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Tekkaman Blade (Japanese: 宇宙の騎士テッカマンブレード, Hepburn: Uchū no Kishi Tekkaman Burēdo, lit. "Space Knight Tekkaman Blade") is a 1992 Japanese anime television series produced by Tatsunoko Production and Sotsu Agency. The series was directed by Hiroshi Negishi and written by Mayori Sekijima and Satoru Akahori. The story follows an organization called the Space Knights and their war against aliens known as the Radam. The Space Knights are assisted by Takaya Aiba, who has the ability to transform into an armored warrior known as Tekkaman Blade.

Tekkaman Blade
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DVD cover of Teknoman collection one
宇宙の騎士テッカマンブレード
(Uchū no Kishi Tekkaman Burēdo)
Genre Adventure, drama, science fiction
Anime television series
Directed by Hiroshi Negishi
Written by Mayori Sekijima
Satoru Akahori
Music by Kaoru Wada
Studio Tatsunoko Production
Licensed by
Saban (US TV version)
Media Blasters (uncut version)
Original network TV Tokyo
English network
Original run February 18, 1992 February 2, 1993
Episodes 50 (Uncut version)
43 (Saban version) (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Directed by Hiroshi Negishi
Written by Mayori Sekijima
Satoru Akahori
Music by Kaoru Wada
Studio Tatsunoko
Released 1992 November 17, 1994
Runtime 10 minutes
Episodes 2 (List of episodes)
Game
Uchū no Kishi: Tekkaman Blade
Developer Bec
Publisher Bec
Genre Scrolling shooter/Fighting game
Platform Game Boy, Super Famicom, NEC PC-9801
Released July 30, 1993
Original video animation
Missing Link
Directed by Hideki Tonokatsu
Produced by Kyoko Okazaki
Shuji Uchiyama
Written by Hiroyuki Kawasaki
Music by Takashi Kudo
Studio Tatsunoko
Released 1994
Runtime 5 minutes
Original video animation
Tekkaman Blade II
Directed by Hideki Tonokatsu
Produced by Kyoko Okazaki
Shuji Uchiyama
Written by Hiroyuki Kawasaki
Music by Takashi Kudo
Studio Tatsunoko
Licensed by
Released July 21, 1994 April 21, 1995
Runtime 30 minutes
Episodes 6 (List of episodes)
Manga
Written by Noritaka Suzuki
Published by MediaWorks
Published 1994
Manga
Tekkaman Blade II
Written by Rei Nakahara
Published by MediaWorks
Published 1995
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The first series, of 50 episodes (including episode 0), aired in Japan from February 18, 1992 to February 2, 1993 on TV Tokyo. This was followed by two specials. A sequel series called Tekkaman Blade II, which is set ten years after the first series and follows the events of the second Radam invasion, was a series of six Japanese original video animation (OVA) releases from July 21, 1994 to April 21, 1995. A video game based on the series, titled Uchū no Kishi: Tekkaman Blade, was released in Japan on July 30, 1993. The original series was released in Australia and North America dubbed in English as Teknoman. In North America the series was heavily cut compared to the original version and shortened from 50 to 43 episodes.

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PlotEdit

Tekkaman BladeEdit

In the United Earth Year 192, Earth is under attack from an alien race known as the Radam, which consists of bug-like monsters and armored warriors known as Tekkamen. The Radam's spaceship lies dormant on the dark side of the Moon where the Radam wait for it to be repaired.

Fighting against the Radam is a special defense force called the Space Knights. The group consists of Heinrich von Freeman, the group's commander; Noal Vereuse, the pilot of the Space Knights' ship Blue Earth; Aki, the Blue Earth's navigator; Milly, the communications operator; Levin, a computer mechanic; and Honda, the group's mechanic.

Before the start of the Radam invasion, the exploration ship Argos discovered the dormant Radam spaceship in the outer rings of Saturn. While exploring the ship, the crew were captured by pods and converted into Tekkamen. Before he was fully converted, Takaya was freed by his father and placed into an escape pod; his father then activated the Argos' self-destruct. The Radam crashed on the Moon and began their attacks on Earth.

After spending six months drifting toward Earth, Takaya (called Blade when in Tekkaman form) bursts free from his escape pod and attacks the Radam forces, entering into a fight with Tekkaman Dagger. After the fight, Takaya crashes on Earth and is found by Noal and Aki, who take him back to their headquarters. Takaya is initially hostile towards the Space Knights. As time progresses, he begins to respect the Space Knights for their dedication and develops a romantic interest in Aki. With Takaya’s help, the Space Knights begin to repel the Radam until Blade's transformation crystal is shattered during a battle with Dagger. Levin develops a battle robot named Pegas which houses the shards of Blade's crystal and enables him to transform again. In his first transformation using Pegas, Blade challenges Dagger and kills him.

Meanwhile, Earth's military leader, General Xerces Gault, becomes obsessed with acquiring the Tekkaman armor for his own use. He attempts to attack the Space Knight's base during an emergency, but is forced to withdraw by order of Earth's President. He later sends in the spy Balzac, posing as a journalist, to infiltrate the Space Knights. Balzac acquires data on the Tekkaman armor system and Earth's military create their own Tekkamen armor, which are worn by Balzac and Noal; however, they are not as powerful as the original Radam version.

Four more Tekkamen—Tekkaman Lance, Tekkaman Axe, Tekkaman Sword and Blade's twin brother Shinya (Tekkaman Evil)—arrive on Earth to challenge Blade. Blade's sister, Miyuki, Tekkaman Rapier, also arrives on Earth, but like Blade she is not under the Radam's control. Evil, Lance, Axe, and Sword attack the Space Knights' base and attempt to kill Miyuki. Although outnumbered, Miyuki self-destructs in an attempt to destroy the four Tekkamen. Blade manages to kill Lance and Axe and he later gains the power to attain Blaster Tekkaman mode, although he loses more of his memories whenever he uses it. Evil is given the same ability as the last line of defense for the Radam's leader, Tekkaman Omega.

At the end of the war, Blade and Evil meet for the last time, where Blade kills Evil. As he dies, Evil is freed from the Radam's mind control. Balzac kills Sword and they both burn up in Earth's atmosphere.

Blade takes Pegas to the Moon, where he confronts Omega, who reveals that he is Takaya's older brother, Kengo. Omega launches the repaired Radam spaceship and heads for Earth. Blade attacks Omega, who easily defeats Blade. Omega is about to kill Blade when Pegas steps in front of the killing blow and sacrifices itself. Pegas' destruction enrages Blade and causes him to transform into Blaster Tekkaman mode for the last time. Blade kills Omega and causes the Radam spaceship to explode. The remnants of the Radam spaceship fall to Earth along with Blade, now stripped of his armor. As a result, Blade is left bound to a wheelchair and is completely amnesiac, cared for by Aki.

Tekkaman Blade IIEdit

See individual episode summaries below.

EpisodesEdit

Tekkaman BladeEdit

Tekkaman Blade was broadcast in Japan on TV Tokyo and 50 episodes were aired between February 18, 1992 and February 2, 1993.[citation needed] It uses four pieces of theme music: two opening themes and two ending themes.[citation needed] The first opening theme is "Reason" by Yumiko Kosaka, which is used from the first through twenty-seventh episodes. The second opening theme is "Eternal Loneliness" (永遠の孤独) by Yumiko Kosaka, which is used from the twenty-eighth episode onwards.[citation needed] The first and second ending themes are "Energy of Love" and "Lonely Heart" respectively, both performed by Kosaka.[1]

The series was aired, dubbed in English, in the United States and Australia under the name Teknoman. The English broadcast version was heavily cut compared to the original Japanese version and shortened from 50 episodes to 43.[citation needed] The series was licensed by Media Blasters in 2006, with separate boxsets for Teknoman and Tekkaman Blade.[2]

The character names were altered for the English-dubbed Teknoman release: Blade's "D-Boy" nickname was dropped in favor of "Blade" (in the edited UPN TV version, it was changed to "Slade") and his full name "Takaya Aiba" became "Nick Carter". Similarly, "Commander Heinrich von Freeman" became "Commander Jamison", "Noal" became "Ringo Richards", "Aki" became "Star Summers", "Milly" became "Tina Corman", "Levin" (an effeminate male in the original Japanese version) became the female "Maggie Matheson" and "Honda" became "Mack". The "Radam" were now called "Venemoids" and their leader "Omega" became "Darkon".

In January 2016, the series was released as a remastered Blu-Ray boxset in Japan. The set contains all 50 episodes of the first series and all 6 episodes of the second series, as well as the OVA specials from the laserdiscs, an unreleased episode entitled "Virgin Memory", and a new video interview with Toshiyuki Morikawa.[3]

No. (JP) No. (US) English title
Original Japanese title
Original air date[4]
00 "(A Fierce Battle Begins)"
"Nagaki tatakai no jokyoku" (長き戦いの序曲) 
February 18, 1992
0101 "Friend or Foe (The Sky-Soaring Super Man)"
"Ama kakeru no chō jin" (天駆ける超人) 
February 25, 1992
0202 "Invasion (The Lonely Warrior)"
"Kodoku no Senshi" (孤独の戦士) 
March 3, 1992
0303 "Power of the Space Knights (The Defense Army's Ambition)"
"Bōeigun no yabō" (防衛軍の野望) 
March 10, 1992
0404 "Falling Star (Senseless Desertion in the face of the enemy)"
"Riyūnaki tekizentōbō" (理由なき敵前逃亡) 
March 17, 1992
0505 "Time's Up (Kill Me!)"
"Ore wo korose" (オレを殺せ) 
March 24, 1992
0606 "Shattered Crystal (Tekk-set Impossible)"
"Tekkusetto funō" (テックセット不能) 
March 31, 1992
0707 "Teknobot (Launch of the Mobile Unit Pegas)"
"Kidōhei Pegasu Hasshin" (機動兵ペガス発進) 
April 7, 1992
0808 "Snapshot (The Mysterious War Correspondent)"
"Nazo no Jūgunkisha" (謎の従軍記者) 
April 14, 1992
0909 "Convoy (Rescue! The Jupiter Crew)"
"Kyūshutsu! Mokusei Kurū" (救出! 木星クルー) 
April 21, 1992
1010 "Bold Soldier Boy (A Lullaby Echoing in War)"
"Senka ni hibiku komori uta" (戦火に響く子守歌) 
April 28, 1992
11 "(The D-Boy File)"
"Dboui Fairu" (Dボウイファイル) 
May 5, 1992
1211 "Brother Beware (The Red Horror, Evil)"
"Akai Senritsu Ebiru" (赤い戦慄エビル) 
May 12, 1992
1312 "Sibling Rivalry (Brothers of Destiny)"
"Shukumei no Kyōdai" (宿命の兄弟) 
May 19, 1992
1413 "Family Feud (Demon Tied by Blood)"
"Chi wo waketa akuma" (血をわけた悪魔) 
May 26, 1992
1514 "Saber Strike (The Evil Spirit Revives)"
"Majin yomikaeru" (魔神蘇る) 
June 2, 1992
1615 "Spy Game (Portrait of Betrayal)"
"Uragiri no shōzō" (裏切りの肖像) 
June 9, 1992
1716 "Sword and Steel (Savior of Steel)"
"Kōtetsu no Kyūseishu" (鋼鉄の救世主) 
June 16, 1992
1817 "The Visitor (The Price of Glory)"
"Eikōhe no daishō" (栄光への代償) 
June 23, 1992
1918 "Battleground (Warrior With a Closed Heart)"
"Kokoro tozashita Senshi" (心閉ざした戦士) 
June 30, 1992
2019 "Resurrection (Resurrected! Transformation of Rage)"
"Fukkatsu! Ikari no Henshin" (復活! 怒りの変身) 
July 7, 1992
2120 "Mind Game (Premonition of Love and Death)"
"Ai to Shi no Yokan" (愛と死の予感) 
July 14, 1992
2221 "Decision (Miyuki's Decision)"
"Miyuki no Ketsui" (ミユキの決意) 
July 21, 1992
2322 "Reunion (The Scarred Reunion)"
"Kizu darake no saikai" (傷だらけの再会) 
July 28, 1992
2423 "In the Beginning (The Torn-Open Past)"
"Hiki sakareta kako" (引き裂かれた過去) 
August 4, 1992
2524 "Shara's Secret (New Demons)"
"Aratanaru Akuma" (新たなる悪魔) 
August 11, 1992
26 "(Battle to the Death)"
"Shi wo kaketa tatakai" (死をかけた戦い) 
August 18, 1992
2725 "Forget Me Not (Legacy for the Survivors)"
"Nokorishi monohe no Isan" (残りし者への遺産) 
August 25, 1992
2826 "Chronicle (The White Majin)"
"Shiroi Majin" (白い魔人) 
September 1, 1992
2927 "Red Saviour (A Bouquet of Flowers on the Battlefield)"
"Tatakai no noni Hanataba" (戦いの野に花束を) 
September 8, 1992
3028 "Running on Empty (Traces of Father)"
"Chichi no Omokage" (父の面影) 
September 15, 1992
3129 "Tekno Trap (Town of Vengeance)"
"Fukushū no Machi" (復讐の街) 
September 22, 1992
3230 "Lady in Waiting (The Girl Who Waits Impatiently)"
"Machiwabita Shōjo" (待ちわびた少女) 
September 29, 1992
3331 "Reformation (Reunion in the Wilderness)"
"Kōya no Saikai" (荒野の再会) 
October 6, 1992
34 "(Brothers of Light and Shadow)"
"Hikari to Kage no Kyōdai" (光と影の兄弟) 
October 13, 1992
3532 "Ax Trap (Enemy in the Fog)"
"Kiri no Naka no Teki" (霧の中の敵) 
October 20, 1992
3633 "Ax Attack (A Decisive Battle!! Axe)"
"Kessen!! Akkusu" (決戦!! アックス) 
October 27, 1992
3734 "On Ice (The Decayed Body)"
"Mushibamareta nikudai" (蝕まれた肉体) 
November 3, 1992
38 "(Labyrinth of Death)"
"Shihe no meikyū" (死への迷宮) 
November 10, 1992
39 "(Super Warrior Blaster)"
"Chō Senshi Burasutā" (超戦士ブラスター) 
November 17, 1992
40 "(The Love and Struggle of Two People)"
"Ai to Tatakai no Ninin" (愛と戦いの二人) 
November 24, 1992
4135 "Fifty-Fifty (Evil, The Resurrected Devil)"
"Ebiru Yomikaeru Akuma" (エビル·蘇る悪魔) 
December 1, 1992
4236 "Evolution (Clash! The Old Red Enemy)"
"Gekitotsu! Akai Jukuteki" (激突! 赤い宿敵) 
December 8, 1992
4337 "Reflection (Bullet of Parting)"
"Ketsubetsu no jūdan" (訣別の銃弾) 
December 15, 1992
4438 "Amnesia (The Approaching Darkness)"
"Semari kuru Yami" (迫り来る闇) 
December 22, 1992
4539 "Metamorphosis (The Truth of the Invaders)"
"Shinjitsu no shinryakusha" (真実の侵略者) 
January 5, 1993
4640 "Sword Strike (The House Where Time Stood Still)"
"Toki no tomatta ie" (時の止まった家) 
January 12, 1993
4741 "Battle of the Space Ring (The Fate of Darkness and Death)"
"Yami to Shi no Unmei" (闇と死の運命) 
January 19, 1993
4842 "Beginning of the End (Heroic! Evil Dies)"
"Sōretsu! Ebiru Shisu" (壮烈! エビル死す) 
January 26, 1993
4943 "Final Battle (Life Burns Out)"
"Moetsukiru inochi" (燃えつきる命) 
February 2, 1993

SpecialsEdit

No. English title
Original Japanese title
Original air date
1 "Burning Clock"
"Moeta Tokei" (燃えた時計) 
Shinya's life is shown in a series of flashbacks, focusing on Shinya and Takaya's rivalry, Shinya's perceived place in the family, and how his mother died. 
2 "Twin Blood"  November 17, 1994
Tekkaman Blade and Evil's first battle is retold with different character designs than used in the series. 
"Stage 0: Missing Link"
(「MISSING-LINK」) 
A prequel to Tekkaman Blade II, showing events such as the beginning of the second Radam war, Aki's transformation into the Red Tekkaman, the Tekkaman Rebellion of Prague, and the restoration of Blade's crystal. 

Tekkaman Blade IIEdit

Tekkaman Blade II (宇宙の騎士テッカマンブレードII, Uchu no Kishi Tekkaman Burēdo Tsū, lit. Space Knight Tekkaman Blade II ) is a seven-episode original video animation (OVA) that was released in 1994 by Tatsunoko and serves as a sequel to the Tekkaman Blade anime series. The series was licensed by Discotek Media in 2012 for an uncut home-media release on DVD and Blu-Ray format, with English dubbing and subtitles as options.[5]

No. English title
Original Japanese title
Original air date[6]
1 "Stage 1: The New Generation – Part 1" (Virgin Flush)
(「VIRGIN-FLUSH」) 
July 21, 1994
The United Earth Fleet fights off another Radam invasion, but the Radam Tekkamen wipe out the fleet and send missiles to Earth. This causes errors during the Tekkaman conversion process for three new Space Knight cadets, and Yumi is given the Reactor Voltekka instead of Natasha. The Space Knights attack the Radam, but are overpowered. While attempting to help them, Yumi is unable to control the power of the Reactor Voltekka, which leads to a disaster. 
2 "Stage 1: The New Generation – Part 2" (Virgin Blood)
(「VIRGIN-BLOOD」) 
August 24, 1994
Yumi goes through training in order to control the Reactor Voltekka. The Radam attack the Space Knights' HQ. The Space Knights hold back out of mercy for the enemy. Aki joins the fight and kills the Radam Tekkamen. 
3 "Stage 2: The Alien Intruder – Part 1" (Virgin Dream)
(「VIRGIN-DREAM」) 
September 21, 1994
Blade reappears and destroys a group of Radam. Yumi contends with Aki for D-Boy's love. 
4 "Stage 2: The Alien Intruder – Part 2" (Dead-Boy)
(「DEAD-BOY」) 
February 22, 1995
Dead End appears and defeats Blade in space. David tries to prevent this by attacking, but Dead End escapes. 
5 "Stage 3: Final Encounter – Part 1" (Dirty Night)
(「DIRTY-NIGHT」) 
March 24, 1995
David befriends Dead and remembers the events of Black September. Noal is revealed to have been apprehended by the military police supporting the General. His ultimate fate is unknown. 
6 "Stage 3: Final Encounter – Part 2" (Dangerous Boys)
(「DANGEROUS-BOYS」) 
April 21, 1995
Blade battles Dead in a final showdown. 

Related mediaEdit

MangaEdit

A single-volume manga based on the series was written and illustrated by Noritaka Suzuki, being published by MediaWorks. Another manga based on Tekkaman Blade II was written and illustrated by Rei Nakahara, and was also published by MediaWorks.

NovelsEdit

Two novels based on Tekkaman Blade II were released. The first, titled The Girl in the Crystal Place, was written by Hiroyuki Kawasaki and was published by Dengeki Bunko. The novel is a sequel to the OVA series, depicting a third Radam invasion. The second was written by Katsuhiko Takayama and was published by Sony Magazines.

Video gamesEdit

A video game based on the anime series titled Uchū no Kishi: Tekkaman Blade was released for the Super Famicom on July 30, 1993.[citation needed] The majority of the game is a scrolling shooter where the player takes control of Tekkaman Blade, whose battles have elements of the fighting-game genre. There is also a two-player versus mode.[citation needed]

Tekkaman Blade also appeared in Super Robot Wars J for the Game Boy Advance. However, the series' inclusion in the game would be controversial due to it not being a traditional mecha series (as the series only has one robot in Pegas).

The first series, along with Tekkaman Blade II would also appear in Super Robot Wars W for the Nintendo DS.

Tekkaman Blade is also a playable character in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars.[7]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Yumiko Kosaka - Reason / Energy of Love". anime-music.info. Retrieved 2016-02-11. 
  2. ^ "More on Tekkaman Blade - News". Anime News Network. 2006-02-08. Retrieved 2015-07-19. 
  3. ^ Komatsu, Mikikazu (November 19, 2015). ""Tekkaman Blade" Blu-ray Box to be Released in January 2016". Crunchyroll. Retrieved December 20, 2017. 
  4. ^ 宇宙の騎士テッカマンブレード. Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved April 22, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Discotek Licenses Tekkaman Blade II Anime - News". Anime News Network. 2012-08-13. Retrieved 2015-07-19. 
  6. ^ 宇宙の騎士テッカマンブレードⅡ. Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved April 22, 2015. 
  7. ^ "The 28 characters of Tatsunoko vs Capcom". GamesRadar+. Retrieved 2016-02-11. 

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