Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Choudenji Robo Combattler V
I have been using Combattler V in my SRW games that feature this guy like Alpha Series or J. While i prefer Voltes V since Kenichi racked more kill counts than Hyoma, i thought about paying this series a respect by watching original tv series. As i expected for a 70-80s Mecha series which was made mainly for selling toys, Combattler V was mediocre as Storytelling media but certainly the Robot is memorable especially with the Crotch Missile. Combattler V uses Monster of the Week formula for its episodes where the Combattler V team fight a new monster each time and won through hair's breath. I think the series tried to make something different early in the series but proceed to the generic route for robot series in this time. While the story is pretty generic, the series got a cool rival named Garuda for Protagonist at the first half of the series at very least and i didn't expect Hyouma lost its arm really early in the story. What puzzle me the most with these 70s-80s Robot Show that most of them feature stupid annoying kids for some reason as the sidekicks for the protagonist.
In my opinion Combattler V did have significant influence on Super Sentai. While the series doesn't focus on infantry combats, the Combattler V robot sure fit the regular trope of Super Sentai's megazord where 5 machines combined to form a Giant Robot. Considering Toei is behind this series and do Tokusatsu as well, i think my wild guess that Combattler V sets up some of trends for Super Sentai is not too far off. With one of the Nagahama Trilogy finished, i will give the rest a watch though it would be a while for Daimos since i can't find the complete series. I doubt the series will get a reboot considering the present market condition but if it ever got one it will look the videos below which Garuda is quite a bishie.