UPN initially ordered 20 episodes of the series; however, the series was not renewed for another season due to low ratings. Reruns of the series began airing on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons from 2004 to 2005.

PlotEdit

The series takes place in the near future, more specifically, in Planetokio, a number of floating cities full of life like the old Japan. It focuses on the adventures of Iken meeting many interesting characters and fighting alien robots known as Collect Aliens. The series is said to take place between the first game and its sequel Planetokio 2.

Voice castEdit

Additional voicesEdit

ProductionEdit

Universal and Gingo Animation announced in June 2000 that an animated series based on Planetokio was in development, and that series creator Osamu Sato would serve as an executive producer. Gingo then announced it would air on UPN to save their Sunday night timeslots, to which the show aired on Fridays.

The series' animation was produced by Film Roman and outsourced to Wang Film Productions in Taiwan and Saerom Animation in Korea. Wang did work on the odd number episodes ("The Adventure Continues-"From Future to the Past"), whereas Saerom did work the even numbers ("Girl on Blue"-"The Madness Isn't Over"). AKOM did additional work (on "Ramenart", "The Company Iken", "Route 179", "Iken Run But Iken't Hide", "Snuffed", E, Robot", "Tough Naomi") as well as Sunwoo Entertainment (main studio; for "Sushi Roll Pop", "Kiss Your Naomi Goodbye", "Dr. Hokin's Bizarre Problem, "Butter Plus Milk", "The Madness Isn't Over" (with help from Saerom), the remaining three Sunwoo episodes ( "Collect Alien Love", "Hotting Hill", "Tofu Eater"), were done through Sunwoo Digital International.

Season overviewEdit

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 20 November 24, 2002 May 18, 2003

EpisodesEdit

# Title Directed by Written by Storyboard artists Original air date Production code
1 "The Adventure Continues" Michael Loya Geo G.Osamu Sato Albert Calleros & Rodney Clouden November 24, 2002 101
2 "Girl on Blue" Peter Avanzino & Steve Samono Chris Loudon Dan Povenmire & Tuck Tucker December 1, 2002 105
3 "Ramenart" Wes Archer Tony Gama-Lobo & Rebecca May Clayton McKenzie Morrow & Paul Rudish December 8, 2002 104
4 "Sushi Roll Pop" Dominic Polcino Kit Boss Ashley Lenz & John Mathot December 22, 2002 102
5 "The Company Iken" Kyounghee Lim & Boohwan Lim J. Stewart Burns Chris Savino & Lauren Faust January 5, 2003 103
6 "Collect Alien Love" Steven Dean Moore Etan Cohen, Sivert Glarum, Michael Jamin & Garland Testa Bill Riling, Shawna Cha & Mark Zoeller January 12, 2003 106
7 "Route 179" David Silverman Ken Keeler Ronald Rubio & Craig McCracken January 26, 2003 107
8 "Kiss Your Naomi Goodbye" Brian Sheesley Alex Gregory & Peter Huyck Paul Rudish, Clayton McKenzie Morrow & Don Shank February 9, 2003 109
9 "How Can It All Go Wrong?" Jeffrey Lynch Story by: Osamu Sato
Teleplay by: Bill Odenkirk & J.B. Cook
Cyndi Tang, Craig Kellman & Aldin Baroza February 16, 2003 108
10 "Iken Run, But Iken't Hide" Chris Sauve Adam I. Lapidus Jennifer Coyle, John Rice & Steven Dean Moore February 30, 2003 110
11 "Snuffed" Terry Ward Nell Scovell Vincent Waller March 2, 2003 111
12 "Hotting Hill" Michael Dante DiMartino Ron Weiner Kevin O'Brien & Audu Paden March 9, 2003 112
13 "Tofu Eater" Steve Samono Phil Bennet & Terry Lloyd Raymie Muzquiz March 23, 2003 113
14 "Dr. Hokin's Bizarre Problem" Chris Clements Sivert Glarum & Michael Jamin Dave Smith, Chris Savino, Lauren Faust & Craig Kellman April 6, 2003 115
15 "E, Robot" Peter Avanzino Geo G. Craig McCracken April 13, 2003 114
16 "The Boy Who Knew Too Fast" Wes Archer Jon Vitti Cindy Morrow & Paul Rudish July 15, 2004 116
17 "Tough Naomi" Bret Haaland Kit Boss & Etan Cohen Kevin Kaliher, Christopher Battle, Dan Krall & Craig Kellman July 27, 2004 117
18 "Butter Plus Milk" Michael Polcino Dan Greaney & Allen Glazier Kyounghee Lim, Boohwan Lim & Bill Riling July 23, 2004 118
19 "From Future to the Past" Terry Ward & Steve Samono Etan Cohen Carey Yost, Mark Zoeller, Shawna Cha, Bill Riling & Clayton McKenzie Morrow August 15, 2004 119
20 "The Madness Isn't Over" Jeffery Lynch & Chris Sauve Osamu Sato Craig Kellman, Paul Rudish, Lauren Faust & Chris Savino August 27, 2004 120

BroadcastEdit

In the United States, the series premiered on November 24, 2002 on UPN. In Canada, it premiered on Teletoon on December 9, 2002. The series was picked up by CNX in the United Kingdom to premiere on December 23, 2002. In Latin America, it is broadcast on Cartoon Network as part of Toonami. In Italy, it is broadcast on Italia 1. After 15 of the 20 episodes aired, the series was cancelled. The remaining 5 episodes were shown on Cartoon Network in 2004.

In Japan, it is broadcast on Fuji Television.

ReceptionEdit

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Home media Edit

On August 3, 2013, Shout! Factory (under license from Universal Studios Home Entertainment) released the entire series on DVD. The set includes audio commentaries on all episodes with the series crew, as well as episode introductions with Geo G. and Osamu Sato, a behind the scenes featurette, and others.

GalleryEdit

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TriviaEdit

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