Magne Robo Gakeen (マグネロボ・ガ・キーン Magunerobo Ga Kiin?) is a Japanese anime television series that aired from 1976 to 1977 in Japan. There were 39 episodes. It is also referred to as "Magnerobo Ga-Keen", "'Gakeen Supermagnetron", "'Gakeen Magnetic Robot", "Robotman Gakeen", "Gakeen". Outside of Japan, several episodes were edited and cobbled together into a movie-length feature, and in this format it is also known as Magnos the Robot or Renegade Force.
Doctor Kazuki, who perceived of an invasion of Earth by the Izaru people builds a robot based on the science of magnetism and sphere joint theory. Undergoing a dangerous augmentation process, Doctor Kazuki's daughter Mai becomes the pilot of "Mighty" or "Magnetman Minus". Takeru Hojo becomes the pilot of "Puraiza" or "Magnetman Plus". The pilots would hold each other and then physically trasform their joint bodies in a metallic plate locking itself on the Gakeen (Short for "Gathering Keen") robot's frame thus enabling the super robot to move and fight.
Gakeen became one of the many super robot series to appear after the seminal works such as Mazinger and Getter Robo opened the floodgates to the genre. The robot was notable for its creative weaponry systems such as cutting fists, Gakeen fists, steel claws, bladed foot. Other specialties include magnetic onslaught, magnetic draw, arm cutter, laser beams, atomic hurricane. The show further extended the transformation into very long complex sequences that would become trendy for similar shows to follow.
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In Japan it has been released as a DVD box set. Outside Japan, it was released on an edited 90-minute movie DVD. In Italy the series has been released on the home video market by Yamato Video who presented the whole series since only the first part was broadcasted during the 1980s by local TV networks; the second half has a different voice cast.
Takara released the rare Robotman Gakeen in 1976. The toy was release as part of the Robotman Series, which was originally intended to be the bridge between Microman and Henshin Cyborg series to form a larger toys tie-in project call Victory Series. However when Henshin Cyborg line was terminated in 1974, there was no longer a reason for keeping the Victory Series and Robotman then became part of Microman line.
CM's Cooperation then released a Brave Gokin version of Gakeen in September 2008.
- GaKeen Toys. "Robotman Series." GaKeen Toys. Retrieved on 2006-11-21.
- Magne Robo Gakeen's website in Toei Animation (in Japanese)
- Pictures and summaries of Magne Robo Gakeen's chapters (in Italian)
- Super Robot
- Anime News Network