Invincible Robo Trider G7

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Invincible Robo Trider G7
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Trider G7, the main character.
無敵ロボトライダーG7
(Muteki Robo Toraidā Jī Sebun)
Genre Mecha
Anime television series
Directed by Katsutoshi Sasaki
Written by Hajime Yatate
Music by Kurando Kaya (Juichi Sase)
Studio Nippon Sunrise
Sotsu Agency
Network Nagoya TV
Original run February 2, 1980January 24, 1981
Episodes 50
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Invincible Robo Trider G7 (無敵ロボトライダーG7 Muteki Robo Toraidā Jī Sebun?), was a Japanese anime television series which aired from 1980 to 1981. There were 50 episodes. It was also referred to as "Trider G7", "Unchallengeable Trider G7", "Tryder G7", "Bird Attack Tryder G7" and "Unrivaled Robot Trider G7".

Concept[edit]

Invincible Robo Trider G7 aired on TV Asahi immediately following Mobile Suit Gundam. While Mobile Suit Gundam's appeal mostly caught the eye of older viewers, Trider G7 was mainly created to appeal to those in the younger generation with whom Gundam was not as popular.

While a super robot-styled show at heart, many real-world impressions were included as part of the story, such as announcing to nearby citizens that the robot, Trider G7, was being activated, and having to consider the monetary expenses of battle while fighting against the enemy. Rather than depicting robots as a military weapon like Mobile Suit Gundam did, the aim of the story was to portray the real world. Trider G7's own unrealistic abilities are explained with scientists that were exiled from the enemy empire, as Trider G7's capabilities are far beyond that of the other Earth-made robots in the show.

As with other super robot shows, Invincible Robo Trider G7 is generally a story of Trider G7's battle with the alien Robot Empire, but its main drama derived from the protagonist, Watta, interacting with many normal, working-class citizens and showing the human kindness that they possess. The enemy Robot Empire is never explained to be anything more than "strange, mysterious robots bent on taking over Earth". Each time the Robot Empire attacks, Trider G7 is launched in order to intercept them, and through various coincidences, the Robot Empire fails again and again while attempting to figure out what Trider G7 exactly is. In the last episode, the Robot Empire finally abandons their quest to take over Earth. This all results in a unique story structure where neither the good guys nor the bad guys have any interaction with the other side. The only real time contact between them occurs is between the protagonists and the exiled scientist Nabalon, who built Trider G7, but the only ones who actually know of Nabalon's true identity are the protagonist Watta, Watta's late father, and Clard, an engineer for the Robot Empire - none of the other major characters ever find out about this.

The series ended without a single fight in the final episode, but rather Watta's elementary school graduation ceremony. There were episodes that focus not on the war, but on Watta's school life, such as him having a cavity filled during a physical examination, and him going on a field trip with his class. These scenes hold as much excitement as his battles in Trider G7.

The narration in the show was performed by Ichirou Nagai, who did the serious-sounding narration for Mobile Suit Gundam. However, in complete contrast to the dark tone of that show's narration, this narration was performed very energetically.

Up until now, the series airing on TV Asahi in this timeslot had their soundtracks composed by Takeo Watanabe and Yuushi Matsuyama, but the two were busy working on the soundtrack for the theatrical adaptation of Mobile Suit Gundam, so Kurando Kaya filled in the role.

Story[edit]

Invincible Robo Trider G7 portrays the attempted invasion by the Robot Empire to take over Earth. Rebelling against this, the scientist Nabalon, who was exiled from the Empire, meets the protagonist Watta's father, and together, they design the transforming robot Trider G7. However, Watta's father dies in an accident, and Watta has no choice but to succeed him at both his job and piloting Trider. As the president of the Takeo General Company, Watta must now fight to ensure everyone's happiness, as well as the condition of the company's funds.

Staff[edit]

Characters[edit]

Japanese Name Voiced by
Watta Takeo Satomi Majima
Umemaro Kakikouji Ichirō Nagai
Tetsuo Atsui Yuzuru Fujimoto
Touhachirou Kinoshita Yamamoto Aidoki
Ikue Sunabara Keiko Han
Michitarou Takeo Tatsuo Sakuragata
Nabalon
Ms. Mieko Harumi Umaba
Mr. Daimon Akira Murayama
Kaoru Taki Kinue Matsuyama
Ken'ichi Ooyama Toshio Furukawa
Akira Yamada Keisuke Yamashita
Kayo Takeo Keiko Hanagata, Chikako Akimoto
Director Adachi Ken'ichi Ogata (Ryuusuke Shiomi in the first episode)
Zacron Kazuyuki Sogabe
Ondoron Masaru Ikeda

Video games[edit]

No video games sport Trider G7 as the main story, but Invincible Robo Trider G7 has made an appearance in various Super Robot Wars titles.

Merchandise[edit]

Toys of the titular robot, Trider G7, were produced for the show by Clover manufacturing under the Chogokin label, but none of them could perfectly reproduce its unique seven states of transformation; each one left out the two forms of the head, which could transform independently. Bandai Japan did revealed a prototype during Tamashii Nations 2013 event in Japan, Trider G7 as one of the next in line for their popular high end Soul of Chogokin toyline.

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