The New Adventures of Gigantor

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New Tetsujin-28
Cover for the 2nd DVD Boxset in Japan
太陽の使者 鉄人28号
(Taiyō no Shisha Tetsujin Nijū-hachi-gō)
Anime television series
Directed byTetsuo Imazawa
Produced by
  • Shigeru Akagawa
  • Toru Horikoshi
Written by
  • Hideo Takayashiki
  • Keisuke Fujikawa
  • Masaaki Sakurai
  • Noboru Shiroyama
  • Yoshihisa Araki
  • Yutaka Kaneko
Music byYasuaki Shimizu
StudioTokyo Movie Shinsha
Licensed by
Original networkNippon TV
English network
Original run October 3, 1980 (1980-10-03) September 25, 1981 (1981-09-25)[1]
Episodes51 (List of episodes)
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New Tetsujin-28 (太陽の使者 鉄人28号, Taiyō no Shisha Tetsujin Nijūhachi-gō, lit. Solar Messenger Iron Man #28) is a 1980 Japanese Mecha Animated series produced by Tokyo Movie Shinsha, and a modern style remake of Mitsuteru Yokoyama's manga Tetsujin 28-go.[2] It was directed by Tetsuo Imazawa (Transformers: Super God Masterforce) and produced by both Shigeru Akagawa and Toru Horikoshi. It aired on Nippon Television from October 3, 1980 to September 25, 1981 with a total count of 51 episodes. Fred Ladd and TMS converted the series into The New Adventures of Gigantor, which was broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel in the United States from September 9, 1993 to June 30, 1997.

English opening narration[edit]

At the beginning of the 21st century, scientists found that with new computers and super alloys, they could build an even bigger, faster Gigantor. They built the new Gigantor!

Japanese Cast[edit]

English Cast[edit]


The series was created by Tokyo Movie Shinsha and broadcast in Nippon TV in Japan between October 3, 1980 and September 25, 1981, every Friday from 18:00 to 18:30 (JST).[3] The opening theme was Taiyo no Shisha Tetsujin Nijūhachi-gō (太陽の使者・鉄人28号, Solar Messenger, Iron Man #28) by Junichi Kawauchi. The two ending themes were Kibō ni mukatte 〜 Shōtarō no tēma 〜 (希望にむかって〜正太郎のテーマ〜, Theme of Shotaro: Toward the Hope) and Muteki no Tetsujin Nijūhachi-gō (無敵の鉄人28号, The Invincible: Iron Man #28), also by Junichi Kawauchi.

The series was adapted for North America by Fred Ladd and broadcast as The New Adventures of Gigantor on Sci-Fi Channel from September 9, 1993. This broadcast ended on June 30, 1997 after reruns.[3]

The series was also broadcast in 1980s in Arab countries (as Thunder Giant), Spanish-speaking countries (as Ironman 28), Italy (as Super Robot 28), Hong Kong and South Korea.


# Title
1"The Plot to Steal the Sun"
2"Hands of the Enemy"
3"Deadly Doctor Doom"
4"The Robot Birdman"
5"The Phantom Robot"
6"Monster of the Deep"
7"The Crashing Satellite"
8"The Dreaded Double Robot"
9"Menace from Space"
10"Bitter Revenge"
11"The Invisible Enemy"
12"The Robot Runners"
13"Will the Real Gigantor Please Stand Up?"
14"The Abominable Iceman"
15"The Dragon Master"
16"The Guardian of Evil"
17"The Manta Marauders"
18"The Pirate Submarine"
19"The Sting of the Scorpion"
20"The Fearsome Pharaoh"
21"The Shrinking Ray"
22"Kid Warriors"
23"Red Devil"
24"The Fiery Robosaurus"
25"Invaders from Space"
26"The Master of Space"
27"The Great Garkonga"
28"The Pritheum Plot"
29"The Crusader Robot"
30"The Scheme to Scorch the West"
31"The Doomsday Comet"
32"The Thunder God"
33"The Final Battle"
34"The Robot Who Could Think"
35"Blue Danger"
36"Robot on a Rampage"
37"The Awesome Alpha-Bot"
38"Fall from the Sky"
39"The Boy from Second Earth"
40"The Black Hole"
41"The Queen of Time"
42"The Curse of Dracula"
43"Z is for Zombie"
44"The Ghastly Ghost"
45"Skeemer's Demons"
46"Trapped in the Past"
47"Gigantor for Sale"
48"The Space Fortress"
49"The Friend Turned Enemy"
50"The Battle to Save the Earth"
51"The Sun That Never Shines"


All 51 episodes span on two DVD Box collections, and was released in Japan by Movic in December 2001 and March 2002 respectively. The Blu-ray version was released in Japan by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, the first box was released on October 2016 [4] and the second in December 2016.[5] The Japanese version was released on a 4-disc Blu-ray on January 29, 2019.[6]

Video games[edit]

In January 2012 New Tetsujin-28 was announced to appear in Super Robot Wars Z2: Regeneration Chapter.[7]


  1. ^ "鉄人28号 @ Tokyo Movie Shinsha". TMS (in Japanese). Retrieved October 21, 2011.
  2. ^ "IRONMAN 28 @ TMS Entertainment". TMS. Archived from the original on September 27, 2011. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Patten, Fred. Watching Anime, Reading Manga. Stone Bridge Press. p. 322. ISBN 1-880656-92-2.
  4. ^ "太陽の使者 鉄人28号 Blu-ray BOX 1<初回仕様版>". March 6, 2017. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  5. ^ "太陽の使者 鉄人28号 Blu-ray BOX 1<初回仕様版>". March 6, 2017. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  6. ^ Ressler, Karen (November 30, 2018). "Discotek Licenses Beyblade, Shin Tetsujin 28 Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  7. ^ ""I re-Super Robot Taisen Z Hen" second series started suparobo latest!". Famitsu. January 19, 2012. Retrieved January 22, 2012.

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