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Getter Robot Go (ゲッターロボ號 Gettā Robo Gō?) or Getter Robo Go, also known as Venger Robo or Venger Robot Go outside of Japan, is a Japanese mecha anime and manga series created by Go Nagai and Ken Ishikawa.

The anime was originally broadcast from February 11, 1991 (1991-02-11) to January 27, 1992 (1992-01-27) on TV Setouchi and TV Tokyo with a total of 50 episodes.[1][2][3][4] Along with the TV series, a few manga versions were released. One of them was released in the US under the name Venger Robo and in Spain as Venger Robot Go. The anime and manga are unrelated, and while the anime is a remake of the original series, the manga is a sequel of the original manga. The series is sometimes wrongly written in Japanese as ゲッターロボ号.

Anime

Anime plot

Script error In the year 200X, Doctor Randow, a genius scientist gone mad, has broken the peace on the Earth by trying to conquer the world from his Polar base, using an army of his Metal Beasts, super robots developed by him to conquer the world and led by the his genetically-created officers. No regular weapons seem to work against the Metal Beasts. To combat him, Japan's Defense Agency request the cooperation of NISAR, the Japan International Aerospace Corporation, which has developed a robot, the Getter Robot. Dr. Tachibana, the head of the Getter Robot project, is reluctant to use the robot for battle. Despite this, Getter Robot, piloted by Go Ichimonji, is able to defeat a Metal Beast with the sacrifice of Shinichi, the son of Dr. Tachibana. This prompts the improvement of Getter to make it a transforming machine piloted by three persons, capable of defeating the Metal Beasts and stopping Dr. Ranbow from conquering the world.

Characters

  • Go Ichimonji (一文字 號 ichimonji gō?, played by Takeshi Kusao): The 17 years old main pilot of the Getter.
  • Sho Tachibana (橘 翔 tachibana shō?, played by Yuko Kobayashi): The 16 years old daughter of Doctor Tachibana and sister of Shinichi. After her brother dies and the Getter is improved, she becomes another pilot of the robot.
  • Gai Daido (大道 剴 daidō gai?, played by Akira Kamiya): The third pilot of the Getter. A 17 years old young man, he is the most prudent and conscious of the three. Before becoming a pilot of the robot, he was the pilot of one of the helicopters which helped the robot.
  • Doctor Tachibana (橘博士 tachibana-hakase?, played by Ichiro Nagai): The head coordinator of the Getter Robot project and father of Sho and Shinichi. At first, he is reluctant to use Getter Robot as a weapon until his son dies.
  • Shinichi Tachibana (橘 信一 tachibana shinichi?, played by Toshio Furukawa): The son of Doctor Tachibana and brother of Sho. A helicopter pilot of the Getter squadron. In order to help Getter defeat a Metal Beast, he sacrifices himself. It is his death which prompts Doctor Tachibana to change the robot into a combat weapon capable of transforming in different forms.
  • Yuji Muto (武藤 由自 mutō yūji?, played by Junichi Kanemaru): The informatics and programmer expert of the Getter squadron, who works mainly at the base of the NISAR. He is also the pilot of the flying ship which transports the Getter Robot after its battles.
  • Lee Foa May (リー・フォア・メイ rī foa mei?, played by Eriko Hara): A nurse at the NISAR who treats the pilos and has a special relationship with Go.
  • Dr. Pochi (Dr.ポチ?, played by Masaharu Sato) & Dr. Tama (Dr.タマ?, played by Isamu Tanonaka): The assistants of Doctor Tachibana and the main comic relief of the series.
  • Doctor Yoshii (吉井博士 yoshii-hakase?, played by Kohei Miyauchi): A scientist who collaborates in the Getter project.
  • Remi Yoshii (吉井レミ?, played by Miyako Endo): The son of Doctor Yoshii.
  • Akira Daido (大道 哲 daidō akira?, played by Chie Sato): The younger brother of Dai.
  • Okada (岡田?, played by Yuki Sato): One of the candidates to become a pilot of Getter.
  • Nakano (中野?, played by Taiki Matsuno): One of the main mechanics in the NISAR base
  • Professor Randow (プロフェッサー・ランドウ purofessā randō?, played by Daisuke Gori): A preeminent scientist in robotic engineering who wishes to conquer the world.
  • Baron Yasha (ヤシャ男爵 yasha-danshaku?, played by Masaharu Sato (older brother) and Michihiro Ikemizu (younger brother)): A strange being which has a body with two heads, one blue and one red.
  • Count Rasetsu (ラセツ伯爵 rasetsu-hakushaku?, played by Michiko Abe (female) and Ichiro Nagai (male)): A servant of Professor Randow and a cloned being. It often is at odds with Baron Yasha for Yasha's lack of ability in battle. It has a male face in its breast.
  • Viscount Narukisu (ナルキス子爵 narukisu-shishaku?, played by Ryo Horikawa)

Episodes

# Title Director Writer Original release date
1
"shutsudō!! buki naki tatakai" (出動!! 武器なき戦い)
February 11, 1991 (1991-02-11) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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2
"batoru heri kōbōsen" (バトルヘリ攻防戦)
February 18, 1991 (1991-02-18) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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3
"busō seyo! gettā robo" (武装せよ!ゲッターロボ)
February 25, 1991 (1991-02-25) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
4
"daburu bonbā sakuretsu!!" (ダブルボンバー炸裂!!)
March 4, 1991 (1991-03-04) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
5
"gai, kesshi no daibingu" (剴、決死のダイビング)
March 11, 1991 (1991-03-11) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
6
"tachibana-hakase dakkaisakusen!" (橘博士奪回作戦!)
March 18, 1991 (1991-03-18) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
7
"sakebe!! atsuki kyōdai no kizuna" (叫べ!! 熱き兄弟の絆)
March 25, 1991 (1991-03-25) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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8
"kyōi! teki wa ōzora ni ari" (驚異!敵は大空にあり)
April 1, 1991 (1991-04-01) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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9
"neizā honbu kikiippatsu" (ネイザー本部危機一髪)
April 8, 1991 (1991-04-08) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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10
"gekitotsu!! kyōfu no kaitei kessen" (激突!! 恐怖の海底決戦)
April 15, 1991 (1991-04-15) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
11
"gattai seyo! kōtetsu no senshi" (合体せよ!鋼鉄の戦士)
April 22, 1991 (1991-04-22) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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12
"shō, fukushū no barādo" (翔、復讐のバラード)
April 29, 1991 (1991-04-29) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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13
"hangeki seyo! gettā gai" (反撃せよ!ゲッター剴)
May 6, 1991 (1991-05-06) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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14
"kurōn ningen no kyōfu" (クローン人間の恐怖)
May 13, 1991 (1991-05-13) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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15
"kodomo tachi o kyūshutsu seyo" (子供たちを救出せよ)
May 20, 1991 (1991-05-20) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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16
"dekiru ka? kaichū hatsu gattai" (出来るか?海中初合体)
May 27, 1991 (1991-05-27) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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17
"tate tetsu! jibun ni kate" (立てテツ!自分に勝て)
June 3, 1991 (1991-06-03) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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18
"muhō naru chousensha" (無法なる挑戦者)
June 10, 1991 (1991-06-10) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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19
"metaru bīsuto no bōrei" (メタルビーストの亡霊)
June 17, 1991 (1991-06-17) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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20
"karei naru supīdo taiketsu" (華麗なるスピード対決)
June 24, 1991 (1991-06-24) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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21
"neizā kichi kaimetsu sakusen" (ネイザー基地壊滅作戦)
July 1, 1991 (1991-07-01) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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22
"higeki! shinkai no dokusaisha" (悲劇!深海の独裁者)
July 8, 1991 (1991-07-08) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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23
"tomoni tatakae! waga senyū yo" (共に戦え!我戦友よ)
July 15, 1991 (1991-07-15) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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24
"ningen jōhatsu jiken o oe" (人間蒸発事件を追え)
July 22, 1991 (1991-07-22) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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25
"tatakae gai! namida no yakusoku" (戦えガイ!涙の約束)
July 29, 1991 (1991-07-29) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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26
"dai abare! yasha danshaku" (大暴れ!ヤシャ男爵)
August 5, 1991 (1991-08-05) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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27
"beishitei kikiippatsu" (ベイシティ危機一髪)
August 12, 1991 (1991-08-12) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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28
"seiken sōdo tomahōku" (聖剣ソードトマホーク)
August 19, 1991 (1991-08-19) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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29
"shō, ashita e no chikai" (翔,明日への誓い)
August 26, 1991 (1991-08-26) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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30
"todoke! aoki uchuu (sora) no teki" (とどけ!蒼き宇宙(そら)の敵)
September 2, 1991 (1991-09-02) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
31
"nazo no kikōshi narukisu" (謎の貴公子ナルキス)
September 9, 1991 (1991-09-09) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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32
"g āmu raizā hatsudō!!" (Gアームライザー発動!!)
September 16, 1991 (1991-09-16) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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33
"taiketsu! gettā vs yūji" (対決!ゲッターVS由自)
September 23, 1991 (1991-09-23) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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34
"kyōfu!! kindan no kaiiki" (恐怖!!禁断の海域)
September 30, 1991 (1991-09-30) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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35
"taifū metaru bīsuto" (台風メタルビースト)
October 7, 1991 (1991-10-07) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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36
"ubawa reta ji kō tsurugi (sōdo tomahōku)" (奪われた磁鋼剣(ソードトマホーク))
October 14, 1991 (1991-10-14) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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37
"mongoru no aoki ōkami" (モンゴルの青き狼)
October 21, 1991 (1991-10-21) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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38
"narukisu fuyū yōsai (zenpen)" (ナルキス浮遊要塞(前編))
October 28, 1991 (1991-10-28) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
39
"narukisu fuyū yōsai (kōhen)" (ナルキス浮遊要塞(後編))
November 4, 1991 (1991-11-04) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
40
"gettā 1 o kyūshutsu seyo" (ゲッター1を救出せよ)
November 11, 1991 (1991-11-11) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
41
"jūryoku no wana karano dasshutsu" (重力の罠からの脱出)
November 18, 1991 (1991-11-18) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
42
"bousō! metaru bīsuto" (暴走!メタルビースト)
November 25, 1991 (1991-11-25) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
43
"yasha, midori no chi ni shisu" (ヤシャ,緑の地に死す)
December 2, 1991 (1991-12-02) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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44
"girisha no kamigami no hanran" (ギリシャの神々の反乱)
December 9, 1991 (1991-12-09) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
45
"teiō randō shōmetsu su !?" (帝王ランドウ消滅す!?)
December 16, 1991 (1991-12-16) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
46
"narukisu, arata naru chōsen" (ナルキス,新たなる挑戦)
December 23, 1991 (1991-12-23) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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47
"kokuren ketsugi kōfuku seyo!!" (国連決議・降伏せよ!!)
January 6, 1992 (1992-01-06) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
48
"totsugeki!! 4 nin no senshi" (突撃!!4人の戦士)
January 13, 1992 (1992-01-13) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
49
"kyōi!! jatei fukkatsu" (驚異!!邪帝復活)
January 20, 1992 (1992-01-20) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
50
"gettā yo eien ni nemure" (ゲッターよ永遠に眠れ)
January 27, 1992 (1992-01-27) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}

Source(s)[1][2][3][4]

Staff and production notes

  • Airtime: Monday, 18:30-19:00
  • Network: TV Setouchi, TV Tokyo
  • Production: TV Setouchi, Toei Doga, BigWest
  • Planning: Yoshimasa Onishi (BigWest), Kenji Yokoyama (Toei Doga)
  • Planning cooperation: Dynamic Planning
  • Producer: Chiyo Okazaki (TV Setouchi), Tatsuya Yoshida (Toei Doga)
  • Original work: Go Nagai, Ken Ishikawa
  • Music: Michiaki Watanabe
  • Chief animation director: Joji Oshima
  • Series director: Hiroki Shibata
  • Script: Hiroyuki Hoshiyama, Yukiyoshi Ohashi, Junki Takegami, Shoji Tonoike, Katsuhiko Chiba
  • Episode direction: Hiroki Shibata, Toru Yamada, Yoshikata Nitta, Masayuki Akehi, Takao Yoshizawa, Takenori Kawada
  • Animation supervisor: Joji Oshima, Yuji Hakamada, Takahiro Kagami, Keiichi Sato, Joji Kikuchi, Seiya Nakahira, Takashi Nashizawa, Satoru Minowa, Masahiko Okura
  • Art: Shinzo Ko, Kayoko Koitabashi, Masazumi Matsumiya, Ryu Tomamura

Source(s)[5][6][1][2]

The anime is a remake of the original Getter Robot series with no real relationship with the previous anime or manga. Each episode features a different metal beast enemy, a similar format to the TV anime Mazinger Z. The design of the Getter Robot has some features reminiscent of Mazinger Z, such as a "Rocket Punch" attack. The series also marked the renewal of business relationships between Toei Animation and Go Nagai, which were interrupted by the conflict with Daiku Maryu Gaiking.

Theme songs

  • Opening 1: 21st century boy (21世紀少年 (21st century boy) 21 seiki shōnen (21st century boy)?) (lyrics by Bun Onoe, composition by Daiji Okai, arrangement by Hiroshi Toyama & Daiji Okai, song by Hiroyuki Takami)
  • Ending 1: Grievous Rain (lyrics by Bun Onoe, composition by Daiji Okai, arrangement by Hiroshi Toyama, song by Hiroyuki Takami)
  • Opening 2: Getter Robot Go (ゲッターロボ號 gettā robo gō?) (lyrics by Chinfa Kan, composition & arrangement by Michiaki Watanabe, song by Ichiro Mizuki, chorus by Mori no Ki Jidogasshodan (森の木児童合唱団?))
  • Ending 2: Tomodachi ni Naritai (友だちになりたい?) (lyrics by Chinfa Kan, composition & arrangement by Michiaki Watanabe, song by Ichiro Mizuki)

Source(s) [7][1][4][8]

Media

Home video

The series was released on Laserdisc by Toei Video.[9][10] Toei also released the series on DVD:

Vol. Discs Standard number Release date
1 2 DSTD-7211 April 21, 2006 (2006-04-21)[11][12]
2 2 DSTD-7212 May 21, 2006 (2006-05-21)[13][14]
3 2 DSTD-7213 June 21, 2006 (2006-06-21)[15][16]
4 2 DSTD-7214 July 21, 2006 (2006-07-21)[17][18]
5 2 DSTD-7215 August 4, 2006 (2006-08-04)[19][20]

Music

The opening and ending themes have been released as singles and have been compiled in albums of the artists who performed them. The soundtrack is available in two CDs, one of which was re-released years later,

Title Type Artist Label Standard number Release date
Grievous Rain 8 cm single Hiroyuki Takami Bandai BCDA-9 March 5, 1991 (1991-03-05)[21][22]
Getter Robot Go 8 cm single Ichiro Mizuki Columbia CODC-8760 May 21, 1991 (1991-05-21)[23][24]
Getter Robot Go Ongakushu Soundtrack album Michiaki Watanabe Columbia COCC-7702 July 1, 1991 (1991-07-01)[25][26]
Getter Robot Go hit Kyokushu Album Various Columbia COCC-9122 October 1, 1991 (1991-10-01)[27][28]
Animex 1200 series 73: Getter Robot Go Ongakushu Soundtrack album Michiaki Watanabe Columbia COCC-72073 September 22, 2004 (2004-09-22)[29][30]

The opening and ending themes are available in several compilation albums of the Getter Robot series.

Manga

Three manga versions were published with the release of the TV series. Two of them were drawn by Tatsuo Yasuda, the first one was published in the magazine TV-kun from December 28, 1990 (1990-12-28) to April 30, 1991 (1991-04-30)[31] and the second one in the magazine Bessatsu Coro Coro Comic Special from February 1991 (1991-02) to June 1991 (1991-06),[32][33] both Kodomo publications of Shogakukan. None of these have been re-printed outside the magazines.

Another version, illustrated by Ken Ishikawa, was published in the magazine Shonen Captain, published by Tokuma Shoten, from February 1991 (1991-02) to May 1993 (1993-05).[31][34] This version was originally compiled in 7 volumes, and later reprinted in other collections published by Daitosha and Futabasha.

<tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF"><th style="width: 4%;">No.</th><th style="width: 48%;">Release date</th><th style="width: 48%;"> ISBN</th></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol1">1</td></td><td> June 1991 (1991-06)</td><td>ISBN 419831070X</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol2">2</td></td><td> November 1991 (1991-11)</td><td>ISBN 419831120X</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol3">3</td></td><td> February 1992 (1992-02)</td><td>ISBN 4198320306</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol4">4</td></td><td> September 1992 (1992-09)</td><td>ISBN 4198321019</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol5">5</td></td><td> January 1993 (1993-01)</td><td>ISBN 4198330212</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol6">6</td></td><td> March 1993 (1993-03)</td><td>ISBN 4198330417</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol7">7</td></td><td> May 1993 (1993-05)</td><td>ISBN 4198330603</td></tr> </table> From this manga, the first stories were published in the USA by Viz Media in 1993 in 7 issues (not volumes) under the name Venger Robo.[35] Some of these numbers were also published in Spain by Planeta DeAgostini in 1995, under the name Venger Robot Go. In France, the series was published from 1999 to 2001 for a total of 5 volumes by Dynamic Vision.[36] A volume of the series was also published in South Korea by Seoul Cultural Publishers.[36] In Italy, the series was published integrally as part of the Getter Saga series, which included all Getter Robot series in a single series of 12 volumes.[37]

Manga plot

Sixteen years after Ryouma Nagare, Hayato Jin and Benkei Kuruma defeated the Hundred Oni Empire (百鬼帝国 Hyakki Teikoku?), research has begun to develop a new set of Getter Machines in order to fight the threat of a new, cyborg-like species known as Metal Beasts, led by the evil Professor Rando of the "Vega Zone". Leading this project is Hayato himself, who soon scouts and enlists three young pilots: Go Ichimonji, a young professional athlete, Sho Tachibana, the daughter of Prof. Tachibana (leader of the Getter-Go project) and a skilled sword-fighter, and Gai Daidou, a former Getter mechanic. Together, these three pilots use a new set of Getter Machines to form the super robot known as "Getter Robo Go", and begin a battle to stop Rando once and for all.

Manga exclusive characters

  • Jin Hayato (神隼 人?)
  • Ryoma Nagare (流 竜馬?)
  • Kei Minamikaze (南風渓?)
  • Schwartz Koff (シュワルツ・コフ?)
  • Messiah Tahir (メシア・タイール?)
  • Empress Jatego (女帝ジャテーゴ?)

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External links

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