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Android Kikaider - Lonely Soul (Vol. 1) (2003)

Tomokazu Seki , Yui Horie , Tensai Okamura  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tomokazu Seki, Yui Horie, Yumiko Kobayashi, Keaton Yamada, Etsuko Kozakura
  • Directors: Tensai Okamura
  • Writers: Shôtarô Ishinomori
  • Producers: Shou Onodera
  • Format: Animated, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Bandai
  • DVD Release Date: August 5, 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008DDIM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,443 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Android Kikaider - Lonely Soul (Vol. 1)" on IMDb

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The genius robotics professor, Dr. Komyoji has created Kikaider – a humanoid robot tasked with the protection of Dr. Komyoji’s son and daughter. Gifted with the ‘conscience circuit’, Kikaider is given the power to simulate real emotions that helps to distinguish between ‘right and wrong’. Can Kikaider protect Dr. Komyoji’s children and battle against the evil Dr. Gill and his army of androids? The fight against world domination lies in the hands of Kikaider.

Manga artist Shotaro Ishinomori's reworking of "Pinocchio" was made into a live-action series in 1972; this later anime version (2000) is done in a retro style that reflects the influence of Osamu Tezuka and some American cartoons. Professor Komyoji is killed in his lab while creating Jiro, a super-android who looks like a human--until he morphs into his battle form. What sets Jiro apart is the "Gemini Circuit" that gives him a conscience. Jiro meets Komyoji's daughter Mitsuko and son Masaru, who initially welcome him. But when Mitsuko checks her father's data, she learns that the Gemini Circuit is flawed: if it cannot be repaired, Jiro must be destroyed. Jiro flees, but finds himself battling the insect-like mecha sent by the evil Dr. Gill. The basic story is familiar, but it's presented with more feeling than most mecha tales. (Rated 13 and older: violence) --Charles Solomon

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant interpretation of a classic February 19, 2003
I'm a long time fan of the Masked Rider and live action Kikaider shows, and imported the animation discs from Japan as soon as they were released! I was very impressed!
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Anime - More Than Fighting Robots November 11, 2003
I am not normally a fan of anime and I am not a fan of fighting
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Past Comes To The Present July 4, 2003
Jinzo Ningen Kikaider--Humanoid Kikaider, Android Kikaider...the show goes by numerous names and began airing Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. The series is a remake of a 43-episode live action series popular in Hawaii called "Kikaida," which played out similar to "Ultraman" or "Power Rangers" in terms of the cardboard-box suit robots. Depending on how Bandai plans on packaging the rest of the Kikaider DVDs, it could come out as anywhere from a 13- to a 16-episode series that, while introducing a powerfully deep story, falls victim to too many common anime cliches.
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Series September 11, 2003
I have to say that I truly love this series that recieves little credit for its greatness. At first, the art style of the animation confused me for a bit and I thought it was one of Tezuka's works. Well, I like Tezuka so I thought I'd sit down and watch it. Besides, I'd always loved Pinocchio and have had an interest in robots/robotics for a long time... I was hooked.
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Review of Kiaider by a 16 year old July 2, 2003
I watched all of Kikaider, season 1, on Adult Swim on Cartoon Network. Though I'm neither a fan of dubbed anime, nor the older animation style, I have to say Kikaider is outstanding! The plot is very deep, and in no way entertaining to just children. It's about the goodness and evil inherent in all of mankind. I can not wait to see the raw Japanese sub version of the classic animation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The memories
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 more
Published 10 months ago by Chun Lung Fong
5.0 out of 5 stars Kikaider fan
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 up
Published 12 months ago by Anonimus
4.0 out of 5 stars Wire-crossed lovers
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 more
Published on April 30, 2011 by Niugui Cilantron
4.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Lonely Soul
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 more
Published on February 2, 2009 by Zabdiel
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sad Robot
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
4.0 out of 5 stars IT'S ALIVE, ITS ALIVE!!!!
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 more
Published on June 28, 2004 by Sesho
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this anime!
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 more
Published on February 20, 2004 by BiolanteX
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Anime - More Than Fighting Robots
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 more
Published on November 11, 2003 by "snowdoggie"
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
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 more
Published on November 10, 2003 by T. Perrine
5.0 out of 5 stars A Top Rated Anime
Kikaider is a wonderfull anime if you dont mind the graphics. The message that is sent is powerfull and the action and music and drama. Read more
Published on November 2, 2003 by Rebecca Taylor
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