When I was a little fellow of ten years old I got two VHS tapes for Christmas. These tapes were sent to me by a Finnish uncle who'd copied them from rentals, thinking his cousins would enjoy some anime.
Hawk of Grand Prix!
The two tapes I got as a present turned out to be copies of the first five VHS releases of the series "Arrow Emblem - Grand Prix no taka", or "Grand Prix" as it was called in Finland. Taking everything into consideration you could say that this was the first anime series I'd followed in my life.
Now, almost twenty years later, I've refreshed my interest in the series thanks to its beautiful soundtrack. We were discussing the Karaoke Cafe event for the Anime 2006 festival on the Aniway fora and suddenly it dawned on me: I should sing both tunes! After a few hours of searching I'd dug up some footage from the series. Which in turn has led me to research the whole series as deeply as I can!
It turns out that there are loads of various items related to this series, which were released throughout the years. However, information on these items is sparse and is heavily dispersed across the Internet. So I've decided to gather -everything- I can find about Arrow Emblem on one page "<"3
On a side note: funny enough this forum discussion leads me to believe that Arrow Emblem aired in Greece in August of 2003! That's amazing for such an old series! Makes me wish I could read Greek, let alone Greek MSN-style!
In the menu on the left you can find various media and images I've found. The rest of this page contains an enumeration of facts I've dug up about the series. For now I'll be skipping stuff about the people who made the series. This stuff is easier to find :)
All of the information on this page (including the media and the images) have been gathered from dozens of different websites on the Internet. These include both commercial, private and auction websites. In no way do I claim the creation of any of the stuff I provide here. I have merely gathered them for posterity.
|Title||Arrow Emblem - Grand Prix no Taka|
|Also known as||
アローエンブレム グランプリの鷹 (Japan)|
الجائزة الكبرى (Arabia)
Arrow Emblem - Grand Prix no Taka (Japan)
Arrow Emblem - Hawk of the Grand Prix (Japan)
Grand Prix (Poland, Finland, Sweden, Germany, France, Spain)
Grand Prix - El Halcon de las Pistas (Spain, Chile)
Grand Prix e il campionissimo (Italia)
Super Grand Prix (America)
|Aired on||Fuji TV|
|Aired between||22nd of Sept. 1977 through 31st of Aug. 1978|
Series director: Rintaro|
Script: Masaki Tsuji
Music: Yasushi Miyazawa
Original creator: Kogo Himiko
Character Design: Akio Sugino, Kenzo Koizumi, Takuo Noda
|Opening theme||"Grand Prix no Taka" by Mizuki Ichiro|
|Ending theme||"Race Blues" by Mizuki Ichiro|
As is the case with many anime dubs the name for the characters get changed with each dub. For instance, just take a look at all the characters from Carc Captor Sakura and from Sailormoon.
So to make sure that Google returns this page for anyone looking for his localised version of Arrow Emblem, here's a list of the various names I've found for the main character:
The following toy models were issued by Popy in their Popinika line through 1977-80:
Apparently PB-37 came in two versions: one with, and one without a driver action figure. Also, what I thought were pictures of PB-35 are probably something else; I just don't know what yet. These pictures have been labeled "unknown 1". The toy labeled "unknown 2" seems to come from the same manufacturer, but is a mystery to me. I'd expect PB-36 to be the TS-2, but this toy clearly isn't it. Odd...
Bandai released a slotracing track featuring a set of two Todoroki Special's. Also, Club M released a garage kit for the Todoroki Special. Years back Hobby Link Japan had a page up for the model, even though it was sold out even back then. These days you can only find the garage kit in hidden away stores in Japan.
I was completely blown away when I found out on eBay that Popy had also made a 1:1 scale racing helmet, so the kids at home could pretend they are Takaya. It doesn't look that nice, but for that day and age it was definitely good enough.
While reaching deep into Google, I also ran into Nippori Toy Store. The Babelfish translation was a bit sketchy, but it seems these guys are hand building their own Todoroki Special toy, kind of like a garage kit. I will try to contact them for more details.
About three years ago some very kind soul in Japan decided to do a re-release of Arrow Emblem. This re-release came in the following form:
In a wonderful stroke of good luck I was able to find the OST CD still for sale at CDJapan. You can find the CD over here for 1200 Yen (approximately $12). I will -not- make the songs available through this website, since this CD is a recent commercial product. CDJapan also has pages for both DVD boxes (here and here), but they've been unavailable for quite some time.
Tom from Anime Stuff Radio tells me that it was quite rare for a series from the 70s to have its music released. I guess Arrow Emblem was one of those rare series, because the following LPs were released:
In 2001 the series was also released on DVD in Italy. A review for one of the DVDs can be found over here. These six DVDs include both Italian and Japanese audio and Italian subtitles.
At one point in time the TV series was also rehashed into a 'movie' called "Super Grand Prix". This movie was released on DVD in the US and can still be found through Amazon over here. The DVD was released by Liberty International on the 12th of Aug. 2003. Its ASIN number is B00005QW5D.
Opening (excerpt from "Grand Prix no taka")
Mato o neraeba hazusanai
Taka no hokori wa ore no mono
Kyou no REESU wa itadakisa
Ore mo MASHIN mo kizudarakedaga
Itsuka noboruze eikoo no sora
Ore wa taka da GURANPURI no taka da!
Ending (excerpt from "Race blues")
Kaze yo wasurenaidekure
Omae to issho ni kakete itta
Otoko no, otoko no yume o
Dekkai yuuhi ga ore no GOORU sa
Hitotsu no inochi o moyashi tsukusou
Kaze yo oboeteirukai
Omae to utatta hitoribochi no
Otoko no, otoko no uta o
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