Anime: Gigantor

Bigger than big! Taller than tall! Quicker than quick! Stronger than strong! Ready to fight for right! Against wrong!

Over the buildings he soars
Over the highways he roars
DA-DA-DA-DA-DA
The flying bullets go
BA-BA-BA-BA-BA
And everything explodes
ZOOM
Goes the flying Tetsujin
Number 28, go!
Rough translation of the Japanese version's Bragging Theme Tune

Gigantor — Tetsujin Nijuhachi-go, or "Iron Man #28" in the original Japanese — is a Humongous Mecha controlled by a young boy, Jimmy Sparks (Shotaro Kaneda). They live on a remote island with Jimmy's uncle, a scientist, and fight 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 would be.


Tropes:

  • 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
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Happened TWICE in the 80s Series
    • 21st episode has children becoming mindless child soldiers (cue the helmet they worn is a brainwashing device) of a fancy-dressed lady or rather a man dressed in that costume. Unfortunately, Makie was among them.
    • 47th Episode has Shotaro becoming a (temporary) mindless "test pilot" of Tetsujin as part of the Canadian criminal's (Dorombo's) plot to sell Tetsujin.
  • Dude Looks Likea Lady: In the 21st episode of the 80s series, the woman in a fancy Chinese suit (the curlpit of abducting and [[Brainwashed brainwashing]] children, including Makie)[[ spoiler: 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.
  • Lighter and Softer: The Gao series.
  • Live-Action Adaptation: The 2005 film.
  • 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.
  • Panty Shot:
    • Shown briefly in the 1980s series (particularly Makie's/Bonnie's).
    • This also happened in FX wherein one of Masato's (female) friends showed her underwear, depicting a blue-hued original Tetsujin in the back part, to the 2 men.
  • 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 1980 series, The New Adventures of Gigantor ("The Pirate Submarine").
  • 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). 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
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair:
    • This is rarely shown in 1980s series (notably, teal-haired Gura/Coldark) and FX (notably, purple-haired Franken).
    • Gao has some amount of color-haired characters. (e.g. Prof. Shikishima in purple-hued hair)