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Anime / Cybot Robotchi

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The LP album cover, featuring Robotchi (Robby) and Kurumi (Tiffany)

A 1982 gag anime created by Ken Ishikawa and produced by Knack Productions. It ran for 39 episodes on TV Tokyo from October 1982 to June 1983.

It focuses on a mischievous "cybot" named Robotchi who lives in Yamakawa Village. The village is home to Dr. Deco, the inventor of Robotchi and many othercybots, Sachiko Yukino, a smart and hot female cop, and Kurumi Yukino, Sachiko's younger sister who's friends with Robotchi. For the first 20 episodes, the main antagonists are the Industrial Espionage Trio, a group of 3 spies who try to steal Robotchi's blueprints, but are constantly foiled by Robotchi and Sachiko. For the last 19 episodes, the villain role goes to High Brow and his henchmen, Nancy and Silvia.

In 1985, it was dubbed into English and turned into an hour and a half long direct-to-video movie called Robby the Rascal by Kidpix Productions, which can be viewed here. This movie was dubbed into Korean as ''개구장이 로비의 모험'' (roughly translates to The Adventures of Mischievous Robby) in 1989. The entire series was also aired in Italy and became very popular there under the title Robottino.


This series provides examples of:

  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The English dub features a new original theme song (and indeed an entirely different musical score from the original). Averted in Italy, where the original Japanese themes were used.
  • Dub Name Change: The English dub changes virtually all of the characters' names. For starters: Robotchi is Robby, Kurumi is Tiffany, Sachiko is Sergeant Sally, Uzura is Terri, High Brow is Horatio Percival Thorton III, Nancy and Sylvia are Tracy and Yvette, etc. Dr. Deco retains his name but is given the punny first name Art.
  • Expy: The anime overall is very cleary inspired by Doctor Slump, though some characters are especially noteworthy:
    • Robotchi is one of Arale, being a mischievous but kind-hearted Robot Kid who often gets into trouble.
    • Dr. Deco is one of Senbei, as they're both fat, somewhat perverted scientists who are responsible for designing the main character.
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  • Ms. Fanservice: Sachiko has a rather shapely figure, and she's never onscreen for more than 5 seconds without her cleavage or panties - or more - being shown at least once. In episode one alone, her bikini bottom is accidentally pulled down, exposing her rear end, and Robotchi gets an eyeful (including nipples) when he accidentally walks in on her in the shower. Not surprisingly, the English dub cuts virtually all the ecchi humor.
  • Robot Kid: Robotchi.
  • Rollerblade Good: When Kurumi is first introduced, she arrives at the bus stop Robotchi was supposed to pick her up at by roller skate instead of taking the bus.
  • She's a Man in Japan: Silvia, one of High Brow's henchwomen, is anatomically male but dresses and comports herself as a woman. In the English dub she's renamed Yvette and her transgenderism is written out, similar to Fish Eye in Sailor Moon.