last modified: Sunday, November 13, 2005 (12:51:00 AM)
Tetsujin 28-go or Gigantor (literally meaning "Iron Man #28") has been made into a new anime series. Most of us remember watching the original cartoon in syndication on American TV. This, Speed Racer, Robotech, and Thunderbirds were among the shows on my morning line up. Tetsujin was a manga by Mitsuteru Yokoyama published in 1958. It was the first "giant robot" series. There is a live action film in Japan based on the original comic storyline as well. There are many indications that Gigantor is the predecessor of Giant Robo, as evidenced in the appearance of Kenji Murasame, members of the Q-Gang and Dr. Franken Von Folger in the new anime series. Also, Tetsujin 28 has the exact same battle cry as Giant Robo, "SMASH!" (of course neither robots actually speak, but exhibit grunts instead).
The journey begins when Professor Kaneda creates the ultimate soldier robot, Tetsujin, as a substitute for his son, Shotaro, whom he mistakenly believed died in a bomb raid on Tokyo during World War II. To prevent the army from using Tetsujin as a tool for destruction, the professor hides the robot on a remote island. Ten years after the war, Tetsujin is finally resurrected after 28 attempts made by the late Professor Kaneda's protege, Professor Shikishima. Meanwhile, Shotaro has grown up to become a genius boy detective and now joins forces with his beloved Tetsujin to wage a courageous battle against evil! A legendary masterpiece, which shines in the history of postwar manga, is now resurrected brilliantly!
I purchased volume 1 and watched the first few episodes. The story is incredibly dark and involving. As engrossing as Giant Robo, it's quickly becoming my new favorite series. Can't wait to watch more. Just wish there were cels to purchase. ;_;
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