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Tekkaman Blade

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

Tekkaman Blade is an anime series produced by Tatsunoko Production and Sotsu Agency, and was directed by Hiroshi Negishi.

In the year 2300 AD (2087 in the English dub), Earth is being attacked by an extraterrestrial enemy that is known as the Radam (Venomoid in the English dub). The Radam/Venomoid forces are made up of bug-like monsters, which are referred to as spider-crabs in the English dub. These monsters are led by armored soldiers that are known as Tekkamen (Teknomen in the English dub).

The Orbital Ring is a space station that was Earth's launch point into space before the alien invasion. This became the first human structure to be attacked and occupied by the enemy forces, and it now serves as a battleground between the two forces.

Leading the fight for the Earth are the Space Knights, who are led by Commander Heinrich Freeman (Commander Jamison in the English dub). The Space Knights include Noal (Ringo in the English dub), Aki (Star in the English dub), Milly (Tina in the English dub), Levin (Maggie in the English dub), and Honda (Mac in the English dub).

Noal/Ringo pilots the Blue Earth, a ship for the Space Knights, Aki/Star is the ship's navigator, Milly/Tina is the Communications Operator, Levin/Maggie is the computer mechanic, and Honda/Mac is a mechanic. The Space Knights haven't had any real success against the invaders, but things change with the arrival of a young man named Blade (Slade in the English dub). Blade/Slade has the ability to turn into an armored warrior known as Tekkaman Blade (Teknoman in the English dub).

Other Tekkamen/Teknomen lead the Radam/Venomoid forces. It turns out the Tekkamen/Teknomen were once ordinary humans who were captured by the enemy and transformed into the Tekkamen/Teknomen to help with the takeover of Earth. Blade/Slade is one of a small number of Tekkamen/Teknomen who escaped the enemy's brainwashing and fights to defend Earth.

I watched the first episode of the English dub that was produced by Saban. In the dub, there really isn't anything visually inappropriate for younger viewers. However, I have not had the opportunity to see the original Japanese version of the show, so I don't know what the differences are. Personally, I feel the English dub can be watched by anime viewers who are seven or eight years of age and older; however, it should be noted that the English dub does include some rather cringe-inducing dialogue.


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Tekkaman Blade491992-1993Hiroshi NegishiTatsunoko Production/Sotsu AgencyMedia Blasters
Tekkaman Blade II61994Hideki TonokatsuTatsunoko ProductionUrban Vision
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