Cybersix (partially lost Fox Kids version of animated series; 2000)
A screenshot of the Fox Kids censored version of the Cybersix opening theme song.
Status: Partially Lost
The Cybersix animated television series is the second and last adaption of the popular 1992 comic book series of the same name, produced in 1998 and released in the U.S. in 2000. The animated series was generally well-received internationally; however, in the U.S., the series was heavily censored and criticized for being too mature for its young audience.
Plot[edit | edit source]
The plot of the series is taken from the comic book series; rather than omitting the more mature aspects of the comics, the animated series leaves certain things unexplained and instead makes reference to them. The story follows the protagonist of Cybersix, who has recently moved to the city of Meridiana and lives as a male high school literature teacher during the day and as the leather-clad super-heroine during the night. Cybersix is soon discovered to be living in the city, so her creator and his clone-son frequently sends out their creations in an attempt to destroy her.
History[edit | edit source]
The animated series was first released in Canada and Argentina on September 6th, 1999, and a censored version was later released in the U.S. on August 19th, 2000, on the now-defunct television channel, Fox Kids. Fox Kids had heavily censored the series in order to make it more appropriate for its young audience, as well as cutting down on the run-time to make more time for commercials. The censorship had edited out parts of episodes, which removed mildly suggestive, violent, and "slow" scenes. There was also minor redubbing of certain words, and in the opening theme song, there are noticeably different vocals near the end of the song. The series was later pulled off the air three months later, on November 4th, 2000, having omitted one episode and left the last two episodes unaired. Some episodes may have been recorded at the time of its airing. However, it is unknown if the entirety of the censored version has been recorded or archived.
The Fox Kids cut of the opening theme song has been found and uploaded onto the RetroJunk website.
Five episodes of the Fox Kids edit were recorded on tape by the online user Stonegate Shadowlord and have been digitized and uploaded onto YouTube by the YouTube channel Media Finder. An anonymous source emailed Media Finder and notified him that two more episodes were captured in low quality on a six-hour-long tape, currently available on archive.org. Media Finder then transferred these episodes to his youtube channel. Another episode was found by Media Finder and uploaded onto his YouTube channel. As of May 2021, though, all found videos that have been posted to YouTube have been blocked due to copyright claims made by TMSanime, the owners of the show. One episode, "Brainwashed," only survives partially, and one episode, Full Moon Fascination, remains at large completely.
Episode List[edit | edit source]
|02||Data-7 & Julian||Found|
|04||Yashimoto, Private Eye||Non-existent|
|05||Lori is Missing||Found|
|06||Blue Birds of Horror||Found|
|08||Gone with the Wings||Found|
|10||Full Moon Fascination||Lost|
|11||The Greatest Show in Meridiana||Found|
|13||The Final Confrontation||Non-existent|
Video[edit | edit source]
See Also[edit | edit source]
External Links[edit | edit source]
- The Wikipedia page on Cybersix.
- An old forum where Cybersix fans discussed the Fox Kids censored version during its first and only airing.
- Complete airing list with breakdowns of changes in each episode.
References[edit | edit source]
- A review of Cybersix after it had aired in the U.S. Retrieved 10 Dec '17
- The Fox Kids opening version was uploaded onto the RetroJunk website. Retrieved 10 Dec '17
- Cybersix on Stonegate Shadowlord's website. Retrieved 24 May '19
- YouTube channel Media Finder's Cybersix Fox Kids playlist. Retrieved 24 May '19
- Full six-hour tape on Archive.org. Retrieved 30 May '19