Character Info Edit
Very little about him is known, currently, Tachibana has been a background character in all of the games and never had any major importance to any of them, he is usually seen along with 88MAN and (in Part 2) Morolian Eight, who are also minor reporters in the series, however, he can be considered a very skilled and important reporter, as he was the only who was able to interview the President Peace in Space Channel 5 Part 2, some of his profiles also state that he has been on TV for a pretty long time, Tachibana usually appears in races against Ulala and other reporters to get scoops before them, according to the Gyun Gyun Guide Book, Tachibana is 40.
His relationship with any of the characters is unknown, though according to his profile in Space Channel 5 Part 2, he used to present a kid's show called Galaxy Kids News which Ulala used to watch when she was a kid, also, according to the Sugoku Sugoi Guide Book, Pine has a crush on him, even nicknaming him "Tatchi", she thinks he's her "ideal man" and even gives him her number after the events of Part 2, currently, Tachibana can be assumed to be one of Ulala's strongests competitions, as he is always racing against her to get scoops before her.
Space Channel 5Edit
Shinichiro first makes a small appearance during report 2, where he can be seen reporting behind Ulala at the beggining of the level.
Later in the third report, it's leaked that the Morolian base is hidden somewhere in the Asteroid Belt and Shinichiro is one of the many reporters to race against Ulala to find the base and get the scoop first, during the level's first segment, Ulala must shoot at him to slow him down, he eventually loses the race to Ulala, Pudding and Jaguar.
In the fourth report, he can be seen among the crowd during the battle between Ulala and Blank TV, cheering for Ulala and helping the heroes get enough energy to defeat Blank once and for all, after that, he marchers to the end of the Galaxy along with the rest of the crowd.
“Channel 1 Reporter
Favorite fabric: Velour
He rides a unique spaceship that resembles a magic carpet.”
Space Channel 5 Part 2Edit
Shinichiro Tachibana returns in the sequel, being referred to as "Reporter: Tachibana".
During the pre-report cutscene for Report 2, Shinichiro is one of the reporters surrounding Space President Peace. Unlike the other reporters, he asks: "Any comment, Mister President?" Later at the beggining of the same report, he can be seen reportering with the Cameraman (Channel 1) most likely about Peace's kidnapping.
Tachibana is seen again at the start of Report 3, racing against the others reporters trying to get at Point Double X wanting the scoop on the ransom for President Peace and the hostages the Rhythm Rogues captured, but due to the Space Police orders he retreats.
He later appears again at the Report 6, dancing along Ulala and many others during the final dance-off against Purge, after defeating Purge, he marches along with the rest of the crowd to the end of the Galaxy.
Tachibana also appears in the Ulala dance mode minigame, though only if Ulala is wearing the Morolian outfit, starting at the 124 stage.
"Works at Channel 1. Real name is Tachibana Shinichiro. Sensible and studious veteran reporter. Previously presented Galaxy Kids News, which Ulala watched as a child."
Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash! Edit
Once again, Tachibana is a minor character in the Virtual Reality game, Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash! he first makes a cameo during the third report, Space Pirates Showdown, where he is seen riding his magic carpet along with Pudding and 88MAN, he looks and waves at the player then flies away with the other two reports and is later captured off screen by Glitter, in The Final Report, Tachibana appears as a hostage of Glitter along with Ulala, The Jaguars (Kell, Bello and Soon-Soon), Pudding and 88MAN, he is saved by the Jaguar and the player then join forces with them to save Ulala and defeat Glitter, after the later being defeated, Tachibana and the rest of the heroes celebrate by dancing, later, the credit sequence will eventually cut to him who will be standing next to 88MAN waving to the player.
Despite being just a minor character once again, Kinda Funky News Flash! is the game where Tachibana stands out the most and has the most presence, same applies to 88MAN, both Tachibana and 88MAN are the only characters who were always minor to get a description in the official website, to get a new render, to be made of hostages along with the main heroes, to fight against Glitter along with the main heroes and to appear in the credits.
Tachibana, according to the official website:
A reporter for Channel 1 whose full name is Shinichiro Tachibana. Tachibana is sensible, hardworking, and has been in the game for a good, long while. Valuing a more expansive worldview over a cushy salary, he's considering going freelance. He rides a spaceship fashioned like a magic carpet.
- Even though he is a simple background character, he can be considered an important reporter in the series as he is the reporter who got an interview with President Peace, while others present reporters only watched (88MAN and Morolian Eight) this is something that is reserved to major reporters in the real world. Although Ulala is a star reporter around the galaxy, she wasn't given the interview.
- Much like Glitter, Tachibana is the only known character of his species.
- He is the only minor reporter who ever got a line.
- Tachibana, Pudding, Jaguar and 88MAN are the only character who have assisted Ulala fighting every final boss.
- In Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash! Tachibana has a few lines which are reused sound files from the first game which were spoken by random hostages who were rescued by Ulala.
- Much like 88MAN, he was never hypnotized nor saved by Ulala in the first two games.
- Strangely enough, he can be seen in an "hypnotized" pose in is Space Channel 5 character profile, however, he was never seen being attacked by the Morolians.
- Both Tachibana and 88MAN, as well as Ulala, were all captured and made hostages for the first time by Glitter in the VR game, but considering he was saved by Lou and Kee, Tachibana still has never ever being saved by Ulala, same aplies for 88MAN.
- Curiously, in early footage of Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash! from 2016, both Shinichiro Tachibana and 88MAN can be seen at the Spaceport 9, being forced to dance by the Morolians, though that never happened in the final version of the game.