The main character is a scientific genius boy named Kiteretsu, who has built a companion robot named Korosuke. He frequently travels in time with his friends and Korosuke in the time machine he built. Miyoko is a girl in his neighborhood who is basically his girlfriend. Tongari is his rival, who happen to share some similar traits of Honekawa Suneo. Buta Gorilla (Kumada Kaoru) is a typical neighborhood bully, who also share similar traits of Gian (Takeshi Goda) except that he often antagonizes Korosuke (though they are in grade school).
#1: "Magical Boy Magical Heart (マジカルBoy マジカルHeart)" by Kaori Moritani (eps 1-16) #2: "Lace no Cardigan (レースのカーディガン)" by Kaori Sakagami (eps 17-24) #3: "Korosuke Rock '92 (コロ助ROCK`92)" by Junko Uchida (eps 25-60) #4: "Felt no Pencase (フェルトのペンケース)" by Megumi Mori (eps 61-86) #5: "Merry ha tada no Tomodachi" by Toshiko Fujita (eps 87-108) #6: "Hajimete no Chuu (はじめてのチュウ)" by Anshin Papa (あんしんパパ) (eps 109-170, 213-290, 311-331) #7: "Happy Birthday" by Yuka (eps 171-212) #8: "Uwasa no Kiss (うわさのキッス)" by TOKIO (eps 291-310)
Before I begin, let me note that I haven't completed the series. This review represents my thoughts based on the episodes I've seen. Also, I know my English is not good, so excuse any mistakes I might make. Plus, this is my first review.
The story is similar to other Fujiko F. Fujio series in that the main protagonist is somehow connected to a 'fictional' character. In this series' case it's Korosuke, a robot samurai created by the titular character Kiteretsu or Eiichi Kite. The series is episodic and is centered around Kiteretsu, Korosuke and their friends, Kaoru (aka Butagorira), Tongari, and Miyoko, and chronicles their
lives, the issues they face and how they manage to solve them. Overall, the story isn't bad, but it was aimed at a younger audience so, expect some child-targeted moments.
The character art is good for its time and so is the animation by Studio Gallop (Touch, Rurouni Kenshin). It is neither over the top nor abysmal. Falls right in between. The earlier episodes were a bit off in terms of art, but as the series progresses, you'll notice a difference. It's a 1980s work, so there is a lack of fluidity in animation at places. Except these, I don't see any negatives in the art style.
A great plus of the series are the voices. All of them fit in perfectly, be it the title character's played by Toshiko Fujita or Korosuke's played by Kazuko Sugiyama. The soundtrack is worth mentioning too, as there are some very sweet and melodious tracks which invoked a bit of nostalgia in me. The opening and ending themes are nice, especially "Magical Boy, Magical Heart" and the popular "Hajimete no Chu".
Don't expect much development in the character's personality. It's almost the same throughout. They do interact well, sticking up for one another in times of difficulties, but this doesn't seem to have a long term effect on their personality. For example, Kaoru continues to bully Korosuke and Tongari and others even if they are the ones who save him from some danger. This might be noted as a flaw of the series, but then again it's a children's show so we can't complain.
There are pluses and minuses for the show which I've noted above. Overall, I'm giving it a 7 out of 10. A point to note is that although it's similar in many ways to Doraemon, another series by Fujio, Kiteretsu involves themes of drama. If you're looking for a 1980s slice of life series with a bit of science fiction, I'd recommend Kiteretsu.
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