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UFO Robot Grendizer
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UFOロボ グレンダイザー
(UFO Robo Gurendaizā)
Genre Mecha
Manga
Written by Go Nagai
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine TV Magazine
Original run October 1975May 1976
Volumes 2
Manga
Written by Go Nagai
Illustrated by Gosaku Ota
Published by Akita Shoten, Kodansha
Magazine Boken Oh, Otomodachi
Original run October 1975March 1977
Volumes 5
Manga
Written by Go Nagai
Illustrated by Eiji Imamichi
Published by Tokuma Shoten
Demographic Children
Magazine TV Land
Original run October 1975March 1977
Volumes 1
Anime television series
Directed by Tomoharu Katsumata
Studio Toei Doga, Dynamic Planning
Network Fuji TV
English network United States Syndicated (Jim Terry Productions)
Canada TVA (in French)
Original run October 5, 1975February 27, 1977
Episodes 74
Anime film
Directed by Yoichi Kominato
Produced by Masahisa Saeki
Written by Shozo Uehara
Music by Shunsuke Kikuchi
Studio Toei Doga
Released December 20, 1975
Runtime 24 minutes
Manga
Written by Go Nagai
Illustrated by Yu Okazaki
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine TV Magazine
Original run June 1976March 1977
Anime film
UFO Robot Grendizer: Akai Yuuhi no Taiketsu
Directed by Tokiji Kaburagi
Produced by Chiaki Imada
Written by Tatsuo Tamura
Music by Shunsuke Kikuchi
Studio Toei Doga
Released December 19, 1976
Runtime 24 minutes
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UFO Robot Grendizer (UFOロボ·グレンダイザー UFO Robo Gurendaizā?, sometimes romanized as UFO Robo Grendizer) is a Super Robot TV anime and manga created by manga artist Go Nagai. It is the third entry in the Mazinger trilogy. It was broadcast on Japanese television from October 5, 1975, to February 27, 1977, and lasted 74 episodes.[1][2] The robot's first appearance in the United States was as a part of the Shogun Warriors line of super robot toys imported in the late 1970s by Mattel, then in Jim Terry's Force Five series, both under the title Grandizer. It is still widely popular in the Middle East, and it was especially popular in France and Quebec, as well as among French speaking Canadians in the province of New Brunswick, where it was aired under the title Goldorak. In Italy, the series was as popular and known as Goldrake.

Plot[edit]

The Vega homeworld has become unstable due to the exploiting of Vegatron, a powerful radioactive ore. Seeking to expand his militaristic empire and find a substitute planet to settle upon, the ruthless King Vega unleashes his armies — composed of flying saucers and giant robotic monsters — and turns first against neighbors such as Fleed, a highly advanced but peaceful world. In a tragically ironic twist, the invaders' blitzkrieg turns against them: the once verdant, idyllic Fleed is turned into a radioactive wasteland. Too late, the only known survivor of the royal family, Prince Duke Fleed, manages to steal the Grendizer, the robotic embodiment of the Fleedian God of War, from the Vegan invaders who plan to use it to spearhead their invasion fleet. Grendizer is a giant robot that interfaces with Spacer (Spaizer), a flying saucer that enables the robot to fly.

Fleeing Vegan space by flying at faster than light speed, Duke enters our solar system and switches course to Earth, making a rough landing in Japan, on the slopes of Mount Fuji. He is befriended by Doctor Umon, a noted scientist who oversees a research laboratory called the Space Science Lab near a small ranch. The kindly Umon takes in the young humanoid alien as his son, under the assumed name of Daisuke, and assists him in hiding Grendizer. Taking the name Daisuke Umon, Duke Fleed works at the ranch run by Danbei Makiba (based on Abashiri Daemon of Go Nagai's manga Abashiri Ikka).

Roughly two years later, Koji Kabuto returns to Japan after studying abroad in a flying saucer he personally designed and built, called the TFO. He heads to the Space Science Lab after hearing of multiple sightings of "flying saucers". He plans to contact the aliens if possible and make peace with them. Daisuke, however, scoffs at the notion and fears that these aliens, the Vegans, led by generals Blaki and Gandal, are preparing to attack Earth. Koji ignores his warnings and flies out to meet the incoming saucers, only to discover the horrible truth. In order to save Koji and protect his adoptive homeworld from destruction, Daisuke is forced to return to his true identity as Duke Fleed. He unearths Grendizer from its hiding place under the lab and sets off to fight his enemies.

The Vegans establish a base on the far side of the Moon and start to attack Earth from there. Koji discovers Duke Fleed's true identity and their bitter rivalry soon turns to friendship. The daughter of Danbei Makiba, Hikaru, also discovers Daisuke's secret and becomes a pilot in order to assist him despite his objections. Later on, it is revealed that there were two more survivors from planet Fleed: Duke's younger sister Maria Grace Fleed and a man who had rescued her and fled to Earth, raising her under the guise of her grandfather. Caught in a crossfire between Grendizer and a Vegan beast, he reveals to Maria that she is the last survivor of the royal family of Fleed (under the belief that Duke was killed) before dying from his wounds. Maria swears revenge on Grendizer and its pilot. She tries to ambush Duke, Koji and Hikaru at the Space Science Lab, but the fight is short lived. Maria's attacks bring Duke's necklace (which is the same as the one she wore) into view and the truth is revealed. The lost siblings are reunited at last and Maria becomes the last addition to the team.

As the conflict nears its end, it is shown that Duke Fleed was engaged to King Vega's daughter, Princess Rubina, prior to the attack on Fleed. When Rubina discovers that planet Fleed is no longer polluted with Vegatron radiation and that her fiancé is alive and well, she rushes to Earth to bring him the good news. Unfortunately, one of King Vega's generals uses this opportunity to ambush Duke Fleed, and Rubina is killed when she takes a shot aimed at Duke. This makes Duke even more determined to wipe out the Vegan menace once and for all.

King Vega decides to gather his remaining forces and make an all-out attack on Earth, destroying the Moon Base to coax his troops into fighting to the end and finally succeed in invading Earth and taking it as their new home planet. Duke and company go out to intercept them in Grendizer and the newly designed space combat Spazers. After a fierce battle, they finally manage to destroy the Vegan mother ship along with King Vega himself. Soon afterwards, Duke and Maria bid a tearful farewell to Earth and their friends and return to help reconstruct planet Fleed.

Episodes[edit]

# Date Title Saucer Beast/Vega Monster
1 10/5/1975 兜甲児とデュークフリード (Koji Kabuto and Duke Fleed) 円盤獣・ギルギル (Saucer Beast Girugiru)
2 10/12/1975 ああ! わが大地みどりなりき (Oh! How Green Was My Land) 円盤獣・ガメガメ (Saucer Beast Gamegame)
3 10/19/1975 危機迫る白樺牧場 (Danger Approaches Makiba Ranch) 円盤獣・バルバル (Saucer Beast Barubaru)
4 10/26/1975 若き血潮は紅に燃ゆ (Young Blood Burns Crimson) 円盤獣・ゴルゴル (Saucer Beast Gorugoru)
5 11/2/1975 炎の愛を夕陽に染めて (Flames of Love Dyed In The Setting Sun) 円盤獣・ドムドム (Saucer Beast Domudomu)
6 11/9/1975 大空を斬る闘魂 (Fighting Spirit Cut Down In The Sky) 円盤獣・ダムダム (Saucer Beast Damudamu)
7 11/16/1975 たとえ我が命つきるとも (Even If It Costs My Life) 円盤獣・ギンギン & 円盤獣・フイフイ (Saucer Beasts Gingin & Fuifui)
8 11/23/1975 地球の緑はあたたかい (The Warm, Green Earth) 円盤獣・ダルダル (Saucer Beast Darudaru)
9 11/30/1975 許されざる怒りを越えて (Across Unforgiven Anger) 円盤獣・ジルジル (Saucer Beast Jirujiru)
10 12/7/1975 あこがれは星の彼方に (Longing Beyond The Stars) 円盤獣・グリグリ (Saucer Beast Guriguri)
11 12/14/1975 黒い太陽の中の悪魔!! (Devil In The Black Sun!!) 円盤獣・バリバリ (Saucer Beast Baribari)
12 12/21/1975 虹の橋を渡る少女 (The Girl Over The Rainbow Bridge) 円盤獣・ガニガニ (Saucer Beast Ganigani)
13 12/28/1975 狙われたグレンダイザー (Grendizer In The Crosshairs) 円盤獣・ゲルゲル (Saucer Beast Gerugeru)
14 1/4/1976 ボスボロットがやって来た!! (Bossborot Is Here!!) 円盤獣・ドリドリ (Saucer Beast Doridori)
15 1/11/1976 遥かなる母への手紙 (A Letter To My Mother, Far, Far Away) 円盤獣・ガルガル (Saucer Beast Garugaru)
16 1/18/1976 こころにひびく愛の鐘 (Here, A Bell Resonates With Love) 円盤獣・フルフル (Saucer Beast Furufuru)
17 1/25/1976 小さな生命を救え! (Save A Tiny Life!) 円盤獣・ギバギバ (Saucer Beast Gibagiba)
18 2/1/1976 発進! 秘密ルート7 (Launch! Secret Route 7) 円盤獣・ガデガデ (Saucer Beast Gadegade)
19 2/8/1976 恐怖のエアロライト! (The Terrifying Aerolight!) 円盤獣・ゴズゴズ (Saucer Beast Gozugozu)
20 2/15/1976 決死の雪山脱出作戦 (The Desperate Snowbound Escape Operation) 円盤獣・ベドベド (Saucer Beast Bedobedo)
21 2/22/1976 決戦! オーロラの輝き (Decisive Battle! The Shining Aurora) 円盤獣・ゲドゲド (Saucer Beast Gedogedo)
22 2/23/1976 花一輪の勇気 (The Courage Of A Single Flower) 円盤獣・ギロギロ (Saucer Beast Girogiro)
23 3/5/1976 激流に叫ぶひかる (Hikaru's Screaming Torrent) 円盤獣・ギスギス (Saucer Beast Gisugisu)
24 3/12/1976 危うしデュークフリード! (Watch Out, Duke Fleed!) 円盤獣・ドグドグ (Saucer Beast Dogudogu)
25 3/19/1976 大空に輝く愛の花 (The Flower of Love Shines In Space) 円盤獣・ダリダリ (Saucer Beast Daridari)
Movie 3/20/1976 Grendizer vs. Great Mazinger Jinji/Gubigubi/Koakoa
26 3/26/1976 スカルムーン総出撃! (Skullmoon: Full Mobilization!) 円盤獣・ウルウル, ギドギド & ハドハド (Saucer Beasts Uruuru, Gidogido & Hadohado)
27 4/4/1976 猛攻撃! グレンダイザー (Onslaught! Grendizer) 円盤獣・ウルウル & ハドハド (Saucer Beasts Uruuru & Hadohado)
28 4/11/1976 闇夜に響く悪魔のベル (The Devil's Bell Tolls At Midnight) 円盤獣・ベルベル (Saucer Beast Beruberu)
29 4/18/1976 さらば 宇宙の友よ! (Farewell, My Friend In Space!) 円盤獣・デラデラ (Saucer Beast Deradera)
30 4/25/1976 赤い傷跡のバラード (The Ballad Of A Red Scar) 円盤獣・ゴダゴダ (Saucer Beast Godagoda)
31 5/2/1976 空に花咲け! ボスの友情 (A Flower Blooms In The Sky! Boss' Friendship) 円盤獣・ライライ (Saucer Beast Rairai)
32 5/9/1976 母に向って撃て! (Shoot At Your Mother!) 円盤獣・ザウザウ (Saucer Beast Zauzau)
33 5/16/1976 必殺! ミュータントの最後 (Sure Kill! The Mutant's End) 円盤獣・ザリザリ (Saucer Beast Zarizari)
34 5/23/1976 狼の涙は流れ星 (The Wolf's Tears Are Falling Stars) 円盤獣・ゴメゴメ & ゴンゴン (Saucer Beasts Gomegome & Gongon)
35 5/30/1976 飛べ! ダブルスペイザー (Fly! Double Spazer) 円盤獣・ブンブン (Saucer Beast Bunbun)
36 6/6/1976 燃える大空の誓い! (An Oath To The Blazing Skies!) 円盤獣・ジラジラ (Saucer Beast Jirajira)
37 6/13/1976 翼にいのちをかけろ! (Bet Everything On The Wings Of Life!) 円盤獣・ガンガン (Saucer Beast Gangan)
38 6/20/1976 ひかる、涙のドッキング! 円盤獣・ドイドイ (Saucer Beast Doidoi)
39 6/27/1976 奇襲! ベガ星突撃隊 円盤獣・ウラウラ (Saucer Beast Ullaulla)
40 7/4/1976 激突!炎の海原 円盤獣・ブイブイ (Saucer Beast Buibui)
41 7/11/1976 マリンスペイザー出動せよ! 円盤獣・ガモガモ (Saucer Beast Gamogamo)
42 7/18/1976 危機! 研究所よ立ち上がれ 円盤獣・ガウガウ (Saucer Beast Gaugau)
43 7/25/1976 隕石落下! 謎の孤島 円盤獣・グメグメ (Saucer Beast Gumegume)
44 8/1/1976 祭りの夜円盤獣が来る! 円盤獣・ドズドズ (Saucer Beast Dozudozu)
45 8/8/1976 燃えろ! ドリルスペイザー 円盤獣・ゴドゴド (Saucer Beast Godogodo), ベガ星蟻 (Vega Star Ants)
46 8/15/1976 空からサメが降って来た!! 円盤獣・ガリガリ (Saucer Beast Garigari)
47 8/22/1976 湖が地獄の火を吐いた! 円盤獣・ガドガド (Saucer Beast Gadogado)
48 8/29/1976 地の底に悪魔がいた! 円盤獣・ダクダク (Saucer Beast Dakudaku)
49 9/5/1976 赤い夕陽に兄を見た! 円盤獣・デキデキ (Saucer Beast Dekideki)
50 9/12/1976 暗殺!! 兜甲児を消せ 円盤獣・フビフビ (Saucer Beast Fubifubi)
51 9/19/1976 大接近!! 悪魔の星 円盤獣・ガレガレ (Saucer Beast Garegare)
52 9/26/1976 ベガ大王軍団大移動! 円盤獣・グルグル (Saucer Beast Guruguru), 円盤獣・ドモドモ (Saucer Beast Domodomo), ベガ獣・キングゴリ (Vega Monster King Gori)
53 10/3/1976 死闘! キングゴリを倒せ ベガ獣・キングゴリ (Vega Monster King Gori)
54 10/10/1976 謎の恐怖! 日本海溝 ベガ獣・バニバニ (Vega Monster Banibani)
55 10/17/1976 恐怖! 悪魔の怪気球 ベガ獣・グレグレ (Vega Monster Guregure)
56 10/24/1976 危機を呼ぶ偽博士! ベガ獣・ダイダイ (Vega Monster Daidai), ベガ獣・ザミザミ (Vega Monster Zamizami)
57 10/31/1976 吼えろ! ぼくの怪獣 ベガ獣・ブドブド (Vega Monster Budobudo)
58 11/17/1976 悪魔にされたグレンダイザー! ベガ獣・ベニベニ (Vega Monster Benibeni)/偽グレンダイザー (False Grendizer)
59 11/14/1976 ああ! 少年コマンド隊 ベガ獣・ダキダキ (Vega Monster Dakidaki)
60 11/21/1976 午後七時東京タワー爆発!! ベガ獣・ズネズネ (Vega Monster Zunezune)
61 11/28/1976 特攻スパイ大作戦! ベガ獣・グワグワ (Vega Monster Guwaguwa)
62 12/5/1976 戦慄! 白鳥が来た日 ベガ獣・ゴエゴエ (Vega Monster Goegoe)
63 12/12/1976 雪に消えた少女キリカ ベガ獣・ズメズメ (Vega Monster Zumezume)
64 12/19/1976 東京全滅五分前! ベガ獣・グドグド (Vega Monster Gudogudo)
65 12/26/1976 兜甲児一本勝負! ベガ獣・ザスザス (Vega Monster Zasuzasu)
66 1/2/1977 死の海底400M(メートル)! ベガ獣・ワグワグ (Vega Monster Waguwagu)
67 1/9/1977 決死の海底基地爆破 ベガ獣・イブイブ (Vega Monster Eveeve), ベガ獣・ラグラグ (Vega Monster Raguragu)
68 1/16/1977 吹雪の中のマリア ベガ獣・ブエブエ (Vega Monster Buebue)
69 1/23/1977 父に捧げる愛のオーロラ ベガ獣・ガイガイ (Vega Monster Gaigai)
70 1/30/1977 涙は胸の奥深く ベガ獣・ガビガビ (Vega Monster Gabigabi)
71 2/6/1977 悲劇の親衛隊長モルス ベガ獣・ジガジガ (Vega Monster Jigajiga)
72 2/13/1977 はるかなる故郷の星 None
73 2/20/1977 この美しい地球のために ベガ獣・グラグラ (Vega Monster Gragra)
74 2/27/1977 永遠に輝け! 二つの星 ベガ獣・グラグラ (Vega Monster Gragra)

DVD releases[edit]

The licensed dubbed version for some French-speaking countries was officially announced in 2006. In 2005, a major crisis led Toei to take legal actions against DVD customers, all French megastores, and two major French anime publishers in France, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland and Luxembourg. The crisis started with the official release of unlicensed Goldorak DVD by Manga Distribution and Déclic Image websites and on eBay. By November 28, 2005 the Manga Distribution and Déclic Images publishers were sentenced to pay €7,200,000 to Toei and Dynamic Planning for selling unlicensed DVD boxset.[3][4]

As of 2013, following an agreement with Toei, an official, "fully remastered and uncensored" DVD release of the complete series is available on the French market, and the series is aired on Mangas TV.[5]

Production information and staff[edit]

Source(s)[1][2][6][7][8]

Dynamic Superobot Wars and Dynamic Heroes[edit]

UFO Robot Grendizer returns in 2002 in the 6th chapter of "Dynamic Superobot Wars" and in 2004 in Dynamic Heroes (ダイナミックヒーローズ, Dainamikku Hîrôzu) — also known as Nagai Go Manga Gaiden - Dynamic Heroes (永井豪まんが外伝 ダイナミックヒーローズ, Nagai Gô Manga Gaiden Dainamikku Hîrôzu) and as Go Nagai Manga Heroes Crossover Collection - Dynamic Heroes —, a Japanese manga based in several works of Go Nagai, including most of his most famous robots, such as Mazinger Z, Getter Robot and Great Mazinger. It was originally published as a monthly manga magazine e-manga from Kodansha, from June 2004 to July 2007.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "UFO Robot Grendizer - Toei Animation" (in Japanese). Toei Animation. Retrieved May 18, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "UFO Robot Grendizer (1975's anime TV series) - animemorial.net". animemorial. Retrieved May 18, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Toei Animation And Dynamic Planning Wins!!". Toei Animation. November 28, 2005. Retrieved October 15, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Goldorak DVD Animation Box". Toei Animation. Retrieved October 15, 2008. 
  5. ^ http://goldorak.mangas.fr/default.aspx?page=tv
  6. ^ "UFO Robot Grendizer - allcinema" (in Japanese). Japan: Stingray. Retrieved May 22, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Goldrake credits - Enciclo'Robopedia" (in Italian). Italy: Enciclo'Robopedia. Retrieved May 22, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Goldrake, I Doppiatori della serie Giapponese - Enciclo'Robopedia" (in Italian). Italy: Enciclo'Robopedia. Retrieved May 22, 2009. 

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