During World War II, robotics expert Professor Koga was assigned by the Japanese military to create robotic soldiers, which would be turned loose against the allies. That is, until he got ...
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Continuing the adventures of the "Kamen Rider" genre. Minami Kotaro is chosen by Golgom to be the Century King along with his best friend. Kotaro escapes and transforms into the 11th Kamen ... See full summary »
During World War II, robotics expert Professor Koga was assigned by the Japanese military to create robotic soldiers, which would be turned loose against the allies. That is, until he got word that his son, Tsurugi Ryuusei, had been killed in battle. He then washed his hands clean of the whole thing, locks away the prototype, and takes the plans with him. Four years later, Makoto Dolbara, A former colleague of Professor Koga, becomes leader of an organization called the Neross Empire. He then orders his robots to kill Professor Koga, who survives the attack. He then heads for the secret base, and activates the prototype, which eas designed to look like his son. however, despite the Professor's pleas, the robot (Metalder) showed little reaction. The robot then tries to respond to the professor's cries, in which it would be too late. Seeing his dead "father", the robot then swears that it would be the Neross' worst nightmare. Written by
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Having seen several entire Tokusatsu shows of just about every kind, I have to say, this one is easily one of my favorites. I can easily sit down and watch 3 or 4 episodes in a row. It's that good. Now admittedly, this is the only Metal Hero show that I've seen with any kind of depth(as it's one of the few to have been subtitled), but that said, I've seen various pickings from Sharivan, Juspion, Gavan, and a few others, and it's pretty obvious to me, Toei invested quite a lot into this show. The costumes look amazing!. Several of the enemies have costumes with quality almost as good as Metalder's. Seeing as 1987 was one of the few years Toei had 3 concurrent Toku shows in production(Kamen Rider Black, Maskman, and Metalder), it's fairly obvious that Metalder drew the long straw. The mood of the show is definitely dark, which for some reason, turns a lot of would-be fans away, a feeling I don't totally understand, seeing as how this show just a hair darker than Kamen Rider Black, and that show is regarded as one of the best Kamen Riders to date. Even the enemies are given a depth of character made rare by even today's standards. There are several instances where you empathize with the villains, and almost want to root for them. I could honestly spend an hour writing a full review for this show, but let me part with this: if you're at all curious about this show, by all means, Check it out. I promise you'll be a fan!.
P.S.: Yes, this show is a spiritual remake of Jinzo Ningen Kikaider. Not a *total* remake, but you get the message.
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