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First created by anime pioneer Tatsuo Yoshida (1933-1977) as a manga series in the 60's, Mach Go Go Go made the jump to television as an anime series in 1967. The central character in the anime and manga was a young race car driver named Gō Mifune (三船剛 Mifune Gō). Yoshida selected the names and symbolisms in his creation very carefully. The M logo on the hood of his race car and the front of his helmet stood for his family name Mifune, and his given name Go is also a Japanese homonym for the number 5 (the number on his race car). This is also represented by the letter G embroidered on his shirt. Though somewhat western for Japanese tastes at the time, the 52-episode series achieved modest success, but would soon find blockbuster status in the United States.

English-language rights to Mach Go Go Go were immediately acquired by American syndicator Trans Lux. The main character Go Mifune was given the name "Speed Racer" in the English version. A major editing and dubbing effort was undertaken by producer Peter Fernandez, who also voiced many of the characters, including Speed Racer himself. When the series emerged before U.S. television audiences as Speed Racer, fans were quickly drawn to its sophisticated plots involving fiendish conspiracies, violent action, hard-driving racing, and soulful characters with sparkling eyes. In an effort to squeeze the complicated plotlines into existing lip movements, the frenetic pace of the dubbing made Speed Racer famous for its quirky "fast" dialogue.

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> Airing History & Information 
Last Airing Mar 15, 1968
Premiere September 23, 1967
Episodes 52
Network Syndicated
Format/Time Color / 30 Minutes
Country United States
Upcoming Airs Not currently airing
 
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