- This article is for the first complete Getter Robo. For other Getter Machines, see Prototype Getter Robo, Getter Robo G (Mecha), Getter Robo Go (Mecha), Shin Getter Robo (Mecha), Prototype Getter Robo (Hien), Getter Robo Hien (Mecha), Getter Robo D2, Getter Robo Arc (Mecha), Neo Getter Robo, Dino Getter Robo,Getter Robo (High), Getter Robo (Devolution), Getter Robo (New),Prototype Getter Robo (New), Getter Robo Zan, Getter Queen (DvG), Shin Getter Robo G.
The Getter Robo (ゲッターロボ) is the titular mecha of the Getter Robo Franchise and the first one of its kind, debuting in the anime series Getter Robo and its manga version. Throughout its appearances, it has been chiefly piloted by Ryouma Nagare, Hayato Jin and Musashi Tomoe. It was succeeded by the Getter Robo G.
In manga version, the Getter Robo was planned as a combat robot from start in order to counter the Dinosaur Empire threats. The Getter Robo are very dangerous to inexperience pilots, before Ryoma become the pilot many peoples was dropped out because of the strict requirements. The Getter Robo was self-destructed by Musashi at the end of manga in order to protect the incomplete Getter Robo G. Later the Getter Robo was repaired an kept at the museum in Saotome Institute until the Getter Team has to pilot it again in order to take back the Getter G that was stole by the Hyakki Empire.
Technological & Historical
Originally designed for space travel, the Getter Robo was created by Dr. Saotome at the Saotome Institute, harnessing the infinite power of the Getter Rays as its power source. Getter Robo is made up three jets, known as the Get Machines, that combine into one solitary super robot. Depending on the combination order of the jets, a different Getter can be formed, for a maximum of 3 forms. To align in the right formation, a monitor in the Getter Machines' cockpits are shown for the pilot to follow. The Getter Robo however can only be piloted by people of strong conditions both physically and mentally, and despite that reinforced pilot suits are issued to the pilots, the immense pressure and G-force caused by piloting a Getter machine could still overwhelm a normal person. The Getter Robo doesn't require all 3 pilots onboard to be piloted, however it will be harder to control and its combat efficiency is said to be reduced to less than 50%. A common technique used by Getter Robo is the "Open Get" (オープンゲット) maneuver that causes the Get Machines to detach from each other at flashing speed, not only allowing the Getter to switch forms quickly but to also escape dangerous situations.
In the "Crater Battle" special chapter (prequel to Getter Robo Armageddon) bundled in the Shin Getter Robo manga, the 3 individual Getter Robos had shown the ability to dock with each other and become a powerful cannon turret, with Getter-3 unveiling a firing port from the tip of its Jaguar-Gou, Getter-2 docking above Getter-3 and Getter-1 docking above Getter-2, while also extending energy tubes from its belly into Getter-2 and Getter-3.
The Get Machines (ゲットマシン) are jet-like vehicles that serve as the components to the Getter Robo, they feature a special anti-gravity flight system that allows them to fly for long periods of time and are composed of Getter Alloy, a shape-memory alloy that allow the aircrafts to change shape and combine. Each Get Machine contains an autopilot function that allows them to be controlled from different areas but the Getter Robo will not as powerful without three pilots in control. Their maximum speed is Mach 0.9 but their mobility and acceleration are different with each one.
- Eagle-Gou (イーグル号)
The red colored Getter Machine with high mobility features. It is armed with a small beam gun and rockets and is later given a machine gun for additional fire power. It is mainly piloted by Ryouma Nagare. In Shin Getter Robo, Benkei Kuruma piloted it once.
- Jaguar-Gou (ジャガー号)
The white colored Getter Machine with aerodynamic features. It has a high acceleration module that uses NO1 to boost. Its nozzle contains an area for the Getter Beam and is armed with small missiles. It is chiefly piloted by Hayato Jin. In Shin Getter Robo, Shou Miyazaki piloted it once.
- Bear-Gou (ベアー号)
The yellow colored Getter Machine that features great stability. It is armed with a pair of large missile launchers on both sides. It is initially piloted by Dr. Saotome before being passed on to Musashi Tomoe after he joins the Getter Team. In Shin Getter Robo, Gousetsu Naito piloted it once.
Getter-1 is the most commonly used Getter formation of the three. It is somewhat geared toward aerial combat, however it can fight in almost any situation. The most balanced amongst the three modes in both speed and combat, is that it is equipped with the Getter Tomahawk (which doubles as a boomerang) and the Getter beam, a highly concentrated beam of pure Getter Energy that can destroy many of the Getter's foes. It is able to fly through the cape-like attachment on its back called the Getter Wing that acts as an anti-gravity cloak. It is also able to survive reentry into the atmosphere as it was designed for space travel.
- Getter Razor (ゲッターレザー)
Forearm blades that can be used to slice enemies. Never seen used.
- Getter Beam (ゲッタービーム)
A pink-colored beam of Getter Energy, fired from Getter-1's stomach. The beam is Getter-1's most powerful weapon, and is particularly dangerous to enemies who are sensitive to Getter Rays (which typically includes most Getter villains).
- Spiral Getter Beam (スパイラルゲッタービーム)
Getter-1 fires its Getter Beam while covered in its Getter Wing cape, resulting in it spreading and spiraling outwards, hitting multiple enemies.
- Getter Tomahawk (ゲッタートマホーク)
A gigantic hand axe, and Getter-1's main melee weapon. The robot can wield two at a time, although it only uses one in the original series.
- Tomahawk Boomerang (トマホークブーメラン)
- Getter-1 throws the tomahawk. It spins extremely quickly, cutting through anything it hits like a buzzsaw. Typically the weapon will curve in mid-air, hitting moving enemies and returning to the Getter after striking its target.
- Getter Machine Gun (ゲッターマシンガン)
A pair of 4-barrel rotating machine guns folded within the forearms, they are deployed using sub-arms and handheld when used. It is capable of piercing through Getter Robo G's armor. Only seen in Armageddon and video games.
- Missile Machine Gun (ミサイルマシンガン)
- Order: Jaguar+Bear+Eagle
- Pilot: Hayato Jin
- Height: 38 m
- Weight: 200 tons
Getter-2 is the second most commonly used Getter. Its left arm features a drill while its right arm resembles a pair of pliers that possess powerful grip strength that can tear an opponent apart. It is more geared toward land and underground combat and it has limited flight capabilities with the boosters on its feet, but it does not work well underwater. Getter-2's advantage over the others is that it can move at incredible speeds, especially when moving underground. When running it can create after images because of how fast it is. However, Getter-2's armor is not as physically strong as the other Getter modes. It is coated in a heat resistant apparatus that allows it to travel in magma for a short period of time. In Getter Robo Armageddon, Getter-2 has the Getter Drill and the Getter Arm switch places
- Getter Arm - Getter-2 can use its claw as a crushing weapon.
- Getter Drill (AKA Drill Arm) - Getter-2 strikes an enemy with the drill attached to its left arm.
- Drill Missile (AKA Drill Punch, Drill Attack or Jet Drill) - The drill spins quickly and is launched at an opponent like a rocket. The aftereffects of the attack vary by series and battle - sometimes the drill returns to the Getter, sometimes it falls to the ground, and sometimes it explodes. Losing the drill does not prevent the Getter from changing forms.
- Drill Storm (AKA Getter Hurricane or Getter Storm) - The drill spins at extremely high speeds, creating a tornado extending forward from the tip. Enemies caught in the winds are immobilized.
- Getter Vision - (AKA Mach Special) Moving at high-speeds as high as mach 3, Getter-2 can create afterimages of itself to confuse opponents.
- Getter Beams (manga only) - Getter-2 has been shown to fire a pair of Getter Beams from it's eyes that are capable of hitting underground targets. It used them only once to destroy a pair of tunneling torpedoes.
- Order: Bear+Eagle+Jaguar
- Pilot: Musashi Tomoe, Benkei Kuruma (Shin Getter Robo Manga, Super Robot Wars 4/F, Super Robot Wars Compact 2/Impact, and SRW D)
- Height: 20 m
- Weight: 250 tons
- Maximum Speed: 200km/h
- Maximum Output: 900,000 Horsepower
Getter-3 is the least used of all Getter modes. It is geared more towards rough land and sea combat due to its tank-like nature. Getter-3's advantage is its incredible strength and defensive capabilities. Its armor is built to withstand water pressures, but there is a limit to how much it can hold. Its fists also have a long range due to its arms being able to extend to certain lengths. Despite its range, strength, and armor the fact that it is a tank makes it less efficient than Getter-1 and 2 and is therefore used less.
- Getter Missile - Getter-3 fires a pair of missiles attached to the sides of its head.
- Getter Smash (Seen only in video games) - Getter-3 extends its arms and performs a double punch.
- Getter Crush (Seen only in video games) - Getter-3 does a left-right hook punch combo followed by a double hook punch.
- Ganseki Otoshi (Seen in Episode 10) - Getter-3 crushes an enemy by landing on it.
- Daisetsuzan Oroshi - Getter-3 grabs an enemy and uses its extending arms to spin them above its head, followed by a devastating throw attack. The technique is based on Musashi's signature judo throw, which is a modified Hammer Throw.
- Machine Guns (Getter Robo: Armageddon only) - In the Armageddon OVA, Getter-3 was armed with machine guns on the tank part of its body.
In a bonus chapter included the 2nd volume of the Getter Robo manga titled "Go for it, Musashi!", Musashi, who was piloting the Getter Robo solo due to Ryouma and Hayato suffering from food poisoning, accidentally combines the Getter Machines in different formations from the standard ones. This made the balance and framing rather unstable due to the way the Getter Machines were built for the respective formations as well as making the Getter's attacks random and uncoordinated. Fortunately, this allowed the Getter to defeat the Giga Mechasaurus, who can only fight Getter Robo based on previously acquired data on each form. Ironically, Giga was destroyed by a Getter Punch from Getter-3, one of the Getter Robo's standard forms, so it is unclear whether or not anti-Getter-3 countermeasures were incorporated into Giga by the Dinosaur Empire.
The Getter Robo was originally built for space travel, however the advent of the Dinosaur Empire and the destruction of the unarmed Prototype Getter Robo during a test at the Mechasaurus' hands forced Dr. Saotome to redesign the Getter Robo as a combat-use machine. Ryouma Nagare, Hayato Jin and Musashi Tomoe - three high-school students with a heart of justice were recruited as the pilots for Getter Robo, and together they face against the various Mechasaurus sent by Dinosaur Empire. Near the end of the series, the Saotome Institute's 3-stage Getter Rocket operation to destroy the Invincible Battleship Dai proved to be a failure, and Getter Robo was heavily damaged by the large battleship, with Ryouma and Hayato injured. This promted Musashi to have part of the Getter Rocket attached onto the Command Machine before going on a solo mission, driving the aircraft straight into Battleship Dai's mouth, destroying the entire base, but also sacrificing himself in the process. With the defeat of the Dinosaur Empire, the damaged Getter Robo was now decommissioned and burned down, part of which in honor of Musashi, and was replaced by Getter Robo G.
Getter Robo was first conceived as a robot for space travel like its anime version, however Dr. Saotome had already anticipated the rise of the Dinosaur Empire and thus sought to perfect the Getter Robo as a combat robot at the Saotome Institute before the time comes, backed by the Japanese government. As the Getter Robo required extraordinary pilots with resilience and aptitude, Saotome ordered government agents to search for suitable individuals from all over the country, eventually discovering exceptional martial artist Ryouma Nagare. After Ryouma defeated the hitmen that Saotome sent in order to test him, he was recruited into the Getter Team as the pilot of the Eagle-Gou, which he used to destroy a Mechasaurus that was attacking the Saotome Insitute by ramming through it. Later, Ryouma was sent to attempt to recruit terrorist school movement leader Hayato Jin as the next Getter Robo pilot, but the Dinosaur Empire caught wind of this and sent a pair Mechasaurus to kill Hayato at his group's hideout. Ryouma forced Hayato into the Jaguar-Gou, and with Dr. Saotome in the Bear-Gou, the Getter-1 formation made its first debut in the resulting battle, destroying the one of the attacking Mechasaurus. Giving chase to the other, Getter Robo then had its first encounter with Emperor Gore, leader of the Dinosaur Empire, inside his combat submarine. The Mechasaurus Jiga was deployed from the submarine to defeat Getter Robo and attempted to rip the robot apart, however it was destroyed with the debut of Getter-2, before Getter-1 was used once more to drive away Emperor Gore's submarine. In Ryouma's next mission, he was sent to the Hokkaido mountainous regions to intercept the Dinosaur Empire's volcano research facility, however he was attacked and had to crash land into the jungle beneath. There, he encountered judo martial artist Musashi Tomoe, who helped him to hold off the ambushing Dinosaur Empire soldiers and aided him in piloting Getter Robo after the other Get Machines arrived for backup. Musashi then attempted to enlist as a Getter pilot but was rejected due to unsatisfactory reflexes and IQ, but during the team's next sortie he managed to trick Dr. Saotome into letting him piloting the Bear-Gou and went to battle in Getter Robo, where he proved himself by enduring the jellyfish-type enemy's electrical shocks (Ryouma and Hayato were rendered unconscious by the shocks), allowing him to finish off the creature. Musashi was then officially made the 3rd Getter Robo pilot.
With all 3 pilots assembled, Getter Robo then fought against the powerful Chiryu Clan, destroyed the Dinosaur Empire's gigantic headquarters Machine Land, and then the Mechasaurus Gore Tower. The large explosion from Gore Tower's destruction left the Get Machines moderately damaged and pilot Ryouma Nagare missing in action. It turns out that Ryouma was captured by the Hyakki Empire and brainwashed, however he managed to break free from the brainwash and was retrieved by the Getter Team, albeit still suffering from amnesia. After Emperor Gore was provoked by Hyakki Empire leader Burai, he decided to launch an all-out offensive on the Saotome Institute to settle things with Getter Robo. With Ryouma still having amnesia, Musashi secretly asked Dr. Saotome to allow him to launch in Getter Robo, in order to buy time for the completion of the unfinished Getter Robo G, which Saotome approved. With the Eagle-Gou and Jaguar-Gou on autopilot, Musashi piloted the Getter Robo for a last confrontation with the Dinosaur Empire. Emperor Gore orders all Mechasaurus to concentrate on destroying Getter Robo. After a long and grueling battle, Musashi attempted to draw as many Mechasaurus as possible near the Getter Robo, then unleashed a huge amount of Getter Rays, melting the nearby Mechasaurus and even the Getter Robo itself with Musashi inside, before finally ripping out Getter Robo's Getter Energy Tank, causing a massive explosion of Getter energy that wiped out everything within the blast radius, which included half of the Dinosaur Empire's combat force. Musashi Tomoe and Getter Robo valiantly fell in combat during their final showdown against the Dinosaur Empire. However, their sacrifice wasn't in vain, as time has been bought for the new Getter Robo G to be completed, piloted by Ryouma (who regained his memories after witnessing Musashi's death) and Hayato, who used it to destroy Emperor Gore's personal carrier and the Hyakki Empire's Hyakki Beast.
Musashi's position as the 3rd Getter Robo pilot would be replaced by Benkei Kuruma in the Getter Robo G anime and manga.
Shin Getter Robo
In the Shin Getter Robo manga, it is shown that the original Getter Robo has been completely rebuilt and sent to a museum for display. However, the Getter Team had to scramble in their old robot once more after Getter Robo G was stolen by Dinosaur Empire remnants. Through pure skill and wits, the Getter Team managed to outmaneuver the Dinosaur pilots and prevented Getter G from combining, before vaporizing the hijackers with a Getter Beam blast, successfully recapturing Getter Robo G.
It was later deployed once more alongside Getter Robo G during the Hyakki Empire's reinvasion of Earth, piloted by Benkei and two rookie pilots, Shou Miyazaki and Gouseki Naito. The Hyakki Beasts proved to be too much for the Getter Team to handle however, with Shou getting impaled by one of the Hyakki Beasts' tentacles, forcing the 2 Getters to retreat. The Getter Robo was not seen again after this skirmish.
For the Getter Robo Armageddon timeline, the Getter Robo was developed on the Lunar Base by Dr. Saotome as a multi-mode combining robot for space travel, and at least 4 Getter Robo units had been created. By chance, Dr. Saotome managed to harness Getter Rays within the nuclear reactor of his robots. However, those same Getter Rays attracted the Invaders to the Solar System, thus beginning the decade-long Moon Wars. Three Getter Robos were deployed during the war, piloted by Ryouma Nagare, Hayato Jin and Musashi Tomoe, and were a decisive factor in humanity's victory over the Invaders (detailed in "Crater Battle").
Hayato's Getter-2 later saw action covering the escape for the trailer truck carrying the incomplete Go. An Invader managed to catch up to the trailer, however it was intercepted by Musashi's Getter-3 (lacking the Jaguar-Gou) that was hiding in the trailer. Getter-3 managed to hold off against the Invader before Shin Getter Robo arrived and knocked Getter-3 away, then proceeded to tear the Invader apart and claim the container storing Go. In the Saotome Uprising shortly thereafter, the 3 Getter pilots sortied in their individual Getters to face against the revived Dr. Saotome, his army Getter Robo Gs, and the Invaders, which Saotome had allied with. Ryouma's Getter-1 was the first to scramble, facing off against the Getter Robo G army and easily wiping out many units due to Ryouma's exceptional piloting skills. However his Getter-1 ended up getting trapped within the Getter G armada during the formation of Shin Getter Dragon, forcing Ryouma to escape in the Eagle-Gou, while the Jaguar-Gou and Bear-Gou were heavily damaged. Getter-2 and Getter-3 later arrived to the rescue, with Musashi ditching his Eagle-Gou to combine with Ryouma's own machine, reforming Getter-1, while Hayato left his Getter-2 behind to infiltrate the Saotome Institute after providing some support. After allowing Ryouma to also enter the Institute, Musashi changed back into Getter-3, took in Dr. Saotome (whose actions were to combat against the Invaders all along) and made one last stand on the ground while Shin Getter Robo (piloted by Ryouma, Hayato and Go) departs to stop the Heavy Quantum Bomb from making impact, however Getter-3 was soon overwhelmed by the Invaders, resulting in Musashi's death and Invaders taking over Dr. Saotome's body. 13 years later, the wrecked Getter-3 can still be seen lying dormant within the abandoned Saotome Institute (what happened to Hayato's Getter unit is unknown).
A fourth, incomplete Getter Robo was discovered on the Lunar Base that Ryouma found himself in after being sent 13 years into the future by the Quantum Bomb. It was repaired by Ryouma and became the Black Getter.
Shin vs. Neo Timeline
For the Shin Getter Robo vs. Neo Getter Robo timeline, Musashi Tomoe piloted the Getter Robo alone during the Dinosaur Empire's assault on Manhattan, as Ryouma, Hayato and the Saotome Institute attempts to start up Shin Getter Robo to no avail. Musashi utilized all of Getter's 3 forms in combat and defeated many Mechasaurus, but eventually the Getter Robo ended up heavily damaged, prompting Musashi to rip out Getter Robo's Getter Energy Tank, causing a catastrophic explosion that leveled all of Manhattan and wiped out a large portion of the Dinosaur Empire's army. This event however sparked outrage all over the world in fear of the destructive power of the Getter Rays, forcing the Japanese government to ban all research related to them, leading to the development of Neo Getter Robo.
- The Getter Robo was stated to be based around a soccer motif (at least in the anime); for example Ryoma's Getter 1 formation is meant to represent the scoring goal as the midfielder.
- The designs of Getter Robo's forms were a collaboration between Ken Ishikawa and Go Nagai.
- Nagai came up with the concept of vehicles smashing together to form a giant robot after seeing a car accident.
- Ishikawa decided to make the vehicles into jets instead of cars.
- The default Getter-1 form was designed by Ishikawa.
- Getter-2 and Getter-3 were designed by Nagai.
- Shin Getter Robo's battle against Metal Beast Dragon in Getter Robo Armageddon is a homage to Getter Robo's battle against the hijacked Getter Robo G in the Shin Getter Robo manga. Furthermore, the scene where Musashi self-destructs the Getter Robo in the beginning of Shin Getter Robo vs. Neo Getter Robo is nearly identical to the original scene at the end of the Getter Robo manga.