Genesis Climber MOSPEADA (機甲創世記モスピーダ Kikō Sōseiki Mosupīda?) (literally "Armored Genesis MOSPEADA") is an anime science fiction series created by Shinji Aramaki and Hideki Kakinuma. The 25-episode television series ran from late 1983 to early 1984 in Japan. MOSPEADA stands for Military Operation Soldier Protection Emergency Aviation Dive Armor, one of the transformable motorcycle-armors the series features. The other primary mecha featured in the show is the three-form transformable fighter called the Armo-Fighter AFC-01 Legioss, which is somewhat similar in design to the VF-1 Valkyrie variable fighter from The Super Dimension Fortress Macross.
The story takes place in the 21st century. Due to the fact that pollution was becoming a major problem, scientists had developed the use of hydrogen fuel called "HBT" as an alternative to fossil fuels. At this time humans have colonized Mars in search of new place to call home as a result of overpopulation. In the year 2050, a mysterious alien race called the Inbit (Invid in Robotech, see "Adaptation For The Robotech Universe" below) invaded the Earth. Unable to fight the Inbits, Earth became desolate with only a few pockets of human beings scattered throughout the planet. Many of the refugees escape aboard a few remaining shuttles to seek shelter on the Moon. The Inbits set up their main base of operations in the Great Lakes area of North America called "Reflex Point".
However, the Mars colony, dubbed the Mars Base, does not forget about the plight of Earth. Troops are sent in to fight the Inbits from the Moon, only to fail miserably. The Inbits do not attack Mars, and show no interest towards the other planets. Surprisingly the Inbit show no hostility towards humans unless they are directly provoked. The Inbits can also sense the presence of HBT, and use of the fuel is limited under their supervision, as HBT is a common component in weapons technology. Overnight, Mars Base becomes a gigantic military machine, producing vast amounts of advanced weaponry and trained troops. In 2080, Mars Base sends in the next wave of troops. Although equipped with more technologically advanced equipment and transformable mecha, the attempt to recapture Earth is a failure.
Three years later, Mars Base launches another attack called the Second Earth Recapture Force. One of the troops is Lieutenant Stick Bernard. The mission proves to be unsuccessful as it did three years ago and Stick's fiancée Marlene is killed, while Stick is forced to crash into Earth, landing in South America. At first, Stick is sorrowful and depressed at Marlene's death. After seeing a holographic recording of his dead betrothed, Stick swears an oath of vengeance. In his quest to reach the Reflex Point in North America, the Inbit 'hive', he meets the other main characters of the show, forming a group of ragtag freedom fighters in a quest to rid the planet of the Inbit.
As the plot unravels, the purpose of the Inbit's invasion is revealed. Their sole purpose of coming to the planet is because Earth provides them a suitable place to evolve into more complex beings. However, little did the Inbits know that their endeavor actually threatens to cause the extinction of both humans and Inbits and thus, it is up to Stick and his group, with the help of human-like Inbit (Aisha and Solzie), to convince the supreme ruler of the Inbit, the Refles, to flee from Earth.
- Stick Bernard (スティック・バーナード Sutikku Bānādo?) (Bin Shimada): A 20-year-old Mars Base lieutenant that becomes stranded on Earth as the Inbit obliterate the defenses of the Second Earth Recapture Force. As a result of the overwhelming force of the Inbit, Stick's fiancée, Marlene (マリーン Marīn?), is killed when her ship attempts to land on the planet surface, leaving Stick angry and bitter. Even after he gathers his freedom fighters together, he often allows his hatred and blind fury towards the Inbit to distract him from the responsible decision-making his friends know he is capable of.
- Ray (レイ Rei?) (Hisao Ōyama): 17-year-old scavenger. He is the historian, optimist, and wisecracker of the group. Originally, Ray was a loner who actually enjoyed teasing the Inbit as they chased him around the territory, but he joins Stick in order to deal a serious blow to the invaders. Extremely resourceful, Ray is a huge fan of Yellow Belmont until he learns that the female singer is actually a man. Over the course of the series, he develops deep feelings for Houquet, but she has trouble openly reciprocating them.
- Mint Labule (ミント・ラブル Minto Raburu?) (Miyuki Sanae (credited as Miyuki Muroi)) : A spirited 13-year-old who was abandoned by her parents. She tags along with the group in order to find a husband, but ends up becoming part of the team. Often considered an annoyance to the rest of the group, Mint is nonetheless loved by her fellow freedom fighters, and proves herself valuable to the mission on several occasions. Her trademark attire is the E.T. cap that she wears. It is not known whether the E.T. stands for the science fantasy movie of the same name or something else.
- Houquet et Rose (フーケ・エローズ Fūke Erōzu?) (Mika Doi): A 16-year-old former motorcycle gang member and girlfriend to gang leader, Romy. She was severely beaten and taken advantage of by a rival gang when they cornered her away from her group. Houquet initially fights for the helpless and refuses an alliance with Stick, but joins the team after realizing that she would be stronger with them than without them. Eventually she comes to respect her companions enough that she offers to sacrifice herself in order to save the others. Falls in love with Ray, but is unable to open her heart and express her affection to him.
- Jim Warston (ジム・ウォーストン Jimu Wōsuton?) (Tomomichi Nishimura): A 32-year-old maintenance mechanic. Jim initially comes off as the "stupid lunk" of the group, but is soon revealed to be quite intelligent. Jim was once a member of the Mars Base forces, but deserted after failing to save a friend from the Inbit. Though he labeled himself a coward and often sees himself as a liability to Stick's team, the team is quick to object to this, noting Jim's courage and dependability during their repeated encounters with Inbit forces.
- Yellow Belmont (イエロー・ベルモント Ierō Berumonto?) (Mine Matsuki)/(Hirotaka Suzuoki): A 22-year-old soldier from the Second Earth Recapture Force. Now disguised as a female singer (thanks to his bishōnen appearance) in order to hide from the Inbit and certain locals, Yellow has made quite a name for him/herself as an entertainer. But upon meeting Stick and his friends, Yellow decides to help free Earth from the Inbit. His ability to completely change both his physical appearance and personality adds to the team's ability to infiltrate towns and cities in order to gather supplies or complete missions.
- Aisha (アイシャ Aisha?) (Miki Takahashi): A female Inbit changed into humanoid form.
- Refless (レフレス Refuresu?) (Noriko Ohara): Supreme ruler of the Inbit. Her only goal is to terraform the Earth in order for her race to take it over. Considers humans to be genetically and socially worthless.
- Sorji (ソルジィ Sorujī?) (Waka Kanda): Second female Inbit transformed into a human being. Accidentally encounters Yellow as he is bathing in a waterfall, and the encounter leaves her resolve shaken.
- Battra (バットラー Battorā?) (Hōchū Ōtsuka): Third Inbit to be changed into human form. Unlike Aisha and Solzie, Battlar's exposure to the team leaves him angry and insulted. His repeated defeat in combat with Stick causes Battlar to make his mission of stopping Stick's group one of personal revenge.
(The English-subtitled MOSPEADA DVD release by Harmony Gold and ADV Films use the inaccurate names “Stig” Bernard, Mint “Rubble,” Houquet “Emrose,” and Jim “Austin” derived from fans on Robotech.com and the Robotech Art I book.)
| Genesis Climber MOSPEADA|
| Robotech: The New Generation|
|1983.10.02||1. Prelude to the Offensive (襲撃のプレリュード Shūgeki no Pureryūdo?)||61. The Invid Invasion|
|1983.10.09||2. The Broken-Hearted Girl's March (失恋少女のマーチ Shitsuren Shōjo no Māchi?)||62. The Lost City|
|1983.10.16||3. Showdown Concert at High Noon (真昼の決闘コンサート Mahiru no Kettou Konsāto?)||63. Lonely Soldier Boy|
|1983.10.23||4. Survival Song Feeling (気分はサバイバル・ソング Kibun wa Sabaibaru Songu?)||64. Survival|
|1983.10.30||5. Live Inn Scorched Earth Policy (ライブ・イン・強奪作戦 Raibu In Gōdatsu Sakusen?)||65. Curtain Call|
|1983.11.06||6. Support Girl Blues (突ッ張り少女ブルース Tsuppari Shōjo Burūsu?)||66. Hard Times|
|1983.11.13||7. Fallen Hero's Ragtime (亡き勇者のラグタイム Naki Yūsha no Ragutaimu?)||67. Paper Hero|
|1983.11.20||8. Johnson's Elegy (ジョナサンのエレジー Jonasan no Erejī?)||68. Eulogy|
|1983.11.27||9. Lost World Fugue (ロスト・ワールド遁走曲 Rosuto Wārudo Tonsōkyoku?)||69. The Genesis Pits|
|1983.12.04||10. Requiem of the Battlefield (戦場のレクイエム Senjō no Rekuiemu?)||70. Enter Marlene|
|1983.12.11||11. Lullaby of Distant Hope (遠い希望のララバイ Tōi Kibō no Rarabai?)||71. The Secret Route|
|1983.12.18||12. Fortress Siege Boogie (要塞突破ブギ Yōsai Toppa Bugi?)||72. The Fortress|
|1983.12.25||13. Sandstorm Playback (砂嵐プレイバック Suna-arashi Pureibakku?)||73. Sandstorm|
|1984.01.08||14. Mint's Wedding March (ミントの結婚行進曲 Minto no Kekkonkōshinkyoku?)||74. Annie's Wedding|
|1984.01.15||15. The Ballad of Breaking Up (仲間割れのバラード Nakamaware no Barādo?)||75. Separate Ways|
|1984.01.22||16. Trap Reggae (トラップ・レゲエ Torappu Regē?)||76. Metamorphosis|
|1984.01.29||17. White Night Serenade (白夜のセレナーデ Hakuya no Serenāde?)||77. The Midnight Sun|
|1984.02.05||18. The Nature of Old Soldier's Polka (老兵たちのポルカ Rōhei-tachi no Poruka?)||78. Ghost Town|
|1984.02.12||19. Forte of the Ice River City (氷河都市のフォルテ Hyōga Toshi no Forute?)||79. Frost Bite|
|1984.02.19||20. Birthday Song of the Night Sky (夜空のバースディ・ソング Yozora no Bāsudi Songu?)||80. Birthday Blues|
|1984.02.26||21. Arpeggio of Assassination (殺しのアルペジオ Koroshi no Arupejio?)||81. Hired Gun|
|1984.03.04||22. New York Bebop (ニューヨーク・ビーバップ Nyū Yōku Bībappu?)||82. The Big Apple|
|1984.03.11||23. Black Hair's Partita (黒髪のパルティータ Kokuhatsu no Parutīta?)||83. Reflex Point|
|1984.03.18||24. The Dark Finale (闇のフィナーレ Yami no Fināre?)||84. Dark Finale|
|1984.03.25||25. Symphony of Light (光のシンフォニー Hikari no Shinfonī?)||85. Symphony of Light|
- Opening theme
- "Ushinawareta Yume o Motomete" (失われた伝説（ゆめ）をもとめて?, "In Search of Lost Dreams" or "Lonely Soldier Boy")
- Vocals: Andy
- Ending theme
- "Blue Rain" (ブルー・レイン Burū Rein?)
- Vocals: Andy and Mine Matsuki
The instrumental music was composed by, and all music was arranged by, Joe Hisaishi, who would later gain renown for scoring the movies of Hayao Miyazaki. MOSPEADA is the first anime series to have a jazz-based theme song (Blue Rain).
Malaysian indie band Hujan made a cover of the opening song, with the same title Lonely Soldier Boy. The lyrics are translated from Japanese into Bahasa Malaysia (except the chorus which was preserved) and was included as the band's Myspace single.
- Character Designer: Yoshitaka Amano
- Co-creators, Mechanical Designs: Shinji Aramaki & Hideki Kakinuma
- Producer: Masatoshi Yui
- Musical Director: Joe Hisaishi
- Opening animation: Yoshinori Kanada
The original working titles for MOSPEADA were: Kouka Kihei Vector ("Descent Machine Soldier Vector"), Chou Fumetsu Yousai Reflex Point ("Super Immortal Fortress Reflex Point") and AD Patrol: the story of city police where the main character rides a transformable bike that changes into his partner. The main character designs were created by Yoshitaka Amano, who would later gain renown for his character artwork for the Final Fantasy series.
Each of the Japanese episode titles contains a musical reference. This style of titling would later be used by Cowboy Bebop.
Mechanical designer Shinji Aramaki came up with the transformable motorcycle-powered exoskeleton design while working on the Diaclone series (which later became part of Transformers). When riding his Honda VT250 250 cc motorbike he thought to himself that it was the right size for a person to wear. The bike design was inspired by the Suzuki Katana. The black and white stripes on the Legioss and VR ride armor are a tribute to the international forces of Britain, Canada and the United States who adopted this scheme during World War II's Normandy Invasion.
Adaptation For The Robotech Universe
Artmic and Tatsunoko Production produced and released MOSPEADA a year before Tatsunoko produced The Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross (1984). Robotech set the story of its "New Generation" adaptation of MOSPEADA after its "Robotech Masters" adaptation of Southern Cross. Most of MOSPEADA's animation (with edited content and revised dialogue) was adapted for Robotech: The New Generation, the third saga of the Robotech series. In Robotech, the Inbit became the “Invid” of the “Third Generation” (also featured in Robotech II: The Sentinels) and the advanced space forces are the returning Robotech Expeditionary Force (REF) that left before the “Second Generation” of Robotech on Earth. Earth’s Defense Forces were decimated in the previous saga. Unlike the Invid in the adapted Robotech, the Inbit in MOSPEADA had nothing to do with the Robotech Masters (their sworn enemies in Robotech) and they were just looking for a good planet on which to evolve and reach perfection. Likewise, the REF forces under Admiral Hunter’s command that Bernard frequently referred to were troops from the Mars and Jupiter bases which harassed the Inbit, though they were playing a “leave alone” system with humans on Earth.
The transformable VR series of Armor Cycles became the VR series of Veritech Cyclone motorcycles; transformable Armo-Fighter AFC-01 Legioss became the Alpha Veritech VF/A-6; the transformable Armo-Bomber AB-01 Tlead became the Beta Veritech VFB-9. Like Macross and The Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross, Genesis Climber MOSPEADA was cut and fitted to be part of the Robotech continuum by Harmony Gold and Carl Macek. Character names were generally altered without major changes in characterization, making MOSPEADA the least altered series of the three. Incidentally, it is also the series that has seen the most usage in the expanded universe of Robotech II: The Sentinels and Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles, especially in terms of character, mecha, and ship designs. Unlike Macross, which is owned by Big West, Harmony Gold is free to utilize elements from the Tatsunoko owned Mospeada. Current non use of Southern Cross elements is usually attributed to its lack of popularity among fans.
Love Live Alive
After the original run of the television series, an OVA music video titled Genesis Climber MOSPEADA: Love Live Alive was specially released in Japan in September 1985. The music video consisted of both old and new footage. The story of Love Live Alive chronicled the events after the ending of MOSPEADA, featuring Yellow Belmont as the main character.
The music video focused on Yellow's concert and also on his flashback of past events.
- MOSPEADA.Com - Harmony Gold's official MOSPEADA website.
- Genesis Climber MOSPEADA (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia
- Genesis Climber MOSPEADA at the Internet Movie Database
- Genesis Climber MOSPEADA: Love Live Alive (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia
- Genesis Climber MOSPEADA: Love Live Alive at the Internet Movie Database