Spider Riders broadcasts on Teletoon, This TV, and used to broadcast onKids’ WB!. Koichi Mashimo co-directed the staff at Bee Train with Takaaki Ishiyama. Writer Yosuke Kuroda adapted the novels. Robert Pincombe and Shelly Hoffman wrote the English version.
Why was it forgotten?: FRIGHTFULLY GENERIC ACTION-ADVENTURE SERIES
I know exactly what the kind of comments are going to be for this entry.
“Why are you making fun of my childhood, ya bastard?”
“What are you talking about, this cartoon was great, ya bastard.”
“This isn’t that old and still on reruns so it isn’t forgotten– you bastard.”
Just for the record, my followers are a lot nicer than that and some would probably get a kick out of seeing it.
Honestly I’m the most nebulous about featuring this because it doesn’t give a whole lot for me to talk about. It’s serviceable enough as a children’s action cartoon and was probably a lot of people’s first exposure to anime that wasn’t Pokemon or Yu-Gi-Oh. I say “anime” with a degree of incredulity because while it does have the artstyle and was partially produced by a Japanese animation studio, this is largely a Canadian production.
I suppose I could say the concept is pretty cool; a subterranian world inside the earth where a bunch of kids are locked in combat with sharp weapons and giant, armored spiders, I’m so there. It’s like all of the most twisted and awesome parts of Pokemon, Digimon, and Monster Rancher–
–BUT WITH SPIDERS!
Spiders are cool, I wouldn’t want one crawling on me since I have an immense fear of small things crawling on me but I can dig them when they’re 8 feet long. What, they’re no longer small and crawling on me so it’d be no problem.
I also really like the designs of the spiders themselves, if there were toys of them -which there are none of, stupidly- I would totally buy them. The kids on the otherhand… actually, I would buy toys of them to since some of their armor designs are pretty nifty.
I don’t know, I think I’m gonna cut this show a break; it ain’t too bad, it doesn’t have half the stupid shit that happens in Yu-Gi-Oh or half the stupid dialogue from Sonic X so it’s not a bad thing for kids to watch. I wouldn’t watch it because I’d be bored out of my mind but that’s just me.
Tribal Nova produced the tie-in online game based on the show, available on the official site.
On July 29, 2006, the Anime X site published Spider Catcher and Oracle Daifugo, downloadable phone games based on the show for the FOMA-enabled cell phones. A third game, Jumping Spider, was released on August 9, 2006. Each game cost 105 yen.
The three novels are titled Spider Riders: Shards of the Oracle, Spider Riders: Reign of the Soul Eater, and Spider Riders: Quest of the Earthen
I think I’ve only seen this show once prior to screening it for this blog. It was in the wee hours of the morning and I was flipping through channels, and happened upon it playing on KidsWB.
I didn’t stick around for long since it didn’t interest me, although I could swear I heard some of the same voice actors from Digimon Adventure.