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Giant Robot Mikazuki
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Number of episodes: 6
First episode: First Night: The Mysterious Giant, Mikazuki, Appears
Last episode: {{{last-ep}}}
Original airing: October 23, 2000 - March 24, 2001

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Tekkouki Mikazuki (鉄甲機ミカヅキ Tekkōki Mikazuki, lit. "Ironclad Machine Mikazuki") is a tokusatsu drama produced by Media Factory, where all six episodes were broadcast on Fuji TV from October 23, 2000 to March 24, 2001.

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Basically, it was broadcast once a month, and the broadcast date and time differed depending on the region.The production cost was 1 billion yen, and a huge amount of money was put in for TV works.

Overnight episode was originally planned as a movie work[1], and was produced over a year with a staff of over 500 people in total[2].

The DVD has a 5.1-channel surround sound design, and the director Keita Amemiya calls it "Sound of Tokusatsu" (音の特撮 Oto no Tokusatsu)[3]. Also, the screen aspect ratio was standard size for TV broadcasting, but it was produced assuming Vista size for shooting, and Amemiya states that the DVD version recorded in Vista size is the composition intended for the production[3].

Plot Summary[edit | edit source]

Shortly after the birth of the universe, the world was dominated by the "Gaira State" (ガイラの国 Gaira no Kuni), which controls the spiritual world. The king, Torupa, kept his desire for "Uterus" (ウテルス Uterusu), which embodies his feelings, but Mikazuki was present to prevent the runaway of Uterus.

And billions of years later, Mikazuki and mysterious Uterus are discovered from ancient ruins in Central Asia. Torupa, who has revived to the present, destroys the city by manipulating Watermelon Idom, a monster that embodies the thought of a boy, Kazeo Isurugi. On the other hand, Kazeo decided to control AIT and Mikazuki, who were organized as a repulsion unit for Idom, to fight against Idom. And Akane Hino, the president of the high school girls of the private company "Akebono Heavy Industries" (あけぼの重工 Akebono Jūkō), who builds the robot Gekkoki for Idom and sells it to AIT, confronts it.

Episodes[edit | edit source]

  1. First Night: The Mysterious Giant, Mikazuki, Appears
  2. Second Night: The Door That Wouldn't Open
  3. Third Night: Fly Mikazuki, from Zero to Gai!
  4. Fourth Night: New Giant Shingetsu, Arise!
  5. Fifth Night: Serious Fight! Mikazuki vs. Shingetsu
  6. Sixth Night: Forever Mikazuki

Related Show

Mecha[edit | edit source]

  • Mikazuki (Zero)
    • Mikazuki Gai
  • Shingetsu
    • Tai-Gyoku-Ten
    • Shingetsu Beast
  • Gekkoki's
    • Gekkoki Shogo
    • Gekkoki Nigo
    • Gekkoki Sango
    • Gekkoki Yongo
    • Gekkoki Gogo
  • Spartacus TC

Characters[edit | edit source]

AIT (Annihilate Idea-monster Tacklers)[edit | edit source]

Akebono Heavy Industries[edit | edit source]

  • Akane Hino - pilot of the Gekkoki's
  • Kanie Hino
  • Senkichi Hanayama
  • Shinpei Hirose

Sigmadroid Co.[edit | edit source]

  • Prof. Lovelock
  • Lovelock's Secretary

Z-ONE (Zellion-Object Notional Examination)[edit | edit source]

  • Tetsuro Isurugi
  • Tomoko Isurugi
  • Wataru Yusa
  • Yukiko Kusaka

Other[edit | edit source]

  • Nana Asada
  • Setsuko Takashima
  • Kaiga Mibu
  • Minoru Kasuga
  • Reika

Gaira World[edit | edit source]

Idom[edit | edit source]

Cast[edit | edit source]

  • Kazeo Isurugi (岩動 風雄) - Yūta Takayanagi (高柳 勇太)
  • Akane Hino (火野 アカネ) - Saori Nara (奈良 沙緒理)
  • Yuki Ninomiya (二宮 ユキ) - Fumina Hara (原 史奈)
  • Kunio Doihara (土肥原 邦夫) - Yukijirō Hotaru (螢 雪次朗)
  • Isamu Kiba (木場 勇) - Noboru Takachi (高知 東生)
  • Masato Kaneshiro (金城 正人) - Hideki Okada (岡田 秀樹)
  • Saori Izumi (和泉 沙織) - Saya Matsuoka (松丘 小椰)
  • Yukiko Kusaka (日下 有希子) - Yasuyo Shirashima (白島 靖代)
  • Tetsuro Isurugi (岩動 哲朗) - Tetta Sugimoto (杉本 哲太)
  • Tomoko Isurugi (岩動 朋子) - Saki Takaoka (高岡 早紀)
  • Kazeo Isurugi (age 5) (岩動 風雄 (5歳時)) - Ryūnosuke Kamiki (神木 隆之介)
  • Nana Asada (麻田 ナナ) - Yuka Noguchi (野口 由佳)
  • Torupa (トルパ) - Akira Koieyama (小家山 晃)
  • Zame (ザメ) - A.W.Kyōko (A・W杏子)
  • Luna (ルナ) - Sayaka Yoshino (吉野 紗香)

Staff[edit | edit source]

  • Original creator & Director - Keita Amemiya (雨宮 慶太)
  • Screenwriter - Toshiki Inoue (井上 敏樹)
  • Executive producer - Tetsu Kayama (香山 哲)
  • Producers - Satoshi Akamatsu (赤松 智), Satoru Ogura (小椋 悟)
  • Assistant director - Noboru Takemoto (竹本 昇)
  • Cinematographer - Shinji Tomita (富田 伸二)
  • Composer - Hikaru Nanase (七瀬 光)

Music[edit | edit source]

Opening theme
Crescent Moon (クレセント・ムーン kuresento mūn)
Lyrics: Don Dokken
Composition: Hatake (はたけ)
Artist: Mikazuki Tekkōdan (ミカヅキ鉄甲団)
Guitar - Hatake
Guitar - Paul Gilbert
Bass - Tony Franklin
Drums - Chris Frazier
Keyboards - Edward Roth
Vocal - Don Dokken
Ending theme
Lost Memories (ロスト・メモリーズ rosuto memorīzu)
Lyrics & Composition: Kōji Iwakawa (岩川浩ニ)
Artist: Mikazuki Tekkōdan (ミカヅキ鉄甲団)
Guitar - Hatake
Guitar - Paul Gilbert
Bass - Tony Franklin
Drums - Chris Frazier
Hammond - Edward Roth
Guitar - Kōji Iwakawa
Guitar - Richie Kotzen
Key - Timothy Drury
Strings - Eric Gorfain
Vocal - Fumina Hara (原史奈)
Insert theme
Oozora (大空)
Composition: Keita Shiina (椎名KAY太)
Arrangement: Yūko Fukushima (福島祐子)

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • While Keita Amemiya himself has not confirmed this, this series seems to be inspired by the works of Mitsuteru Yokoyama, as it shares a few of the tropes of shows such as Tetsujin-28 and Giant Robo.
    • The story centers around a kid who controls a giant robot: (Shotaro Kaneda with Tetsujin-28, Daisaku Kusama with Giant Robo, Kazeo Isurugi with Mikazuki).
    • The robots battle enemies that have some connection to it.
    • All three robots are brawler types, using non-weapon based finishing moves such as punches and kicks as their primary attacks.
  • The TV show's production was very expensive, costing over ¥1,000,000,000 (over $9,000,000 US). This is the result of using heavy amounts of CGI (which was still a fairly new and expensive concept for TV at the time) elaborate costume and set designs and a slow production schedule, airing one episode each month.

External Links[edit | edit source]

  • Media Factory. (2000). Mikazuki Project "Tekkouki Mikazuki Official Visual Book". p. 54, Masami Yamada "Position of "Tekkouki Mikazuki" in the history of Japanese tokusatsu". ISBN 4-8401-0203-1.
  • Media Factory. (2000). Mikazuki Project "Tekkouki Mikazuki Official Visual Book". p. 49, Chijō Akamatsu "Greetings from the Producer". ISBN 4-8401-0203-1.
  • 3.0 3.1 Media Factory. (2001). Mikazuki Project "Tekkouki Mikazuki Official Visual Book 2". p. 81, "Keita Amemiya, Talking". ISBN 4-8401-0279-1.
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