Monday, August 31, 2015

Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs

Saber Rider...and the Star Sheriffs in the sky!

Decades after first hearing the theme song, I still remember with great fondest the opening track of "Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs". For those of you too young to remember, "Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs" was a Japanese anime series called Star Musketeer Bismarck.

Set in a distant future where humans have spread into space and have started to colonized planets, the series is about the Star Sheriffs who maintain law and order in this "New Frontier" of man. The series was a cross between the space and western genre similar to "The Adventures of The Galaxy Rangers", and it straddle that line pretty successfully.

However it never became a big hit in Japan but was successful enough for American companies to take notice. A company called World Events Production (WEP) took the series to America, and it became a hit. It was easily my favorite anime when I was younger.

So when I heard that there's a Kickstarter campaign to make a video game out of the series, I was excited. Originally announced in 2010, I thought the game was vaporware. It might still be, but at least now it has a small chance of getting out of development hell.

Good luck guys!

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