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Giant Robo (ジャイアントロボ, Jaianto Robo) is a Japanese manga series by Mitsuteru Yokoyama. The manga, which was first published in 1967, spawned a live-action tokusatsu television series of the same name, as well as series of original video animations called Giant Robo: The Day the Earth Stood Still.
Giant Robo manga cover art
|Written by||Mitsuteru Yokoyama|
|Magazine||Weekly Shōnen Sunday|
|Original run||May 1967 – March 1968|
|Anime television series|
|GR: Giant Robo|
|Directed by||Ren Usami (Chief)|
|Produced by||Hitoshi Hayakawa|
|Written by||Chiaki J. Konaka|
|Music by||Shinya Kimura (Kimushin)|
|Original network||SKY Perfect|
|Original run||January 19, 2007 – July 6, 2007|
|GR: Giant Robo|
|Written by||Ryoumati Shiro|
|Published by||Wani Books|
|Original run||2007 – 2008|
The secret society "Big Fire", scheming to conquer Earth, is furthering Project GR. The special investigation organization of the United Nations dispatches an agent in Country T to interfere with the plan. Daisaku Kusama, a Japanese tourist, is mistaken for the agent and is abducted by "BF".
Daisaku Kusama comes back barely alive to Japan with Secret Agent Azuma with GR1. However, "BF" plans an attempt on Daisaku's life to recapture GR1 and they let GR2 and GR3 attack Tokyo.
A bomber carrying a hydrogen bomb crashes into Japanese waters. The hydrogen bomb has already been recovered by "BF" though the bomber is recovered at once. "BF" demands that GR1 should be exchanged for the hydrogen bomb.
- Daisaku Kusama: A teenage Japanese boy who was traveling to T Nation in order to study.
- Azuma: The chairman of the Japanese branch of the special investigation organization of the United Nations.
- GR-1: The former Big Fire robot that Daisaku controls, GR-1 is the only thing standing in the way of Big Fire's world domination plan. Built primarily for land combat but overhauled to have flight and naval capabilities in volume 2.
- GR-2: Big Fire's naval combat robot, Destroyed by GR-1 in volume 2.
- GR-3: Big Fire's aerial combat robot, Destroyed by GR-1 in volume 2.
- Giant Robo (TV series), a 1967-1968 live-action tokusatsu TV series based on the manga. Released in the U.S. as Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot, Stock footage from the U.S. dub of the series was condensed into a TV movie titled Voyage into Space (1970).
- Giant Robo: The Day the Earth Stood Still, a 1990s direct-to-video series reimagining of the manga.
- Giant Robo: The Day the Earth Burned, a 2006 spin off manga series from the creator of Giant Robo: The Day the Earth Stood Still.
GR: Giant RoboEdit
GR: Giant Robo (GR ジャイアントロボ, GR: Jaianto Robo) is an animated TV series written by Chiaki Konaka (Serial Experiments Lain, The Big O) and directed by Masahiko Murata (Jinki:EXTEND, Mazinkaiser) and produced by SoftGarage. The TV series is a re-imagining of Mitsuteru Yokoyama's manga and was created to commemorate Giant Robo's 40th anniversary.
GR premiered January 19, 2007. The series finished its run on July 6 of the same year, totaling 13 episodes, with the possibility for two further seasons. As of 2020, the series appears to have been cancelled.
The story takes place at the dawn of the 21st century, when Earth is overrun by giant robots. Daisaku Kusama encounters one of these monsters, the titular Giant Robo, in a ruin in Okinawa. Beckoned by forces he cannot understand, Daisaku is made to bond, body and spirit, with the ancient weapon and defend his homeland from the incoming evil.
A pilot for the show was made in 2005, which was a selection of scenes from the 1967 manga in animated form. Due to a change in staff at SoftGarage, the idea of a faithful adaptation of Giant Robo was scrapped in favor for a modern world view, not unlike that of Neon Genesis Evangelion. The show also has elements of the Cthulhu Mythos in it, with the Giant Robo's originally being ancient machines built to fight off eldritch beings known only as "The Old Ones" that threatened the sanctity of the human race.