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  • All There in the Manual: For the Toku: Do you ever notice the one Big Fire/Gargoyle henchman with the goatee that appears in nearly every episode? Guidebooks for the series give him the name of "Lieutenant Piranha".
  • Development Hell: The OVA actually began work in the 1980s as a straight up remake of the live action version.
  • Dueling Dubs: Two English dubs were made for the North American release. One was produced by Animaze in California for L.A. Hero. Several years later, Media Blasters released it in 2004 with another dub recorded at New York City's NYAV Post, in addition to the Animaze-produced dub.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The English releases of the 1992 OVA had long been out of print, until it was eventually licensed by Discotek Media.
    • Johnny Sokko suffered from this fate for a long time. Orion Pictures had released 8 episodes of the show on VHS through Streamline Pictures but didn't release the rest of the series. It wasn't until 2013 when Shout! Factory licensed the entire series and put it out on DVD.
  • Name's the Same: Nucleon (The English name for the toku villain Glober) shares its name with the energy source that makes Transformers stronger, faster and more alive!
    • The Gargoyle Gang (English name for the toku version of Big Fire) is also the name of a villain group in Riverdale.
  • No Export for You:
    • Unlike the 1967 live-action series and the 1992 OVA, the 2007 anime has never been released outside of Asia and Brazil.
    • Due to a nasty legal loophole, the original Japanese version of Toei's Giant Robo cannot be released in the US until MGM's legal rights to the English dub of the tokusatsu revert back to Toei.
  • Old Shame: Subverted. While Yokoyama like elements and some of the characters Giant Robo, he felt the varying art quality of the original manga and a lack of suspense in the story made it unworthy of being republished in its entirety until after he died.
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  • Schedule Slip: The OVA suffered massively from this thanks to its Troubled Production. The first episode was released in 1992. The seventh and final episode did not come until 1998 and that was after a 3 year gap between episodes 6 and 7.
  • The Other Darrin: The first 12 chapters of the original manga were cowritten and drawn by Submarine 707 creator Satoru Ozawa while Mitsuteru Yokoyama finished up the Akakage manga.
  • What Could Have Been: Lots and lots.
    • 1967 Manga
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    • 1967 Toku Series
      • Originally in Episode 13 of the Toku, the villain Black Diamond/Harlequin was meant to be killed off in the shed explosion and offscreen be turned into Red Cobra/Fangar which explains how he disappears after the first dozen or so episodes with no explanation given and Red Cobra suddenly appears out of nowhere with only a throwaway line about how he came to be in the Japanese version (being a mishmash between the remains of Spider and Black Diamond).
      • The original planned ending of the Live Action Giant Robo was much happier, with Robo becoming an amusement park attraction for kids to play with. The head writing staff of Toei Company criticized Director Toru Hirayama for making a relavtively dull ending so the now infamous Bittersweet Ending was chosen instead to make it stand out to viewers.
    • 1992 OVA
      • Productions of the OVA started all the way back in 1990 which was originally planned to be an adaptation of the 1967 tokusatsu. Toei (in a manner eerily similar to the fate of the Dai-Mazinger OVA) forced the Hikari Pro and Yasuhiro Imagawa to shut down that version, saying it infringed on their version of the characters. Ultimately Yasuhiro Imagawa decided with Hikari to do a crossover story with all of Yokoyama's characters.
      • On a related note, Makoto Kobayashi, the lead mechanical designer of the OVA, intially proposed to TBS in 1986 to make an anime revival of the Giant Robo tokusatsu using leftover paint from Final Yamato and went as far as to draw concept art of his redesigns and a battle between Giant Robo and the GR kaiju Glober but the series got canned for similar reasons as what happened to Yasuhiro Imagawa. The only remnant of that adaptation was the design for Giant Robo being recycled for the 1992 OVA.
      • Original Magical Girl Sally the Witch only really shows up as a cameo and plot device, falling prey to the dark gods of story compression. The OVA was intended as the second-to-last chapter of a 7 part story, hence the cliffhanger.
      • Had Jason DeMarco made successful negotiations at the time, Giant Robo: The Day the Earth Stood Still would've aired on Toonami as part of Giant Robot Week.
      • This series has no real ending, and when they were finally able to do a remake, they opted for a full blown Continuity Reboot with aesthetics much closer to the first half of Neon Genesis Evangelion, rather than the fun and over-the-top style that the original OVA was known for. It doesn't look like we'll ever get answers to the potential plot threads the OVA left us, with the Yokoyama estate's less-than-generous licensing policies not helping. (The same reason why Giant Robo all but vanished from Super Robot Wars after Alpha.)
    • 2007 Anime
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