First Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom Game Screens Reveal the Insanity of Yatterman

So a weird coincidence happened to me. Here’s the timeline:

Wednesday?The Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom videogame is announced. I report on it, as it’s pretty awesome.

Thursday?I write a feature for an upcoming issue of Anime Insider, where I have to research Yatterman, an old Japanese anime which sounds totally batshit insane. Mainly because the show is about two kids who look like superhero hippies and fight a trio of dumb criminals with their gigantic robot dog. The show?which was so popular in the ’70s is ran for 108 episodes in the ’70s, and has a 70-episode remake airing now?was and is made by Tatsunoko Productions.

Today?Dashing TR reader Graham sends me a link to Famitsu’s website, which has several good screenshots of Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom (like the one above). The screens show Ryu and Chun Li fighting classic anime characters Casshern and Ken from Gatchaman, in a background WITH A BIZARRE, HIGHLY GOOFY-LOOKING GIGANTIC ROBOT DOG IN THE BACKGROUND. I would never have known what this was without doing that research, and it breaks my mind to see it,even still?I thank SZJ that I was prepared.

Weird, right? But not as weird as Yatterman is, I promise. You can read about the nonsense here, or you can just watch this:

It’s like if ’70s Hanna-Barbera made an anime while simultaneously shooting acid between each of their toes.