Description: A Japanese anime television series broadcast from January 1, 1977 to January 27, 1979, comprising 108 episodes. It is the second and longest show in the Time Bokan series by Tatsunoko Productions. The series succeeded Time Bokan and preceded Zenderman; it was the final series to be produced by company founder Tatsuo Yoshida prior to his death. A remake of Yatterman has been airing on NTV and Yomiuri TV since January 14, 2008 and was concluded on September 27, 2009, with the original voice actors for the Dorombo gang. A live-action adaptation was released theatrically in March 2009. A mysterious stone known as Skull Stone ( Dokurosut n?) is scattered across the planet, and it holds the power to reveal the location of the largest deposit of gold in the world. The "Doronbo ( Doronb ?) Gang, the three villains, are searching for the Skull Stone. Standing in their way are Gan and Ai who, teamed up with their large mechanical dog Yatterwan, become the masked heroes Yatterman-1 and Yatterman-2. Unlike the previous series in the Time Bokan lineup, Yatterman does not cover any specific time/space travel. Instead, the places the characters travel to and the individuals they meet are either a homage or parody. The fictional characters or places are usually represented by purposely misspelled names or familiar actions. For example, a revolution leader is named "Yashington" as a homage to George Washington; and a place resembling ancient Japan is named "Yametai" ((I) want to stop), as a spoof of Yamatai.