Monday, May 21, 2012
MISC. MANGA, *Venger Robo
Set about a few years after the original enemy of the Dinosaur Kingdom was wiped out, a new threat emerges known as the Metal Beasts. To counter this, an advanced class of Getter Robots is created. The problem though is finding pilots who can physically handle the pressure of piloting one of them. The government recruits mean-ass street fighter Go Ichimon, swordsman Gai Daidou(not the dude from Gekinganger), and the stereotypical professor’s daughter, Sho Tachibana. They go on to form the new Getter Team, and fight the evil machinations of Prof. Rando and his beasts.
Getter Robo creator Go Nagai wrote this, and it was drawn by Ken Ishikawa who co-created Getter Robo along with Nagai. Ishikawa has also done manga adaptations of Ultraman, Ninja Resurrection, Samurai Showdown, and Super Robot Wars. His style is very gritty and appealing for fans of hardcore shonen anime. Viz released this as a 7-issue comic book series, although no collected edition has ever been done. Possibly because the market for mecha manga is very small as compared to animated and live-action.