Section I: GENERAL POSTING INFORMATION FOR ALT.TV.PIZZACATS 1. What type of discussion is allowed in alt.tv.pizzacats? 2. What is The Samurai Pizza Cats? 3. Who is allowed to post in alt.tv.pizzacats? Section II: SAMURAI PIZZA CATS PROGRAM INFORMATION 1. Who made the Samurai Pizza Cats? 2. How many episodes do the Samurai Pizza Cats have? 3. What company owns the Samurai Pizza Cats? 4. What channel/station shows The Samurai Pizza Cats? 5. Iíve heard that there are CDís for the SPC...is this true? 6. Iíve heard that there is a Samurai Pizza Cats game, is this true as well? 7. Are there any toys/merchandise for sale? 8. Are there any SPC/KNT comic books? Section III: CHARACTERS 1. Who are the main characters (The good guys)? 2. Who are the bad guys? 3. Who are the supporting Characters? 4. How old is ____? 5. Who does the voice of ____? Section IV: GENERAL RESOURCES ON THE INTERNET 1. Is there and official site? 2. Are there any other major sites? 3. How many sites are there? 4. Is there a mailing list? 5. What about Newsgroups? 6. Internet Relay Chat (IRC) 7. Newsletters Section I: GENERAL POSTING INFORMATION FOR ALT.TV.PIZZACATS 1. What type of discussion is allowed in alt.tv.pizzacats? All discussion related to the popular anime The Samurai Pizza Cats is allowed and encouraged in this Newsgroup. SPAM, however, is not permitted and strict actions will be taken. 2. What is The Samurai Pizza Cats? The anime cartoon The Samurai Pizza Cats is based on the original Cat Ninden Teyande (Cat is often spelled Kyatto or some similar spelling, which is the way is sounds written in Japanese kanji, fans often refer to the show as "KNT") anime series. It is set in the city of Little Tokyo. Their are three main characters, who are cats, that appear in each episode. They own a popular pizza emporium aptly named Pizza Cat's. Besides making pizzas all day, they are also crime fighters who are called into action in just about every episode. Because a certain villain, Seymour 'Big' Cheese, is wrecking havoc on the city and trying to replace the Emperor and take over the city. 3. Who is allowed to post in alt.tv.pizzacats? All fans of the Samurai Pizza Cats/ Cat Ninden Teyande are welcome as long as they follow proper "Netiquette". Section II: SAMURAI PIZZA CATS PROGRAM INFORMATION 1. Who made the Samurai Pizza Cats? The show was originally made by Tatsunoko Studios, Japan as Cat Ninden Teyande, often referred to by fans as "KNT" (there are several variations of the romanji spelling). It was later bought by Saban and dubbed into English, French, German, Spanish, & Hebrew (Dubbed, not translated, new scripts were written to go with the animation). You can read more about Cat Ninden Teyande at http://www.geocities.com/Tokyo/Flats/7380/KNT.htm 2. How many episodes do the Samurai Pizza Cats have? There are 54 episodes of KNT, 52 were redubbed into SPC episodes by Saban A. USA lost episodes Due to censorship, there are only 40 episodes aired in the USA. The missing episodes are: Gender Bender Butterflies Pizza Cat Performance Review All You Need is Love Polly's Magical Flute Big Cheese's High Definition TV A Mission in Manhattan Kung-Fu Kitty Contest Gone with the Ginsu [sic] A Little Bit O' Luck The Cheese who Stole Christmas Quake, Rattle & Roll The Cats Cop Cartoon Careers B. Canadian lost episodes Canada missed the following episodes because they wereít included in the package of episodes sent to Canada. They lucked out and only missed 4 episodes. The episodes are: Those Transforming Felines The Case of the Bogus Billionaire The Big Cheese's I.Q. Corral Drummin' Up Trouble With a Big, Bad Beat 3. What company owns the Samurai Pizza Cats? Current owners of the Samurai Pizza Cats is Saban International. 4. What channel/station shows The Samurai Pizza Cats? SPC is not currently being shown in the USA or Canada, or the UK. There is an effort to get the show back on the air. You can help by visiting these pages; Samurai Saving Time http://www.angelfire.com/ca/savespc/index.html Save Our Samurai http://www.kneehill.com/~karye/sos.htm 5. Iíve heard that there are CDís for the SPC...is this true? Yes, it is true, but it is Cat Ninden Teyande (the Japanese version) instead of Samurai Pizza Cats. For more information on it, go to http://www.mygale.org/11/rgilb/spc/kntcd/kntcde.html These CDs are out of print and about impossible to find. 6. Iíve heard that there is a Samurai Pizza Cat game, is this true? Yep, but it is Cat Ninden Teyande as well. For more info, go to http://www.geocities.com/Tokyo/Flats/7380/game.htm 7. Are there any toys/merchandise for sale? Some were made for KNT in Japan, but they are hard to find, nearly impossible in the US & Canada. KNT toys not sold in Japan were sent to the UK while SPC was playing there. For more information, see http://www.viaduk.net/freepage.nsf/page/Usako/ 8. Are there any SPC/KNT comic books? Yes, in North America there is the difficult to find "Saban Power House" Comic book which sometimes features a SPC story. From Japan there is a very nice KNT manga (Japanese comic book) with over 100 pages of the cats. You can find out more about it at http://members.xoom.com/PrincessVi/ There are also very many "Do-jin". "Do-jin"="Created by Independence", that is, not commercial. Do-jin is generally Animation & Manga-Comic products what are made by a few people as their hobby. There are well over 100 KNT do-jin that were published in Japan, but they are difficult to come by outside of Japan due to the small print runs. You can see some samples of KNT Do-jin at http://www.viaduk.net/freepage.nsf/page/Usako/$file/books.html Section III: CHARACTERS 1. Who are the main characters (The good guys)? There are 4 main Pizza Cats what work at the emporium. A. Speedy Cerviche (the spelling of Speedy's last name has been the subject of great debate, this spelling was confirmed by Andrew Thomas, producer of the English version of SPC, although he has also spelled it "Ceviche" at times. If you are using either of these spelling, you're right. Other "official" spellings include "Cevichi", used on the SPC toy packaging, and "Service", used in the Saban comic book.) Speedy is the main character of the show and is the leader of the cats and is seen dressed in white. He wields the magical Ginzu swords as a weapon and uses them on a regular basis. The Ginzu sword is also used to signal the Supreme Catatonic. As well as the Ginzu sword, Speedy also uses ninja throwing stars. He is most often seen delivering pizzas and leading the cats into battle. Speedy is in love with Lucille and constantly fights against Guido for her. In the last episodes he falls in love with Polly. B. Polly Ester (Polly's last name has also been debated "Esther" is the original idea for the name, but it's "Ester" on the scripts for the show, so both spellings are correct) Polly is the female fighter of the group and is usually seen in a red & pink outfit. She is very quick to anger and often bashes the slackers on the head with frying pans. She has a magical flute, a short sword, razor sharp claws, and heart-shaped love bombs for weapons. C. Guido Anchovy (also spelled "Anchovie") Guido is the 'Romeo' of the group and often takes time out from delivering pizzas to flirt with the women of Little Tokyo. Guido is also the tallest of the group and wears blue armor. Guidoís weapons of choice include a parasol (The Sun Spot Umbrella, which can be used as a shield and also for hypnotizing enemies) and throwing darts. Like Speedy, Guido has his heart set on Lucille. D. Francine Francine is the last of the pizza cats. She stays behind and takes care of the pizza parlor while the cats are gone. Although she is not a fighter, she is very important, for she is the only one who understands how to launch the cats into action and call in reinforcements when the cats get into trouble. Although she is often a 'Second Banana' when compared to others, she is a valuable resource to the cats. Francine wears a green kimono with a cat bell pattern. Francine's last name is sometimes given as "Manx" on some web pages, but this name was just made up, and was not used in the show. E. The B-Team The B-Team (A.K.A the rescue team) is called into action when Speedy, Polly, and Guido are in trouble. The B-Team includes General Catton, Meowzma O'Tool, Spritz T. Cat, and Bat Cat. Each of these cats represent an element (Catton=Fire; Meowzma=Earth; Spritz=Water; Bat Cat=Air). Like the Samurai Pizza Cats, each member of the B-Team runs a pizza parlor in the suburbs of Little Tokyo. F. The New York Pizza Cats These are much like the Pizza Cats, but live in New York. They are: 1. The Sundance Kid (speedy's counterpart) 2. Deedee (Polly's counterpart) 3. Cosmopolitan (Guido's counterpart) 4. Abagail (Francine's counterpart) They appear in A Mission in Manhattan (not shown in the US) and have made an appearance (very brief, you'll need to use your VCR in slow speed or pause to see it) in The Great Comet Caper Part 2, near the end when they quickly drive past in a jeep.. 2. Who are the bad guys? A. Seymour 'Big' Cheese Just as his name suggests, Seymour is the leader of the ninja crows. In most episodes, he has a giant robot built and sends it (and in most cases) Bad Bird to cause havoc in Little Tokyo. Although he often steals his ideas from his accomplice, Jerry Atric. In Cat Ninden Teyande, Seymourís character is a fox while in Samurai Pizza Cats he is a rat (go figure...). B. Jerry Atric Jerry Atric is the leader of the Ninja Crow clan, who is very loyal to Big Cheese. Jerry helps Seymour plan for his attacks. C. Bad Bird Bad Bird commands the ninja crows. He might have an IQ of -47, but he is still the best ninja crow (only second to his father, Super Bad Bird). He can often match Speedy in battle. Bad Bird is usually sent into battle with one of Seymourís robots and a battalion of ninja crows. Although Bad Bird is Speedyís rival, he is really great friends with him. Many of Bad Birdís actions foreshadows him becoming Good Bird. D. Ninja Crows Ninja Crows are a group of crows that usually have to do the dirty work for Bad Bird. They are not too bright and not properly trained for some situations they are put in. E. The Rude Noise The Rude Noise is a group of four elite ninja crows. They consist of: 1. BadMax AKA Crow Magnon 2. Cannonball Battery 3. Mojo Rojo 4. Rony Guisemore 3. Who are the supporting Characters? There are many supporting characters in this cartoon. A. Princess Violet (or Princess Vi for short) Though Princess Vi is young, she is in control of Little Tokyo because her father has gone insane and her mother is always away. She is very short tempered and will send everyone who angers her to Prisoner Island. B. Emperor Fred Emperor Fred is the emperor of Little Tokyo as well as Princess Viís father. Since he is insane, his daughter Violet & the council have command over the city. Usually the only thing he says is "Freeeed!" , he also likes to sing scat. C. Empress Fredia Empress Fredia appears in a few episodes and is Princess Viís mother, though she is hardly around. D. Lucille Lucille owns a tea house in Little Tokyo. Guido and Speedy often fight over her. When Lucille's emotions run high, she often launches a barrage of small missiles from her hair & clothes (you kinda have to see it) E. Guru Lou Guru Lou is the resident genius of Lilí Tokyo. He often makes inventions that often end up backfiring on their user. He was the one who found the Supreme Catatonic, a giant robot the cats sometimes use. F. Big Al Dente Big Al is the cats' boss. He is also a samurai as well as an advisor to the royal family. He often calls the cats and sends them on their missions. G. Mama-san (AKA Mom Mutt) and her son They appear in most episodes and make jokes as the Samurai Pizza Cats fly overhead. H. Ruby Ruby and Guido met one day after she was being followed by ninja crows. Although she is not a main character, she has made multiple cameo appearances on the show. 4. How old is ____? Princess Violet is the only character who's age is ever mentioned on the show (18). All other ages you might find on the net are guesses. Japanese fans of KNT questioned on the subject don't seem to know the ages either, it was never mentioned in KNT. 5. Who does the voice of ____? The credits of the show do not list who does what voices (most of the voice actors probably played one major character and several minor characters) By comparing their voices with characters they played on other shows where the names-characters are listed, a partial list has been made. The names with "?" are not confirmed. Rick Jones- Speedy Terrence Scammel- Guido Dean Hagopian- Big Cheese Michael O'Reilly- Bad Bird? Mark Camacho- ? A.J. Henderson- Al Dente?, Guru Lou? Sonja Ball- Polly Pauline Little- Francine, Violet? Suzanne Glover- Lucille Section IV: GENERAL RESOURCES ON THE INTERNET 1. Is there and official site? Neither Saban nor Tatsunoko have a web site for the show. 2. Are there any other major sites? Yes, quite a few fan made sites. Some of the best have won the Princess Violet's Supreme Pizza Cats Page award. They can be found at http://members.aol.com/PrncssVi/award.html White Cat's link page at http://www.kneehill.com/~karye/sites.htm has a large list of web sites, big and small, rated for quality. It's probably the best place to find most of the known SPC pages. 3. How many sites are there? Over 100. Most can be found at White Cat's link page http://www.kneehill.com/~karye/sites.htm New sites pop up, and old ones disappear all the time, so it's hard to say exactly how many there are. 4. Is there a mailing list? Yes, just send mail to email@example.com with "Subscribe" as the subject 5. What about Newsgroups? We have alt.tv.pizzacats. The founder is White Cat. His web page is at http://www.kneehill.com/~karye/spcwwwhof.htm This is the only SPC newsgroup, although the show is occasionally brought up in anime & "Furry" newsgroups. 6. Internet Relay Chat (IRC) There are Pizza Cat channels on IRC. For information on where to look, go to http://members.aol.com/UsaHime/contact.html If you have a PC and need an IRC client, you can find one at www.mirc.co.uk.† If you have a Mac,try searching on www.shareware.com or autosearch Shareware.com 7. Newsletters There is a Pizza Cats e-mail newsletter sent out monthly called "Pizza Cats Review". To subscribe, email PrncssVi@aol.com and ask to subscribe to Pizza Cats Review. The newsletter is sent out in 5 different versions; one that uses HTML for email systems which support that, and has an attached file (normally a picture), one with HTML and no file, one plain text with file, one plain text without file, and an extra snazzy one for people with AOL 4.0. Be sure to mention which you want. (If your email can have hyperlinks and use different color letters, ect, it supports HTML)
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