is a long running toy-based franchise produced by toy company Bandai. It debuted in 1982 in Japan and initially ended in 1989. It was revived several times, and its latest incarnation, Machine Robo Mugenbine
, is still being released today. A large portion of the Machine Robo toy-line was exported and sold by Tonka in America as GoBots
and Rock Lords
, sometimes with major color and mold changes, together with toys developed by Tonka themselves.Several anime series were produced for it:Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos
is a Japanese anime television series produced by Ashi Productionsnote
. It ran on TV Tokyo from July 3, 1986, through May 28, 1987. To date, only 15 episodes of the series have officially been released with English subtitles on three DVDs by Central Park Media. The story takes place on the mechanical world of Cronos. A band of villains called the Gyandlar have come to the planet in search of the mythical energy, the Hyribead
This was followed by Machine Robo: Battlehackers
, a loose sequel to Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos
, which aired in 1987.
Furthermore, three OVAs
were produced from 1988 to 1990 that told the further story of Rom Stol and his sister (especially his sister), Blue Jet, Rod Drill, and Tripple Jim.
2003 saw the release of Machine Robo Rescue
, which told the feats of a rescue organisation and its Machine Robo helpers.
Although its current incarnation Machine Robo Mugenbine
does not feature an anime, several CG shorts and a manga were produced, and the current releases feature a story on the boxes.
Both Revenge of Cronos and Battle Hackers provides examples of:
- Action Girl: Leina Stol, esp. in the Original Video Animation
- Bad Ass: Rom.
- BFS: Kenro and Nagase
- Big Bad: Gadess in Revenge of Cronos, Dylan in Battle Hackers
- Big Damn Heroes: Rom Stoll's main forte.
- Bishōnen: Guardi Stoll
- Brain in a Jar: Grujios
- Brother-Sister Incest: Leina and Rom are a little too close
- Calling Your Attacks: Rom
- Catch Phrase: Rom has a set of it..."WAIT!!!", "*insert speech here, mostly about virtue and justice* People call it *insert meaning here*!", "Scum like you doesn't deserve to know my name!". And to a lesser extent, "SEIBAI!!" (meaning: "PUNISHMENT!!"), usually said after God Hand Smash
- Phrase Catcher: The villain will ask "Who're you?" or some variation thereof.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Leina Stoll
- Cool Old Guy: Kirai Stoll
- Combining Mecha: Devil Satan 6, Land Commander 5
- Dark Action Girl: Diondra
- Death Is Cheap: Devil Satan 6 is finally killed at the end of Revenge of Cronos... except he's back with no explanation in Battle Hackers.
- Deceptive Disciple: Bug Newman
- Delinquents: The entire theme of Battle Hackers
- Drill Tank: Rod Drill and Drill Crasher
- Expy: Rom Stoll/Kenryu/Baikanfu is based on the same toy as Protteser/Delinger/Garbin from Gordian. Tough Trailer and Pro Truck Racer are the same design as Titan boy from Choushinsei Flashman. The bad guy vehicle Varigale X is just Jaguar Vulcan from Taiyou Sentai Sun Vulcan.
- Faux Action Girl: Sometimes Leina falls into this category, depending on who's writing the episode.
- Hammer Space: Kenryu and Baikanfu
- Humongous Mecha: Baikanfu
- Kansai Regional Accent: Devil Satan; crosses into The Idiot from Osaka territory occasionally
- Long-Lost Relative: Guardi Stoll
- Mask Power: Rom
- No Mouth: Rod Drill, Triple Jim
- Not Blood Siblings: Leina and Rom (revealed in the Original Video Animation)
- Power of the God Hand: The Baikanfu's Finishing Move is named God Hand Smash.
- Robot Girl: Leina Stoll
- For that matter, Leina Stol is the only major female character in Revenge of Chronos.
- Something Else Also Rises: Provides the picture, if not any actual examples.
- Super Robot
- Super Robot Wars: in Compact 2/Impact and MX.
- This Is a Drill: Rod Drill
- Transformation Sequence
- Transformation Trinket: Kenro the Wolf Sword.
- Transforming Mecha
- Villain Decay: Devil Satan 6 was Put on a Bus for a while.
- Yakuza: Jingi, Kina, and Koron in ROC; Yasando in Battle Hackers
Machine Robo Rescue provides examples of:
- Adorkable: Daichi.
- Ambiguously Brown: Jay, implied to be the child of mixed parents on an international space station.
- Ambiguously Gay: Ken.
- Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Shoh and Ken start marketing themselves as this.
- But Not Too Foreign: Arias "Ace" Honoh.
- Chinese Girl: Haruka Lin.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Rednote , Bluenote and Yellownote , just like in the OP. The bad guys are technically black, the Stealth team is purple and navy blue while the Evil Twin bots are black repaints. Then Jay joins up and Stealth Robo gets a free white repaint.
- Combining Mecha
- Eleventh Hour Superpower: Jet Robo's upgrade into Shuttle Robo can be removed once the business is done.
- Evil Twin: Black versions of Fire, Police and Drill Robos are busted out to battle our heroes - and steal their support Robos before getting their own!
- Identical Twin ID Tag: Half of the Blue team is twins Susumu and Tsuyoshi, who merely mirror their hair partings.
- JAM Project: Did the opening and ending themes for this show.
- Kid Hero
- Lonely Rich Kid: Sayuri Suizenji.
- The Lost Lenore: Blue leader Makoto gets to know this gifted girl who's a qualified doctor while being the same age as him. Turns out she'd gone full-bore into medicine to help others before her own terminal illness got to her. Yeah, this can only end one way.
- Mythology Gag: Neatly all the Robos are based on the classic Machine Robo designs with the leading mechs of the Red and Yellow teams being expies of Blue Jet and Rod Drill from Revenge of Cronos respectively, leaders and identical drones alike, sometimes with drastic color changes. Those police bikes are based on Cy-Kill, for one thing.
- Na´ve Newcomer: Jay, after he joins the Machine Robo Rescue squad.
- Robot Buddy: The Machine Robos tend to be partnered with the guys of each team. Jay and Stealth Robo are the straightest example here. They do have transforming handphones that turn into minibots but those come standard.
- Sad Clown: Shoh. He lost his older sister at sea.
- The Smurfette Principle: There is only one girl in each team. There's even just one woman in the command staff!
- "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue