YMMV / Giant Robo

  • Accidental Innuendo: From the English dub of the Live Action Series: Doctor Dorian knows just how it grows!
    • Also: Why doesn't the Robot come? You've failed me Doctor Eingali!
  • Adaptation Displacement: The OVA seems to have more of a following than either the original manga or the TV series. GR: Giant Robo is right out.
    • In recent years however, the live action version has been given a Colbert Bump due to Shout!Factory releasing the Johnny Sokko dub on DVD (and subsequently the OVA being out of print) and MGM owned Comet TV station airing the show on the weekend mornings and Sunday nights right after showings of Mystery Science Theater 3000. It's gotten to the point to (at least in the US), it's more well known the OVA by now as a result.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Sort of. There were two dubs. The first was... campy, but not so great, while the second was much higher quality and more consistent. But the original dub played Genya as a petulant, single-minded Psychopathic Manchild while the later one played him as a suave, calm Well-Intentioned Extremist.
  • Ass Pull: In the episode of the toku with the giant vampire, it turns out Robo can create a... flaming cross!? Talk about being Crazy-Prepared.
  • Awesome Music: One of the best soundtracks in the medium, courtesy of a Japanese Academy Award-nominee composer and orchestra. Look out for the famous opera track Una Furtiva Lagrima, too.
  • Crazy Awesome: This show wouldn't be half as awesome if it wasn't completely batshit insane.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: The Tokusatsu has this in Spades. Especially if you are watching The ''Johnny Sokko'' dub. It's to the point were both the English and the Japanese version aren't Narm due to its oddities and funny moments being deliberate rather than unintentionally done.
    • One example in episode 10, is after Doctor Over/Doctor Botanus steals a briefcase that is supposedly containing important Documents and finds...sheets of Blank paper.
    Black Diamond/Harlequin: That's...not exactly what you wanted, eh doctor?
  • Indians Love Johnny Sokko: Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot is universally adored in India of all places, where the show was shown on the only television station India had at the time in the 1980's and lead to the show having a devout cult following amongst Indian Gen X-ers and early Gen Y-ers to this day.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Sort of. A lot of people only watched the live action series due to Bucket Head being into it and ended up becoming fans of the show as well.
  • Memetic Mutation: CRUSH THEM, GIANT ROBO! Explanation 
    • Robot, come back robot! Explanation 
  • Narm Charm: Both the live action version and OVA are so over the top, one can't help but like them both. In the live action versions case, neither the original version or Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot dubbing actors took it very seriously and did it for the fun of it. And it shows!
  • Needs More Love: The Toku is considered by many to have fully finalized the Toei Hero-tokusatsu Genre with all of the tropes they would use in their shows to this day but is slowly being forgotten about by Hikari Productions. Thankfully in the US MGM owns the rights to the English dub and has been releasing it in many formats and is now on Television again which gives the hope it will be fully recognized by the Toku community again.
  • So Bad, It's Good to this day, fans and detractors alike wish Johnny Sokko (more specifically, the Voyage into Space compilation movie) was riffed on Mystery Science Theater 3000 due to how cheesy it was.
  • Tear Jerker: The Tragedy of Bashtarle in all it's sad glory. Especially when the aria 'Una furtiva lagrima' plays. The theme of the aria is 'the sorrow of people not understanding your true feelings', which fits perfectly.
    • The bittersweet ending.
    • Giant Robo's Heroic Sacrifice at the end of the TV series.
  • Too Cool to Live: Taisou is powerful, wise and a total badass. He also has a personal vendetta with the apparent Big Bad, and can take him on one on one. Clearly, he had to die. He was also voiced by Norio Wakamoto, making him way, way too cool.
    • Giant Robo in the Live Action series.
  • Toy Ship: Okay has there ever been a fan-fiction NOT doing this to Daisaku and Sunny the Magician?
  • What an Idiot: Vogler. For some reason, he thought it was a good idea to somehow rig the recording that explains the details of his plan to his son to play AFTER he somehow figures out what to do with the briefcases. Sure, he was dying and had little time left, but if he could manage to create a system complicated enough to play a message after those specific conditions were met, he could have had a much easier time explaining all of this either in person or just by giving Genya the recording up front. If he only hadn't mixed up his priorities, Genya wouldn't have gone crazy and countless people wouldn't have died over a huge, HUGE misunderstanding. Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!.