This country has a wonderful love affair with Super Robots. Considering the fact that Ferdinand Marcos put a stop to that during his regime, it’s a bit ridiculous to see people who never went through Martial Law clamoring for a return to those days while happily sharing how awesome the latest season of Gundam Wing is.
That being said, with decades upon decades of Super Robots that we know and love, here are some of the most memorable of the lot, for various reasons.
This is the Super Robot that launched the genre, Gigantor, also known as Tetsujin-28 Go, was based on a 1950’s manga that became a series in the 1960’s. It featured a child remote-controlling a robot, as opposed to the normal human pilots inside the robot that we have come to know and love.
With its Western theme and great animation (for its time), Saber Rider was perhaps better served by its Westernization than any other anime that has been edited for Western consumption. The dynamic between the (technically) multicultural lead characters in the series probably rivaled only our #1 entry in terms of complexity.
Speed Racer might not come across as a Super Robot, but when you think about it, the Mach 5 should, for all intents and purposes, count as a Super Robot, even if it’s only car-sized. It fits all the other checkboxes of the genre.
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.
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.