Giant Robo (TV series) - Wikipedia
Giant Robo, or (ジャイアントロボ, Jaianto Robo), known as Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot in . He wears a long robe, carries a staff with a white orb at one end and can grow to a great height, which he does only in the final episode of the . With July 22, , marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of its first under the title Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot, saw considerable success in the by Kazuyoshi Katayama, who after leaving late in the OVA's production amid as not only a parable of the fraught relationship between fathers and their. With Mitsunobu Kaneko, Toshiyuki Tsuchiyama, Kôichi Chiba, Akio Itô. A young boy aids in the fight against a mechanized terrorist organization as the sole.
Johnny Socko and His Flying Robot. Tweet In one of those "rare" occasions where Michael Bay shot his mouth off, he recently called out Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim for being an alleged Transformers rip-off. But from watching the movieit's clear that Pacific Rim's influences are firmly rooted in the giant robots of Japan, not the world of Hasbro toys.
Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot
The current excitement for Pacific Rim made me think back to one of the best in the giant robo genre, Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robotwhich was a Japanese series originally titled Giant Robot that ran for 26 episodes in the late sixties. Sokko was a kid who controlled "Giant Robot" via a radio controlled wrist-watch, and he saved Japan from a number of monsters, including Dracalon, Nucleon, and Scaleon. The Darth Vader of the story was Emperor Guillotine from the Planet Gargoyle, a big green bad guy who looked like Cthulhu wearing a sparkly gold Elvis robe.
Giant Robot was created by Dr. Lucius Guardian, a scientist who was captured by the Gargoyle Gang. As part of the Gargoyle Gang's diabolical plan, they force Dr.
Guardian to create Giant Robot, and make the enormous automation their weapon. Before Robot is activated, he's programmed to follow the commands of the first voice he hears through a radio-controlled wrist-watch.
Guardian's lab blows up, the first voice Giant Robot hears is Sokko's, and he becomes a force for good. And even on the what might have been the th re-run, well, by that time we were going "Oh, it was the flying hand Read more OK, lots of people saying the video transfer is rough. My experience is, the opening credits are very rough, but the rest of the episodes aren't too bad. Which is a very relative judgment, I admit. They look OK on my computer, to me.
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Except the credits, which are, indeed, pretty rough. And do, indeed, appear to cut out a half second or so early. As I recall from my youth I find the transfers, at the very least, acceptable. Even though there are some rough edges. I've wanted this series, and be able to relive my youth, for a very long time. That I finally actually do have this series in my collection, to me, anyway, is a blessing.
I can't believe that I had forgotten, for example, the flying hand -- but as soon as I saw it in these DVDs I was exclaiming, "Oh yeah! Just like my 7 year old self did, 40 some years ago. And, amazingly, to me, almost the same excitement. Not that I recalled a lot of details, but Of watching this before school. And talking to my friends about the episode that was shown that morning.
All of us watched Johnny Sokko before we went to school, and we all wanted a flying giant robot of our own, when we were seven. And even on the what might have been the th re-run, well, by that time we were going "Oh, it was the flying hand again". And it was still fun to watch, and fun to talk about.
It was still a shared experience. I suppose, if you're a purist who wants nothing but clean, pristine, copies, this isn't for you. If you're a little boy grown into middle age or girl I suspect there are very few female Sokko fans, because this was long before that sort of thing happened Is it perfect video transfers?
You either "get it", and it's important to you, or you don't. If you "get it", you won't care about the transfer quality of the opening credits. Which as I honestly recall were not that great, even back in the day. Verified Purchase Poor transfers and image resolutions do what Gargoyle never could—defeat Giant Robot. Sokko and his other Unicorn compatriot battle the evil and otherworldly Gargoyle Gang who are bent on world domination Sure you could make out what was happening, but it was hard to enjoy the clarity of such a graded image.
What was a bit of a problem on later eps was that it jumped to Japanese dialogue and then flipped back to the English dub. Was it all for naught? Can science enable progress without death and destruction? Can happiness be achieved without sacrifice?
Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot (TV Series –) - IMDb
The answers that Giant Robo poses to these questions, if any, are more complicated than they might appear. But they are not conclusive, as Imagawa himself states. Compare that with current world events, if you like … but realize that I have no intention of delivering some sort of lecture on that [through] animation.
Giant Robo is no different, earning subpar domestic sales in Japan before becoming revered by animation fans following its home release in North America. For every anime that Imagawa has created, each one in some way looks to the future through the lens of the past, narratively grasping at some yet unrealized ideal that may never in fact be reached though nonetheless is worth striving for.
A mature glimpse at the philosophical underpinnings of Mecha that stands the test of time.