|Go! Go! Ackman|
Go! Go! AckmanゴーゴーアックマンGō Gō Akkuman
|Genre||Shōnen, Action, Comedy, Science Fiction|
Manga Series: Go! Go! Ackman
July 7, 1993 – January 10, 1994
Go! Go! Ackman (ゴーゴーアックマン) is 11 part humorous manga by Akira Toriyama that takes place in the same universe as the Dragon Ball series. Each chapter is 5-6 pages long, and were published irregularly from July 1993 to October 1994 in V-Jump, printed in color. The whole 60 page manga is featured in Akira Toriyama's Manga Theater Vol. 3, printed in black and white, as well as in Akira Toriyama Man-Kan Zenseki 1 (released on August 8, 2008).
A 200-year-old demon child named Ackman wakes up after a fifty-year nap. His parents explain that they have the mission to kill people and sell their souls to the Dark Lord for money. After his sister Medusa gives him more modern clothes and a sword to replace his trident, Ackman begins to kill people while his faithful Goldon, a red bat-winged creature, gathers the souls in a jar.
Having thought that Ackman was dead, Ackman's main nemesis Tenshi is shocked to find him out and tries to kill him, but fails miserably, killing innocent people in a process: Tenshi tries to hit Ackman with a missile, but misses and hits a school bus full of children instead. Tenshi is soon arrested by the police, thanks to Ackman.
After being released from jail, Tenshi hires various agents to kill Ackman (Michel Yamada, Master Yakimo Hedel, and Miss Josephine Matsumoto), all in vain. One night, Ackman tries to join two Martians to destroy humanity, but he eventually kills them when they attack him.
While not harvesting souls, Ackman drives his car, stays at home playing video games on Super Famicom, or brings the souls collected by his family to the Great Lord's palace (who needs them to regain his youth and power). Most of all interested in money, Ackman eventually marries the wealthy devil Majo after a brief confrontation with her ex-boyfriend Dedevil.
Go! Go! Ackman was adapted into a 15-minute film by Takahiro Imamura. It premiered at the 1994 V-Jump Festa on July 28, 1994, and later became a special video feature to be requested by V-Jump purchasers. The film was produced by Kōzō Morishita with screenplay written by Takao Koyama, storyboard by Daisuke Nishio, Ryuuji Yoshiike as art director, and Naoki Miyahara as animation director. The film retells the first few chapters involving Ackman's bouts with Tenshi and the first two hired thugs. A few frames from the later chapters are used during the closing credits.
Video game adaptions
Ackman has four video game adaptations developed by Banpresto: three action platformers for Super Famicom (similar to Mega Man) and one maze chase game (like Pac-man) for GameBoy. The first of these is the more closesly based on the comics, while the other Super Famicom games feature original stories; for example, the second game pits Ackman against an angelic rock group called the Metal Angels who brings support Tenshi after he endured another defeat against Ackman. The player controls Ackman who fights against angels and various other enemies, both terrestrial and celestial. Ackman acquires various weapons throughout the game: guns, swords, bombs, etc.
- Go Go Ackman (December 23, 1994; Super Famicom)
- Go Go Ackman 2 (July 21, 1995; Super Famicom)
- Go Go Ackman (August 25, 1995; GameBoy)
- Go Go Ackman 3 (December 15, 1995; Super Famicom)
- Ackman appears among the spectators of the Other World Tournament in Dragon Ball Z. One of the Martians killed by Ackman makes a cameo in the Other World in the Dragon Ball manga. Ackman and Tenshi make cameo appearances in the spin-off manga Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission, debuting in the fourth chapter.