1 July 2014
| 3.9/10 |
23 February 2012
| Jeremy Padawer
Man of Action
Christopher Corey Smith
"Monsuno" by Far East Movement (1–26)
"Combat Chaos" by SoulJa (27–65)
"MONSUNO!" by Rey (Japanese) (1–26)
"SPIN GO!" by Rey (Japanese) (27–52)
"Jounetsu Element" by SV TRIBE (1–26)
"Onaji Sekai de" by Rey (27–52)
Spacetoon, TV Tokyo, Nicktoons, K2, YTV, Nickelodeon, MTV Germany, CITV
Animation, Adventure Film, Action fiction, Science Fiction, Action/Adventure
Kung Fu Panda: Legends, The Legend of Korra, TUFF Puppy, Chaotic, Hero: 108
Monsuno, released as Jūsen Battle Monsuno (Japanese: 獣旋バトルモンスーノ, Hepburn: Jūsen Batoru Monsūno) in Japan, is a Japanese-American animated series that premiered in the United States on February 23, 2012 on Nickelodeon's sister channel, Nicktoons and began airing on TV Tokyo in Japan in October 2012, with global launches staggered by country sometime between summer 2012 and spring 2013 through Nickelodeon. The series was created by Jeremy Padawer and Jared Wolfson. It is distributed by FremantleMedia and is produced by Dentsu Entertainment USA, FremantleMedia, Jakks Pacific, and The Topps Company.
The show revolves around "re-awakened Monster DNA called Monsuno" that finds its way into the unsuspecting hands of adventure-seeking teenagers Chase, Jinja, and Bren. Accompanied by their Monsuno, Lock, Charger, and Quickforce, they are searching for Chase's father Jeredy Suno, the creator of the Monsuno. They are soon joined by Beyal, a monk from the Himalayas along with his Monsuno Glowblade. Beyal often speaks of five people that with the help of their Monsuno, could change the world. It just so happens that they are that five, along with Dax, a teenager who along with his Monsuno Airswitch, opposes the team and is disliked among most people. The team has yet to befriend him and persuade him to join their cause. They are also on the run from a H.A.M.M.E.R.-type agency called "S.T.O.R.M." (Strategic Tactical Operatives for Recovery of Monsuno) whose plans are still in question and Dr. Emanuel Klipse, a malevolent scientist who has his own nefarious plans.
The 5 adventure-seeking teenagers are once again in the battle of monsunos, now, however, with Jeredy Suno officially back from being missing or kidnapped. But along with old foes, come new, with The Forge Resistance, a manufacture bent on destroying the world with Wild Core Bombs, The S.T.O.R.M. Strike Squad, a team which could be considered the anti version of Team Core-Tech handpicked by Charlemagne, the Hand of Destiny, a team of century-old tribes who have hidden from the world underground long ago, and Six, a teenager clone of Dr. Eklipse, now on Team Core-Tech's tail, Chase and his friends are ready to take the heat. But as the battle becomes tougher, the team must face new problems and must come to connect to their monsunos than ever before.
The series continues after the events of Monsuno: Combat Chaos, with the introduction of Core-Tech and S.T.O.R.M's merging, Eklipse and Forge Resistance with newly manufactured Dino Monsuno, and return of Hand of Destiny with their new non-shape shifting alien Monsunos. The three survived members of the Hand have been transformed to children- Petros, Terz and Dasha now work with Digby Droog. There are also some returning characters from Season 1, like the Bookman and Grandma Future. With the help of their new hyper monsuno, Team Core-Tech may stand a chance against their adversaries.
The characters are accompanied by Monsunos (giant high-tech and/or armored hybrid monsters of one or more animal species), which are contained in cylinder regeneration chamber capsules known as "cores".Chase Suno (チェイス・スーノ, Cheisu Sūno) (voiced by KENN in the Japanese dub, Cam Clarke in the original English) - One of the main protagonists. A brave and adventurous boy, Chase is the leader of Team Core-Tech. In First Season "World Masters," Chase engages on a journey to find his father Jeredy Suno, a research scientist who disappeared while experimenting with the mysterious power source called Monsuno Essence which brought him into conflict with both the corrupt government agency S.T.O.R.M. and the rouge scientist Dr Klipse. In the Second Season "Combat Chaos" Chase is repeatedly having visions of this mother Sophia who was believed to be deceased which leaves him to confront The Hand of Destiny which might have a hand at Sophia's disappearance.
Bren (ブレン, Buren) (voiced by Chihiro Suzuki in the Japanese dub, Christopher Corey Smith in the original English) - One of the main protagonists. A timid but inquisitive boy who's an adept computer programmer and hacker. Bren is one of Chase's closest friends and is usually the one to master or decode any piece of Technology or Monsuno Equipment that Team Core-Tech comes across. Bren has a bit of a playfully antagonistic relationship with Jinja.
Jinja (ジンジャ) (voiced by Asami Tano in the Japanese dub, Karen Strassman in the original English) - One of the main protagonists, renamed Vicky (ビッキー, Bikkī) in the Japanese version. Jinja is the self-proclaimed "sassy" and genuinely outspoken tomboy member of Team Core-Tech whose often the first one into battle. Jinja is a strong supporter to Chase in his journeys and is known to playfully tease Bren on occasion. Jinja might be attracted to Dax even though she might not admit it aloud.
Beyal (voiced by Sachi Kokuryu in the Japanese dub, Kirk Thornton in the original English) - A supporting protagonist. He was renamed Noah (ノア, Noa) in the Japanese version. An introspective and spiritual young man, Beyal was introduced in the episode "Knowledge" as a monk who possesses "The Monsuno Sight" ; A special ability that allows one to see into the future. Beyal aided Chase, Bren, and Jinja escape from The Booksman's evil clutches and joined Team Core-Tech afterwards.
Dax (voiced by Hiroshi Shimozaki in the Japanese dub, Keith Silverstein in the original English) - A cocky young drifter that joined Team Core-Tech in the episode R.S.P.V Dax has a mysterious past that might tie into Dr Klipse illegal Monsuno research. In the original English version, he has a bit of an Australian accent. Renamed Ash (アッシュ, Asshu) in the Japanese version.
The series premiered on February 23, 2012 with the first two episodes "Clash" and "Courage" as a back-to-back one hour special.
Shout! Factory began releasing Monsuno episodes on DVD in January 2013. Monsuno: Destiny was released on January 8, 2013, and Monsuno: Power was released on May 21, 2013.
Jakks Pacific owns exclusive worldwide rights to manufacture Monsuno's toy products.
A trading card game (TCG) adaptation based on the series was released on March 5, 2012.