Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go is an animated television series created by Ciro Nieli . A joint production between the United States and Japan, the series aired between the dates of September 18, 2004 and December 16, 2006.
As explained in the show’s intro, an adolescent male named Chiro inherits a mecha called the Super Robot activating five bionic simians that soon become his allies. However, a diabolical entity going by the name of the Skeleton King threatens the planet of Shuggazoom. Armed by a former member of the Hyperforce, Mandarin, the heroes must battle to save their universe.
Why It Rocks
- The animation style seems be very anime-esque, as most of the series was animated at The Answer Studio.
- A plethora of likable characters including the eponymous robot monkeys.
- Well written at times with more mature plots, such as Antauri’s death in the Season 3 finale.
- Heavily full of magnificent voice acting from Greg Cipes, Kevin Michael Richardson, Corey Feldman, Tom Kenny, Clancy Brown, Kari Wahlgren, Ashley Johnson, and especially Mark Hamill.
- Compared to most cartoon antagonists, the Skeleton King and his acquaintance for the final two seasons Valeena the Skull Sorceress are extremely lethal.
- Fast-paced and self-explanatory theme song in the genre of J-rock, courtesy of Japanese rock band Polysics.
- In some episodes, the characters are shown to have a backstory often tragic.
- For most of the time, Otto has a habit of spouting out hysterical one-liners.
- Had ”Soul of Evil” not pulled the plug on a cliffhanger, the show would have continued with a fifth season.
- Incredible albeit bloodless fighting sceneries in every episode.
- Sparx’s iconic dialogue regarding a Nova paper bag puppet.
- On the topic of the first reason, Ciro Nieli was one of the executive producers on the concurrently airing Cartoon Network serial Teen Titans which in turn had an animation style influenced by anime.
- While mainly a Y7-rated series, deaths had happened twice on-camera starting with Antauri’s being the first butchered in a fashion not dissimilar to Mufasa‘s.
- A rather lengthy name for an action cartoon.
- Though the animation seems smoothly fluid, the character‘s mouths sometime go out of sync. These were fixed in the Japanese dub.
- Chiro‘s Girl the series premier was quite weak compared to the rest of the series.
- Slightly subtle adult humor in spacious hollows.
- A few loathed characters such as Sorceress Valeena and a dupe of Mandarin.
- Chiro’s anger shriek in one Season 2 episode gave many terrifying nightmares.
Five years after the series’ end, Ciro Nieli went on to be an executive producer on the 2012 revival of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles which also had Greg Cipes, Ashley Johnson, James Hong, Tom Kenny, Mark Hamill, Clancy Brown, and Corey Feldman voicing some of that series’ characters.
One of the five productions with the prior two mentioned in the first fact voicing love interests the others being the aforementioned Nicktoon, Teen Titans, Ben 10: Alien Force/Ultimate Alien, and Teen Titans Go!
Speaking of the lampoon featured with the titular pizza-consuming reptilians, they had screened a Power Rangers-like serial which had a chock full of references to the series.