The New Adventures of Gigantor

New Tetsujin-28 (太陽の使者 鉄人28号, Taiyō no Shisha Tetsujin Nijūhachi-gō, lit. Solar Messenger Iron Man #28) is a 1980 Japanese Mecha Animated series produced by Tokyo Movie Shinsha, and a modern style remake of Mitsuteru Yokoyama's manga Tetsujin 28-go.[2] It was directed by Tetsuo Imazawa and produced by both Shigeru Akagawa and Toru Horikoshi. It aired on Nippon Television from October 3, 1980 to September 25, 1981 with a total count of 51 episodes. Fred Ladd and TMS converted the series into The New Adventures of Gigantor, which was broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel in the United States from September 9, 1993 to June 30, 1997.[3]

New Tetsujin-28
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Cover for the second DVD box set in Japan
太陽の使者 鉄人28号
(Taiyō no Shisha Tetsujin Nijū-hachi-gō)
GenreMecha
Anime television series
Directed byTetsuo Imazawa
Produced by
  • Shigeru Akagawa
  • Toru Horikoshi
Written by
  • Hideo Takayashiki
  • Keisuke Fujikawa
  • Masaaki Sakurai
  • Noboru Shiroyama
  • Yoshihisa Araki
  • Yutaka Kaneko
Music byYasuaki Shimizu
StudioTokyo Movie Shinsha
Licensed by
Original networkNippon TV
English network
Original run October 3, 1980 (1980-10-03) September 25, 1981 (1981-09-25)[1]
Episodes51 (List of episodes)
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English opening narrationEdit

At the beginning of the 21st century, scientists found that with new computers and super alloys, they could build an even bigger, faster Gigantor. They built the new Gigantor!

Japanese castEdit

English castEdit

BroadcastEdit

The series was created by Tokyo Movie Shinsha and broadcast on Nippon TV in Japan between October 3, 1980 and September 25, 1981, every Friday from 18:00 to 18:30 (JST).[4] The opening theme was Taiyo no Shisha Tetsujin Nijūhachi-gō (太陽の使者・鉄人28号, Solar Messenger, Iron Man #28) by Junichi Kawauchi. The two ending themes were Kibō ni mukatte 〜 Shōtarō no tēma 〜 (希望にむかって〜正太郎のテーマ〜, Theme of Shotaro: Toward the Hope) and Muteki no Tetsujin Nijūhachi-gō (無敵の鉄人28号, The Invincible: Iron Man #28), also by Junichi Kawauchi.

The series was adapted for North America by Fred Ladd and broadcast as The New Adventures of Gigantor on the Sci-Fi Channel from September 9, 1993. This broadcast ended on June 30, 1997 after reruns.[4]

The series was also broadcast in the 1980s in Arab countries (as Thunder Giant), Spanish-speaking countries (as Ironman 28), Italy (as Super Robot 28), Hong Kong and South Korea.

EpisodesEdit

# Title Original air date
1"The Plot to Steal the Sun"
(Japanese: 太陽の使者!鉄人28号)
October 3, 1980 (1980-10-03)
2"Hands of the Enemy"
(Japanese: 奪われた鉄人!)
October 10, 1980 (1980-10-10)
3"Deadly Doctor Doom"
(Japanese: 暴走特急をとめろ!)
October 17, 1980 (1980-10-17)
4"The Robot Birdman"
(Japanese: 恐怖の怪鳥群団)
October 24, 1980 (1980-10-24)
5"The Phantom Robot"
(Japanese: 謎の幽霊ロボット)
October 31, 1980 (1980-10-31)
6"Monster of the Deep"
(Japanese: エーゲ海の大怪獣!)
November 7, 1980 (1980-11-07)
7"The Crashing Satellite"
(Japanese: 死を呼ぶ人工衛星)
November 14, 1980 (1980-11-14)
8"The Dreaded Double Robot"
(Japanese: 恐怖の殺人合体ロボ)
November 21, 1980 (1980-11-21)
9"Menace from Space"
(Japanese: 鉄人対エイリアン!)
November 28, 1980 (1980-11-28)
10"Bitter Revenge"
(Japanese: 鉄人の弱点を見た!)
December 5, 1980 (1980-12-05)
11"The Invisible Enemy"
(Japanese: 鉄人敗れる!)
December 12, 1980 (1980-12-12)
12"The Robot Runners"
(Japanese: 鉄人対鉄人)
December 19, 1980 (1980-12-19)
13"Will the Real Gigantor Please Stand Up?"
(Japanese: 鉄人対正太郎)
December 26, 1980 (1980-12-26)
14"The Abominable Iceman"
(Japanese: 北極の大決戦!)
January 9, 1981 (1981-01-09)
15"The Dragon Master"
(Japanese: 怪!幻のドラゴン)
January 16, 1981 (1981-01-16)
16"The Guardian of Evil"
(Japanese: 復讐ロボ・ギルダー)
January 23, 1981 (1981-01-23)
17"The Manta Marauders"
(Japanese: でた!南海の大魔神)
January 30, 1981 (1981-01-30)
18"The Pirate Submarine"
(Japanese: 巨大戦艦をたたけ!)
February 6, 1981 (1981-02-06)
19"The Sting of the Scorpion"
(Japanese: 地獄のサファリ・パニック!)
February 13, 1981 (1981-02-13)
20"The Fearsome Pharaoh"
(Japanese: 大破壊!スフィンクスロボ)
February 20, 1981 (1981-02-20)
21"The Shrinking Ray"
(Japanese: 恐るべきワナを打ちやぶれ!)
February 27, 1981 (1981-02-27)
22"Kid Warriors"
(Japanese: ピンチ!たたかえない鉄人)
March 6, 1981 (1981-03-06)
23"Red Devil"
(Japanese: 激突!鉄人対ふくしゅう鬼)
March 13, 1981 (1981-03-13)
24"The Fiery Robosaurus"
(Japanese: 正太郎、宇宙からの大逆転!)
March 20, 1981 (1981-03-20)
25"Invaders from Space"
(Japanese: 宇宙魔王現る!)
March 27, 1981 (1981-03-27)
26"The Master of Space"
(Japanese: ブランチの最期)
April 3, 1981 (1981-04-03)
27"The Great Garkonga"
(Japanese: キングコング対鉄人)
April 10, 1981 (1981-04-10)
28"The Pritheum Plot"
(Japanese: 強敵!カンフーロボ)
April 17, 1981 (1981-04-17)
29"The Crusader Robot"
(Japanese: ギネスブックへの挑戦)
April 24, 1981 (1981-04-24)
30"The Scheme to Scorch the West"
(Japanese: 決死のニトロ輸送!!)
May 1, 1981 (1981-05-01)
31"The Doomsday Comet"
(Japanese: 要塞彗星の襲撃!)
May 8, 1981 (1981-05-08)
32"The Thunder God"
(Japanese: 死闘!白夜の対決)
May 15, 1981 (1981-05-15)
33"The Final Battle"
(Japanese: 破壊された鉄人!)
May 22, 1981 (1981-05-22)
34"The Robot Who Could Think"
(Japanese: 最大の敵!ブラックオックス)
May 29, 1981 (1981-05-29)
35"Blue Danger"
(Japanese: 鉄人をとりもどせ!)
June 5, 1981 (1981-06-05)
36"Robot on a Rampage"
(Japanese: 宿命の対決!鉄人対オックス)
June 12, 1981 (1981-06-12)
37"The Awesome Alpha-Bot"
(Japanese: 伝説の巨人・鉄人28号)
June 19, 1981 (1981-06-19)
38"Fall from the Sky"
(Japanese: ㊙(まるひ)指令!コンボイ作戦)
June 26, 1981 (1981-06-26)
39"The Boy from Second Earth"
(Japanese: 魔獣王子めざめる!)
July 3, 1981 (1981-07-03)
40"The Black Hole"
(Japanese: 見た!魔王の正体)
July 10, 1981 (1981-07-10)
41"The Queen of Time"
(Japanese: 鉄人が消えた!?)
July 17, 1981 (1981-07-17)
42"The Curse of Dracula"
(Japanese: スリラーシリーズI 怪奇! ドラキュラのたたり)
July 24, 1981 (1981-07-24)
43"Z is for Zombie"
(Japanese: スリラーシリーズII 死神ゾンビに呪われた鉄人)
July 31, 1981 (1981-07-31)
44"The Ghastly Ghost"
(Japanese: スリラーシリーズIII 幽霊の正体をあばけ!)
August 7, 1981 (1981-08-07)
45"Skeemer's Demons"
(Japanese: 暴走!地獄の天使)
August 14, 1981 (1981-08-14)
46"Trapped in the Past"
(Japanese: 鉄人の不思議な旅)
August 21, 1981 (1981-08-21)
47"Gigantor for Sale"
(Japanese: 鉄人売ります!)
August 28, 1981 (1981-08-28)
48"The Space Fortress"
(Japanese: 地球最大のピンチ!)
September 4, 1981 (1981-09-04)
49"The Friend Turned Enemy"
(Japanese: さらば!ブラックオックス)
September 11, 1981 (1981-09-11)
50"The Battle to Save the Earth"
(Japanese: グーラ王子死す!)
September 18, 1981 (1981-09-18)
51"The Sun That Never Shines"
(Japanese: 銀河の王者!鉄人28号)
September 25, 1981 (1981-09-25)

ReleaseEdit

All 51 episodes span on two DVD box set collections, and were released in Japan by Movic in December 2001 and March 2002, respectively. The Blu-ray version was released in Japan by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, the first box was released on October 2016 [5] and the second in December 2016.[6] The Japanese version was released by Discotek Media on a 4-disc Blu-ray on January 29, 2019.[7]

Video gamesEdit

In January 2012 New Tetsujin-28 was announced to appear in Super Robot Wars Z2: Regeneration Chapter.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "鉄人28号 @ Tokyo Movie Shinsha". TMS (in Japanese). Retrieved October 21, 2011.
  2. ^ "IRONMAN 28 @ TMS Entertainment". TMS. Archived from the original on September 27, 2011. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
  3. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 377–378. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  4. ^ a b Patten, Fred. Watching Anime, Reading Manga. Stone Bridge Press. p. 322. ISBN 1-880656-92-2.
  5. ^ "太陽の使者 鉄人28号 Blu-ray BOX 1<初回仕様版>". Amazon.com. March 6, 2017. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  6. ^ "太陽の使者 鉄人28号 Blu-ray BOX 1<初回仕様版>". Amazon.com. March 6, 2017. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  7. ^ Ressler, Karen (November 30, 2018). "Discotek Licenses Beyblade, Shin Tetsujin 28 Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  8. ^ ""I re-Super Robot Taisen Z Hen" second series started suparobo latest!". Famitsu. January 19, 2012. Retrieved January 22, 2012.

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