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Mechander Robo
(Gasshin Sentai Mekandaa Robo)
Genre Mecha
TV anime
Director Yoshitaka Nitta
Studio Wake Productions, Telescreen, TV Tokyo
Network Japan Fuji TV
Philippines GMA-7 (1979)
Original run March 3, 1977December 29, 1977
Episodes 35
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Mechander Robot (合身戦隊メカンダーロボ Gasshin Sentai Mekandaa Robo ?) was an anime series aired in 1977 in Japan. There were 35 episodes aired at 25 minutes each. It is also known as "Gasshin Sentai Mechander Robo", "Mekander", "Mechander", "Gasshin Sentai Mechander Robo", "Combiner Battle Team Mekander Robot", "Combining Squadron Mechander Robo", "Mekander Robot" and "Mekanda".


Original story

The Doron Empire, hailing from the Ganymede system came to Earth in order to conquer it. General Doron already overthrew the queen Medusa of Ganymede in the Magellan star cluster. Earth's defenses were no match; in a matter of days, 95% of the Earth fell under Doron's occupation. Doctor Shikishima, a brilliant scientist, places his last hopes for Earth in a robot (Mechander Robo) that he has created. The mother of Jimi would be reborn into a cyborg who is now the leader of the opposing forces and her memory could not recall the past.

Production note

The production company was plagued with bankruptcy issues, so the main sponsors forced the studios to reuse footage from old episodes to patch newer episodes without redrawing new animation.


Mechander Robo following combination

Three command jets combine to form one larger jet known as Mechander Max, which would then would dock at the back of Mechander Robo. Some of the trademark weapons include spiked shields, missile pod forearms, chest flame throwers and missiles shaped like sharks. Halfway through the series, Mechander Robo is severely damaged, but is rebuilt as four component ships combining to form the robot before docking with Mechnder Max.[1]

Despite the show targeting young audiences at the time, and that the opposing forces were robots, the attack techniques and damages in battle are quite violent by today's standards.


  • Additional Director
    Takashi Anno
    Yasuo Hasegawa
    Masayuki Hayashi
  • Producer
    Sumio Takahashi
  • Screenwriter
    Jaruhiko Kaido
  • Designer
    Nobuhiro Okasako
    Tsuneo Ninomiya
  • Mechanical Designer
    Kunio Okawara
  • Animator
    Satoshi Touzan
    Tsuneo Ninomiya
    Masayuki Hayashi
    Satoshi Tozan
    Takeshi Honda
  • Music
    Michiaki Watanabe


Name Vehicle Voices by
Narrator Kouji Nakata
Jimmy Orion Mechander-1 Akira Kamiya
Kojiro Hachijima (Marcus Vance) Mechander-2 Kazuyuki Sogabe
Ryosuke Shikishima (David Humbolt) Toraika B-3 Akio Nojima
Mika Shikishima (Jenny Humbolt) Keiko Yokozawa
General Ozmel (Gen. Goznel) Masane Tsukayama
Professor Shikishima (Prof. Humbolt) Masaya Taki
Medusa Natsuko Fuji

Videogame Appearance

Mechander Robo debuted in the Super Robot Wars series as part of Super Robot Wars Compact 3 for the Wonderswan Color. True to the anime, if Mechander is deployed and a certain amount of turns pass, the devastating Omega Missile will appear and attempt to destroy the robot (as well as the other robots on the player's force).


  • The show was dubbed to English for broadcast in the Philippines.[2]


  1. ^ Mechander Robo Transformation
  2. ^ Clements, Jonatha. McCarthy Helen. [2006] (2006). The Anime Encyclopedia: Revised & Expanded Edition. Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge Press. ISBN 978-1-933330-10-5

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