Ninja Senshi Tobikage tells the story of a boy named Joe Maya. One day, Joe, who lives on Mars, witnesses a battle between aliens. Those from Planet Zaboom are attacking the princess of Planet Radorio, she has escaped from the emperor of Zaboom who is scheming to conquer the universe and has crash landed on mars.
Joe stumbles aboard the princesses ship, this starts a chain reaction of events that will alter their lives. Joe and his friends wield three powerful mecha beasts against the emperor of Zaboom and his forces, but the odds are stacked heavily against them. When all hope seems to be lost a mysterious ninja robot named Tobikage appears as if from nowhere to provide assitance, able to combine with the 3 mechanical beasts provides Tobikage with unmatched power, with his aide Joe fights the forces of Zaboom...
I'D LIKE TO STATE THAT THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE ENGLISH VERSION THAT AIRED IN THE 90s.
I'm surprised that there exists no review for this lovely show. While I'm not one for mech anime, Ninja Senshi Tobikage or Ninja Robots as it was called when broadcasted in India grabbed the attention of my 13 yr old self simply with the word "Ninja" in it.
At a time when the Mech anime genre was recognized by the likes of Gundam and Voltron (in India), Ninja Robots provided action/adventure enthusiasts like me to enjoy the best of both Ninja as well as Mech elements.
The story is
rather simple as is the character development. You have your typical love triangle going, along with the jealous admirer turned villain and the younger brother who is mostly an idiot but is much wiser than what his older brother gives him credit for. Add in a maniac with his own evil mech army out to conquer the known universe and you've got the story down pat.
As with most anime viewers that age, we aren't really concerned with the story, all we want is the action and this show has plenty of it. The animation and art are very good and are complimented well by the background score. The Robots in question and their transformations are done well, but some robots got more air time than others which was a bit of a downer.
The highlight of the show is the rivalry between Joe Maya and Commander Icelander and their respective mechs Cybertron and Mantis. The battles between these two are well executed and you really get a feel for the Ninja battle. All in all it's a great watch for the sake of nostalgia and also for the Ninja's :)