I found this video with the first 10 minutes of one episode of the 26 made of the great tokusatsu series called Robot Keiji K (Robot Detective K):
It starts in every aspect as a typically tokusatsu intro: the bombastic music, the heroic singing together with all the action shots and poses. It starts with the futuristic looking rocketcar and squeeling tires and the robot stepping out and flashing the series title with its eye! 😀
In every way this Robot Keiji K looks like an English dandy when stepping out of that car. What was the purpose of that? To make him look like a gay robot? I can’t imagine the production company (Toei Company Ltd) going for that image in 1972… Maybe they wanted to make him look like a good guy this way? Are all good guys looking like English dandies during the 70s?
Also the car looks great: a modified Fairlady Z S30 modified to an estate with gullwing doors and rockets. Who ever thought gullwing doors look bad on Japanese sportscars anyway?
The special effects look awesome! Like someone drew them with a big white marker on the filmroll! And that clay animation of the bad robot catching the Crown MS50 is amazing! Not to mention bump-flying the rocket car into a baloon! 😀
And it has got a great storyline, to quote Wikipedia:
The hero of this series is a robot named “Robot Detective K” (or just “K”), who has no human form, but when not in battle, dresses up in human clothes and has a human-like personality
Also looking at this small part makes me suspect both Paul Verhoeven and Robert Zemeckis stole some of their greatest ideas from this series! Paul Verhoeven clearly shaped his Robocop after Robot Keiji K and Robert Zemeckis copied the idea of flying sportscars when he created Back to the Future! However in Robocop the robot with a human brain while Robot Keiji K is fully a robot without any emotion. And the flying Delorean was less impressive than travelling back in time…
Anyway: I want MORE! 😀 😀
Anyone got more episodes of this great series?