Tetsujin #28 (1960 live-action) – Ep 01 (1963 anime) – Ep 84-85

Here’s Mitsuteru Yokoyama’s seminal giant robot, in both live action and animated monochrome flavors.





The first TV adaptation of Yokoyama’s 1956 manga was this live action series. Like many other Japanese superhero shows of the time there seems to be an influence from classic US movie matinee serials, but with that unique Yokoyama style as well.

Get episode 1 from Nyaa, Anidex, or Userscloud.






Then we move to the animated version, with the first two episodes of the “second season.” I don’t mean the 1980 color series, which was shown on the Sci-Fi Channel in the 1990s. In May of 1965, Tetsujin #28 seemed to have wrapped up a successful run of 83 episodes, ending with an episode where Tetsujin was put in Peace Memorial Museum because all the evil was vanquished from the world. ( Wha…?!) Three months later, the show returned with 13 new episodes, which featured longer story arcs than the previous season. These episodes begin with Tetsujin being taken out of retirement and souped up by Professor Shikishima so that it can fly through space (obviously a hot topic in the midst of the space race era.) The Earth is being threatened by invaders from the Planet Magna, and Tetsujin flies into space to intercept their communications transmissions.

Get them from Nyaa, Anidex, or Userscloud:  84  85

Also, for those who want to see the animated origin story, Kingmenu has subtitled episodes 1-2.

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16 Responses to Tetsujin #28 (1960 live-action) – Ep 01 (1963 anime) – Ep 84-85

  1. Aardvark says:

    Lots of Fun!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Miki says:

    Any plan to sub anime series adaption of Kamui (1969)? Getting hands on RAWs will be tough with saiei gone and BD/DVD seems out of print. Orphan won’t take it either.


  3. live action Tetsujin 28 with subtitles = OMG

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Harbl says:

    On the topic of giant steel robots; what happened Jeeg? Did it get licensed? I really enjoy that one.


  5. Jimmy McKee says:

    Please consider resubbing The Adventures of Gamba
    Retro-Beat disbanded a year ago and all we got was 3 episodes
    It would be nice if you resub the classic TMS anime from Episode 1
    and refer Gamba as Gamba and not Ganba


    • Someone says:

      They haven’t disbanded. It looks more like they’re just busy.


    • Nanto says:

      I have a lot of unreleased little one-off side projects where I’ll just subtitle the first episode of something I’ve always wanted to see, and then maybe get around to releasing it eventually. Interestingly I did subtitle the first episode of this series in 2015 (and sorry, I did call him Ganba) but I ended up shelving it when Retro-Beat started subtitling the show.

      If the Retro-Beat guys announce they’ve disbanded or dropped Ganba, there is a chance that I might pick it up. But I don’t subtitle shows that other groups are working on, even if they take a long time between episodes. Everyone knows that it can take me ages to get new episodes out, a lot of hours of work goes into each 25 minute chunk of subtitled goodness.

      I do have some good news though, Jimmy. I’m releasing another episode of a show I know you like later this year. Don’t ask which one, I like to surprise people!


      • Someone says:

        More Kitarou?


      • Nanto says:

        1: Read the last sentence of my previous post.
        2: I *always* have more Kitaro episodes in the works, even if it sometimes takes a long time between releases. There are countless hours that go into of getting a single episode translated, timed, quality checked, etc. And of course I’ll be releasing more batches from dougo13’s VHS collection of NGN episodes.


  6. pixelkaiser777 says:

    Oh man, this really is a dream come true. I am ALWAYS down for more Tetsujin 28.


  7. Does anyone know where to get ARR’s old subs of the first episode of Tetsujin 1980 and the first episode of Tetsujin FX?


  8. vigorousjammerx says:

    Thanks for the subs! 😀

    One minor correction for your post, though. The Tetsujin series that they showed on Cartoon Network actually *was* the black & white version from the 60s (or, a heavily edited version of it, at least).
    Originally, it was syndicated on US television in the 60s around the same time shows like Astro Boy and Speed Racer were being brought to a western audience.
    It was later broadcast on Cartoon Network during Toonami’s “Giant Robot Week” in 2003, as well as during the early days of Adult Swim in 2005.

    The color Tetsujin series from 1980 was, in fact, shown on North American TV in the 90s, but it wasn’t on Cartoon Network, it was on the Sci-Fi Channel, airing between 1993 and 1997.


    • Nanto says:

      In 1993 my ghodawful cable company started offering Cartoon Network and the Sci-Fi Channel, for an extra monthly fee (despite being basic channels on most cable systems that carried them) and with crappy sine-wave scrambling. Both were channels I had been coveting for a while, and mini-satellite dishes were a new thing that IIRC still hadn’t dropped far below the $1000 mark.

      Anyway, you are of course absolutely right, The New Adventures of Gigantor aired on the Skiffy Channel and not Cartoon Network, the latter of which did not air ANY Japanese cartoons until later in the decade. I recorded a lot of VHS tapes with mixed programming from both channels in the mid-1990s, hence my confusion.

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