Bigger than big! Taller than tall! Quicker than quick! Stronger than strong! Ready to fight for right! Against wrong!
Gigantor — Tetsujin Nijuhachi-go, or "Iron Man #28" in the original Japanese — was a Humongous Mecha
controlled by a young boy, Jimmy Sparks (Shotaro Kaneda). They lived on a remote island with Jimmy's uncle, a scientist, and fought crime
. Originally set just after World War II
, the English dub portrayed the show as being set in the then-future year of 2000. Based on the original manga by Mitsuteru Yokoyama, it is one of the first popular anime to air in America, both the original form, produced by Eiken Studios (formerly called TCJ), and in the revamped New Adventures of Gigantor
originally produced in 1980 by TMS Entertainment
, and aired internationally in the late 80s/early 90s. The sequel, Tetsujin 28 FX was produced by the same production that created New Gigantor and was aired in 1990s in Japan. It was also remade in 2004 and given a live-action adaptation in 2005. Recently, Tetsujin 28 Gao was produced by the same company that created and animated the first Gigantor series and was aired by 2013.
Tetsujin-28 also has the distinction of being the first Humongous Mecha
anime in history, predating Mazinger Z
by a solid 10 years, making it the grandpappy of all the mecha series you see today
In late 2009, the city of Kobe in Japan completed a statue of the robot. It is full size,
60 feet tall and weighing in at more than 50 tons. Just looking at it
shows how impressive a real-life Humongous Mecha
- Shotacon: Shotacon gets its name from Shotaro, who is considered the prototype for the boys found in the genre. The meaning has since evolved, however.
This series provides examples of:
- Adorably Precocious Child — Shotaro is an excellent example.
- Alternate History: — At least in the 2004 version, it's mentioned that in 1945 the Japanese attempted a last ditch attempt to stop the Americans by launching the other Tetsujin models on the West Coast. It didn't work.
- Big Bad: Uchuumaou (Moldark) in the 80s Series
- Dude Looks Likea Lady — In the 21st episode of the 80s series, the woman in a fancy Chinese suit (the curlpit of abducting and brainwashing children, including Makie) turned out to be a man when the mask was removed.
- The Fifties: The setting of both the 2004 series and the original anime.
- Humongous Mecha — Trope Maker
- The Kid with the Remote Control — Possibly the Ur Example, at least in the mecha genre.
- Nuclear Weapons Taboo — In the 2005 series there's the Sun Bomb, powered by an element (Bagume) that can only be kept stable in water, no less.
- Lighter and Softer — The Gao series.
- Live-Action Adaptation: The 2005 film.
- Panty Shot— Shown briefly in the 1980s series (particularly Makie's/Bonnie's).
- Product Placement — In the original Japanese version, there's a sponsor spot (just before the opening proper) for the Japanese candy company Glico (makers of Pocky). It goes "GURIKO! GURIKO! GU! RI! KO!" ("guriko" being the Japanese pronounciation.)
- Red Eyes, Take Warning — In the 2004 series, the Mafia steal the remote control box and are able to control Tetsujin. During this time, Tetsujin's eyes turn red, with no In-Universe explanation as to why.
- Shout-Out — The manga and the 2004 version of the series has some amounts of World War II reference. One of these example is the Tetsujin project, which is initiated by Dr. Kaneda,being based on German rocket missles initiated by Werner von Braun.
- Anime classic AKIRA makes a Shout-Out to Gigantor with some character names: Shotaro Kaneda and Shikishima. Otomo Katsuhiro was a fan of the series though.
- Dave Mustaine of Megadeth cited Gigantor as one of his favorite cartoons and named his tour "Gigantour" in its honor.
- Submarine Pirates — The 15th episode of the 1980series/The New Adventures of Gigantor (The Pirate Submarine).
- Super Robot Wars: Appears in Super Robot Wars Z2 Saisei hen, based on the 1980 TV Series followed by Super Robot Wars Z3 Jigoku hen.
- One of the Bonus scenario of Z3, featured this 80s incarnation tie-in with Godmars.
- Twenty Minutes into the Future — in the Gigantor dub. The original version was set around the end of World War II (or about a decade after it in the 2004 anime), also making it the earliest (if not the first) example of a:
- Macekre — Eventually inverted by the aforementioned 2004 series, which not only is truer to the original Japanese version (including retaining the characters' original Japanese names), it was even released under the original name of Tetsujin 28 in North America.
- Ur Example — Gigantor created the Super Robot, which Go Nagai's series would expand upon.
- You Killed My Father — In the 1980 series where Shotaro's father was killed by Branch (Dr. Murkybottom). This trope was only applied in the 24th episode wherein Shotaro seeks revenge on Branch but Branch was later abducted by aliens which were actually Uchuumaou's minions