The Man from Gyandlar

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Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos ep 20
"The Man from Gyandlar"
("GYANDORAA kara kita otoko")
Production company Ashi Productions
Airdate 13 November, 1986
Written by Toshimichi Okawa
Directed by Makoto Nagao

The Rock People Affair.

Celebration time!
Official release coming!

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Synopsis[edit | edit source]


Rom, Rod Drill and Blue Jet are taking a break from their quest in Korora. Triple Jim and Leina take the chance to go for a walk and take in some of the area's beautiful foliage when he loses track of his charge; she promptly comes under attack from Bally, Guts Rock and Mecha Rock. She falls down a chasm while attempting to escape and is promptly attacked by carnivorous plants before being saved by a Devil Rock who cuts off his own lower leg so she can use his foot rockets to escape to the surface. Rom and the others have already headed towards the commotion, and she begs them to help her rescuer, which they do. With help from Ambulance Robo, Jim and Leina take the Rock - named Clay - to a hospital to get his leg repaired. Rom decides to investigate the area with Jet and Drill; they find Bally being menaced by Gyandlar Casmodon, Zarios and Baldas troops, who are searching for the secret of the local medicine which they believe may be the Hyribead. Rom easily takes them out and attends to Battle Rock.


They take Bally to the hospital where Clay - his brother - is recuperating under Leina's watchful eye. Clay accuses the newcomer of chasing them both into the pit; the others say they want to wait to find out the truth but Clay discharges himself and disappears. The hospital is then surrounded by Rock People who accuse Rom's group of trying to kill them until Bally intervenes and tells them to stand down. He tells the travellers Clay is a Gyandlar agent, after the Hyribead contained under local ruins. With the misunderstanding cleared up, Rom agrees to help defend the site shortly before Clay and the Gyandlar arrive; the Geiger Rock Gelvar fires at Leina but Clay blocks his shot. Kenryū intervenes and battles Gelvar while Clay tells Leina how to defeat his comrade - she lends him energy to negate Gelvar's powers, giving Kenryū time to upgrade into Baikanfu and knock him into a field of killer plants which promptly consume Gelvar. The remaining Gyandlar retreat. Clay dies from his wounds but the settlement has been saved; Leina mourns his passing.

Featured characters[edit | edit source]

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

Machine Robo Gyandlar

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • This is the first appearance of Mecha Rock, Guts Rock, Devil Rock, Geiger Rock, Baldas and Vertol Robo.
  • From here on the Gyandlar Devils largely - though not completely - replace the Ashi-designed Gyandlar generic troopers seen up to this point. They tend to have exactly the amount of autonomy the script needs them to at any particular point; later episodes will establish that they are mechanical and are mass-produced on the Gyandlar mothership above Cronos. No reference is made to Casmodon having previously been one of the Gyandlar captains, in "Pledging Love on the Great River".
  • Cameos: -
    • Cessna Robo is very briefly seen, being eaten by a carnivorous flower at the start of the episode.
    • A blue version of Heli Transer and Vertol Robo (the latter's sole appearance in the show) are seen working in a factory in Korora.
    • Buggy Robo and Highway Robo are among the patients at Korora's hospital.

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)