Zoids: Chaotic Century
|Cartoon Network (Toonami)|
|July 29, 2002 - March 14, 2003|
Zoids: Chaotic Century, simply titled "Zoids" in Japan, is the first of four anime series based on the Zoids range of mecha model kits produced by TOMY. It is loosely adapted from the manga series Kiiju Shinseiki Zoido, which was created by Michiro Ueyama and published in CoroCoro Comics. The series was animated by XEBEC, and aired from 1999 to 2000 on TBS Network in Japan.
Although this is the first series to be produced for the franchise in Japan, Chaotic Century was the second series to be dubbed and aired in America, following Zoids: New Century.
After airing in the early weekday mornings on Cartoon Network, Zoids: Chaotic Century moved to Cartoon Network's Toonami block on July 29, 2002 and was consistently in the lineup until June 2003. Although this is the first Zoids anime series produced it was the second shown on Toonami behind Zoids: New Century. The final four episodes of the series aired on Toonami: Super Saturday during the Zoids: Chaotic Century Final Four marathon on January 4, 2003.
Zoids: Chaotic Century is set in the far reaches of the Milky Way, on the planet Zi. On Zi, there are metallic life-forms known as Zoids, which possess powerful fighting capabilities. In recent history, Zoids have been used as weapons in an ongoing war between the Helic Republic and Guylos Empire.
The setting of Chaotic Century is a few years after the most recent war between the Helic Republic and the Guylos Empire. The two nations are currently observing a ceasefire, although ambushes and minor assaults are initiated by both sides, and tensions are high after it is revealed that one or both sides may have access to the ancient technology of the Ancient Zoidians.
The series follows the story of Van Flyheight, a teenage boy who discovers a mysterious girl named Fiona, and an Organoid named Zeke. Van discovers that Zeke has the ability to merge with a Zoid, increasing its fighting power, and with that skill, Van and Fiona set off to discover the secrets of Fiona's past. During their travel, they meet up with a transporter named Moonbay, and a mercenary named Irvine, who initially thwart their progress, but eventually begin traveling with them. As they travel across the Helic Republic, a new war breaks out, with the group of travelers being caught in the middle of it.
Van Flyheight — A teenage orphan of the previous war between the Republic and Empire. His home is Wind Colony Village, just within the borders of the Helic Republic. Van has an older sister, Maria, who is in her late teens. Their father, Major Dan Flyheight, was a pilot with the Republican Army, using a Command Wolf called Zeke. He was killed defending the Wind Colony from an Imperial attack when Van was five. At the start of the series, Van is chased into some ruins by a trio of trigger happy bandits, where he finds two capsules. Van opens one to find an Organoid, whom he names Zeke. He then fights off bandits in a Shield Liger, which was brought back to life by Zeke. Van then opens up the second capsule, and finds a girl, who he names Fiona. Van then starts a journey to find Fiona's memories, and becomes caught up in a new war, and a plot to take over Zi. Van is a bit dense to start with, but is loyal to his companions and has a good heart. His open nature attracts many people to him, and he enjoys a good challenge. He pilots a Shield Liger, a lion type Zoid that can deploy a shield in front of itself. It later evolves into a Blade Liger, which gives it a pair of laser-edged blades.
Fiona — A young girl awakened from stasis by Van. She suffers from severe amnesia, and is unable to remember anything. Van gives her the name "Fiona", and the two set off to discover who she is. As her memories return, it is learned that Fiona is actually Elisia Linette, one of the last members of the Ancient Zoidian race. Her driving goal is to discover something known as "Zoid Eve", supposedly the source of all Zoids' power. Although a bit naive at first, she matures over time and eventually serves as Dr. D's brilliant assistant. While she and Van had somewhat of a rocky start, the two would grow close, and form a bond. It is hinted that Fiona and Van did develop romantic feelings for one another, as Fiona did give Van a kiss during his last battle with Raven. Later in the series, Irvine even pointed out Fiona's love for Van.
Zeke — An Organoid dinosaur, a small Zoid imbued with many powers. Awakened by Van, Zeke is named after the Command Wolf piloted by Van's father. Zeke's primary ability is to fuse himself with another Zoid, increasing it's combat potential dramatically. Zeke is able to use this ability to resurrect destroyed Zoids, and to evolve Zoids into more powerful forms.
Irvine — An eighteen-year-old mercenary, who is initially interested in capturing Zeke, he later joins Van and Fiona after losing this desire. Although cold-hearted in appearance, Irvine shows a soft side on more than one occasion. He is a skilled pilot, who uses a modified Command Wolf with a powerful long-range beam cannon. When his Command Wolf is severely damaged, its combat data is transferred to an experimental Zoid, the Lightning Saix, which uses extreme speed to overwhelm the opponent. While he wears an eye patch, he has full function of both his eyes, and uses the eye patch as a telescope.
Moonbay — A trader, who often smuggles weapons using her cargo zoid "The Gustav", an armored insect Zoid capable of pulling 250 tons of cargo. She is considered to be a free-spirited individual, who is not afraid to speak her mind. Although appearing greedy and selfish, Moonbay is a good person. She likes to sing, although she rarely stays on key.
|Character||English Voice Actor||Japanese Voice Actor|
|Van Flyheight||Matthew Erikson||Daisuke Kishio|
|Fiona||Carol-Anne Day||Makiko Ohmoto|
|Irvine||Mark Gatha||Keiji Fujiwara|
|Moonbay||Onalea Gilbertson||Kumiko Watanabe|
|Zeke||Dave Pettitt||Takuma Suzuki|
|Raven||Robert Scott Henrickson||Mitsuki Saiga|
|Admiral Prozen||Dave Kelly||Hōchū Ōtsuka|
|Doctor D||Dave Pettitt||Keiichi Sonobe|
|Rosso||Dave Pettitt||Daiki Nakamura|
|Karlton "Karl" Lichen Schubaltz||Jonathan Love||Yūji Ueda|
|Reese||Mariette Sluyter||Noriko Hidaka|
|Viola||Meredith Taylor-Parry||Rika Fukami|
|Thomas Richard Schubaltz||Ryan Luhning||Kentarō Itō|
|Lieutenant O'Connell||C. Adam Leigh||—|
|Captain Rob Herman||Kurtis Sanheim||Jin Horikawa|
|Maria Flyheight||Jennifer Holder||Akemi Okamura|
|Prime Minister Homalev||Jim Sarantis||—|
|Marienne||Katie Rowan||Chiemi Chiba|
|Hiltz||Scott Roberts||Takahiro Sakurai|
|Colonel Krueger||Steve Olson||Iemasa Kayumi|
|Prince Rudolph||Elinor Holt||Tomoko Ishimura|
- ↑ "The Kellner/Kids' WB Era (April 2001 - December 2002) ". thexbridge.com. http://www.thexbridge.com/timeline4.html. Retrieved on June 15, 2015.