Waiting for Goldo.

We are in 1975. Mechanics (Abbreviation of Mechanics) are already installed (thanks to Astroboy and Tetsujin 28-GB) on TV, Great Mazinger has succeeded Mazinger Z from just one year, but a little new will come sting his Place on Fuji TV: Goldorak.

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The story is simple: a peaceful planet of the euphor name is ravaged by an ugly Empire extraterrestrial veget. The Prince of Euphor (Actarus) managed to escape the massacre taking with him the Goldorak combat machine. Recovered by Professor Procyc, an altruistic scientist, he will try to live in an ordinary way until the Vega empire tackles the earth. He will become advocate for our blue planet.

If the work leaves a legacy some in today's popular culture, it is also serious to its creator: Go Nagai. Creator of cult licenses like Devilman, Bomber X or Mazinger Z, he succeeds in the feat of establishing themselves in different styles, a thing today rare among the mangakas.

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If Goldorak is a great success during his Japanese broadcast, it is less regular than Great Mazinger and is therefore cataloged as a little success while in Europe (Belgium France and Italy in particular), it is a phenomenal success! In France, Goldorak arrives in 1978 on antenna 2 at a time when buying a Japanese cartoon episode costs about 20,000 francs where a cartoon produced in France returns to 30,000 francs the minute.

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This success, however, intervenes in a period when Japanese animation is seen from a bad eye by various associations, journalists and sociologists by cultural differences that are driving (a lot of mental manipulation and deaths) and an aggressive style. In 1981 the Sociologist Liliane Lurçat even released a book entitled "At five years, alone with Goldorak: the young child and television", who he targets television globally and offers interesting questions (the beauty of Goldorak, is He kindly? Can we watch him without loving it?), puts the focus quite critically on the GO Nagai series.

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Here is a small extract with the testimony of a 5 year old girl.

"- Does it scare Goldorak?

- Yes, I scare me on TV, I do not like it to shout too hard.

- He could attack you?

Oh no, it's only on TV, he can not go out because there is a tile, if there was no tile, he could go out.

- What would he do if he could go out?

"Well, he would go out, he would attack me, he kicked. He can even attack my Goldorak parents, it's the strongest. It scares me, it always makes me crying. »

Will follow the club debate dorothée a decade later, debate that gave the presenter the nickname "Goldorothée".

Goldorak, however, resulted in its small screen to conquer other media. First of all in the comic book with the official Goldorak manga then various and varied appearances at Spirou and Fantasio (the awakening of Z), Leonardo, Pif Gadget or even in a nauseous album of Asterix (the sky falls on him on the head).


In music (and besides the generic of Bernard Minet), it was also a source of inspiration that it is parody like at the fatal picards and their Goldorak is dead or more seriously as for the Random Access Memories of DAFT Memories Punk or the quote at the beginning of born under the same star of IAM ("my god, why can not I live like any human being? Why is my destiny from not being able to stop fighting?" )

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Let's stay in music and pay homage to Shunsuke Kikuchi, Goldorak iconic composer, but also Albator Dragon Ball, Doraemon. He left us on April 24 at the age of 89.


 

As for the concrete, Goldorak had been entitled in the 70s to an inflatable statue of a dozen meters high on the rants of the rally supermarkets (for more information on this specific subject, an exciting article exists just exists here )


1978 Always with Mattel coming out of 60 cm, Colossal successes to the point of provoking stock breaks!



Newest, since in 2018, a 7 meter wrought iron Goldorak is installed on a roundabout of the municipality of Thiers by the company "iron or refer".

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And then at the level of the Toy Design what gives?

We can already mention the various Goldorak VCDs, but also the versions of Sofubi!



Also mention the Bearbrick Chogokin, the 400% Goldorak, but also that of Duke Fleed / Actarus in 100%.



There is also the Sen-Ti-Nel Riobot Goldorak and Spazer that puts his eyes.



Let's finish this article with what is surely the most ambitious Goldorak piece ever offered on the site: Goldorak by Eric SO. 40 cm high, 4 kg, 8 points of articulation, limited to 300 numbered copies and served with a certificate of authenticity by Eric So ... what more?

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