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Anime Profile: Tekkaman the Space Knight

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Title
Tekkaman the Space Knight Uchuu no Kisi Tekkaman("Space Knight Tekkaman") Tekkaman the Space Knight
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  Space Knight Tekkaman
Released
13 TV episodes 26 TV episodes
Dates
1984–1985 July 2, 1975–Dec. 24, 1975
Company
William Winckler Prod. Tatsunoko Prod.
Creator
  Kenji Yoshida, Ippei Kuri
Director
  Hiroshi Sasagawa, Hisayuki Toriumi
Genre
   
Related
Teknoman Uchu no Kishi Tekkaman Blade
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Tekkman Blade II Uchu no Kishi Tekkaman Blade II
Characters
Andro  
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Anime Characters: Tekkaman the Space Knight

English Name
Japanese Name
English Name
Japanese Name
Andro --?-- Emperor Devoral --?--
Barry Galager Joji Minami Mutan --?--
Commander Randrox --?-- Patricia Richardson Hiromi Amachi
Dr. Edward Richardson Hiromi's father The Narrator --?--

Anime Description: Tekkaman the Space Knight

Tekkaman is just an average bright boy in his everyday life. However, modern science can turn him into a mighty space warrior. This becomes a reality when aggressive aliens come from space to invade our planet. Armed with a space lance, Tekkaman gallantly goes into action against the grotesque space creatures. During his battles he encounters a mysterious young man from another planet who helps him out whenever he is in danger.

Released in the mid 1980's, Tekkaman the Space Knight received excellent ratings on television in the U.S. and generated lots of positive fan mail. As syndication sales grew, television was suddenly bombarded with toy-driven "robot series" including "Voltron," "The Transformers," "Go-Bots," "Robotech," "Silverhawks," and more. This flood of bartered ("free") programs, all produced by large multi-million dollar corporations, destroyed future sales of Tekkaman (regardless of the good ratings) because at the time William Winckler Productions was a small independent company without a major toy company behind it.

Over forty-thousand original Tekkaman the Space Knight VHS video cassettes were successfully sold throughout the U.S. to major retail stores by Congress Video Group (the largest video distributer at the time), and later by L.D. Video. Congress Video sold half-hour episodes, whereas L.D. Video sold the two 96-minute movie compilations.

Winckler attempted to stay as true to the original Japanese series as possible, doing as little editing of violence as possible, and leaving all the original Japanese music and sound effects in. This was very unusual at the time, considering how show's like "Gatchaman"/"Battle of the Planets" were handled. In fact, at the time, Ted Turner was considering buying Tekkaman for his giant cable network, but turned the show down due to the heavy battle scenes.

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