Synonyms: Iron Man 28, Tetsujin 28-go
Oct 20, 1963 to May 27, 1965
25 min. per ep.
G - All Ages
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SynopsisDr.Haneda was developing experimental giant robot warriors to fight the allies during the Second World War, but before his creations could see action, Allied bombs destroyed the facility and killed him. A decade later criminals discovered two of the surviving prototypes, #26 and 27 in the series, and used the remote controlled robots to commit a number of crimes. Young Shotaro Haneda, the twelve year old son of Dr.Haneda, did some investigating and discovered that the mob were hunting for the twenty-eighth robot in the series, rumoured to be the most powerful of them all. Racing the villains, Shotaro discovers the robot first, along with Dr.Shikashima, a colleague of his father's who was also believed killed by the Allied bombing. Together the two prevent Tetusjin-28 (the robot's official designation) from falling into the hands of the bad guys, and decide to dedicate him to peace rather than war.
Shotaro fought crime for a long time, supported by Dr.Shikashima, who would repair Tetsujin-28 when he was damaged, and by police officer Otsuka. Shotaro even battled the alien Magmans, invaders from the planet Magma, who came to Earth late in his career, bringing their own giant robots, Magma X and Gold Wolf, with them.
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Opening Theme#1: "Tetsujin 28-gou (鉄人28号)" by Duke Aces (デューク・エイセス)
#2: "Tetsujin 28-gou no Uta (鉄人28号の歌)" by Nishirokugou Shounenshoujo Gasshoudan (西六郷少年少女合唱団)
Ending Theme#1: "Shoutarou no March (Instrumental) (正太郎マーチ (インストゥルメンタル))" composed and arranged by Nobuyoshi Koshibe (越部信義)
#2: "Susume Shoutarou (進め正太郎)" by Nishirokugou Shounenshoujo Gasshoudan (西六郷少年少女合唱団)
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Heroman is an modern interpretation of Gigantor/Tetsujin-28. It's about a teen who remote controls a giant robot. In the case of Gigantor is via a control box and Heroman by a wrist control. Also in both series, they were out to save the world.
Gigantor was the typical superhero vs. spies, evil organizations while Heroman first storyarc is to save the world from an invasion of alien cockroches known as Kruggs.
Both series were also created by men who were giants their respective fields: Stan Lee of Marvel Comics fame and Mitsuteru Yokoyama who was influenced and even hired by Osamu Tezuka.
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