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Tekkaman Blade
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宇宙の騎士テッカマンブレード
(Uchū no Kishi Tekkaman Burēdo)
GenreAdventure, drama, science fiction
Anime television series
Directed byHiroshi Negishi
Written byMayori Sekijima
Satoru Akahori
Music byKaoru Wada
StudioTatsunoko Production
Licensed by
BVS Entertainment (UPN TV version)
Media Blasters (Uncut and International dub versions)
Original networkTV Tokyo
English network
Original run February 18, 1992 February 2, 1993
Episodes50 (Uncut version)
43 (Saban version) (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Directed byHideki Tonokatsu
Written byAkihiko Ureshino (Twin Blood)
Hideki Tonokatsu (Burning Clock, Missing Link)
Music byKaoru Wada
StudioTatsunoko Production
Released1998
Episodes3 (List of episodes)
Game
Uchū no Kishi: Tekkaman Blade
DeveloperBec
PublisherBec
Yutaka (Game Boy)
GenreScrolling shooter/Fighting game (Super Nintendo)
Platformer (Game Boy)
PlatformGame Boy, Super Famicom, NEC PC-9801
ReleasedJuly 30, 1993
Original video animation
Tekkaman Blade II
Directed byHideki Tonokatsu
Produced byKyouko Okazaki
Shuuji Uchiyama
Written byHiroyuki Kawasaki
Music byTakashi Kudoh
StudioTatsunoko Production
Licensed by
Released July 21, 1994 April 21, 1995
Runtime30 minutes
Episodes6 (List of episodes)
Manga
Written byNoritaka Suzuki
Published byMediaWorks
ImprintMedia Comics
MagazineComic Comp
DemographicShōnen
Published1994
Manga
Tekkaman Blade II
Written byRei Nakahara
Published byMediaWorks
ImprintMedia Comics
DemographicShōnen
Published1995
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Tekkaman Blade (Japanese: 宇宙の騎士テッカマンブレード, Hepburn: Uchū no Kishi Tekkaman Burēdo, lit. "Space Knight Tekkaman Blade") is a 1992 Japanese anime television series produced by Tatsunoko Production and Sotsu Agency. The series was directed by Hiroshi Negishi and written by Mayori Sekijima and Satoru Akahori. The story follows an organization called the Space Knights and their war against aliens known as the Radam. The Space Knights are assisted by Takaya Aiba, who has the ability to transform into an armored warrior known as Tekkaman Blade.

The first series, of 50 episodes (including episode 0), aired in Japan from February 18, 1992 to February 2, 1993 on TV Tokyo. This was followed by two specials. A sequel series called Tekkaman Blade II, which is set ten years after the first series and follows the events of the second Radam invasion, was a series of six Japanese original video animation (OVA) releases from July 21, 1994 to April 21, 1995. A video game based on the series, titled Uchū no Kishi: Tekkaman Blade, was released in Japan on July 30, 1993. The original series was released internationally, including North America and was dubbed in English as Teknoman.[1] In the English-dubbed versions, the series was heavily cut compared to the original Japanese version and shortened from 50 to 43 episodes.

Plot[edit]

Tekkaman Blade[edit]

In the United Earth Year 192, Earth is under attack from an alien race known as the Radam, which consists of bug-like monsters and armored warriors known as Tekkamen. The Radam's spaceship lies dormant on the dark side of the Moon where the Radam wait for it to be repaired.

Fighting against the Radam is a special defense force called the Space Knights. The group consists of Heinrich von Freeman, the group's commander; Noal Vereuse, the pilot of the Space Knights' ship Blue Earth; Aki Kirasagi, the Blue Earth's navigator; Milly, the communications operator; Levin, a computer mechanic; and Honda, the group's mechanic.

Before the start of the Radam invasion, the exploration ship Argos discovered the dormant Radam spaceship in the outer rings of Saturn. While exploring the ship, the crew were captured by pods and converted into Tekkamen. Before he was fully converted, Takaya Aiba (Tekkaman Blade) was freed by his father and placed into an escape pod; his father then activated the Argos' self-destruct. The Radam crashed on the Moon and began their attacks on Earth.

After spending six months drifting toward Earth, Blade bursts free from his escape pod and attacks the Radam forces, entering into a fight with Tekkaman Dagger (Fritz von Braun). After the fight, Blade crashes on Earth and is found by Noal and Aki, who take him back to their headquarters. Blade is initially hostile towards the Space Knights, but as time progresses, he begins to respect them for their dedication and develops a romantic interest in Aki. With Blade’s help, the Space Knights begin to repel the Radam until Blade's transformation crystal is shattered during a battle with Dagger. Levin develops a battle robot named Pegas which houses the shards of Blade's crystal and enables him to transform again. In his first transformation using Pegas, Blade challenges Dagger and kills him.

Meanwhile, Earth's military leader, General Xerces Gault, becomes obsessed with acquiring the Tekkaman armor for his own use. He attempts to attack the Space Knight's base during an emergency, but is forced to withdraw by order of Earth's President. He later sends in the spy Balzac, posing as a journalist, to infiltrate the Space Knights. Balzac acquires data on the Tekkaman armor system and Earth's military create their own Tekkamen armor, which are worn by Balzac and Noal.

Four more Tekkamen — Tekkaman Lance (Molotov), Tekkaman Axe (Goddard), Tekkaman Sword (Hun-Ri) and Tekkaman Evil (Takaya's twin brother Shinya) — arrive on Earth to challenge Blade. Tekkaman Rapier (Takaya's younger sister Miyuki) also arrives on Earth, but like Blade she is not under the Radam's control. Evil, Lance, Axe, and Sword attack the Space Knights' base and attempt to kill Rapier. Although outnumbered, Rapier self-destructs in an attempt to destroy the four Tekkamen. Blade manages to kill Lance and Axe and he later gains the power to attain Blaster Tekkaman mode, although he loses more of his memories whenever he uses it. Evil is given the same ability as the last line of defense for the Radam's leader, Tekkaman Omega.

At the end of the war, Blade and Evil meet for the last time, where Blade kills Evil. As he dies, Evil is freed from the Radam's mind control. Balzac kills Sword and they both burn up in Earth's atmosphere.

Blade takes Pegas to the Moon, where he confronts Omega, who reveals that he is Takaya's older brother Kengo. Omega launches the repaired Radam spaceship and heads for Earth. Blade attacks Omega, who easily defeats him. Omega is about to kill Blade when Pegas steps in front of the killing blow and sacrifices itself. Pegas' destruction enrages Blade and causes him to transform into Blaster Tekkaman mode for the last time. Blade kills Omega and causes the Radam spaceship to explode. The remnants of the Radam spaceship fall to Earth along with Blade, now stripped of his armor. As a result, Blade is left bound to a wheelchair and is completely amnesiac, cared for by Aki.

Tekkaman Blade II[edit]

See individual episode summaries below.

Episodes[edit]

Tekkaman Blade[edit]

Tekkaman Blade was broadcast in Japan on TV Tokyo and 50 episodes were aired between February 18, 1992 and February 2, 1993.[citation needed] It uses four pieces of theme music: two opening themes and two ending themes.[citation needed] The first opening theme is "Reason" by Yumiko Kosaka, which is used from the first through twenty-seventh episodes. The second opening theme is "Eternal Loneliness" (永遠の孤独) by Yumiko Kosaka, which is used from the twenty-eighth episode onwards.[citation needed] The first and second ending themes are "Energy of Love" and "Lonely Heart" respectively, both performed by Kosaka.[citation needed]

The series was aired, dubbed in English, in the United States and Australia under the name Teknoman. The English broadcast version was heavily cut compared to the original Japanese version and shortened from 50 episodes to 43.[citation needed] The series was licensed by Media Blasters Entertainment, through its AnimeWorks label in 2006, with separate boxsets for Teknoman and Tekkaman Blade.[2]

The rights to the edited Saban/UPN Kids TV dub version of Teknoman was owned by Disney Enterprises thru BVS Entertainment, after Disney acquired the Fox Family/Fox Kids Worldwide franchise in 2001, while Media Blasters/AnimeWorks owns the rights to the International dub of Teknoman in 2006, after they released this dub, along with the uncut Tekkaman Blade on Region 1 DVD.

The character names were altered for the English-dubbed Teknoman release: Blade's "D-Boy" nickname was dropped in favor of "Blade" (in the edited UPN TV version, it was changed to "Slade") and his full name "Takaya Aiba" became "Nick Carter". Similarly, "Commander Heinrich von Freeman" became "Commander Jamison", "Noel" became "Ringo Richards", "Aki" became "Star Summers", "Milly" became "Tina Corman", "Levin" (an effeminate male in the original Japanese version) became the female "Maggie Matheson", "Honda" became "Mack", and "Miyuki" became "Shara". The "Radam" were now called "Venemoids" and their leader "Omega" became "Darkon".

In January 2016, the series was released as a remastered Blu-Ray boxset in Japan. The set contains all 50 episodes of the first series and all 6 episodes of the second series, as well as the OVA specials from the laserdiscs, an unreleased episode entitled "Virgin Memory", and a new video interview with Toshiyuki Morikawa.[3]

No. (JP) No. (US) English title
Original Japanese title
Written by Original air date[4]
00"(A Fierce Battle Begins)"
"Nagaki tatakai no jokyoku" (長き戦いの序曲)
TBAFebruary 18, 1992 (1992-02-18)
0101"Friend or Foe (The Sky-Soaring Super Man)"
"Ama kakeru no chō jin" (天駆ける超人)
Mayori SekijimaFebruary 25, 1992 (1992-02-25)
0202"Invasion (The Lonely Warrior)"
"Kodoku no Senshi" (孤独の戦士)
Satoru AkahoriMarch 3, 1992 (1992-03-03)
0303"Power of the Space Knights (The Defense Army's Ambition)"
"Bōeigun no yabō" (防衛軍の野望)
Nobuaki KishimaMarch 10, 1992 (1992-03-10)
0404"Falling Star (Senseless Desertion in the face of the enemy)"
"Riyūnaki tekizentōbō" (理由なき敵前逃亡)
Hiroyuki KawasakiMarch 17, 1992 (1992-03-17)
0505"Time's Up (Kill Me!)"
"Ore wo korose" (オレを殺せ)
Hiroyuki KawasakiMarch 24, 1992 (1992-03-24)
0606"Shattered Crystal (Tekk-set Impossible)"
"Tekkusetto funō" (テックセット不能)
Katsuhiko ChibaMarch 31, 1992 (1992-03-31)
0707"Teknobot (Launch of the Mobile Unit Pegas)"
"Kidōhei Pegasu Hasshin" (機動兵ペガス発進)
Seiko WatanabeApril 7, 1992 (1992-04-07)
0808"Snapshot (The Mysterious War Correspondent)"
"Nazo no Jūgunkisha" (謎の従軍記者)
Satoru AkahoriApril 14, 1992 (1992-04-14)
0909"Convoy (Rescue! The Jupiter Crew)"
"Kyūshutsu! Mokusei Kurū" (救出! 木星クルー)
Nobuaki KishimaApril 21, 1992 (1992-04-21)
1010"Bold Soldier Boy (A Lullaby Echoing in War)"
"Senka ni hibiku komori uta" (戦火に響く子守歌)
Hiroyuki KawasakiApril 28, 1992 (1992-04-28)
11"(The D-Boy File)"
"Dboui Fairu" (Dボウイファイル)
Satoru AkahoriMay 5, 1992 (1992-05-05)
1211"Brother Beware (The Red Horror, Evil)"
"Akai Senritsu Ebiru" (赤い戦慄エビル)
Katsuhiko ChibaMay 12, 1992 (1992-05-12)
1312"Sibling Rivalry (Brothers of Destiny)"
"Shukumei no Kyōdai" (宿命の兄弟)
Nobuaki KishimaMay 19, 1992 (1992-05-19)
1413"Family Feud (Demon Tied by Blood)"
"Chi wo waketa akuma" (血をわけた悪魔)
Seiko WatanabeMay 26, 1992 (1992-05-26)
1514"Saber Strike (The Evil Spirit Revives)"
"Majin yomikaeru" (魔神蘇る)
Satoru AkahoriJune 2, 1992 (1992-06-02)
1615"Spy Game (Portrait of Betrayal)"
"Uragiri no shōzō" (裏切りの肖像)
Satoru AkahoriJune 9, 1992 (1992-06-09)
1716"Sword and Steel (Savior of Steel)"
"Kōtetsu no Kyūseishu" (鋼鉄の救世主)
Nobuaki KishimaJune 16, 1992 (1992-06-16)
1817"The Visitor (The Price of Glory)"
"Eikōhe no daishō" (栄光への代償)
Nobuaki KishimaJune 23, 1992 (1992-06-23)
1918"Battleground (Warrior With a Closed Heart)"
"Kokoro tozashita Senshi" (心閉ざした戦士)
Seiko WatanabeJune 30, 1992 (1992-06-30)
2019"Resurrection (Resurrected! Transformation of Rage)"
"Fukkatsu! Ikari no Henshin" (復活! 怒りの変身)
Kuniaki YamashitaJuly 7, 1992 (1992-07-07)
2120"Mind Game (Premonition of Love and Death)"
"Ai to Shi no Yokan" (愛と死の予感)
Hiroyuki KawasakiJuly 14, 1992 (1992-07-14)
2221"Decision (Miyuki's Decision)"
"Miyuki no Ketsui" (ミユキの決意)
Kuniaki YamashitaJuly 21, 1992 (1992-07-21)
2322"Reunion (The Scarred Reunion)"
"Kizu darake no saikai" (傷だらけの再会)
Katsuhiko ChibaJuly 28, 1992 (1992-07-28)
2423"In the Beginning (The Torn-Open Past)"
"Hiki sakareta kako" (引き裂かれた過去)
Nobuaki KishimaAugust 4, 1992 (1992-08-04)
2524"Shara's Secret (New Demons)"
"Aratanaru Akuma" (新たなる悪魔)
Hiroyuki KawasakiAugust 11, 1992 (1992-08-11)
26"(Battle to the Death)"
"Shi wo kaketa tatakai" (死をかけた戦い)
Kuniaki YamashitaAugust 18, 1992 (1992-08-18)
2725"Forget Me Not (Legacy for the Survivors)"
"Nokorishi monohe no Isan" (残りし者への遺産)
Satoru AkahoriAugust 25, 1992 (1992-08-25)
2826"Chronicle (The White Majin)"
"Shiroi Majin" (白い魔人)
Satoru AkahoriSeptember 1, 1992 (1992-09-01)
2927"Red Saviour (A Bouquet of Flowers on the Battlefield)"
"Tatakai no noni Hanataba" (戦いの野に花束を)
Seiko WatanabeSeptember 8, 1992 (1992-09-08)
3028"Running on Empty (Traces of Father)"
"Chichi no Omokage" (父の面影)
Nobuaki KishimaSeptember 15, 1992 (1992-09-15)
3129"Tekno Trap (Town of Vengeance)"
"Fukushū no Machi" (復讐の街)
Kuniaki YamashitaSeptember 22, 1992 (1992-09-22)
3230"Lady in Waiting (The Girl Who Waits Impatiently)"
"Machiwabita Shōjo" (待ちわびた少女)
Katsuhiko ChibaSeptember 29, 1992 (1992-09-29)
3331"Reformation (Reunion in the Wilderness)"
"Kōya no Saikai" (荒野の再会)
Satoru AkahoriOctober 6, 1992 (1992-10-06)
34"(Brothers of Light and Shadow)"
"Hikari to Kage no Kyōdai" (光と影の兄弟)
Nobuaki KishimaOctober 13, 1992 (1992-10-13)
3532"Ax Trap (Enemy in the Fog)"
"Kiri no Naka no Teki" (霧の中の敵)
Kuniaki YamashitaOctober 20, 1992 (1992-10-20)
3633"Ax Attack (A Decisive Battle!! Axe)"
"Kessen!! Akkusu" (決戦!! アックス)
Seiko WatanabeOctober 27, 1992 (1992-10-27)
3734"On Ice (The Decayed Body)"
"Mushibamareta nikudai" (蝕まれた肉体)
Kuniaki YamashitaNovember 3, 1992 (1992-11-03)
38"(Labyrinth of Death)"
"Shihe no meikyū" (死への迷宮)
Katsuhiko ChibaNovember 10, 1992 (1992-11-10)
39"(Super Warrior Blaster)"
"Chō Senshi Burasutā" (超戦士ブラスター)
Nobuaki KishimaNovember 17, 1992 (1992-11-17)
40"(The Love and Struggle of Two People)"
"Ai to Tatakai no Ninin" (愛と戦いの二人)
Satoru AkahoriNovember 24, 1992 (1992-11-24)
4135"Fifty-Fifty (Evil, The Resurrected Devil)"
"Ebiru Yomikaeru Akuma" (エビル·蘇る悪魔)
Kuniaki YamashitaDecember 1, 1992 (1992-12-01)
4236"Evolution (Clash! The Old Red Enemy)"
"Gekitotsu! Akai Jukuteki" (激突! 赤い宿敵)
Satoru AkahoriDecember 8, 1992 (1992-12-08)
4337"Reflection (Bullet of Parting)"
"Ketsubetsu no jūdan" (訣別の銃弾)
Hiroyuki KawasakiDecember 15, 1992 (1992-12-15)
4438"Amnesia (The Approaching Darkness)"
"Semari kuru Yami" (迫り来る闇)
Nobuaki KishimaDecember 22, 1992 (1992-12-22)
4539"Metamorphosis (The Truth of the Invaders)"
"Shinjitsu no shinryakusha" (真実の侵略者)
Satoru AkahoriJanuary 5, 1993 (1993-01-05)
4640"Sword Strike (The House Where Time Stood Still)"
"Toki no tomatta ie" (時の止まった家)
Mayori SekijimaJanuary 12, 1993 (1993-01-12)
4741"Battle of the Space Ring (The Fate of Darkness and Death)"
"Yami to Shi no Unmei" (闇と死の運命)
Kuniaki YamashitaJanuary 19, 1993 (1993-01-19)
4842"Beginning of the End (Heroic! Evil Dies)"
"Sōretsu! Ebiru Shisu" (壮烈! エビル死す)
Satoru AkahoriJanuary 26, 1993 (1993-01-26)
4943"Final Battle (Life Burns Out)"
"Moetsukiru inochi" (燃えつきる命)
Mayori SekijimaFebruary 2, 1993 (1993-02-02)

Specials[edit]

These OVA specials were originally included in the Crystal Box laserdisc set and later included as special features for the DVD and Blu-Ray releases.

No. English title
Original Japanese title
Original air date
1"Burning Clock"
"Moeta Tokei" (燃えた時計)
May 6, 1998 (1998-05-06)
In his last moments before his death, Shinya's life is shown in a series of flashbacks, focusing on Shinya and Takaya's rivalry, Shinya's perceived place in the family, and how his mother died.
2"Twin Blood"May 6, 1998 (1998-05-06)
Tekkaman Blade and Evil's first battle is retold with different character designs than used in the series. Blade and Evil's Tekkaman forms have also been redesigned to have a more techno-organic feel to them. The new Tekkamen designs were provided by Yutaka Nakamura.
"Stage 0: Missing Link"
 (「MISSING-LINK」)
May 6, 1998 (1998-05-06)
A prequel to Tekkaman Blade II, showing events such as the beginning of the second Radam war, Aki's transformation into the Red Tekkaman, the Tekkaman Rebellion of Prague, and the restoration of Blade's crystal.

Tekkaman Blade II[edit]

Tekkaman Blade II (宇宙の騎士テッカマンブレードII, Uchu no Kishi Tekkaman Burēdo Tsū, lit. Space Knight Tekkaman Blade II ) is a six-episode original video animation (OVA) that was released in 1994 by Tatsunoko and serves as a sequel to the Tekkaman Blade anime series. The series was originally licensed by Urban Vision on VHS in 1998 and later released on DVD in 2001[5], before later being picked up by Discotek Media in 2012 for an uncut home-media release on DVD and Blu-Ray format, with English dubbing and subtitles as options.[6] The series aired on Starz Encore's Action Anime programming block in 1999.[7]

No. English title
Original Japanese title
Original air date[8]
1"Stage 1: The New Generation – Part 1" (Virgin Flush)
 (「VIRGIN-FLUSH」)
July 21, 1994 (1994-07-21)
The United Earth Fleet fights off another Radam invasion, but the Radam Tekkamen wipe out the fleet and send missiles to Earth. This causes errors during the Tekkaman conversion process for three new Space Knight cadets, and Yumi is given the Reactor Voltekka instead of Natasha. The Space Knights attack the Radam, but are overpowered. While attempting to help them, Yumi is unable to control the power of the Reactor Voltekka, which leads to a disaster.
2"Stage 1: The New Generation – Part 2" (Virgin Blood)
 (「VIRGIN-BLOOD」)
August 24, 1994 (1994-08-24)
Yumi goes through training in order to control the Reactor Voltekka. The Radam attack the Space Knights' HQ. The Space Knights hold back out of mercy for the enemy. Aki joins the fight and kills the Radam Tekkamen.
3"Stage 2: The Alien Intruder – Part 1" (Virgin Dream)
 (「VIRGIN-DREAM」)
September 21, 1994 (1994-09-21)
Blade reappears and destroys a group of Radam. Yumi contends with Aki for D-Boy's love.
4"Stage 2: The Alien Intruder – Part 2" (Dead-Boy)
 (「DEAD-BOY」)
February 22, 1995 (1995-02-22)
Dead End appears and defeats Blade in space. David tries to prevent this by attacking, but Dead End escapes.
5"Stage 3: Final Encounter – Part 1" (Dirty Night)
 (「DIRTY-NIGHT」)
March 24, 1995 (1995-03-24)
David befriends Dead and remembers the events of Black September. Noal is revealed to have been apprehended by the military police supporting the General. His ultimate fate is unknown.
6"Stage 3: Final Encounter – Part 2" (Dangerous Boys)
 (「DANGEROUS-BOYS」)
April 21, 1995 (1995-04-21)
Blade battles Dead in a final showdown.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1997). The Encyclopedia of Daytime Television. Watson-Guptill Publications. p. 425. ISBN 978-0823083152. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  2. ^ Macdonald, Christopher (2006-02-08). "More on Tekkaman Blade". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2015-07-19.
  3. ^ Komatsu, Mikikazu (November 19, 2015). ""Tekkaman Blade" Blu-ray Box to be Released in January 2016". Crunchyroll. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
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  7. ^ https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/1999-01-27/encore-announces-anime-block-on-action-channel
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