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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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The character Tetsugyu (whose name roughly translates to "iron ox") was taken from the Chinese epic saga "The Water Margin." In the tale, a warrior named Li Kui (also known as the Iron Ox) was a loyal and fierce warrior who would plow through his foes with the use of brute strength and twin axes. See more »

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The best anime series I have ever seen
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Giant Robo should have really sucked. It had a retro-futuristic style (think Astro-Boy), it has some really cliched characters and the story doesn't start out in any exceptional way. Except... as the story progresses, these things start to change. Characters lose their one dimensionality and start to have human motivations. Plot twists drive shake everything the narrative has led you to believe. There are times when it appears the story just can't get any bigger, but it does!

What makes this series great is giant cast of characters (each with unique abilities, some of which are very original), the twisting of convential anime plot lines and that it doesn't rely purely on shock value or huge explosions to keep you interested. Having seen a lot of the MD Geist-style anime (read: very very bad anime in regards to plot or characterisation), it is great to see a series that doesn't insult my intelligence.

There are some negatives to this series - the whiny boy who controls Giant Robo, the voice acting for some of the characters (I saw a dubbed version), there are some really cheesy moments and some anime conventions are still followed religiously (eg the girl (Ginrei sp?) is mostly useless... except when she isn't). A big let-down is the additional episode on the final tape

  • because there are 7 one-hour episodes, a filler episode called "Barefoot


Ginrei" was after the final episode. It doesn't really add anything to the story, and the fact that Ginrei's feet aren't the only things that are bare may have been the reason it was included.

Despite this, Giant Robo deserves any accolades it gets. Go out and see it.


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