Robotto Keiji (Robot Detective) ran from April 05, 1973 through September 27, 1973, twenty-six episodes and a movie. The movie was just a review of the television episodes.
Produced by Hirayama, T˘ru
Music by Kikuchi, Shunsuke
Robot Detective K
Robot Detective K (battle mode)
Robot Detective K (voice)
Detective Shinj˘, Go
Chief Inspector Shiba, Daiz˘
Like the jinzo ningen (androids) Kikaida and Kikaida 01, Robot Detective K could register emotion. Normally his eyes were yellow but when sad they would turn blue. When angry his eyes would turn red, this always happend before going into combat. In "Blow Up" mode his eyes would turn silver and body would turn red.
Unlike the jinzo ningen (Kikaida, Kikaida 01, Hakaida, Bijinda) K did not have a human form, but "disguised" himself with yellow hat, red jacket, white pants, yellow gloves and boots. Before entering combat K would remove his hat and jacket to reveal his true form. As he twirled the jacket his shirt and pants would be rolled up in it. K would then toss his clothes aside, his eyes would turn red and he would shout "Go!"
It wasn't always shown but the large K would flash, apparently to indicate he was fully charged, before he would use the gun, hidden in his chest, to blow up the evil robots.
In episode 22 K is upgraded so that he can "Blow Up". In "Blow Up" mode his eyes turn silver, his body turns red, 3 guns appear out of his head and two missiles from his shoulders. The weapons in his head and shoulders can slide back inside when not needed. In this form K can also use a machine gun or a drill, either worn on his right hand. K's red armor was superior to his blue armor, even missiles could not pierce the red armor.
Robot Detective K drove a car, which could fly, called Joker.
Robot Detective K was originally going to be Robot Detective J (for Japan). His car was J Car.
Whenever Robot Detective K was damaged he called for his "Mother" (a giant, mobile fortress) to repair him.
K's creator Saori lives inside "Mother". She's made K to fight the Bad˘ robots, built by her brother, Kirishima.
At first Chief Inspector Shiba, Daiz˘ resents having a robot assigned to his department (and nearly resigns). Detective Shinj˘, Go becomes K's friend much quicker than his boss. The detectives are often being bother by professional informant Jigoku, Jihei who is always trying to sell them information.
The Chief Inspector's daughters loved K, once they realised that the robot would not hurt them.
Martial arts star Chiba, Shinichi (aka Sonny Chiba) the real life older brother of Chiba, Jiro appears in the first episode as Shinj˘, Go's older brother. Yamaguchi, Akira (Yuki, Joji/Riderman in Kamen Rider V3) appears in episode 24 as Bad Agent M-5.
Robot Detective K battled the robots (robotto) and cyborgs of the criminal organization "Bad" (Bad˘).
The Bad Robots
Episode 03 - Jirikiman (jiki = magnetism)
Episode 05 - Nanatsuman (nanatsu = seven)
Episode 07 - Hik˘man (hik˘ = aviation)
Episode 09 - Koshikakeman (koshikake = seat)
Episode 11 - Rokaaman (rokaa = locker)
Episode 13 - Dokugasuman (dokugasu = poison gas)
Episode 15 - Nokogiriman (nokogiri = saw)
Episode 17 - Moguruman (mogura = mole)
Episode 19 - Gyoraiman (gyorai = torpedo)
Episode 21 - Dennetsuman (dennetsuki = electrothermic equipment)
Episode 23 - Sensuiman (sensui = diving)
Episode 25 - Gatoringuman (gatoringu = gattling gun)
Besides the robots Bad
also used cyborgs know as Bad Agents. They're were two types, the dark
faced and the white masked. Both types could self-destruct to avoid
capture. Disguised as ordinary humans the Bad Agents would find
business men who were willing to share the profits from crimes Bad
Robots would help commit. These people would have to sign a contract
which included a sever penalty for not completing the deal -- death.
Bad Agents were armed with machine guns and large knifes. Robot
Detective K could not harm ordinary humans, but apparently his
programming classified cyborgs as non-human because he'd blow them up
just like the robots.
01) 04/05/1973 BAD's
02) 04/12/1973 Witnesses are Zero
03) 04/19/1973 The Case of the Crazy Clocks
04) 04/26/1973 The Assassin Vanished in the Wall
05) 05/03/1973 The Double Criminal Mystery
06) 05/10/1973 Terror of the Execution Machine!!
07) 05/17/1973 The Fear Overhead!!
08) 05/24/1973 Death by Thunderbolt?!
09) 05/31/1973 The Electric Chair Spy!!
10) 06/07/1973 BAD's Plan for Total Annihilation!!
11) 06/14/1973 The Secret of BAD's Hideout!!
12) 06/21/1973 Mother Under Attack!
13) 06/28/1973 Watch Out for the Devil's Smoke!
14) 07/05/1973 Terror of the Twinkling Eyes!!
15) 07/12/1973 The Target: Atomic No.79?!
16) 07/19/1973 Steal Back from BAD!
17) 07/26/1973 Beware the Foam of Evil?!
18) 08/02/1973 BAD's Deep Freeze Strategy
19) 08/09/1973 Chasing the Okinawan Sea Mystery!!
20) 08/16/1973 The H-Bomb Airship Heads for Tokyo!
21) 08/23/1973 The Terrible Dennetsuman -- Mother Destroyed!!
22) 08/30/1973 The Villainous Missleman -- BAD is Revealed!!
23) 09/06/1973 Sensuiman's Undersea Terror!!
24) 09/13/1973 Bakuraiman's Burning Scheme!!
25) 09/20/1973 Evil Gatlingman's BAD Virus Strategy!!
26) 09/27/1973 BAD Dies on Mars!! <
TOEI TOKUSATSU WORLD OFFICIAL Youtube channel: Robot Detective episodes
(for first two episodes turn on CC for English subtitles, the others are not subtitled)
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Last modified Tuesday, May 25, 2021
My thanks to Igadevil for Bad Robot names and to Justin Buck for translating episode titles.
Robotto Keiji © 1973 Ishimori Productions and Toei Co., Ltd.