Cybersix: Alternative Anime
by J. Andrews
Cybersix was first a comic published in Spanish in Argentina. It's
in Canada in French, but I don't believe there's an English version out
Cybersix is now a cartoon, airing in the US on FoxKids in a
timeslot. The cartoon is a Canadian/Japanese co-production so the show can
be classified as pseudo-anime.
The premise, as far as I can gather, is Cybersix is the sole survivor
experiment. She's either an android, a genetically enhanced human, or some
combination of the two. Data 7, a black panther, is also similarly
Together they fight their arch-nemesis, a bratty little genuis kid. The
overseen by his father and is trying hard to please him. One of the cool
of the show is that Cybersix's alterego is a male professor. Take that,
Not only does she don glasses, but she crossdresses to.
The show's feel very much reflects its origins. Some of the names, and I
the character designs, are Spanish/Argentinian. The background art and the
animation itself is very Japanese. And the sound effects and voices are
Some of the voice actors have done work in anime dubs such as Gundam
Dragonball Z, Monster Rancher, Ranma 1/2, and
Cybersix's voice actor is Shampoo, Lucas' (Cybersix's friend and semi-love
interest) is Kami, and Julian's is Genki.
So anime fans should like this series for a number of reasons: the anime
in the art, the anime-like themes that show up in some episodes, the voice
and Cybersix's crossdressing. (Remember, kiddies, it's okay to crossdress
North American cartoons so long as you're a girl.)
The show is clearly a "super-hero" show, meaning most of the episode is
up by fight scenes, but there are some interesting plots and character
that make it worth watching. If you're looking for new anime to watch on
this show a try. It's not strictly anime, but it's fairly close.