Kikaider: “Dr. Komyoji Designed Me to Protect the Kids!”

Posted by Michael Pinto on Dec 9, 2008 in Japanese TV |

The 1972 Japanese TV show Artificial Humanoid Kikaider (人造人間キカイダ) was a tribute of sorts to Astro Boy. The humanoid robot was created by Shotaro Ishinomori who actually worked for Osamu Tezuka a few years earlier, who in turn was inspired by both Pinocchio and Frankenstein. In the show Kikaider is created by Dr. Komyoji to protect himself and his very cute kids (who you can see in the clip above) from the dark Android which was created by the nefarious Professor Gill (who must have been upset that he didn’t get his doctorate in android engineering). The live action show was so popular back in the day that it inspired a manga and years later an anime series.

Here’s part 2 of the above clip which features Kikaider in action:

And here are some stills from the show:

Kikaider (人造人間キカイダー Jinzō Ningen Kikaidā) Kikaider the main character who is a humanoid robot

Kikaider (人造人間キカイダー Jinzō Ningen Kikaidā): A nifty motorcycle from the show

Kikaider (人造人間キカイダー Jinzō Ningen Kikaidā): How many times do you see an acoustic guitar in an action show that isn't a cowboy western?

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