Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo
Directed by Michael ChangBen Jones Matt Youngberg
Produced by Glen MurakamiDavid Slack
Written by David Slack
Starring Greg CipesScott MenvilleKhary PaytonTara StrongHynden WalchCary-Hiroyuki TagawaKeone Young
Music by Puffy AmiYumi, Michael McCuistion, Lolita Ritmanis, Kristopher Carter
Studio Warner Bros. AnimationDC ComicsToei AnimationMadhouse (studio)
Distributed by Warner Home Video
Release date(s) September 15, 2006 (2006-09-15) (TV) February 6, 2007 (2007-02-06) (DVD)
Running time 75 minutes
Language English Japanese
Budget US$ 5 million
Released July 22, 2008
Length 53:33
Label La La Land Records

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Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo is a 2006 animated film adaptation of the DC Comics superhero team Teen Titans. It is set in the milieu of the animated series' Teen Titans that ran from 2003-2006. The film premiered on Cartoon Network on September 15, 2006. Teen Titans head writer David Slack returned for this movie, having left the series after its fourth season (which was intended to be the last at the time).

Plot

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The Teen Titans' home town is attacked by a Japanese ninja named Saico-Tek. Under interrogation Saico-Tek reveals the identity of the one who sent him: Brushogun. The ninja then escapes and the Titans head to Tokyo to search for his master.

After overcoming the language barrier and fighting a giant reptile, the Titans meet Tokyo's own super-normal defence force - the Tokyo Troopers, led by Commander Uehara Daizo. Daizo shows the Titans around the Tokyo Troopers headquarters, and when Robin questions him on Brushogun, he informs the Teens that he is nothing more than an urban legend. Left at a loose end, the Titans can do nothing more than bow to Beast Boy's desire to enjoy Tokyo as tourists.

Investigating alone, Robin is attacked once more by Saico-Tek and they get into a very violent fight which ends with Robin pummeling the ninja into the ground. When Saico-Tek does not rise, the crowd watching believes Robin has murdered his opponent. Commander Daizo apprehends Robin, despite the hero's protestations of innocence, but as he is transferred, a slip of paper bearing the name "Brushogun" flits into the armoured car carrying him and explodes, freeing him. Now on the run, Robin co-opts the identity of a Shinjuku mugger who tried to shoot him and reunites with the other Titans, who have themselves been attacked by strange creatures.

Brushogun, as Raven relates from the book she found, was an artist who had fallen in love with a woman he had drawn and had attempted to bring her to life using Japanese black magic. The spell turned against the artist and he was transformed into a being of paper and ink - ink that he could use to bring any creation he could imagine to life. With this new information, Robin has no trouble deducing Brushogun's hideout: Beast Boy's favorite manga publishing house. Breaking in the Titans discover the withered form of Brushogun, wired into a printing press that draws on his powers to create the enemies the Titans have faced. The true villain turns out to be Commander Daizo, who has used Brushogun's powers to lie and create the villains and monsters that his Tokyo Troopers (also Brushogun's creations) were made famous by capturing.

A massive battle ensues, culminating in Robin facing Daizo. With no options of escape left, Daizo hurls himself from the catwalk, into the ink reservoir of the press, taking control of Brushogun's powers and transforming himself into a giant, hulking mass of ink and machinery, with Brushogun at the centre. As the other Titans battle creatures Daizo hurls at them, Robin frees Brushogun. As the old man fades away in his arms like ink, his powers disappear and Daizo is left defeated and exposed.

In the wake of the battle, Robin tries to explain his feelings for Starfire, but getting the message, she quiets him by saying, "Robin, stop talking." The two share a passionate kiss as the other titans look on (Cyborg stating, "Well, it's about time.").

A short time later, the Titans are awarded medals of honor by the mayor for their actions, and the inhabitants of Tokyo welcome their new heroes. Robin and Starfire are seen holding hands. Beast Boy then declares that next year, he wants to go to Mexico, and Raven smacks him.

Cast

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  • Greg Cipes as Beast Boy
  • Scott Menville as Robin, Japanese Boy
  • Khary Payton as Cyborg
  • Tara Strong as Raven, Computer Voice
  • Hynden Walch as Starfire, Mecha-Boi
  • Robert Ito as Bookstore Owner, Mayor
  • Janice Kawaye as Nya-Nya, Timoko
  • Yuri Lowenthal as Japanese Biker, Scarface
  • Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as Brushogun
  • Keone Young as Commander Uehara Daizo, Saico-Tek, Sushi Shop Owner


Soundtrack release

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A soundtrack to the movie was released on July 22, 2008 through La-La-Land Records. The track listing is as follows.

DVD release

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The DVD release date was February 6, 2007. The special features included are "The Lost Episode" and a game.

Some of the content on this page has been provided by the following page on Wikipedia.org: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teen_Titans:_Trouble_in_Tokyo


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