Close Call, Land Commander 5!
|"Close Call, Land Commander 5!" |
("kikiippatsu RANDOKOMANDAA 5")
|Production company||Ashi Productions|
|Airdate||19 March, 1987|
|Written by||Nobuaki Kishima|
|Directed by||Yoshitaka Fujimoto|
The search for the four Hyribead elements steps up.
Official release coming!
This Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos section
The Gyandlar are attacking daily to try and recover the three elements of the Hyribead held in the Battle Base, so training of troops is becoming more important. The five most impressive performers are selected for the reconstituted Land Commander 5 - Ambulance Robo, Missile Tank Robo, Porsche Robo, Fire Robo and Shuttle Robo. Fearing for their lives after recent failures, Garudi, Diondra and Grujios decide to work together on a joint strategy; she takes the Varigale-X and attacks a nearby city to draw Rom out. Harley Robo goes to Rom and the others for help but is possessed by Grujios en route. Unaware, Rom obliges by taking Blue Jet, Rod Drill and Pro Truck Racer to the city. Garudi then leads a large assault on the understaffed Battle Base and Land Commander 5 is sent out in response. The possessed Harley Robo is left in the base with Min and knocks her out.
Land Commander 5 is soon damaged while through Harley Robo's body Grujios is able to set Rockdon and Rockgiran loose inside the Battle Base. Leina finds the injured Min, who warns her about Harley Robo; Leina interrupts him as he tries to steal the Phoenix Armor but he is able to knock her out too. At the city Rom begins to wonder why his team's battle with the Gyandlar is so repetitive and why they haven't retreated given their heavy losses. Pro Truck Racer, Jet and Drill agree to keep the enemy busy while he heads back to the Battle Base to investigate his suspicions. Grujios meanwhile has taken over Leina and tries to walk out of the base with the Phoenix Armor and the Dragon Helmet; Triple Jim attempts to restrain her despite Grujios electrocuting him. Outside, Garudi withdraws, his part in the plan done; Rom arrives and tries to help Jim with the possessed Leina. Grujios leaves her, taking the Armor and Helmet with him. Rom is able to knock the Helmet clear with the Wolf Sword but Rockdon attacks him before he can try again. He changes up to Baikanfu and is able to get to Rockdon's master off switch and deactivate him, while Rockgiran has nearly forced Land Commander 5 into the Battle Base's engine room; if breached this would destroy the craft. Back in his own mind, Harley Robo manages to disable Rockgiran by shooting the off switch. Back on the Gyandlar mother-ship Gadess is pleased with the capture of the Phoenix Armour.
(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)
- The Battle Base has a Danger Room-style virtual reality hologram training room.
- The new Land Commander 5 team members get flowers and kisses from Leina Stol and Min. They also play a board game featuring tokens of the leads. There are some weird bits in this one.
Animation and technical errors
- Bike Robo keeps getting a blue chest for his close-ups.
Home video releases
- Laser Disc
1992 — Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos Box (Toshiba EMI)
2001 — Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos DVD-Box 2 (Pioneer)
2022 — Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos (Discotek Media, USA)
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