- Game Center Arashi
name = Game Center Arashi
ja_name = ゲームセンターあらし
ja_name_trans = Geimu Sentā Arashi
genre = ActionInfobox animanga/Manga
publisher = flagicon|Japan
first = 1978
last = 1984
volumes = 17Infobox animanga/Anime
network = flagicon|Japan NTV
network_other = flagicon|Hong Kong TVB
April 5, 1982
September 27, 1982
episodes = 26
nihongo|"Game Center Arashi"|ゲームセンターあらし|Geimu Sentā Arashi is a Japanese
mangaby Mitsuru Sugaya, which ran in " CoroCoro Comic" from 1978 to 1984. It sold over 5 million copies Fact|date=August 2007 and won the 1983 Shogakukan Manga Awardfor children's manga.cite web | url=http://comics.shogakukan.co.jp/mangasho/rist.html | title=小学館漫画賞：歴代受賞者 | publisher=Shogakukan | language=Japanese | accessdate=2007-08-19] The series was adapted as a popular animetelevision show that aired in 1982 in Japanon Mondays from 7:00pm to 7:30pm.; and in Hong Kong.
In Japanese, the word "Arashi" means "storm". In
Hong Kong, the show aired under the title 電子神童, which translates to "Electronic Prodigy". The series was considered iconic in AsiaFact|date=August 2007, since it came at a time when the public was being exposed to video gamesfor the first time. The mangaand TV series opened the imagination and possibilities of what gaming entertainment was about, while boosting its popularity as a new phenomenon.Fact|date=August 2007
The story is about a young boy named Arashi Ishino who is obsessed with video games. He would spend all his time trying to beat the games and conquer the local arcades. He would meet competitors like Satoru Daimonji and Ishii, who would try to out match him with higher scores. At a certain point in each episode, he would display his special skill of unleashing a
topwhich will spin so fast that both the top and his hands would catch on fire. On release, the spin would land on or near the cabinet panels, turning the ordinary button into a turbo buttonthus giving him a major advantage. His appearance is known for being bucktoothed, and he always wears a hat labeled "Arashi" with a picture of a sprited alien.
"Game Center Arashi" was the first animation with a
gameras the lead character and have the plot revolve around life with competitive gaming. Some of the games featured in the show include Space Invaders, Breakout, Galaxian, though they were not explicitly named. Some of Arashi's gaming techniques even have special names like "Blazed Top", "Vacuum Hurricane Shot", "Fish Stance". [ Clements, Jonathan. McCarthy Helen.  (2006). The Anime Encyclopedia: Revised & Expanded Edition. Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge Press. ISBN 978-1-933330-10-5]
;nihongo|Arashi Ishino|石野あらし|Ishino Arashi anime voice|Satomi Mashima;nihongo|Satoru Daimonji|大文字さとる|Daimonji Satoru anime voice|Eiko Yamada;nihongo|Ippeita Tsukikage|月影一平太|Tsukikage Ippeita anime voice|Kenichi Ogata
In 1999, the series spawned a
playstation novelcalled Game Center Arashi R.
In 2002 the manga
Arcade Gamer Fubukireused the concept of a powerful gamer in the arcades, which also spawned a TV series of the same name. The show would use entirely different characters and plots, modernizing while separating itself from the 1982counterpart.
Microsoft Tokyoused the character of Arashi as a mascot to boost Xboxsales and image.
* [http://www.m-sugaya.com/arashi/index2.htm Official site]
* [http://www.dyrell.net/comic/arashi/ Game Center Arashi Manga info]
* [http://www.gamespot.com/news/2004/09/17/news_6107746.html Arashi reborn for Xbox]
* [http://www.m-sugaya.com/eng/index.htm Author]
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