Episode 55: This Is Stupid

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THIS WEEK: “Change 01!” The historians return for more android shenanigans in Kikaider 01, the sequel to Android Kikaider. Not to put too fine a point on it, the show discards its overarcing themes of what it means to be a human in favor of unmitigated nonsense. Does this make it better? The answer may surprise you. Join Van and Sven as they consider the practicality of a solar-powered robot with a battery life of five seconds; Sven has a temporary Dr. Seuss-related mixup; they see prototypical Sentai villain squad dynamics; and they are baffled at the mystery plot surrounding Akira and Rieko.

This show… might be a bit stupid.

The full series of Kikaider 01 is available legally in the US, once again through Generation Kikaida!


  • Kikaider 01 (1973) 1-6
  • Silver Shrimp, Blue Crocodile, Red Centipede
  • Android Kikaider recap
  • Dramatis Personae
  • The Hakaider Squad & Gill-Hakaider
  • Hiding places for blueprints
  • Zi-O’s “Kamen Rider Kikai”
  • Seibu-en Amusement Park
  • The “Four Stage Attack”
  • Jiro returns
  • Gunta, a.k.a. discount-Hanpei
  • Kablam!
  • Android mook factories
  • Suit nitpicks
  • Comparing Rieko and Dr. Komyoji
  • Everyone loves robovore
  • Messages in bottles
  • That goddamned flute
  • Destron plots…?
  • Fight choreography and lack of focus


  • “Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen” – Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
  • Masato Shimon – “Kikaider 01”
  • Thomas “Drax” Mogensen – “Happy Happy Christmas”
  • RIDER CHIPS – “Fight! Seven Riders!” – Pachinko Kamen Rider: Full Throttle


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