Make your own free website on Tripod.com

ZEDD'S REVIEWS

JOHNNY SOKKO AND HIS FLYING ROBOT (1967-1968)
Home

Directed By:
Michio Konishi
Itaru Orita
Katsuhiko Taguchi
Koichi Takemoto
Minoru Yamada

Not Rated
Genre: Science Fiction
Format Used: Recorded VHS
Contains: Graphic Violence
Country: Japan
Dubbed

Also Known As:
Giant Robo

THE PLOT:

Young Johnny Sokko was traveling alone from visiting relatives on a ship. He meets a mysterous man named Jerry Mano. What Johnny is unaware of is that Jerry is a spy for a group called Unicorn and ships were sinking mysterously in this area and they soon find out why. A giant creature named Dracolon has been sinking them.

The only surivivors, Johnny and Jerry wash up on a deserted isle. But the island is anything but deserted, it is the base of an alien terrorist group called the Gargoyle Gang, named after their leader's homeworld.

While on the island they escape and meet a scientist being forced to build a giant robot, to be their greatest weapon. Johnny impulsivley speaks into the control watch and his voice is imprinted on the Robot's computer brain, hence making Johnny his master.

They escape with the help of the Giant Robot and they become the only thing standing between Earth and Gulliotine.

ZEDD'S OPINION:

Now many people never heard of Johnny Sokko and his flying robot and there is a very good reason. It only lasted a year in Japan under the name GIANT ROBO, that was back in 1967. Years later around 1974 or 1975, I'm not sure which it came to the states and became JOHNNY SOKKO AND HIS FLYING ROBOT. But only on a tiny UHF channel in Los Angeles, channel 52. That's when I first saw it, I was four or five at the time myself and I was in love with that robot. It became one of my childhood heroes. Sure the dubbing and the sound effects weren't perfect, but hell. I was four, I didn't care and I still barely care. I give my childhood hero....10 STARS

10stars.jpg

VOLTRON'S OPINION:

I agree with Zedd, but I do care about the sound issues more then he does. Anyway, as one of my favorite series in TV History, I wish it would come out in a DVD box set. Communitary, computerized clean up of picture and sound, the works. Now if you aren't into giant monsters then this isn't for you. I give it...9 STARS.

09stars.jpg

ON THE POSITIVE SIDE (+ HITS):

+ MONSTERS (Some of the coolest and strangest monsters ever made)
+ STORY (The stories are all cool)
+ CHARACTERS (I love the well written characters)
+ ACTION (Plenty of action to go around)
+ ROGUE'S GALLERY (Johnny had a strange rogue's gallery of human villians)

ON THE NEGATIVE SIDE (- MISSES):

- DUBBING (The dubbing is slow and off track at times)
- SOUND (Due to dubbing, some sounds are left out. Leaving blank areas)
- NAME CHANGES (I wish they didn't change so many of the character names)

AND FINALLY....

- FAN BASED (If you don't like giant monsters, then this isn't for you)

dracolon.jpg

opticon.jpg

igganog.jpg

scalion.jpg

Last Update: