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Cartoon Profile: Megas XLR

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Title
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Lowbrow(original pilot)  
Released
26 TV Episodes 26 TV Episodes
Dates
May 1, 2004–January 15, 2005  
Company
Cartoon Network Madhouse/Cartoon Network
Creator
Jody Schaeffer, George Krstic  
Director
Kelsey Mann, Sue Perrotto, Chris Prynoski  
Genre
Action, Comedy, Mecha Action, Comedy, Mecha
Characters
Coop  
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Goat  
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Gorrath  
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Last I checked, this anime seemed to be unavailable, but you could check again at the online stores to be sure.

Cartoon Characters: Megas XLR

English Name
Japanese Name
English Name
Japanese Name
Coop --?-- Jamie --?--
Goat --?-- Kiva --?--
Gorrath --?-- Magnanamus --?--

Cartoon Description: Megas XLR

Notice: Megas XLR is not Japanese animation! It is a cartoon produced in the US, though it was animated and broadcast in Japan. Because it has a style that is strongly influenced by anime, and because it parodies and references a good number of classic anime series, I have decided to include it on this site. If you're one of those hard-core anime purists who can't stand seeing a non-anime series on a site dedicated to Japanese animation, then just press the Back button on your web browser and pretend like you were never here.

What would you do if a Giant Robot suddenly landed in your backyard? That's what happens when a giant robot lands in the good ol' land of New Jersey, and in the hands of a video gaming slacker named Coop and his best friend Jamie. Coop, also being a real auto enthusiast, soups up the robot and customizes it.

The robot originally came from the future, where the Earth is oppressed by war-mongering group of aliens called the Glorft. The robot, originally known as the Megas, was created to turn the tide of the war. A female pilot named Kiva is sent back in time to retrieve the Megas, but eventually winds up teaming with Coop and Jamie, mostly due the robot being changed beyond recognition.

The Glorft follow Kiva to the same time and also intend to take back the Megas, but to dominate Earth from the past. With the help of Megas, Coop uses his mad-video gaming skills to save Earth from the Glorft, and any other nasty villain of alien that happens to threaten it. With a little collateral damage on the side....

Note: Not only does this show reference and parody lots of anime series (I've noted the Harlock universe and Sailor Moon as examples of known parodied animes), but well-recognized voices from the American anime world lend themselves to the series (Jamie's voiced by Steven Jay Blum and Kiva by Wendee Lee, two of the dub world's most recognized voices).

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