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Invincible Superman Zanbot 3

Alt titles: Muteki Choujin Zanbot 3

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Kappei is your normal run of the mill delinquent lad, riding motorcycles and trying to gain leadership of a gang. When fighting with a rival, they are both attacked by a strange creature! Fleeing to his Grandfather's nearby sea rig, Kappei is knocked into the water and is rescued by a giant spaceship piloted by his grandparents. Before he can figure out what is going on, he finds himself in the mighty Zam-bird, fighting against the monster that attacked him - a mecha-boost of the planet-destroying Gaizok! Kappei isn't the only one in his family who ends up with a giant robot, though; his cousin Uchuta pilots the Zambull and Keiko pilots the Zambase. Together, the three of them can transform into the Invincible Superman Zambot 3!

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Yoshikazu YASUHIKO Character Design
Yoshiyuki TOMINO Director
Takeo WATANABE Music

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bau haw incorporated 303 Aug 2, 2009

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Getter Robo

Getter Robo

Professor Saotome is finishing up his lifelong Getter project: a series of space exploration ships powered by Getter rays from the sun. These ships are able to combine into three different robot forms called Getter Robo. At the same time, King Gora of the underground Dinosaur Empire has completed his mechasaurus project and begins his plans for world domination! Can Getter Robo’s pilots Ryoma, Hayato and Musashi defend the earth from the forces of the Dinosaur Empire, even with the help of the lovely Michiru from the Command Ship?

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MalteseFalcon

Getter Robo and Invincible Superman Zanbot 3 are both examples of the '70s era mecha series, where names are long and epic, all robots seem to combine and transform, and a group of stalwart kids must defeat some recently awakened evil that threatens to consume the planet. Constantly challenged by increasingly difficult foes, the heroes in each grow along with them.

If you recall either one of these, and wish for some nostalgic value, or simply enjoy old mecha series, you should take a look at the other series.

Ajna

Super robot of the 70s, one shouldn't need to tell anything else if you were a children back in the days.

If you missed it for any reason (including being born after the golden age of the super robot genre), there you have the basis of your animefanhood :)!!!

Mazinger Z

Mazinger Z

On a solitary island in the middle of a vast unknown ocean, Dr. Hell, a deranged genius, plans the final stage of his plan for world domination: the activation of his Mecha Beast Army. The only man aware of Dr. Hell's plan is Dr. Kabuto, a pioneer in new energy sources. In a desperate attempt to stop Dr. Hell before his death, Kabuto uses his research and resources to construct a weapon powerful enough to match that of the Mecha Beast Army, which he entrusts to his grandson, Kouji Kabuto. That weapon is the Super Robot Mazinger Z!

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Ajna

Super robot of the 70s, one shouldn't need to tell anything else if you were a children back in the days.

If you missed it for any reason (including being born after the golden age of the super robot genre), there you have the basis of your animefanhood :)!!!

MalteseFalcon

Mazinger Z and Zanbot 3 are more than old school, cheesy mecha series with transformation series, monsters of the week and attacks where the pilots have to yell out the name of in order to work (granted, they both have all of these).

On top of that, there are more similarities. A family which ends up with a giant robot. A villian who is after world domination, but attacks Japan to the exclusion of the rest of the world because the one thing that could defeat them is there. A pissed off populace because, let's face it, you can only stand to have your city destroyed so many times.

Both series also have the subtext of a cocky young pilot, who goes from gung-ho can't be wrong, to learning what it means to be a hero and that actions have consequences.

If you enjoyed Mazinger Z, you will also like Invincible Superman Zanbot 3 and vice versa.

Grendizer, Getter Robo G, Great Mazinger: Kessen! Daikaijuu!

Grendizer, Getter Robo G, Great Mazinger: Kessen! Daikaijuu!
  • Movie (1 ep x 30 min)
  • 1976

While searching for an unknown menace, a submarine is attacked by a giant sea monster! Getter Robo G is dispatched, but has little effect. The monster, a dragonsaurus from prehistoric times, is also attacking oil tankers. The Japanese Government assembles a Super Robot Army of Getter Robo G, Great Mazinger, Grendizer and Double Spazzer to fight the dragonsaurus, but things take a further turn for the worse when comrade in arms Boss Borot gets himself swallowed by the beast. Can even the combined might of the Super Robot Army free Boss Borot and defeat the dragonsaurus before it reaches Japan?

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Ajna

Super robot of the 70s, one shouldn't need to tell anything else if you were a children back in the days.

If you missed it for any reason (including being born after the golden age of the super robot genre), there you have the basis of your animefanhood :)!!!

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED

The universe of the future is divided between the Earth Alliance and ZAFT. After a year of war, ZAFT attacks the neutral colony Heliopolis to steal five prototype mobile suits. The mission is a success, but a young man named Kira stumbles upon the fifth Gundam, and he may be the Alliance's only hope...

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MalteseFalcon

While you might initially think a recommendation between Invincible Superman Zanbot 3 and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED would be about giant robots fighting with other giant robots, the actual important similarities go beyond that. The main important similarity between the series involves the struggle for freedom and the unfortunate sacrifices of war. The main characters in both these series struggle with the dilemmas presented by the responsibilities they are burdened with.

If you recognized and liked this fact in Zanbot 3, take a look at Gundam SEED.

However, if you just like giant robots, feel free to atch Gundam SEED anyway.

Muteki Kojin Daitarn 3

Muteki Kojin Daitarn 3

Earth is under attack! The evil cyborgs known as Meganoids are out to convert mankind into machines, using spaceships, anti-gravity devices and other nefarious means to achieve their goal. But while the Meganoids have plenty of firepower, they’re no match for the young Haran Banjo and his transforming robot Daitarn 3! With speed and panache, Haran takes down fiend after fiend with ease. Alongside the lovely Beauty and other fighters of justice, Haran and Daitarn 3 will save humanity and take down the evil invaders!

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MalteseFalcon

The similarities between Zanbot 3 and Daitarn 3 are pretty obvious:

  • extraterrestial invaders
  • giant transforming robot fighting
  • both series end in 3!

All kidding aside, both series are typical examples of the late 70s mecha shows. If you enjoyed one of them, you are more than likely to enjoy the other.