Tetsujin 28 Vol. 1: Monster Resurrected
Aaron H. Bynum · From fps #5 · November 1, 2005 | Professor Kaneda was a genius. He pioneered robot technology by producing many of the world's first fully functional mecha. During World War II, professor Kaneda began constructing the ultimate robot, Tetsujin (literally, "Iron Man") No. 28, with hopes of pushing the limits of robo-development further than he already had. Already a hard-working and determined man, his ambition was spurred when he believed that his wife and her unborn child died in a Tokyo air raid. In this circumstance, he named Tetsujin No. 28 "Shotaro," the name he was going to give his child; and as a result, poured all of his love into constructing an unparalleled machine.

Upon mention that his beloved Shotaro (Tetsujin No. 28) will be used as a soldier and weapon of war, professor Kaneda fears that all of his efforts to advance technology have gone to waste. And so, rather than allowing his masterpiece mecha to be the cause of thousands of deaths, Kaneda did what any good professor would do: he hid the giant robot away on a Pacific Island, and requested that No. 28 be destroyed if relocated long after the war... and long after his death.

Tetsujin 28 Vol. 1: Monster Resurrected
Directed by Yasuhiro Imagawa
Genco, Inc, GANSIS and Palm Studio/Geneon Entertainment, 2005
Originally broadcast in Japan in 2004
115 minutes

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Ten years after the war, Tetsujin No. 28 is finally located by Kaneda's protégé, Professor Shikishima. Also at the same time, the late professor's biological son Shotaro Kaneda, indeed still alive after the event a decade ago, comes into contact with his father's masterpiece. What happens next is a cycle of learning and growth for the real Shotaro and the robotic Shotaro, as they must use one another to connect with their lost and forgotten pasts.

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