Red Baron (anime)
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|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Akio Sakai|
|Studio||Tokyo Movie Shinsha|
|Original network||Nippon TV|
|Original run||April 5, 1994 – March 28, 1995|
Red Baron (レッドバロン Reddo Baron?) is a Japan animated television series directed by Akio Sakai and produced by Nippon TV along with Tokyo Movie Shinsha. The show is a remake of the 1973 live-action series Super Robot Red Baron.
Red Baron follows Ken Kurenai, the pilot of the titular robot, Red Baron.
Kurenai Ken, along with teammate Saeba Shôko (who was, at first, adamantly opposed), pilots the Super Robot Fighter, Red Baron and enters the contest with dreams of becoming its champion. He must, however, face an army of other rivals from around the world including "Kaizer" and the Tetsumen Tô doctors, Tiger and ShinRon.
- Ken Kurenai: The pilot of "Red Baron". He basically enters the Metal Fight to be its champion. He sometimes butts heads with Shôko and Robby. He has a secret crush on Shôko. When the 2 first met, Ken thought Shôko was a boy, to which she revealed her face to him and kicked him between the legs in episode one of the series. He tends to act silly most of the time, but when the situation calls for it, he can act in a serious and logic manner. In battle he is a great strategist, being able to see through his enemies techniques and reveal their weak spots. A highly skilled martial artist, he trained in Muay Thai alongside Shadow since childhood, developing an early rivalry with him. Finally, one of his most common traits when fighting is that he is never willing to give up, even when having sustained grievous injuries (such as when Kômei tore off one of Red Baron's arms, or when Shadow ripped of some sort of cooling device out of Red Baron's chest); however, it is due to this fighting spirit that he is also able to win his most difficult fights (being able to use his spiritual energy to give the Red Baron a great power boost). It is worth noting that his true name may not be Ken Kurenai, due to the fact that when meeting Kumano in the first episode, he looks at a bunch of roses before saying his name (Kurenai being the Japanese word for rose, and Ken taking some time before coming up with the name). (His name is translated as "Kent de la Rosa" in the Spanish version.)
- Shôko Saeba: The creator, engineer, and designer of "Red Baron". At first she was adamant in not entering it on the Metal Fight (saying that the Metal Fight was "the most awful thing" [not exact words] and hating it), but she entered it after seeing Ken fight in it. She also has, as we see in episode 40, a secret crush on Ken, something that Chatatsu Lee refuses to believe until episodes 41 and 42, when he finally concedes defeat in love. Even at her young age, she is shown to be a very gifted engineer, as she designed and created the Red Baron almost on her own, and as the series progresses, she also designs and develops all of the Red Baron upgrades in a little amount of time. (Her first name is changed to "Sally" in the Spanish version.)
- Robby: Shôko's robot friend. He's basically the smart-ass of the show. His name is a reference to "Robby the Robot", although this is a large departure from the original Robby's description.
- Isao Kumano: a critic who met Ken and has been with him, Shôko, and Robby since the series' start. Sometimes butts heads with Doctor Freud. He also has a daughter, whom Ken saved. He seems to have a great knowledge of martial arts, as he is able to recognize a particular technique after seeing or hearing about it.
- Kômei Ryû: a cook Ken and Shôko met. He's the pilot of Shinron. He basically is the wisest member of the "Red Baron team". He has a crush with Doctoress Marilyn. He is a highly skilled Kung Fu master, often giving advice to Ken during fights and helping him train to become even stronger.
- Kaizer/Tetsuo Saeba: Shôko's father. He was supposedly kidnapped by the Tetsumen Tô; however, this is just a ruse, as he was just possessed by the Sigma Computer. He also was the overseer of the Battle Royale, although no-one suspected it. As Kaizer, he basically ordered his army to capture both Shôko and "Red Baron". He basically employed his 3 henchmen to try to take it, but as these failed, he was forced to fire them, replacing them with Shadow. His identity was revealed in Episode 33, to which Shôko reacted in a shocked way. He confessed to Shôko the extent of his crimes since he was possessed by the Sigma Computer. Shôko pleaded him to come back, but refused, as he had one task to do: destroy the Sigma Computer. He supposedly died while the Sigma Computer was being destroyed, but, in reality, he survived, along with the Sigma computer, which then gained 2 separate identities: one male, one female. He helped train Ken and the others in the final episodes of the Sigma Computer story arc.
- Doctoress Marilyn: The only female in the Tetsumen Tô. She often butts heads with Asimov, Freud, Shôko (though not as frequently as with the other two), and Robby (one time). She uses her charms to get things the way she wants. She pilots the Venus robot. She has a crush on Kômei. Near the end of the series, she, along with Asimov Katoki, Orjin, Norman, and Hashnikov, were used as energy supplies by the Sigma computer and Sigma-Ken until they decided to stop using them and threw them away; it was only by the efforts of Kumano and Freud that they could be reached and helped in time. She faced Ken in Episode 27 with the Venus robot. Her name is a reference to Marilyn Monroe.
- Doctor Asimov: One of two male doctors in the Tetsumen Tô. He has a son, whom Ken faced in Episode 28. He and his son both pilot the Black Jaguar robot,and it seems that back in his days, he was also an excellent pilot. Near the end of the series, he, along with Marilyn, Orjin, Norman, and Hashnikov, were used as energy supplies by the Sigma computer and Sigma-Ken until they decided to stop using them and threw them away; it was only by the efforts of Kumano and Freud that they could be reached and helped in time. His name is a reference to Isaac Asimov, known for his science fiction work involving robots.
- Doctor Freud: The other male doctor in the Tetsumen Tô. He butts heads with Kumano in the Sigma Computer story arc. His name is an obvious reference to Sigmund Freud.
- Shadow: Ken's childhood rival. He pilots Gold Baron. He makes his first appearance in episode 30. He's obsessed with seeing "Red Baron"'s true power. Having trained with Ken for several years, he knows all of his fighting techniques.
- Chatatsu Lee: Kômei's rival, later to be his friend again. He had a spat with Kômei because of a girl they once knew. He pilots the Kung-Fu Tiger. He also has a crush on Shôko.
- Hashmikov: A Russian fighter who befriends Shôko and Ken. He pilots the "Bear" robot.
- Orjin (or Odin) and Norman: They are the self-proclaimed "Viking Brothers". Odin and Norman pilot the "King Sword" and "King Ox".
- Sigma Computer: The computer that possessed Tetsuo Saeba. It came back with a vengeance after it was destroyed and kidnapped Shôko while she slept. The two sides to the computer proceeded to take off all her clothes and put her in a tank. They used her as bait to lure Ken so they could kill him and take Ken's brain and Red Baron. They were ultimately destroyed in the final episode.
- Fake Ken: Ken's android doppelgänger, created by Sigma (despite not noting a difference between the two, Fake Ken can be set apart by his overall design: he looks emaciated and purplish in appearance). He pilots Death Baron.
The mechas used in this series are called Metal Fighters. They are around 20 meters tall and are created for the sole purpose of fighting, so each one of them are designed in order to adapt to its pilot fighting style.
- Red Baron: The titular mecha of the series. It shows no visible weapons, as it was not built with the intention of being a Metal Fighter in the first place. Instead of that, it relies on a device able to focus a great amount of heat to Red Baron's fists, forearms and legs, giving it the power to pierce through his opponents with ease. It has two finishers attacks: The Electrigger (The Red Baron rises its arms in the air, then places them at the side of its waist as it adopts a Horseman Stance and starts building up power as it prepares to start the attack. Then the technique itself can take many forms: either a single but powerful punch, a barrage of punches, an uppercut when fighting airborne enemies or a forearm strike when equipped with the Forearm Blades, but no matter the variation, it always ends with the Red Baron ramming his arm through his foe and causing them to explode) and the Rolling Thunder (The Red Baron jumps high in the air and starts rolling forward very fast while descending while directing most of his power to either one of its legs, finishing the attack with an axe kick to the enemy's head, causing them to explode). The Red Baron is resistant, if not invulnerable, to fire and high temperatures, rising unscratched when entering in contact with lava. One of the most mysterious facts about the Red Baron is the possibility of it actually being sentient, for example in the first episode it reacts to Ken's presence and only allowing him to pilot it, as well as denying him of the right to pilot it when Ken was acting cocky after winning an important tournament. It also seems to enter some sort of Berserk mode when Ken's own life is at risk or when he has been knocked out while piloting Red Baron. During this mode the Red Baron seems to get a huge power boost and (apparently) even the power to regenerate its damaged part, seen in the fight with the Gold Baron where the Red Baron appears to regenerate a device that was ripped from its chest.
Kappei Yamaguchi: Ken Kurenai (all episodes)/Fake Ken (episodes 41-49)
Rie Iwatsubo: Shôko Saeba
Rin Mizuhara/Yoshiko Kamei/Teiyū Ichiryūsai: Robby (Mizuhara: episodes 5-17, 23-49; Kamei: episodes 1-4; Ichiryūsai: episodes 18-22)
Naoki Tatsuta: Isao Kumano
Kaneto Shiozawa: Kômei Ryû
Ikuya Sawaki: Kaizer/Tetsuo Saeba, Narrator
Yuko Kobayashi: Marilyn-hakase (Doctoress Marilyn)
Ginzo Matsuo: Asimov-hakase (Doctor Asimov)
Chafurin: Freud-hakase (Doctor Freud), Hepock (episodes 14-16), Mayor of the Marine City (episode 6)
Daiki Nakamura: Shadow
Wataru Takagi: Chatatsu Lee
Masashi Sugawara: Hashmikov
Hirohiko Kakegawa:Odin/Orjin, Metal Fight Association Chairman (episodes 3, 20, 30, 33)
Masaki Aizawa: Norman
Run Sasaki: Sigma Computer (female)
Masaharu Satō: Sigma Computer (male)
Daisuke Gōri: Hanuman (episodes 1-2)
Shigezō Sasaoka: Jihad (episode 2)
Masahiro Yoshida: Mahatma Singh (episode 3)
Kiyoyuki Yanada: Eric (episode 4)
Kumiko Watanabe: Jaggy (episode 5), Ruan (episode 24)
Wakana Yamazaki: Mermaid (episode 6)
Shō Hayami: Count Aurora (episode 8)
Masashi Hirose: Ali Baba (episode 9)
Kenyu Horiuchi: Zeus (episode 10
Kei Hayami: Malachite (episode 12)
Urara Takano: Lady Marcelle (episodes 14-16)
Kōhei Miyauchi: Count Koma (episode 20)
Seizō Katō: Torauemon Hagakure (episode 21)
Hideyuki Tanaka: Amadeus (episode 22)
Megumi Ogata: Soleil (episode 23)
Michiko Neya: Liconne (episode 23)
Isshin Chiba: Chan Pua (episode 24)
Tesshō Genda: Schwarvinnegger (episode 25)
Keiji Fujiwara: Jaguar - Asimov's son (episode 28)
Kenichi Ogata: Te Ruzu (episode 30)
Toshiyuki Morikawa: Apollo Epsilon (episode 30)
Kiyomitsu Mizuuchi: Ōuchi (episode 1)
Naoki Bandō: Secretary (episodes 3-6, 9, 11, 12, 20, 21, 23, 27, 28, 30, 33)
Nina Kumagaya: Kyōko Kumano - Isao's daughter (episode 8)
Yuriko Fuchizaki: Ryūuemon Hagakure (episode 21)
Yonehiko Kitagawa: Samurid (episode 24)
Mayumi Tanaka: Steven Spinnberg (episode 25)
Yuu Shimaka: President of the Battle Royale Association (episode 26)
Minoru Inaba: Tom (episode 29)
Shinichiro Ohta: Jerry (episode 29)
- "Saikyô Robo genwaru!!" (The apparition of a more powerful robot!!)
- "Taose! Champion" (Defeat! Champion)
- "Kimeru! Hissatsu Punch" (Decisive! The Deadly Punch)
- "Kessen! Magma Jikoku" (Showdown! Magma Hell)
- "Yabure! Kuchu Setsuho" (Defeated! The Air Assault Strategy)
- "Kyofu! Ningyo Hime No Yuwaku" (Beware! The Mermaid’s Temptation)
- "Shukuteki! Shinron To No Taiketsu" (Rival! Showdown with Shinron)
- "Dasshutsu! Hyôga no wana" (Escape! The ice trap)
- "Shakunetsu! Sabaku no akuma" (Burning! Devil in the desert)
- "Unare! Shin Hissatsu Waza" (Beckon! The New Special Attack)
- "Kairiki! Siberia no Kyo Kuma" (Strength! Ursa Major of Siberia)
- "Genwaku! Nazo no dai majutsu" (Surprise! Mysterious magic)
- "Mitsurin! mienai teki" (Jungle! Invisible Enemy)
- "Kimeru! Sekai Saikyô Robo" (Decision! The World’s Strongest Robot)
- "Koi Ga Kita! Shinron vs. Tiger" (Love! ShinRon vs. Tiger)
- "Shutsugen! Nisse Baron" (Arrival! The Fake Baron)
- "Gekitotsu! Baron VS Tiger" (Clash! Baron vs. Tiger)
- "Taiketsu! Baron VS Viking Kyôdai" (Showdown! Baron vs. the Viking Brothers)
- "Dragon Shima! Saigo No Kessen" (Dragon Island! The Final Showdown)
- "Naze da!? Ken VS Baron" (Why!? Ken vs. Baron)
- "Maken! Samuraider" (Demon sword! Samuraider)
- "Senritsu! Shi no Concert" (Horror! The Concert of Death)
- "Densetsu! Tsuki To Taiyō No Megami" (Legend! The Goddess of the Moon and Sun)
- "Mamore! Kodomo Tachi No Yume” (Defend! The Dreams of the Children)
- "Taosu! Hollywood No Shikaku" (Take Down! The Hollywood Assassin)
- "Shitô! Battle Royale" (Elimination! Battle Royale)
- "Marilyn! Saigo No Chousen" (Marilyn! The Final Battle)
- "Himitsu! Asimov No Kiributa" (Secret! Asimov’s Trump Card)
- "Freud! Baron Massatsu Shirei" (Freud! Baron’s Destruction Orders)
- "Shutsugen! Gold Baron" (Arrival! Gold Baron)
- "Gekitô! Saikyô No Rival" (War! The Ultimate Rival)
- "Hakai! Baron No Shi" (Destroyed! Baron’s Death)
- "Igai! Kaizer No Shotai" (Surprise! Kaizer’s Identity)
- "Kyoe! Jijousaidai No Sakusen" (Menace! The Greatest Champion Strategy)
- "Shukumei! Kaizer vs. Baron" (Destiny! Kaizer vs. Baron)
- "Shurai! Aratana Teki" (Attack! The New Enemy)
- "Toutsugeki! Sigma Tower" (Assault! Sigma Tower)
- "Gisei! Viking Kyôdai" (Sacrifice! The Viking Brothers)
- "Shuaku! Baron Modoki" (Offensive! Baron’s Imitator)
- "Senkou! Kiyukoku Chosetsuryu" (Dazzling! The Ultimate Chosetsuryu)
- "Kyogaku! Mother Baron" (Shocking! Mother Baron)
- "Dashitsu! Sigma Tower" (Escape! Sigma Tower)
- "Dengeki! Fûjin, Raijin" (Shock! Goddess of the Wind and the God of Thunder)
- "Nani! Mô Hittori No Ken" (What?! The Other Ken)
- "Yomigaere! Psycho Power" (Return! Psychokinetic Power)
- "Dai Funkan! Fujisan Fumoto No Kettô" (Eruption! Duel at the base of Mt. Fuji)
- "Kogun! Death Baron wo Taosû" (Impulse! To Defeat Death Baron)
- "Fukkatsu! Yûjô no chikara (Power)" (Resurrection! The Power of Friendship)
- "Atsuku! Moeru ze!!" (Heated! Let it burn!!)