Kotetsu Jeeg DVD vol.5
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Masayuki Akihi|
|Written by||Hiroyasu Yamaura, Keisuke Fujikawa, Toyohiro Ando|
|Original network||NET (now TV Asahi)|
|Original run||October 5, 1975 – August 29, 1976|
|Written by||Go Nagai|
|Illustrated by||Tatsuya Yasuda|
|Original run||August 1975 – June 1976|
Only a few stories were published in Otodomachi, but they are included in the tankōbon.
Steel Jeeg (鋼鉄ジーグ Kōtetsu Jīgu?), also known as Kotetsu Jeeg or Koutetsu Jeeg, is a super robot anime and manga series created by manga artists Go Nagai and Tatsuya Yasuda. The anime television series was produced by Toei Doga (now Toei Animation). It was first broadcast on Japanese TV in 1975. The series lasted for 46 episodes. Steel Jeeg also ran as a manga in several children's publications.
Hiroshi Shiba is a young car racer who is mortally wounded. His father Professor Shiba, a talented scientist and archaeologist, manages to restore him to life by means of a powerful relic from the ancient and mysterious Jamatai Kingdom, a bronze bell which is hidden inside Hiroshi's body and turns him unknowingly into a sort of cyborg.
As the ruler of Jamatai, queen Himika, reawakens from her slumber in the underground, it is revealed that the bell is also key to the reconquest of the Earth surface. Her henchmen kill Prof. Shiba in vain pursue of the artifact, barely leaving the scientist time to upload his thought on a supercomputer at a specially built defense base. Anticipating the hidden menace, Professor Shiba has also prepared a giant fighting robot, Steel Jeeg, composed of interchangeable magnetic limbs and for which Hiroshi Shiba can become head and conscience. His mission is to defend modern Japan from the invaders, who also dispose of similar giant monsters (haniwa) and an army of minions. In such battles, Jeeg is also aided by a robot horse known as Panzeroid, and a fighting jet capable of shooting replacement components and specialized weapons for his body.
The series follows Hiroshi's character development and the underground civilization's efforts and subsequent failures to return to power causing internal civil war.
Steel Jeeg is formed by combining the parts released by the Big Shooter jet, piloted by Prof. Shiba's young assistant, Miwa Uzuki. Hiroshi Shiba becomes the head of Steel Jeeg by bumping his fists together.
Series director: Masayuki Akechi
Music: Michiaki Watanabe
Character Design: Kazuo Nakamura
Ending theme: "Theme of Hiroshi" (ひろしのテーマ Hiroshi no Tēma?), by Ichirou Mizuki with Koorogi '73
In Italy, the toy company Gig Co, who had the European rights to the Micronauts at the time, made three more figures using the Jeeg toy as a basis; King Atlas, Green Baron, and Emperor. These toys (with the exception of Emperor, who was released in very limited numbers by a company called Lion Rock Toys) were never released in America because Mego went bankrupt before the toys could be unveiled to the US market, while Gig kept the Micronauts license going for a few years afterward in Europe.
The Steel Jeeg anime was broadcast in a number of European countries, where it was quite successful, especially in Italy, where it still has a huge fanbase.
In the 80s the series was shown in Latin America, where it was part of a giant robot show fashioned in the style of Force Five, called "El Festival de los Robots" which translates to "Festival of Robots". Steel Jeeg was called "El Vengador" (The Avenger) along with four other anime shows including Gaiking, Starzinger and Magne Robo Gakeen. The names were translated in Spanish to "El Gladiador", "El Galáctico", and "Supermagnetrón" respectively. Only 25 episodes of the original 46 were dubbed in Spanish and aired. This version of the series never reached their conclusion. The Spanish theme song of "El Vengador" (Steel Jeeg) was composed and sung by Chilean singer Memo Aguirre (Capitán Memo). In 2008 the Chilean company SeriesTV edit a set of 24 DVD with Festival de los Robots episodes. This set includes 24 episodes of "El Vengador" with the original Spanish dubbing.
Like many popular 70s super robot shows, Steel Jeeg has never been released in the US.
On April 5, 2007 at 11:30 p.m. JST a sequel of Steel Jeeg called Koutetsushin Jeeg began airing on the satellite network WOWOW.
- Anime!Anime! Staff (2007). "鋼鉄ジーグ 30年ぶりに復活!4月からWOWOWで(1/26)". Anime!Anime!. Retrieved January 26, 2007.
- Steel Jeeg's website at Toei Animation (Japanese)
- JEEG, THE STEEL ROBOT at Toei's corporate website
- Kotetsu Jeeg (Japanese) at allcinema
- Kotetsu Jeeg at Animemorial
- Kotetsu Jeeg (manga) (Japanese) at the World of Go Nagai webpage
- Kotetsu Zieg (anime) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
- A potential realistic interpretation of Dr.Shiba's Steel Jeeg