In this episode, Don and Rob sit down to discuss the origins of Super Robot mecha anime. The pair discuss how it exploded onto Japanese TV in the 1970’s, how it changed and evolved over time, and it’s invasion of the minds of youth everywhere. All this, and the story of how the genre started because one man hated traffic jams, is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

List of Mecha Anime
Professor Otaku’s A Visual History of Mecha
Go Nagai
IT! The Living Colossus
Mazinger Z
Gigantor
Ultraman
Ultra 7
Frankenstein Jr.
The Green Slime
Tsuburaya Productions
Ray Harryhausen
Gatchaman
Getta Robo
Getta Robo G
Taekwon V
Brave Raideen
Goddam Gowapper V
Tekkaman
Shogun Warriors
Force Five
Young Boy Chokes to Death on Battlestar Galactica Toy
Combattler V (or maybe the new one)
Rainbow Sentai Robin (B&W, ironically….)
Tranzor Z (When I was a kid this is what ALL super robot openings looked like.)
Discotek Media
Dinosaur War Eizenborg
Ichiro Mizuki
Danguard Ace
Zambot 3
Yoshiyuki Tomino
Voltes V
Mobile Suit Gundam
Ideon
GoLion
Voltron
Armored Fleet Dairuggar 15
Sabre Rider and the Star Sherrifs
Gunbuster
Dangaioh
Guren Lagaan (…is that a Porg…?)
Brave Robot Series
GaoGaiGar
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Goddanner
Mazinger Infinity
Mighty Orbots
MegasXLR
Sym-Bionic Titan
Pacific Rim