Series / B-Robo Kabutack
is the sixteenth Metal Heroes
series, airing from 1997-1998. Essentially, it was the third of the B-Fighter
It's the story of Kabutack, one of ten "B-Robos" created by Dr. Torahiko Koenji. The good doctor discovered the existence of the thirteen Star Pieces, which grant any wish to those who get 'em all. For this reason, Koenji created the B-Robos. But some of the B-Robos aren't very nice and turn against Koenji. So, it's up to the good B-Robos to trounce the bad ones week after week.
B-Robo Kabutack provides examples of the following tropes:
- Awesome, but Impractical / Blessed with Suck: Tentorina has a permanent Super Mode but doesn't have combat abilities and consumes too much energy.
- Dismantled MacGuffin: The Star Pieces.
- "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Takeshi Kusao, who voices Kabutack, also sings the opening theme, "Kiyoku Tadashiku Kabutack."
- Goldfish Poop Gang: The "evil" B-Robos.
- Gotta Catch 'Em All: The Star Pieces, again.
- Hour of Power: The B-Robos can only stay in Super Mode for a matter of minutes. Sharkler, one of the evil B-Robos, can stay in Super Mode for 15 minutes, the longest for any B-Robo.
- Lighter and Softer: To the entire Metal Heroes franchise.
- Missing Episode: The series itself could be considered one for the entire Metal Heroes franchise, as not only is it the only one to not be released on DVD in any form save for a few specials, but Toei themselves seem to pretend that it never happened.
- Red Boxing Gloves: Ganiran the horseshoe crab has huge, round red claws to invoke this trope.
- The Smurfette Principle: The sole female B-Robo, Tentorina the ladybug, cannot transform due to having the Super Mode at beginning.
- Super-Deformed: The standard mode of the B-Robos.
- Super Mode: Their super robot alternate modes are literally called Super Mode.
- Super Prototype: Subverted. Despite him being the titler protagonist, Kabutack's Super Mode lasts three minutes, the shortest of any of the B-Robos.
- Transforming Mecha: The B-Robos.