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Giant Robo: The Animation (1991)
"Jaianto Robo: The Animation - Chikyuu ga Seishi Suru Hi" (original title)

Video  |   |  Animation, Action, Drama  |  22 July 1992 (Japan)
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In the future, the Experts of Justice battle to protect Earth from the terrorist organization, Big Fire, with the help of a boy who is the sole controller of a colossal robot.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kappei Yamaguchi ...
Sumi Shimamoto ...
Ginrei
Shôzô Iizuka ...
Tetsugyu
Kazue Komiya ...
Youshi
Norio Wakamoto ...
Taisou
Masashi Ebara ...
Professor Go
Iemasa Kayumi ...
Chief Chûjô Shizuo
Yûji Mikimoto ...
Kenji Murasame
Kôichi Chiba ...
Doctor Vogler
Yôsuke Akimoto ...
Alberto
Yasuyoshi Hara ...
Ivan
Takeshi Aono ...
Issei
Shinji Ogawa ...
Genya
Michitaka Kobayashi ...
Professor Tranbo (as Nitta Shinshirô)
Shigezô Sasaoka ...
BF Agent Leader
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In the year 2039, mankind has found a pure, clean, and infinetly recyclable power source known as the Shizuma Drive. It has served its purpose well, until now. Big Fire, a power-mad underworld organization, has found a way of making all Shizuma Drives inoperable. Luckily, a branch of InterPol, known as the Experts of Justice, have discovered this scheme. Now only Daisaku Kusama, a young Expert member, must control Giant Robo to battle the evils of Big Fire. Written by Chuck "Dark-Side" Williamson

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While the series is primarily an adaptation of Mitsuteru Yokoyama's series Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot (1967) (Daisaku Kusama and his giant robot fight against the nefarious Big Fire Group), it incorporates characters from Yokoyama's other works. This was because the producers could not use the original supporting cast or villains from the original Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot (1967) series. See more »

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Taisou: Remember, you don't command Robo, you fight with him, side by side
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Some cool stuff, with stretches of boredom
21 July 2003 | by (Skaville, UK) – See all my reviews

Giant Robo is like a casserole; some bits are incredibly tasty, and some bits you have to push to the side of the plate. I love most of the incidental characters, especially the bad guys. The scenes where members of the Experts of Justice are facing off against, members of the Magnificent Ten and Big Fire (even the names are cool) are well done. When Ivan the Terrible shoots across a room and his scar glows red, all you can say is "Wow!" Also, several of the non-fight scenes are very well directed, with a lot of atmosphere. There are multiple instances in each episode where one of the good or bad characters does something that just makes you exclaim with joy at its coolness.

The problem with this film is that it dwells far too much on big stuff: Giant Robo, cities blowing up, big black orbs trashing out Shanghai, etc. Some of you will say "What do you expect from a movie called Giant Robo?" I have no answer to that. I guess this is what many people want to see. For me, long drawn out animated devastation loses its appeal after about five minutes, especially when they show the same bit of demolition multiple times (i.e. Bashtaralle getting blown up over and over again). Also, the little boy who controls Giant Robo just put me to sleep.

This would have been much better if they called it the Experts of Justice, and left out all the big stuff, including Giant Robo. But judging from the other comments, there is apparently an audience for animated cities getting trashed, so who am I to blame the filmmakers.


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