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Microid S (Toei, 1973)

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Microid S is a 1973 “Golden Age” Toei Studios series, based on a manga by Osamu Tezuka. Briefly, the premise is that nuclear fallout causes a society of ants to develop advanced intelligence. Quickly arming itself with hypertechnological weapons, the insects set about seizing control of Earth from the self-destructive human race.

In the process, they kidnap three humans, shrink them to insect size and turn them into cyborgs. Retrofitted with insect wings and an array of sci-fi weapons, the “Microids” are engineered to be slaves to the ants and use their new buggy powers to advance the insects’ quest to conquer the Earth.

Instead, the three cyborgs escape and try to warn the outside world. The 26 episodes present their collective efforts to foil the ants’ world-domination plot and defeat a variety of insectoid robots and cyborgs.

The three Microids embody typical stereotypes of the period. Yanma (“Dragonfly”) is the bold, hunky male warrior, Ageha ("Swallowtail Butterfly") is his pretty, feisty female companion, while Mamezo (“Bean Beetle”) is the mischievous youngster prone to showing off and getting himself into fixes.

 Ageha Takes Wing

 Ageha with wings

 Ageha startled

 Ageha dodging

 Seated Agaha with wings

 Ageha Has Misgivings


 Mamezō flying

 Mamezō flying

 Mamezo shouting


 Mamezo stuck tight

 Mamezo doing a spin move

 Mamezo coming out of a spin move

 Mamezō hung out to dry

 Manabu helps Mamezo out of the drink

 A Little Girl Holds Mamezō

 Heroic Yanma

 Yanma uses his zap ray

 Yanma flying

 Yanma starting a move

 Yanma flying

 Yanma attacking two Mantis bots

 Yamna set back
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