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Kidou Keiji Jiban ("The Mobile Cop Jiban") is the eighth entry in the Metal Heroes franchise and the first entry in the Heisei period, airing from 1989-1990. Created by Keita Amemiya (of GARO fame) the premise for the series combines elements from Robocop and the 1970s tokusatsu Robot Detective.
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Sometime in the not so distant future, a detective named Naoto Tamura transfers to the Central City Police Department. However, he is soon killed by agents of the evil Bioron organization, led by the nefarious Doctor Giba. Then he gets revived as a cyborg police officer called Jiban, who sets out to rid the world of the threat that once killed him.

See Lady Battle Cop, the female counterpart of Jiban (In the Spiritual Successor sense) and the only Metal Hero property to be released.


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Kidou Keiji Jiban provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Arch-Enemy: Madogarbo to Jiban. Madogarbo is specifically created by Dr. Giba to counter Jiban and she doesn't use gloves to do that. Jiban barely can do anything against her until he becomes Perfect Jiban.
  • Back from the Dead: Jiban twice.
  • BFG
    • The Daedalus initially, then the frickin' huge Autoderringer (with Machinegun and Final Cannon modes) once he gets his Perfect Jiban mode.
    • Not quite on the same scale, but the Maximilian Type-3 is considerably longer than the standard Metal Heroes sidearm.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Mayumi. It's never explained what's exactly her power, but it's she who ends up saving Jiban in his most dire situations, including help to revive him.
  • Came Back Strong: Oh, hell yes. As a bulletproof cyborg with a Laser Blade the first time, and with a BFG the second.
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  • Can't Catch Up: Madogarbo and Queen Cosmos are way above of Jiban's power at first. Madogarbo can tank a shot from Daedalus and gets even stronger after receive Cosmos' DNA. Queen Cosmos her/itself is an alien with extraordinary psychic powers that Jiban can't even scratch for a good amount of the show. When Jiban is remade into Perfect Jiban, he finally shortens the power gap significantly.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Compared to the less dark (generally) Jiraiya, the previous metal hero. While Toha/Jiraiya was more cheerful with a lighter disposition, learns to be a diligent ninja and fought against human (mostly) oponents, Naoto/Jiban was about a policeman revived into a cyborg that fights an evil organization of monsters, while mascarades his identity pretending to be a bumbling cop. Compared to the mostly acrobatic and fast Jiraiya, Jiban is more bulky, but less agile, which he compensates with a bigger set of weapons and support vehicles. Also, while Jiraiya have a good amount of allies to help him, Jiban is mostly alone against Biolon, save for occasional help, mainly from Mayumi, Halley and Yoko. Mayumi is his main supporter and, when Jiban is killed by the second time, is she who triggers the headquarter's secret computer to rebuild Jiban into Perfect Jiban.
  • Cop Show: Toku style.
  • Clark Kenting/ Obfuscating Stupidity: Acting like an ignorant idiot, Naoto dispels any suspicion about anyone discovers he's Jiban. Biolon and Yoko eventually discover his secret in the last two episodes.
  • Crossover: A rather odd one. Episode 31 involves Jiban teaming up with a character from the previous Metal Hero show and it's not the protagonist Jiraiya. It's his kid brother Manabu.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Naoto acts like a klutz so people won't find out that he's Jiban.
  • Death by Origin Story: Naoto's backstory during the time he was killed in the line of duty by a Biolon attack. It doesn't last long when Dr. Igarashi rebuilt him into Jiban.
  • Finishing Move: Jiban End, an energized slash through the enemy. Final Cannon becomes his new finisher post-ressurrection.
  • For the Evulz: Biolon's modus operandi not only have a lot of this, but they are sadistic to extreme. If they have a chance to make Jiban pass through the ringer, you can bet they will do exactly this. The amount of damage and physical punishment that Jiban endures is so ridiculous that whatever is the problem you can have with his law enforcement against Biolon can be forgotten, because is totally justified.
  • Good Is Dumb: Yoko and Seiji, respectively Naoto's veteran and superior at the police department, are unable to see through Naoto's act.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the last two episodes. Jiban loses literally everything in his last stand against Biolon. His close allies, headquarters, vehicles, weapons and even the right to be with his little sister.
  • Hong Kong Dub: Doctor Giba seems to be speaking English dubbed over with Japanese in his scenes.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Not played for laughs. Jiban takes a lot of punishment in many of his fights, to the point you question how he can even remain alive/functional after so many blows.
  • Judge, Jury, and Executioner: Jiban has this authority against members of Bioron only... but see the YMMV.
  • Laser Blade: The Maximilian Type-3's sword mode, used as the "Jiban End" attack.
  • Law of Inverse Recoil: Jiban is powerful enough to play this straight with anything up to and including the Autoderringer Machinegun Mode, which he still holds two-handed (it isn't fantastically accurate and a few shots will generally miss to the sides of the intended target). The Final Cannon mode, however, pushes him back a foot or so per shot, and it's an Energy Weapon.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: Jiban is later remodeled into Perfect Jiban. Improved armor, replacement of forearm-mounted support weapons with hardpoints, and the Autoderringer. When he calls for them, the Needricker and Powerbreaker (a giant claw) appear on his forearms.
  • More Dakka: The Autoderringer. The Machine Gun Mode can demolish a full-sized warehouse on its own, while the Final Cannon launches a laughably overpowered deadly energy blast.
  • The Movie: The show have one. And Jiban had luck to survive to it.
  • One-Man Army: Jiban is described as this, word for word, during the song "Perfect Jiban".
  • Pragmatic Hero: In the last two episodes. Jiban is subjected to a full attack from Biolon after they discover his civil identity and decides the only way to actually put an end on them is forgetting his human feelings. He does, at least for time enough to defeat the whole organization once for all and save Mayumi.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: It's a mainstay of the Metal Heroes that they have light-up eyes of some kind or another, often activated when they're powering up for a finishing blow. Jiban's, though, actually are red.
  • Recycled Premise: Jiban's origin comes straight out of RoboCop, right down to the thigh-holstered gun. A nice case of inspiration going full circle: RoboCop's design was partially inspired by Space Sheriff Gavan, the original Metal Heroes series.
  • Restraining Bolt: Complete aversion — Jiban's version of the Prime Directives give him greater freedom and authority instead. Far more than he conceivably needs, in fact, but, again, he's a cyborg fighting literal monsters, so it's strictly exceptional, given his opponents.
  • Ship Tease: Yoko have quite a lot of these with Jiban, not so much with Naoto, despite a hint or two.Things doesn't work to them, though.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: The Maximilian Type-3 — Gun, Shock baton, and Sword modes.
  • Taking You with Me: The Monster of the Week from episode 25 attempts to pull this on Jiban as a last-ditch effort. It fails, naturally.
  • Transformation Sequence: Averted, shockingly. Naoto transforms into Jiban pretty much like Superman would — runs behind a pillar as Naoto, emerges as Jiban.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: Jiban's origin. Essentially describes his "Perfect Jiban" powerup, too.

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