Tekkaman Blade

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Tekkaman Blade
Teknoman Collection One.jpg
DVD cover of Teknoman
(Uchū no Kishi Tekkaman Burēdo)
GenreAdventure, Science fiction, Drama and Romance.
Anime television series
Directed byHiroshi Negishi
StudioTatsunoko Production
Sotsu Agency
Licensed byUnited States Saban (US TV version) (1995-1996)
United States Media Blasters (Recent Uncut Version)
NetworkTV Tokyo
English networkAustralia Network Ten
United States UPN
Original runFebruary 18, 1992February 2, 1993
Episodes49 (List of episodes)
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Tekkaman Blade
Teknoman Collection One.jpg
DVD cover of Teknoman
(Uchū no Kishi Tekkaman Burēdo)
GenreAdventure, Science fiction, Drama and Romance.
Anime television series
Directed byHiroshi Negishi
StudioTatsunoko Production
Sotsu Agency
Licensed byUnited States Saban (US TV version) (1995-1996)
United States Media Blasters (Recent Uncut Version)
NetworkTV Tokyo
English networkAustralia Network Ten
United States UPN
Original runFebruary 18, 1992February 2, 1993
Episodes49 (List of episodes)
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Tekkaman Blade (宇宙の騎士テッカマンブレード Uchū no Kishi Tekkaman Burēdo?, lit. "Space Knight Tekkaman Blade") or Teknoman is an anime series, released in 1992 and 1995 in both Japanese and English language versions.Space Knight Tekkaman Blade is a 1992 anime series by Tatsunoko Production, re-imagining their 1970s series Tekkaman the Space Knight. The setup for the series is that the Earth is being invaded by parasitic aliens known as the Radam (Venomoids in the English version). The Radam are led by mysterious armored warriors called Tekkamen (Teknomen in the English version). The Earth military and the Space Knights have been unsuccessful at fighting the invading aliens until the arrival of a mysterious young man known as D-Boy, who can transform into the powerful armored warrior Tekkaman Blade.

Character History[edit]

D-Boy (Takaya Aiba) was one of many that were assimilated by the Radam invaders to become Tekkamen; however, his father intervened, rescuing D-Boy from brainwashing and removing him from their doomed spaceship. His partial transformation allows him to become Tekkaman Blade, a hero with amazing powers, but not without consequences: his body increasingly deteriorates with each transformation, he loses control of his actions if transformed for too long, and later in the series when he unlocks his Blaster Mode, he begins to lose his memory.

Fueled by a thirst for revenge, Blade battles alongside the Space Knights to repel the Radam invasion.

Tekkaman Blade was dubbed in English under the name "Teknoman" in two versions. The American dub, which only lasted 26 episodes and the International Dub, which lasted 43 episodes and was shown everywhere else besides America and Japan. The DVD American release is of the International Dub.The year is 2087, and humanity is about to lose its position as the dominant life form on planet Earth. An endless swarm of biomechanical beings known as the Venomoids descend from space. Earth's Space Knights are no match for the Venemoid champions, the Teknomen. When the young pilots Ringo Richards and Star Summers find a wounded stranger named Blade, humanity gains one last hope. Blade is able to transform into a Teknoman, but he has no memories and fights to protect Earth. His opponents are not only the endless alien menace, but also the other Teknomen -- who were once human, and his family and friends.Teknoman wears a suite of fantastic armor. A sequel series, Tekkaman Blade II, takes place ten years after the events of the first series. The Radam are invading yet again, and the expanded Space Knights train a team of new Tekkamen to fight them. The first half deals with the continuing Radam war and focuses on Yumi Francois/Tekkaman Hiver, a clumsy mechanic who is nonetheless recruited into the new team. The second half details the appearance of Tekkaman Dead and his struggle with Space Knight David Kruegel/Tekkaman Sommer, as well as with Blade himself. Though its premise is more like an armored super hero, it still made its way to Super Robot Wars (J and W). Go figure. And if superheroes (and Capcom) are more your cup of tea than giant robots, then you can check out Blade's playable appearance in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars.

Fighting Style[edit]

Tekkaman Blade has a variety of weapons to assist him in his battle against the Radam. These are the attacks and other techniques that he uses in both Super Robot Wars and Tatsunoko vs. Capcom.

Blaster Mode: In Super Robot Wars J and W, after a certain event, Blade transforms into Blaster Mode at 130 Will. It raises all of Blade's pilot stats by 10. Flight Dash: In Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, Blade does not have a ground dash; instead, he flies into the air at an angle. Crash Intrude (QCF+2Atk) - Blade rushes at the enemy, tackling them several times. This is one of his weakest attacks in Super Robot Wars, but is much more useful in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: here, it is a fast, easy to combo Super which launches into a "cinematic" if Blade connects with the opponent. Voltekka Crash Intrude - An attack seen in Tekkaman Blade II. Blade absorbs the power of a Voltekka blast and performs a super-charged Crash Intrude. Tek Lancer - Blade attacks with his double-edged, separable lance. This is his combo attack in Super Robot Wars, and almost all of his attacks in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom involve it. Shamshir (Rapid Atk) - Blade unleashes a flurry of slashes slightly above his head. Baselard (QCF+Atk) - Blade throws the two halves of his lance at the enemy. If it connects, he performs a follow-up slash. Falchion (QCB+Atk) - Blade spins his lance, dashes forward (crossing through the opponent), and pulls the lance to him. While slow, this attack is particularly tricky to deal with since the opponent will likely have to block from the opposite side (since Blade crosses through them). Katzbalger (Charge Down, Up+Atk) - Blade spins the Tek Lancer above his head. With the Heavy version, Blade follows up by bringing the lance forward and dashing to the wall; the opponent is carried with him and bounced against the wall if the attack hits. Pegas Formation - A combination attack between Tekkaman Blade and his robot companion, Pegas. Voltekka (DP+2Atk) - Blade's signature attack. Shoulder cannons emerge, which fire a beam of energy. In Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, it fires at a 45-degree angle. Blaster Voltekka / Omnidirectional Super Voltekka (HCB+2Atk) - Blade's strongest attack is a powered-up version of Voltekka, which is available in Blaster mode. He gathers dark energy and, after his Tek Crystal is shown breaking, shoots a gigantic blast. In Tatsunoko vs. Capcom the attack starts with a shockwave that triggers the above animation, but Blade still fires a very large Voltekka if the wave misses or is blocked.


During United Earth Year 2192, the Earth is under attack from an extraterrestrial enemy known as the Radam; parasites that take other creatures as hosts. The Radam forces are composed of grotesque bug-like monsters that are led by armored soldiers known as the Tekkamen. Surrounding the Earth is an enormous man-made ring-shaped structure known as the Orbital Ring System. The Orbital Ring was a space station that once served as a launch point into space and was constructed well before the arrival of the alien invaders. It was thus the first human structure attacked and occupied by Radam, with its human inhabitants having either fled or been killed. Now it serves merely as a battle ground for the military against the aliens.

Fighting against the Radam and their Tekkamen are the Space Knights. Led by Commander Heinrich von Freeman, the Space Knights are a special defense force and Earth's last hope for defeating the Radam. The Space Knights consist of Noal, the pilot of the Space Knights' ship "Blue Earth"; Aki, the Blue Earth navigator; Milly, the communications operator; Levin, computer mechanic; and Honda, mechanic and repairs. The Space Knights have been unsuccessful at repelling the aliens until the arrival of D-Boy, a young man who has the ability to transform into an armored warrior known as Tekkaman Blade.

Commanding the Radam is Tekkaman Omega, a Tekkaman general who leads the alien invasion of Earth. Omega's base is located on the dark side of the Moon, where he waits for the moment to gain enough strength to raise his spacecraft from the Moon's surface, along with his Tekkamen soldiers, preparing for their conquest of the Earth and the universe.

Also commanding the Radam armies are other Tekkamen. Once ordinary humans, the Tekkamen were captured and transformed by the Radam to assist in the takeover of Earth. They are endowed with impenetrable armor, superhuman strength, and quantum energy weapons. The Tekkamen transform using crystals that are unique to each holder. Blade is one of a handful of Tekkamen. Unlike the others, he fights to defend Earth and for the most part, is free of the brainwashing which the Radam have imposed over their captives to make them subservient.

Before the arrival of the Radam there was a deep space exploration ship called the Argos. It was the Argos that first encountered the Radam probe ship. Aboard the Argos were Blade's family, the Aibas, and their ship crew. While exploring the outer rings of Saturn, the Argos' radar picks up an unusual gravitational disturbance. Going to investigate, the crew discover the disturbance to be an alien ship, and as they get closer, they are drawn in by a tractor beam. Excited at the prospect of encountering alien life, the crew board the vessel and discover the Radam.

Radam "Tek System" plants rain down upon the crew, beginning the process of turning them into Tekkamen. All of the crew aboard the ship were put into Tek System pods, though only the most ideal humans could become Tekkamen. While this occurred, the Argos was slowly being assimilated into the Radam spacecraft. Over time, Takaya Aiba's father was rejected by the process and uses what little time he had left to free one member of his family; Blade, who was the only one still not brainwashed by the Radam. It is through the crew of the Argos that the Radam discovers the planet Earth and plan their invasion. On his last legs, Blade's father helps him into the escape pod and before activating the Argos' self-destruct sequence, he casts Blade off into space telling him that the fate of the Earth rests in his hands. Upon the explosion, the Radam spacecraft crash lands on the dark side of the Moon.

Takaya Aiba travels back to Earth for six months, in the confines of his tiny pod, alone with his thoughts. By the time he arrives, the Earth is already under heavy attack from the Radam. Fueled by his hatred for the Radam, Takaya bursts free from his pod and begins to attack them. The attack draws the attention of a Tekkaman called Dagger. The two fight and Blade is sent hurtling towards Earth, however, his armor protects him and he crash lands on Earth without sustaining serious injury. His arrival attracts the attention of two Space Knights, Noal Vereuse and Aki Kisaragi who discover a naked and bleeding Takaya walking out of a crater, and take him back to their headquarters.

In the beginning, Takaya is mysterious and hostile towards the otherwise helpful Space Knights. However, Takaya has no memory of anything before the battle on the orbital ring with Tekkaman Dagger and as time progresses, he begins to respect and admire the Space Knights for their dedication in even the toughest of situations and eventually develops a relationship with Aki.

The Space Knights, with the help of Takaya who is given the nickname of Dangerous-Boy ("D-Boy") by Noal because of his dangerous ideology, slowly begin to repel the Radam troops until, during a battle with Tekkaman Dagger, Blade's crystal is shattered, rendering him unable to transform again into Tekkaman Blade. Takaya gives up hope, however Levin then develops a battle robot who later takes the name Pegas. Pegas contains the shards of Blade's crystal and amplifies its power, allowing Blade to transform once more. Pegas and Blade develop a close friendship, despite Pegas being a robot. In his first transformation using Pegas, Blade challenges Dagger and easily overpowers him, destroying him with a blast from his Voltekka shoulder cannons.

Eventually more Tekkamen arrive on Earth to challenge Blade, led by Tekkaman Evil, Blade's twin brother; Tekkaman Lance, Tekkaman Axe, and Tekkaman Sword, are all keen to destroy him. Blade's sister, Miyuki, also arrives on Earth. However, like Blade, she is not under the control of the Radam. After pulling herself free from Omega's base, she arrives very ill and is given a blood transfusion from Takaya and Aki. Evil, Lance, Axe and Sword attack the Space Knights' base, attempting to kill Miyuki. Although outnumbered, Miyuki strikes back and fights them, eventually self-destructing in the form of her own Voltekka in a vain attempt to destroy the other Tekkamen. Blade, now left without a family, is strengthened by these events and resolves to destroy the Radam. He manages to kill Lance and Axe and later gains the power to take on the Blaster transformation mode, but at the expense of having worse effects on his brain and body. Evil is given the same ability to serve as the final line of Omega's defense, while Sword is killed by Balzac as they both burn up in the Earth's atmosphere, preventing the Blue Earth from reaching the Moon.

Towards the end of the war, Blade and Evil meet for one last time to fight. They battle and eventually Blade kills Evil. As he dies, Evil is freed from the Radam parasite's control and hands Blade his crystal, instructing him that he will need its power to reach Omega's base on the Moon. Evil also tells Blade that despite all the events that have led to his death, he is glad to have fought his own brother on equal ground for the first time, and that he is glad that he became Tekkaman Evil.

Blade takes off on Pegas while falling further and further into the depths of his rage. He finally arrives on the Moon and confronts Omega, who reveals the entire Radam plan and that he is Kengo, Blade's eldest brother. Omega has begun to resurrect the alien mothership, to descend upon Earth. Blade attacks Omega, who proves too powerful and easily defeats Blade. Omega is about to kill Blade when Pegas sacrifices itself for Blade, stepping in front of the killing blow. Pegas' last words are a farewell to Blade.

The destruction of Pegas sends Blade over the edge and he erupts, transforming him into Blaster Tekkaman mode for the last time. Before striking the final blow of the war, Blade says to his brother, "Come on, let's go home now." Omega's spaceship explodes; as parts of the spacecraft fall to Earth, so too does Blade, stripped of his armor and crash-landing. The series ends with Blade and Aki watching the sunset and Noal recalling what a miracle it was that himself and Blade had survived the war. However, prices were paid, as Blade is paralyzed and wheelchair-bound, can barely speak, and is almost completely amnesic.


Tekkaman Blade episodes[edit]

1"Super Man Racing Across The Heavens"
"The Sky-Soaring Super Man // Ama kakeru no chō jin" (天駆ける超人) 
2"The Lonely Warrior"
"The Lonely Warrior // Kodoku no Senshi" (孤独の戦士) 
3"The Allied Defense Force's Ambition"
"The Defense Army's Ambition // Bōeigun no yabō" (防衛軍の野望) 
4"Deserter Without a Cause"
"Senseless Desertion in the face of the enemy // Riyūnaki tekizentōbō" (理由なき敵前逃亡) 
5"Kill Me!"
"Kill Me // Ore wo korose" (オレを殺せ) 
6"Tek-Set Malfunctions!"
"Tekk-set Impossible // Tekkusetto funō" (テックセット不能) 
7"Launch of the Mobile Unit Pegas"
"Launch of the Mobile Unit Pegas // Kidōhei Pegasu Hasshin" (機動兵ペガス発進) 
8"The Mysterious War Correspondent"
"Mysterious War Correspondent // Nazo no Jūgunkisha" (謎の従軍記者) 
9"Save the Jupiter Crew!"
"Rescue! The Jupiter Crew // Kyūshutsu! Mokusei Kurū" (救出! 木星クルー) 
10"Lullaby Echoing in the Battlefield"
"A Lullaby Echoing in War // Senka ni hibiku komori uta" (戦火に響く子守歌) 
11"The D-Boy File"
"D-Boy File // Dboui Fairu" (Dボウイファイル) 
12"The Red Menace, Tekkaman Evil"
"The Red Horror, Evil // Akai Senritsu Ebiru" (赤い戦慄エビル) 
13"Twin Brothers Destined to Fight"
"Brothers of Destiny // Shukumei no Kyōdai" (宿命の兄弟) 
14"The Demon's My Brother"
"Demon Tied by Blood // Chi wo waketa akuma" (血をわけた悪魔) 
15"The Evil Spirit Revives"
"The Evil Spirit Revives // Majin yomikaeru" (魔神蘇る) 
16"Portrait of Betrayal"
"Portrait of Betrayal // Uragiri no shōzō" (裏切りの肖像) 
17"Savior of Steel"
"Savior of Steel // Kōtetsu no Kyūseishu" (鋼鉄の救世主) 
18"The Price for Glory"
"The Price of Glory // Eikōhe no daishō" (栄光への代償) 
19"Warrior With a Closed Heart"
"Warrior With a Closed Heart // Kokoro tozashita Senshi" (心閉ざした戦士) 
20"Resurrected! Transformation of Rage"
"Resurrection! Transformation of Rage // Fukkatsu! Ikari no Henshin" (復活! 怒りの変身) 
21"Premonition of Love and Death"
"Premonition of Love and Death // Ai to Shi no Yokan" (愛と死の予感) 
22"Miyuki's Decision"
"Miyuki's Decision // Miyuki no Ketsui" (ミユキの決意) 
23"Reunion of Scarred Souls"
"The Scarred Reunion // Kizu darake no saikai" (傷だらけの再会) 
24"Dark Past Revealed"
"The Torn-Open Past // Hiki sakareta kako" (引き裂かれた過去) 
25"A New Demon"
"New Demons // Aratanaru Akuma" (新たなる悪魔) 
26"Battle to the Death"
"Battle to the Death // Shi wo kaketa tatakai" (死をかけた戦い) 
27"Legacy for the Survivors"
"Legacy for the Survivors // Nokorishi monohe no Isan" (残りし者への遺産) 
28"The White Spirit"
"The White Majin // Shiroi Majin" (白い魔人) 
29"A Boquet on the Battlefield"
"A Boquet of Followers on the Battlefield // Tatakai no noni Hanataba" (戦いの野に花束を) 
30"Traces of My Father"
"Traces of Father // Chichi no Omokage" (父の面影) 
31"City of Vengeance"
"Town of Vengeance // Fukushū no Machi" (復讐の街) 
32"Waiting Girl"
"The Girl Who Waits Impatiently // Machiwabita Shōjo" (待ちわびた少女) 
33"Reunion in the Wilderness"
"Reunion in the Wilderness // Kōya no Saikai" (荒野の再会) 
34"Brothers of Light & Shade"
"Brothers of Light and Shadow // Hikari to Kage no Kyōdai" (光と影の兄弟) 
35"Enemy in the Fog"
"Enemy in the Fog // Kiri no Naka no Teki" (霧の中の敵) 
36"Final Battle with Axe"
"A Decisive Battle!! Axe // Kessen!! Akkusu" (決戦!! アックス) 
37"Afflicted Body"
"The Decayed Body // Mushibamareta nikudai" (蝕まれた肉体) 
38"Labyrinth of Death"
"Labyrinth of Death // Shihe no meikyū" (死への迷宮) 
39"The Ultimate Warrior, Tekkaman Blaster"
"Super Warrior Blaster // Chō Senshi Burasutā" (超戦士ブラスター) 
40"United in Love and Battle"
"The Love and Struggle of Two People // Ai to Tatakai no Ninin" (愛と戦いの二人) 
41"Evil: The Demon Resurrected"
"Evil, The Resurrected Devil // Ebiru Yomikaeru Akuma" (エビル·蘇る悪魔) 
42"Collision! The Red Nemesis"
"Clash! The Old Red Enemy // Gekitotsu! Akai Jukuteki" (激突! 赤い宿敵) 
43"Farewell Bullets"
"Bullet of Parting // Ketsubetsu no jūdan" (訣別の銃弾) 
44"The Approaching Darkness"
"The Approaching Darkness // Semari kuru Yami" (迫り来る闇) 
45"The True Invader"
"The Truth of the Invaders // Shinjitsu no shinryakusha" (真実の侵略者) 
46"The House In Which Time Stood Still"
"The House Where Time Stood Still // Toki no tomatta ie" (時の止まった家) 
47"Destiny of Darkness and Death"
"The Fate of Darkness and Death // Yami to Shi no Unmei" (闇と死の運命) 
48"Heroic! The Death of Evil"
"Heroic! Evil Dies // Sōretsu! Ebiru Shisu" (壮烈! エビル死す) 
49"A Life Ends"
"Life Burns Out // Moetsukiru inochi" (燃えつきる命) 

Tekkaman Blade specials[edit]

1"Burning Clock"
"Moeta Tokei // もえた とけい" (燃えた時計) 
Burning Clock shows Shinya's life in a series of flashbacks, focusing on Shinya and Takaya's rivalry; how Shinya felt how his family (especially his father) viewed him; and how his mother died. 
2"Twin Blood"  
Twin Blood is a retelling of Blade and Evil's first battle with drastically different character and mecha designs from the series. 
3"Missing Link"  
Missing Link is a prequel to Tekkaman Blade II, showing events such as the beginning of the second Radam war; Aki's transformation into the Red Tekkaman; the Tekkaman Rebellion of Prague; and Blade's restoration. 

Teknoman episodes[edit]

1"Friend or Foe"  
3"Power of the Space Knights"  
4"Falling Star"  
5"Time's Up"  
6"Shattered Crystal"  
10"Bold Soldier Boy"  
11"Brother Beware"  
12"Sibling Rivalry"  
13"Family Feud"  
14"Saber Strike"  
15"Spy Game"  
16"Sword and Steel"  
17"The Visitor"  
20"Mind Game"  
23"In the Beginning"  
24"Shara's Secret"  
25"Forget Me Not a.k.a. Sacrifice"  
27"Red Savior"  
28"Running on Empty"  
30"Lady in Waiting"  
32"Axe Trap"  
33"Axe Attack"  
34"On Ice"  
40"Sword Strike"  
41"Battle of the Space Ring"  
42"Beginning of the End"  
43"Final Battle"  

Theme songs[edit]

Japanese version[edit]


  1. "Reason" by Yumiko Kosaka (Eps. 1-26)
  2. "Eternal Loneliness"(永遠の孤独) by Yumiko Kosaka (Eps. 27-49)


  1. "Energy of Love" by Yumiko Kosaka
  2. "Lonely Heart" by Yumiko Kosaka

English version[edit]

See also[edit]

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