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Anime Profile: M.U.S.C.L.E.

USA Info
Japanese Info
M.U.S.C.L.E. Kinnikuman M.U.S.C.L.E.
183(Seperated into two parts) 183(Seperated into two parts)
1983–1986(1st Part) 1991-1992(2nd Part) 2011—????(3rd Part Manga Only) 1983–1986(1st Part) 1991-1992(2nd Part) 2011—????(3rd Part Manga Only)
Currently Unlicensed Toei Animation
  Yudetamago(Takashi Shimada and Yoshinori Nakai)
  Yasuo Yamayoshi, Takenori Kawada, Tetsuo Imazawa, Atsutoshi Umezawa
Action, Comedy, Sports Action, Comedy, Sports
Ultimate Muscle: The Kinnikuman Legacy Kinnikuman Nisei
-- listed below -- -- listed below --

Last I checked, this anime was available on DVD at Amazon.

Anime Characters: M.U.S.C.L.E.

English Name
Japanese Name
English Name
Japanese Name
Skullduggery Kinkotsuman Manitoban Canadaman
Suguru Kinniku/Kinnikuman Suguru Kinniku/Kinnikuman Neptuneman Neptuneman
Alexandria Meat Alexandria Meat Ninja Ned The Ninja
Beetlebomb Geronimo Okamarasu Okamarasu
Big Budo Big The Budo Planetman Planetman
Black Hole Black Hole Prince Lou Ow Prince Kamehame
Brocken Jr. Blocken Jr. Ramenman Ramenman
Brockenman Blockenman Robin Mask Robin Mask
Buffaloman Buffaloman Rogue Shogun Akuma Shogun
Curry Cook Curry Cook Satan Cross Satan Cross
Eraginesu Eraginesu Sheik Seijin Sheik Seijin
Iwao Iwao Shivano Ashuraman
Kazuo "Alderans" Nakano Kazuo "Alderans" Nakano Shocodile Sneagator
Kinniku Ataru Kinniku Ataru Sosumi Rikishiman
Kinniku Mayumi Kinniku Mayumi Specialman Specialman
Kinnikuman Big Body --?-- Stecaseking Stecaseking
Kinnikuman Mariposa --?-- Sunshine Sunshine
Kinnikuman Super Phoenix --?-- Terryman Terryman
Kinnikuman Zebra --?-- Vance McMadd Harabote Muscle
Leopaldon Leopaldon Warsman Warsman

Anime Description: M.U.S.C.L.E.

"I won't even need the push of my farts!" "I have no idea what that means, but what confidence!"

The story is about Kinniku Suguru, a superhero. A bad one that is. He always gets beaten up by kaiju and chows down gyudon ("All I need is gyudon for the 300 years, It's fast and delicious and kinda cheap!"). One day, a alien named Meat comes and tells him that he is the long lost prince lost by mistaking a pig for their son. The Planet Kinniku produces the best Chojin (Heroes) in the universe. He is a clumsy fool so he decides to enter wrestling competitions and battles evil Chojin to prove himself worthy of the throne, which culminates in a final battle against 5 pretenders for the throne. Many of Kinnikuman's friends were once villains (Ramenman, Buffoloman, Ashuraman and Warsman) or arrogant heroes (Terryman, Robin Mask and Rikishiman).

The kinkishi (small, eraser-like toys) toys were released in the US as M.U.S.C.L.E. (Millions of Unusual Small Creatures Lurking Everywhere) in the 80s. You may remember them from your childhood. The sequel series, Ultimate Muscle: The Kinnikuman Legacy was imported here by 4Kids in one of their few good dubs.

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