Bomberman Jetters

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Title (Japanese)

ボンバーマン ジェッターズ

Title (translation)

Bomberman Jetters

Episodes

52 (23 minutes)

Broadcaster

TV Tokyo

Publisher

Hudson (JP)
Nintendo (US, EU)

Broadcast

2 October 2002 - 24 September 2003 (JP)

Bomberman Jetters is the story of Shirobon, a young Bomberman who joins the Jetters after his older brother and their former leader, Mighty, disappears. The Jetters are a group of intergalactic peacekeepers tasked with protecting the populace and their one-of-a-kind possessions from the nefarious pilferers, the Hige Hige Bandits. Shiro is young, ignorant, self-centred, clumsy and inexperienced (and that's the short list!), but with a little help from the Jetters, he hopes to live up to his brother's legacy.

This section focuses primarily on the anime; while the basic premise and characters are shared across all Jetters media, their depictions and place in the story vary slightly between them. See media below for links to other Jetters tie-ins.

anime

近所の星から宇宙の果てまで、参上します!ジェッターズ!!
From neighbouring planets to the farthest reaches of the universe, we will be there - Jetters!

Broadcast on TV Tokyo from October 2nd 2002 to September 24th 2003 for 52 episodes, Bomberman Jetters begins as a lighthearted monster-of-the-week affair, with the Hige Hige Bandits pursuing a unique treasure and the Jetters foiling their plans, usually fighting one of Mujoe or MechaDoc's creations, namely a Fusion Bomberman (合体ボンバーマン). The series follows the dramas of foibles of both factions, eventually including story arcs such as Shiro's quest for the Bomb Stars, Mujoe's long-standing among the Hige Hige Bandits, and Shout coping with the death of her mother.

The long-running mystery throughout the series is the fate of Shirobon's brother, Mighty. Initially said to have gone missing, his absence effects all the characters - even the Hige Hige Bandits! - and Shiro becomes obsessed with the notion that MAX is secretly Mighty. As the story progresses, Mighty's absense and prior actions and absence wind up having greater importance than once thought, and a recurring theme throughout the series is of growing up, loss, and coming to terms with one's flaws.


From its announcement, tie-ins and merchandising were a big part of the Jetters brand; perhaps not to the outrageous extent of B-Daman Bakugaiden, but there's still a lot to cover!

Manga


Bakuretsu!! Bomberman Jetters

Soreike!! Bomberman Jetters

Video games

Music


Bomberman Jetters Original Soundtrack

Boku wa gakeppuchi

Hop! Skip! Jump!
Additional tracks not included in the Original Soundtrack were later released online.

Merchandise


Beast Shooter

Bakuretsuman

Bashoot

Trading Card Game

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EPISODE

AIR DATE

01 The Idol Bomberman
憧れのボンバーマン
2002-10-02
02 The Five Jetters
5人目のジェッターズ
2002-10-09
03 Formidable Foe! Fusion Bomberman
強敵!合体ボンバ―マン
2002-10-16
04 Shirobon, Launched Without Notice!
シロボン無断発進!
2002-10-23
05 Underground Go! Go! Go!
地底ゴー!ゴー!ゴー!
2002-10-30
06 MAX, The Man of Mystery
謎の男、MAX
2002-11-06
07 Pursue The Hige Hige Bandits!
ヒゲヒゲ団を追いかけろ!
2002-11-13
08 The Blue Rose of Memories
想い出の青いバラ
2002-11-20
09 Next Stop, Treasure Island!
宝島を目指せ!
2002-11-27
10 Bomb Star of the Sunset
夕焼けのボムスター
2002-12-04
11 3000 Light-years in Search of Mother!
ママをたずねて三千光年
2002-12-11
12 Protect Karabom!
キャラボンを守れ!
2002-12-18
13 Shirobon's Defeat
シロボンの敗北
2002-12-25
14 The Glorious Hige Hige Bandits!
栄光のヒゲヒゲ団!
2002-12-30
15 Farewell Jetters
さらばジェッターズ
2003-01-08
16 Shirobon Returns
帰ってきたシロボン
2003-01-15
17 The Captivating Mermaid Bomber!
魅惑のマーメイドボンバー!
2003-01-22
18 The Sunrise Bomb of Friendship
友情のサンライズボム
2003-01-29
19 Max and Shirobon
MAXとシロボン
2003-02-05
20 Plow, Grand Bomber!
耕せグランボンバー!
2003-02-12
21 Duel At The Ancient Hot Spring Village!
古代温泉郷の決闘!
2003-02-19
22 The Longest Day of Mighty's Life
マイティの一番長い日
2003-02-26
23 Shout's Tears
シャウトの涙
2003-03-05
24 Blitz, Thunder Bomber!
電撃サンダーボンバー!
2003-03-12
25 The Truth Revealed
明かされた真実
2003-03-19
26 We, The Jetters!
ボクらジェッターズ!
2003-03-26
27 Handy Gangu!
機能便利ガング!
2003-04-02
28 Louie's Departure
ルーイとおはなし
2003-04-09
29 Melody of the Macro Planet
大きな星のメロディ
2003-04-16
30 Curry and the Prince
カレーと王子様
2003-04-23
31 Misty's Big Crusade
ミスティ大作戦
2003-04-30
32 The Admirable Shirobon
憧れのシロボン
2003-05-07
33 Ein the Bomb!
アインでボン!
2003-05-14
34 Fierce Fighting! B-1 Grand Prix!!
激闘! B-1グランプリ!!
2003-05-21
35 B-1 Bout! The Fiery Shirobon!
B-1勝負! 燃えよシロボン!
2003-05-28
36 Total Coverage! 24 Hour Jetters
密着! ジェッターズ24時
2003-06-04
37 Resurrecting Max
蘇るMAX
2003-06-11
38 Protect the Great Invention!
大発明を守りきれ!
2003-06-18
39 The Suspicious Health Checkup
疑惑の健康診断
2003-06-25
40 A Coup d'Etat Erutps!
クーデター勃発!
2003-07-02
41 Reborn! The Dark Hige Hige Bandits!
新生!闇のヒゲヒゲ団
2003-07-09
42 Mujoe, One Man's Salty Ramen
ムジョー、男の塩ラーメン
2003-07-16
43 Assault! Schnurrbart
突入! シュヌルバルト
2003-07-23
44 Find The Bomb Star!
ボムスターを探せ!
2003-07-30
45 Zero and Shirobon
ゼロとシロボン
2003-08-06
46 Secret of the Bomb Crystal
ボムクリスタルの秘密
2003-08-13
47 The Terrifying MechaDoc
それはそれは恐ろしいメカード
2003-08-20
48 Head-On Collision?! Planet Jetter!
激突?! ジェッター星!
2003-08-27
49 Schnurrbart Recaptured!
シュヌルバルト奪還!
2003-09-03
50 Fusion! Dark Force Bomber!
合体!ダークフォースボンバー!
2003-09-10
51 The Last Day of Planet Bomber!
ボンバー星最後の日!
2003-09-17
52 Forge On! Jetters!
進め! ジェッターズ!
2003-09-24

The following episode was not broadcast on television - it was a radio drama included as a bonus CD with early purchases of the Blu-Ray boxset in 2016.

53 The Return of the Jetters
帰ってきたジェッターズ
2016-02-02

(src: BuyUru)

VHS

The series was released across 13 VHS tapes from 2003 to 2004, containing four episodes per tape.

DVD

13 DVDs were released in the same manner as the VHS tapes, but were also available in three boxsets:
DVD BOX 1: Fire Box (ファイヤーBOX) (released 28 August 2003) contains the first 4 DVDs, and includes a sheet of stickers, a booklet, a poster for Bomberman Jetters Game Collection, and a Hige Hige Bandit Members Card (ヒゲヒゲ団員証)
DVD BOX 2: Burning Fire Box (バーニングファイヤー BOX) (released 26 November 2003) contains the middle 4 DVDs, and includes a booklet [?] and a Hige Hige Bandits Members Card.
DVD BOX 3: Ba-Bi-Bu-Be Box (バビブベBOX) (released 28 January 2004) contains the final 5 DVDs, and includes a booklet [?] and a Hige Hige Bandits Members Card.
The spines of the boxsets create a composite image when lined up, of the Jetters and Hige Hige Bandits dining in Twist's restaurant.

Blu-Ray


(src: Amazon)

Listed online as The Only Bomberman Jetters Blu-Ray BOX Of Its Kind In The Universe (ボンバーマンジェッターズ 宇宙にひとつしかないBlu-ray BOX), this eight-disc set contains all 52 episodes, with seven episodes per disc and three on the final disc. The final disc contains clean OP and ED animations, a montage of all eyecatches, the original commercials hyping the show from the characters/voice actors, and commercials hyping the Blu-Ray.
The boxset comes packaged with a booklet featuring retrospectives from the primary voice actors and staff, as well as an episode guide and brief character bios. Early orders came bundled with a Special Drama CD containing an all-new 21-minute radio drama with the original voice cast; these were only available from the first production run, and it's unknown how many were made.

Bomberman Jetters was first publicly announced by Hiroshi Kudo (the president, CEO and co-founder of Hudson Soft) in a press release dated July 24th 2002; the earliest known point in development is December 24th 2001, the date on Shirobon's model sheet.
Hailed as Bomberman's first foray into television animation, high hopes were placed on it strengthening the Bomberman brand image; the campaign was repeatedly referred to as a "Bomberman Renaissance" [src], aspiring to appeal to the entire family dynamic, young children and nostalgic adults alike.

Merchandising was a big part of the campaign, and it was helmed by a collaboration between Hudson Soft, Konami and Takara, dubbed "Konami Group". Alongside Hudson's tie-in video games, Konami published a trading card game and a sub-line of their Beast Shooter series of toys, while Takara handled other headlining merchandise.
The anime, games and merchandise were promoted in Monthly CoroCoro Comic during its year-long run, and a tie-in manga Bakuretsu! Bomberman Jetters (published shortly before the first anime episode broadcast) ran for its first six months before tagging out with Soreike!! Bomberman Jetters, which ran from then until two months after the anime had ended.

D-Rights were in charge of advertising and rights management, and in an early press release were said to be looking into licensing the series overseas [src]. It's unclear how much was done on that front, but very little came of it; the anime's only export was to Hong Kong in 2006, and all the United States ever saw was the GameCube video game - six months after the franchise had ended in Japan!
The anime did find a following in English-speaking circles not by Hudson's handiwork, but the work of anime subbing group Anime-Kraze, who distributed subtitled episodes from late 2003 to December 2006.

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