Getter Robo G
|Getter Robo G|
(Gettā Robo Jī)
|Anime television series|
|Original run||May 15, 1975 – March 25, 1976|
|Great Mazinger and Getter Robo G: Great Sky Clash|
|Directed by||Masayuki Akechi|
|Written by||Keisuke Fujikawa|
|Music by||Michiaki Watanabe, Shunsuke Kikuchi|
|Released||26 July 1975|
|Grendizer, Getter Robo G, and Great Mazinger: Decisive Showdown with the Great Sea Beast|
|Directed by||Masayuki Akechi|
|Written by||Susumu Takahisa|
|Music by||Shunsuke Kikuchi, Michiaki Watanabe|
|Released||25 July 1976|
Getter Robo G (ゲッターロボG Gettā Robo Jī?) is a super robot anime series created by Go Nagai and Ken Ishikawa and produced by Toei Animation. This direct sequel to Getter Robo was broadcast on Fuji TV from May 15, 1975 to March 25, 1976, with a total of 39 episodes (some episodes were rebroadcast, erroneously giving the impression that there were 43 episodes).
People familiar with Mattel's popular Shogun Warriors toy collection will remember all three of Getter Robo G's robot formations in that toy line: Getter Dragon (Dragun), Getter Liger (Raider), and Getter Poseidon (Poseidon). As a result of the popularity of these toys in the US, Jim Terry included this series in his Force Five anime lineup under the title of Starvengers. Some Starvengers episodes were re-dubbed and released by FB Productions under the Robo Formers title. The original Getter Robo series, however, has yet to appear in the U.S. (although the Shin Getter Robo OVAs have appeared). In the UK, Starvengers episodes were released on video by Krypton Force under the name Formators.
After the final defeat of the Dinosaur Empire and the death of Musashi Tomoe in the original Getter Robo series, Dr. Saotome (Dr. Copernicus in Starvengers), creator of Getter Robo, fears that the peace the Getter Robo team has won will be short lived and that even greater enemies will appear. Dr. Saotome's fears are justified when the Hundred Demon Empire (Hyakki Teikoku, also known as the Pandemonium Empire in Starvengers) appears. Composed of horned, devil-like alien humanoids and possessing a technology advanced enough to build giant demonic robots, this militaristic organization intends to steal Saotome's Getter Generator to fulfill their own goals of world domination.
However, Dr. Saotome is prepared with the creation of an even more powerful Getter Robo, Getter Robo G and a new Getter Robo base. Also, with Musashi dead, Dr. Saotome needs a third pilot, which he finds in baseball player Benkei Kuruma.
Like its predecessor, Getter Robo G is composed of three jet-like vehicles piloted by one of the three pilots. Dragon is the red jet, controlled by the pilot of Getter Dragon. Liger, the blue jet, is used by Getter Liger's pilot. Getter Poseidon's operator uses Poseidon, the yellow machine. All three are armed with missiles but are generally very weak and never used in combat unless absolutely necessary. They also appear when the pilots use the Open Get (Break Formation in the English Version) verbal command to break up the current form, so that they can change into another, or so they can dodge an enemy's attack.
- Getter Dragon (formed from Dragon+Liger+Poseidon) - English Version - Star Dragon - piloted by Ryoma Nagare, English Version - Homer Winthrow
- Getter Liger (formed from Liger+Poseidon+Dragon) - English Version - Star Arrow - piloted by Hayato Jin, but piloted by Michiru when Hayato is captured near the end. English Version - Paladin Spencer
- Getter Poseidon (formed from Poseidon+Dragon+Liger) - English Version - Star Poseidon - piloted by Benkei Kuruma, English Version - Elmer O. Fossil aka "Foul Tip"
Mecha Oni are the monsters of the week that appear much like the mechasauruses in the first series. It is stated and proven in a few episodes that destroying their horns will critically weaken, if not destroy, a Mecha Oni. Most Mecha Oni take up the likeness of their pilots, primarily in the head, with a few exceptions.