History Anime / Zambot3

2nd Aug '17 10:25:03 PM TristanJeremiah
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''Zambot 3'', or more fully, ''Invincible Super Man Zambot 3'', is a 1977 anime series by long-standing mecha anime studio Creator/{{Sunrise}} and Creator/YoshiyukiTomino. Despite consisting of pretty standard SuperRobot fare, ''Zambot 3'' stands out for three things, with the first two coming out of the third. Firstly, it had somewhat of a DownerEnding. Secondly, it featured [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids child abuse]] on an unprecedented level for a children's show. And thirdly, it was one of the earliest (if not ''the'' earliest,) attempts at a Deconstruction of the SuperRobot genre. The general story is that [[AlienInvasion Earth is being invaded by aliens known as the Gaizok]], which are chasing after the survivors of another planet they ruined, who came [[AlienAmongUs to live and hide on earth.]] However, these refugees left behind two weapons - [[CoolStarship King Beal]] and [[SuperRobot Zambot 3]], for their descendants to use. Cue MonsterOfTheWeek format.

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''Zambot 3'', or more fully, ''Invincible Super Man Zambot 3'', is a 1977 anime series by long-standing mecha anime studio Creator/{{Sunrise}} and Creator/YoshiyukiTomino. Despite consisting of pretty standard SuperRobot fare, ''Zambot 3'' stands out for three things, with the first two coming out of the third. Firstly, it had somewhat of a DownerEnding. Secondly, it featured [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids child abuse]] on an unprecedented level for a children's show. And thirdly, it was one of the earliest (if not ''the'' earliest,) attempts at a Deconstruction of the SuperRobot genre. The general story is that [[AlienInvasion Earth is being invaded by aliens known as the Gaizok]], which are chasing after the survivors of another planet they ruined, who came [[AlienAmongUs to live and hide on earth.]] However, these refugees left behind two weapons - [[CoolStarship King Beal]] and [[SuperRobot Zambot 3]], for their descendants to use. Cue MonsterOfTheWeek format.
9th May '17 2:57:07 AM Golondrina
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Still, the show stands out because it isn't ''just'' 'MonsterOfTheWeek.' As our lead hero Kappei Jin and his allies fight the Gaizok, ''countless'' homes and towns are [[DestructiveSavior demolished in the process]], and whereas some later series such as, say, ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' would just play it all for laughs, Zambot [[{{Deconstruction}} plays it all completely straight]]. The results would have been a turning point for the HumongousMecha Genre had it caught on, with greater maturity and sophistication in the storytelling and a much darker atmosphere. But alas, this wasn't to be, and it wouldn't be until a couple of years later when ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' was broadcast and the RealRobot genre was invented that the next big advance in the HumongousMecha genre would occur. (And both shows were directed by [[YoshiyukiTomino the same guy]] no less!)

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Still, the show stands out because it isn't ''just'' 'MonsterOfTheWeek.' As our lead hero Kappei Jin and his allies fight the Gaizok, ''countless'' homes and towns are [[DestructiveSavior demolished in the process]], and whereas some later series such as, say, ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' would just play it all for laughs, Zambot [[{{Deconstruction}} plays it all completely straight]]. The results would have been a turning point for the HumongousMecha Genre had it caught on, with greater maturity and sophistication in the storytelling and a much darker atmosphere. But alas, this wasn't to be, and it wouldn't be until a couple of years later when ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' was broadcast and the RealRobot genre was invented that the next big advance in the HumongousMecha genre would occur. (And both shows were directed by [[YoshiyukiTomino [[Creator/YoshiyukiTomino the same guy]] no less!)
16th Feb '17 2:03:25 PM kkhohoho
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* [[spoiler: BittersweetEnding: The series ultimately ends with many innocents killed, much of Japan completely wrecked, and several members of Kappei's family dead, including his teammates - but also with Gaizok's assessment that HumansAreBastards proven wrong, as a crowd of people flock to Kappei to finally cheer him as a hero.]]

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* [[spoiler: BittersweetEnding: The [[spoiler:The series ultimately ends with many innocents killed, much of Japan completely wrecked, and several members of Kappei's family dead, including his teammates - but also with Gaizok's assessment that HumansAreBastards proven wrong, as a crowd of people flock to Kappei to finally cheer him as a hero.]]
11th Feb '17 8:54:27 PM kkhohoho
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Still, the show stands out because it isn't ''just'' 'MonsterOfTheWeek.' As our lead hero Kappei Jin and his allies fight the Gaizok, ''countless'' homes and towns are [[DestructiveSavior demolished in the process]], and whereas some later series such as, say, ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' would just play it all for laughs, Zambot [[{{Deconstruction}} plays it all completely straight]]. The results would have been a turning point for the HumongousMecha Genre had it caught on, with greater maturity and sophistication in the storytelling and a much darker atmosphere. But alas, this wasn't to be, and it wouldn't be until a couple of years later when ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' was broadcast and the RealRobot genre was invented that the next big advance in the HumongousMecha genre would occur. (And both shows were directed by [[YoshiyukiTomino the same guy]], no less!)

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Still, the show stands out because it isn't ''just'' 'MonsterOfTheWeek.' As our lead hero Kappei Jin and his allies fight the Gaizok, ''countless'' homes and towns are [[DestructiveSavior demolished in the process]], and whereas some later series such as, say, ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' would just play it all for laughs, Zambot [[{{Deconstruction}} plays it all completely straight]]. The results would have been a turning point for the HumongousMecha Genre had it caught on, with greater maturity and sophistication in the storytelling and a much darker atmosphere. But alas, this wasn't to be, and it wouldn't be until a couple of years later when ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' was broadcast and the RealRobot genre was invented that the next big advance in the HumongousMecha genre would occur. (And both shows were directed by [[YoshiyukiTomino the same guy]], guy]] no less!)
21st Jan '17 1:40:19 PM kkhohoho
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Still, the show stands out because it isn't ''just'' 'MonsterOfTheWeek.' As our lead hero Kappei Jin and his allies fight the Gaizok, ''countless'' homes and towns are [[DestructiveSavior demolished in the process]], and whereas some later series such as, say, ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' would just play it all for laughs, Zambot [[{{Deconstruction}} plays it all completely straight]]. The results would have been a turning point for the HumongousMecha Genre had it caught on, with greater maturity and sophistication in the storytelling and a much darker atmosphere. But alas, this wasn't to be, and it wouldn't be until a couple of years later when ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' was broadcast and the RealRobot genre was invented that the next big advance in the HumongousMecha genre would occur. (And both shows were directed by [[YoshiyukiTomino the same guy]], no less!).

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Still, the show stands out because it isn't ''just'' 'MonsterOfTheWeek.' As our lead hero Kappei Jin and his allies fight the Gaizok, ''countless'' homes and towns are [[DestructiveSavior demolished in the process]], and whereas some later series such as, say, ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' would just play it all for laughs, Zambot [[{{Deconstruction}} plays it all completely straight]]. The results would have been a turning point for the HumongousMecha Genre had it caught on, with greater maturity and sophistication in the storytelling and a much darker atmosphere. But alas, this wasn't to be, and it wouldn't be until a couple of years later when ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' was broadcast and the RealRobot genre was invented that the next big advance in the HumongousMecha genre would occur. (And both shows were directed by [[YoshiyukiTomino the same guy]], no less!).less!)
21st Jan '17 1:40:08 PM kkhohoho
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Still, the show stands out because it isn't ''just'' 'MonsterOfTheWeek.' As our lead hero Kappei Jin and his allies fight the Gaizok, ''countless'' homes and towns are [[DestructiveSavior demolished in the process]], and whereas some later series such as, say, ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' would just play it all for laughs, Zambot [[{{Deconstruction}} plays it all completely straight]]. The results would have been a turning point for the HumongousMecha Genre had it caught on, with greater maturity and sophistication in the storytelling and a much darker atmosphere. But alas, this wasn't to be, and it wouldn't be until a couple of years later, when ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' was broadcast and the RealRobot genre was invented, that the next big advance in the HumongousMecha genre would occur (both shows were directed by [[YoshiyukiTomino the same guy]], no less!).

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Still, the show stands out because it isn't ''just'' 'MonsterOfTheWeek.' As our lead hero Kappei Jin and his allies fight the Gaizok, ''countless'' homes and towns are [[DestructiveSavior demolished in the process]], and whereas some later series such as, say, ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' would just play it all for laughs, Zambot [[{{Deconstruction}} plays it all completely straight]]. The results would have been a turning point for the HumongousMecha Genre had it caught on, with greater maturity and sophistication in the storytelling and a much darker atmosphere. But alas, this wasn't to be, and it wouldn't be until a couple of years later, later when ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' was broadcast and the RealRobot genre was invented, invented that the next big advance in the HumongousMecha genre would occur (both occur. (And both shows were directed by [[YoshiyukiTomino the same guy]], no less!).
28th Oct '16 10:09:22 AM Greenygal
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''Zambot 3'', or more fully, ''Invincible Super Man Zambot 3'', is a 1977 anime series by long-standing mecha anime studio {{Sunrise}} and YoshiyukiTomino. Despite consisting of pretty standard SuperRobot fare, ''Zambot 3'' stands out for three things, with the first two coming out of the third. Firstly, it had somewhat of a DownerEnding. Secondly, it featured [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids child abuse]] on an unprecedented level for a childrens show. And thirdly, it was one of the earliest (if not ''the'' earliest,) attempts at a Deconstruction of the SuperRobot genre. The general story is that [[AlienInvasion Earth is being invaded by aliens known as the Gaizok]], which are chasing after the survivors of another planet they ruined, who came [[AlienAmongUs to live and hide on earth.]] However, these refugees left behind two weapons - [[CoolStarship King Beal]] and [[SuperRobot Zambot 3]], for their descendants to use. Cue MonsterOfTheWeek format.

Still, the show stands out because it isn't ''just'' 'MonsterOfTheWeek.' As our lead hero Kappei Jin and his allies fight the Gaizok, ''countless'' homes and towns are [[DestructiveSavior demolished in the process]], and whereas some later series such as, say, WesternAnimation/MegasXLR would just play it all for laughs, Zambot [[{{Deconstruction}} plays it all completely straight]]. The results would have been a turning point for the HumongousMecha Genre had it caught on, with greater maturity and sophistication in the storytelling and a much darker atmosphere. But alas, this wasn't to be, and it wouldn't be until a couple of years later, when Gundam was broadcast and the RealRobot genre was invented, that the next big advance in the HumongousMecha genre would occur (both shows were directed by [[YoshiyukiTomino the same guy]], no less!).

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''Zambot 3'', or more fully, ''Invincible Super Man Zambot 3'', is a 1977 anime series by long-standing mecha anime studio {{Sunrise}} Creator/{{Sunrise}} and YoshiyukiTomino.Creator/YoshiyukiTomino. Despite consisting of pretty standard SuperRobot fare, ''Zambot 3'' stands out for three things, with the first two coming out of the third. Firstly, it had somewhat of a DownerEnding. Secondly, it featured [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids child abuse]] on an unprecedented level for a childrens children's show. And thirdly, it was one of the earliest (if not ''the'' earliest,) attempts at a Deconstruction of the SuperRobot genre. The general story is that [[AlienInvasion Earth is being invaded by aliens known as the Gaizok]], which are chasing after the survivors of another planet they ruined, who came [[AlienAmongUs to live and hide on earth.]] However, these refugees left behind two weapons - [[CoolStarship King Beal]] and [[SuperRobot Zambot 3]], for their descendants to use. Cue MonsterOfTheWeek format.

Still, the show stands out because it isn't ''just'' 'MonsterOfTheWeek.' As our lead hero Kappei Jin and his allies fight the Gaizok, ''countless'' homes and towns are [[DestructiveSavior demolished in the process]], and whereas some later series such as, say, WesternAnimation/MegasXLR ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' would just play it all for laughs, Zambot [[{{Deconstruction}} plays it all completely straight]]. The results would have been a turning point for the HumongousMecha Genre had it caught on, with greater maturity and sophistication in the storytelling and a much darker atmosphere. But alas, this wasn't to be, and it wouldn't be until a couple of years later, when Gundam ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' was broadcast and the RealRobot genre was invented, that the next big advance in the HumongousMecha genre would occur (both shows were directed by [[YoshiyukiTomino the same guy]], no less!).



* DestructiveSaviour: This series PERSONIFIES this trope. Yoshiyuki KillEmAll Tomino went to extreme lengths to show why it is not a good idea getting two HumongousMecha fighting in a populated area. Although [[KidHero the children piloting]] Zambot stop the [=MechaBoost=], they caused enormous amount of damage, ([[HeroWithBadPublicity which does nothing to convince the Earth folks who hate them they are ON its side]]).

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* DestructiveSaviour: This series PERSONIFIES this trope. Yoshiyuki KillEmAll Tomino went to extreme lengths to show why it is not a good idea getting two HumongousMecha fighting in a populated area. Although [[KidHero the children piloting]] Zambot stop the [=MechaBoost=], they caused enormous amount amounts of damage, ([[HeroWithBadPublicity which does nothing to convince the Earth folks who hate them they are ON its side]]).



** Though this is arguable, considering the two shows couldn't possibly be any more different, at least in terms of tone. Daitarn might be a successor, but not necessarily a spiritual one.

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** Though this is arguable, considering the two shows couldn't possibly be any more different, at least in terms of tone. Daitarn ''Daitarn'' might be a successor, but not necessarily a spiritual one.
13th Jul '16 2:13:51 AM WolfThunder
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13th Jul '16 2:13:28 AM WolfThunder
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It occasionally gets featured in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'', where it usually has a high chance to appear together with its SpiritualSuccessor ''Anime/{{Daitarn 3}}'' (in fact it can't seem to exist without Daitarn in SRW), thus they could do combination attacks together. This, however, is mostly offset with the lessening of its [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids brutal nature and child abuse]]. Its appearance in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ'' rectifies this to a degree, by showing how the abuse takes its toll. But it still (barely) avoids the KillEmAll ending.
13th Oct '15 8:41:15 PM DarkHunter
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* VideoGame/SuperRobotWars: ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars4'', ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2'', ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance'', ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsReversal'', ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ'', and ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars64''.
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