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The Unofficial History of Pioneer Anime: Comic Books

by Adam "OMEGA" Arnold

PIONEER ENTERTAINMENT presents the launch of their first comic book line! Comics based on the popular Japanese Original Video Animation Series: Tenchi-Muyo!, Phantom Quest Corp., El-Hazard, and Moldiver. The Comicx will be 32 pages with full color cover. Future issues of every comic book to follow monthly.

Tenchi-Muyo!
Ryo-Ohki is in danger! A notorious "cabbit" hunter seeks out his next victim while
Ryoko is challenged by "Inferno," an A5 criminal who wants to upgrade his
status to A1 like Ryoko by defeating her.

Tenchi-Muyo! #1
by Jose Calderon & Matt Lunsford
Tenchi is a normal boy being raised by his father and grandfather in a normal home with some unusual guests. Meet Ryoko--space pirate and A-1 criminal as she attempts to drive away Ayeka, princess of the Juria empire, from the heart of Tenchi. Meanwhile, Ayeka's little sister Sasami dreams of the fate of her cabbit friend Ryo-Ohki and discovers what happens when a mysterious package is delivered by a strange postal worker with an even stranger hobby! Based on the popular video series. b&w, 32pg (1 of 6) $2.95
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Tenchi-Muyo! #2
by Jose Calderon & Matt Lunsford
Tenchi and girls from outer space--Ryoko, Ayeka, Sasami, Washu, Mihoshi, and Kiyone--are living peacefully, until the Cabbit Hunter, Rob, find Ryo-Ohki! Rob tries to sneak into Tenchi's house to capture Ryo-Ohki. Meanwhile, Dante, and A-5 class criminal (meaning he's very bad) searches for Ryoko, and A-1 class criminal (she's even worse) to confront her! b&w, 32pg (2 of 6)
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Tenchi-Muyo! #3
by Jose Calderon & Matt Lunsford
Tenchi and girls from outer space--Ryoko, Ayeka, Sasami, Washu, Mihoshi, and Kiyone--are living peacefully, until the Cabbit Hunter, Rob, find Ryo-Ohki! Ryo-Ohki and Sasami are cornered by Rob and Astroth, Rob's dog and spaceship, but they are saved by Ryoko and Ayeka. A space chase ensues! b&w, 32pg (3 of 6)
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Tenchi-Muyo! #4
by Jose Calderon & Matt Lunsford
The criminal Dante Mixx (Inferno) has completed his mad wish and has combined himself with Ryoko to make the unstoppable "Inferno!" Meanwhile, Sasami is aboard a battered and beaten Ryo-Ohki, who is being chased by the Hunter and his ship, Astroth! b&w, 32pg (4 of 6)
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Tenchi-Muyo! #5
by Jose Calderon & Matt Lunsford
See the power and chaod of Inferno released upon an unsuspecting galaxy while Tenchi and his friends attempt to find out what happened to Ryoko, and Nagi confronts the Cabbit hunter, Rob. b&w, 32pg (5 of 6)
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Tenchi-Muyo! #6
by Jose Calderon & Matt Lunsford
The conclusion of "Ryo-Ohki's Day." With help from Nagi and Ken-Ohki, Ryo-Ohki could escape from Rob's attack. Later on Earth, Tenchi starts fighting against Rob. Yosho, Tenchi's grandpa, gives Tenchi some hints to win the fight. Can Tenchi and Ryoko defeat the cabbit hunter? b&w, 32pg (6 of 6)
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Phantom Quest Corp.
The PQC specializes in resolving paranormail incidents that the Police Department can't handle.
Ayaka Kisaragi, the presedent and CEO of the company and her staff get involved in a weird case in
New York while attending an International Paranormal Investigates Expo and Convention.

Phantom Quest Corp. #1
by Jose Calderon & Dave Cooper
Within Shinjuku City is a business called Phantom Quest Corp, run by the lovely Ayaka Kisaragi. They hunt and seek things with their psychic powers for a select clientele. But what is to occur when Ayaka and her team is called to New York to share their expertise! What does a lone sorcerer know that will come to pass at this meeting, and the destruction it will cause the world over! Based on the popular video series. b&w, 32pg (1 of 4) $2.95
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Phantom Quest Corp. #2
by Jose Calderon & Dave Cooper
The president and CEO of the Phantom Quest Corporation, Ayaka Kisaragi, takes off to New York to attend the International Paranormal Investigators Expo and Convention. Her assistant, Mamoru, and other staff go with her. In New York, Edward Pitkin obtains a mysterious book in which a ritual is described that will give anyone who performs it absolute power over the world! b&w, 32pg (2 of 4) $2.95

Phantom Quest Corp. #3
by Jose Calderon & Dave Cooper
The president and CEO of the Phantom Quest Corporation, Ayaka Kisaragi, takes off to New York to attend the International Paranormal Investigators Expo and Convention. Detective Karino witnesses convention attendees mysteriously disappear in a ceremony. Ayaka feels something wrong and starts her investigation. b&w, 32pg (3 of 4) $2.95

Phantom Quest Corp. #4
by Jose Calderon & Dave Cooper
The great convergence comes to a head and a demon lord is released on the innocent con goers. Only Miss Ayaka and her Phantom Quest Corp. can handle the job, and they soon discover what the mysterious sorcerer Edward Pitkin has to do with the demon lord and his plans. b&w, 32pg (4 of 4) $2.95

Moldiver
With Misaki away on a mission in outer space, Mirai (Moldiver II) misses her true love immensely.
In a battle with Dr. Machingal's Dolls, Mirai encounters a handsome guy who is a friend of Mao.

Moldiver #1
by Bernstein, Taylor, & Cooper
Fifty years in the future, shy scientist Hiroshi Ozora creates a Moldiver, a suit of impervious armor which allows him to twist the laws of physics and repel the forces of the outside world. He's the strongest super-hero of all time until his sister, Mirai, discovers the suits and wants to give some style, changing it to look like a girl! Together Hiroshi and Mirai battle Dr. Machingal, the most brilliant scientist of their time, and his force of sexy female androids--the most gorgeous evils in anime! b&w, 32pg (1 of 4) $2.95

Moldiver #2
by Bernstein, Taylor, & Cooper
Mirai reluctantly goes out with Mr. Asagi, who she has helped from Machingal's attack. Meanwhile, Machingal's Dolls tries to steal a collection of '60s muscle cars, train engines, and other stuff to add to his collection. Mamoru, Mirai's little brother, transforms to Moldiver III to save them. b&w, 32pg (2 of 4) $2.95

Moldiver #3
by Bernstein, Taylor, & Cooper
During her date with Mr. Asagi, Mirai notices on the TV screen in the restaurant that there is a big battle going on. Mirai transforms to Moldiver II, but Machingal's Dolls pulls out a secret weapon--a special gun that paralyzes Moldiver units! Mirai is in danger! b&w, 32pg (3 of 4) $2.95

Moldiver #4
by Bernstein, Taylor, & Cooper
Mirai find Machingal's hideout and fights against Dolls. When the fighting is over, Machingal appears on the scene, clad only in his extremely super-mecha Moldiver suit! b&w, 32pg (4 of 4) $2.95

El-Hazard - The Magnificent World
The story begins when Ifurita disappears while trying to stop the "Eye of God." Makoto searches for ways to
get Ifurita back to El-Hazard and he learns that there are ancient machines somewhere which may help him.

El-Hazard #1
by Jose Calderon & Matt Lunsford
Makoto Mizuhara was a typical high school student…until he was thrown into El-Hazard, a world in another dimension. Along with him are his high school rival, Katsuhiko Jinnai, Mr. Fijusawa (a teacher with a penchant for booze), and Jinnai's sister, the beautiful Nanami. It's up to them to help fight a planetary war between the Allied Countries and The Bugroms, a race of bug people! b&w, 32pg (1 of 6) $2.95

El-Hazard #2
by Jose Calderon & Matt Lunsford
Makoto learns that there is a machine which may enable him to get Ifurita back as he has promised her. But the machine is located somewhere in the land where the Phantom Tribe inhabit. Makoto's troops, including Mr. Fujisawa, Shayla Shayla, Nanami, and Ura, start their journey. b&w, 32pg (2 of 6) $2.95

El-Hazard #3
by Jose Calderon & Matt Lunsford
The young hero Makoto struggles with self-doubt and personal turmoil as he searches for a way to bring back the demon goddess Ifurita. Meanwhile, as the realm of Roshtaria attempts to rebuild itself, new enemies come forward to threaten her and her people. b&w, 32pg (3 of 6) $2.95

El-Hazard #4
by Jose Calderon & Matt Lunsford
Jinnai learns of Makoto's plans while helping to rebuild the destroyed Bugrom Empire, and decides that if anyone should return to Earth, it should be him! Plus, Nanami finds herself in the tomb of an ancient god known as The Ginn. b&w, 32pg (4 of 6) $2.95

El-Hazard #5
by Jose Calderon & Matt Lunsford
Not Solicited

El-Hazard #6
by Jose Calderon & Matt Lunsford
Not Solicited

P-Anime Comic Books

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  • Note C1: Tenchi-Muyo! #1-6 and Phantom Quest Corp. #1 are currently unavailable. But most likely these back issues can be found at any comic book store in their 'Japanese Manga' section, at Anime conventions, or even in online auctions.
  • Note C2: Phantom Quest Corp. #2-4, Moldiver #1-4, and El-Hazard #1-6 were never released. Their PREVIEWS solicitations are reprinted for informational purposes only.
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  • DISCLAIMER: All pictures on this and other pages are trademarked by Pioneer/AIC and are used on these pages without permission for informational use only.
    The Unofficial History Pioneer Anime © 1998-2000, Adam Arnold
    Last Addition --- January 1, 1999