At first I was like "what the hell is this? I barely indulge in anything from Marvel and the one thing I did you take it away!" But as the intro went on, it brought fond memories of Robotech, Voltron, G-Force (Battle of the Planets), so I said to myself I should give it a shot.
For those not familiar, Teknoman is the story of a future were an alien race the Radam starts attacking Earth and tries to take it over by turning humans into teknomen. Blade is first introduced fighting against those that are helping the Radam in space when Blade suddenly crashes into Earth and is picked up by the Space Knights. It was a bit of an uneasy alliance because because Blade was such a mystery and kept to himself, though later on it is revealed his memory had been going bad and through out the series it gets progressively worse as he transforms into Teknoman. And as it turns out, the main teknomen that are assisting the Radam is actually his family that got overtaken by the Radam and Blade himself was supposed to assist them as well.
What struck me the most about Teknoman was that even though the story is as generic as it gets, the characters and their development were so surprisingly deep, dealing with the thematic of family you're born in and the family you choose, betrayal, trust,loyalty, love, sacrifice, and sometimes not all endings are exactly happily ever after, as over the top the show could be, it was strikingly real on so many levels. At least that's what I got out of it, and if you have a chance, I'd say check it out.
Now, eventually there was a short series that was a sequel titled, well, Tekkaman Blade II. I watched it and quite honestly, I don't remember much of it. Not that it was bad, it had it's moments, Blade wasn't really the main character anymore, well, at least for the first half or so of this short sequel. If you want to have the whole Teknoman/Tekkaman Blade experience, I say go ahead and check out the sequel as well, it's pretty short, and not really bad, but not memorable, either, so it won't terribly affect you if you skip out on that one. In any event, thank you for reading and happy holidays!
-Alvaro Cortes Jr