COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Shout Factory’s Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot

Updated: 04/04/2013 10:29 AM KSTP.com By: Aaron Chalich

How many of you have seen the show “Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot?”  I have never ever heard of it before until just last week.  


After watching my review copy I received from Shout Factory last week, I cannot believe I had never seen or heard of it. In my opinion, “Jonny Sokko and His Flying Robot” is a fun, unique and entertaining show to watch. I enjoyed every minute of the series and watched all 26 episodes in just a few days.

“Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot” was a television series that aired from 1967 to 1968 and featured 26 episodes. It first aired in Japan and not too long after that the show was dubbed in English and aired here in America. For the first time Shout Factory has released all 26 episodes in one DVD set and it includes a special 24-page collector’s book.

“Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot” is about a boy named Johnny Sokko who along with a special agent who works for a secret agency called “The Unicorn” discovers a giant robot that is being created by an evil agency called “The Gargoyle Gang.” The leader of the Gargoyle Gang is an alien named Emperor Guillotine.

The series starts out with Johnny Sokko and the agent being shipwrecked on an island.  They are eventually captured by The Gargoyle Gang and taken to a secret fortress. Johnny Sokko and the agent escape and find an elevator that takes them to a secret laboratory where a giant robot is being built. 

A scientist working in the laboratory tells Johnny and the agent that nothing can stop the robot and the robot can only be controlled by the first person who records their voice into a special device.

As a test Johnny tells the robot to do something and it does nothing. The scientist tells them that the only thing that can activate the robot is nuclear power. Soon a nuclear explosion occurs and the robot becomes active and Johnny learns that he is the only that can control the robot with the special device he recorded his voice into.

Every episode features a new type of monster that is summoned by The Gargoyle Gang and Johnny Sokko must use his robot to try and stop it.

I really thought the story was really good. It was simple and every episode was pretty much the same format, but it was really exciting to see what kind of monster was going to be in the episode and how the robot was going to stop it.

The quality of the show is pretty good. It is a little graining but it is not distracting and after a few minutes of watching the show you don’t even notice it.

I really liked the special booklet that was included in the DVD set. I read all 24 pages in one sitting and I really liked how the book explained the history of the show. I also thought that it was great that Mitsunobu Kaneko who played Johnny Sokko talked about how he got the role and told some of the stories of being on set.

I also really liked that all 26 episodes are in the order that they aired on television.

I really enjoyed Shout Factory’s “Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot: The Complete Series” a lot.  I thought it was a great series and the monsters were fun to see. The story was interesting and the quality of the video was pretty good. I liked the fact that a special collector’s book was packaged in with the DVD’s and that all 26 episodes were shown in order. For someone who is looking for a fun and entertaining television series I would highly recommend “Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot.”

For more information on Shout Factory go to www.shoutfactory.com 

Aaron Chalich is a columnist for KSTP.com blogging about the latest entertainment news.