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Giant Robo: The Animation (1991)

Jaianto Robo: The Animation - Chikyuu ga Seishi Suru Hi (original title)
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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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Mitsuteru Yokoyama (comic), Yasuhiro Imagawa (concept) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kappei Yamaguchi ... Daisaku Kusama
Sumi Shimamoto ... Ginrei
Shôzô Îzuka Shôzô Îzuka ... Tetsugyu
Kazue Komiya Kazue Komiya ... Youshi
Norio Wakamoto ... Taisou
Masashi Ebara Masashi Ebara ... Professor Go
Iemasa Kayumi Iemasa Kayumi ... Chief Chûjô Shizuo
Yûji Mikimoto Yûji Mikimoto ... Kenji Murasame
Kôichi Chiba Kôichi Chiba ... Doctor Vogler
Yôsuke Akimoto Yôsuke Akimoto ... Alberto
Yasuyoshi Hara Yasuyoshi Hara ... Ivan
Takeshi Aono ... Issei
Shinji Ogawa Shinji Ogawa ... Genya
Michitaka Kobayashi Michitaka Kobayashi ... Professor Tranbo (as Nitta Shinshirô)
Shigezô Sasaoka Shigezô Sasaoka ... BF Agent Leader
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Storyline

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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

22 July 1992 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Giant Robo: The Animation See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(7 episodes)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The English dub of the series is titled "Giant Robo: The Day the Earth Stood Still." The American film The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) featured, like in this series, a halting of an essential power source and (more obviously) a giant fighting robot. See more »

Quotes

[last words]
Dr Kusama: [to his son] Can happiness be obtained without sacrifice? Can a new era be achieved without tragedy?
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Spin-off Giant Robo: Ginrei Special (1994) See more »

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GREAT HOMAGE TO LATE 60s Japanese SHOWS
22 March 2005 | by kullthevalusianSee all my reviews

It may have escaped other reviewers but ALL the characters of this show are take from other series.

Giant Robo OF COURSE is JAIANTO ROBO, but also BIG FIRE himself is BABIL JUNIOR (residing in the ruins of the Babel Tower with his three guardians...the panther, Rokuros and Poseidon) and even Lord Alberto's psychic daughter...she's Sally the Witch from 'Maho Tsukai Sally' (a 'bewitched'-influenced jap cartoon show of the late 60s). Several of the Magnificen 10 were villains in a early animated show about an antediluvian teen awakening in the present and reactivating a giant mecha from the seabed (I just can't place the name of that series but I have seen it in my youth).

All the references and homages of course work just for the Japanese and for the few (lucky?) countries which were flooded by the barrage of ALL the early Japanese cartoon series (I live in Italy and during the late 70s-early 80s we imported almost ALL of the anime which existed to that day...as a result the regular 30-ish male Italian has a passing knowledge of anime to rival that of a non-Japanese 'otaku'...limited to that peculiar period).

Well that's it, search the web and find all of the in-jokes and special appearances that literally FILL the animated series.

Last hint...director naka-joe's original character appeared of course in a boxing series but you have to take 25-30 years off his current appearance to find out 'where does he come from'.


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