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UFO Robot Grendizer
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(Y?f? Robo Gurendaiz?)
Written byGo Nagai
Published byKodansha
MagazineTV Magazine
Original run -
Written byGo Nagai
Illustrated byGosaku Ota
Published byAkita Shoten
MagazineBoken Oh
Original run -
Written byGo Nagai
Illustrated byEiji Imamichi
Published byTokuma Shoten
MagazineTV Land
Original run -
Anime television series
Directed byTomoharu Katsumata
Written byGo Nagai
Music byShunsuke Kikuchi
StudioToei Doga, Dynamic Planning
Original networkFuji TV
Original run -
Anime film
Directed byYoichi Kominato
Produced byMasahisa Saeki
Written byShozo Uehara
Music byShunsuke Kikuchi
StudioToei Doga
ReleasedDecember 20, 1975
Runtime24 minutes
Written byGo Nagai
Illustrated byYu Okazaki
Published byKodansha
MagazineTV Magazine
Original run -
Anime film
UFO Robot Grendizer: Akai Yuuhi no Taiketsu
Directed byTokiji Kaburaki
Produced byChiaki Imada
Written byTatsuo Tamura
Music byShunsuke Kikuchi
StudioToei Doga
ReleasedDecember 19, 1976
Runtime24 minutes
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UFO Robot Grendizer (UFO ?, Y?f? Robo Gurendaiz?), also known as Force Five: Grandizer in the United States, is a Japanese Super Robot anime television series and manga created by manga artist Go Nagai. It is the third entry in the Mazinger trilogy. The anime television series was produced by Toei Doga and Dynamic Planning and broadcast on Fuji TV from October 5, 1975, to February 27, 1977, and lasted 74 episodes.[1][2] The robot's first appearance in the United States was as a part of the Shogun Warriors line of super robot toys imported in the late 1970s by Mattel, then in Jim Terry's Force Five series, both under the title Grandizer. It is still widely popular in the Middle East, and it was especially popular in France and Quebec, as well as among French speaking Canadians in the province of New Brunswick, where it was aired under the title Goldorak. It was also very popular in Italy, where it was aired under the title Goldrake, starting in 1978.


The Vega homeworld has become unstable due to the exploiting of Vegatron, a powerful radioactive ore. Seeking to expand his militaristic empire and find a substitute planet to settle upon, the ruthless King Vega unleashes his armies--composed of flying saucers and giant robotic monsters--and turns first against neighbors such as Fleed, a highly advanced but peaceful world. In a tragically ironic twist, the invaders' blitzkrieg turns against them: the once verdant, idyllic Fleed is turned into a radioactive wasteland. Too late, the only known survivor of the royal family, the Crown Prince Duke Fleed, manages to steal the Grendizer, the robotic embodiment of the Fleedian God of War, from the Vegan invaders who plan to use it to spearhead their invasion fleet. Grendizer is a giant monster robot that interfaces with Spacer (Spaizer), a flying saucer that enables the robot to fly.

Fleeing Vegan space by flying at faster than light speed, the Duke enters our solar system and switches course to Earth, making a rough landing in Japan, on the slopes of Mount Fuji. He is befriended by Doctor Umon, a noted scientist who oversees a research laboratory called the Space Science Lab near a small ranch. The kindly Umon takes in the young humanoid alien as his son, under the assumed name of Daisuke, and assists him in hiding Grendizer. Taking the name Daisuke Umon, Duke Fleed works at the ranch run by Danbei Makiba (based on Abashiri Daemon of Go Nagai's manga Abashiri Ikka).

Roughly two years later, Koji Kabuto, after studying abroad, returns to Japan in a flying saucer he personally designed and built, called the TFO. He heads to the Space Science Lab after hearing of multiple sightings of "flying saucers". He plans to contact the aliens if possible and make peace with them. Daisuke, however, scoffs at the notion and fears that these aliens, the Vegans, led by generals Blaki and Gandal, are preparing to attack Earth. Koji ignores his warnings and flies out to meet the incoming saucers, only to discover the horrible truth. In order to save Koji and protect his adoptive homeworld from destruction, Daisuke is forced to return to his true identity as Duke Fleed. He unearths Grendizer from its hiding place under the lab and sets off to fight his enemies.

The Vegans establish a base on the far side of the Moon and start to attack Earth from there. Koji discovers Duke Fleed's true identity and their bitter rivalry soon turns to friendship. The daughter of Danbei Makiba, Hikaru, also discovers Daisuke's secret and becomes a pilot in order to assist him despite his objections. Later on, it is revealed that there were two more survivors from planet Fleed: Duke's younger sister Maria Grace Fleed and a man who had rescued her and fled to Earth, raising her under the guise of her grandfather. Caught in a crossfire between Grendizer and a Vegan beast, he reveals to Maria that she is the last survivor of the royal family of Fleed (under the belief that Duke was killed) before dying from his wounds. Maria swears revenge on Grendizer and its pilot. She tries to ambush Duke, Koji and Hikaru at the Space Science Lab, but the fight is short. Maria's attacks bring Duke's necklace (which is the same as the one she wore) into view and the truth is revealed. The lost siblings are reunited at last and Maria becomes the last addition to the team.

As the conflict nears its end, it is shown that Duke Fleed was engaged to King Vega's daughter, Princess Rubina, prior to the attack on Fleed. When Rubina discovers that planet Fleed is no longer polluted with Vegatron radiation and that her fiancé is alive and well, she rushes to Earth to bring him the good news. Unfortunately, one of King Vega's generals uses this opportunity to ambush Duke Fleed, and Rubina is killed when she takes a shot aimed at Duke. This makes Duke even more determined to wipe out the Vegan menace once and for all.

King Vega decides to gather his remaining forces and make an all-out attack on Earth, destroying the Moon Base to coax his troops into fighting to the end and finally succeed in invading Earth and taking it as their new home planet. Duke and company go out to intercept them in Grendizer and the newly designed space combat Spazers. After a fierce battle, they finally manage to destroy the Vegan mother ship along with King Vega himself. Soon afterwards, Duke and Maria bid a tearful farewell to Earth and their friends and return to help reconstruct planet Fleed.


# Air date Title Saucer Beast/Vega Monster
1 10/5/1975 (Koji Kabuto and Duke Fleed) (Saucer Beast Girugiru)
2 10/12/1975 ! ? (Ah! My Land That Was So Green) (Saucer Beast Gamegame)
3 10/19/1975 (Crisis Approaches Makiba Ranch) (Saucer Beast Barubaru)
4 10/26/1975 (Young Blood Burning Crimson) (Saucer Beast Gorugoru)
5 11/2/1975 ? (Flames of Love Dyed In The Sunset) (Saucer Beast Domudomu)
6 11/9/1975 ? (Fighting Spirit Kills The Sky) (Saucer Beast Damudamu)
7 11/16/1975 (Even If It Costs My Life!) & (Saucer Beasts Gingin & Fuifui)
8 11/23/1975 ? (The Warm, Green Earth) (Saucer Beast Darudaru)
9 11/30/1975 (Beyond Unforgiven Anger) (Saucer Beast Jirujiru)
10 12/7/1975 ? (Longing Beyond The Stars) (Saucer Beast Guriguri)
11 12/14/1975 !! (The Demon In The Black Sun!!) (Saucer Beast Baribari)
12 12/21/1975 (The Girl Across The Rainbow Bridge) (Saucer Beast Ganigani)
13 12/28/1975 (Grendizer Under Fire) (Saucer Beast Gerugeru)
14 1/4/1976 !! (Boss Borot Is Here!!) (Saucer Beast Doridori)
15 1/11/1976 (A Letter To My Mother, Far, Far Away) (Saucer Beast Garugaru)
16 1/18/1976 ? (Here, A Bell Resonates With Love) (Saucer Beast Furufuru)
17 1/25/1976 ! (Save A Tiny Life!) (Saucer Beast Gibagiba)
18 2/1/1976 ! 7 (Launch! Secret Route 7) (Saucer Beast Gadegade)
19 2/8/1976 ! (The Terrifying Aerolight!) (Saucer Beast Gozugozu)
20 2/15/1976 (The Desperate Snowbound Escape Operation) (Saucer Beast Bedobedo)
21 2/22/1976 ! ? (Decisive Battle! The Shining Aurora) (Saucer Beast Gedogedo)
22 2/29/1976 (The Courage Of A Single Flower) (Saucer Beast Girogiro)
23 3/7/1976 (Hikaru's Screaming Torrent) (Saucer Beast Gisugisu)
24 3/14/1976 ! (Watch Out, Duke Fleed!) (Saucer Beast Dogudogu)
25 3/21/1976 (The Flower of Love Shines In Space) (Saucer Beast Daridari)
Movie 3/20/1976 Grendizer vs. Great Mazinger Jinji/Gubigubi/Koakoa
26 3/28/1976 ! (Skullmoon: Full Mobilization!) , ? & ? (Saucer Beasts Uruuru, Gidogido & Hadohado)
27 4/4/1976 ! ? (Onslaught! Grendizer) & ? (Saucer Beasts Uruuru & Hadohado)
28 4/11/1976 ? (The Devil's Bell Tolls At Midnight) (Saucer Beast Beruberu)
29 4/18/1976 ! (Farewell, My Friend In Space!) (Saucer Beast Deradera)
30 4/25/1976 (The Ballad Of A Red Scar) (Saucer Beast Godagoda)
31 5/2/1976 ! (A Flower Blooms In The Sky! Boss' Friendship) (Saucer Beast Rairai)
32 5/9/1976 ?! (Shoot At Your Mother!) (Saucer Beast Zauzau)
33 5/16/1976 ! (Sure Kill! The Mutant's End) (Saucer Beast Zarizari)
34 5/23/1976 ? (The Wolf's Tears Are Falling Stars) & ? (Saucer Beasts Gomegome & Gongon)
35 5/30/1976 ! (Fly! Double Spazer) (Saucer Beast Bunbun)
36 6/6/1976 ! (An Oath To The Blazing Skies!) (Saucer Beast Jirajira)
37 6/13/1976 ! (Bet Everything On The Wings Of Life!) (Saucer Beast Gangan)
38 6/20/1976 ! (Hikaru, The Engagement of Tears) (Saucer Beast Doidoi)
39 6/27/1976 ! (Surprise Attack! The Assault Troops of Planet Vega) (Saucer Beast Ullaulla)
40 7/4/1976 !? (Clash! The Fiery Ocean) (Saucer Beast Buibui)
41 7/11/1976 ! (Marine Spazer, Intervene!) (Saucer Beast Gamogamo)
42 7/18/1976 ! (Crisis! The Research Institute To The Rescue!) (Saucer Beast Gaugau)
43 7/25/1976 ?! ? (Meteor At The Lonely Isle!) (Saucer Beast Gumegume)
44 8/1/1976 ?! (Festival Night! Here Comes The Disc-Robot) (Saucer Beast Dozudozu)
45 8/8/1976 ! (Fire Up! The Drill Spazer) (Saucer Beast Godogodo), ? (Vega Star Ants)
46 8/15/1976 !! (The Sharks Falling From The Sky!!) (Saucer Beast Garigari)
47 8/22/1976 ?! (The Lake Erupts The Hell-Fire!) (Saucer Beast Gadogado)
48 8/29/1976 ! (The Demon In The Earth's Depths) (Saucer Beast Dakudaku)
49 9/5/1976 ! (I Saw My Big Brother In The Crimson Sunset!) (Saucer Beast Dekideki)
50 9/12/1976 !! (Murder!! Eliminate Koji Kabuto!) (Saucer Beast Fubifubi)
51 9/19/1976 !! ? (It's Coming!! The Demon's Star) (Saucer Beast Garegare)
52 9/26/1976 ! (The Massive Shift of The Vegan Army!) (Saucer Beast Guruguru), (Saucer Beast Domodomo), (Vega Monster King Gori)
53 10/3/1976 ! (The Desperate Fight! Defeat King Gori) (Vega Monster King Gori)
54 10/10/1976 ?! ? (Mysterious Terror! The Ocean Trench of Japan) (Vega Monster Banibani)
55 10/17/1976 ! (Assault! The Mysterious Sinister Spheres) (Vega Monster Guregure)
56 10/24/1976 ! (The Warning of the Fake Scientist) (Vega Monster Daidai), (Vega Monster Zamizami)
57 10/31/1976 ! (Roar! My Monster) (Vega Monster Budobudo)
58 11/07/1976 ?! (Grendizer, The Demon!) (Vega Monster Benibeni)/ (False Grendizer)
59 11/14/1976 ! ? (Ha! The Boy Commands) (Vega Monster Dakidaki)
60 11/21/1976 !! (Tokyo Tower, 7PM: Explosion!) (Vega Monster Zunezune)
61 11/28/1976 ! (The Great Spy Strategy!) (Vega Monster Guwaguwa)
62 12/5/1976 ! (Tremble! The Day of Cygnus has come) (Vega Monster Goegoe)
63 12/12/1976 ? (Kirika, the young girl that disappeared in the snow) (Vega Monster Zumezume)
64 12/19/1976 ?! (Five minutes before Tokyo's total destruction!) (Vega Monster Gudogudo)
65 12/26/1976 ?! (Koji Kabuto's Single Match) (Vega Monster Zasuzasu)
66 1/2/1977 ?400M(?)! (Undersea Base of Death - 400 M!) (Vega Monster Waguwagu)
67 1/9/1977 (Suicidal Explosion of the Undersea Base) (Vega Monster Ebeebe), (Vega Monster Raguragu)
68 1/16/1977 (Maria in the Blizzard) (Vega Monster Buebue)
69 1/23/1977 (Father Offers an Aurora of Love) (Vega Monster Gaigai)
70 1/30/1977 ? (Tears from the deep of the heart) (Vega Monster Gabigabi)
71 2/6/1977 ? (Tragedy of Elite Bodyguard Mors) (Vega Monster Jigajiga)
72 2/13/1977 (Our so-distant home star) None
73 2/20/1977 (In the name of the beautiful Earth) (Vega Monster Gragra)
74 2/27/1977 ! ? (Shine forever! The two stars) (Vega Monster Gragra)

DVD releases

The licensed dubbed version for some French-speaking countries was officially announced in 2006. In 2005, a major crisis led Toei to take legal actions against DVD customers, all French megastores, and two major French anime publishers in France, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland and Luxembourg. The crisis started with the official release of unlicensed Goldorak DVD by Manga Distribution and Déclic Image websites and on eBay. By November 28, 2005 the Manga Distribution and Déclic Images publishers were sentenced to pay EUR7,200,000 to Toei and Dynamic Planning for selling unlicensed DVD boxset.[3][4]

As of 2013, following an agreement with Toei, an official, "fully remastered and uncensored" DVD release of the complete series is available on the French market, and the series is aired on Mangas TV.[5]

Production information and staff


Dynamic Superobot Wars and Dynamic Heroes

UFO Robot Grendizer returns in 2002 in the 6th chapter of "Dynamic Superobot Wars" and in 2004 in Dynamic Heroes (, Dainamikku Hîrôzu)--also known as Nagai Go Manga Gaiden--Dynamic Heroes ( , Nagai Gô Manga Gaiden Dainamikku Hîrôzu) and as Go Nagai Manga Heroes Crossover Collection--Dynamic Heroes, a Japanese manga based in several works of Go Nagai, including most of his most famous robots, such as Mazinger Z, Getter Robot and Great Mazinger. It was originally published as a monthly manga magazine e-manga from Kodansha, from June 2004 to July 2007.

See also


  1. ^ a b "UFO Robot Grendizer - Toei Animation" (in Japanese). Toei Animation. Retrieved 2009.
  2. ^ a b "UFO Robot Grendizer (1975's anime television series) -". animemorial. Retrieved 2009.
  3. ^ "Toei Animation And Dynamic Planning Wins!!". Toei Animation. November 28, 2005. Archived from the original on December 7, 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  4. ^ "Goldorak DVD Animation Box". Toei Animation. Archived from the original on October 26, 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "UFO Robot Grendizer - allcinema" (in Japanese). Japan: Stingray. Retrieved 2009.
  7. ^ "Goldrake credits - Enciclo'Robopedia" (in Italian). Italy: Enciclo'Robopedia. Retrieved 2009.
  8. ^ "Goldrake, I Doppiatori della serie Giapponese - Enciclo'Robopedia" (in Italian). Italy: Enciclo'Robopedia. Retrieved 2009.

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