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Getter Robo
(Gettā Robo)
Genre Action, Mecha
Author Go Nagai, Ken Ishikawa
Publisher Japan Shogakukan
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Sunday
Original run April 7, 1974May 18, 1975
Volumes 5
TV anime
Studio Toei Animation
Network Fuji Television
Original run April 4, 1974May 8, 1975
Episodes 51
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Getter Robo (ゲッターロボ Gettā Robo ?, typically romanized as Getter Robot in the various manga) is a Super Robot manga series created by Go Nagai and Ken Ishikawa, as well as an anime series produced by Toei Animation. The series was broadcast on Fuji TV from April 4, 1974 to May 8, 1975, with a total of 51 episodes.



The plot involves three strong-willed teenagers from the same high school: soccer player and martial artist Ryoma Nagare, rebel loner Hayato Jin and Judo master Musashi Tomoe, who pilot three specially designed combat jets which can be combined together into three different giant robots, Getter-1 (for flight combat), Getter-2 (speed advantage for ground\undeground combat), and Getter-3 (strength advantage for submarine combat). They were assembled by Prof. Saotome, who conceived the Getter Robo project as a means of deep-space exploration; it became instead Earth's first line of defense against the Dinosaur Empire, a civilization of reptile-like humanoids who evolved from the now-extinct dinosaurs that roamed the earth millions of years ago. They have lived many years underground, and they now want to reclaim the Earth as theirs and destroy humanity.

The series was groundbreaking in the anime mecha genre: for the very first time, it introduced the concept of separate machines combining to form a Super Robot. Using three jets, Getter Robo could combine in three different ways to create three different versions of Getter Robo for different conditions and situations. This idea was originally discussed during the creation process for Mazinger Z (the first Super Robot to be piloted internally), but was dropped and then developed for Getter Robo. This combination idea proved to be a very powerful concept that has been used in the super robot genre ever since. Also, by adding three pilots to the robot was able to add an element of teen drama, probably influenced by the already popular anime sci-fi team show Gatchaman (better known in the U.S. as Battle of the Planets, G-Force: Guardians of Space or Eagle Riders).


Getter Team

  • Ryoma Nagare (流竜馬 Nagare Ryōma ?): The team leader. Strong, and trained martial arts in his father's footsteps. Pilots Getter-1.
  • Seiyū: Akira Kamiya
  • Hayato Jin (神隼人 Jin Hayato ?): Both a delinquent and a genius in the manga, he pilots the second jet and robot.
  • Seiyū: Keaton Yamada
  • Musashi Tomoe (巴武蔵 Tomoe Musashi ?): A Judo expert, pilots the third robot. In the manga, he takes over the role of piloting the third jet and robot, despite failing at all the given physical and mental tests.
  • Seiyū: Toku Nishio
  • Benkei Kurama (車弁慶 Kurama Benkei ?): A baseball player, pilot of the third robot in the second series.
  • Seiyū: Jouji Yanami
  • Professor Saotome (早乙女博士 Saotome-hakase ?): Inventor of the Getter Robo. In the original manga he initially piloted the third jet himself, only to have Musashi forcibly taking over the role from him.
  • Seiyū: Kousei Tomita
  • Michiru Saotome (早乙女ミチル Saotome Michiru ?): Professor Saotome's beautiful and strongwilled daughter, pilots a jet of her own which doesn't combine with the others, but resupplies fuel and energy.
  • Seiyū: Rihoko Yoshida
  • Genki Saotome (早乙女元気 Saotome Genki ?): Professor Saotome's son, the child tagalong present in nearly all 1970's Japanese action cinema.
  • Seiyū: Hiroko Kikuchi

Dinosaur Empire

  • Emperor Gore (帝王ゴール Teiō Gōru ?)
  • Seiyū: Hiromu Jin
  • General Bat (バット将軍 Batto Shōgun ?)
  • Seiyū: Kenichi Ogata
  • Chief Garerii (ガレリィ長官 Garerii Chōkan ?)
  • Seiyū: Keaton Yamada
  • Great Demon Yuraa (大魔人ユラー Dai Majin Yurā ?)
  • Seiyū: Kouji Yada

Sequels and remakes

Getter Robo G

The last episode of the Getter Robo series showed the defeat of the Dinosaur Empire, but with a high price: the death of one of the Getter Robo pilots, Musashi Tomoe. It also introduced a new enemy, the Clan of the 100 Devils, who at that very moment were preparing an invasion of Earth from space. This would be the basis of a sequel with a new, improved version of the original robot, piloted by Ryoma, Hayato, and newcomer pilot Benkei Kuruma. The series, called Getter Robo G, would not be as long and successful as the first one, lasting 39 episodes. The new robot and its pilots were also featured in the Go Nagai short features Great Mazinger vs Getter Robo G and Great Mazinger, Grendizer, Getter Robo G: Decisive Showdown! Great Sea Beast, despite the fact Getter Robo was conceived as existing in a different universe from the Mazinger/Grendizer continuity. Note: the Getter Robo manga features both the stories of Getter and Getter G.

G also became famous in the U.S. as it was included in edited form as part of the Force Five robot series produced for the American market, where its name was changed to Starvengers. Additionally, toys based on the Getter Robo mecha were licensed by the U.S. toy company Mattel and sold under the company's Shogun Warriors toy line.

There was a limited video release of Starvengers in the UK, renamed Formators. [1]

Getter Robo Go

After some years, the franchise was revived in 1991 with the new series Getter Robo Go, directed by Yoshiki Shibata, and featuring a new robot and an all-new team. Despite lasting 50 episodes, it was considered a noncanonical flop. Nevertheless, the manga of Getter Go is considered one of Ken Ishikawa's best works, featuring the Shin Getter Robo for the first time. The OVA remakes use a lot of ideas, characters and situations from Getter Go manga.

Despite this, the influence and popularity of the original show continued in Japan, and it found a way to stay with fans through video games (like the Super Robot Wars game series, in which the Getter Robo is one of its lineup mainstays) and other merchandise. The series was even spoofed successfully in the mecha anime series Martian Successor Nadesico, where the anime-within-anime Gekiganger III was a direct pun (and homage) to the Getter Robo legacy, among many other super robot series. Gekiganger III was the favorite show of the character Gai in Martian Successor Nadesico. His voice actor, Tomokazu Seki, has also said that Getter Robo is his favorite anime.

Shin Getter Robo

After the ending of Getter Go, Ishikawa, motivated by his editor Nakashima, of Futabasha, decided to extend and explain some topics, like what was really happened to Benkei and the Saotome Institute, the reason Ryoma was scared of Getter Rays, what Getter is and such. Also, it featured new insect-like enemies from the far future, later used in Getter āḥ. All of this was told in the Getter Robo Go manga prequel, Shin Getter Robo, begun in 1997 and lasted 2 volumes.

Getter Robo Āḥ

Getter Robo Āḥ is a 3-volume manga taking place in a sci-fi post-apocalyptic futuristic setting. Ryoma's son Takuma joins the human-dinosaur hybrid Kamui and Messiah Tayrr's younger brother Baku Yamagishi aboard the Getter Robo Āḥ, fighting, alongside the Dinosaur Empire, the insect-like enemies of the Andromeda Flow Country (アンドロメダ流国 Andoromeda Ryōkoku ?) from the far future. The title is written as ゲッターロボ アーク in Japanese, leading some fans to read it as "Ark." However, the manga collections show the title with the Siddham character for "Āḥ".[1]Unfortunately, Super Robot Comics, the magazine in which Āḥ was published, was canceled and the story ended prematurely.

Getter Robo Hien

In 2007, a new manga entitled Getter Robo Hien: The Earth Suicide was released in Japan. It has since concluded at 3 volumes, and was serialized in a monthly webcomic. This series continues the Ken Ishikawa continuity of Getter manga, temporally taking place after Getter Robo Go and before Getter āḥ. The series features an older Hayato leading a new team of Getter Pilots (and a new Getter) as they defend the earth from large plant-like monsters.

Apocrypha Getter Robo DASH

In July 2008 a new manga entitled Apocrypha Getter Robot Dash was released in Japan, on Magazine Z, authored by Hideaki Nishikawa. Due Magazine Z being cancelled, it continues as Apocrypha Getter Robo DARKNESS

Apocrypha Getter Robo DARKNESS

Sequel of Apocrypha Getter Robo DASH. Apocrypha Getter Robo Darkness is actually Getter Robot DASH, continuing with another title on Young Animal Arashi after Magazine Z was cancelled. The chapter 0 of Getter Robo DARKNESS, published on the 2009/07 issue of the magazine, is actually a reprint of the sixth chapter of Getter Robo DASH, the last one published on Magazine Z.

Change!! Getter Robo

The concept was re-invented in 1998 with the retro-styled OVA Change!! Getter Robo: The Last Day of the World (released in America as Getter Robo: Armageddon). Giant Robo director Yasuhiro Imagawa was to direct the OVA, but had a falling out with the studio after Episode 3. The OVA ran 13 episodes and was presented as the sequel to a story - which was never actually animated - about the Getter Team fighting a race of amorphous aliens called "Invaders." This production made use of an animation style reminiscent of the old Getter Robo and other 70's anime shows with thick, sketchy lines. The mecha design for the Shin Getter Robo was first used in the video game Super Robot Wars 4 from 1995 on the Super Famicom and was adopted by the OVA with a redesigned look.

Several fans of the original series complained about the OVA's story and characters, which were radically different from the TV series in many ways, including the recasting of Professor Saotome as a villain and the return of Musashi Tomoe.

Neo Getter Robo

Two years later, the same staff returned for the four-part OVA Shin Getter Robo vs Neo Getter Robo which ditched the Shin OVA plot and used a continuity closer to the original. The OVA introduced a Getter Robo design which is similar to the one in the Getter Robo Go series as well as characters from Getter Robo Go that are closer in personality to those found in the original manga than the anime adaptation. Many fans consider this OVA to be a form of redemption for the unpopular Getter Robo Go anime, which was considered by many to be a flop in comparison to the highly praised Getter Robo Go manga. The OVA also included a three part miniseries that lasted five minutes called Dynamic Super Robot's Grand Battle which shows several Go Nagai created robots doing battle with the Mycene empire from the anime Great Mazinger. The short included appearances by Getter Robo G and Shin Getter Robo.

New Getter Robo

In 2004, director Jun Kawagoe produced a new OVA called New Getter Robo (also known as Getter Robo Re:Model), this time being a re-telling of the Getter Robo story. In this new story humanity is under attack by demonic creatures called Oni. As in the original stories, Dr. Saotome creates a series of Getter-Ray-powered robots to fight the monsters, culminating the creation of Getter Robo. Both the robot and the Getter Team were redesigned for the new series. Getter Robo is more detailed and mechanical-looking than its earlier forms, and all three pilots - Ryoma, Hayato, and a combination of Musashi and Benkei's archetypes named "Benkei Musashibo" - are as violent and antiheroic as they were in the 70s manga. Ryoma is now an irresponsible street fighter, Hayato a bloodthirsty, sadistic terrorist, and Benkei a hedonistic and gluttonous apprentice monk. This remake is considered truer to the original story and spirit of Getter Robo (it was especially more faithful to the original manga version) than the previous remakes and sequels.

13 episodes were produced for this OVA.

Getter Robo basic stats

Getter Machines

Getter Robo is composed of three jet-like vehicles piloted by one of the three pilots. Eagle is the red jet, controlled by the pilot of Getter-1. Jaguar, the white jet, is used by Getter-2's pilot. Getter-3's operator uses Bear, the yellow machine. All three are armed with missiles, but are generally very weak and never used in combat unless absolutely necessary. They also appear when the pilots use the Open Get verbal command to break up the current form, so that they can change into another or so they can dodge an enemy's attack.


(Formed from Eagle+Jaguar+Bear)

  • Pilot: Ryoma Nagare
  • Height: 38 m
  • Weight: 220 tons
  • Weapons
    • Getter Cutter (AKA Getter Razor) - Getter-1 uses the blades on its forearms as slicing weapons.
    • Getter Beam - A beam of purple Getter Energy, fired from Getter-1's stomach. The beam is Getter-1's most powerful weapon, and is particularly dangerous to enemies who are sensitive to Getter Rays (which typically includes most Getter villains).
    • Spiral Getter Beam (Seen in Getter Robo Armageddon OVA and video games) - Getter-1 fires its Getter Beam while covered in its Getter Wing cape, resulting in it spreading and spiraling outwards, hitting multiple enemies.
    • Getter Tomahawk - A gigantic hand axe, and Getter-1's main melee weapon. The robot can wield two at a time, although it only uses one in the original series.
    • Tomahawk Boomerang - Getter-1 throws the tomahawk. It spins extremely quickly, cutting through anything it hits like a buzzsaw. Typically the weapon will curve in mid-air, hitting moving enemies and returning to the Getter after striking its target.
    • Getter Machine Gun (Seen only in the manga, Getter Robo Armageddon OVA and video games) - Pulling out a pair of machine guns, Getter-1 sprays the battlefield with bullets.
    • Missile Machine Gun (Seen only in the manga and video games) - A big, Gatling gun-type that fires missiles.


(Formed from Jaguar+Bear+Eagle)

  • Pilot: Hayato Jin
  • Height: 38 m
  • Weight: 220 tons
  • Weapons
    • Getter Arm - Getter-2 can use its claw as a crushing weapon.
    • Getter Drill (AKA Drill Arm) - Getter-2 strikes an enemy with the drill attached to its left arm.
    • Drill Missile (AKA Drill Punch, Drill Attack or Jet Drill) - The drill spins quickly and is launched at an opponent like a rocket. The aftereffects of the attack vary by series and battle - sometimes the drill returns to the Getter, sometimes it falls to the ground, and sometimes it explodes. Losing the drill does not prevent the Getter from changing forms.
    • Drill Storm (AKA Getter Hurricane or Getter Storm) - The drill spins at extremely high speeds, creating a tornado extending forward from the tip. Enemies caught in the winds are immobilized.
    • Getter Vision - Moving at high-speeds, Getter-2 can create afterimages of itself to confuse opponents.


(Formed from Bear+Eagle+Jaguar)

  • Pilot: Musashi Tomoe
  • Height: 20 m
  • Weight: 220 tons
  • Weapons
    • Getter Missile - Getter-3 fires a pair of missiles attached to the sides of its head.
    • Getter Smash (Seen only in video games) - Getter-3 extends its arms and performs a double punch.
    • Getter Crush (Seen only in video games) - Getter-3 does a left-right hook punch combo followed by a double hook punch.
    • Ganseki Otoshi (Seen in Episode 10 Kyuukooka! Getter 3 wa yuku) - Getter-3 crushes an enemy by landing on it.
    • Daisetsuzan Oroshi - Getter-3 grabs an enemy and uses its extending arms to spin them above its head, followed by a devastating throw attack. The technique is based on Musashi's signature judo throw, which is a modified Hammer Throw.
    • Machine Guns (Seen only in Shin Getter Robo: Armageddon OVA) - In the Armageddon OVA, Getter-3 was armed with machine guns on the tank part of its body.

Video games

The various Getter Robos are mainstay characters in the Super Robot Wars series by Banpresto, usually found in the super deformed style which the series is popular for; Getter appeared in almost every non-original exclusive installment with Gundam and Mazinger (except for Judgement and K, in which Getter does not take part). The Getter Robos also received their own turn based strategy game similar to the Super Robot Wars series for the Sony PlayStation titled Getter Robo Daikessen!. This game featured the various versions of Getter Robo from the manga and anime and OVAs produced until that point, as well as an original pink mecha piloted by a trio of ninja women. Shin Getter and Black Getter are included in Another Century's Episode 3, which features the storyline of Getter Robo Armageddon.


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