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Default List of Japanese Super Robot / Shogun Warriors Anime (Cartoon) Series w Video Opening


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Hi Folks! As a kid in the 1970s, I fell in love with Japanese Super Robots due to my exposure of them through Mattel's Shogun Warriors. There were no cartoons or books about them in the US back then, so we just used our imagination & made up our own stories. Now that I'm older, I'm learning new things about these wonderful robots all the time! First off, the toys we called Shogun Warriors were originally Jumbo Machinder's produced by Bandai's subsidiary, Popy during the 1970s in Japan. And Popy also introduced us to Chogokin type toy robots made of diecast metal, which, today live on in Bandai's Soul of Chogokin line. I also discovered that these characters were known as Super Robots & appeared in manga (comic books) & anime (cartoons).

My goal in this thread will be to list every Super Robot anime series in order or the robot's manga if there was no cartoon. I will include some pics, historical info and, hopefully, a YouTube video of the opening theme from the shows. I ask that you PM me if I get anything wrong, so I can correct it. This is going to be a major task for me and I will be doing it piece mail as time permits, but hopefully, when I'm done, we'll have a nice overview of the Super Robot world.


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1. Tetsujin 28-go aka Gigantor in the US
Created by Mitsuteru Yokoyama
Studio: Tele-Cartoon Japan
Aired: 10/20/63 - 05/25/66
97 Episodes


1963 Tetsujin 28 gou Opening Tetsujin 28


Gigantor Cartoon Opening

Tetsujin 28-g? (Japanese: ??28? Hepburn: Tetsujin Nij?hachi-g??, lit. "Iron Man No. 28") is a 1956 manga written and illustrated by Mitsuteru Yokoyama, who also created Giant Robo. The series centred on the adventures of a young boy named Shotaro Kaneda, who controlled a giant robot named Tetsujin 28, built by his late father.

The manga was later adapted into four anime TV series, a Japanese television drama and two films, one live action and one animated. Released in 1963, the first series was among the first Japanese anime series to feature a giant robot. It was later released in America as Gigantor.[1] A live action movie with heavy use of CGI was produced in Japan in 2005.

Yokoyama's Tetsujin, much like Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy, was influenced by the artist's wartime experiences. In Yokoyama's case, this was through the bombing of Kobe in World War II.[2]

As he had written in Ushio magazine in 1995, "When I was a fifth-grader, the war ended and I returned home from Tottori Prefecture, where I had been evacuated. The city of Kobe had been totally flattened, reduced to ashes. People said it was because of the B-29 bombers...as a child, I was astonished by their terrifying, destructive power." Another influence on Tetsujin's creation was the Vergeltungswaffen, a set of wonder weapons designed for long-range strategic bombing during World War II, and the idea that Nazi Germany possessed an "ace in the hole to reverse [its] waning fortunes".[3] The third work to inspire Yokoyama's creation was the 1931 film Frankenstein, which shaped Yokoyama's belief that the monster itself is neither good or evil.

1963 television series
Main article: Gigantor
The 1963 television incarnation of Tetsujin 28-go aired on Fuji TV from 20 October 1963 to 25 May 1966. The series initially ended with 84 episodes, but then returned for 13 more, for a total of 97 episodes. The series had mostly short plots that never took up more than three episodes, but was generally more light-hearted than the anime that would succeed it. Shotaro, Otsuka, Shikishima and Murasame functioned as a team in this version. Only 52 episodes were ever dubbed for the English broadcast.

1980 television series
Main article: The New Adventures of Gigantor
The 1980-81 Shin Tetsujin 28-go (New Tetsujin 28) series was created with 51 color episodes based on a modernized take upon the original concept art. In 1993, Fred Ladd and the TMS animation studio converted the series into The New Adventures of Gigantor and had it broadcast on America's Sci-Fi Channel from September 9, 1993 to June 30, 1997.

Ch? Dend? Robo Tetsujin 28-go FX
Tetsujin 28-go FX (Ch? Dend? Robo) is a sequel to Tetsujin 28-go directed by Tetsuo Imazawa and produced at the Tokyo Movie Shinsha studio. It ran on Nippon Television from April 5, 1992 to March 30, 1993, totaling 47 episodes.[4] It has been brought over to Latin America, but never released in English-speaking countries.

The show follows Shotaro's son, Masato, who controls a new edition of Tetsujin and works at a detective agency with other children. Among them are Shiori Nishina, granddaughter of Chief Otsuka. The Tetsujin FX (Iron Hero 28 Future X) is controlled by a remote control gun, which has to be aimed at the robot for it to take commands.[4]

2004 television series
Main article: Tetsujin 28-go (2004 TV series)
Written and directed by Yasuhiro Imagawa, the 2004 remake takes place ten years after World War II, approximately the same time as the manga debuted. The new television series has been released in the United States under its original name Tetsujin-28 by Geneon and in the United Kingdom by Manga Entertainment, the first time a Tetsujin-28 property has not been localized to "Gigantor" in America or other English speaking nations. The television series focused mainly on Shotaro's pursuit to control and fully understand Tetsujin's capabilities, all the while encountering previous creations and scientists from the Tetsujin Project. While not fully based on the original manga, it followed an extremely different storyline than in the 1960s series.

2007 Live Action Movie


??28? (Tetsujin 28 go) 2005 Trailer

On March 31, 2007, a feature-length film, entitled "Tetsujin 28-go: Hakuchu no Zangetsu" (which translates as "Tetsujin #28: The Daytime Moon") was released in Japanese theaters. The film used the same character designs and scenery as the 2004 television series, albeit the film remade the series from the beginning. Among the changes, a new character "Shoutarou" debuted, Shotaro's older half-brother who was in the same airforce troop as Ryuusaku Murasame. Also a character named Tsuki, with a heavily bandaged body, attempts to murder Shotaro.

2004 PlayStation video game
Puppet giant Gigantor by steering unit becomes the point of view of Shotaro Kaneda, game to fight the enemy robots. X team, cross association, manipulate the enemy robot Big Fire Dr., etc.. The story progresses by going to destroy one after the other a robot sent into the X-team aiming for world domination. Voice of the characters is the same as the anime cast, there is also a scene in which words that were used in the anime is used as it is. Also Gigantor other than robot that appears is a different monster and Black Ox, and II fire, combat capability of its own is set respectively. building area of 1955, port facilities, wooden residential area, where the battle takes place is a field. I can run around in Shotaro freely within the. Further, it can be used as a weapon of the robot is lifted and residential buildings, utility poles or trees. As a result, where the battle of the robot has been performed turn into ruins. If you are leaving the atmosphere of the original, steering unit can be freely right punch, left punch, walking, and flying. It is possible to gain experience value with the progress of the story, to obtain a large power and more, or to learn new tricks. Tetsujin 28-go has no special or light weapons, but the dash, and the like punch is configured as a technique very effective. Further, it is possible to fly, but it can be placed on the palm of the time Shotaro. For maneuver is very difficult to do from the point of view of Shotaro piloted basically, to become a state that Iron Man can not see the shadow of the enemy robots and buildings in a dead angle, by blast out when you destroy them, Shotaro is It must be kept constantly Near Iron. However, sometimes get caught Shotaro and die in the battle of the robot, it is very dangerous. In addition, the operation of the operator is not possible while you are piloting the Iron Man, enemies come against the direct Shotaro comes out by the stage. Therefore, to ensure the safety of Shotaro by stopping the steering of the Iron sometimes also important. Radio disturbance function, has the function of radiation exciting game, Black Ox, has become a very strong robot. It is the work of realizing a dream in the game, the "want to be Shotaro to steer the iron man" of generation were children in the 1950s.

2005 live-action film
Main article: Tetsujin 28: The Movie
The live action movie was released in the US on DVD by Geneon Entertainment in 2006 and has been licensed for a UK release by Manga Entertainment. The movie centers on Shotaro, who is living in the modern age with his widowed mother. Tetsujin 28 is accidentally discovered, and Shotaro's mother explains that it was left for Shotaro. He, with the help of Chief Otsuka and an older female classmate, learns to control Tetsujin. In the meantime, a Dr. Reiji Takumi activates Black Ox and plans to attack Tetsujin.

Further projects
On December 26, 2008, Felix Ip, the creative director of Imagi Animation Studios, revealed screenshots from a computer-animated teaser video featuring Black Ox and Tetsujin.[5] On January 9, 2009, the Japanese animation company Hikari Productions and IMAGI launched the project's website.[6] The teaser features Dr. Franken with nearly the same name that he had in the 2005 movie, him also being the leader of a terrorist organization, and Shotaro being designed to look more like Daisaku from Giant Robo: The Animation. The movie has not yet been finalized, as its further production depends on worldwide success of the Astro Boy movie. Idlewild (film) director Bryan Barber recently expressed interest in pitching a Hollywood film version of Gigantor, and allegedly has the merchandising rights to the property.[7]

US adaptations
Main article: Gigantor
In the US adaptation of the 1963 Tetsujin 28 series, which was done by Fred Ladd, all of the character names were changed, and the wartime setting removed. Shotaro Kaneda became Jimmy Sparks, Dr. Shikishima became Dr. Bob Brilliant, Inspector Otsuka became Inspector Ignatz J. Blooper, and Kenji Murasame became Dick Strong. The series' setting was pushed forward to the year 2000. The 1980 television series was also exported to America in 1993, retitled as The New Adventures of Gigantor, with most of Fred Ladd's names intact. The 2004 television series, released by Geneon, retained all of its original names.

Legacy
The shotacon genre of Japanese fiction, which focuses on a sexual attraction to young boys, is said to be linked to Tetsujin 28-go's Shotaro as an early example of the archetypal boys the genre focuses on; indeed, the term "shotacon" is said to be short for "Shotaro Complex".[8]
Guillermo Del Toro has cited the series as an influence on his movie Pacific Rim, depicting a series of battles between human-controlled giant robots and giant alien monsters.[9]
Shotaro's name was borrowed by Katsuhiro Otomo for the protagonist of his manga, Akira.
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Astroganger

2. Astroganger
Created by ?
Studio: Toei Animation
Aired: 04/10/72 - 03/28/73
26 Episodes


Astroganger's Japanese Opening (with subtitles)

Astroganger (???????? Astroganga?) is a Super Robot anime series created by Knack Productions. It consisted of 26 episodes and originally aired from October 4, 1972 to March 28, 1973.

Production
This was the first Super Robot show in color, beating Mazinger Z to the air by two months.

Astroganger is very different from most of the robots of the genre. He is a sentient being who can talk, think, and feel pain. He has no special abilities and must rely on his strength to win battles.

Reception
Astroganger was very popular in the Middle East as Jongar (?????), and was also shown in Italy as Astroganga and in Spain.

The same staff would go on to create the notorious Chargeman Ken!. Like that show, Astroganger has sometimes been referred to as "so bad it's good"
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Mazinger Z

3. Mazinger Z aka Tranzor Z in the US
Created by Go Nagai
Studio: Toei Animation
Aired: 10/02/72 - 08/13/74
92 Episodes


Mazinger Z Intro


Tranzor Z Opening Sequence

Mazinger Z (Japanese: ?????Z Hepburn: Majing? Zetto?, known briefly as Tranzor Z in the United States) is a Japanese super robot manga series written and illustrated by Go Nagai. The first manga version was serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Sh?nen Jump from October 1972 to August 1973, and it later continued in Kodansha TV Magazine from October 1973 to September 1974.[2] It was adapted into an anime television series which aired on Fuji TV from December 1972 to September 1974. A second manga series was released alongside the TV show, this one drawn by Gosaku Ota, which started and ended almost at the same time as the TV show. Mazinger Z has spawned several sequels and spinoff series, among them UFO Robot Grendizer and Mazinkaiser.

It was a very popular anime in Mexico during the 1980s, where it was dubbed into Spanish directly from the Japanese version, keeping the Japanese character names and broadcasting all 92 episodes, unlike the version aired in the U.S

Development

In his Manga Works series, Go Nagai reveals that he had always loved Tetsuwan Atom and Tetsujin-28 as a child, and wanted to make his own robot anime. ([1]) However, for the longest time he was unable to produce a concept that he felt did not borrow too heavily from those two shows. One day, Nagai observed a traffic jam and mused to himself that the drivers in back would surely love a way to bypass the ones in front. From that thought came his ultimate inspiration: a giant robot that could be controlled from the inside, like a car. In his original concepts, the titular robot was Energer Z, which was controlled by a motorcycle that was driven up its back and into its head (an idea which was recycled for the Diana A robot). However, with the sudden popularity of Kamen Rider, Nagai replaced the motorcycle with a hovercraft. He later redesigned Energer Z, renaming it Mazinger Z to evoke the image of a demon god (Ma, ?, meaning demon and Jin, ?, meaning god). The motif of the Hover Pilder docking itself into Mazinger's head also borrows from Nagai's 1971 manga Demon Lord Dante (the prototype for his more popular Devilman), in which the titular giant demon has a human head (of Ryo Utsugi, the young man who merged with him) in his forehead. Interestingly, Koji Kabuto takes his surname (the Japanese word for a helmet) from the fact that he controls Mazinger Z from its head.

Tranzor Z, the first American version
In the United States, Three B. Productions Ltd., a production company headed by Bunker Jenkins, developed Mazinger Z for American television by producing an English-dubbed version, which Jenkins retitled Tranzor Z. This adaptation aired in 1985, and was, like many English-dubbed anime shows that were on American TV at the time, re-edited for American audiences. Many of the Japanese names used in Mazinger Z were changed for its adaptation into Tranzor Z; for example, Koji Kabuto became Tommy Davis, Sayaka became Jessica, Shiro became Toad, Professor Kabuto became Dr. Wells, Dr. Hell became Dr. Demon, and Baron Ashura became Devleen. Only 65 out of the 92 episodes were dubbed into English, as 65 was the minimum amount of episodes required for syndication.

Sequels

The Mazinger Z anime ran to a total of 92 TV episodes from 1972 to 1974. Its period of greatest popularity lasted from roughly October 1973 to March 1974, during which time it regularly scored audience ratings in the high twenties; episode 68, broadcast March 17, 1974, achieved the series' highest rating of 30.4%, making Mazinger Z one of the highest-rated anime series of all time (1). It culminated in the destruction of the original robot by new enemies (after Doctor Hell's final defeat in the penultimate episode) and the immediate introduction of its successor, Great Mazinger, an improved version of Mazinger, along with its pilot, Tetsuya Tsurugi. The idea of replacing the first robot with Great Mazinger (sometimes called Shin Mazinger Z) is a variation of a death-rebirth myth found in most Japanese action series: the title character, even if it is only a robot, is never truly defeated or destroyed, only improved upon, and replaced by the next version. Koji and Mazinger Z come back in the last episodes of Great Mazinger to help their successors defeat the forces of evil.

Another sequel, albeit in a different line, was introduced in 1975, with the appearance of Grendizer, set in the Mazinger and Great Mazinger story continuity that included Koji Kabuto as a supporting character.

The shows spawned so-called "team-up movies" early on, which were like longer episodes that teamed up Mazinger Z with one of Go Nagai's other creations, as in Mazinger Z vs. Devilman (?????Z??????) in 1973 as well as Mazinger Z Vs. Dr. Hell (?????????????) and Mazinger Z Vs. The Great General of Darkness (?????Z??????) both released in 1974.


Conceptual art of Dai-Mazinger.
In the 1980s, on behalf of Dynamic Planning, Masami ?bari and other independent animators ( Toshiki Hirano ) not part of Toei Animation began work on a miniseries of Mazinger Z. The OVA would have been called Dai-Mazinger (or Daimajinga, ????) and would have presented the same characters known to the general public, starting with the main protagonist Koji. The robot would be more realistic: for example, it would have exhaust pipes and its rocket fists would not be able to automatically return to its arms.[4]

The news, initially protected by a tight secrecy, managed to leak and were spread by the specialized press. Toei protested, saying to Dynamic that the rights of the animation of Mazinger was only theirs and that they did not tolerate a Mazinger animated by others. As a consequence, the project Daimajinga was blocked. This wasn't helped with the fact that Nagai was in the middle of a court battle with Toei, suing them for not properly crediting him and not paying him royalties over the creation of Gaiking in 1976. However, since then the relationship between Nagai and Toei had steadily improved.

Thirty years after the start of the original program, Nagai's company Dynamic Planning released a continuation of the original Mazinger series as an OVA—named Mazinkaiser (mazinkaiz?)—in 2002. This work would be succeeded by the movie Mazinkaiser: Deathmatch! Ankoku Daishogun, which in some ways served as a partial remake of Mazinger Z vs. the General of Darkness.

Since 2007, several rumors surfaced regarding a new series which would be based on the Z Mazinger manga. In February 2009, it was officially announced a new Mazinger anime called Shin Mazinger Shougeki! Z Hen (?????????!?Z? Shin Majing? Sh?geki! Z Hen?) which later began airing on April 4, 2009.[5]

On the 2010 June issue of the magazine Hobby Japan, released on April 2010, a new OVA series was revealed. It will be called Mazinkaizer SKL (???????SKL Majinkaiz? SKL?).[6] The OVA is planned to have also a novelization, which will be serialized in ASCII Media Works magazine, Dengeki Hobby, and a manga, a net manga to be published in Emotion (Bandai Visual) Shu 2 Comic Gekkin.

Reception and influence

Mazinger Z helped to create the 1970s boom in mecha anime.[10] The series is noteworthy for introducing many of the accepted stock features of super robot anime genres: the first occurrence of mecha robots being piloted by a user from within a cockpit,[11] the mechanical marvel that is the world's only hope, forgotten civilizations, power-hungry mad scientists, incompetent henchmen, lovable supporting characters (usually younger siblings, love interests, or friends of the hero), the scientist father or grandfather who loses his life heroically, and strangely clothed, eccentric or physically deformed villains (the intersex Baron Ashura as one example). Mazinger Z was also the first show to feature a female robot (Aphrodite A, piloted by female lead Sayaka Yumi), and a comic-relief robot made of spare parts and garbage named Boss Borot (which ended up suffering severe damage in nearly all of his appearances), after its pilot, brash yet simpleminded gang leader, Boss.

The peculiarity about this super robot, differing from the ones in earlier robot manga, is that Kouji the pilot has to fly a smaller separate vehicle to combine with the robot (in Mazinger's case, the head). In comparison, previous robots were either autonomous (like Tetsuwan Atom/Astro Boy) or remote-controlled (like Tetsujin-28). An activation code is used to summon the robot and another used to actually activate it ("MAJIN GO!" and "PILDER ON!" respectively). This typically signaled the start of an action sequence, and this method is still used in anime such as GaoGaiGar or Koutetsushin Jeeg.

Another characteristic is seen in the unusual use of Mazinger's formidable weaponry: Kouji would always announce with a shout the name of the super-power or attack he was about to use, including eye-fired energy beams, melting rays from the chestplates, gale-force winds, and the famous and oft-copied "Rocket Punch" attack. Most of these simple gimmicks were later incorporated in most of Nagai's robot series, and widely imitated in many other mecha shows. Although the roots of announcing the weapons (and the rocket punch attack) can also be traced back to Toei's 1968 tokusatsu series, Giant Robo whose US title was Johnny Sokko And His Flying Robot, or even the way the heroes of chambara eiga and television used to announce their sword techniques before cutting down their opponents.

However, the most notable characteristic that the show brought to the super robot genre was the relationship between machines and humans; Go Nagai established from the start the premise that machines and humans could act as one, and interact between each other. Since Kouji piloted the robot from the head, he acted as the robot's "brain," and almost every time Kouji would move, laugh, or suffer inside its cockpit, the robot would act the same, mimicking its pilot. Additionally, some minor characters included were cyborgs, that could act like humans, showing feelings and emotions (even crying). These ideas were used repeatedly in many similar shows (Grendizer, another Nagai work, would have the pilot suffer injury to his own body where the robot was attacked).

In terms of plot, despite being simplistic in its portrait of good and evil characters, the show was able to stay fresh with young audiences with an irresistible mix of action, horror, comedy, and drama, sometimes all in one single episode. Some of them (especially after the introduction of the Boss Borot), were heavy on slapstick and jokes, even to the point of making fun of the hero and the villains; others carried strong melodramatic touches (this characteristic of heavy satire humor and melodrama were in fact staples of almost all of Go Nagai's creations in manga, even before their adaptations to the small screen). We also have a change in the concept of main female characters (already seen in Harenchi Gakuen, later reinforced in Cutie Honey), who were until then modeled after the "quiet, sweet, compliant" Japanese ideal: Kouji's partner and love interest Sayaka Yumi is tomboyish, loud and stubborn, very unlike the traditional heroines. Kouji Kabuto was not your usual hero of the time— he was a crass, arrogant, impulsive and hot-headed ne'er-do-well—who was the polar opposite of the virtuous Japanese males in the media. While Kouji's very outrageous and abhorrent behavior was very appealing to young boys, it was the bane of many establishment organizations, such as the Japanese PTA.

Later sequels of the franchise share many characteristics of the Japanese tokusatsu heroes as well as 1970s kaiju films. The team-up anime Grendizer & Getter Robo G & Great Mazinger vs. The Giant Sea Monster is very similar to tokusatsu films like Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster. Mazinger Z also spawned the parody series, Panda Z, also by Nagai, in which the main characters of the original series are replaced by anthropomorphic animals. Mazinger also appears in the comedy OVA CB Chara Nagai Go World, where the main cast of the series is turned into super deformed parodistic alter-egos who are then sent on a wild caper across most of the Nagai's works (with encounters with Devilman's demons, Getter Robo, Violence Jack and others).

In 2001, the Japanese magazine Animage elected Mazinger Z TV series the eleventh best anime production of all time.[12]

Guillermo Del Toro has cited the show -which was a huge success in his native Mexico during the eighties- as an important influence on Pacific Rim.
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Getter Robo

4. Getter Robo
featuring:
Getter 1
Getter 2
Getter 3
Created by Go Nagai & Ken Ishikawa
Studio: Toei Animation
Aired: 04/07/74 - 05/18/75
51 Episodes


Getter Robo Opening

Getter Robo (Japanese: ?????? Hepburn: Gett? Robo?, typically romanized as Getter Robot in the various manga) is a Super Robot manga series created by Ken Ishikawa, as well as an anime series produced by Toei Animation. The series was broadcast on Fuji TV from April 4, 1974 to May 8, 1975, with a total of 51 episodes. Getter Robo is commonly mistaken for a Go Nagai work. While this isn't necessarily false, Go Nagai's involvement in the series was minimal, as the entirety of the original manga and subsequent manga sequels were both drawn and written by Ken Ishikawa.

Sequels and remakes

Getter Robo G
The last episode of the Getter Robo series showed the defeat of the Dinosaur Empire, but with a high price: the death of one of the Getter Robo pilots, Musashi Tomoe. It also introduced a new enemy, the Clan of the 100 Devils, who at that very moment were preparing an invasion of Earth from space. This would be the basis of a sequel with a new, improved version of the original robot, piloted by Ryoma, Hayato, and newcomer pilot Benkei Kuruma. The series, called Getter Robo G, would not be as long and successful as the first one, lasting 39 episodes. The new robot and its pilots were also featured in the Go Nagai short features Great Mazinger vs. Getter Robo G and Grendizer, Getter Robo G, Great Mazinger: Decisive Showdown! Great Sea Beast, despite the fact Getter Robo was conceived as existing in a different universe from the Mazinger/Grendizer continuity. Note: the Getter Robo manga features both the stories of Getter and Getter G.

G also became famous in the U.S. as it was included in edited form as part of the Force Five robot series produced for the American market, where its name was changed to Starvengers. Additionally, toys based on the Getter Robo mecha were licensed by the U.S. toy company Mattel and sold under the company's Shogun Warriors toy line.

There was a limited video release of Starvengers in the UK, renamed Formators.

Getter Robo Go
After some years, the franchise was revived in 1991 with the new series Getter Robo Go, directed by Yoshiki Shibata, and featuring a new robot and an all-new team. The manga of Getter Go is considered one of Ken Ishikawa's best works, featuring the Shin Getter Robo for the first time. The Getter Robo Go Anime suffered from low ratings due to its tenuous connection to the manga, and little to no continuity to the other Getter Robo Anime. This gave the Anime a lukewarm reception in Japan. The OVA remakes use a lot of ideas, characters and situations from the Getter Go manga.

Despite some setbacks, the influence and popularity of the original show continued in Japan, and it found a way to stay with fans through video games (like the Super Robot Wars game series, in which the Getter Robo is one of its lineup mainstays) and other merchandise. The series was even spoofed successfully in the mecha anime series Martian Successor Nadesico, where the anime-within-anime Gekiganger III was a direct pun (and homage) to the Getter Robo legacy, among many other super robot series. Gekiganger III was the favorite show of the character Gai in Martian Successor Nadesico. His voice actor, Tomokazu Seki, has also said that Getter Robo is his favorite anime.

Shin Getter Robo
After the ending of Getter Robo Go, Ishikawa, motivated by his editor Nakashima, of Futabasha, decided to extend and explain some topics, like what really happened to Benkei and the Saotome Institute, the reason Ryoma was scared of Getter Rays, what Getter is and such. Also, it featured new insect-like enemies from the far future, later used in Getter Arc. All of this was told in the Getter Robo Go manga prequel, Shin Getter Robo, begun in 1997 and lasted 2 volumes.

Getter Robo Arc
Getter Robo Arc is a 3-volume manga taking place in a science fiction post-apocalyptic futuristic setting. Ryoma's son Takuma joins the human-dinosaur hybrid Kamui and Messiah Tayel's younger brother Baku Yamagishi aboard the Getter Robo Arc, fighting, alongside the Dinosaur Empire, the insect-like enemies of the Andromeda Flow Country (???????? Andoromeda Ry?koku?) from the far future. Unfortunately, Super Robot Comics, the magazine in which Arc was published, was canceled and the story ended prematurely.

Getter Robo Hien
In 2007, a new manga entitled Getter Robo Hien: The Earth Suicide was released in Japan. It has since concluded at 3 volumes, and was serialized in a monthly webcomic. This series continues the Ken Ishikawa continuity of Getter manga, temporally taking place after Getter Robo Go and before Getter Arc. The series features an older Hayato leading a new team of Getter Pilots (and a new Getter) as they defend the earth from large plant-like monsters.

Apocrypha Getter Robo DASH
In July 2008 a new manga entitled Apocrypha Getter Robot Dash was released in Japan, in Magazine Z, authored by Hideaki Nishikawa. Due Magazine Z being cancelled, it continues as Apocrypha Getter Robo DARKNESS.

Apocrypha Getter Robo DARKNESS
Apocrypha Getter Robo Darkness is actually Getter Robot DASH, continuing with another title on Young Animal Arashi after Magazine Z was cancelled. The chapter 0 of Getter Robo DARKNESS, published in the July 2009 issue of the magazine, is actually a reprint of the sixth chapter of Getter Robo DASH, the last one published in Magazine Z.

Change!! Getter Robo (Shin Getter Robo/Shin Getter Robo Armageddon)
The concept was re-invented in 1998 with the retro-styled OVA Change!! Getter Robo: The Last Day of the World (released in America as Getter Robo: Armageddon). Giant Robo director Yasuhiro Imagawa was to direct the OVA, but had a falling out with the studio after Episode 3. The OVA ran 13 episodes and was presented as the sequel to a story - which was never actually animated - about the Getter Team fighting a race of amorphous aliens called "Invaders." This production made use of an animation style reminiscent of the old Getter Robo and other 1970s anime shows with thick, sketchy lines.

Several fans of the original series complained about the OVA's story and characters, which were radically different from the TV series in many ways, including the recasting of Professor Saotome as a villain and the return of Musashi Tomoe.

Neo Getter Robo
Two years later, the same staff returned for the four-part OVA Shin Getter Robo vs Neo Getter Robo which ditched the Shin OVA plot and used a continuity closer to the original. The OVA introduced a Getter Robo design which is similar to the one in the Getter Robo Go series (with elements of Getter Robo G's design thrown in) as well as characters from Getter Robo Go that are closer in personality to those found in the original manga than the anime adaptation. Many fans consider this OVA to be a form of redemption for the unpopular Getter Robo Go anime, which was considered by many to be a flop in comparison to the highly praised Getter Robo Go manga. The OVA also included a three part miniseries that lasted five minutes called Dynamic Super Robot's Grand Battle which shows several Go Nagai created robots doing battle with the Mycene empire from the anime Great Mazinger. The short included appearances by Getter Robo G and Shin Getter Robo.

New Getter Robo
In 2004, director Jun Kawagoe produced a new OVA called New Getter Robo, this time being a re-telling of the Getter Robo story. In this new story, humanity is under attack by demonic creatures called Oni. As in the original stories, Dr. Saotome creates a series of Getter-Ray-powered robots to fight the monsters, culminating the creation of Getter Robo. Both the robot and the Getter Team were redesigned for the new series. Getter Robo is more detailed and mechanical-looking than its earlier forms, and all three pilots - Ryoma, Hayato, and a combination of Musashi and Benkei's archetypes named "Benkei Musashibo" - are as violent and antiheroic as they were in the 70s manga. Ryoma is now an irresponsible street fighter, Hayato a bloodthirsty, sadistic terrorist, and Benkei a hedonistic and gluttonous apprentice monk.

Continuities
The TV series, OVAs and manga are considered to be three different series because of the various differences between them.

The TV series Getter Robo and Getter Robo G are Toei's version of Getter Robo based on Go Nagai and Ken Ishikawa's Getter Robo concept and not the manga. Getter Robo Go is a futuristic Getter Robo show that mimics the old Getter Robo TV series in style (family friendly). Like the previous two, it also follows the monster of the week formula.

The OVAs are mostly based on the Getter Robo manga, and sometimes other Ken Ishikawa manga like Kyomu Senki. Each OVA is set in a different alternate continuity and thus can be watched in any order.

The Getter Robo Saga manga compilation by Ken Ishikawa (Getter Robo, Getter Robo G, Getter Robo Go, Shin Getter Robo, Getter Robo Arc) is considered to be the main continuity of the franchise as each entry is connected to each other. The manga not by Ken Ishikawa, like Go Nagai's Devilman vs Getter Robo and Getter Robo Darkness, aren't considered in the Ken Ishikawa continuity.

Video games
The various Getter Robos are mainstay characters in the Super Robot Wars series by Banpresto, usually found in the super deformed style which the series is popular for; Getter appeared in almost every non-original exclusive installment with Gundam and Mazinger (except for Judgement, K, L and UX, in which Getter does not take part). The Getter Robos also received their own turn based strategy game similar to the Super Robot Wars series for the Sony PlayStation titled Getter Robo Daikessen!. This game featured the various versions of Getter Robo from the manga and anime and OVAs produced until that point, as well as an original pink mecha piloted by a trio of ninja women. Shin Getter and Black Getter are included in Another Century's Episode 3, which features the storyline of Getter Robo Armageddon.

Influences
In an interview with Kazuki Nakajima, the writer of Gurren Lagann and chief editor on the Getter Robo Saga compilation, Getter Robo was cited as one of Gurren Lagann's main inspiration.[1] In Powerpuff Girls Z, Dy. Na.Mo, a robot with 3 individual parts that can combine to make various forms similar to Getter Robo appears in episode 50 of the show.

In anime parody series All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku one episode features Nuku Nuku's creator utilizing a series of robots called "Geta Robo", shaped like a giant wooden clog (a Geta). He is voiced by Akira Kamiya, who played Ryoma Nagare in Getter Robo.

In other anime parody series Lucky Star, any time that they mentioned a dentist, Konata ever remember the Getter II with the drill like a dentist.
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Great Mazinger

5. Great Mazinger aka Shogun Warrior Mazinga in the US
Created by Go Nagai
Studio: Toei Animation
Aired: 09/08/74 - 09/28/75
56 Episodes


Great Mazinger Opening

Great Mazinger (????????? Gur?to Majing??) is a manga comic book and anime television series by manga artist Go Nagai. The story is a sequel and direct continuation of Mazinger Z series after its initial success.[1] The series was aired on Japanese television in 1974, immediately following the end of the first Mazinger series. It ran for 56 episodes.

Casting

Produced as a direct sequel to Mazinger Z, Great Mazinger also includes some cast members of the original series. This includes Shiro Kabuto (Kouji's little brother) and comic-relief robot Boss Borot.

Originally, Great Mazinger was to be included in Jim Terry's Force Five series. However, it was eventually swapped out with Spaceketeers, and was never aired in the United States. As was in Mazinger Z, nevertheless, it was successfully broadcast in Italy, Mexico, and other Latin American countries, unedited.

Appraisal and spin-offs

Although Great Mazinger did not achieve the same astronomical ratings as Mazinger Z, it was still highly popular to run a very successful 56 weeks. In fact, it even spawned a line of best-selling toys and merchandise as did its predecessor, as well as several spin-off theatrical featurettes. For example, it paved way for the creation of UFO Robo Grendizer. In addition, a footage from Great Mazinger's sole appearance in the final episode of Mazinger Z was aired as part of the US version of Mazinger Z, known as Tranzor Z. At that time, however, Great Mazinger had already been introduced to millions of American children under the name of Mazinga. As one of the imported products, the 24-inch Jumbo Machinder toys were released in the US by Mattel as part of their Shogun Warriors line in 1976.

Great Mazinger was also the star of the short theatrical "team-up movie features" released in Japan such as Great Mazinger versus Grendizer, and Great Mazinger versus Getter Robo G among others. They were based on the anime crossovers of the manga creations of Go Nagai. For example, Tetsuya pilots an earlier version of Mazinger Z called Energer Z.

Along with Jun, Tetsuya and the Great Mazinger are also featured in the Mazinkaiser OVA and Mazinkaiser: Death match! Ankoku Daishogun movie. The characters have been also a mainstay in Banpresto's Super Robot Wars, a popular battle-simulation/RPG series of video games based on many anime mecha shows. This includes the original Mazinger Z, Getter Robo, the Gundam series, and Neon Genesis Evangelion among others. Moreover, Tetsuya appears in Shin Mazinger Shougeki! Z Hen.

Modern versions

2002: OVA version

Main article: Mazinkaiser
In the 2002 OVA Mazinkaiser, Tetsuya fights alongside Kouji against Doctor Hell's forces. The OVA version of Great Mazinger is physically identical to the original, but with black coloring on the arms and legs instead of blue. Great is seriously damaged during the initial battle in the series. Near the end of the OVA, Tetsuya returns with a new and much more powerful Great, which is discovered in Doctor Juzo Kabuto's laboratory.

2003: Movie

Great also returns in the 2003 movie Mazinkaiser: Deathmatch! Ankoku Daishogun, where Tetsuya once more fights the Mycenae Empire using the prototype Great Mazinger for unknown reasons. Speculation is that both Mazinkaiser and Shin Great Mazinger were being upgraded in the Photon Labs, forcing Tetsuya to use the prototype Great Mazinger. This time, however, Great is incapacitated rather quickly, surviving battle but unable to continue fighting. Nevertheless, the battle did display Tetsuya's skill, as he was the only member of the Mazinger Army (made up of Great, Venus A and three mass-produced and significantly weaker versions of Mazinger Z) to defeat his attackers and survive. In the end, the newly upgraded Mazinkaiser was launched in space to rendezvous with the Kaiser Pilder. Mazinkaiser defeated Ankoku Daishogun and in the ending credits, we can see Mazinkaiser carrying the damaged Great Mazinger and Venus Ace.

2009: TV series

Main article: Shin Mazinger Shougeki! Z Hen
In the 2009 Shin Mazinger Shougeki! Z Hen series, Tetsuya is an ace pilot noted for incredibly easy mastering control over Mazinger Z prototype, Energer Z. He has assisted Kabuto Kenzo and Juzo, Dr. Hell and Tsubasa Nishikiori in exploring Bardos Island. When Dr. Hell makes his first attempts for world domination, Tetsuya sacrifices his life, allowing Tsubasa to shoot Kenzo, who has been possessed by alien Kedora, killing them both. He is later revealed to be Tsubasa's lost brother and his ghost is summoned by Viscount Pygman to haunt her. In the first episode, "Blade", a mysterious figure with a bearing striking resemblance to Tetsuya in his pilot costume and face unseen, kills Pygman. A silhouette of Great Mazinger is seen behind Blade but before the narrator can introduce it, Detective Ankokuji interrupts him saying it is yet "another story". Great General Of Darkness also appears in the first and last episodes of the series.

Great Mazinger Weapons

Atomic Punch - ????? ???: Great Mazinger launches his fist, together with his forearm, giving a spinning effect to make the impact of the fist very powerful.
Mazinger Blade - ????? ????: From his legs, a couple of swords can be launched, for melee attacks or duels.
Great Boomerang - ???? ?????: The great red "V" plate on his chest can be picked up and thrown at enemies, with a boomerang effect.
Nerble Missile - ???? ????: From his waist, the light blue cell is opened, and a strong missile is launched from there.
Great Typhoon - ???? ?????: From Great Mazinger's mouth, a powerful breath of wind is sent off, strong enough to lift up even a giant monsters.
Breast Burn - ???? ???: From is great red "V" plate on his chest, a powerful heating beam is cast off. It can be converted to be a glacial beam.
Thunder Break - ???? ????: Great Mazinger signature move. From his antennas on his ears, an electric beam is sent to the sky. Those beams makes the clouds to eletrify and to send giant thunderbolts on the earth. Some of this thunderbolts are caught by Great Mazingers antennas, and this tremendous energy is released from his finger or the tip of Mazinger Blade to the enemy, most probably killing it instantly.
Drill Pressure Punch - ??? ?????? ???: In order to make the Atomic Punch more dangerous, this is, later in the series, powered up by a set of sharp blades that make their appearance on the forearm only before the attack, making the Atomic Punch to be more powerful than the normal Atomic Punch.
Back Spin Kick - ??? ??? ???: In order to make the Great Mazinger flawless, the professors discovered that Great Mazinger's weak points are his legs, because there are no weapon on them. So, in order to correct this fault, a giant round blade appears from the knee to the foot, to make his kicks very powerful. However, this weapon is used rarely.
Knee Impulse Kick - ?? ????? ???: As just said, together with Back Spin Kick, another weapon is discovered for Great Mazinger's legs. From the plate on his knee, a metal tip is shown from his knees, in order to make his knee strike more powerful. However, this weapon is used rarely.
Great Booster - ???? ?????: Great Mazinger's best weapon and improvement. A separated jet is built and dispatched from the base, to fuse with great Mazinger "Scranduru Jet" and to improve his top speed. This improvement is also a weapon because it can be dispatched from Great Mazinger to the enemy, destroying it at impact. His sharpened wings may cut through enemies. The Great Booster is equipped with laser cannons, rarely used.
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6. Raideen the Brave aka Brave Raideen or Heroic Rydeen aka Shogun Warrior Raydeen in the US
Created by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko
Studio: Sunrise, Tohokushinsha
Aired: 04/04/75 - 03/26/76
50 Episodes


Brave Raideen-Intro

Brave Raideen (???????? Y?sha Raid?n?) is a super robot anime series. Produced by Tohokushinsha, Asahi News Agency and Sunrise, it aired on NET (now TV Asahi) from 4 April 1975 to 26 March 1976, with a total of 50 episodes. The official name being Raideen the Brave, it is mainly known as "Brave Raideen," or "Heroic Rydeen". A series called Reideen the Superior (?????????) was broadcast from 1996 to 1997 on TV Tokyo, and another series called Reideen was broadcast in 2007 on WOWOW.

Mecha

Raideen

Height: 50 meters
Weight: 520 tons
Armor: Mutronium
Power Source: Pyramid Power emitted from the Star of Ra Mu

Weapons and Powers

God Missiles: Bird-like bladed missiles from its abdomen that are highly accurate. Later upgraded with homing capabilities.

God Block: A retractable shield in its right arm. This is later upgraded to be used as a buzzsaw called the God Block Spin.

God Breaker: A sword hidden in the God Block.

God Boomerang: A red bladed bird-like boomerang hidden in its right arm. This is later upgraded with a pair of rocket jets to make its impact faster and stronger.

God Gorgon: Harpoon-like arrows stored in its back using, thrown at enemies with a bow on its left wrist. These arrows are charged with energy from its left fingertip, and explodes on contact; these are sometimes fired in barrages

God Gorgon: Tabane Uchi Da. The bow is later upgraded with both halves being sharpened, called the Gorgon Sword.

Aura Shock: Electric shocks from its fingers.

Telekinetic Beam (Nendo Kousen) God Alpha: A powerful energy field around its body used to deteriorate whatever is attacked by it.

God Pressure: Green lightning bolts from its forehead.

Energy Cutter: Surrounding its God Breaker with lightning to make it more powerful.

God Voice: From the chest of Raideen, some satellite dishes are shown to amplify by several times Akira's voice, who screams "God Ra Mu". Extremely powerful purple sonic rings are launched from those satellite dishes, to entrap enemies and tear them apart at a molecular level. However, this attack has heavy repercussions to its pilot, Akira.

God Bird
Raideen turns into an eagle-like jet for faster flight and often used for Raideen's finishing attacks.

Ramming: Simply ramming through enemies at super sonic speeds. Also has a spinning variation called the Titan Drill.

God Bird Claw: God Bird's talons.

Esper Burn: Heat beams from the eyes. Also acts like x-ray vision, to lock-on the enemy's weak point and make the God Bird to pierce them easier.

God Thunder: Summoning lightning from the sky and directing it towards an enemy.

Head Cutter: The head part is separated from the body of Raideen and it is used like a battering ram, while the neck hole reveals a large blade tip, allowing Raideen to pierce enemies body.

Production Notes

The Brave Raideen series is renowned in Japan as the first to include a giant robot whose origins are mystical rather than scientific; Raideen itself is in fact portrayed as a sentient being. Raideen is also historically noteworthy for being one of the first transforming giant robots (Goldar, from Ambassador Magma, was an earlier character, although Goldar's transformation from robot to rocket ship was not a detailed mechanical transformation). The diecast toy version of Raideen, released in Japan in 1975 by Popy, was the first true transforming robot toy. Brave Raideen was the first anime mecha work of anime director and writer Yoshiyuki Tomino, better known as the creator of Gundam. The latter half was directed by Tadao Nagahama, and may be seen as a predecessor to his famous Romantic Trilogy, consisting of Combattler V, Voltes V and Daimos.
This series was the second collaboration between writer/director Yoshiyuki Tomino and artist Yasuhiko Yoshikazu. The first work to feature both men was Wandering Sun (Sasurai no Taiy?) (1971). The two would later team up again for both Mobile Suit Gundam and Gundam F-91.
"Raideen" was named after the sumo wrestler "Raiden Tameemon".[1]
According to RahXephon director Yutaka Izubuchi, the similarity of designs and powers of the title robots and the basic plots of RahXephon and Raideen are intentional.[2][3]
A low-budget Korean movie called Space Thunder Kids features a robot whose design appears to be a copy of Raideen's.

Raideen the Superior

A 38 episode remake aired as Raideen the Superior (????????; Ch?ja Raid?n) in 1996. This series was directed by Toshifumi Kawase. Five seemingly ordinary teenagers are actually superheroes called "Raideens" and their mission is to fight their enemy the so-called "Super Devils." This series was notably different than the original, more akin to a Super Sentai series or Tekkaman Blade than the original Raideen and having a Sh?jo feel to it.

Reideen

Main article: Reideen
On January 2007, a twenty-six episode series, simply titled Reideen (??????; Raid?n), began transmission. In this remake, Saiga Junki, a high school student with a gift in mathematics, learns that his archaeologist father, who disappeared years earlier, has died. When going to claim his remains at a pyramid dubbed "Japan's Pyramid," a meteor falls from the sky containing an evil life-form that seeks total destruction. Just as Saiga is put in danger by this life-form, the bracelet that his father left him reacts to the pyramid, and the titular robot is activated. It is now up to Saiga and Reideen to defend the Earth against the mysterious invaders.

International release

Brave Raideen is considered the first super robot anime to reach a large U.S. audience directly. It was first broadcast in Honolulu, Hawaii on KIKU TV-13, which ran the series with English subtitles created and produced in-house. The series first hit the mainland in June 1976, Sunday nights at 6:00 P.M. on Los Angeles's KWHY TV-22 and at 8:00 P.M. on San Francisco's KEMO TV-20. Later in 1976, Brave Raideen began running on KMUV TV-31 in Sacramento, California (Sunday nights; timeslot to be confirmed), as part of the station's Japanese-American programming. The series also aired similarly in Chicago (station and dates to be confirmed), as well as broadcast as part of the Japanese programming on New York City's WNJU TV-47.[4] The Stateside push was sponsored by Honolulu-based Marukai Trading Co., Ltd., who distributed a large line of Japanese-produced merchandise (as well as some Hawaii-produced items, such as tee-shirts) to local retailers in localities airing Brave Raideen — including Popy's Jumbo Machinder (which may account for Mattel's launching of the popular Shogun Warriors line in the U.S.), according to author August Ragone.

Merchandise

The original toy figures of Raideen (spelled "Raydeen") were introduced to the U.S. market as part of the Shogun Warriors toyline during the late 1970s under the Mattel brand, as well as the Marvel Comics book based on said toyline.
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7. Getter Robo G aka The Starvengers in the US
featuring:
Getter Dragon aka Shogun Warrior Dragun in the US
Getter Poseidon aka Shogun Warrior Poseidon in the US
Getter Liger aka Shogun Warrior Raider in the US
Created by Go Nagai and Ken Ishikawa
Studio: Toei Animation
Aired: 05/15/75 - 03/25/76
39 Episodes


Getter Robo G OP

Getter Robo G (??????G Gett? Robo J??) is a super robot anime series created by Go Nagai and Ken Ishikawa and produced by Toei Animation. This direct sequel to Getter Robo was broadcast on Fuji TV from May 15, 1975 to March 25, 1976,[1] with a total of 39 episodes (some episodes were rebroadcast, erroneously giving the impression that there were 43 episodes).

Mattel's popular Shogun Warriors toy collection included Getter Robo G's robot formations in that toy line: Getter Dragon (Dragun), Getter Liger (Raider), and Getter Poseidon (Poseidon). As a result of the popularity of these toys in the US, Jim Terry included this series in his Force Five anime lineup under the title of Starvengers. Some Starvengers episodes were re-dubbed and released by FB Productions under the Robo Formers title. The original Getter Robo series, however, has yet to appear in the U.S. (although the Shin Getter Robo OVAs have appeared). In the UK, Starvengers episodes were released on video by Krypton Force under the name Formators.

Getter Machines

Like its predecessor, Getter Robo G is composed of three jet-like vehicles piloted by one of the three pilots. Dragon is the red jet, controlled by the pilot of Getter Dragon. Liger, the blue jet, is used by Getter Liger's pilot. Getter Poseidon's operator uses Poseidon, the yellow machine. All three are armed with missiles but are generally very weak and never used in combat unless absolutely necessary. They also appear when the pilots use the Open Get (Break Formation in the English Version) verbal command to break up the current form, so that they can change into another, or so they can dodge an enemy's attack.

Getter Dragon (formed from Dragon+Liger+Poseidon) - English Version - Star Dragon - piloted by Ryoma Nagare, English Version - Homer Winthrow

Getter Liger
(formed from Liger+Poseidon+Dragon) - English Version - Star Arrow - piloted by Hayato Jin, but piloted by Michiru when Hayato is captured near the end. English Version - Paladin Spencer

Getter Poseidon
(formed from Poseidon+Dragon+Liger) - English Version - Star Poseidon - piloted by Benkei Kuruma, English Version - Elmer O. Fossil aka "Foul Tip"
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8. Steel Jeeg aka Kotetsu Jeeg or Koutetsu Jeeg
Created by Go Nagai and Tatsuya Yasuda
Studio: Toei Doga
Aired: 10/05/75 - 08/29/76
46 Episodes


Steel Jeeg Opening


Koutetsu Shin Jeeg - op

Steel Jeeg (????? K?tetsu J?gu?), more commonly known as Kotetsu Jeeg or Koutetsu Jeeg, is a super robot anime and manga series created by manga artists Go Nagai and Tatsuya Yasuda. The anime TV series was produced by Toei Doga (now Toei Animation). It was first broadcast on Japanese TV in 1975. The series lasted for 46 episodes. Steel Jeeg also ran as a manga in several children's publications.

A sequel series called Kotetsushin Jeeg (which appears to take place 50 years after the original show) aired on the satellite network WOWOW, beginning April 5, 2007.

Concept

Steel Jeeg is formed by combining the parts released by the Big Shooter jet, piloted by Prof. Shiba's lovely assistant, Miwa Uzuki. Hiroshi Shiba becomes the head of Steel Jeeg by bumping his fists together.

Video games

Jeeg makes an appearance in 2nd Super Robot Wars Alpha and Super Robot Wars Alpha 3 for the PlayStation 2, and in Super Robot Wars K and Super Robot Wars L for the Nintendo DS

Merchandise

Takara made Jeeg and Panzeroid toys as part of their Magnemo line, making use of a system of magnetic sockets and steel ball joints for unprecedented articulation and interchangeability.

In the United States, the Jeeg and Panzeroid toys were remolded in different colors and new heads were sculpted for Mego's Micronauts "Magno" figures; Baron Karza and Force Commander.

In Italy, the toy company Gig Co, who had the European rights to the Micronauts at the time, made three more figures using the Jeeg toy as a basis; King Atlas, Green Baron, and Emperor. These toys (with the exception of Emperor, who was released in very limited numbers by a company called Lion Rock Toys) were never released in America because Mego went bankrupt before the toys could be unveiled to the US market, while Gig kept the Micronauts license going for a few years afterward in Europe.

Internationalization

The Steel Jeeg anime was broadcast in a number of European countries, where it was quite successful, especially in Italy, where it still has a huge fanbase.

In the 80s the series was shown in Latin America, where it was part of a giant robot show fashioned in the style of Force Five, called "El Festival de los Robots" which translates to "Festival of Robots". Steel Jeeg was called "El Vengador" (The Avenger) along with four other anime shows including Gaiking, Starzinger and Magne Robo Gakeen. The names were translated in Spanish to "El Gladiador", "El Galáctico", and "Supermagnetrón" respectively. Only 25 episodes of the original 46 were dubbed in spanish and aired. This version of the series never reached their conclusion. The spanish theme song of "El Vengador" (Steel Jeeg) was composed and sung by chilean singer Memo Aguirre (Capitán Memo). In 2008 the chilean company SeriesTV edit a set of 24 DVD with Festival de los Robots episodes. This set includes 24 episodes of "El Vengador" with the original spanish dubbing.

Like many popular 70s super robot shows, Steel Jeeg has never been released in the US.

Sequel

On April 5, 2007 at 11:30 p.m. JST a sequel of Steel Jeeg called Koutetsushin Jeeg began airing on the satellite network WOWOW.
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9. Grendizer aka Shogun Warrior Grandizer in the US
Goldorak in Canada
Goldrake in Italy
Show Name: UFO Robot Grendizer or UFO Robo Grendizer
Appeared in US Show: Jim Terry's Force Five
Created by Go Nagai
Studio: Toei Doga, Dynamic Planning
Aired: 10/05/75 - 2/27/77
74 Episodes


Grendizer Opening


Grandizer Opening Sequence (Force Five)


Goldorak (1975) - Opening & closing theme


UFO Robot Goldrake - Opening

UFO Robot Grendizer (????? ??????? Y?f? Robo Gurendaiz??) is a Super Robot TV anime and manga created by manga artist Go Nagai. It is the third entry in the Mazinger trilogy. It was broadcast on Japanese television from October 5, 1975, to February 27, 1977, and lasted 74 episodes.[1][2] The robot's first appearance in the United States was as a part of the Shogun Warriors line of super robot toys imported in the late 1970s by Mattel, then in Jim Terry's Force Five series, both under the title Grandizer. It is still widely popular in the Middle East, and it was especially popular in France and Quebec, as well as among French speaking Canadians in the province of New Brunswick, where it was aired under the title Goldorak. In Italy, the series was as popular and known as Goldrake.

DVD releases

The licensed dubbed version for some French-speaking countries was officially announced in 2006. In 2005, a major crisis led Toei to take legal actions against DVD customers, all French megastores, and two major French anime publishers in France, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland and Luxembourg. The crisis started with the official release of unlicensed Goldorak DVD by Manga Distribution and Déclic Image websites and on eBay. By November 28, 2005 the Manga Distribution and Déclic Images publishers were sentenced to pay €7,200,000 to Toei and Dynamic Planning for selling unlicensed DVD boxset.[3][4]

As of 2013, following an agreement with Toei, an official, "fully remastered and uncensored" DVD release of the complete series is available on the French market, and the series is aired on Mangas TV.

Dynamic Superobot Wars and Dynamic Heroes

UFO Robot Grendizer returns in 2002 in the 6th chapter of "Dynamic Superobot Wars" and in 2004 in Dynamic Heroes (???????????, Dainamikku Hîrôzu)—also known as Nagai Go Manga Gaiden—Dynamic Heroes (???????? ???????????, Nagai Gô Manga Gaiden Dainamikku Hîrôzu) and as Go Nagai Manga Heroes Crossover Collection—Dynamic Heroes, a Japanese manga based in several works of Go Nagai, including most of his most famous robots, such as Mazinger Z, Getter Robot and Great Mazinger. It was originally published as a monthly manga magazine e-manga from Kodansha, from June 2004 to July 2007.
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10. Gaiking
Name unchanged for Shogun Warrior release in the US
Show Name: Demon Dragon of the Heavens Gaiking or ????????? or Daik? Mary? Gaikingu
Appeared in US Show: Jim Terry's Force Five
Created by Go Nagai
Studio: Toei Animation
Aired: 04/1976 - 01/1977
44 Episodes


GAIKING opening


Force Five Gaiking Opening Theme


The Legend Of Daiku Maryu Gaiking - opening


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Divine Demon-Dragon Gaiking (????????? Daik? Mary? Gaiking?) is a Japanese Super Robot mecha anime series produced by Toei Animation.

It ran from April 1976 through January 1977 and consisted of 44 26-minute episodes. Gaiking was notable for being one of the few super robot series to take place in real places outside Japan, and for being the first Super Robot series to have a mobile carrier for the chief robots. In the USA, Gaiking was part of Mattel's popular Shogun Warriors import toy line of the late 1970s and Jim Terry's Force Five anthology series. In 2005, a remake titled Gaiking: Legend of Daiku-Maryu was produced.

Legal Controversy

Toei Animation credited the show as being based on an original idea by Akio Sugino. However, in reality the original idea was of Go Nagai.[1] Toei deliberately took Nagai out of the credits in order to avoid the payment of royalties.[2][3] Because of that, Nagai sued Toei and stopped further collaborations with Toei for a long time.[4][5] The legal battle lasted more than 10 years.[3] Nagai himself confirmed that he was the creator of Gaiking in the Comicon 2007 in Naples, Italy.

Mecha

Gaiking

A mysterious mecha with a Daik? Mary?'s head on its chest. The unit was piloted by a baseball star named Sanshiro Tsuwabuki, known as Aries Astronopolous in the English version, and as Brando Drummond in Latin America. It is launched when the Head of Daik? Mary? while Daik? Mary? launches Parts 1 (Arms and Chest) and 2 (Torso, Legs and Feet), combining it to form the mecha. The unit has a powerful feature called "Face Open", which utilizes Gaiking's hidden weapons. However, this machine's origin and why it is made remains a mystery.

Daik? Mary?

A gigantic Dragon-shaped robot (known as The Great Space Dragon or Kargosaur in the English version) that protects the earth from the invaders from Planet Zala. It houses a lot of weapons and the needed Weapon Parts for Gaiking.

Nesser

A miniature robot located inside the Daik? Mary? that looks like a Plesiosaur (called Dynatar in the English version and Super-Caracol in Spanish version). It is used for aquatic reconnaissance missions. It could fire lasers or fire from its eyes.

Skylar

A miniature robot located inside Daik? Mary?, which resembles a Pterodactyl. This is used as an aerial scout, and is armed with missiles. In the English version, its name remains the same as well as in Spanish version.

Bazolar

A miniature scout robot located inside Daik? Mary?, which resembles a Triceratops. (Called Rhinatar in the English version and Super-Tanque in Spanish version. It was used for scout missions on land. Very fast on land, it used lasers for attack.

Production & Release notes

Daik? Mary? Gaiking was Toei Animation's first super robot series not based on an existing manga (the company's previous super robot anime Mazinger Z, Getter Robo, etc. were based on manga series by manga artist and writer Go Nagai).

The program was shown in English internationally as part of Jim Terry's Force Five lineup, and was also broadcast in Latin America as "El Gladiador" as part of a 4 anime mecha show called El Festival de los Robots (with the other 3 being "Starzinger", "Magne Robo Gakeen" and "Kotetsu Jeeg", known as "El Galactico", "Supermagnetron" and "El Vengador" respectively).

The first 26 episodes of Gaiking were aired also in Italy during the Japanese super robot craze of the early 1980s, under the name Gaiking. In the late 1990s the whole series was released in Italy in dubbed DVD boxes. Two episodes from Jim Terry's Force Five Gaiking series would be redubbed as an episode of Robo Formers.

On July 26, 2015, Discotek Media at the Otakon anime convention announced that they had acquired the entire 44-episode 1976 television series and would be issuing it in a complete box set, in Japanese with English subtitles, sometime in 2016.

In 2009, William Winckler Productions produced three all-new English dubbed movie versions edited from the original series. William Winckler, known for Tekkaman the Space Knight, wrote, produced and directed the English films, which are seen on broadband in Japan, and released on DVD in North America by Shout! Factory in 2013.

Game appearances

The original Gaiking first appeared in Shin Super Robot Wars for the PlayStation and later in 2nd Super Robot Wars Alpha and 3rd Super Robot Wars Alpha, both for the PlayStation 2.
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Time for a little break as we have reached the part in the list where, I as an American, really have little to no exposure to the rest of most of the remaining Super Robots on the list. I wanted to shift gears a bit and share with you the toys that really got me into this whole Super Robot thing:


Shogun Warrior 1976 Commercial


Shogun Warrior 1978 commercial


Shogun Warriors Godzilla Toy Commercial


Shogun Warrriors jumbo machinders in background

The Shogun Warriors were the central characters of a line of toys licensed by Mattel Inc. during the late 1970s that consisted of a series of imported Japanese robots based on anime and tokusatsu shows featuring giant robots. Originally manufactured in three sizes: the 24-inch (610 mm) plastic versions, the 3.5-inch (89 mm) die-cast metal versions, and the slightly taller but much more detailed 5-inch (127 mm) die-cast versions. Several vehicles were also offered, as well as a set that could be put together to form the super robot Combattra. Toward the end of production, Mattel proposed the inclusion of some original plastic vehicles exclusive to the U.S. for the 3.5" figures to ride in, however, these toys were not released for purchase.

Features


These toys featured spring-loaded launcher weapons such as missiles, shuriken and battle axes. Some were able to launch their fists while the later die-cast versions also had the ability to transform into different shapes. Raydeen, for example, could become a birdlike spaceship. These "convertible" editions were the precursors to the Transformers line of toy robots, but unlike the later products, it was not unusual for minor disassembling to be required to achieve the secondary form. There was even a robot named Megatron in issue #18 of the comic,[1] a name subsequently used multiple times for the leader of the evil Decepticons from Transformers. The second form of the toy was not always functional, one example being Gaiking's "giant skull," which was the head for Daiku Maryu, a space dragon toy not released in the U.S.

Several of the anime-based toys from this line were seen in the 1980s as part of Jim Terry's Force Five series. A single movie version was edited from each series and sold on Home Video. These features aired on the cable network Showtime in 1981 under the name "Shogun Warriors".

The Shogun Warriors name was revived by Toynami in 2010 as an all-new toy line.

Toy line

Giant robot characters that featured in the original toy line were:

17 Robot
Combattra
Daimos (Called "Dynamo" in the US version of the anime entitled 'Starbirds'.)
Dangard Ace
Dragun
Gaiking
Grendizer (Also called Grandizer.)
Great Mazinger (Called "Great Mazinga" or simply "Mazinga" on some of the packaging.)
Leopardon
Poseidon
Raiden (Called "Arrow" in the Force Five TV series.)
Raideen
Voltes V
Raider (Sold only as a plastic model kit.)
In addition, two giant movie monsters from Toho were added to the line:

Godzilla
Rodan

Controversy

Like certain other toy lines of the 1970s, the Shogun Warriors came under pressure over safety concerns regarding their spring-loaded weapons. It was feared that children might launch the weapons and hit other children or pets in the eye. There was also a risk that children might swallow the small plastic missiles and other parts. Toy manufacturers then faced new regulations due to reported injuries received as a result of playing with these toys. Consequently, many toy companies were forced to remodel existing toy lines with child-safe variations such as spring-loaded "action" missiles that would remain attached to the toy. For this reason, as well as declining sales, the Shogun Warrior line had disappeared by 1980.

Comics

Shogun Warriors were licensed by Marvel Comics for a comic book series written by Doug Moench and drawn by Herb Trimpe.[3] It had 20 issues published from February 1979 to September 1980.[4] In the comic book, the Shogun Warriors were created by a mysterious group called the Followers of the Light. Human operators were chosen from all around the world to operate the massive robots in order to battle evil.

Marvel only licensed three Shogun Warriors for the comic book series:

Raydeen, piloted by Richard Carson, an American stuntman.
Combatra,[5] piloted by Genji Odashu, a Japanese test pilot.
Dangard Ace, piloted by Ilongo Savage, an oceanographer from Madagascar.
The series was firmly rooted in the Marvel Universe, as evidenced by their interactions with the Fantastic Four in the last two issues. Issue #15 (April 1980) was a fill-in written by Steven Grant with art by Mike Vosburg. The series took a dramatic turn with issue #16 (May 1980), as the Shogun Warriors' mentors were destroyed by the Primal One and his followers.[6] This alien force decided that Earth's technology had outpaced its morality, and so it was their duty to destroy the Shogun Warriors as well as other powerful humans, including Reed Richards and Tony Stark. Declining sales as well as Moench's commitment to writing the Moon Knight series led Marvel to cancel the Shogun Warriors title.[7] After Marvel lost the rights to the characters, they had a giant robot named The Samurai Destroyer destroy the three robots offscreen before encountering the Fantastic Four and robot pilots Richard, Genji, and Ilongo.[8]

Between February 1979 and July 1979, Marvel had the comic book rights to both Godzilla and the Shogun Warriors. While the characters never crossed paths in their respective comics, artist Herb Trimpe (who did the artwork for both of the series) drew a variation of Godzilla and Rodan alongside Daimos, Great Mazinger, Raydeen, and Gaiking on the top page of a comic book ad soliciting the Shogun Warrior toys.[9] Mattel, which had the license to the Shogun Warriors, also had the licence to produce toys based on Godzilla[10] and Rodan[11] at this time. Though he never appeared in the comic series, Red Ronin, a robot created for Marvel's Godzilla comic book series, was mentioned occasionally and was frequently written about in the letters pages.
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11. Go-wapper 5 Go-dam aka Goliath the Super Fighter
?????5???? Gowapp? Go G?damu
Godam in Italy
Created by ?
Studio: Tatsunoko Productions
04/04/76 - 12/29/76
36 Episodes


Gowapper 5 Godam

Go-wapper 5 Go-dam (?????5???? Gowapp? Faibu G?damu?), is an anime series aired in 1976. There were 36 episodes. It is also referred to as Godam and Gowapper 5 Gordam.

The series has also been aired on Italian television under the title Godam.

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Gowappa was the first super robot anime to feature a female as the leader and main character. The concept of a group of young adults gathering to fight evil can be seen in other Tatsunoko works such as Science Ninja Team Gatchaman and in manga written by Tatsuo Yoshida and Ippei Kuri, but as of 2008, the only other Tatsunoko production featuring a female lead is Time Bokan 2000: Kaitou Kiramekiman. Gowappa 5 Gordam has a bright theme song and light-hearted situations, but the story also includes more serious parts, and there are episodes that end on a rather bitter note.

Because Gowappa 5 Gordam was competing with another robot anime, UFO Robo Grendizer (on Fuji Television), as well as a popular television game show called Up Down Quiz (on Mainichi Broadcasting System), both in the same timeslot, it faced an extremely difficult ratings battle, and was later moved mid-broadcast from Sunday's "Golden Hour" to a weekday evening timeslot, where its ratings suffered. After moving, Tatsunoko attempted to broaden the scope of the series by making Gordam itself into a combining robot, but this did not bring viewers back, so it ended after three seasons (36 episodes). Before and since this series, there have been many Tatsunoko-made series broadcast on the same channels that had to fight for ratings in the same manner.

"Gowappa", the name of the group of five main characters, is an abbreviation created from two of the kanji in the phrase "five children" (?????, gonin no kowappa) to create ?? (gowappa). However, one of the candidates for the series' name was "Abaranger", and many media outlets actually used this name before the series aired. The Abaranger name would go on to be a candidate name for the later series Golden Warrior Gold Lightan, and would finally be used for the 2003 Super Sentai series Bakuryu Sentai Abaranger.

There is a mistake in the opening animation sequence where Gordam fires its missiles and its other weapon, the Bocunder, hits the enemies instead; Gordam then fires the Bocunder and the missiles explode.

Laserdisc

In 1995, the entire series was released as a Laserdisc box set.

DVD

Nippon Columbia released the DVD boxset in 2005.
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Default 12. Combattler V aka Shogun Warrior Combattra

12. Combattler V
Ch?denji Robo Combattler V
????? ???????V Ch?denji Robo Konbator? Bui
Shogun Warrior Combattra in the US
Studio: Toei Company & Sunrise Studio
Created by Saburo Yatsude
4/17/76 - 5/28/77


Combattler V Japanese opening

Ch?denji Robo Combattler V (????? ???????? Ch?denji Robo Konbator? Bui?), also known as Super Electromagnetic Robot Com-Battler V, is a Japanese mecha anime television series produced by Toei Animation and Nippon Sunrise that aired from 1976 to 1977. It is the first part of the Robot Romance Trilogy of Super Robot series created by "Saburo Yatsude" and directed by Tadao Nagahama.

The robot's name is a portmanteau of "combine," "combat," and "battle," and the V is intended both as an abbreviation for "victory" and in reference to the five component machines that form the robot, as well as its five pilots. The V is pronounced as the letter V, unlike in the follow-up series, Voltes V, where it is pronounced "five".

The show follows the adventures and battles of the Battle Team, a group of young pilots, as they battle against the Campbell Empire from outer space.

Production

The series (along with the later two shows) was created by Saburo Yatsude, who would later go on to create Golion (best known to American viewers as the "Lion Force" half of Voltron). "Saburo Yatsude" is not a real person, but a pseudonym which refers to the collective staff at Toei (the main office, rather than the animation studio; the series was animated by Sunrise and produced by Toei Company). The series was animated by Sunrise on Toei's behalf.

A sizable portion of the staff that worked on the earlier show Yuusha Raideen also worked on Combattler V. However, according to Tadao Nagahama, there were still efforts to sell a continuation to Raideen even when it looked to be clearly ending, ignoring the demands of Combattler's producer, Takashi Iijima. In the end, right at the point where creating the new program would have been at the last second, Nagahama rejected the continuation of Raideen and its staff finally went over to work on Combattler, putting pressure on their schedule.[1]

Getter Robo also largely influenced the design of Combattler V itself, as toys made of the former were unable to replicate its three-state combination abilities to an extent that satisfied consumers. Thus, Combattler V was designed in such a way that toy makers would be able to include this function more easily.[2] The same concept would later go on to be used in Voltes V and in the Super Sentai series.

Media

Combattler V ran for 54 episodes from April 17, 1976 to May 28, 1977. Various manga adaptations were released both during its airing and afterwards. Many toys were also produced. The anime itself was brought to the Philippines and dubbed in Tagalog, Cebuano and Hiligaynon.

The series saw sequels in both Voltes V and Daimos and is the first show in Nagahama's Robot Romance Trilogy.

Combattler V appeared the United States was in the late 1970s as a part of Mattel's Shogun Warriors line of imported Super Robot toys under the name of 'Combattra', and as such was one of the three Super Robots in the Marvel Comics companion series.

In addition, Combattler V and its storyline have appeared in many entries in the Super Robot Wars franchise of video games.
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13. Groizer X
?????? Guroiz? X
Gloyzer X and Gloizer X
Studio: Knack Productions & Dynamic Animation
Created by Go Nagai

07/01/76 to 03/31/77
Episodes 36


Groizer X OP


???! ?????X?OP??/???


EL JUSTICIERO OPENING LATINO

Groizer X (?????? Guroiz? X?) is an anime series aired from 1976 to 1977. There were 36 episodes. It is also referred to as Gloyzer X and Gloizer X.

Concept

The anime was created by Go Nagai as a side project during the time he was busy with the various Mazinger series, Groizer X nevertheless managed to be converted into a TV series. The robot transforms into a jet, while the show included intense battle sequences and aerial combat, it remained a secondary super robot series.

Merchandise

The original Groizer X toyline are one of the very few Super Robot toys produced by Nakajima Manufacturing Company instead of the industry dominant Popy Pleasure.[1]

Yamato then did a GN-U Groizer X figure released in 2007. A Manga version of the figure was produced, only painted in green.

Outside Japan

While not being a great success in Japan, Groizer X had a considerable impact in Brazil, where it was aired under the name O Pirata do Espaço ("The Space Pirate") in 1984/1986 at the Manchete Network. Only two mecha anime were shown in the country, and Groizer X was the only one to air in its entirety (Voltes V, the other one, only aired for five episodes). In Latin America, the anime was aired under the name "El Justiciero". In Italy it was one of the few robotic anime to be aired on Silvio Berlusconi's Canale 5, in 1981, where it failed to garner much following and was never replayed.

References in other series

In the 2009 anime Shin Mazinger Shougeki! Z Hen, Count Brocken deploys an updated Groizer, "Groizer X-10" to attack Mazinger Z and the Mazinger Corps. Later on, Groizer's X-9, X-11 and X-12 are also shown, used by the Count to sink the Submarine Fortress Saluud.
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14. Blocker Gundan 4 Machine Blaster
?????????????????? ??
Blocker Army IV Machine Blaster
Blocker Corps IV
Blocker Army IV
Blocker Corps
Machine Blaster
Astrorobot Contatto Ypsilon in Italy

Consisting of...

- Gundan I
- Gundan II
- Gundan III
- Gundan IV

Studio: Nippon Animation and Ashi Productions
Created by Akira Hatta and Toshihiko Sato
07/05/76 to 03/28/77
38 episodes


Blocker Gundan IV Machine Blaster OP -?????????-?karaoke ASA ver1?


Astrorobot contatto Ypsilon

Blocker Gundan 4 Machine Blaster (???????????????????) is an anime series aired from 1976 to 1977 in Japan. There are 38 episodes aired at 25 minutes each. It is also known as "Blocker Army IV Machine Blaster", "Blocker Corps IV", "Blocker Army IV", "Blocker Corps", "Machine Blaster" and in Italian version as "Astrorobot Contatto Ypsilon" ("Blocker Corps IV Astrorobot" for the DVD release).

Concept

The number 4 comes from the team of 4 robots. The robots individually have their own weapon, but they can also be combined to form a fire ring which cuts through the enemies. It was not the most popular show since anime powerhouses Gaiking and Combattler V, which featured more creative combinations and designs, were ruling the airwaves.
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15. Gakeen Magnetic Robot
Magne Robo Gakeen
??????????? Magunerobo Ga Kiin
Magnerobo Ga-Keen
Gakeen Supermagnetron
Robotman Gakeen
Magnos the Robot in the US
Studio: Toei Animation
Created by ?
Aired: 09/05/76 to 7/26/77
39 Episodes


Gakeen Opening

Magne Robo Gakeen (??????????? Magunerobo Ga Kiin?) is a Japanese anime television series that aired from 1976 to 1977 in Japan. There were 39 episodes. It is also referred to as "Magnerobo Ga-Keen", "'Gakeen Supermagnetron", "'Gakeen Magnetic Robot", "Robotman Gakeen", "Gakeen". Outside Japan, several episodes were edited and cobbled together into a movie-length feature, and in this format it is also known as Magnos the Robot or Renegade Force.

Concept

Gakeen became one of the many super robot series to appear after the seminal works such as Mazinger and Getter Robo opened the floodgates to the genre. The robot was notable for its creative weaponry systems such as cutting fists, Gakeen fists, steel claws, bladed foot. Other specialties include magnetic onslaught, magnetic draw, arm cutter, laser beams, atomic hurricane. The show further extended the transformation into very long complex sequences that would become trendy for similar shows to follow.

DVD

In Japan it has been released as a DVD box set. Outside Japan, it was released on an edited 90-minute movie DVD. In Italy the series has been released on the home video market by Yamato Video who presented the whole series since only the first part was broadcast during the 1980s by local TV networks; the second half has a different voice cast.

Merchandise

Takara released the rare Robotman Gakeen in 1976. The toy was released as part of the Robotman Series, which was originally intended to be the bridge between Microman and Henshin Cyborg series to form a larger toys tie-in project call Victory Series. However, when Henshin Cyborg line was terminated in 1974, there was no longer a reason for keeping the Victory Series and Robotman then became part of Microman line.[2]

CM's Corporation then released a Brave Gokin version of Gakeen in September 2008.
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Sash's Bowen Collection Thread

If you see the collection thread in new posts, it's because new pics have been added.
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16. UFO Warrior Dai Apolon
aka Shadow World cartoon in the US.
Studio: Eiken Production
Created by: Tetsu Kariya
Aired: April 6, 1976 to February 24, 1977
47 Episodes


Dai Apolón Intro Japonés


Dai Apolón Intro Latino

UFO Warrior Dai Apolon (UFO?????????) was a Japanese anime series aired from 1976 in Japan. There were 47 episodes aired at 25 minutes each. It is also known as "UFO Senshi Dai Apolon", "UFO Soldier Dai Apolon", "UFO Robo Dai Apolon", "Dai Apolon", "Shadow World".

Concept

The story adds American football into the setting backdrop as an element. Though the original concept is derived from manga "Sh?nen King" by creator Tetsu Kariya and Shigeru Tsuchiyama. That manga featured a 15-year-old orphan called Akira. The story did not have the American football or UFO robot elements, and the enemies were demons.[1] It was unusual for the football element to be added, since the sport was barely even recognized as an amateur sport in Japan in the mid 1970s. It may just be a coincidental blend to add variety to the super robot genre. The robot also carries a football-shaped blade. The main robot is formed from the three components Edda (Head), Trangu (Trunk), Legga (Leg).

English release

Five episodes were combined and dubbed in English to create a re-edited movie called Shadow World. The setting was changed to California and the names of the protagonists were changed to American ones, although Dai Apolon and some of the villains kept their names. This movie was released on video in 1986.

Trivia

The show was aired Tuesday 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
"Apolon" has also been spelled "Apollon" interchangeably.
The show aired at a time when major changes were occurring at TBS and halfway through the series the channels changed and what remained of DaiApolon is sometimes known as DaiApolon 2.
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