Anime: Kotetsu Jeeg

aka: Kotetsushin Jeeg


Kotetsu Jeeg (鋼鉄ジーグ, Kōtetsu Jīgu), more commonly known as Koutetsu Jeeg, Steel Jeeg or even "El Vengador", is another classic Humongous Mecha anime created by Go Nagai in cooperation with Tatsuya Yasuda. The anime TV series was produced by Toei Doga. It was first broadcast on NET in 1975. The series lasted for 46 episodes. Steel Jeeg also ran as a manga in several children's publications.

Essentially a Combining Mecha series, it told the story of Shiiba Hiroshi, a car racer who's reconstructed as a cyborg by his father after being mortally wounded in an accident. As a cyborg, Hiroshi's capable of transforming into the eponymous Kotetsu Jeeg, a steel robot head that combines with a variety of external parts to form a giant robot and fight the minions of Queen Himika, leader of the Jamatai Kingdom.

The series received a sequel, Kotetsushin ("Steel God") Jeeg in 2007, taking place in another continuity, fifty years after the original and featuring both new and classic characters.

The original Kotetsu Jeeg features examples of:

The sequel Kotetsushin Jeeg features the following tropes:

  • Alternate Continuity: Kotetsushin Jeeg presents significant differences with the original story. For example, the presence of the father of Hiroshi (still alive), Senjiro Shiba, and the return of Himica who is not dead as narrated in the first series. In this regard, the new series ignores the existence of the Dragon Emperor.
  • Amazon Brigade: The Build Angels.
  • Badass Normal: The Build Angels again, and many, many more.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Monko of the Build Angels.
  • Cameo: This being a Go Nagai title, there are at least a few. Notably, Kouji Kabuto and others are visible during a scene in episode 13 of Kotetsushin.
    • Also, Kouji in the first episode amongst the cheering crowds.
    • Super Robot Wars ran with this by having Kouji end up fast friends with Kenji in K and L.
  • Cool Bike: Kenji's motorcycle from Kotetsushin, which transforms into the head of the new Jeeg
  • Distaff Counterpart The Build Angels are often considered a gender-swapped version of the Getter Team
  • Doing In the Wizard: In Kotetsushin, we find out that Himika and everybody that's presumably mystical are really aliens. The Bronze Bells were the reactors for an ancient ship. The Dragon Emperor isn't mentioned at all, either.
    • Although possibly a subversion in that the Jama Kingdom are still said to derive their powers from sorcery.
  • Expository Theme Tune: "Just you watch, the Haniwa Phantoms will be completely destroyed. Run forth, Banban Baban! Big Shooter, swifter than the wind. Build up!"
  • Falling into the Cockpit: Subverted: Kenji's forced to take control of the new Jeeg when a Haniwa Phantom God attacks, but in the next episode it's revealed that he had been intended to be the pilot all along — the attack simply forced the New Build Base crew to put him into the robot sooner than planned.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: (Early on in Kotetsushin, Kenji decides to use one of Jeeg's arms to bludgeon a Haniwa Phantom God to death)
  • Home Base: In Kotetsushin, a Volcano Lair.
  • Lady of War: Captain Yagyu of the Build Angels.
  • Legacy Character: Kenji, the successor of Hiroshi.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Kenji is the target of this... from Monko, much to his dismay.
  • Miko: Tsubaki's part-time work, since her grandmother Miwa "Micchi" Uzuki has become a Shinto priestess
  • Older and Wiser: Micchi was The Chick in the original series but has become The Captain by the time the sequel starts
  • Red Shirt Army: Subverted in early episodes of Kotetsushin Jeeg. The JSDF -that usually is utterly useless in most anime shows- display competent tactics in their battle against Himika's Haniwa Genjin, and although Jeeg spearheads their attacks, he can't do it alone. They pay a high death toll, of course, but they are not completely exterminated.
  • Rip Van Winkle: In Kotetsushin, Tatsuko Mido and Monko Saotome of the Build Angels; later, the JSDF forces found within the zone on Kyushu, and Hiroshi.
  • Shout-Out:
    • When Kenji's Jeeg combines with Balba, its arrangement is vaguely reminiscent of Archduke Gorgon. The Haniwa Phantom he defeats in this form, Banshouraguu, also heavily resembles the Great General of Darkness, also from Great Mazinger.
    • Did anyone else get a stint of a certain slapping vibe when Kenji's Jeeg kicked Asano in the face?
      Asano: You kicked me! Not even Queen Himika has ever kicked me!
      • This is also a shout-out to the fact that Amuro Ray's seiyuu was the voice of Hiroshi in the original Jeeg.
    • In the final scene of the last episode, Kouji, Sayaka and Boss can be seen walking among the multitude.
    • In the final episode of Koutetsushin, one of the Build Angels remarks "Looks like we'll need a blade that smites evil spirits".
  • Super Mode: The Koutetsushin Jeeg; overlaps with Eleventh Hour Superpower, since it only appears in the final episode.
    • Also applies to Super Robot Wars K, where it can only be accessed as a Combination Attack
      • Bronze Bell Power counts too. As one of the game's buffet of "Better Mazinpowers", it grants a 25% boost and resistance to damage and an increased critical rate
  • This Is a Drill The Mach Drills, though the Earth Parts also grant Jeeg a pair of drill legs
  • Time Dilation Field: One of these was used to seal evil in a can in the backstory for Kotetsushin
  • Transformation Name Announcement
  • Tsundere: Tsubaki from Koutetsushin is a Type B
  • Two Guys and a Girl: Kenji, Kyo, and Tsubaki in Kotetsushin
  • Wham Episode: Episode 10 of Kotetsushin; Tsubaki gets possessed by Himika, who then extracts both Bronze Bells, Kyo reveals he (and the Jama Empire as well) is not only an alien, but also Kenji's uncle AND reveals that Kenji himself is half-alien, Tsubaki descends from a clan of priestesses that have protected Kyo's bloodline, and Build Base gets destroyed. To top it off, Kyo sacrifices himself so that everyone can escape.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Miwa as she grows into a graceful and serene Miko and later The Captain who is very into the whole "core of steel" thing.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Kyo in Kotetsushin

Alternative Title(s):

Kotetsushin Jeeg