Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos

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Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos
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Cover to the Western DVD release of the first five episodes
マシンロボ クロノスの大逆襲
(Mashin Robo: Chronos no Dai Gyakushū)
Genre Adventure, Mecha
Anime television series
Directed by Hiroshi Yoshida
Studio Ashi Productions
Network TV Tokyo
Original run July 3, 1986May 28, 1987
Episodes 47
Original video animation
Leina: Wolf Sword Legend
Released 19881989
Episodes 3
Original video animation
Lightning Trap - Leina & Laika
Released May 23, 1990
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Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos (マシンロボ クロノスの大逆襲 Machine Robo: Chronos no Dai Gyakushū?), also known as Revenge of the Gobots, is a Japanese anime television series produced by Ashi Productions. It ran on TV Tokyo from July 3, 1986 through May 28, 1987.

A large portion of the Machine Robo toy-line was exported and sold by Tonka in America as Gobots and Rock Lords. To date, only 15 episodes of the series have officially been released with English subtitles on three DVDs by Central Park Media.

Story[edit]

The story takes place on the mechanical world of Cronos. A band of villains called the Gyandlar have come to the planet in search of the mythical energy known as the Hyribead.

Characters[edit]

Heroes[edit]

Master of the martial art Tenkū Chūshin Ken (天空宙心拳 literally Sky Space Heart Fist). Using the Wolf Sword Kenrō (剣狼), Rom can combine with Kenryū and Baikanfū for more power. Height: 186 cm, Weight: 880 kg.
Kenryū (Blade Dragon)
Larger robot body of Rom Stol. At the peak of light energy, Kenrō can cross the dimensional barrier and call forth Kenryū. When Rom combines with Kenryū, his power increases by tens. When the combination is complete, he says, "Wherever there is darkness, there is light. Wherever there is evil there is also good! The emissary from the heavens, Kenryū, is here!"
Baikanfu (ViKung-fu)
Largest robot body of Rom Stol and summoned at Rom's command of "Heaven, Earth, Fire and Water, grant me the power!". When Baikanfū synchronizes with the planet's energy, he can draw upon the power of nature itself.
The deluxe Rom Stol/Kenryu/Vaikungfu toy was a remold of DX Bunshin Gattai Tōshi Gordian (aka Godaikin "Guardian").
Younger sister of Rom, she also can use Tenkū Chūshin Ken when necessary. She is very close to Rom and gets jealous when other women get too close to him.
A swordsman of the Jet Tribe. He can turn into a jet. Fights with "Tenkū Shin Ken (天空真剣, Sky True Sword)" style. One of his toys uses the same mold as the Renegade Fitor in the GoBots series.
Happy-go-lucky member of the Battle tribe. Transforms into a drill-tank. One of his toys uses the same mold as the Renegade Screw Head in the GoBots series.
Transforms into a helicopter and a car. Acts as a fussy caretaker to Leina.
  • Kirai Stol (played by Junichi Kagaya)
Chief of the Cronos tribe and master of Tenkū Chūshin Ken martial art. He taught the art to his children Guardi, Rom, and Leina as well as Blue Jet, Rod Drill, and Bug Newman. He is killed in the first episode after refusing to tell the evil Gyandler about the Hyribead. He bequeaths the sword Kenrō to his son and tells him to fight the evil Gyandler to protect his planet.
  • Battle Flex
Rom's sentient jeep. Its toy was recolored as Galoob's Power Machines Flex monster truck toy.
  • Land Giant 32
32-wheeled transport/repair vehicle. Can separate into three vehicles: Leader 16, GripIron, and TurboJet. An import of Galoob's Power Machines Giant Command 32 vehicle.
Remold of Titan Boy from Choushinsei Flashman with a new trailer.
  • Pro Truck Racer (played by Nobuaki Fukuda)
Remold of Titan Boy from Choushinsei Flashman with new accessories.
Dash Machine Robo
Recolors of Bandai's Zenmai Kahen Winch Robo line. Other recolors were released as "Secret Riders" GoBots in the U.S.
  • Battle Gyror (Twister)
  • Battlancer (Tri-Trak)
  • Land Fighter (Tork)
Rock People
Recolors of these toys were released in the "Rock Lords" toy line in the U.S. and Europe.
  • Battle Rock (Boulder)
  • Mecha Rock (Nuggit)
  • Guts Rock (Granite)
  • Mask Rock (Marbles)
  • Cross Rock (Crackpot)
  • Sand Rock (Pulver-Eyes)
Jewel People
Recolors of these toys were released in the "Rock Lords" toy line in the U.S. and Europe.
  • DiaMan (Solitare)
  • RubyMan (Flamestone)
  • AmberMan (Sunstone)
Wheelmen
These characters had highly articulated and detailed pull-back toys that are exclusive to Japan. They were not used in the Gobots series.
  • Hot Rod Joe
  • F-1 Jack
Power Riser
A mecha similar to the Power Loader from Aliens. Used in the latter episodes by Leina & Rom.

Villains[edit]

Leader of the Gyandlar.
A giant pink slug that lives encased in a robot body.
  • Diondra (played by Hiroko Takahashi)
Female Gyandlar commander.
Gyandlar martial artist. Underneath his giant robot exterior is Rom's long-lost older brother, Guardi Stol, who has been brainwashed. Carries the sword Nagase (流星 Shooting Star).
Six monstrous robots that can combine into the giant Devil Satan 6 robot. In the anime they are referred to by number instead of name. Released in new colors as the Renegade combiner Monsterous in the GoBots toyline.
  1. Gillhead (Fright Face): (played by Kenichi Ono): The head. Speaks in a Kansai dialect. Weapon: Nunchaku.
  2. Barabat (South Claw): Left arm. Weapon: Tonfa.
  3. Deathclaw (Weird Wing): Right arm. Weapon is the Sasumata.
  4. Gurogiron (Heart Attack): Torso. Weapon is the Wolf Tooth Staff ( Láng-Yá Bàng).
  5. Eyegos (Gore Jaw): Right Leg. Weapon is Kusarigama.
  6. Blugoda (Fangs): Left Leg. Weapon is Azure Dragon Sword (青龍刀 Qīng-Lóng Dao).
Evil Rock People
Recolors of these toys were released in the "Rock Lords" toy line in the U.S. and Europe.
  • Devil Rock (Magmar)
  • Geiger Rock (Tombstone)
  • Double Rock (Sticks 'N Stones)
  • Amazon Rock (Stoneheart)
  • Bloody Rock (Brimstone)
  • Magna Rock (Slimestone)
  • Varigale X
A type of spaceship used by the Gyandlar, specifically Garudi. The toy is a remold of Jaguar Vulcan from Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan.

Gyandlar Commanders[edit]

Throughout the first half of the series Gadess uses various natives of Cronos to lead his forces.

  • Zagam: Appears in episodes 5, 17, and 18. Powers include a double sided scythe, invisibility, cold resistance, illusions, and dual foot skate blades.
  • Mizuchi: Appears in episodes 6, 17, and 18. Powers include body electricity that can causes cave ins, kicking, the Dragon King Sword, shoulder needle missiles, launchable back spikes, and lightning summoning that causes fissures.
  • Jingi: Appears in episodes 7, 17, and 18. Powers include dual buffalo horn boomerangs and size growth.
  • Gillman: Appears in episode 8. Powers include swimming, hypnosis, three claws in the right wrist, a jawed left arm, an extendable neck with detachable heads, and drills hidden in the arms.
  • King Kilandor: Appears in episode 9. Powers include a disguise, flight, and burrowing.
  • Iron Sand: Appears in episode 10. Powers include a sand based body, purple lightning strikes from the hands, and turning his hands into hooked swords.
  • Brock: Appears in episode 12. Powers include a sword that can emit green lightning, high jumping, and a drill-hammer hybrid weapon in the right arm.
  • Clubine: Appears in episode 13. Powers include flight, twin katanas, and self duplication.
  • Jingi Mark 2: Appears in episode 14. Its only known power is dual buffalo horn boomerangs that can emit electricity.
  • Gilda Brothers: Appears in episode 15. Powers include forming a tornado, flight, the silver one can extend his arms, the red one is armed with a scythe, the black one can fire a bladed boomerang from his abdomen, the combination to form Giant Gilda.
    • Giant Gilda: Powers include a scythe, abdomen boomerangs, and a constricting whip tail.
  • Preacher: Appears in episode 16. Powers include the Anger Fear which spawns illusions based on fear, throwing knives, a gold broadsword that can be encased in fire.
  • Black Bass: Appears in episode 19. Powers include summoning flying electric jellyfish and emitting electromagnetic shocks.
  • Gerber: Appears in episode 20. Powers include the alpha beam from his atomic death fork and dark illusions.
  • Clay: Appears in episode 20. Powers include stone skin and the beta beam from his hands. Unlike other Gyandlar commanders he is not evil.
  • Wiseman: Appears in episode 21. Powers include hypnotic sound waves from the mouth, head tentacles, and levitation.
  • Magmaian: Appears in episode 23. Powers include a drill-like right arm trident spear and magma manipulation.
  • Ashura: Appears in episode 38. Powers include paralysis goo bullets from the abdomen and wired claw hands.
  • Phenomena: Appears in episode 39. Powers include levitation and heat bolts from its front spikes.

Guest Characters[edit]

Daughter of the Gyandlar yakuza bull warrior Jingi. Has a brother named Koron. Reincarnated in the OVAs as Nami Kojima.
  • Sophia (played by Kyoko Hamura)
A female Leo Clan warrior. Transforms into a lioness. Reincarnated in the OVAs as Kyoko Yoshida.
Female martial artist that inherited her late father's dojo. Blue Jet's love interest. Her OVA incarnation is Yuko Sato.
Daughter of the Hirai Village leader.
A female Scooter Robo. Reincarnated in the OVAs as Sara Yamada.
Renegade Tenkū Chūshin Ken disciple. Mastered the forbidden poison fist "Dokushu Tō".

Staff[edit]

Theme songs[edit]

  • "Machine Robo Honō" by MARTIN (1st opening)
  • "Shouri no Machine Robo" by Masato Shimon (2nd opening)
  • "Aoi Heart no Stranger" by Ema Watanabe (ending)

OVAs[edit]

Leina Stol in Wolf Sword Legend[edit]

When Revenge of Cronos left off, Rom and Leina had crossed a dimensional barrier. Their physical forms changed from robot to human and they were separated with blurred memories. Leina Stol is incarnated as Reina Haruka, a Japanese schoolgirl. As the story progresses, she meets up with Rod Drill, Blue Jet, Triple Jim, and Rom; all of whom are now human.

Lightning Trap - Leina & Laika[edit]

Taking place in the middle of the Wolf Sword Legend feature, this story centers on Leina Haruka, whose plane has been hijacked by a group of thugs led by the supernatural wizard Zarik. At this point, the series has no resemblance whatsoever to the Machine Robo toyline that spawned it.

Video games[edit]

Machine Robo was featured in three of Banpresto's Super Robot Wars series, beginning with SRW Compact 2: Part 2 & 3 in 2000 on the Wonderswan. All three parts of SRW Compact 2 were remade in 2002 as SRW Impact on the PlayStation 2. In 2004, the series was included in the PS2's SRW MX's line-up, as well as the PSP port of the same.

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