The Heart of a Protecting Angel

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Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos ep 21
"The Heart of a Protecting Angel"
Production company Ashi Productions
Airdate 20 November, 1986
Written by Hideki Sonoda
Directed by Yoshitaka Fujimoto

In a seismic change of format for the series, Leina does something other than get kidnapped.

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Synopsis[edit | edit source]


Rom, Leina, Rod Drill, Blue Jet, Triple Jim and Battleflex arrive in the city of Cleo City but find it deserted; when they try to enter the city via a bridge it collapses and they are attacked by the city's militia. After a brief skirmish where most of his forces are trounced, city leader Pithus apologises for the attack, claiming they mistook the group for some reported villains - much to the anger of the travellers. A young female named Sara arrives and warns that the city is cursed, so the travellers turn back - despite Drill being hungry and wanting his lunch. All of this is watched by Diondra, who has sent agents Nerve and Wiseman to hypnotise the city's residents via a beacon in a high tower; Garudi criticises the plan for being underhanded but is overruled by Gadess, while Diondra realises Sara poses a threat to her plans. Rom meanwhile attempts to sneak back into the city alone, while Sara - immune to the hypnotism - is captured by Baldas and taken to Diondra. Rom finds out that the city's population is under hypnosis when he tries to free some of them who are being forced to work for the Gyandlar - only to have Pithus and his troops aid the Gyandlar in his capture.


The others arrive to find Rom, who has been thrown in a cell with Sara, who explains that Pithus is her father and she has been unsuccessfully trying to free Cleo City from the hypnotic signal. Jet, Rod, Jim and Leina cross the water looking for Rom, but they are ambushed by Diondra and her troops. Wiseman is able to use his mental abilities to disorientate the group but the immune Leina is able to slip away, freeing Rom and Sara after dealing with Casmodon by kicking him off a building. Leina and Sara destroy Wiseman - freeing Jet, Drill and Jim from his influence. The townsfolk are also free and help attack the Gyandlar while Rom is able to call upon Kenryū to battle Diondra until Nerve joins the attack. Rom combines with Baikanfu as he fights Nerve's mind control power; he seems to be losing the struggle until Sara intervenes, giving Baikanfu an opening to destroy Nerve, forcing a general Gyandlar retreat. Sara however was mortally wounded, and dies from her injuries in Pithus' arms; as the heroes leave the Cleo City citizens build a statue of her in memory of her bravery.

Featured characters[edit | edit source]

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Jet can extend his arms in jet mode, catching Leina when she falls from the bridge.
  • Devil Rock is able to reassemble after one of Rom's kicks; the character model has been subtly altered to make it more "villainous" than that used for Clay last episode.
  • The residents of Cleo City that look familiar, such as Drill Heli and Combat Buggy, are just different examples of those types.
  • Ren is a Bulldozer Robo. His daughter Sara turns into a scooter but otherwise looks nothing like a Scooter Robo.
  • Sara is completely immune to Wiseman's powers for reasons not explained; Rom's group all suffer disorientation apart from Leina. As they are the only female Machine Robo seen in the episode maybe that's why.
  • Devil Rocks, Geiger Rocks and Double Rocks have all been added to the Gyandlar generic ranks.
  • This is the first episode to feature Shuttle Robo and Apollo Robo, albeit only briefly as two of Pithus' men swiftly knocked out by Jet.

Errors[edit | edit source]

Continuity errors and plotting errors[edit | edit source]

  • The piles of Machine Robo beaten up by Rom, Rod and Jet on the bridge disappear in the wide shots.

Home video releases[edit | edit source]

Laser Disc

1992Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos Box (Toshiba EMI)


2001Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos DVD-Box 1 (Pioneer)


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