Since Anime began we've had dozens of robots coming out of the mech genre of Anime and Manga some of which are among the most famous like Gundam,Mazinger Z,Getter Robo,Evangelion,The Big O,Guran Laguann etc. Even Transformers can be conisdered as such in rare cases However there's one robot which isn't well known in the western world that actually started the whole giant robot genere of Anime and Manga. Which is Tetsujin 28 the Godfather of robots in Japan. I first found this out by watching the Americanized version of the character called Gigantor which is pretty well known among older people and I must say the story it brought as well as the characters while simple a the time seems so charming and it's a wonder why he isn't well known as Astro Boy since Tetsujin started the Giant Robot craze in Japan. Hopefully one day he'll be more well known here in the USA and also to get translated versions of the original manga as well He appreared in 4 TV sereis which Shotoro Kaneda the boy who controls him have adventures throughoutt he world stopping crime and evil robots. Here's the intro from the 60's version. Akira - "Tetsujin 28" Opening - YouTube Then the updated 80's version Ironman 28-Intro-Acb - YouTube Then a 90's verison which looks like a Gundam clone to me. Finally a remake of the original 60's version which came out in 2004. Tetsujin 28-go opening - YouTube So yeah he has quite a history. 3 years ago IMAGI before it went bankrupt had thought of doing an adaptation of Tetsujin 28 called T28 Tetsujin 28 - I was REALLY looking foward to it and it's a shame that is wasn't reliezed. It would've brought Tetsujin back on the Anime map. BTW there was a live action film and a play.