Koji Konda came into possession of the military's newest Power Armor. One problem, he got locked in it before he finished reading the instruction Manual.
Overworked (but pretty) scientist Miss Kusumoto sends the new Madox-01 military robot off for more tests, but she carelessly forgets to turn it off. The robot is lost in a crash, falling into the hands of lovable college boy Koji, who tries it on for size. Trapped inside, Koji tries to sneak across Tokyo for a midnight tryst with his estranged girlfriend, Shiori, though he has trouble looking inconspicuous. Realizing that the jealous officer Kilgore will do anything to destroy the Madox, Kuzumoto suits up in another model and tries to find out what Koji wants. All Koji wants, of course, is to get out of the suit, but he conveniently forgets to mention this until large swaths of Tokyo have been turned into smoldering rubble by the ensuing battle.
A weapon-goes-haywire story inferior to its contemporary Black Magic, Madox features a robot design also used in the same studio's Bubblegum Crisis but is otherwise unrelated. Tiresomely attempting to compensate for lackluster production with idle moments of "humor" and a couple of references to Apocalypse Now, Madox also makes some avoidable bloopers in its depiction of the real world-watch for military alarms that go from Defcon Three to Defcon Four when trouble escalates. Political types may enjoy the show's shameless characterization of Americans as belligerent morons who revel in destruction with war machines they do not fully comprehend, whereas the Japanese are all mechanically minded innocents with no interest in fighting. "You'd better not turn Tokyo into another Vietnam," Kuzumoto archly warns Kilgore, while neglecting to mention that none of this would have happened in the first place if she'd bothered to switch the Madox unit off.
|Release Date:||Jan. 1, 1987|
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|Aliases||Metal Skin Panic Madox 01|
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