Ken Ishikawa, still working as an assistant to Go Nagai was going over some old works and concepts with Nagai and found one originally meant for Mazinger Z, combining separate machines to form a Super Robot. Using this for Getter Robo in addition to Ishikawa's characters and style of drama, Getter Robo was born.
Depending on the type of media, the original Getter Robo story tells about the Saotome Institute getting three teenagers to fight the underground Dinosaur Empire to either protect humanity (anime) and/or protect the institute and its research on Getter Rays. The original manga portrayed the three pilots as much more gruff, violent, and nitty-gritty; in the anime they are more mature and less violent. Later series were mainly about delving into the mysterious Getter Rays and how it would affect humanity and other species.
Regardless, the series had its affect on later Japanese media; influencing later Mecha series such as Gurren Lagann and the use of teen drama and philosophy to add to several other categories of manga and anime.
Crossovers with MazingerEdit
As one of Dynamic Productions most famous series, it shared several crossovers with the company's other famous mecha series Mazinger.
- Great Mazinger vs. Getter Robo
- Great Mazinger vs. Getter Robo G: Kuchu Daigekitotsu
- Grendizer, Getter Robo G, Great Mazinger: Kessen! Daikaiju
- Super Robot Wars (Novel)
- Mazinkaiser vs. Shin Getter Robo