After centuries of peace, the Demon Empire emerges and attacks Earth. All seems lost until a boy named Akira is summoned by a strange voice and awakens the god-like robot known as Raideen. Meanwhile, the Demon Empire kidnaps Akira's father and other scientists, trying to find a mysterious substance known as Mutron; and it’s up to Akira to save him! Akira and Raideen must now defend Earth from the Demon Empire and its fossil beasts, while trying to find and rescue his father. Fortunately they do not have to struggle alone; Akira’s friends and great scientists will aid in his quest to put a stop to the Demon Empire, once and for all!
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?
Getter Robo and Yuusha Reideen are both mecha series from the 70s. While watching Reideen, I can't help but feel the similarities between its Demon Empire, and Getter Robo's Dinosaur Empire, especially in terms of the monsters they churn out each episode. If you liked one of these series and want more of the same, you can't go wrong by checking out the other.
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!
While watching Raideen, I was very much reminded of Zanbot 3. Maybe it is the way one of the villians sits back and chuckles while the hero battles this week's giant monster. Maybe it is the samurai similarity between giant robots, not to mention some similar attacks. Needless to say, if you found one of these series enjoyable, I am sure you will like the other.
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!
It would be shocking not to see the similarities between the two series. From the first few episodes, they seem like the same series, but with different robots. The dark haired, red wearing, mecha piloting main character. The daughter of a scientist/love interest/damsel in distress. The guy who is jealous of the main character and tries to put together his own vehicle to prove his worth. The corny music and attack names. The reference to power of God or Demon. A new monster to defeat each week. The list goes on and on.
Honestly, I was surprised when I learned Raideen was NOT a Go Nagai creation, considering the similarites.
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!
Old mecha series with many similarities. From corny attack names, the transforming ability of the giant robots, and a new monster to battle every week, the 70s mecha staples are all there.
If you enjoyed one of these series, I am sure you will enjoy the other.