Raban No. 17

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Raban No. 17
Raban No. 17 in Kaiju Raban
Alternate names Raban Number 17, Mechanical Raban, Iron Raban, MechaRaban,
Species Mecha
Enemies Raban
First appearance Kaiju Raban

Raban No. 17 (ラバン十七号,   Raban Jū Nana-gō) is a mecha created by Shigeru Mizuki that first appeared in the 1958 kaiju manga, Kaiju Raban.

Design[edit | edit source]

Raban No. 17 has a round head similar in shape to a turtle's shell. It also has a ovular body with thin arms and human-like hands covered by metal gloves. Raban No. 17's body is decorated with dark stripes, similar to its organic counterpart. However, these stripes run all the way around Raban No. 17's body and are straight instead of wavy. Raban No. 17 also bears four spots on their forehead.

History[edit | edit source]

Monster Raban[edit | edit source]

After the scientist Ichiro Mizuki is injected with the blood of Godzilla by his rival Jiro in an attempt to kill him, he mutates into a giant monster that then attacks Japan. After the Japanese military's failed attempt to destroy the monster with conventional weapons, they turn to Jiro. Jiro's plan is to construct a mechanical version of Raban which he would pilot to fight the real one. However, Jiro's sister Keiko begins to believe Raban may really be Ichiro because the monster is wearing a good-luck charm that she gave Ichiro before he went to Papua New Guinea. With this information, Keiko seeks out Ichiro's mother and discovers that Ichiro and Jiro are actually brothers. Just as Jiro completes the construction of his mechanical Raban "Raban No. 17", Keiko informs him of her findings leaving Jiro unable to continue with his plan to kill Raban. Now knowing Raban is his mutated brother, Jiro begs the Japanese prime minister for the funds necessary to cure Ichiro, and eventually is able to remove the Godzilla blood from him returning him to normal.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Beam[edit | edit source]

While Raban No. 17 was never sent into battle to fight his counterpart, the final panel of Kaiju Raban reveals that he could fire a beam from his mouth.

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