These are the common misconceptions surrounding the Cybersix series. Like any other series, Cybersix is no exception, so here is a list of the most popular misconceptions, anyone is welcome to add to this list.
Common misconception: an erroneous belief that is held by many people.
Cybersix is gender-fluid/transgender
This is a common and favourite misconception that Cybersix is gender-fluid or transgender, that she identifies as a male, or shifts or simultaneously identifies as both a female and male. The animated series is ambiguous as to why Cybersix would cross-dress and leaves it open to interpretation, which is why the series was cancelled in Italy, and the voice-actress herself, Cathy Weseluck, believed it to be so as well. But despite this ambiguity, the comics are pretty straightforward and explains this; as a young child Cybersix was running away from Von Reichter when she came across the deceased body of a young boy named Adrian Seidelman, she adopts his identity in order to live a normal life in the city as well as to keep hidden away from Von Reichter. Many commentors have said that the animated series was very LGBT-friendly, however, another commentor has once suggested to keep away from the comic book series because it was very homophobic and is not as friendly as they thought it would be.
Cybersix is a robot/android/cyborg
Cybersix often comments that she's more machine than human, and even describes herself as if she really is a machine, because of this it confused a lot of its young fans at the time. But now that the entirety of the comics are available online, and a small partial translation has been done, we can see that Cybersix really is human and not a robot, android, or a cyborg. She was born from the eggs of an acrobat and the DNA of Von Reichter, which is where she gets her superb agility from. The only biological difference between the Cyber Series and humans are that the Cybers were created to be dependent on sustenance, a green life-sustaining liquid that all of Von Reichters creations are created with to ensure their dependence.
The series is hand-drawn
Many fans still believe the animated series was animated using the tedious-yet-reputable method of hand-drawing it, since the series looks gorgeous even by today's standard, however the series was animated using the computer animated method. This is a great example of using this method right, it does not look like the notorious flash animation that we know of today. Using a computer to animate the series meant the animators had greater flexibility and freedom, they were able to re-use animated sequences and change the backgrounds, to changing colours of a given scene afterwards (this could be seen on the TMS comparison video).
Each episode had cost 1 million dollars
It is still sometimes believed that the animated series was so expensive to produce that each episode had cost 1 million CAD to make, the source of this misconception may be even older than Fundock's website on which he repeats this statement. However, the earliest source confirms that this simply isn't true, each episode had cost 360,000 USD to create, making the entire series cost 5 million USD.
There was never a home release before Discotek (2014)
Before Discotek/Eastern Star licenced Cybersix to DVD and released it in 2014, many people believed the only way to watch the series was through online sources. Of course there were people who knew of the French DVDs, but little knew of the various VHS tapes releases, and probably even thought these were illegal or unofficial bootlegs, but the official Telecom website indicates they were aware of these home releases in France and Canada. Even after Discotek's release, we'll sometimes still see the odd "first ever home release of Cybersix".
Fox Kids edit
There is extensive coverage of the Cybersix Fox Kids edit, however we're at their mercy as there's no other way to tell for sure of what the edit consisted of. One (or a few) erroneous statements lead us to believe the opening theme song, Deep in My Heart, was cut down from 61 seconds down to 15 or 10 seconds, had sped up warped vocals, and consisted of a single verse. But since finding the opening theme song on the RetroJunk website, we see this is all not so. Perhaps a faulty memory since the episodes only aired once (mostly), or a lapse in judgment after seeing a butchered form of the much anticipated Cybersix series finally aired in the US caused this.
There were 5 or 11 episodes
Some online sources will say there were 5 or 11 episode of the live-action series, the numbers sometimes vary. Since we have no way of actually seeing the series for ourselves sometimes these misconceptions persist, but reliable sources have consistently stated there are 8 episodes
- ↑ https://youtu.be/dpVrmmuJsKo TMS comparison video
- ↑ http://frundock.sixie.net/ Frundock FAQ
- ↑ http://playbackonline.ca/1998/06/15/21922-19980615/ Playback online website
- ↑ https://web.archive.org/web/20110928132850/http://www.telecom-anime.com/cybersix/english/faq/faq.html Telecom FAQ
- ↑ http://www.animationartist.com/ubb/Forum5/HTML/000069.html Animation Artist forum
- ↑ https://web.archive.org/web/20040923090201/http://www.tvtome.com:80/tvtome/servlet/ShowMainServlet/showid-5645/
- ↑ http://www.retrojunk.com/content/child/intro/page/4232/cybersix#/content/child/intro/1218/show RetroJunk
- ↑ https://web.archive.org/web/19980626060728/http://www.telefeinternational.com/english/programas/series/cybersix/index.html Telefeinternational website