Acrobunch (魔境伝説アクロバンチ Makyō Densetsu Akurobanchi?, lit. "Demon Region Legendary Acrobunch") was an anime series aired in 1982. There were 24 episodes. It is also referred to as "Demon Region Legendary Acrobunch", "'Demon Regions Legend Acrobunch", "'Ruins Legend Acrobunch", "'Acrobanch".
Led by scientist Tatsuya Randou, the Randou family undertakes a journey around the globe in order to search out ancient ruins to uncover the legend of Quetzalcoatl, which unlocks the key to a fabulous treasure. However, tailing the Randou family is Gopurin, an evil organisation that covets the legendary treasure for itself. The Randou family has the secret weapon of super robot Acrobunch. It becomes a race around the world of who finds the treasure first.
Acrobanch was an anime pushed out to capitalise on the archeological adventure craze that was occurring in Hollywood at the time. The art for this series was impressive and the combination sequence of Acrobunch still remains exceptional to this day, setting the benchmark for the rest of the 1980s. Five separate vehicles combine to form the super robot Acrobunch. The parts contain 2 motorcycles which form the arm, 2 racecars form the legs, 1 plane form the body.
Creator: Kyoro Ikeoa
Screenwriter: Yu Yamamoto
Art: Toshikazu Yamagushi
Music: Masahiro Maruyama
|Japanese Name||Voiced by|
|Tatsuya Randou||Hidekatsu Shibata|
|Ryou Randou||Akio Nojima|
|Miki Randou||Hideyuki Tanaka|
|Hiro Randou||Norio Wakamoto|
|Jun Randou||Shigeru Nakahara|
The Acrobunch robot was released as "Acrobunch Kyoui Gatti 5 DX" / "Acrobunch Wonder Combo 5 DX" by Poplar and Royal Condor. It is built with diecast metals, and the package comes with a number of pieces including motorcycle stops, plane landing gears, airfoils, guns, swords, stickers, missiles, fists. The US and Taiwan release is especially rare since it was considered 20% smaller, and the label for the toy was "Pentabot" instead of "Acrobunch". It may have been sold outside Japan as such due to lack of licensing of the anime name title.
- Robot Japan Web. "Acrobunch Toy info." Robot Japan. Retrieved on 2006-11-21.