61 days. That’s what it took from pitch to finished product to get Machineman done. I’m so happy to see this complete, and I’m sure fans of the show are too. In addition, This release is being put out on the 35th anniversary of Machineman itself!
The second half of Machineman introduces a new villain group: Octopus, led by Professor K’s niece, Lady M, and her bumbling sidekick Ton Chin Kan, whose name literally means “absurd” or “ridiculous”. Given that Kameta exists, it seems weird to add another character to serve as a vehicle for slapstick, but at least he has some agency in the story. Their tactics are a little different than Tentacle. Lady M calls in a lot more favors from bad guy friends, but she still gets assistance from K later on. Of the 14 episodes where Octopus is the sole villain, only 6 of them feature android monsters.
Sadly, the last episode is a clipshow. There’s no new stuff in it, so it’s entirely ignorable.
Some highlights: Episode 28 is one of my top 3 episodes of the show (8 and 21 being the other two, in no particular order). Sugimura really hit a home-run with the writing on it, and I might be mistaken, but there’s a particular shot that references The Graduate.
I was facing a bit of slowdown, so I had to call in a backup timer, Nemet. He was more than happy to do it, and I have a few words from him about his impressions on the show:
“When Tokugami asked if I’d help out with timing Machineman, I said yes right away. I knew nothing of the show beforehand, but I was eager to help. What I didn’t expect was that I’d find a show whose charm would have me hooked even before I could undertsand it. The good guy being a fairly normal looking man with glasses, Masaru always sounding like a loud-mouthed brat, the voice of the incomparable Machiko Soga as Ball Boy, and the antics with the villains and their schemes all added to the charm of this show for me, and made it a really satisfying show to watch. It’s got it’s goofy moments, it’s got some genuinely creepy moments, but most of all it made me laugh and smile, and that’s why I love these shows. I hope you find what I found in this absolute gem of a series.”
And of course, I have some additional words from the translator, BluePhlash:
“I didn’t know what to expect from this project, but I really enjoyed it! Machineman is a fun show that should definitely be given a chance. I probably wouldn’t have, honestly, but I’m happy I did. I want to thank you, the fans! Your cheering us on is what keeps me going making these subs. I also want to thank Tokugami for taking a shot in the dark and asking if I wanted to collaborate on this project. This project wouldn’t have happened without him. Well-well-well-well! Enjoy the show!”
You can read more of his thoughts at the Metallic Fansubs website.
And a big thanks to everyone who watched from me. I’m so glad people can now easily experience this real forgotten gem of a show. If you haven’t heard about it, give it a shot.
Download the episodes at the Releases Page!