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Android Kikaider - Lonely Soul (Vol. 1)
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Android Kikaider is a dark, often violent, and incredibly stylish series based around the comics and television series by Shotaro Ishinomori (the creator of "Masked Rider" and "Cyborg 009"). Intelligently written and sometimes quite touching, "Android Kikaider" breaks away from its super hero roots and explores the question of what it truly means to be human.
It's a short series (only 12 episodes), and I believe this first disk has eps 1-3.
robot transformer type shows, but Kikaider is different.
Based on the Japanese live action show from the 1970s that inspired George Lucas to create the character, Darth Vader and the visual progenitor of Heim Saban's Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and dozens of other cartoons and live action series, Kikaider asks the Asmovian question, what is the difference between man and machine when the machine becomes the equal of
The series also has many other themes. The loneliness of the children of workaholics, a major issue in both Japan and the United States. What happens when someone sent to spy falls in
love with the victim and how that tears the spy apart. How an evil man can manipulate both machine and man to the point that the influence cascades to effect everybody related to the ones being manipulated. The pain of the individual who has to deal with the negative reaction of others to his ugly appearance.
A child's shock at learning the truth about a fathers misdeeds.
The sad tale of Android Kikaider is one in which a machine actually becomes more human that the humans surrounding him. And this is a tale worth hearing.
The story opens with a scientist, Dr. Kyomoji, attempting to finish a young android. A robot attack orchestrated by the show's biggest villain, Lord/Doctor/Professor Gill, presumably kills off Kyomoji and throws everything into chaos. Later on, his daughter Mitsuko, having found the young android named Jiro, proceeds to try and find what has happened to her father. This constitutes the first main driving force in "Kikaider," the search for Kyomoji, and the protection of his children. The second deals with what Mitsuko finds out about Jiro: inside him is Kyomoji's ultimate creation, the Gemini or Conscience Circuit that allows him to feel emotions, and have a sense to distinguish wrong from right. However, should this circuit malfunction, Jiro must be destroyed because of the danger he presents with his incredible powers, as well as his battle form called "Kikaider."
This first volume, and most likely half of the next, will contain your standard hero-vs-villain battles featuring Jiro battling various androids from Professor Gill's DARK organization, each with color/animal related names like Carmine Spider, Golden Bat, Orange Ant and Yellow Jaguar.Read more ›
Kikaider is unlike most animated series I've seen in that it deals with concepts through metaphors, (second only to Revolutionary Girl Utena, in that aspect) for example: Kikaider's belt buckle that turns as he transforms, I believe, represents the struggle between good and evil within him self.
It also introduces various philosophies of the relationship between humans and robots. As was stated by the Bat-type robot that to create an artificial conscience was an example of human conceit. (That episode still gives me cold chills.)
I also like how Ishinomori combines elements of mecha-style anime with more shonen/shoujo style emotional levels. The romance between Jiro and Mitsuko represents the ideal relationship that humans and robots really could have. I'd have to say, that I have no negative comments for this series, what-so-ever. I just wish that other viewers would take the time to analyze it and discover that it truly is a work of art.
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Got here quicker than expected. Brand new and sealed. Great order, my girlfriend has been dying to find this series for so long and it's going to make the best Christmas present... Read morePublished on December 22, 2013 by Chun Lung Fong
This is a hard anime to find its a darker tale than the 1970s series but the darker aspects make all the more entertaining thumbs upPublished on October 20, 2013 by Anonimus
I have never read the original 1973 manga of Kikaider. Watching the live action TV series as a kid in Hawaii, I never realized that the story of Kikaider is a love story between... Read morePublished on April 30, 2011 by Cilantron 1 of 2
volume 1 of Kikaider introduces you to a humanoid android named Jiro. Who is the only robot to have been blessed and cursed with a Gemini circuit. Read morePublished on February 2, 2009 by Zabdiel
Good story good animation.Love the old style,it brings back fond memories of the better(in my opinion) styles of anime,todays style seems washed out ,without depth.Published on December 12, 2007 by Denaxas M. Antar
One dark and stormy night, Dr. Komyoji, a scientist more interested in robotics than his young son and daughter, brings to life a robot with a human appearance and even a... Read morePublished on June 28, 2004 by Sesho
This is a wonderful show. Shotaro Ishinomori was a genius when it came to story telling, and this definantly rubs off on the adaption of his manga, Android Kikaider. Read morePublished on February 20, 2004 by BiolanteX
I am not normally a fan of anime and I am not a fan of fighting robot transformer type shows, but Kikaider is different. Read morePublished on November 11, 2003
This was a great show! I saw every episode on Adult Swim when it was on. An intriguing plot, well designed characters, and awesome sound track all make this one of the best to come... Read morePublished on November 10, 2003 by T. Perrine
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