Real Name: Minami Johji
Occupation: Defender of humanity
Affiliations: Pegas (his giant robot), Amachi Horomi; Andro
Enemies: The Waldstar
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: The Space Knight, Barry Galager (secret identity in U.S. dub), Teknoman
Base of Operations: Terra Azzurra (his spaceship)
First Appearance: Uchuu no Kisi Tekkaman (Tatsunoko Productions, 2nd July 1975)
Powers/Abilities: Able to use a crystal to transform into Tekkaman. As Tekkaman, he possessed superhuman strength, could survive in space, and was armed with an expandable staff/spear.
History: As mankind prepared to evacuate the Earth to escape it's polluted death, one of their ships is destroyed by the forces of the Waldstars, a hostile alien species. Doctor Amachi, who had been the scientist in charge of the evacuation, turned his genius to creating a defence against the extra-terrestrials' technologically superior weaponry. He designed a giant robot, Pegas, capable of transforming a human host into a cybernetic warrior, the Tekkaman. However, people capable of surviving the process were rare, and things looked hopeless until Minami Johji proved to be capable of enduring the transformation. Alongside Andro, a friendly alien from Sanno, and the Doctor's daughter Hiromi, the Tekkaman was mankind's last hope for survival.
Comments: Created by Kenji Yoshida and Ippei Kuri. He was voiced by Katsuji Mori. The story was planned to run for 52 half-hour episodes, but poor ratings saw it cut down to 26 episodes. It was released in America in the mid-1980s by William Winckler Productions.
There have been two sequels/re-makes, Uchu no Kishi Tekkaman Blade (1992) and Uchu no Kishi Tekkaman Blade II (1997), featuring new Tekkaman.
Top image provided by Fausto Morello. Other images on this page courtesy of Anime Cel.Com. Used with their kind permission.
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
any of the other Tekkaman who followed him.
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