4. Mazinger Z
Airing from 1972 to 1974, Mazinger Z holds the distinction of being the first ever Super Robot piloted by a human from the inside. With its exciting arsenal of weaponry and its fearsome look, Mazinger Z easily captures the imagination of any child laying eyes on a Super Robot for the first time.
Ah, yes. Grendizer. As the third entry in the Mazinger trilogy (the way it was incorporated for Western consumption), this often-overlooked masterpiece may not strike the same chord as most of the other entries here, but stands out for being the one entry in the Mazinger canon that featured a robot that wasn’t based from Earth.
And now, we get to the second most famous Super Robot for Filipinos, thanks to the Romeo-Juliet love affair between the two leads, Richard and Erika. Daimos, along with the #1 entry, both entries in the Robot Romance Trilogy, evolved the Super Robot genre from merely becoming a monster-of-the-week affair with little to no character development to the feels powerhouse it is now recognized to be.
1. Voltes V
Voltes V, bar none other anime, Super Robot or otherwise, has probably left the biggest cultural imprint on Filipino audiences, with only Dragonball Z and Yuu Yuu Hakusho possibly disputing that claim. From the theme song (with its English version actually sung by Nanette Inventor) to its non-stop action to the fact that Zandra’s unrequited feelings for Prince Zardoz was the original “friendzone” before “friendzone” was ever a thing, Voltes V had it all, and then some.
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