Rockgiran versus Rockdon
|"Rockgiran versus Rockdon" |
("ROKKUDON tai ROKKUGIRAN")
|Production company||Ashi Productions|
|Airdate||27 November, 1986|
|Written by||Nobuaki Kishima|
|Directed by||Naoyoshi Kusaka|
It's the Rock v Rock battle everyone's been waiting for.
Synopsis[edit | edit source]
Leina, Rom, Blue Jet, Rod Drill and Triple Jim come across the settlement of Gorgo, devastated by the Gyandlar. The carnage greatly disturbs Leina, who runs off after questioning whether any warrior is any different to the invaders. Nearby, Diondra has the surviving townsfolk - mainly Battle Rock Rock People with a few Jet Tribe troops - working underground, believing the local mine contains the Hyribead. Instead the excavations uncover a hibernating creature named Rockdon, which she plans to wake and use against Rom. Village chief Java refuses to give her any information and the other villagers create a distraction so Falcon Robo can fly for help. He is caught in the woods by Geiger Rock, Devil Rock and Double Rock after they give chase in Rock Commander vehicles but Rom's band arrives to save him; Geiger Rock is killed but Devil Rock escapes and on his way back to the village captures Leina. Meanwhile Rom, Jet, Drill and Jim agree to help Falcon Robo, especially when they hear about Rockdon.
Diondra threatens to begin killing the village's children and Leina if they don't tell her how to awaken Rockdon; the chief relents, telling the Gyandlar that soundwaves have to be used. They begin the process but are interrupted by the arrival of Rom and the others, who battle the Gyandlar but are unable to prevent Diondra from awakening Rockdon. Kenryū unsuccessfully battles the monster before merging to form Baikanfu; the larger robot has no more luck but their struggle reveals a second buried creature, Rockgiran. Java sacrifices himself to release it and the two monsters battle until they both merge into a single ball and return to their rest. Diondra escapes and the villagers are free.
Featured characters[edit | edit source]
(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Java has an updated version of the Battle Rock character model, with a stony beard, while cutesfied child versions are also seen.
- Falcon Robo is a different character to the one called upon by Jet to battle Grujios at the Sky Castle as he has never met the travellers before.
- Falgos and Gildis make their first appearances as Gyandlar Devils; this is also the first appearance of the Rock Commander vehicles, as well as Rockgiran and Rockdon.
Animation and technical errors[edit | edit source]
In the final shot of the episode, Leina is missing her head!
Home video releases[edit | edit source]
- Laser Disc