MACHINE ROBO: REVENGE OF CRONOS
Volume One: Battle of the Robot Prince!
journey of a robot prince begins! The planet Cronos is a world of
super-robotic lifeforms, ruled by the wise Master Kirai. But their
peaceful existence is shattered by the conquering armies of the Gandora
robots. Now, machine combats machine in an epic battle for the planet.
Master Kurai's son, Rom, must lead a company of transformable mecha
warriors into the fray!
Comments: Cronos is
an Earth-like planet that has human style androids (like Rom and Lena)
as well as full-on transformable robots (Jet. Drill, etc.) Why this is
the case isn't stated in the shows that I watched. It's just the
reality of their world. The villians are some kind of space
monster/mutant things that want to conquer Cronos (their designs are
even more inconsistent then the good guys).
The animation is reasonably good considering its
time (mid-eighties). Definitely smoother and more impressive then its
cousin Gobots series in North
America. The writing seems decent enough but also includes Rom's super Wolf Sword which can, you guessed
it, power him up to two more super forms of transformable robot. Why
did every Japanese cartoon
insist on a "super sword" trope in its lore? Couldn't somebody have
come up with something different? One good thing about this show
is it shows the Gobot characters (some of them anyway) in a different
light--more heroic and less goofy like the U.S. cartoon was. Still,
though, I'm left wondering why someone didn't try a more
Transformers-esque setting with nothing but the transformable robots as
the characters. Perhaps it was the Japanese style of thinking that no
one wanted to see a show without humans/human-like characters in it to
relate to the big robots?
Worth checking out (if you can find a copy) even just for its
difference to what we're all familiar with.
- Contains the first five episodes of Machine Robo. Three volumes in
total were released that encompassed the first fifteen episodes (the
series ran 47 episodes in total).
- Japanese language soundtrack only (with English sub-titles)
- Dolby Digital Mono sound
- Special Features: Art Gallery (images from the show), character
sketches. Also a "sing-along" feature that plays the subtitles over the
opening theme (karaoke style).
- Region Zero
- Released in 2005 (out of print)
- This is the Japanese series that showcased the Japanese Machine Robo toys (which would
become known as Gobots in
North America. The Gobots
were the chief competition to the Transformers).