The Final Battle of Cronos

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Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos ep 44
"The Final Battle of Cronos"
("KURONOSU. saigo no tatakai")
Production company Ashi Productions
Airdate 7 May, 1987
Written by Hideki Sonoda
Directed by Yoshitaka Fujimoto

The battle between the Stol Clan and Gadess comes to an end.

Celebration time!
Official release coming!

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Synopsis[edit | edit source]


The Battle Tribe and Jet Tribe troops - helped by Gattai Saurer, Rockdon and Rockgiran - are pouring into the Gyandlar mother-ship but Baikanfu's party are still in trouble. Diondra is devastated that Gadess would sacrifice her and slips into insanity. Gadess is able to use the four elements to access the Hyribead; his armour falls away to reveal his true form - an aged, deformed creature; his goal has always been to use the Hyribead to become young and strong again. He grows to the same size as his armour. Despite his injuries Blue Jet is able to free Baikanfu and the others - Gadess having secured the room from the inside but not the outside. Tough Trailer tries to persuade Diondra to come with them but she ignores him, staying behind and pleading with Gadess for forgiveness as she melts. Jet tells Rom of Leina's capture and they all set off to rescue her. Outside, the condition of Cronos itself continues to worsen, its' end in sight as the magnetic poles continue to move. Leina begs Gadess to use the Hyribead to save the planet but he refuses. Grujios asks for eternal life and Gadess grants him his wish - by absorbing his loyal subordinate into his own body, before offering Leina the same, dragging her towards him.


Rom and his squad arrive in time to save Leina from Gadess' clutches. He attacks them with the Hyribead and is impervious to their weaponry but Guardi appears and challenges Gadess. In the rest of the ship the remaining Gyandlar forces are surrendering. Guardi is however partly sucked into Gadess' body. He throws his sword to Rom - the Wolf Sword and the Star Sword combined will be enough to kill Gadess. He implores Rom to use the weapons on Gadess and himself. Reasoning that it is what Kirai would want, Rom combines the swords and slices Gadess in half. Gadess and Guardi blink out of existence and the four elements of the Hyribead appear on Rom's person. He combines the Hyribead with the Wolf Emblems scattered around the planet, harnessing the energy to restore Cronos. Kenryū and Baikanfu return to statue form as Rom and Leina survey the rejoicing people and realise this was all foreseen by Kirai. With the Gyandlar defeated Rom and Leina set off into space to find out the truth of their origins, joined by many of their friends - including Jet, who ultimately decides against a relationship with Rury. They travel towards the dimensional gateway, which Rom warns may change their memories and appearance. As they reach it Rom and Leina turn into humans and embrace.

Featured characters[edit | edit source]

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The purpose of the Wolf Emblems is finally fully revealed - they were placed around the planet by Kirai in anticipation of this crisis. Kenryū and Baikanfu changing back to stone heavily implies that the statues seen in the first episode were the real things in dormant form - now the crisis has passed they are no longer needed.
  • Diondra presumably dies in the melting room.
  • Jet's visor is smashed by a Zarios, revealing he has a normal pair of eyes underneath. At the end of the episode he has got a new one from somewhere - in a nice bit of continuity this is made explicit; he polishes the thing before fixing it in place.
  • The Battle Base force contains a lot of random weird generics and (intentionally?) miscoloured troops, a weird throwback to the earlier episodes.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The dimensional gate is used to set up two parallel storylines; a series of OVAs following the Stol clan would begin with Leina Stol in Wolf Sword Legend while a second TV anime series, Machine Robo: Battle Hackers would continue the story of the rest of the Machine Robo. Revenge of Cronos itself continued for three more clip show episodes.
  • The shown displacement of the Machine Robo at the end of the series is: -
    • Onboard Big Shuttle Robo: Rom, Leina.
    • Onboard the other ship: Rod, Jet, Bike Robo, Missile Tank Robo, Supercar Robo, Shuttle Robo, Ambulance Robo, Jûdô Robo, Tough Trailer, Pro Truck Racer, Porsche Robo, Jeep Robo, Eagle Robo, Amber Man.
    • Left on Cronos: Cessna Robo, Mixer Robo, Skyline Robo, Double Jet, Harley Robo, Blackbird Robo, Min, Rury.
  • Dancougar and Zambot-3 are seen in the crowd watching Rom and company leave at the end.

Home video releases[edit | edit source]

Laser Disc

1989Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos Best Collection 2 (Toshiba EMI)
1992Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos Box (Toshiba EMI)


2001Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos DVD-Box 2 (Pioneer)


2022Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos (Discotek Media, USA)