Moments older than his twin brother - something he regularly uses to pull rank - Susumu is kind, strong and a technical genius. Despite their sibling rivalry Susumu has a strong mental link with his twin, while the pair generally try to keep neutral in the squabbling between Makoto and Alice and try to just get on with things. The 11-year old twins can be told apart by everyone but Taiyoh due to Susumu parting his hair on the left and Tsuyoshi parting his hair on the right. They are rarely seen apart, and are amiable, popular members of MRR due to being among the few cadets not to have massive personality flaws.
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Machine Robo Rescue cartoon[edit | edit source]
- Voice actor: Masato Amada
The brothers' father Masayoshi had hoped they would follow him into wrestling but instead they thought their skills would be better used with MRR. They helpfully wore numbered shirts to their enrolment, with Susumu's bearing the number 1. Assigned to the Blue Sirens, they immediately got on well with Makoto. Both were amused by Makoto's effortless deflection of Taiyoh's attempts to attack his fellow cadets, and attended their first rescue when Blue Sirens were called in to help at a multiple vehicle traffic accident. Susumu and his brother later joined the whole of MRR in searching for Hideki's cat Laura, though they were embarrassed by Alice's attempts to lure the animal out by dressing as a cat herself. Blue Sirens later helped with the evacuation of those threatened by the erupting Mount Kaga, and the brothers were later named as back-up Robo Masters for the team.
Along with his brother, Susumu was interested in the testing of Gyro Robo in America. Soon after they were sent into action to help at Sunrise Dam, where a Gura Gorro had caused severe damage. Makoto attempted to combat the aggressor with Police Robo but the overpowered Gura Gorro was too much for him, though the battle gave Susumu chance to move towards the dam's secondary control systems to try and prevent the dam gates from opening and flooding the town below. He was aided by the timely arrival of Gyro Robo, called in as reinforcement by Koshiro Sasaki, and was able to persuade the headstrong Machine Robo to contain the Gura Gorro until the dam was made safe. The operation was a success. When the pair used their time off to stay with their parents they were joined by Alice and Gyro Robo. With encouragement from their father the boys tried to solve a dispute with a wrestling match that escalated to also involve Alice, Carlos and Masayoshi himself getting involved, resulting in a draw that left both of them battered - and not speaking to each other. When they did start speaking they argued but snapped out of it when they heard their father was trapped by a falling crane while preparing the arena for a wrestling exhibition. They attempted to help with Gyro Robo before the arrival of a Gura Gorro. Instead they worked to get the Helicopter Robo to lift the crane before commanding Gyro Robo into Hyper Mode to defeat the Gura Gorro. The incident left Masayoshi impressed with his sons' choices, and led to Chief Bitou declaring Susumu and his brother as joint Robo Master of Gyro Robo. His parents later enthusiastically attended the MRR open day.
When Blue Sirens were assigned as security for the launch of the Takion high speed train Susumu was given the role of following it in Gyro Robo from the air. The train was soon hijacked, and Susumu used Gyro Robo to lower Makoto onboard to support Alice. After the bomb onboard the train was discovered to be real - despite the hijackers thinking otherwise, having been tricked by Jay - he retrieved Alice and was then lowered down himself to defuse the device. Thanks to Tsuyoshi and Alice activating Siren Galley Robo and switching the train to a back-up track loop and with a little help from Taiyoh, Susumu was able to deactivate the explosives safely. Both brothers provided ground support during the MRR expedition into space, helping locate Taiyoh after he was briefly adrift from the International Space Station. During a subsequent crime awareness festival he and Tsuyoshi were inveigled in promoting MRR by donning a Siren Galley costume, with Susumu getting to be the back end. Along with Makoto and Alice, they were soon injured thanks to the careless behaviour of reporter Charmy Sato.
Later the brothers joined Ace, Kai, Fire Robo and Gyro Robo in sortieing to combat a tower block blaze they later found out was caused by Colonel Hazard. When Sayuri took most of MRR on holiday to her island mansion, the Utadas were among those either fairly elected or tricked by Alice to stay on duty. As a result they were subjected to a miserable camp-out next to Rescue Headquarters motivated by Sasaki's resentment at being left out. Blue Sirens were however chosen to visit the new Uranos 2 communications airship, and while Makoto and Sasaki listened dutifully to Tanimura explaining its' functions, Alice and the twins just ran around the vessel doing what they liked - which turned out to be advantageous when Hazard took over the ship and thus all worldwide communications. While Hazard was able to capture Tsuyoshi he wasn't aware of Susumu's presence due to the elder of the twins having needed a toilet break when the Disasters agent was scoping out the ship. With Alice keeping Hazard busy and help from his mental link with Tsuyoshi, Susumu was able to make his way to the bridge to the captured group, and Hazard was eventually forced off the airship. Susumu and his brother later offered their support to Makoto when he landed a date with Doctor Aki Saotome, and later helped him locate her during a fire at Rinkai General Hospital.
After Jay joined MRR, Blue Sirens took him out into Tokyo to learn a few basic tasks, but the train they were on was attacked by a Gura Gorro, leaving it stranded on a wrecked bridge. Susumu helped Makoto check on the driver before being confronted with the bizarre sight of Jay sprinting in the rough direction of a hospital, carrying a pregnant passenger. V Stealth Robo later helped clear out the Gura Gorro. Later, they visited the lady Jay had got to hospital after she had given birth, looking on terrified as Alice beat up Makoto. During Jay's welcome party Susumu raced his brother in speed-building models of Jet Robo. When Alice was sent to the Kansai Disaster Prevention Festival, the rueful brothers found out just how much of Makoto's temper she usually deflected as he spent most of the time yelling at them instead. He later helped Alice use Gyro Robo in an EX Combination with the Bulldozer Robo against BL Police Robo. When the liner Poseidon collided with an oil tanker just off Rescue Headquarters, causing a freak subsonic noise that disabled the Leader Robo, Susumu and his brother controlled the Helicopter Robo to airlift many of the crew and casualties from the stricken ships. When Jay was entrusted with the errand of buying a bag of salt, at Taiyoh's urging the twins helped monitor him by both wearing an oversized trenchcoat and pretending to be a single adult. The resulting illusion was of low quality, though the naïve Jay mistook them for being pregnant and moved on oblivious - even as the pair started fighting.
Following Kaiser-G cutting off a volcanic island from the rest of the world Susumu joined the full-strength rescue mission, ordering Gyro Robo into Hyper Mode. However, Kaiser-G soon proved equal to the combined Machine Robo effort to stop him, with Taiyoh and Jay seemingly lost. The rest of MRR were at least able to evacuate the island and went back into action to help those affected by Kaiser-G's messing with the Pacific volcanoes until the missing pair were able to make contact. However, Kaiser-G had advanced to Tokyo, where he set the meteorite Tartarus on collision course with Earth. MRR made a full-strength sortie into the city to try and fight Kaiser-G, but Susumu and Hyper Gyro Robo - like the rest of the team - were unable to get close enough due to the monster's gravity powers pinning them into the street. Instead he joined the group of cadets who climbed inside Kaiser-G and planted explosives which would give Shuttle Robo and V Stealth Robo chance to destroy it and the meteorite, saving Earth. The end of the Disasters didn't end the need for MRR however, and the cadets had to carry out several rescues on their graduation day.
After graduation Susumu continued to work with both his brother and Gyro Robo, and the trio transferred to the American branch of Brad Bitou's International Hyper Rescue organisation, where they continued to fight crime as a team. After catching in the same trio of hijackers who attempted to capture the Takion in a high-speed road chase - with Susumu using Gyro Robo to slice the criminals' car in half after they opened fire on Tsuyoshi - they watched a broadcast of Prime Minister Sayuri's speech announcing the new aims of International Hyper Rescue.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Supplemental material establishes that the brothers have November 16 as their birthday, and were born in Tokyo.
- While Susumu and his brother do better than Kai for attention if someone's left at base or left out of a group shot it's the twins.