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Directed by  Yoshikata Nitta
Original network  Tokyo 12 Channel
First episode date  March 1977
Network  TV Tokyo
Genre  Mecha
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Studio  Wako Productions
Episodes  35
Final episode date  29 December 1977
Director  Yoshikata Nitta
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English network  GMA-7 (1979 Philippines)GMA Cebu and Davao (Cebuano Philippines)MBC TV (1986 South Korea)
Original run  March 3, 1977 – December 29, 1977
Cast  Akira Kamiya, Kazuyuki Sogabe, Keiko Yokozawa, Akio Nojima, Masane Tsukayama
Similar  Gowappa 5 Gōdam, Daitetsujin 17, Groizer X, Galactic Gale Baxingar, Ard Fleet Dairugge

Mechander Robot (合身戦隊メカンダーロボ, Gasshin Sentai Mekandā Robo) was an anime series aired in 1977 in Japan. There were 35 episodes aired at 25 minutes each. It is also known as Gasshin Sentai Mechander Robo, Mekander, Mechander, Combiner Battle Team Mekander Robot, Combining Squadron Mechander Robo, Mekander Robot and Mekanda. It was produced by Tokyu Agency and animated by Wako Productions.

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Original story

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The Doron Empire, hailing from the Ganymede system came to Earth in order to conquer it. General Doron already overthrew the queen Medusa of Ganymede in the Magellan star cluster. Earth's defenses were no match; in a matter of days, 95% of the Earth fell under Doron's occupation. Doctor Shikishima, a brilliant scientist, places his last hopes for Earth in a robot (Mechander Robo) that he has created. The mother of Jimi would be reborn into a cyborg who is now the leader of the opposing forces and her memory could not recall the past. An interesting twist to the usual giant robot formula was that the Doron empire, after having devastated Earth in their successful first strike, ringed it with energy-detecting satellites programmed to lob hugely destructive payloads (similar to H-bombs) on Earth's surface wherever they picked up energy signatures suggesting human technological activity. Having no mean to tackle the alien satellites the Mechander's crew had less than three minutes to successfully engage and beat the invaders' mecha on Earth's surface, before being atomized by the incoming alien bombardment.

Production note

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The production company was plagued with bankruptcy issues, so the main sponsors forced the studios to reuse footage from old episodes to patch newer episodes without redrawing new animation. The final episode was merely a complete recap of the series.

Concept

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Three command jets - Mechander-1, Mechander-2 and Mechander-3 - combine to form one larger jet known as Mechander Max, which then would dock at the back of Mechander Robo. Some of the trademark weapons include spiked shields, missile pod forearms, chest flame throwers and missiles shaped like sharks. Halfway through the series, Mechander Robo is severely damaged, but is rebuilt as four component ships combining to form the robot before docking with Mechnder Max.

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Despite the show targeting young audiences at the time and that the opposing forces were robots, the attack techniques and damages in battle are quite violent by today's standards.

Staff

  • Additional Director
    Takashi Anno
    Yasuo Hasegawa
    Masayuki Hayashi
  • Producer
    Sumio Takahashi
  • Screenwriter
    Jaruhiko Kaido
  • Designer
    Nobuhiro Okaseko
    Tsuneo Ninomiya
  • Mechanical Designer
    Kunio Okawara
  • Animator
    Satoshi Touzan
    Tsuneo Ninomiya
    Masayuki Hayashi
    Satoshi Tozan
    Takeshi Honda
  • Music
    Michiaki Watanabe
  • Opening theme
    "Tri-Attack! Mechander Robo" by Ichiro Mizuki and the Columbia Cradle Club
  • International broadcasts

    Mechander Robo was dubbed in English for broadcast in the Philippines in the late-1970s. It also aired by MBC TV Korea in 1986 as "메칸더V" MechanderV and was dubbed in Korean, and was one of the most popular robot animations.

    Video game appearance

    Mechander Robo debuted in the Super Robot Wars series as part of Super Robot Wars Compact 3 for the Wonderswan Color. True to the anime, if Mechander Robo is deployed and a certain amount of turns pass, the Omega Missile will appear and attempt to destroy as many robots in the player's force as it can reach.

    Toys

    During the series' release, a toy of Mechander Robo was released by Bullmark.

    In 2009, CM's Corporation released an 18 cm. action figure of Mechander Robo as part of the Mecha Action Series line. The figure features a Mechander Max jet that docks in the back, as well as cargo bays on the feet to store either the Triger-3 ship, the New Triger or two Jaws shark missiles. The forearm shields can combine into the Mechander UFO weapon. Other accessories include the Mechander Fencer sword, additional hands and an Omega Missile. A second edition in a metallic finish was also released.

    References

    Mechander Robo Wikipedia


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