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{{Zoids 2
| title_name = Zoids: Chaotic Century
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| title_name = ''Zoids: Chaotic Century''
 
| ImageName = Zoidsccintro.jpg
 
| ImageName = Zoidsccintro.jpg
| caption = Chaotic Century's english intro
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| caption = English intro
| ja_name = ゾイド
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| ja_name = ゾイド -ZOIDS-
 
| ja_name_trans = Zoido
 
| ja_name_trans = Zoido
 
| genre = Adventure, Comedy, Mecha
 
| genre = Adventure, Comedy, Mecha
 
| director = Takao Kato
 
| director = Takao Kato
 
| studio = Shogakukan Productions.
 
| studio = Shogakukan Productions.
| network = TBS, Cartoon network
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| network = TBS, Cartoon Network, Ten Network (Cheez TV)
 
| first_aired = 1999-09-04
 
| first_aired = 1999-09-04
 
| last_aired = 2000-12-23
 
| last_aired = 2000-12-23
| Episodes = 34
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| Episodes = 67
 
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'''''Zoids: Chaotic Century''''' is the first anime series based on [[TOMY]]'s [[Zoids franchise]].
   
'''''Zoids: Chaotic Century''''' is the first of four [[wikipedia:Anime|Anime]] series based on the [[Zoids]] range of mecha model kits produced by [[TOMY]]. The series was animated by [[XEBEC]], and aired from '''1999-09-04''' to '''2000-12-23''' on TBS. Although the first series to be produced for the franchise in Japan, Chaotic Century was the second series to be dubbed and aired in Western nations, following [[Zoids: New Century Zero]]. Chaotic Century is the name given to the first half of the Anime series, in Japan [[Zoids:_Guardian_Force|Guardian Force]] was released as a separate Anime, where as western nations received both series as one continuity.
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''Chaotic Century'' was the second Zoids series to be dubbed in English, with ''[[Zoids: New Century]]'' being broadcast earlier in the United States. In Japan, the anime was simply called ''Zoids''; Western markets received it under the name ''Chaotic Century''.
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Although the entire series is called ''Chaotic Century'', for ease of navigation, this wiki separates the two broadcast seasons into distinct articles: '''''Chaotic Century''''' and '''''[[Zoids: Guardian Force|Guardian Force]]'''''.
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A Blu-ray version of ''Chaotic Century'' was released on August 2nd, 2013. The disks were sold as a box set, or optionally came with a limited edition clear [[HMM]] [[Blade Liger]].
   
 
==Series background==
 
==Series background==
Zoids: Chaotic Century is set in the far reaches of the Milky Way, on the [[Planet Zi]]. On Zi, there are metallic life-forms known as [[Zoids]], which possess powerful fighting capabilities. Throughout the recent history of the series, Zoids have been used as weapons in an ongoing war between the [[Helic Republic]] and [[Guylos Empire]].
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''Zoids: Chaotic Century'' is set in the far reaches of the Milky Way, on [[Planet Zi]]. On Zi, there are metallic life-forms known as [[Zoids]], which possess powerful fighting capabilities. Throughout the recent history of the series, Zoids have been used as weapons in an ongoing war between the [[Helic Republic]] and [[Guylos Empire]].
   
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The setting of ''Chaotic Century'' is a few years after the most recent war between the [[Helic Republic]] and the [[Guylos Empire]]. The two nations were, at the beginning of the series, observing a ceasefire, although ambushes and minor assaults had occasionally been initiated by both sides.
The setting of Chaotic Century is a few years after the most recent war between the [[Helic Republic]] and the [[Guylos Empire]]. The two nations are currently observing a ceasefire, although ambushes and minor assaults are initiated by both sides, and tensions are high after it is revealed that one or both sides may have access to the ancient technology of the [[Ancient Zoidians]].
 
   
The series follows the story of [[Van Flyheight]], a teenage boy who discovers a mysterious girl named [["Fiona" Elisi Linette|Fiona]] (Fine in the Japanese version), and an [[Organoid]] named [[Zeke]] (Sieg). Van discovers that Zeke has the ability to merge with a Zoid, increasing its fighting power, and with that skill, Van and Fiona set off to discover the secrets of Fiona's past. During their travel, they meet up with a transporter named [[Moonbay]], and a mercenary named [[Irvine]], who initially thwarts their progress, but eventually begins travelling with them. As they travel across the Helic Republic, a new war breaks out, with the group of travellers being caught in the middle of it.
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The series is largely set in a desert environment, although many other, mostly rural, locations are visited and re-visited as the plot progresses. The setting is dominated by the wartime themes, and most of the technology and infrastructure featured in the series is seen in a militaristic context.
 
===Differences between the storylines===
 
Although there are many similarities between Chaotic Century and the '[[Zoids#New Battle Story|New Battle Story]]' accompanying the [[Zoids#New Japanese Release|New Japanese Release]], the two storylines are considered to be inherently different, and are believed to occur in alternate continuities. Listed below are the main differences.
 
*The Zoidian race, known as the Ancient Zoidians in the anime, were wiped out long before human colonists discovered Zi. The event that wiped out the Ancient Zoidians was not the destruction of Zi's third moon by a comet, but the creation of the [[Death Saurer]].
 
*Both the [[Guylos Empire]] and the [[Helic Republic]] are based on the Central Continent. No mention of the [[Zenebas Empire]] or the Dark Continent of Nyx is made, although Prozen does imply in passing that other continents exist.
 
*The "Guardian Force" never appears during the Battle Story.
 
   
 
==Plot==
 
==Plot==
Prior to the series there was a prolonged war between the two factions, the Guylos Empire and the Helic Republic, which ended in a ceasefire. Not much is stated about the war other than that [[Dan Flyheight|Van's father]] fought and died in it. The series starts with Van being chased by a group of bandit Zoid pilots and ends discovering the organoid Zeke in some ruins. Zeke revives an abandoned [[Shield Liger]], which Van uses to fight off the bandits. After that, he discovers the girl, whom he dubs "Fiona", in the same ruins that he found Zeke in, although she has no memory of who she is. When Van returns to his village, the bandits return and try to capture Zeke. To keep his family and frineds safe from the bandits, Van leaves the village and sets out to travel the world with Fiona. During that time in some more ruins Van hears Fiona speak of something called ''Zoid Eve'', which becomes Van's ultimate goal throughout the series.
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Prior to the series there was a prolonged war between two factions, the Guylos Empire and the Helic Republic, which ended in a ceasefire. Not much is stated about the war other than that [[Dan Flyheight|Van's father]] fought and died in it. The series starts with [[Van Flyheight]] being chased by a group of bandit Zoid pilots into a ruin in the desert near Van's hometown. It is here that Van discovers the [[organoid]] [[Zeke]] in a capsule. After an initial conflict, Van and Zeke partner up, with Zeke reviving an abandoned [[Shield Liger]], which Van uses to fight off the bandits.
   
The war flares up and Van, along with Fiona, the mercenary Irvine and the transporter Moonbay, ends up warding off some Emperial attacks on Republican forces. After that, Van, Fiona, Irvine and Moonbay attempt to stay out of the war. However, Van ends getting involved somewhat when he meets the Guylos ace pilot, [[Raven]], whom he quickly forms a grudge against after witnessing Raven's brutal behaviour. Although he attempts to fight Raven, he proves no match for him their first battle. Van later challenges Raven again and loses once more. In the battle, Zeke suffers near-fatal damage, though Van manages to save him. During this time the Imperial army manages to march farther and farther in Republican territory but are eventually stopped by the deployment of the Republic's new [[Gojulas]]. Van and the others eventually reach the Republic's capital in hopes of finding information about Zoid Eve, but only end up getting caught up in the Empire's assault on the city. During the siege, Van is finally able to defeat Raven.
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After that, Van also discovers a girl, whom he dubs "[[Fiona]] ", in the same ruins that he found Zeke in, although she has no memory of who she is. When Van returns to his village, the bandits return and try to capture Zeke. To keep his family and friends safe from the bandits, Van leaves the village and sets out to travel the world with Fiona. During that time in some more ruins, Van hears Fiona mention something called ''Zoid Eve'', which becomes Van's ultimate goal throughout the series.
   
The war is stopped when the Empire's crown prince [[Rudolph Zeppelin III|Rudolph]] orders a ceasefire, although his advisor, Prozen, refuses to give up on conquering the Republic, and so attempts to assassinate the prince. His attempt is foiled by the bandits Rosso and Viola who kidnap the prince in an attempt to blackmail the Empire. During this time, [[Gunther Prozen|Prozen]] finds the remains of the [[Death Saurer]], attempts to revive it, and also creates the [[Genosaurer]] for Raven to use. Raven uses the Genosaurer to destroy Van's Shield Liger, but was unaware that Zeke and Fiona revived the Shield Liger as the [[Blade Liger]]. During this time it is revealed that Fiona is actually an "Ancient Zoidian", that is, a member of a race that existed long before humans came to the Planet Zi. Rudoulf, separated from Rosso and Viola after a fight with Raven, joins Van and his friends who try to take him to the Empire's capital Guygalos to stop Prozen from taking over the Empire and restarting the war. During this time, parts of Imperial army (both those loyal to Prozen and those that were manipulated into fighting) try to stop them. Eventually, Van faces Raven again, with the Blade Liger eventually managing to defeat the Genosaurer. Although Rudolph is returned to the capital, Prozen attempts to use the revived Death Saurer to take control, which goes on a rampage and almost destroys the capital. Although the forces of the Empire and Republic that are powerless to stop it, with Van's help, they are able is able to destroy the Death Saurer and (apparently) kill Prozen in the process. Rudolph is then crowned the emperor and peace finally starts to settle between the Empire and Republic, but Van and Fiona don't take part in celebration and instead leave to find Zoid Eve.
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The war eventually flares up and Van, along with Fiona, the mercenary [[Irvine]] and the transporter [[Moonbay]], ends up warding off some Imperial attacks on Republican forces. After that, Van, Fiona, Irvine and Moonbay attempt to stay out of the war. However, Van ends getting involved when he meets the Guylos ace pilot, [[Raven]], whom he quickly develops a grudge against after witnessing Raven's brutal behaviour and hatred of Zoids. Although he attempts to fight Raven, he proves no match for him in their first battle. Van later challenges Raven again, and loses once more.
   
==Characters==
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In this battle, Zeke suffers near-fatal damage, though Van manages to save him. During this time the Imperial Army manages to march farther and farther into Republican territory but are eventually stopped by the deployment of the Republic's new [[Gojulas]]. Van and the others eventually reach the Republic's capital in hopes of finding information about Zoid Eve, but only end up getting caught up in the Empire's assault on the city. During the siege, Van is finally able to defeat Raven, the duel ending with the destruction of Raven's Zaber Fang.
{{main|List of Zoids: Chaotic Century characters}}
 
[[Image:Van_hoverboard.jpg|thumb|150px|Van Flyheight]]
 
*'''[[Van Flyheight]]''' [バン・フライハイト] is a teenage orphan of the previous war between the Republic and Empire. Van is a bit dense to start with, but is loyal to his companions and has a good heart. His open nature means that many people are attracted to him, and he enjoys a good challenge. After finding Fiona and Zeke, he becomes a Zoid pilot, who utilizes a [[Shield Liger]], a lion type Zoid that can deploy a shield in front of itself. It later evolves into a [[Blade Liger]], which gives it a pair of laser-edged high density steel blades capable of cutting through all but the densest of enemy armor. He would go on to become one of the greatest Zoid pilots Planet Zi had ever seen. ''Voiced by:'' Daisuke Kishio and Matthew Erikson
 
   
*'''[["Fiona" Elisi Linette|Fiona]]''' [フィーネ・エリュシーヌ・リネ] is young girl awakened from stasis by Van. She suffers from severe [[Wikipedia:amnesia|amnesia]], so they set out to discover her past. As her memories return, it is learned that Fiona is actually Elisia Linette, one of the last members of the Ancient Zoidian race. Her driving goal is to discover something known as the 'Zoid Eve', supposedly the source of all Zoids' power. ''Voiced by:'' Makiko Ohmoto and Carol-Anne Day
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The war is stopped when the Empire's Crown Prince [[Rudolph Zeppelin III|Rudolph]] orders a ceasefire, although his advisor, Prozen, refuses to give up on conquering the Republic, and so attempts to assassinate the prince. His attempt is foiled by the bandits Rosso and Viola, who kidnap the prince in an attempt to blackmail the Empire. During this time, [[Gunther Prozen|Prozen]] finds the remains of the [[Death Saurer]], attempts to revive it, and also creates the [[Geno Saurer]] for Raven to use.
   
*'''[[Zeke]]''' [ジーク] is an [[Organoid]], a small Zoid imbued with many powers. Awakened by Van, Zeke is named after the [[Command Wolf]] piloted by Van's father, who died during the previous war. Zeke's primary ability is to fuse himself with another Zoid, increasing its combat potential dramatically. Zeke is able to use this ability to resurrect destroyed Zoids, and to evolve Zoids into more powerful forms. ''Voiced by:'' Takuma Suzuki and Dave Pettitt
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Raven uses the Geno Saurer to destroy Van's Shield Liger, but was unaware that Van survived and that Zeke and Fiona revived the Shield Liger as the [[Blade Liger]]. During this time it is revealed that Fiona is actually an "Ancient Zoidian", a member of a race that existed long before humans came to the Planet Zi. Rudolph, separated from Rosso and Viola after a fight with Raven, joins Van and his friends who try to take him to the Empire's capital Guygalos to stop Prozen from taking over the Empire and restarting the war.
   
*'''[[Irvine]]''' [アーバイン] is a mercenary initially interested in capturing Zeke. He later joins Van and Fiona after losing the desire. Although cold-hearted in appearance, Irvine shows a soft side on more than one occasion. He is a skilled pilot, who uses a modified [[Command Wolf]] with a powerful long-range beam cannon, though he also briefly pilots a Gojulas. ''Voiced by:'' Keiji Fujiwara and Mark Gatha
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During this time, parts of the Imperial Army (both those loyal to Prozen and those manipulated into fighting) try to stop them. Eventually, Van faces Raven again, with the Blade Liger successfully defeating the Geno Saurer. Although Rudolph is returned to the capital, Prozen attempts to use the revived Death Saurer to take control, which goes on a rampage and nearly destroys the capital. Although the forces of the Empire and Republic combined are powerless to stop it, with Van's help, they are able is able to destroy the Death Saurer and (apparently) kill Prozen in the process. Rudolph is then crowned the Emperor and peace finally starts to settle between the Empire and Republic, but Van and Fiona don't take part in the celebration and instead leave to find Zoid Eve.
   
*'''[[Moonbay]]''' [ムンベイ] is a trader, who often smuggles weapons using the [[Gustav]], an armored insect Zoid capable of pulling 250 tons of cargo. She is a free-spirited individual, who is not afraid to speak her mind. ''Voiced by:'' Kumiko Watanabe and Onalea Gilbertson
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:''For detailed information, see each character's respective pages on the table provided below''
*'''[[Raven]]''' [レイヴン] is pilot for the Guylos Empire, adopted by Prozen after his parents, Zoid researchers, are killed by Ambient. He is selected for his prodigious piloting abilities, which are complemented by the [[Organoid]], Shadow. Raven is extremely anti-social and reserved, and holds a deep dislike of all Zoids. He considers Van to be his rival, and swears not to rest until Van has been killed by his hand. Raven pilots a [[Sabre Tiger]] until it is destroyed, where it is replaced by a prototype [[Genosaurer]]. ''Voiced by:'' Mitsuki Saiga and Scott Hendrickson
 
 
*'''[[Gunther Prozen]]''' ['' ''ギュンター・プロイツェン'' ''] is the main villain of the series. He is the Regent of the Guylos Empire, an Admiral in the Guylos military, and the second in line for the throne of Guylos. Prozen arranges for Prince Rudolph, next in line for the throne, to be kidnapped and assassinated so that he can seize power after Emperor Zeppelin's suspicious death. He plans to use the [[Deathsaurer]] to take total control of the world. ''Voiced by:'' Houchu Ohtsuka and Dave Kelly
 
 
*'''Doctor D.''' [ドクター・ディ] is a self-confessed mad scientist once employed by the Republican Army as a Zoid researcher. He is considered Zi's foremost expert on anything Zoid or Organoid related, and enjoys hanging around with Van and his group. His attitude and demeanor irritate Van, but Doctor D.'s knowledge comes in handy on several occasions.
 
 
*'''[[Rudolf Zeppelin III|Prince Rudolph Zeppelin III]]''' [ルドルフ・ゲアハルト・ツェッペリンIII世] is the grandchild of Emperor Zeppelin. Rudolph is placed into the care of Van by Rosso and Viola, former waste land bandits. Van agrees to help return Rudolph to the Guylos Empire capital, Guygalos, and to teach the boy how to pilot a Zoid properly. Although Rudolph's identity is initially kept hidden from Van and his friends, Doctor D. soon reveals the truth about the Crown Prince. Rudolph is an eager, friendly person, who wishes to be able to emulate Van in piloting skill. Rudolph is quite naive and prefers reasoning over fighting, even with Raven and Prozen. He also deeply cares for the Guylos empire and hates seeing others around him hurt. ''Voiced by:'' Tomoko Ishimura and Elinor Holt
 
 
*'''[[Karl Liechien Shubaltz|Karl Lichen Schubaltz]]''' [カール・リヒテン・シュバルツ] is one of the Guylos Empire's greatest and most revered Zoid pilots, serving in the position of Major and commander of the 4th Land Battalion of the Guylos Empire, then later, Colonel for the First Panzer Division. Schubaltz is an honorable fighter, and wishes to see peace between the Republic and Empire as opposed to total destruction of both sides. He both loathes and distrusts Prozen, though he unable to do anything to stop him. He pilots several Zoids throughout the series, including a [[Dark Horn]], a modified [[Sabre Tiger]], and a modified [[Iron Kong]]. ''Voiced by:'' Yuji Ueda and Jonathan Love
 
   
*'''[[Rob Herman]]''' [ロブ・ハーマン] is the commander-in-chief of the Red River Unit at the Red River base bordering Imperial territory. He is also the son of both the Republic's former and current Presidents, but he is a humble soldier who does not appear to rely on the influence of his family in order to benefit himself. Instead, he prefers to perform his duties and to earn his rank in the army on his own. In fact, it is to be noted that in one of the episodes, it is hinted that he is so detached from his familial ties that he has not called his mother, the current President of the Republic, "Mom" in several years, instead addressing her by her proper title as any other soldier would. The Zoids he has been seen piloting most often are a [[Ptera]]s and a [[Gordos]]. He has also been seen piloting a [[Gojulas]] and a [[Shield Liger]] from time to time. ''Voiced by:'' Jin Horikawa and Kurtis Sanheim
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{{Chaotic Century Characters}}
   
 
==Zoids==
 
==Zoids==
 
===Main Zoids===
 
===Main Zoids===
The most common Zoids seen throughout the series are Van's [[Shield Liger]], Irvine's [[Command Wolf]] and Moonbay's [[Gustav]]. The Helic Republic is most commonly seen using [[Command Wolf|Command Wolves]], [[Godos]], [[Gordos]], [[Shield Liger]]s, and [[Gojulas]], while the Guylos Empire seems to favor [[Sabre Tiger|Zaber Fangs]], [[Redler]]s, [[Rev Raptor]]s, [[Molga]]s, [[Iron Kong]]s and both [[Red Horn]]s and [[Dark Horn]]s.
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The most common Zoids seen throughout the series are Van's [[Shield Liger]], Irvine's [[Command Wolf]] and Moonbay's [[Gustav]]. The Helic Republic is most commonly seen using [[Command Wolf|Command Wolves]], [[Godos]], [[Gordos]], [[Shield Liger]]s, and [[Gojulas]], while the Guylos Empire seems to favor [[Sabre Tiger|Zaber Fangs]], [[Redler]]s, [[Rev Raptor]]s, [[Molga]]s, [[Iron Kong]]s, and both [[Red Horn]]s and [[Dark Horn]]s.
   
 
===Organoids===
 
===Organoids===
 
{{main|Organoids}}
 
{{main|Organoids}}
 
 
 
Organoids are rare types of Zoids that are barely left over from the Ancient Zoidian's reign on Zi. There are only four known to exist by the end of the series, one of which was destroyed and rebuilt.
 
Organoids are rare types of Zoids that are barely left over from the Ancient Zoidian's reign on Zi. There are only four known to exist by the end of the series, one of which was destroyed and rebuilt.
   
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{{main|List of Zoids Chaotic Century/Guardian Force episodes}}
   
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==Broadcast==
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Chaotic Century was originally broadcast from 1999-09-04 to 2000-12-23 in Japan and 2002-02-18 to 2002-05-16 in the United States.
   
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==Differences between the storylines==
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===Battle Story===
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Although there are many similarities between ''Chaotic Century'' and the '[[Zoids#New Battle Story|New Battle Story]]' accompanying the [[Zoids#New Japanese Release|New Japanese Release]], the two storylines are considered to be inherently different, and are believed to occur in alternate continuities. Listed below are the main differences:
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*The Zoidian race, known as the Ancient Zoidians in the anime, were wiped out (except for three) by the creation of the [[Death Saurer]] long before human colonists discovered Zi. In the Battle Story, Zi is still inhabited mainly by Zoidians, and the term "Ancient Zoidians" merely refers to Zoidians from the era before the Helic Republic was formed.
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*Both the [[Guylos Empire]] and the [[Helic Republic]] are based on a single continent (shown in Guardian Force to match the Battle Story's Western Continent). No mention of the [[Zenebas Empire]] or the Dark Continent of Nyx is made in the anime, although Prozen does imply in passing that other continents exist.
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*None of the events in Guardian Force occurred in the Battle Story. In addition, the Zoid Eve, which supplies power to all Zoids in Chaotic Century/Guardian Force, does not exist in the Battle Story.
   
==Deleted Scenes==
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==Deleted scenes==
In Japan, there are different censorship laws to English-speaking nations, as such, several scenes present in the Japanese version were not allowed to be broadcast on most foreign TV networks. These scenes were cut out or shortened during localisation, to remove drug references, violent scenes (blood, etc.), and any implied nudity or sexuality.
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In Japan, there are different censorship regulations to English-speaking nations, as such, several scenes present in the Japanese version were not broadcast on most foreign TV networks. These scenes were cut out or shortened during localisation, most to remove drug references, violent scenes (blood, etc.), and any implied nudity or sexuality.
*[[Zoids: Chaotic Century Episode 1|Episode 1]]: Fiona isn't wearing any clothing when Van opens up her pod. (Wires are shown covering her. In the English dub, she is covered by steam, although in one of the episode's introduction, this scene is shown.)
 
* [[Zoids: Chaotic Century Episode 8|Episode 8]]: Fiona and Moonbay are showering. (Scene was shortened in the English dub)
 
*[[Zoids: Chaotic Century Episode 29|Episode 29]]: Twice, Karl Schubaltz gets a gun pointed directly at him. Prozen steps out of a bath and puts on his robe while talking with Lieutenant Harden.
 
   
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==Trivia==
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*''Zoids: Chaotic Century'' is the only saga of the four anime series that started off as a manga: Kijū Shinseiki Zoids (機獣新世紀ゾイド; lit: New Century of Animal Machines Zoids), authored by Michiro Ueyama (上山道郎; ''Ueyama Michiro''), was first published in April 1999[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/manga.php?id=2786]. The series was first broadcasted as an anime a few months later[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=1031].
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*[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com.au/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=1031 Anime News Network] lists the production cost of the '' Chaotic Century'' anime series to be ¥9,000,000 per episode. This equates to roughly $81,743.90 in 1999.
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*Episode 29 of '' Chaotic Century'' is titled "Heroes of the Sky"; in this episode, a new song is introduced and played during a key scene when the Storm Sworders extreme speed capabilities are displayed. Later in '' Guardian Force'' episode 58, as the Storm Sworders are used by Irvine and Thomas in the extreme space mission against Hiltz, the same song is played again and Moonbay comments on their heroism: "Way to go guys! Heroes on land... Heroes at sea... And now they've added Heroes of the Sky".
   
==Theme songs==
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==Openings and Endings==
In the Western dub, there is only one opening and ending theme, both of which are modified versions of certain background music tracks used throughout the series. The following full-voice songs were featured in the Japanese release only.
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The original Japanese anime used multiple openings and endings over the course of both seasons. The clips used did not appear in the actual episodes, as they were specifically designed for these openings and endings. Only one opening song was used, although the opening video was updated multiple times to better reflect the events in the episodes. Four different songs were used as endings, each with a different accompanying video.
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In the English dub, there is only one opening and one ending, both of which use episode clips for the video and modified versions of background tracks ("Destructive Impulse" and "Pursuit", respectively) for the music. The Latino dub uses the Japanese opening and ending videos (not even removing the Japanese credits) but with a Spanish version of Wild Flowers as the music for every opening and ending. In contrast, the Italian dub used a slightly modified version of the American opening (removing clips from the start and end, while adding a clip of Zeke fusing with the Shield Liger) as both opening and ending videos, along with an original theme song by Giorgio Vanni simply titled ''Zoids''.
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The following full-voice songs were featured in the Japanese release only.
 
; Opening
 
; Opening
# Wild Flowers by Ramar
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# ''Wild Flowers'' by RAMAR
   
 
; Ending
 
; Ending
 
# ''Song for...'' by Dear
 
# ''Song for...'' by Dear
# ''Chase'' by Develop=Frame
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# ''CHASE'' by DEVELOP=FRAME
# ''Into Yourself'' by Transtic Nerve
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# ''INTO YOURSELF'' by TRANSTIC NERVE
# ''Your Song'' by Earth
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# ''Your song'' by EARTH
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==External links==
 
[[Category:Zoids Anime|Chaotic Century]]
 

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Note: This article is about the TV series, for the manga see: List of Chaotic Century Graphic Novel chapters.
Zoids: Chaotic Century
Zoidsccintro
English intro
Japanese Name ゾイド -ZOIDS-
Name Translation Zoido
Genre Adventure, Comedy, Mecha
Director Takao Kato
Studio Shogakukan Productions.
Network TBS, Cartoon Network, Ten Network (Cheez TV)
First Aired 1999-09-04
Last Aired 2000-12-23
Episodes 67

Zoids: Chaotic Century is the first anime series based on TOMY's Zoids franchise.

Chaotic Century was the second Zoids series to be dubbed in English, with Zoids: New Century being broadcast earlier in the United States. In Japan, the anime was simply called Zoids; Western markets received it under the name Chaotic Century.

Although the entire series is called Chaotic Century, for ease of navigation, this wiki separates the two broadcast seasons into distinct articles: Chaotic Century and Guardian Force.

A Blu-ray version of Chaotic Century was released on August 2nd, 2013. The disks were sold as a box set, or optionally came with a limited edition clear HMM Blade Liger.

Series backgroundEdit

Zoids: Chaotic Century is set in the far reaches of the Milky Way, on Planet Zi. On Zi, there are metallic life-forms known as Zoids, which possess powerful fighting capabilities. Throughout the recent history of the series, Zoids have been used as weapons in an ongoing war between the Helic Republic and Guylos Empire.

The setting of Chaotic Century is a few years after the most recent war between the Helic Republic and the Guylos Empire. The two nations were, at the beginning of the series, observing a ceasefire, although ambushes and minor assaults had occasionally been initiated by both sides.

The series is largely set in a desert environment, although many other, mostly rural, locations are visited and re-visited as the plot progresses. The setting is dominated by the wartime themes, and most of the technology and infrastructure featured in the series is seen in a militaristic context.

PlotEdit

Prior to the series there was a prolonged war between two factions, the Guylos Empire and the Helic Republic, which ended in a ceasefire. Not much is stated about the war other than that Van's father fought and died in it. The series starts with Van Flyheight being chased by a group of bandit Zoid pilots into a ruin in the desert near Van's hometown. It is here that Van discovers the organoid Zeke in a capsule. After an initial conflict, Van and Zeke partner up, with Zeke reviving an abandoned Shield Liger, which Van uses to fight off the bandits.

After that, Van also discovers a girl, whom he dubs "Fiona ", in the same ruins that he found Zeke in, although she has no memory of who she is. When Van returns to his village, the bandits return and try to capture Zeke. To keep his family and friends safe from the bandits, Van leaves the village and sets out to travel the world with Fiona. During that time in some more ruins, Van hears Fiona mention something called Zoid Eve, which becomes Van's ultimate goal throughout the series.

The war eventually flares up and Van, along with Fiona, the mercenary Irvine and the transporter Moonbay, ends up warding off some Imperial attacks on Republican forces. After that, Van, Fiona, Irvine and Moonbay attempt to stay out of the war. However, Van ends getting involved when he meets the Guylos ace pilot, Raven, whom he quickly develops a grudge against after witnessing Raven's brutal behaviour and hatred of Zoids. Although he attempts to fight Raven, he proves no match for him in their first battle. Van later challenges Raven again, and loses once more.

In this battle, Zeke suffers near-fatal damage, though Van manages to save him. During this time the Imperial Army manages to march farther and farther into Republican territory but are eventually stopped by the deployment of the Republic's new Gojulas. Van and the others eventually reach the Republic's capital in hopes of finding information about Zoid Eve, but only end up getting caught up in the Empire's assault on the city. During the siege, Van is finally able to defeat Raven, the duel ending with the destruction of Raven's Zaber Fang.

The war is stopped when the Empire's Crown Prince Rudolph orders a ceasefire, although his advisor, Prozen, refuses to give up on conquering the Republic, and so attempts to assassinate the prince. His attempt is foiled by the bandits Rosso and Viola, who kidnap the prince in an attempt to blackmail the Empire. During this time, Prozen finds the remains of the Death Saurer, attempts to revive it, and also creates the Geno Saurer for Raven to use.

Raven uses the Geno Saurer to destroy Van's Shield Liger, but was unaware that Van survived and that Zeke and Fiona revived the Shield Liger as the Blade Liger. During this time it is revealed that Fiona is actually an "Ancient Zoidian", a member of a race that existed long before humans came to the Planet Zi. Rudolph, separated from Rosso and Viola after a fight with Raven, joins Van and his friends who try to take him to the Empire's capital Guygalos to stop Prozen from taking over the Empire and restarting the war.

During this time, parts of the Imperial Army (both those loyal to Prozen and those manipulated into fighting) try to stop them. Eventually, Van faces Raven again, with the Blade Liger successfully defeating the Geno Saurer. Although Rudolph is returned to the capital, Prozen attempts to use the revived Death Saurer to take control, which goes on a rampage and nearly destroys the capital. Although the forces of the Empire and Republic combined are powerless to stop it, with Van's help, they are able is able to destroy the Death Saurer and (apparently) kill Prozen in the process. Rudolph is then crowned the Emperor and peace finally starts to settle between the Empire and Republic, but Van and Fiona don't take part in the celebration and instead leave to find Zoid Eve.

CharactersEdit

For detailed information, see each character's respective pages on the table provided below
Chaotic Century Characters
Unaligned
Van Flyheight | Irvine | Moonbay | "Fiona" Elisi Linette | Zeke| Dr. D | | Rosso | Viola | Stinger | Minor Characters
Helic Republic
Rob Herman | Krueger | O'Connell | Ford | President Camford
Guylos Empire
Gunther Prozen | Marcus | Karl L. Schubaltz | Rudolph Zeppelin III | Raven

ZoidsEdit

Main ZoidsEdit

The most common Zoids seen throughout the series are Van's Shield Liger, Irvine's Command Wolf and Moonbay's Gustav. The Helic Republic is most commonly seen using Command Wolves, Godos, Gordos, Shield Ligers, and Gojulas, while the Guylos Empire seems to favor Zaber Fangs, Redlers, Rev Raptors, Molgas, Iron Kongs, and both Red Horns and Dark Horns.

OrganoidsEdit

Main article: Organoids

Organoids are rare types of Zoids that are barely left over from the Ancient Zoidian's reign on Zi. There are only four known to exist by the end of the series, one of which was destroyed and rebuilt.

EpisodesEdit

Main article: List of Zoids Chaotic Century/Guardian Force episodes

BroadcastEdit

Chaotic Century was originally broadcast from 1999-09-04 to 2000-12-23 in Japan and 2002-02-18 to 2002-05-16 in the United States.

Differences between the storylinesEdit

Battle StoryEdit

Although there are many similarities between Chaotic Century and the 'New Battle Story' accompanying the New Japanese Release, the two storylines are considered to be inherently different, and are believed to occur in alternate continuities. Listed below are the main differences:

  • The Zoidian race, known as the Ancient Zoidians in the anime, were wiped out (except for three) by the creation of the Death Saurer long before human colonists discovered Zi. In the Battle Story, Zi is still inhabited mainly by Zoidians, and the term "Ancient Zoidians" merely refers to Zoidians from the era before the Helic Republic was formed.
  • Both the Guylos Empire and the Helic Republic are based on a single continent (shown in Guardian Force to match the Battle Story's Western Continent). No mention of the Zenebas Empire or the Dark Continent of Nyx is made in the anime, although Prozen does imply in passing that other continents exist.
  • None of the events in Guardian Force occurred in the Battle Story. In addition, the Zoid Eve, which supplies power to all Zoids in Chaotic Century/Guardian Force, does not exist in the Battle Story.

Deleted scenesEdit

In Japan, there are different censorship regulations to English-speaking nations, as such, several scenes present in the Japanese version were not broadcast on most foreign TV networks. These scenes were cut out or shortened during localisation, most to remove drug references, violent scenes (blood, etc.), and any implied nudity or sexuality.

TriviaEdit

  • Zoids: Chaotic Century is the only saga of the four anime series that started off as a manga: Kijū Shinseiki Zoids (機獣新世紀ゾイド; lit: New Century of Animal Machines Zoids), authored by Michiro Ueyama (上山道郎; Ueyama Michiro), was first published in April 1999[1]. The series was first broadcasted as an anime a few months later[2].
  • Anime News Network lists the production cost of the Chaotic Century anime series to be ¥9,000,000 per episode. This equates to roughly $81,743.90 in 1999.
  • Episode 29 of Chaotic Century is titled "Heroes of the Sky"; in this episode, a new song is introduced and played during a key scene when the Storm Sworders extreme speed capabilities are displayed. Later in Guardian Force episode 58, as the Storm Sworders are used by Irvine and Thomas in the extreme space mission against Hiltz, the same song is played again and Moonbay comments on their heroism: "Way to go guys! Heroes on land... Heroes at sea... And now they've added Heroes of the Sky".

Openings and EndingsEdit

The original Japanese anime used multiple openings and endings over the course of both seasons. The clips used did not appear in the actual episodes, as they were specifically designed for these openings and endings. Only one opening song was used, although the opening video was updated multiple times to better reflect the events in the episodes. Four different songs were used as endings, each with a different accompanying video. In the English dub, there is only one opening and one ending, both of which use episode clips for the video and modified versions of background tracks ("Destructive Impulse" and "Pursuit", respectively) for the music. The Latino dub uses the Japanese opening and ending videos (not even removing the Japanese credits) but with a Spanish version of Wild Flowers as the music for every opening and ending. In contrast, the Italian dub used a slightly modified version of the American opening (removing clips from the start and end, while adding a clip of Zeke fusing with the Shield Liger) as both opening and ending videos, along with an original theme song by Giorgio Vanni simply titled Zoids.

The following full-voice songs were featured in the Japanese release only.

Opening
  1. Wild Flowers by RAMAR
Ending
  1. Song for... by Dear
  2. CHASE by DEVELOP=FRAME
  3. INTO YOURSELF by TRANSTIC NERVE
  4. Your song by EARTH
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