Machine Robo

Machine Robo is an anime series in the GoBots franchise
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Gandler space pirates attack Planet Chronos in search of the super-element Hiliveed, but their plans are thwarted by the death of the noble Kirai. His son, Rom Stol, acquires Kirai's "Wolfblade," the key to the secrets of Hiliveed. Accompanied by his sister, Leina, and his friends Rod Drill and Blue Jet, Rom sets out in search of his destiny, finding along the way his ability to transform into the giant robot Vikung-fu.

Conceived by Bandai to promote its Machine Robo toy line, MR was nevertheless a success in its own right. The first series was immediately followed by MR: Battle Hackers (1987), in which a ship crewed by Earthlings crashes on Chronos. Believing themselves stranded, the crew volunteers to fight alongside the Machine Robos. The second season, however, did not quite live up to the popularity of its predecessor. Realizing that one of the serial's most popular attributes was not the robots at all but the miniskirted Leina, the series was revived straight to video with a spin-off, Leina Stol: Legend of the Wolfblade (1988, LS: Kenro Densetsu). In this story, Rom's sister disguises herself as an Earth girl and goes undercover to a typical Japanese school to investigate a series of disappearances. Demonstrating surprising tenacity, the character returned for a last hurrah in a one-shot, Lightning Trap: Leina and Laika (1990), about the well-traveled sister on a hijacked plane teaming up with the cyborg Interpol agent Laika to save the day. The songs from the series were also rereleased as "image videos" MR: Revenge of Chronos Battlefield Memory (1987) and Leina Music Video: Thank You for You (1989).

Some of the original toys were released in the U.S. under the brand name Robo Machine along with the unrelated "Future Machine" from the DX Robo Machine line, which was actually a spin-off model of Cobra's car from Space Adventure Cobra.

A second TV series, Machine Robo Rescue (2003) features the titular organization, which uses machines based on many of the original MR concepts such as the Drill Robo and Shuttle Robo, but "research has shown" that the machines are most effectively piloted by people aged between 10 and 12 years. Young hero Taiyo Ozora (literally Sun Sky), pilot of HyperJetRobo, and his eleven teammates are split into three divisions, Red Wings, Blue Sirens, and Yellow Gears, and rescue people from advanced airplanes, ships, trains, submarines, and other vehicles or installations that run out of control or collide with the wrong thing. Each team has a LeaderRobo and SupporterRobos, which can combine to form a HyperRobo. The pilot of each HyperRobo is referred to as the RoboMaster. Like International Rescue, they are hampered in their operations by a mysterious mastermind, Colonel Hazard, and his Disaster organization. The first opponent Disaster sends against them is a mysterious dark-skinned boy called Jey, strongly reminiscent of a similar subplot in Patlabor. They also have to contend with the press, in the shape of a boy TV reporter who will do anything for a scoop and intends to find out the secrets of their organization. When Disaster decides to crash the planetoid Tartaros into Earth using an electromagnetic induction wave, Taiyo and company have their work cut out to save the planet. The final "special" episode shows the team a few years later, no longer working together, but all still working to protect the world-compare to Goshogun.

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Name Machine Robo
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Romaji: Machine Robo: Chronos no Dai Gyakushu; MR: Butchigiri Battle Hackers
Publisher Production Reed
Start Year 1986
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Aliases Machine Robo: Revenge of Chronos MR: Go for It Battle Hackers
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