Tetsujin 28: The Complete Set
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The journey begins when Professor Kaneda creates the ultimate soldier robot, Tetsujin, as a substitute for his son, Shotaro, whom he mistakenly believed died in a bomb raid on Tokyo during World War II. To prevent the army from using Tetsujin as a tool for destruction, the professor hides the robot on a remote island. Ten years after the war, Tetsujin is finally resurrected after 28 attempts made by the late Professor Kaneda's protege, Professor Shikishima. Meanwhile, Shotaro has grown up to become a genius boy detective and now joins forces with his beloved Tetsujin to wage a courageous battle against evil! A legendary masterpiece, which shines in the history of postwar manga, is now resurrected brilliantly!
Tetsujin 28 (2004) is a remake of the mecha series Americans knew as Gigantor during the late '60s. The title character is an enormous robot created by Shotaro Kaneda's late father as part of a secret weapons program during the final days of WWII. (The first episodes show how Tetsujin-like robots would attack San Francisco.) A plucky boy detective in the tradition of Tintin, Shotaro helps Police Chief Otsuka and Dr. Shikishima fight criminals and monsters, most of them left over from the war. Mitsuteru Yokoyama (1934-2004), the creator of the original manga, said Tetsujin was inspired by the American B-29s he saw bomb Kobe as a boy. Although many of the stories refer to the growing prosperity of the post-Occuptation era, the evils perpetrated by Japan and the Allies remain at the focus of the story. Although he recalls "it was a terrible time for Japan" and "we had no choice," Dr. Furanken, who participated in human experiments, imagines he sees blood flowing from his hands. Chief Otsuka describes Tetsujin as "a ghost from the war sent back to remind us, to keep us from forgetting our crimes." The filmmakers re-create the Tezuka-influenced look of postwar manga and animation. Tetsujin has a needle nose, a stocky body, and pudgy limbs; wide-eyed Shotaro resembles a cross between Astroboy and Linus Van Pelt. Like other pre-Gundam robots, Tetsujin is not a mecha suit, but an independent entity that Shotaro directs by manipulating the knobs and levers on a control box. At a time of heated controversy over Japan's reluctance to acknowledge wartime abuses, Tetsujin 28 represents a bold departure from the upbeat heroics of most mecha series. (Rated 13 and older: violence, tobacco and alcohol use) --Charles Solomon
Top customer reviews
The only reasons I didn't give a full five stars are because I didn't really care for the score (although it was used well) and the series maintained a pretty bleak atmosphere throughout.
In summary, an excellent tale and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for Johnny Sokko and/or mecha fans; I just wanted to have some fun while watching it.
Obviously, the animation is of a much higher quality than the original. The stories are darker and more serious than the original.
However, I became aware of a disturbing undertone as I watched the episodes.
The series is set 10 years after WWII. There is a lot made of the suffering and hardships of the Japanese people during the war and the following occupation. Unfortunately, there is absolutely no recognition of the great suffering caused by Japan, the atrocities perpetrated by the Japanese soldiers, or the fact the Japan was waging a war of aggression and conquest.