Commence the Rescue Combination!!

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Machine Robo Rescue
Episode 1
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"Commence the Rescue Combination!!"
("Resukyū gattai, hajime!!")
Production company Sunrise
Airdate January 8, 2003
Written by Hideki Sonoda
Directed by Mamoru Kanbe
Animation studio Sunrise

As the first class of Machine Robo Rescue Robo Masters begins their training, recruit Taiyoh Ohzora has an interesting first day.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

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As Machine Robo Rescue member Taiyoh Ohzora along with Jet Robo and the Sky Robo evacuate civilians from the burning Landmark Tower, the boy thinks back to when he and his dog Bone first joined the organisation.

Instructors Musashi Miyajima, Koshiro Sasaki and Marie Bitou take attendance from the new recruits for the organisation, which is enough of an excuse for Makoto Aikawa to start telling everyone about his family's history of policing, and Arias Honoh immediately demands he's addressed as Ace; his reputation is already enough to impress fellow cadet Alice Beckham. Lin Haruka meanwhile reacts energetically when Musashi gets her name wrong. However, Taiyoh had been distracted and missed his monorail stop. Instead he has to make his way on foot - which proves fortuitous, as he has a strange premonition of danger and is able to save a boy on crutches from being hit by a box falling from a passing truck. Meanwhile the rest of the cadets are shown Jet Robo, Drill Robo, Police Robo and Fire Robo, having discovered that the pilots capable of bringing out the full efficiency of the Machine Robo are those aged between 10 and 12. Organisation founder Brad Bitou then appears and introduces himself to the 11 prospective Robo Masters. Just then Taiyoh finally arrives, only to immediately face-plant in front of his new colleagues. Musashi chews him out over his late arrival, while Makoto scorns his ability to be a Robo Master if he can't even be prompt. Infuriated, Taiyoh attacks Makoto, who easily trips him. Musashi and Koshiro break the pair up and decide to set the cadets to cleaning the Machine Robo to burn off some energy. While Taiyoh is delighted to be doing anything with the Machine Robo his classmates are less impressed, and he nearly fights with Makoto again before Daichi Hayami is able to persuade them that it's better if they all get along. Watching, Drill Robo and Jet Robo ponder whether the new Robo Masters will be reliable, though Fire Robo and Police Robo point out that a good Robo Master can see them operate at 120% of their potential. Just then an alarm activates, alerting MRR to a fire at the Landmark Tower. The cadets gather to watch a TV broadcast that suggests the fire is already under control with zero casualties, but Taiyoh's intuition tells him someone is still inside. He tries to convince the other prospective Robo Masters but they are unsure - however, Taiyoh is correct; the same boy he helped earlier is trapped and in danger of being overwhelmed by smoke.

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Taiyoh tries to persuade the Machine Robo to take him to the Landmark Building, but Police Robo refuses, saying they can't be mobilised for a simple gut feeling. However, the boy cajoles, kicks and provokes Jet Robo. He classifies the fire as Emergency Level S, allowing him to intervene - to the shock of Police Robo and Fire Robo, but receiving support from Drill Robo. Taiyoh boards Jet Robo just as Musashi and Marie arrive; he is initially furious but Marie believes in Taiyoh and throws him a K-BOY to help. Jet Robo and the Sky Robo Supporter Robo prepare to deploy, with Taiyoh shrugging off a brief flashback to the air accident he was involved in. Despite the unexpected launch, Chief Bitou reports the activation of Machine Robo Rescue to the Prime Minister while Marie, Musashi and Koshiro prepare to monitor the Jet team and their progress, rapidly joined by the other cadets.

Daichi is able to send a plan of the building to Taiyoh via his K-BOY, showing an emergency door on the rooftop of the tower. The Machine Robo land on the rooftop as Taiyoh, equipped in a firefighting suit and prepares to search the building. Just then Koshiro detects something approaching. Before Jet Robo can respond a globe smashes into the top of the building and knocks him down, before Musashi commands the Machine Robo to project a ZONE, a training system that also allows a containment area to be projected over the area, while Taiyoh gets inside. This allows the Machine Robo to fight the unidentified object, which identifies itself as Gura Gorro and becomes a robot to attack them - with Jet Robo ignoring Taiyoh's suggestion to use the Sky Robo, instead telling the boy to find whoever is trapped in the building. Taiyoh soon finds the victim, and Marie suggests he sends a voice command to Jet Robo so he can use the Hyper Mode Combination Start formation before the Gura Gorro destroys him. However, an error prevents the team from combining. Messages from Arias and Makoto inspire Taiyoh to try again. This time the combination is successful, and Hyper Jet Robo is more of a match for Gura Gorro, punching the mecha through a wall. The team celebrate and the ZONE is removed, with Hyper Jet Robo and Taiyoh exchanging salutes after completing their respective tasks. Vindicated by his philosophy that age is no barrier to successful rescue experts, Chief Bitou addresses the cadets on parade as they prepare to start their training as Robo Masters

Featured characters[edit | edit source]

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

Quotes[edit | edit source]

"Taiyoh, the phrase 'give up' is not in the dictionary of a Rescue team member!"

Jet Robo might inspire Taiyoh Ohzora but he doesn't know what a dictionary is.

Notes[edit | edit source]

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Continuity notes[edit | edit source]

  • Both of Makoto Aikawa's parents are in the police force.
  • Taiyoh was the sole survivor of an air crash, and has managed to avoid death in numerous other disasters before joining MRR, leading to Jet Robo describing him as a 'natural survivor'.
  • The Machine Robo can only act independently in times of extreme emergency, such as those classified as Emergency Level S. Though they can declare this status themselves, so there's that.
  • Gadgets and Powers:
    • Jet Robo (and the other Machine Robo, according to dialogue) is able to project a ZONE, a sort of box originally designed for training purposes that seals off an area.
    • Gura Gorro uses the Gura Gorro Spin attack, which basically involves the top half of it spinning really fast, and the Ultimate Spin Attack, which involves both halves spinning really fast.
    • Hyper Jet Robo shows off its' Booster Kick, a concentrated blast of jet from the boosters in the underside of the feet, and Jet Puncher, a rocket punch-style attack where he launches one of his arms at an opponent.

Real-world references[edit | edit source]

  • The Landmark Tower is the real Yokohama Landmark Tower, previously occasionally menaced by Godzilla.
  • Taiyoh's survival instincts are not unlike those of David Dunn in Unbreakable.

Continuity and plotting errors[edit | edit source]

  • After the first failed combination attempt Taiyoh doesn't even mention giving up in the two seconds before everyone tells him off for contemplating giving up.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Machine Robo don't move their lips when they talk.
  • The "next episode" teaser and the recaps in subsequent episodes are narrated by Bone, voiced by Naoki Yanagi.

Foreign localization[edit | edit source]


  • Title: "Rescue Union, Start Now!"
  • Original airdate: ?

Home video releases[edit | edit source]


2003Machine Robo Rescue Vol 01 (Sunrise)