Tetsujin 28 Returns to Life in New Short Anime
Technically speaking, giant robots predated the Japanese pop culture’s depictions in modern manga, but the main difference is that they were originally depicted as destructive tools of evil mad scientists (think of evil, metallic versions of the Frankenstein monster or the Golems). One of the first ever stories to feature heroic giant robots is Mitsuteru Yokoyama’s 1956 manga and 1963 anime series Tetsujin 28.
There’s been an anime remake of Tetsujin 28 for every decade (except for the 70s), with the most recent one in the turn of the millennium, with Yasuhiro Imagawa at the helm. Now, we’re due for another remake via Tetsujin 28-gō Gao!, which is a series of animated shorts recasting the story of a boy detective and a war time weapon as a slice of life comedy. The series is slated for April.