Medabots: The Complete First Season (2001)


Format: Animated, Box set, Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 4
Shout Factory Theater
Run Time: 570 minutes




According to this animated 2001 Japanese TV series all kids in the near future will have knee-high voice controlled robots, which they will use to settle playground scores.

Mmmh . . . probably beats marble games or actual fisticuffs one supposes.

Anyway, Medabots is one of several Pokemon rip-offs to have seen the light since that media franchise made enough money for Nintendo to buy the entire planet several times over with. In it a boy accidentally comes across a computer chip which gives his redundant yellow (as in color, not temperament) robot a combative temperament. Together they fight a lot of battles . . . and wins all of them. “The yellow one always wins!” my five-year-old daughter quickly cottoned on. Yup.

As far as this sort of thing goes, Medabots isn’t too bad though. It has a silly sense of humor that saves it. However, it is unlikely whether anyone over the age of ten would be all that bothered by the series and it recommended that parents only take in one or episodes along with their youngsters at a time.

THE DISCS: An irate user on goes on about how some episodes are missing from the box set, the episodes are shown in the wrong sequence and bemoans the lack of a Japanese audio track with English subtitles. Somehow none of this put off my five-year-old daughter from enjoying this box set a lot . . .



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