We told you the ToonOlympics competition on ToonBarn would have a match where you just can’t decide which cartoon is better. Well, here it is! Yamato 2199 takes on Phineas and Ferb. Both are excellent in many ways. Both have very good animation, excellent musical scores, and terrific voice-over work. What will be the deciding factor that puts one in front of the other? We haven’t heard anyone declare who will win yet. Let’s hear your predictions! And tell us why you think it will be the overall winner. Please comment below. Here is how the brackets look for the second round of the ToonOlympics on ToonBarn:
Tuesday’s 6th match of the second round has generated an early lead for New Zealand’s Pocket Protectors.
Second Round Results:
The Legend of Korra (USA): 18
Sidekick (CANADA): 9
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Zig and Sharko (FRANCE): 12
El Chavo (MEXICO): 3
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Ben 10: Ultimate Alien (USA): 17
Huntik: Secrets & Seekers (ITALY): 1
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Totally Spies! (FRANCE): 15
Alf Prøysens Barnesanger (NORWAY): 1
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Dreamland (Doctor Who) (UNITED KINGDOM): 9
Escola pra Cachorro (Doggy Day School) (BRAZIL): 3
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Pocket Protectors (NEW ZEALAND): 30
Century Sonny (CHINA): 3
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Hurry, voting continues through the end of the second round. But, time is running out ToonOlympians! There are only 2 days left to vote in the second round.
The ToonOlympics competition continues today with our 7th match of the second round. The matchup is between Japan and USA. The cartoon from Japan is called Space Battleship Yamato 2199. Space Battleship Yamato 2199 had a first round bye and is going up against an American cartoon series called Phineas and ferb, which defeated Spain’s Lucky Fred in the first round.
Before we start the match, if this is your first visit to the ToonOlympics, you can go back and catch the opening ceremonies, hosted by our resident cartoon, ToonBarn Harry, at this link:
LET THE MATCH BEGIN!
Space Battleship Yamato 2199 (JAPAN)
Space Battleship Yamato 2199 is an animated cartoon series made in Japan. Space Battleship Yamato was born as a TV series in 1974, and this new interpretation carried out in the remake, Yamato 2199, overflows with love and respect for the original series. The whole Quest for Iscandar Series (26 episodes) is being re-done with new animation techniques, new voice-over cast, and new musical scores (similar to the original). It is a work of completely new animation with Sunrise D.I.D. in charge of the CG portion.
The basic story of Yamato 2199 is the same as the first Yamato anime set in 2199, but Yutaka Izubuchi (RahXephon), the 52-year-old animator who worked on mechanical designs and science-fiction concepts on some of the earlier projects in the franchise, is serving as chief director. Yoshinobu Nishizaki, the late producer of the franchise, is credited with the original story. Nobuteru Yuki (Escaflowne, Record of Lodoss War) is designing the characters, and the anime studios XEBEC and AIC are producing the anime.
These episodes are being released in Japan as movies to theaters. It started on April 7, 2012, with the 1st movie (The Long Voyage). The second movie (Desperate Battle in the Heliosphere) contains episodes 3-6 and showed for two weeks, starting from June 30, 2012.
In the second movie, Yamato shoulders the fate of Earth and the voyage to Iscandar finally begins. Yamato takes the first warp navigation toward battle with the waiting Gamilas forces, shows the firing of the Wave-Motion Gun, and one new ability after another.
Captain Juuzo Okita Voice actor: Takayuki Sugo
Captain of Space Battleship Yamato. Admiral of the combined fleet of UN Space Command, native of Fukushima Prefecture.
An expert in astrophysics, his outward calm and composure conceals a tough and unyielding fighting spirit. Also has an abundant knowledge of space, combining the two faces of disciplined soldier and experienced scientist. For this reason, he always wished to visit space not as a military man but as a man of science.
Susumu Kodai Voice: Daisuke Ono
Tactical Division Officer of Yamato. Leader of Tactical Group, Air Captain First Class. Born in Kanagawa Prefecture.
Was a third-class air captain assigned to the 7th strategic space group before boarding Yamato, but was advanced two classes and placed in command of the tactical division after his older brother Mamoru was killed in action. The main and secondary gun batteries, anti-aircraft guns, torpedoes, fighter wing, and wave-motion gun are all under his command. Deck officers are also placed under the tactical division. Graduated as an official cadet from space soldier training academy and was selected as a primary member of the Yamato Plan. (The forerunner of this was the Yayoi Plan, a top secret mission to escape Earth.)
Shima Daisuke Voice: Kenichi Suzumura
Navigational Division Officer of Yamato. Chief Navigator in charge of navigation, signaling, watch, comprehensive route planning. Air captain first class, born in Okinawa Prefecture.
Was a third-class air captain in the 101st regular space division before boarding Yamato, received a two-class promotion to chief navigator when the previous candidate was killed in action in a battle against Gamilas.
Yuki Mori Voice: Houko Kuwashima
Ship Affairs Division Officer of Yamato.
Leader of ship affairs in charge of information, electronics, communications, coding, hull demagnetization. Air Captain First Class in charge of radar and radio communications on the first bridge. Was assigned to jurisdiction of the Far East 9th District Strategy Department before boarding Yamato. The planning division for the Yamato plan originated within 9th District Strategy Department.
Shiro Sanada Voice: Houchu Otsuka
Officer of Yamato’s technology division. First mate and technical head. His rank is Lieutenant Commander. Born in Nagano Prefecture.
Oversees scientific analysis, information analysis, development, and engineering. Other than the technology leader, he also holds the post of first mate to Captain Okita. As a genius who graduated at the top of MIT, his thinking is very logical and his analytical skills are unrivaled at assessing a situation. He advanced to the National Space Defense Academy after graduating from MIT, volunteered for UN Space Command and was assigned to the 9th Strategic Division. He is at the center of the Yamato Plan.
Hikozaemon Tokugawa Voice: Mugihito
Officer in Yamato’s engineering division. Chief engineer. His rank is Lieutenant Commander. From Aichi Prefecture.
An experienced veteran of the engineering operation that supported Captain Okita in the previous inner-planetary conflict prior to the Gamilas war. Served as chief engineer under Okita on Kirishima, flagship of the 1st fleet, before boarding Yamato.
Starsha Iscandar Voice: Kikuko Inoue
Queen of Planet Iscandar. Holds out a helping hand to Earth, which has been driven to the verge of extinction by Gamilas. Entrusted her younger sister Ulyssia with a message to deliver to Earth one year ago; the plan for the Wave-Motion Engine. Her sister Sasha delivered the next message.
Aberto Dessler Voice: Koichi Yamadera
The Great Emperor of Planet Gamilas. He is the equivalent of 32 Earth years of age.
Leader of the Imperial Planet Gamilas’ interstellar military nation, which expands his galactic territory. Although he is a young and arrogant dictator, he has awoken to the needs of his people. As head of state, he is the supreme commander of the Gamilas military and directs strategic operations at his whim, enjoying it as a game.
Directed by: Yutaka Izubuchi
Produced by: XEBEC and AIC
Country of origin: Japan
No. of episodes: 26 (7 Movies)
Original channel: Hikari TV cable network (pay-per-view), Bandai Channel (video-on-demand)
Episode length: 30 min
Originally aired: April 7, 2012 – Present
Here is a preview of an episode of Space Battleship Yamato 2199 (Ep 2 of The Long Voyage):
Phineas and Ferb (USA)
Phineas and Ferb is an American animated television comedy-musical series. Originally broadcast as a preview on August 17, 2007, and officially premiered on February 1, 2008 on Disney Channel, the series follows Phineas Flynn and his English stepbrother Ferb Fletcher on summer vacation. Every day, the boys embark on some grand new project, which annoys their controlling sister, Candace, who frequently tries to reveal their shenanigans to the boys’ mother, Linda Flynn-Fletcher, and less frequently to their father, Lawrence Fletcher. The series follows a standard plot system; running gags occur every episode, and the B-Plot almost always features Perry the Platypus acting as a spy (“Agent P”) for the OWCA (Organization Without a Cool Acronym), to fight an evil scientist named Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz. However, Dr. Doofenshmirtz, or Doof as he refers to himself, feels the need to assert his evilness. Sometimes, other villains scoff at his level of evil. The two plots intersect at the end to erase all traces of the boys’ project just before Candace can show it to their mother. This usually leaves Candace very frustrated.
Creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh worked together on the Nickelodeon series Rocko’s Modern Life. The Creators also voice two of the main B-plot characters: Major Monogram and Dr. Doofenshmirtz. Phineas and Ferb was conceived after Povenmire sketched a triangular boy—the blueprint for the eponymous Phineas—in a restaurant. Povenmire and Marsh developed the series concept together and pitched to networks for 16 years before securing a run on Disney Channel.
The series is also known for its musical numbers, which have appeared in almost every episode since the first-season “Flop Starz”. Disney’s managers particularly enjoyed the episode’s song, “Gitchee, Gitchee Goo”, and requested that a song appear in each subsequent episode. The show’s creators write and record each number, and vary musical tempo depending on each song’s dramatic use. The music has earned the series a total of four Emmy nominations: in 2008 for the main title theme and for the song “I Ain’t Got Rhythm” from the episode “Dude, We’re Getting the Band Back Together”, and then in 2010 for the song “Come Home Perry” from the episode “Oh, There You Are, Perry” as well as one for its score. The series has also been popular with adults. Phineas and Ferb is currently on its third season.
The show follows the adventures of stepbrothers Phineas Flynn (voiced by Vincent Martella) and Ferb Fletcher (voiced by Thomas Sangster), who live in the fictional town of Danville, somewhere in the Tri-State area. Their older sister, Candace Flynn (voiced by Ashley Tisdale), is obsessed with two things throughout the show. One is “busting” Phineas and Ferb’s schemes and ideas, usually calling their mother to report the boys’ activities in an attempt to get them in trouble, but is never successful because of events that transpire in another subplot. Second is that she is obsessed with a boy named Jeremy (voiced by Mitchel Musso) that she wants to be her boyfriend. Meanwhile, the boys’ pet platypus, Perry, acts as a secret agent for an all-animal government organization called the O.W.C.A. (“Organization Without a Cool Acronym”), fighting Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz.
Much of the series’ humor relies on running gags used in every episode, with slight variation. For example, when Phineas has a new idea, he says, “Ferb, I know what we’re gonna do today!” Phineas and Ferb, along with other characters, then ask, “Hey, where’s Perry?”. In several episodes, an adult will ask Phineas if he is a little young to be performing some complex activities, to which he responds “Yes, yes I am.” When Perry is called in for a mission for the O.W.C.A., he uses various hidden passageways all over the house to enter his lair. Dr. Doofenshmirtz almost always, with a few exceptions, names his evil creations “-Inators”. (e.g., Shrink-inator, Giant Dog Biscuit-inator, and “Eradicate Rodney’s -Inator”-inator). Perry and Doofenshmirtz’s confrontations generally lead to the destruction or disappearance of whatever Phineas and Ferb are constructing or taking part in that day, leaving Candace shocked (“Bu-Bu-Bu-Bu-But…!”) and her mother unconvinced.
Aspects of the show’s humor are aimed at adults, including its frequent pop-cultural references. Co-creator Dan Povenmire, sought to create a show that was less raunchy than Family Guy—having previously worked on the show—but had the same reliance on comic timing, metahumor, humorous blank stares, wordplay and breaking the 4th wall. Povenmire describes the show as a combination of Family Guy and SpongeBob SquarePants. Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, the other co-creator, said the show was not created just for kids; he simply did not exclude them as an audience.
On August 25, 2011, the show was picked up for a fourth season on Disney Channel, a possible spin-off and feature film for the series. Disney Channel officially announced on November 9, 2011 that the fourth season was picked up with new episodes rolling out through 2014.
Phineas Flynn (voiced by Vincent Martella)- Like other characters, his age is not mentioned. Phineas, along with his stepbrother Ferb Fletcher, star in the A-Plot of every episode. The series concerns Phineas’s attempts to avoid boredom by finding something new to do every day of the summer vacation. He does this with his less-talkative stepbrother Ferb, and often with many other neighborhood children. He is known to be very selfless and energetic. Phineas has many catch phrases like “Oh, there you are, Perry” or “Hey, Ferb! I know what we’re going to do today!” and “Hey, where’s Perry?”.
Ferb Fletcher (voiced by Thomas Sangster) is Phineas’s green-haired, intelligent but laconic stepbrother from England. Ferb and his stepbrother, Phineas Flynn, spend their days during their summer vacation having fun. They are featured in every episode’s A-Plot constructing large scale inventions or taking part in other outlandish activities. Ferb, an engineering genius, allows Phineas to do most of the talking for the pair and is described as “more of a man of action” by Phineas, which makes him more of a plot device than a developed character. Ferb is more likely to sing than speak, but most often has a one-liner in the episodes. Ferb is named after a friend of the show’s creators who was an expert on tools and, at times, stayed rather silent.
Candace Flynn (voiced by Ashley Tisdale) is Phineas’s fifteen-year-old older sister and Ferb’s stepsister. She first appeared in the pilot episode along with the other main characters who star in the A-Plot in which she is usually the main antagonist. Candace does not approve of the inventions her brothers create, and during each episode she attempts to “bust her brothers” by showing their mom. Her best friend is Stacy Hirano. Candace also has an obvious crush on Jeremy Johnson, but she is oblivious to the fact he likes her back. She comes from a reconstituted family, featured in the show because the series’ creators considered it underused in children’s programming as well as Marsh’s past experiences in one.
Isabella Garcia-Shapiro (voiced by Alyson Stoner) is a Jewish Mexican girl. She is one of the brothers’ best friends and has an obvious crush on Phineas Flynn, of which he is unaware, though he has shown he cares for her from time to time. She is known for the catchphrase, “Whatcha doin’?” and is the leader of the Fireside Girls troop 46231. The troop often helps Phineas and Ferb in their projects. She is named after series creator Dan Povenmire’s oldest daughter.
Perry the Platypus (Agent P) (vocal effects by Dee Bradley Baker) is Phineas and Ferb’s pet platypus and first appeared along with a large portion of the main cast in the pilot episode “Rollercoaster.” Perry is featured as the star of the B-Plot, for all but one episode of the series, alongside his arch-nemesis, Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz. He is a primarily silent character, with the only noises being the occasional rattling of his bill. Agent P gets his missions, which almost always involve Doofenshmirtz, from Major Monogram, and then proceeds to foil the nasty schemes that comes down to destroying the -Inators that were built by Doofenshmirtz.
Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz (voiced by Dan Povenmire) is a mad scientist appearing in all but one episode’s B-Plots thus far. He is the father to teenager Vanessa Doofenshmirtz and is the head of his own company, Doofenshmirtz Evil Inc. Depending on the episode, Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s main goal is to either destroy or rule the Tri-State Area which was suggested to him as a starting point before trying to take over the world. Routinely bumbling, incompetent, and forgetful, Doofenshmirtz’s plans, always involving various gadgets and inventions, have been thwarted by Perry the Platypus (Agent P). After most defeats, he shouts his catchphrase, “Curse you, Perry the Platypus!” His first invention as a child was simply called “Inator”, which led to his modern contraptions usually ending with the suffix of the same name.
Throughout the series, Doofenshmirtz’s flashbacks (of which are often told after Perry has been captured) explore his mentally abusive and lonely childhood growing up in the fictional village Gimmelshtump, Druelselstein. Before becoming an evil scientist, Doofenshmirtz was a bratwurst vender until being put out of business by the hot dog industry. Doofenshmirtz usually monologues and displays acts of cartoon-style physical violence towards his nemesis Perry, a skilled anthropomorphic platypus secret agent.
No. of episodes: 167
Length of each episode: 22 min (2- 11 min segments)
Country of origin: USA
Originally Aired: August 17, 2007 – present
Here is a video of Phineas and Ferb (The Mom Attractor):
The time has come to decide which you like better: Japan’s Space Battleship Yamato 2199 or USA’s Phineas and Ferb?[poll id=”17″]
Voting polls will remain open until the end of the second round matches, so you have only 2 days left to vote.
Match 16 of the ToonOlympics is all lined up for Thursday. Join us for the 8th match of Round 2 to Vote for either Australia or Canada.
Canada had a first round bye with Total Drama:
Australia comes off its first round victory over Germany with Zeke’s Pad:
See you Thursday for the 8th match of Round 2 of the ToonOlympics… on ToonBarn.