|UFO Robot Grendizer|
(Yūfō Robo Gurendaizā)
|Written by||Go Nagai|
|Original run||October 1975 – May 1976|
|Written by||Go Nagai|
|Illustrated by||Gosaku Ota|
|Published by||Akita Shoten|
|Original run||October 1975 – March 1977|
|Written by||Go Nagai|
|Illustrated by||Eiji Imamichi|
|Published by||Tokuma Shoten|
|Original run||October 1975 – March 1977|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Tomoharu Katsumata|
|Written by||Go Nagai|
|Music by||Shunsuke Kikuchi|
|Original network||Fuji TV|
|Original run||October 5, 1975 – February 27, 1977|
|Directed by||Yoichi Kominato|
|Produced by||Masahisa Saeki|
|Written by||Shozo Uehara|
|Music by||Shunsuke Kikuchi|
|Released||December 20, 1975|
|Written by||Go Nagai|
|Illustrated by||Yu Okazaki|
|Original run||June 1976 – March 1977|
|UFO Robot Grendizer: Akai Yuuhi no Taiketsu|
|Directed by||Tokiji Kaburaki|
|Produced by||Chiaki Imada|
|Written by||Tatsuo Tamura|
|Music by||Shunsuke Kikuchi|
|Released||December 19, 1976|
UFO Robot Grendizer (ＵＦＯロボ グレンダイザー, Yūfō Robo Gurendaizā), also known as Force Five: Grandizer in the United States, is a Japanese Super Robot anime television series and manga created by manga artist Go Nagai. It is the third entry in the Mazinger trilogy. The anime television series was produced by Toei Doga and Dynamic Planning and broadcast on Fuji TV from October 5, 1975, to February 27, 1977, and lasted 74 episodes. 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 was widely popular in the Middle East, France, French-speaking Canada and Italy.
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. The once verdant, idyllic Fleed is turned into a radioactive wasteland. Too late, the only known survivor of the royal family, the Crown 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 monster 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, the 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, after studying abroad, returns to Japan 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. 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.
UFO Robo Grendizer's origins dates back to Uchu Enban Daisenso (宇宙円盤大戦争, Uchū Enban Daisensō), translated and also known as Battlefield of The Space Saucers and The Great Battle of the Flying Saucers, a 1975 animated short film created by Go Nagai and produced by Toei Doga. It is also known as Space Disk War and was also released in Italy under the name UFO Robot Gattaiger-La grande battaglia dei dischi spaziali. It was originally shown along with the short film Great Mazinger tai Getter Robot G: Kuchu Daigekitotsu, also from Toei and Nagai.
Nagai and Dynamic Productions created Grendizer using some of the elements and characters from Daiseno including Duke, the Makiba family, and even Blaki. Some changes were made to make it more original. The most obvious are the changes in design and the addition of characters such as Koji Kabuto and Maria Fleed.
UFO Robot Grendizer was developed to be a sequel to Great Mazinger after the initial concepts of a sequel were rejected by Toei. With the appearance of Uchu Enban Daisenso at the March 1975 Toei Manga Festival a remake was pitched using elements from Mazinger. To breathe new light into the series, the villains of the series were decided to be aliens, a trend that followed in other Toei mecha series while also making Duke a more Blue Blood character with his suit being based on a knight including more romantic elements with its characters and sense of adventure.
Go Nagai however stated in an interview that the anime series was considered a fun side project and does not consider Grendizer to be part of the series timeline. This is mainly because he had a lot of disagreements with Toei and Shingo Araki. However, Nagai and Dynamic Pros include Grendizer in their Mazinger Bible, a 2002 behind the scenes books about the Mazinger franchise released for the 30th anniversary of the first Mazinger series.
|#||Air 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 (Ah! My Land That Was So Green)||円盤獣・ガメガメ (Saucer Beast Gamegame)|
|3||10/19/1975||危機迫る白樺牧場 (Crisis 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 Burning 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 Sunset)||円盤獣・ドムドム (Saucer Beast Domudomu)|
|6||11/9/1975||大空を斬る闘魂 (Fighting Spirit Kills 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 (Beyond 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!! (The Demon 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 Across 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 Under Fire)||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!! (Boss Borot 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||2/29/1976||花一輪の勇気 (The Courage Of A Single Flower)||円盤獣・ギロギロ (Saucer Beast Girogiro)|
|23||3/7/1976||激流に叫ぶひかる (Hikaru's Screaming Torrent)||円盤獣・ギスギス (Saucer Beast Gisugisu)|
|24||3/14/1976||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)|
|Movie||3/20/1976||Grendizer vs. Great Mazinger||Jinji/Gubigubi/Koakoa|
|25||3/21/1976||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)|
|26||3/28/1976||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! (Hikaru, The Engagement of Tears)||円盤獣・ドイドイ (Saucer Beast Doidoi)|
|39||6/27/1976||奇襲! ベガ星突撃隊 (Surprise Attack! The Assault Troops of Planet Vega)||円盤獣・ウラウラ (Saucer Beast Ullaulla)|
|40||7/4/1976||激突!炎の海原 (Clash! The Fiery Ocean)||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! (Marine Spazer, Intervene!)||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 (Crisis! The Research Institute To The Rescue!)||円盤獣・ガウガウ (Saucer Beast Gaugau)|
|43||7/25/1976||隕石落下! 謎の孤島 (Meteor At The Lonely Isle!)||円盤獣・グメグメ (Saucer Beast Gumegume)|
|44||8/1/1976||祭りの夜円盤獣が来る! (Festival Night! Here Comes The Disc-Robot)||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 (Fire Up! The Drill Spazer)||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!! (The Sharks Falling From The Sky!!)||円盤獣・ガリガリ (Saucer Beast Garigari)|
|47||8/22/1976||湖が地獄の火を吐いた! (The Lake Erupts The Hell-Fire!)||円盤獣・ガドガド (Saucer Beast Gadogado)|
|48||8/29/1976||地の底に悪魔がいた! (The Demon In The Earth's Depths)||円盤獣・ダクダク (Saucer Beast Dakudaku)|
|49||9/5/1976||赤い夕陽に兄を見た! (I Saw My Big Brother In The Crimson Sunset!) (Note: Shown at the Toei Manga Festival event on 19.12.1976 under the changed title Akai Yuuhi no Taiketsu (赤い夕陽の対決))||円盤獣・デキデキ (Saucer Beast Dekideki)|
|50||9/12/1976||暗殺!! 兜甲児を消せ (Murder!! Eliminate Koji Kabuto!)||円盤獣・フビフビ (Saucer Beast Fubifubi)|
|51||9/19/1976||大接近!! 悪魔の星 (It's Coming!! The Demon's Star)||円盤獣・ガレガレ (Saucer Beast Garegare)|
|52||9/26/1976||ベガ大王軍団大移動! (The Massive Shift of The Vegan Army!)||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 (The Desperate Fight! Defeat King Gori)||ベガ獣・キングゴリ (Vega Monster King Gori)|
|54||10/10/1976||謎の恐怖! 日本海溝 (Mysterious Terror! The Ocean Trench of Japan)||ベガ獣・バニバニ (Vega Monster Banibani)|
|55||10/17/1976||恐怖! 悪魔の怪気球 (Assault! The Mysterious Sinister Spheres)||ベガ獣・グレグレ (Vega Monster Guregure)|
|56||10/24/1976||危機を呼ぶ偽博士! (The Warning of the Fake Scientist)||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 (Roar! My Monster)||ベガ獣・ブドブド (Vega Monster Budobudo)|
|58||11/07/1976||悪魔にされたグレンダイザー! (Grendizer, The Demon!)||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 (Ha! The Boy Commands)||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!! (Tokyo Tower, 7PM: Explosion!)||ベガ獣・ズネズネ (Vega Monster Zunezune)|
|61||11/28/1976||特攻スパイ大作戦! (The Great Spy Strategy!)||ベガ獣・グワグワ (Vega Monster Guwaguwa)|
|62||12/5/1976||戦慄! 白鳥が来た日 (Tremble! The Day of Cygnus has come)||ベガ獣・ゴエゴエ (Vega Monster Goegoe)|
|63||12/12/1976||雪に消えた少女キリカ (Kirika, the young girl that disappeared in the snow)||ベガ獣・ズメズメ (Vega Monster Zumezume)|
|64||12/19/1976||東京全滅五分前! (Five minutes before Tokyo's total destruction!)||ベガ獣・グドグド (Vega Monster Gudogudo)|
|65||12/26/1976||兜甲児一本勝負! (Koji Kabuto's Single Match)||ベガ獣・ザスザス (Vega Monster Zasuzasu)|
|66||1/2/1977||死の海底400M（メートル）! (Undersea Base of Death - 400 M!)||ベガ獣・ワグワグ (Vega Monster Waguwagu)|
|67||1/9/1977||決死の海底基地爆破 (Suicidal Explosion of the Undersea Base)||ベガ獣・イブイブ (Vega Monster Ebeebe), ベガ獣・ラグラグ (Vega Monster Raguragu)|
|68||1/16/1977||吹雪の中のマリア (Maria in the Blizzard)||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 (Father Offers an Aurora of Love)||ベガ獣・ガイガイ (Vega Monster Gaigai)|
|70||1/30/1977||涙は胸の奥深く (Tears from the deep of the heart)||ベガ獣・ガビガビ (Vega Monster Gabigabi)|
|71||2/6/1977||悲劇の親衛隊長モルス (Tragedy of Elite Bodyguard Mors)||ベガ獣・ジガジガ (Vega Monster Jigajiga)|
|72||2/13/1977||はるかなる故郷の星 (Our so-distant home star)||None|
|73||2/20/1977||この美しい地球のために (In the name of the beautiful Earth)||ベガ獣・グラグラ (Vega Monster Gragra)|
|74||2/27/1977||永遠に輝け! 二つの星 (Shine forever! The two stars)||ベガ獣・グラグラ (Vega Monster Gragra)|
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 boxes.
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. The series has also aired on Mangas TV.
The entire Arabic dub is available on Istikana, a paid streaming service that has On-Demand Arab movies and TV shows.
Production information and staff
- Episodes: 74
- Timeslot: Sundays, 19:00–19:30
- Network: Fuji TV
- Production Company: Toei Doga
- Original Story: Go Nagai, Dynamic Planning
- Serialized in: TV Magazine, Tanoshii Youchien, Otomodachi- Published by: Kodansha, TV Land- Published by: Tokuma Shoten, Boken Oh- Published by: Akita Shoten
- Producer: Masahisa Saeki
- Planning: Azuma Kasuga, Toshio Katsuda, Koji Bessho
- Chief Director: Tomoharu Katsumata
- Episode Directors: Tomoharu Katsumata, Yoichi Kominato, Yasuo Yamayoshi, Tsunekiyo Otani, Hidenori Yamaguchi, Kazukiyo Shigeno, Yoshikatsu Kasai, Takenori Kawada, Masamune Ochiai, Hiroshi Shidara, Kazuya Miyazaki, Johei Matsuura, Osamu Kasai, Tokiji Kaburaki, Kozo Morishita, Masayuki Akehi, Kazumi Fukushima, Takeshi Tamiya
- Screenplay: Keisuke Fujikawa, Mitsuru Majima, Shozo Uehara, Tatsuo Tamura, Toyohiro Ando
- Animation Directors: Joji Kikuchi, Kazuo Komatsubara, Keisuke Morishita, Kenzo Koizumi, Shingo Araki, Takeshi Shirato, Tetsuhiro Wakabayashi, Tomeko Horikawa, Toshio Mori, Yoshinobu Aohachi
- Character Design: Kazuo Komatsubara, Shingo Araki
- Art Directors: Tadanao Tsuji, Iwamitsu Ito
- Music: Shunsuke Kikuchi
- Lyrics: Kogo Hotomi
- Vocalist: Isao Sasaki
- Opening Theme: "Tobe! Grendizer" (とべ!グレンダイザー, Tobe! Gurendaizā, translated as "Fly! Grendizer") by Isao Sasaki, Columbia Yurikago-kai and Ko'orogi '73
- Ending Theme: "Uchuu no Yuusha Grendizer" (宇宙の勇者グレンダイザー, Uchū no Yūsha Gurendaizā, translated as "Grendizer, Hero of Space") by Isao Sasaki
- Cast: Kei Tomiyama (Daisuke Umon / Duke Fleed), Hiroya Ishimaru (Koji Kabuto), Kosei Tomita (Danbei Makiba), Joji Yanami (Dr. Genzo Umon / Emperor Vega), Kazuko Sawada (Goro Makiba), Chiyoko Kawashima (Hikaru Makiba), Kenichi Ogata (Banta Arano / Blacky), Rihoko Yoshida (Maria Grace Fleed), Kazuko Sawada (Lady Gandal), Kazuko Sugiyama (Naida), Noriko Ohara (Rubina), Ryoichi Tanaka (Zuril Jr), Keiichi Noda (Captain Gorman), Nobuyo Tsuda (Hara Arano), Hiroshi Otake (Boss)
Reception and Influence
Grendizer was the second longest running animated Mazinger series in Japan, having 74 episodes. Several people however complained about its connection to the other Mazinger series in the franchise, especially with Koji's status as a mere sidekick and giving him a different romantic interest who wasn't Sayaka as well as the lack of the other Mazinger mechs.
This created the popular assumption that the anime wasn't a success in Japan especially since the merchandise based on the anime didn't sell as well as the merchandise for both Mazinger Z and Great Mazinger. However Go Nagai disputes this, saying the anime was actually quite successful in Japan; “It was actually a hit in Japan. Maybe some people thought it was not as popular as Mazinger Z, because Mazinger was super popular.” The average viewership metrics for UFO Robot Grendizer's original Japanese broadcast was around 20.9% audience share across its 74 episodes with a peak share of 27.6% for Episode 21.
Regardless of its disputed success in Japan, Grendizer was one of the first anime programs to be a major success in both Europe and the Arabic regions of the Middle East and continues to have a strong following in those parts of the world to this day.
In Europe, it was a major success in France and Italy, known in both countries as Goldorak and Goldrake respectively.
The Italian dub was titled Goldrake, it changed all the characters names and created a whole new the soundtrack for the series. It was so popular in Italy that random episodes were compiled into films that was released theatrically in Italy and both the Italian theme songs were among the best-selling singles of 1978 with the first selling over seven hundred thousand copies and the second selling over a million copies. It would also get its own comic series titled Atlas UFO Robot Presenta Goldrake (Atlas UFO Robot Presents Goldrake), whose story diverged even further from the source material. This comic ran for 89 issues and spawned several other similar comic adaptations of anime airing on Italian television at that time.
The French dub titled Goldorak was the first anime series to be telecast in France and legend goes that the series was so popular among French viewers that several episodes scored a 100% TV rating. Like the Italian dub, it changed all of the character's names and insert songs although it did translate the opening and ending themes, however versions of the dub had a completely different theme simply titled "Goldorak", which was sung by Franco-Israeli singer Noam Kaniel. Noam's performance earned him unprecedented celebrity status in France; by the time Goldorak had ended its original run on French TV, its theme song had gold status four times in France. It was also one of the first anime programs to be a major success in Canada, where the French dub was broadcast in Quebec airing on TVA (Canadian TV network), where it continues to have a strong following to the point of news of the DVD release and returning broadcast getting major coverage in Canada.
It was also extremely popular in the Arab World, first airing in Lebanon on Télé Liban in 1979 under the title مغامرات الفضاء: يوفو - غرندايزر (Moughamarat Al Fada: UFO - Grendizer, Adventures In Space: UFO - Grendizer) before being distributed to most Arabic speaking regions. Unlike the Italian and French dubs, the Arabic dub retained the characters names and insert songs from the Japanese version, also unlike most Arabic dubs of anime, it has retained most of its plot details without any altering or censorship (with the exception of some markets like Saudi Arabia and the UAE that censored some scenes). Grendizer was so popular at the time that it spawned several long running Grendizer comics published for the Arabic market, mainly translations of the Italian produced comics, the most well known of these being ما وراء الكون (Ma'Wara El Koun, Beyond The Universe), a Lebanese anthology comic magazine that published Arabic translations of science fiction comics ranging from one off short stories to licensed titles like Star Trek and Star Wars before expanding to non-Scifi comic series like Marvel superhero issues like Spider-Man, Spider-Woman and The Incredible Hulk as well as TV licensed comics like Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, Grendizer didn't make its appearance until the fifth issue but was so popular it became the top feature on the title, which ran for over 140 issues. It later spawned its own comic series titled مغامرات غرندايزر (Moghamarat Grendizer, Grendizer Adventures) that ran for over 70 issues. The series' popularity continues on in the region, as Arab News journalist Hala Tashkandi stated; “Grendizer memorabilia still sell like hot cakes in the region, and its popularity has barely declined.”, Lebanese popstar Sami Clark who sang the Arabic version of the opening and ending in the Arabic dub continues to sing the songs in his concerts, he would do a duet with the singer of the original Japanese themes, Issao Sasaki at the 2019 Saudi Anime Expo. There's even a store in Kuwait that mainly started out mainly selling Grendizer merchandise before expanding to selling other Anime merchandise. In 2016, a Kuwaiti volunteer group made a Grendizer Mural in Kuwait City during Urban Culture Week. Go Nagai stated in an interview with Arab News that he believes the geopolitical climate in the Arab world played a big role in Grendizer becoming popular in Arab regions.
Grendizer had limited success in the United States, where it was one of 5 mecha shows included in the 1980 tv anthology Force Five, where it was renamed Grandizer and only had 26 episodes dubbed out of order. Despite the low episode count, it enjoys a small but dedicated cult following among East Coast American viewers who saw the show as children as well as children who grew up with military families as Force Five was frequently aired on the cable tv feed of US Military installations in Europe. This was the version of the show seen in the United Kingdom, and in India as well as in The Philippines (though an earlier local Filipino English dub of the show existed before it was taken off the air by orders of the Ferdinand Marcos regime).
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.
Characters from the series also appeared in several installments of Banpresto's (now Bandai Namco Entertainment) popular crossover video game series Super Robot Wars, making its debut in the second installment of the franchise, 2nd Super Robot Wars. In recent years however, Grendizer has made far less appearances in the mainline games but has recently been making a comeback starting with Super Robot Wars MX.
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